10 must-see basketball games for the Hanover-Adams area

Basketball season is finally here! Here are ten must-see games in the Hanover-Adams area for the upcoming season:

Dec. 9: South Western at Spring Grove–Why not start off division play by facing your biggest rival? These two teams split last season’s series and both are expected to be much-improved. An early-season win against a rival could set the table for the victor.

In a battle of strong backcourts, keep an eye on the Brock Geiman (6-0, jr., G, 13.6 points) vs. Eli Brooks (6-0, so., G, 13.8 points) matchup.

If the South Western-Spring Grove football, wrestling and Twitter rivalry extends to the basketball court, then this one should be an early-season treat.

Dec. 12: Gettysburg at West York– Welcome to the YAIAA, Gettysburg. Now go play on the road against the defending division champs in the first week of the season. How’s that for an early-season test?

The Warriors went 5-1 against Y-A teams last season on their way to a 15-8 overall record. The game at West York will be the second of three road games in six days for Gettysburg.

This game will serve as a measuring stick to see just how good these two teams are.

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William Penn grad Samuel Quinones Jr. loses title fight in Hanover

Despite leading on the scorecards through the first six rounds, William Penn grad Samuel Quinones Jr. pulled out of his title fight against Osenohan Vazquez on Saturday in Hanover due to heart problems, according to his trainer, Julio Alvarez.

Quinones and Alvarez made the decision in their corner between rounds six and seven. Quinones was having heart palpitations and they felt it was better for him to stop the fight, Alvarez said.

The judges had Quinones leading the fight at that point, Alvarez said, after Quinones broke Vazquez’s nose early in the bout.

The expectation is that Quinones will be able to return to the ring after being cleared by a cardiologist.

Quinone’s bout was the main event of the “Brawl at the Armory” at the Hanover National Guard Armory. In the days leading up to the match, Quinones called it the biggest fight of his career as the All-American title belt was on the line and the 25-year-old had family flying in from Puerto Rico, Florida and New York for the match.

 

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Which YAIAA school dominated fall sports?

After some newsroom banter/discussion between myself and Andrew Mease, we asked which school in the YAIAA had the best winning percentage across all of the fall sports in a Cup-style system? Which school just dominated across the board with consistent success in each of the nine sports? We had a few guesses, but we were pretty surprised by some of the actual results after Mease whipped together a spreadsheet with win/loss totals for all 24 schools.

Ties counted as half of a win toward the total points.

Enjoy.

Spreadsheet charting wins and losses across all fall sports for each school.

Spreadsheet charting wins and losses across all fall sports for each school.

Here’s what we learned:

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Final District 3 playoff picture: Who’s in and who’s on the bubble?

It’s time for our weekly look-in on the District 3 football playoff races! With this being the last week of the regular season, the races are a bit more defined so we’re changing up the style. We’ll look at the schools who have a chance to get in and what their situations are at the moment.  Only Hanover-Adams teams are included.

What we know: In our area, Gettysburg and Bermudian Springs are locks to be in the district playoffs, it’s just a matter of who they will play in the first round.

Bermudian Springs' Briton Shelton keeps Shippensburg defenders at bay while running the ball on Friday night Sept. 12, 2014 at Bermudian Springs High School. Shane Dunlap - GameTimePA

Bermudian Springs’ Briton Shelton keeps Shippensburg defenders at bay while running the ball on Friday night Sept. 12, 2014 at Bermudian Springs High School. Shane Dunlap – GameTimePA

Both teams can also lock up division titles this week in rivalry games vs. West York and Biglerville, respectively.

What else do we know?: Spring Grove, New Oxford, Littlestown and Hanover will not be playing in the postseason. The Rockets fell apart and hit a losing skid just before head coach Russ Stoner announced he wouldn’t be returning next season. The Ox is adjusting to life in Div. I. The Bolts are rebuilding and Hanover is on the rise but neither team is there just yet.

So you’re telling me there’s a chance?: That leaves South Western, Delone Catholic, Fairfield and Biglerville all still on the bubble with just one game remaining.

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Sunday Spotlight: Two-minute drill Q&A with Biglerville’s Nathan Mentzer

This week’s Sunday Spotlight is a quick interview with Biglerville offensive lineman Nathan Mentzer.

On the majority of the team returning: We definitely have to prove ourselves. Week 1 should be a huge game for all of us. I feel like if we can win that one and pull through and play like we know we can, then we can really rally around it.

First two weeks on the road: We gotta be road warriors. We come out strong, then really pick up some momentum, that’s where we want to be back home Week 3. Got our coach’s alma mater (New Oxford) coming back.

Pregame rituals: I don’t really have any, other than the stuff we do as a team. That’s a ritual. Walking down together, the crowd going crazy. Our team stuff, that’s my ritual.

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Handing out awards for the Biglerville vs. Hanover game

Biglerville defeated Hanover, 28-6, but sometimes there are simply too many intriguing story lines to talk about and not enough space to fit them in a game recap. So here, we like to shine light on those moments, individual performances and plays that made the game so compelling.

Best performance in a losing effort >> Dylan Krieger. Coming into his senior night, the 6-foot-7-inch receiver needed 98 yards to become the first receiver in the league to 1,000 yards this season. He passed that midway through the second quarter on his way to a 23-catch, 223-yard performance. 23 CATCHES?! Some teams (Dover, Delone, Eastern) take weeks to even attempt that many passes. Just last night’s performance would have put him in the top five for catches in the YAIAA this season. B0wqNuMIQAArZjWA lot of high school receivers don’t catch that many in an entire season, let alone one game. While he caught basically everything thrown his way, Krieger was kept out of the end zone. Biglerville head coach Alex Ramos said he knew Krieger was too good to not have some catches, but he wanted to limit his big plays.

Best balancing a playbook >> Typically a run-first team, the Canners put together a complete, balanced performance with 163 rushing yards and 169 yards through the air. Ramos said the team made a point to throw the ball more in order to keep Hanover off balance and it did just that. In addition to the nearly identical yardage totals, the Canner offense also scored seven points in each quarter. Very balanced.

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South Western sisters make Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd

It’s not often that one local athlete, yet alone two, garner national attention. But this week, Taylor and Lauren Gough – two-thirds of the Gough triplets – were featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd.

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The Gough sisters were recognized for breaking two school career marks during the same play in a 3-1 loss to Northeastern. When Taylor set up Lauren for a goal on a free kick, it was Taylor’s 21st assist and Lauren’s 43rd goal – both South Western records.

“It was amazing,” Taylor said. “That was the best thing, that we got to do it together. I knew we had to score. I just kicked it as hard as I could and just hoped Lauren could get to it.”

In a feature story that ran a few weeks ago, sports reporter Michael Rubin called the connection between the junior sisters on the field, a ” chemistry that rivals no other.”

A link to Rubin’s feature on Taylor and Lauren is listed below:

http://www.gametimepa.com/yorkadams/ci_26698350/records-gough-south-western-duo

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District 3 playoff races: Who’s in, who’s on the bubble and who has work left to do

It’s time for our weekly look-in on the District 3 football playoff races! We’re breaking down who’s in, who’s on the bubble and who has work left to do to make the district playoffs. Schools are listed by classification and only Hanover-Adams teams are included.

Class AAAA—Top 16 teams qualify for the District 3 M&T Bank Championships.

On the bubble: South Western (3-5, 3-2, 19th out of 29, .556)

South Western's Andrew Hartlaub carries the ball while Gettysburg's Michael Ingalsbe defends on Friday Aug. 29, 2014 at South Western. Shane Dunlap - GameTimePA

South Western’s Andrew Hartlaub carries the ball while Gettysburg’s Michael Ingalsbe defends on Friday Aug. 29, 2014 at South Western. Shane Dunlap – GameTimePA

The 41-29 win over William Penn gave the Mustangs a bump in the rankings and moved them back onto the bubble. With two games left against Northeastern and Spring Grove, Damian Poalucci’s squad needs to win both and would still probably need the teams ahead of them to lose. But it’s more doable than it was a week ago. How cool would it be for the young Mustangs squad to get a taste of the playoffs, especially when they return 10 starters on offense next season? Either way, South Western is playing important games deep into October.

 

Class AAA—Top 16 teams qualify for the District 3 M&T Bank Championships.

In: Gettysburg (7-1, 3-1, 5th out of 40, .708)

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Sunday Spotlight: Two-minute drill Q&A with Briton Shelton

This week’s Sunday Spotlight features a quick Q&A with Bermudian Springs halfback Briton Shelton.

Least favorite practice drill: Monkey rolls.0828_SPT_JS-Briton-Shelton.jpg

One player on your team who you wouldn’t want to go up against: Dustyn Lauver. He’s a big boy.

Any pregame rituals?: Listen to music, mostly Eminem.

Favorite play to run: 121 Sweep.

Favorite YAIAA stadium to play in other than your own: New Oxford.

Favorite team to play: Delone Catholic. My cousin plays for them, so that’s always a little, friendly rivalry.

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Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys.

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YAIAA girls’ volleyball tournament bracket and preview

Now that the volleyball regular season has wrapped up, the York-Adams league tourney is set to start on Monday, Oct. 20 with four quarterfinals matches at Dallastown and will conclude the following day at Dallastown again.

Three teams each from Div. I and II will be included while Div. III will send its top two schools and only Hanover-Adams representatives – Delone Catholic and Bermudian Springs.

The bracket is shown below and preview capsules are listed under the bracket image.

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