York-Adams League boys' volleyball teams set embark on PIAA state journeys on Tuesday

  • Northeastern and Central York will start PIAA boys' volleyball action on Tuesday.
  • Northeastern will face Abington Heights at 5 p.m. at West York High School.
  • Central York will battle Whitehall at Nazareth High School, also at 5 p.m.

The York-Adams League has been home to at least one PIAA boys’ volleyball team champion during each of the past five years.

A couple of times during that stretch, including last season, the league was home to both the Class 2-A and 3-A champions.

Nate Wilson rallies his Northeastern teammates on Friday during their 3-0 win over Manheim Central in the District 3 Class 2-A title contest. The Bobcats will now take aim at winning a sixth-straight PIAA state 2-A crown. BIL BOWDEN PHOTO

Whether that will be the case again over the next two weeks is anyone’s guess.

One thing is fairly certain, however. York County teams will again make some serious noise in the state playoffs.

York-Adams League champ Northeastern and runner-up Central York both extended their respective seasons last Friday in the District 3 playoffs.

The Bobcats, gunning for a sixth consecutive 2-A state title, rolled by previously unbeaten Manheim Central 3-0 to claim the program’s sixth district title in a row.

Northeastern rolls to another district crown

The Panthers, the defending 3-A state champs, downed Lower Dauphin in the third-place district contest Friday.

Both squads will begin their PIAA quests Tuesday.

Northeastern (19-0) will make the short ride to West York High School at 5 p.m., when the Bobcats will face Abington Heights (13-2), the third seed from District 2, in a 2-A first-round contest.

Central York (15-3) will travel to Nazareth High School near Allentown for their 3-A opener against the No. 2 seed from District 11, Whitehall (19-4). That contest is also slated to begin at 5 p.m.

The Northeastern players celebrate after winning their District 3 Class 2-A boys' volleyball title on Friday. BIL BOWDEN PHOTO

While nothing is a given at this point in the season, both local squads should be favored to advance to the quarterfinals Saturday.

The Bobcats will enter the state draw as the No. 1 ranked team in 2-A by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. Manheim Central was ranked second in the last poll, while Palmyra, which finished third in the District 3 bracket, was ranked third. Abington Heights was not ranked in the latest coaches' poll.

While the top three teams in the 2-A PVCA state poll all hailed from District 3, the same was the case in the 3-A classification.

Hempfield (15-0), which claimed the district title after upsetting previously unbeaten and top-ranked Cumberland Valley Friday, had been No. 2 in the state, while Central was third. Whitehall was not ranked.

If Northeastern advances to the quarterfinals as expected, the Bobcats figure to draw Dock Mennonite Saturday. The District 1 champ was not ranked in the latest coaches poll either.

Wyatt Hughes of Northeastern slams the ball past Central blocker Matthew Minkin during the York-Adams League boys' volleyball championship match. Both teams start state action on Tuesday. John A. Pavoncello photo

If Central moves on to the quarterfinals, its next opponent will be no pushover. The Panthers would play either Cumberland Valley, the team they fell to in the district semifinals, or Bethel Park (18-1), the District 7 (WPIAL) runner-up. Bethel Park, who fell to No. 4 North Allegheny (19-0) in the District 7 title contest, was ranked fifth in the latest coaches pool.

For those looking ahead to the end, the PIAA 2-A championship contest will take place Saturday, June 9, at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University at 11 a.m. The 3-A title contest will follow, starting at approximately 1 p.m.

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.