Dallastown boys' volleyball coach Tom Beakler discusses his team's performance in a 3-2 loss to Central Dauphin on Monday, March 26, to start the season. Central Dauphin was ranked 5th in the state in Class 3-A entering the match. Elijah Armold, York Dispatch
For the second time in just two weeks, some of the top high school boys' volleyball programs in the state are set to descend on York County.
The 2018 Koller Classic will be held this weekend at Central York High School. It's the 43rd year for the competition, earning it the label as the "granddad" of high school boys' volleyball tournaments in Pennsylvania.
The junior varsity division takes place Friday, April 20, followed by the varsity division on Saturday, April 21.
This year's varsity competition will feature 20 teams, including 12 teams which are ranked among the top-10 teams in the state in either Class 3-A or 2-A by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.
Many of those same teams were in York County just two weeks ago for the Bobcat Invitational at Northeastern High School, which featured 14 state-ranked teams. The Bobcats took home that championship.
Headlining this year's entry list for the Koller Classic is Northeastern, which has won five straight PIAA 2-A state titles. Northeastern is currently ranked No. 1 in the 2-A state rankings.
The host school is the defending 3-A state champion and is ranked No. 5 in the latest 3-A state rankings.
The other 3-A state-ranked teams competing at Central will be No. 1 North Allegheny, No. 2 Hempfield, No. 3 Cumberland Valley, No. 4 Emmaus, No. 8 Pennsbury and No. 10 Central Dauphin.
The other 2-A state-ranked teams competing are No. 3 Ambridge, No. 4 Derry, No. 7 Cambridge Springs and No. 10 York Suburban.
The other teams participating in the tournament are 3-A programs Dallastown, Chambersburg, Exeter, Parkland, Penn Manor and State College, along with 2-A programs Maplewood and Montour.
That means the tournament will feature teams from all across Pennsylvania.
With that kind of lineup, the Koller Classic could provide a preview of what to expect at the PIAA state championships in June.
Former Central head coach Bruce Koller will present the championship trophy. Bruce and his wife, Barb, started the tournament.
JV action starts at 4 p.m. Friday, with the varsity competition starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Ticket prices both days are $5 for adults and $2 for students.