For the Northeastern boys' volleyball program, the beat just keeps going on.
Matt Wilson's Bobcats, who have won five straight PIAA Class 2-A state championships, started the 2018 season in winning fashion over the weekend in the Erie area.
Northeastern came into the season ranked No. 2 in the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class 2-A preseason state poll. The Bobcats certainly lived up to that billing on Friday and Saturday.
Friday, the Bobcats, swept Cochranton on the road in surprisingly easy fashion, 25-19, 25-13, 25-11. Cochranton had been ranked No. 3 in the state in 2-A. Cole Brillhart had 17 kills and Austin Richards had 40 assists for Northeastern.
The Bobcats followed that up on Saturday by winning the Cambridge Classic Volleyball title at Cambridge Springs.
In pool play Saturday, Northeastern beat Fort Le Boeuf, 25-23, 25-17; State College 26-24, 25-20; Chambersburg, 25-15, 25-9; and Rocky Grove, 25-18, 25-12.
The Bobcats then earned a quarterfinal win over Shaler, 25-18; a semifinal victory over Cambridge Springs, 25-14; and a championship triumph over State College, 25-15.
Cambridge Springs is ranked No. 4 in 2-A.
The Northeastern junior varsity team also brought home a Cambridge Classic Volleyball championship over the weekend, taking the JV title at Saegertown with a 25-20 win over Cambridge Springs in the title match.
Central York falls in North Allegheny volleyball semifinals: In other volleyball action over the weekend, the Central York Panthers fell in the semifinals of the prestigious North Allegheny Invitational near Pittsburgh.
Central had come into the season ranked No. 2 in the PVCA 3-A state poll.
The Panthers went a perfect 8-0 in pool action, beating, Derry, 25-23, 25-17; North Allegheny, 25-23, 25-21; Central Dauphin, 25-23, 25-22; and Penn Trafford, 25-18, 25-16.
In bracket action, Central beat Penn Trafford in the quarterfinals before losing to Ambridge in the semifinals. Ambridge went on to beat North Allegheny in the title match, 25-23.
In addition to Central, the other ranked teams to make the bracket competition were: North Allegheny (No. 1 in 3-A), Central Dauphin (No. 5 in 3-A), Seneca Valley (No. 7 in 3-A), Manheim Central (No. 1 in 2-A) and Ambridge (No. 8 in 2-A).
Dallastown boys' tennis team second in State College Invitational: The Dallastown boys' tennis team finished second in the State College Invitational over the weekend.
The event was moved indoors because of last week's snowstorm.
(Erie) Cathedral Prep won the event with 10 points, followed by Dallastown (nine points), State College (eight points) and LaSalle College Prep (five points).
Dallastown finished first in both doubles divisions.
Jack Lynam and Noah May won at No. 1 doubles, including rallying for a 2-6, 7-5, 10-6 win in the title match over the State College team.
Vincent Villani and Cameron Koons also rallied to take the No. 2 doubles title, winning the title match over the State College team, 3-6, 7-6, 10-4.
Dallastown's Sebastian May finished second at No. 3 singles, losing in the finals, 10-7.
The Wildcats' Holden Koons took third at No. 1 singles, losing his first-round match to Joe DeMarco of Cathedral Prep, 10-9, before beating Nicholas Vanden of State College, 10-4. DeMarco has already agreed to play NCAA Division I tennis for Dayton.
Dallastown's Jonathan Burns lost two matches at No. 2 singles.
Other action: In other high school action over the weekend, one lacrosse match managed to get into the record books when York Catholic fell at Hempfield on Saturday in boys' action, 22-14.
In boys' volleyball action on Friday, Carlisle beat Red Lion, 3-0.
Also on Friday, Camp Hill beat Bermudian Springs in boys' tennis, 5-0.