Eleven Hanover-Adams athletes qualify for states in track & field

The PIAA state track & field championships take place this weekend at Shippensburg University and 10 Hanover-Adams athletes have qualified. Below is the list of qualified athletes, broken down by school.

Biglerville (Class AA)

Danny Stoner (pole vault)

Delone Catholic (AA)

Kate Mowrey (1600)
Grace Riedel (pole vault)
Tavian Dorsey (100)

Gettysburg (AAA)

Nate Sharrah (pole vault)
Ravaughn Dillard (triple jump)
Kobe Wansel (triple jump)

Littlestown (AA)

Bre Smith (discus)

New Oxford (AAA)

Madi Smith (javelin)

South Western (AAA)

Lynne Mooradian (100, 200, 300 hurdles)

Spring Grove (AAA)

Shay Fuelmer (100)

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Former New Oxford baseball player earns conference honors

Former New Oxford pitcher Aaron Palmer, now a freshman at Penn College in Williamsport, was named second-team all-conference by the North Eastern Athletic Conference, the league announced earlier this month.

Palmer, a GameTimePA.com first-team all-Division II all-star last year, went 3-3 with a 1.87 ERA in 33 innings pitched in his first season with the Wildcats. His in-conference ERA of 1.37 rated third among all pitchers in the NEAC.

Penn College went 7-7 and finished in fourth place in the conference.

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What to know about the District 3 playoffs for the Hanover-Adams area

The next two weeks will be full of District 3 competition for qualifying teams from the Hanover-Adams area. Here’s is a breakdown of what teams qualified and where they will compete:

Baseball

Class AAA: Spring Grove earned the No. 4 seed and will host No. 13 Bishop McDevitt in Monday’s first round. See the full bracket here.

Class AA: Delone Catholic earned the No. 4 seed and will host conference rival No. 5 York Catholic in next Thursday’s quarterfinals. The Squires and Fighting Irish split during the regular season. See the full bracket here.

Softball

Class AAA: Littlestown earned the No. 7 seed and will host No. 10 Big Spring in Tuesday’s first round. No. 13 Spring Grove will visit No. 4 Conrad Weiser on the same day.

Class AA: Delone Catholic earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye. No. 9 Fairfield will visit No. 8 Upper Dauphin in Tuesday’s first round. The winner plays at Delone Catholic in next Thursday’s quarterfinals.

See the complete softball brackets here.

Boys volleyball

Class AA: Spring Grove earned the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 Lancaster Mennonite in Monday’s quarterfinals. The site for that game will be determined after today’s opening round games. See the full bracket here.

Track & Field

Athletes from area schools will compete on Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University. An event-by-event rundown of YAIAA athletes to qualify can be found here.

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Baseball district rankings: Biglerville still clinging to district playoff spot

With just more than a week left before the final power ranking deadline, several Hanover-Adams area teams are keeping a close eye on the preliminary rankings. The latest set was released on Tuesday. Power ratings are determined by a formula that factors each team’s winning percentage and their opponent’s winning percentage.

Class AA – top 10 teams qualify for postseason

In: Delone Catholic (12-7, fifth out of 19 teams, .5699 rating), Biglerville (8-10, 10th, .4538)

Biglerville is still clinging to that final spot, so every game from here on out has a feeling of huge importance. The first happens today, as the the Canners finish a suspended game against Delone Catholic. Speaking of the Squires, they will boost Biglerville’s strength of schedule as they remain in the top five in the district for Class AA. Coach Doug Arnold said he hopes his team can hang onto a top-six placement to avoid playing a play-in game.

Out: Fairfield (5-10-1, 14th, .3957), Hanover (1-15, 19th, .2661)

Fairfield will still play a few quality opponents, but even winning out might not be enough.

See the complete AA rankings here.

Class AAA – top 16 teams qualify for postseason

In: Spring Grove (14-6, fifth out of 37 teams, .7022 rating)

It looks like the newly-minted YAIAA Division I champions will head into the postseason as a top-five team in Class AAA. The strength of schedule will only rise from here with a league playoff game against West York on Friday, and possibly a second quality opponent in the league title game.

Out: Gettysburg (8-7, 22nd, .5504), Littlestown (10-7, 26th, .5365), Bermudian Springs (9-11, 31st, .4887)

Don’t look now, but Gettysburg is steadily moving up. Coach Ryan Brady said last week that he thinks his team still has a chance to qualify if it can keep winning, because of a strong strength of schedule. His team will play more games than anyone else in the next eight days as they make up for rained-out games earlier in the season and finish a game against York Suburban that was suspended in the 14th inning on Monday.

See the complete AAA rankings here.

Class AAAA – top 16 teams qualify for postseason

In: none

Out: New Oxford (9-10, 24th out of 35, .5487 rating), South Western (6-13, 26th, .5099)

See the complete AAAA rankings here.

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A look at the week ahead: May 4-9

For most sports, it’s the last week of the regular season. Divisional races are coming down to the wire and teams are fighting for their postseason lives. That supplies plenty of drama and storylines as we take a look at the week ahead.

May 4: Biglerville at York Catholic, baseball, 4:15

The Canners, who have won five of their last seven, sit in the ninth spot out of 10 in AA district playoffs. A few wins this week would be crucial to securing their position. The Irish sit three spots ahead of Biglerville, so this presents an opportunity for a signature win.

May 5: South Western at Gettysburg, softball, 4:15

Both teams are right on the bubble for the district playoffs, making this a must-win for both squads. It was a game that was supposed to happen in mid-April, but thanks to some bad weather, it turns into a huge, end-of-season matchup.

May 5: Spring Grove at Kennard-Dale, boys volleyball, 7:00

Both squads are among the last four currently holding playoff spots. They both need wins to secure their district playoff slots. The Rockets have won four of their last six to move up the rankings. Kennard-Dale will be playing their second match in two days. Who prevails?

May 8: YAIAA track and field championships at Dallastown, 4 pm

Both the girls and guys will be at Dallastown on Friday to crown league champions. If you see any track and field events all year, this is the one to see. When the whole league gets together, the competition heats up, and it’s a great event for fans to see.

May 5-8: District boys tennis tourney at Hershey Racquet Club

South Western (12-1) takes on Central Dauphin in the AAA team tournament on Tuesday. Win and move on to play Wednesday and possibly Thursday in the district championship.

 

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Softball district rankings: How many local teams are in?

The third set of PIAA District 3 softball power rankings were released on Friday and there was some good news and some bad news for Hanover-Adams area teams.

A few local teams are in a comfortable position while a few others are in a desperate hunt for one of the final playoff spots.

Power ratings are determined by a formula that factors each team’s winning percentage and their opponent’s winning percentage.

The deadline for games to count toward district ratings is May 13.

Class AAAA – top 16 teams qualify for postseason

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On the bubble: South Western (10-6, 17th out of 38 overall, .669 rating)

The Mustangs have been on the bubble for weeks and they remain in that position- .004 percentage points out of the final spot. After a ninth-inning, walk-off win over rival Spring Grove on April 29, seniors and the coaching staff seemed to think they would need to win out (at Red Lion, at New Oxford, at Gettysburg) to earn a spot. They might be right. And they took care of Red Lion. With wins in their last two games, South Western has a solid chance of sneaking in.

There’s always next year: New Oxford (5-13, 29th out of 38 overall, .47 rating)

Class AAA – top 16 teams qualify for postseason

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In: Littlestown (14-3, 10th out of 33 overall, .676 rating)

Barring a dramatic collapse in the last week, the Bolts should have a playoff berth. They have won 11 of their past 12, including two wins over rival Delone Catholic and one over powerhouse Kennard-Dale. Very impressive. Depending on how things shake out, the Bolts could see the Rams for a third time in the first round of districts.

On the bubble: Spring Grove (8-10, 16th out of 33 overall, .594 rating), Gettysburg (9-8, 20th out of 33 overall, .543 rating)

Disclaimer here: These rankings came out hours before Spring Grove pulled off a huge upset over Central York (17-1, 4th in Class AAAA).

That could bump the Rockets up to 14th, depending on how the rest of their week goes. They get Red Lion, who they mercy-ruled earlier this season, in the season finale on May 4. The win over Central was impressive for several reasons, but most importantly, it saved their postseason hopes and it was a great way to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to South Western.

Gettysburg is almost in a second-tier of the bubble. Their win over Dover last week finally gave the Warriors a win against a team with a winning record, and Friday’s win against Susquehannock (after the rankings came out) was a huge boost too. The Warriors get South Western on May 5 in a must-win for both squads before finishing up with Red Lion the next day. Will it be enough to sneak into the postseason?

Class AA – top 10 teams qualify for postseason

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In: Delone Catholic (12-4, 4th out of 18 overall, .617 rating)

The Squirettes are in. They won the division (again). It’s just a matter of who they play in the first round. Overall, great season for Delone.

On the bubble: Fairfield (7-9, 10th out of 18 overall, .438 rating), Biglerville (6-11, 12th out of 18 overall, .413 rating)

A week ago, we looked at this classification and it seemed every team was still in contention. It has thinned out since then and Fairfield remains in the final spot, while Biglerville sits two spots behind them. There’s a significant drop-off in percentage points after that, so we’ve moved Bermudian Springs and Hanover off the bubble.

The Green Knights have won two of three, including a 12-11 victory over Biglerville. Fairfield gets York County Tech and Littlestown to conclude the regular season. They lost to both teams earlier this season.

The Canners have hung around and still have an outside shot of sneaking in if a few teams in front of them struggle down the stretch. They’ll have to handle their own business and they have three games remaining – at York Catholic, vs. Delone Catholic, at Upper Dauphin.

There’s always next year: Bermudian Springs (4-15, 13th out of 18 overall, .361 rating), Hanover (4-14, 14th out of 18, .360 rating)

 

 

 

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Lacrosse leaders through April 29

After a brief delay (sorry I was sick for a few days), and without further ado, here’s the latest YAIAA lacrosse stat leaderboards.

Congrats to Morgan Day (Kennard-Dale) for breaking the state’s all-time scoring record on the girls’ side and congrats to Anthony DeVincent (South Western) for breaking the Mustangs’ single-season scoring record. Both lead the goals scored category.

Below are the league leaders in goals, assists, save percentages and saves for both boys and girls. They will be updated weekly. Enjoy.

***Disclaimer: There are a few teams who have not reported stats for every game. Those limited, missing games are not factored into leaderboards. As we receive those games, these leaderboards are updated.***

BOYS
Name (School)                                       Goals
1. Anthony DeVincent (SW)                   54
2. Brian Prats (Dallastown)                    47
3. Jacob Norton (York Catholic)           46
4. Conrad Rhein (Eastern York)           45
4t. Sam Emig (Red Lion)                        45
6. Jack Allred (Susky)                             44
7. Connor Hoch (Central)                       35
8. Aiden Kirkendall (Susky)                   33
8t. Hunter Betz (West York)                  33
8t. John Wilson (New Ox)                      33

Name (School)                                       Assists
1. Hunter Betz (West York)                    55
2. Conrad Rhein (Eastern)                     31
3. Tanner Reif (Red Lion)                      27
4. Collin Riley (Susky)                            26
5. TJ Ross (Central)                                25
5t. Jac Gemmill (Red Lion)                   25

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Baseball district rankings: Delone Catholic, Biglerville and Spring Grove move up

The second set of preliminary PIAA District 3 baseball power rankings were released on Tuesday, and there was a lot of movement involving Hanover-Adams area teams. Power ratings are determined by a formula that factors each team’s winning percentage and their opponent’s winning percentage.

Class AA – top 10 teams qualify for postseason

In: Delone Catholic (10-7, fifth out of 19 teams, .5435 rating), Biglerville (8-8, ninth, .4829)

The biggest winner of the past week is Biglerville, who won three games to get to .500 and move into the top 10. Delone Catholic moved up as well, with a win against York Catholic (now seventh) offsetting two losses.

Out: Fairfield (4-9-1, 14th, .3857), Hanover (1-13, 19th, .2715)

Fairfield beat Delone Catholic on Monday and, if the past week is any indication, a winning streak could boost the Green Knights into the top 10.

See the complete AA rankings here.

Class AAA – top 16 teams qualify for postseason

In: Spring Grove (12-4, fourth out of 37 teams, .7223 rating)

The Rockets continue to impress, beating Waynesboro and Dallastown this week, and moved up into the top four. It’s very difficult to see Spring Grove missing out at this point.

Out: Littlestown (9-5, 24th, .5636), Gettysburg (7-7, 25th, .5335), Bermudian Springs (8-9, 31st, .4967)

After splitting a doubleheader on Monday, Littlestown coach Todd Gantz and Gettysburg coach Ryan Brady both said they thought their teams could qualify for districts by winning out. It seems that they would need some help too, as they’ll have to pass nine or 10 ten teams along the way.

See the complete AAA rankings here.

Class AAAA – top 16 teams qualify for postseason

In: none

Out: New Oxford (7-10, 25th out of 35, .5145 rating), South Western (5-11, 26th, .5071)

The Colonials and Mustangs both only won one game this week, missing an ample opportunity to make up some ground in the power rankings. Given the weak strength of YAIAA Division I outside of Spring Grove, a late winning streak by either or both of these teams might not be enough to qualify for the postseason.

See the complete AAAA rankings here.

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Softball district rankings: Who’s in? Who’s out?

The first PIAA District 3 softball power rankings were released Friday, 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.

Several of the local teams are right on the bubble, making the final few weeks of the season that much more exciting.

Power ratings are determined by a formula that factors each team’s winning percentage and their opponent’s winning percentage.

Class AAAA – top 16 teams qualify for postseason

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On the bubble: South Western (7-4, 16th out of 38 overall, .662 rating)

The Mustangs are as “on the bubble” as a team could possibly be. They sit in the 16th and final playoff spot in AAAA and teams 14-18 are all within .002 percentage points of each other.

South Western’s strength of schedule is average among AAAA teams, so the Mustangs will need as many wins down the stretch as they can get. They were riding a six-game win streak before Dallastown beat them, 8-1, on Thursday.

Following an invitational over the weekend, the Mustangs get Central York (11-1, 5th in AAAA) and arch-rival Spring Grove (5-7, 18th in Class AAA) next week.

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Baseball district rankings: Spring Grove, Littlestown, Delone Catholic currently in

The first PIAA District 3 baseball power rankings were released Tuesday, 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. Power ratings are determined by a formula that factors each team’s winning percentage and their opponent’s winning percentage.

Class AA – top 10 teams qualify for postseason

In: Delone Catholic (7-5, ninth out of 19 teams, .5193 rating)

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Delone Catholic is the only of the four Hanover-Adams area teams in Class AA that would be in districts if they started today. But the Squires don’t have much room for error, as a drop of two spots would leave them on the outside-looking-in.

Work left to do: Biglerville (5-8, 13th, .4179), Fairfield (2-8, 16th, .3399), Hanover (1-10, 18th, .2796)

Biglerville is the only of these three teams that really has a chance to sneak in, but the Canners probably need to win out in order to do it. They’ll need to pass at least three teams in order to get into the top 10.

See the complete Class AA rankings here.

Class AAA – top 16 teams qualify for postseason

In: Littlestown (8-2, 13th out of 37 teams, .6367 rating)

Littlestown started out 8-0, but the Bolts’ rating is being dragged down by a weak strength of schedule. They sit pretty firmly on the bubble at this point and will need to win several more games in order to ensure a spot in the postseason.

Work left to do: Bermudian Springs (7-7, 27th, .5098), Gettysburg (4-5, 30th, .4942)

Both of these teams have been playing very well lately, but prolonged losing streaks earlier in the season leave them in a pretty bad position. With so many teams standing between them and the final district spot, it’s a pretty safe bet that neither will sneak into the postseason.

See the complete Class AAA rankings here.

Class AAAA – top 16 teams qualify for postseason

In: none

Work left to do: South Western (4-7, 26th out of 35 teams, .5226 rating), New Oxford (6-8, 27th, .5158)

The strength (or lack thereof) of YAIAA Division I isn’t doing these teams any favors. Like Bermudian Springs and Gettysburg, both South Western and New Oxford will probably not be able to recover from tough early-season stretches.

See the complete Class AAAA rankings here.

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