With just more than two weeks left in the York-Adams League regular season, things have cleared up somewhat.
Well, just a little.
Susquehannock is now atop the Division II standings after a perfect week. The Warriors (14-3 overall, 9-1 in D-II), who entered the week tied with Eastern York (12-5, 8-2), knocked off both the Golden Knights and West York (12-5, 6-4) by double digits to take sole possession of first.
Coach Dave Schreiner’s club still has a few hurdles to clear — namely at Dover (13-3, 7-3) on Tuesday night — before they can celebrate a title, but the Warriors are certainly looking like a champion.
D-I and D-III are little less clear, but it should become more obvious who the favorites will be later this week.
In D-I, the showdown between Central York (15-2, 7-1 D-I) and New Oxford (15-2, 8-1) Friday will give one team a big boost as the season winds down. The Panthers routed the Colonials by 29 points in the first match-up in New Oxford, but a slip up against Dallastown two weeks ago has put Central’s title run on alert.
In D-III, York Catholic (11-4, 8-0 Div III) leads rival Delone Catholic (13-4, 8-1) heading into Friday’s showdown in McSherrystown. The Irish rallied from a 14-point deficit in early January to upend the Squirettes by five. But taking down Delone on its home court will be a challenge for coach Kevin Bankos and his club.
Tough crowd in Glen Rock: Speaking of Susquehannock, no one likes to hear a report that the police needed to be called in during a high school basketball game.
That's what happened, however, near the conclusion of the home team’s 51-36 victory over West York last Friday.
A couple of officers from the Southern York Police Department were called after a handful of spectators apparently crossed the line in their treatment of the officials.
Announcements are made before every York-Adams League basketball contest that make it clear that the league takes sportsmanship seriously. In fact, there is a scholarship to promote good sportsmanship — The Gretchen Wolf Swartz Sportsmanship Award — that is handed out to two teams (one boys and one girls) every year.
Let’s hope this one bad example is just that — one bad example.
Hoffman on the mend: There were thoughts that when West York’s Makennah Hoffman suffered a separated shoulder in a game against Susquehannock last month that her season was over.
But Hoffman and her team received some good news last week when the freshman was cleared to return the practice. While Hoffman has yet to see game action, she was on the court when the Bulldogs practiced Saturday morning.
That’s good news for coach Darrell Wildasin’s club, which has managed to stay competitive without one of its spark plugs. Hoffman was averaging 11 points a game when she went down.
If all goes well, Hoffman is expected to be on the court when West York takes on York Suburban Tuesday.
District 3 ratings update: As of this weekend, there was a lot of good news for the league in regard to the District 3 power ratings.
Central York now sits fourth in the 12-team Class 6-A bracket. That would earn the Panthers a bye into the second-round, where seven of the eight quarterfinalists earn berths into the state tournament.
Dallastown (8-9) has a tenuous hold on the No. 11 slot, while Red Lion (8-8) is within striking distance at No. 14.
In Class 5-A, New Oxford sits at No. 2, Susquehannock is No. 3, West York is No. 6 and Dover is No. 7 in the 16-team bracket. South Western (6-11) sits just outside of the field at No. 18. All first-round winners in 5-A clinch berths into the PIAA playoffs.
Eastern York, after suffering losses to Central and Susquehannock last week, slipped to No. 5 in Class 4-A. The Golden Knights are one spot ahead of Suburban (9-8), who is at No. 6 in the 10-team bracket. Littlestown (8-8) is on the outside right now at No. 13. The top six teams make states in this bracket.
The league is dominating the Class 3-A rankings, with both Delone and York Catholic sitting at one-two, respectively. Hanover (10-8) is at No. 4. The top six teams all qualify, with the top three teams advancing to states.
Fairfield (3-13) appears to be out of the Class 2-A field. The Green Knights are currently seventh out of seven schools with just the top four making the district field.
Christian School of York (12-2) is in solid position in the Class 1-A bracket. The Crusaders, who made the PIAA playoffs two years ago, are No. 5 in the 10-team field. The top six teams qualify for the PIAA playoffs.
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