YAIAA Bracketology: Boys and girls hoops

Using a nifty, online bracket-builder and ESPN’s bracketology idea, we created our own version for the YAIAA basketball playoffs. So below are two brackets on how the girls and boys league playoffs would look if they started today. Below that are the first four teams that missed the cut for both sides. This is obviously subject to change in the next few days and weeks, but it’s fun to speculate nonetheless.

The league playoffs start Feb. 6-7.

YAIAA boys playoffs as of Jan. 27:

YAIAA boys


First four out:

-Bermudian Springs
-Delone Catholic

The bracket as it currently stands could provide some entertainment. You have the upstart Rockets taking on undefeated Northeastern in the first round. And Hanover vs. West York would be a track meet. Those two teams met in the first round last season and the Bulldogs won 49-46. Also, any combinations for the quarterfinal matchups would be solid, especially a possible Central-Northeastern rematch or William Penn-West York.

YAIAA girls playoffs as of Jan. 27:

YAIAA girls


First four out:

-New Oxford
-Eastern York

Again, a full slate of solid games. Dallastown taking on York Catholic in rematch of last season’s first-round matchup could come down to the wire and a Delone-York Suburban matchup between Claudia Mingora and Maddie Comly would be fun to watch. Keep an eye on New Oxford. The Colonials are currently tied with Central York for the third spot in Division I, so that spot could be up for grabs.

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A look at the week ahead: Jan. 27-31

It’s a busy week in high school sports with team wrestling district playoffs starting and the hoops season coming down the home stretch. Here’s a look ahead at some key matchups to keep an eye on in the Hanover-Adams area. Enjoy.

Jan. 27: Delone Catholic at York Catholic boys basketball, 7:30–Delone lost by 14 to its rival earlier this season at home. 0115_SPT_SD-han-del-6-XLThese two teams  sit in eighth and ninth in District 3 Class AA and are separated by .0005 of a percentage point is the district ratings.  This one has bragging rights and postseason implications.

Jan. 27: York Catholic at Biglerville girls basketball, 7:30–These two teams are a combined 28-7 overall, sit in the top three in Division III and in the top five in District 3 Class AA. The Canners have won three in a row and have a chance to avenge their 65-38 December loss to York Catholic.

Jan. 28: Fairfield at Hanover girls basketball, 7:30– The Nighthawks are in the last district playoff spot and clinging to their postseason aspirations. Also, Soukaina Tracy has a chance to eclipse 1,000 career points in this game. She currently sits at 981.

Jan. 30: Spring Grove at Dallastown boys basketball, 7:30–In early January, the Rockets knocked off the Wildcats, 77-63, at home, to pick up their fourth consecutive win. 0108_SPT_SD-dt-sg-2-XLNow, with the Rockets set to visit Dallastown, both teams sit in the last six playoff spots in AAAA. With a win, Spring Grove would all but secure its spot in the YAIAA playoffs as well.

Jan. 30: Red Lion at New Oxford girls basketball, 7:30– The first-place team (Red Lion) and third-place team (New Oxford) in Division I battled to a 46-44 overtime decision with the Lions coming out on top earlier this month. Red Lion boasts one of the league’s best offenses, while New Oxford boasts one of the best defenses. Who prevails this time and would another overtime thriller be too much to ask for?

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Q&A with the new Lady Mustang in charge-Allison Lawhead

There’s a new Lady Mustang in charge at South Western. Allison Lawhead was recently approved by the school board to take over the girls’ lacrosse program in 2015. Lawhead, who is a business teacher at South Western, will be taking over for Jim Kopenhaver, who was the only other coach in program history. Kopenhaver led the Mustangs to five consecutive YAIAA Division I titles.

Now it will be Lawhead at the helm. She has spent the last five seasons assisting with the lacrosse team, so there will be no lack of familiarity. The Middleburg, Pa.-native recently took some time to speak with GameTimePA about her expectations for this upcoming season.

Question: So where are you originally from?

Lawhead: I am originally from Middleburg, Pa. It is in the Selinsgrove area approximately two hours north of Hanover.

Q: Is this your first coaching gig?

Lawhead: It is not. I have been a coach at South Western for a total of nine years. My background is in field hockey. I spent five years coaching South Western field hockey at the junior high and junior varsity levels. A few years ago I was asked to help out with the lacrosse team. I grew to love the sport in no time and decided to shift my focus solely to lacrosse. This will be my fifth year with the team.

Q: Did you play lacrosse in high school or college?

Lawhead: I did not.  Lacrosse was not a sport where I grew up at the time.  Having no high school experience, I chose not to play in college.

Q: What was your first reaction when you were offered the job?

Lawhead: I am very excited at the opportunity to continue the tradition of success that we have had here at South Western.

Q: Do you know many of the players already?

Lawhead: I have been lucky enough to work with most of the upperclassmen for a number of years. I also know a lot of the younger players in our program as a result of our youth league.i-ncv8xps-L

I have also had to opportunity to teach most of my players.  One of the great things about being an educator and a coach is seeing the players both in and out of the school setting.

Q: What are you looking forward to the most this season?

Lawhead: Good weather!

Q: Is there any added pressure after how successful Coach Kopenhaver and his teams in recent years were?

Lawhead: Absolutely not. Jim created a great program and culture here at South Western. I was lucky enough to learn under one of the best coaches in the area and that is not something that every young coach has the opportunity to do. i-gDmTZKt-LWe are going to live in the moment and try to extend the successful run that the program has had. We have great coaches at every level and a ton of interest from elementary school through the high school level.

Q: When you’re not coaching lacrosse, what do you like to do?

Lawhead: When I am not coaching, I like to spend my time with my son. I am a first-time mom to a seven-month-old who keeps me on my toes, especially while my husband is coaching basketball during the winter season.


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Delone-Hanover, Spring Grove-South Western: Who dominates?

The Delone Catholic-Hanover and South Western-Spring Grove rivalries are two of the most heated locally. They’re always competitive. There’s plenty of trash talk. Students get into it on social media. There’s always a “they don’t like us, we don’t like them” mentality. There are a lot of bragging rights and pride at stake. But who has dominated these two rivalries this year? We tallied up the wins in head-to-head matchups across all fall and winter sports so far. The results are below. Let the bragging begin.

Hanover vs. Delone Catholic

bThe cross-borough rivalry has been all Delone in 2014-2015. Hanover picked up all of their wins in boys basketball and field hockey. Other than that, Delone has dominated. The Squires/Squirettes swept Hanover in girls volleyball, boys soccer, girls basketball and girls soccer.

Spring Grove vs. South Western


On the York side of the county line, the Mustangs picked up a win in their chippy football game against Spring Grove. The Rockets did sweep in boys basketball and boys soccer, but the Mustangs picked up two wins each in field hockey, girls basketball and girls soccer. The only sport that was split this season was girls volleyball.

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Eagles, Warriors and Rockets making moves toward playoffs

With two weeks left before the District 3 power rankings deadline, we take a look at where our 10 Hanover-Adams area teams sit. Some are comfortably in playoff spots, while others are fighting for their postseason life. The rankings are broken down by classification.0115_SPT_SD-han-del-5-XL

Biggest fall this week: Three teams tied (one spot)

Biggest jump: Bermudian Springs (seven spots), South Western (four spots)

Class AAAA — Top 20 qualify for postseason

On the bubble: Spring Grove (9-5, 5-3, 17th out of 42, .674 rating)

The Rockets have bounced all over the rankings from 13th, to 20th to 17th. They finished the sweep over their biggest rival, South Western, and added a win over Lower Dauphin (23rd in Class AAAA) since the last rankings were released.0108_SPT_SD-dt-sg-2-XL

The good news: Spring Grove is 5-1 at home, went 3-3 in a recent stretch where they played five of six on the road, is holding opponents under 50 points per game, and there is a good buzz around the program. The bad news: They’re only three spots from being on the outside looking in, two blowout losses to York High and Central York were a concern, and the Rockets are 2-5 against teams with a winning record. Coach Brooks’ squad has a chance to solidify their resume with four of their last eight games coming against teams with winning records.

Work left to do: South Western (4-10, 2-6, 33rd out of 42, .506 rating) and New Oxford (4-13, 0-8, 39th out of 42, .428 rating)

Two of the Mustangs’ four wins have come against New Oxford (4-13). Junior Brock Geiman is top 10 in 3-point shooting in the league and top 20 in scoring, while Darius Rowlette has added 11.5 points per game. South Western would need a big run here late in the season to get back into the playoff picture.

The Colonials are young. They’re out of it this season, but keep an eye on them in 2015-2016. Freshman John Wessel is fifth in the league in 3-pointers made (29).

Class AAA — Top 18 teams qualify for postseason

On the bubble: Gettysburg (9-6, 5-4, 14th out of 36, .591 rating), Bermudian Springs (8-6, 6-2, 21st out of 36, .518 rating)1216_SPT_CB-hoops-3-XL

Both of these two squads have been on a roll and the district took notice. The Warriors bumped up three spots with a six-game winning streak that was finally snapped on Jan. 17 against Hollidaysburg. They get undefeated Northeastern this week before hosting the YAIAA/Mid-Penn Showcase on Saturday. Gettysburg was outscored by 27 points total while going 0-4 against the top four teams in Division II the first time around. Now, they’re on their second go round and already knocked off West York, 51-34.

The Eagles have won three in a row (all on the road) and now get to play four of their next five back at home. They’re just three spots out of the playoffs now, but there’s not a win against a team with a winning record yet on their resume. Can the Eagles sneak in and return to the playoffs?

Work left to do: Littlestown (0-17, 0-9, 36th out of 36, .237 rating)

The Bolts’ offense has been better in recent games, but still no wins. Coach Motter’s squad is at the bottom of the district rankings. There’s always next year.

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Boys hoops: Spring Grove tumbles, Gettysburg rises in latest rankings

The second PIAA District 3 boys’ basketball power rankings were released over the weekend, so it’s time to take a look at which Hanover-Adams area teams are in, on the bubble or on the outside looking in.

Biggest fall this week: Spring Grove (eight spots)

Biggest jump: Gettysburg (three spots)

The rankings are broken down by classification.

Class AAAA — Top 20 qualify for postseason

On the bubble: Spring Grove (6-4, 4-2, 20th out of 42, .670 rating)

The Rockets dropped eight spots in one week and are suddenly on the bubble. A 77-63 win over Dallastown was impressive and extended their winning streak to four games, but they followed that with road losses to Central York (70-45) and Carlisle (48-46). Those are two highly-ranked teams, so don’t hang your heads, Spring Grove.0108_SPT_SD-dt-sg-10-XL

Starting on Wednesday, the Rockets will have four games in six days, including a road game against rival South Western, a rematch against William Penn (4th in Class AAAA), and a makeup game against Lower Dauphin (19th in Class AAAA).

Work left to do: South Western (3-8, 1-5, 36th out of 42, .495 rating) and New Oxford (3-10, 0-6, 39th out of 42, .412 rating)

Both of these teams slipped as well in the latest rankings. The Mustangs had a brief two-game winning streak going before losses to Central and York High. Those are the top two teams in the division right now, and the Mustangs play the third-place team (Spring Grove) this week. After that, they get New Oxford and a road game against undefeated Northeastern.

New Oxford got blown out by Red Lion early in the week, but bounced back with a 48-45 win over Delone Catholic after trailing at the half. That makes two wins in three games. That’s progress. Games against William Penn, South Western and Hanover await this week.

Class AAA — Top 18 teams qualify for postseason

On the bubble: Gettysburg (7-5, 3-4, 17th out of 36, .585 rating)

Check out the red-hot Warriors. Four wins in a row since Christmas and a three-spot bump in the rankings this week to move into a playoff slot. What is even more impressive is that three of those four wins were by double-digit margins, Marquise Camel led the Warriors in scoring in the last three games,  and the Warriors are outscoring opponents by 12 points per game now.1227_SPT_SD-bball-tourny-11-XL

Gettysburg hosts Kennard-Dale and West York this week, before making a 108-mile trip to play at Hollidaysburg.

Work left to do: Bermudian Springs (5-6, 4-2, 28th out of 36, .452 rating) and Littlestown (0-14, 0-7, 35th out of 36, .237 rating)

The Eagles fell off the bubble with a four-spot drop since last week. Their only action was a 46-36 loss at Delone Catholic. Bermudian has the second-lowest opponents’ winning percentage out of 36 teams in AAA. That doesn’t help. Neither does five road games in a row right now. To get back in the playoff hunt, the Eagles need to pick up a few wins here in January. Next up: at Fairfield (11th in Class AA), at York Tech (42nd Class AAAA), at Big Spring (32nd Class AAA). Bermudian could be the favorite in all three of those games.

The Bolts stayed put in 35th and their rating actually went up after close losses to York Tech and Big Spring. Avery Eyler now leads the team in scoring (7.4 points).

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New Oxford re-dedicating newly-installed basketball court

On Saturday, Jan. 10, New Oxford High School will be re-dedicating its newly-installed basketball court before a boys’ hoops game against Delone Catholic.

After the junior varsity girls’ game is completed, there will be a ceremony to honor Jake Diviney, who racked up more than 450 wins and won a Blue Mountain League title with the Colonials in 1976. Diviney retired in 1983 after coaching for more than 30 years.1220_SPT_SD-nox-dtown-3.jpg

Following the brief ceremony, there will be an alumni game, and then the Colonials will take on Delone Catholic in the first game on the new floor.

“This is an exciting time for us as a program,” New Oxford head coach Sean Bair said. “The new floor was certainly needed, the improvements to the gym look fantastic, and the players are definitely proud to play at home every night.”


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5-on-5: Five local hoopsters chime in on biggest rivalries, best gyms to play in and more

With the 2014-2015 basketball season at its midway point, five local hoopsters took some time to speak with GameTimePA reporter Brandon Stoneburg about five topics ranging from biggest rivalries in the YAIAA to toughest players to defend.

Question: Which YAIAA gym other than your own is your favorite to play in and why?

Noah Ayers, Biglerville sophomore guard: I enjoy York Tech’s gym because I see the basket really well there.

Kyle Krout, Hanover junior guard: My favorite gym to play in other than Hanover is probably Delone, but really any old gym is what I prefer. The rims are a little more friendly.

Darius Rowlette, South Western senior guard: I like playing at Carlisle because it is always a hyped-up atmosphere to be playing in.

Tavian Dorsey, Delone Catholic junior guard: I would have to say Hanover because every time we play there, there’s a huge crowd.1213_SPT_SD-delbig-9-XL

Darin Gordon, Spring Grove junior forward: I don’t really have a favorite because every one of them has their own unique qualities, but I do like Central York just because of the atmosphere that their student body and fans bring to every game.

Q: Who is your teams biggest rival?

Ayers: Most people think Bermudian Springs is our biggest rival, but I think Fairfield is because everytime we play them, it’s a good game.

Krout: Again, probably Delone. The game is always extremely hyped-up and the players definitely go after each other.

Rowlette: Spring Grove, of course. They always think they are better than us, when the reality is they are just cocky, not better.

Dorsey: Hanover. We don’t like them and they don’t like us.

Gordon: South Western is definitely our biggest rival. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because we’re so close in location, but all I know is that the rivalry has been there ever since I can remember.

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District rankings: Who’s in? Who’s on the bubble?

The first PIAA District 3 boys’ basketball power rankings were released over the weekend, so it’s time to take a look at which Hanover-Adams area teams are in, on the bubble or on the outside looking in. The rankings are broken down by classification.

Class AAAA — Top 20 qualify for postseason

In: Spring Grove (5-2, 3-1, 12th out of 42, .712 rating)

The Rockets sit comfortably in the middle of the pack among teams that are currently qualified. Only having two losses helps Spring Grove, but the Rockets’ opponents winning percentage (.608) is low among AAAA teams, which holds them back temporarily.

There is still another month left to play, but head coach James Brooks has to be happy with how his young, confident team has stepped up so far. Spring Grove is currently riding a three-game winning streak, but hasn’t played since Dec. 22. They were expecting to shake off the rust with four games in five days this week before Mother Nature threw a wrench in their plans on Tuesday. Still, games against Dallastown (26th in Class AAAA), Central York (13th in AAAA) and Carlisle (9th in AAAA) this week will present a solid challenge and a boost to the strength of schedule for the upstart Rockets.

Work left to do: South Western (3-6, 1-3, 32nd out of 42, .538 rating) and New Oxford (2-9, 0-5, 38th out of 42, .438 rating)

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District 3 girls’ hoops rankings breakdown

What better way to usher in the 2015 calendar year than with the first edition of the District 3 high school girls’ basketball power rankings. If the season were to end today, which teams would be in, which ones would be on the bubble, and which ones could start planning for 2015-16? Let’s take a look:


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