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
The weather may not want to show us what spring should be like, but at least the local boys' volleyball slate this week will show us spring high school athletic action at its best.
There are numerous playoff-caliber match-ups set to take place in area gyms throughout the week. Better yet, the week is capped off with one of the premier invitationals in the state.
Many of the match-ups during this stretch should serve as a glimpse into what fans will likely see once the York-Adams League playoffs roll around. It should give teams plenty of face-to-face experiences to draw upon once postseason play begins.
After acing its first York-Adams test on Tuesday with a sweep of York Suburban, Northeastern gets a visit from a competitive Dallastown team on Tuesday.
Northeastern made it known that is has every intention of reclaiming the league title by making short work of the Trojans, a skilled team in their own right, 25-17, 25-9, 25-15.
Speaking of the Trojans, things don’t get any easier for them this week. They’ll highlight Tuesday’s slate with a trip to another powerhouse program when they travel to Central York, the defending state 3-A champion.
Two nights later, the Bobcats head to Susquehannock while the Trojans will host Kennard-Dale.
The Thursday night lineup with a playoff feel will also see Central York at New Oxford and Spring Grove at Dallastown.
The Wildcats are another tough team that’s already faced some stiff competition. Dallastown took a strong Central Dauphin side to five sets before falling 19-25, 25-16, 28-26, 22-25, 15-7.
Bobcat Invitational: Many of the premier programs in the area will then head to Northeastern on Saturday for the annual Bobcat Invitational.
The 40-team event will see six of the top teams in the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class 2-A rankings coming to the county for the event. That group includes the host Bobcats, who are currently ranked second, and features No. 1 Manheim Central, No. 3 Ambridge Area, No. 7 Saegertown, No. 8 Cochranton and No. 9 Holy Redeemer.
The Bobcats, winners of five straight PIAA Class 2-A championships, got their quest for a sixth consecutive title underway on March 23 when they traveled to Cochranton and easily swept past the Cardinals 25-19, 25-13, 25-11.
Eight of the top 10 teams in the state in Class 3-A will also be on hand for the tournament, which makes no separation between the classes. It should create a plethora of highly-entertaining match-ups.
That list is led by No. 2 Central York and sees the next four 3-A teams in order in Hempfield, Cumberland Valley, Seneca Valley and Emmaus, respectively. It also includes No. 8 Pennsbury, No. 9 Central Dauphin and No. 10 Council Rock North.
The Panthers are already no stranger to top-notch pool play this season. They traveled to North Allegheny for that school’s invitational to start the season, before falling to eventual tournament champ Ambridge in the semifinals.
Other local participants include Dallastown, York Suburban, Susquehannock, Spring Grove, Red Lion and Dover.
Varsity action gets underway at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with action taking place on various district properties. A junior varsity tournament will be conducted Friday.
— Reach Elijah Armold at email@example.com