What to watch: March 23-March 28

Dallastown players rush to hug their coach after securing their 6-3 win over Susquehannock on Wednesday night May 14, 2014 at New Oxford High School in the YAIAA softball title game. Shane Dunlap - GameTimePA.com

Dallastown players rush to hug their coach after securing their 6-3 win over Susquehannock on Wednesday night May 14, 2014 at New Oxford High School in the YAIAA softball title game. Shane Dunlap – GameTimePA.com

A glance at key matchup for the first full week of the spring sports season in the YAIAA:

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Red Lion at Dallastown, boys’ lacrosse: Nothing like a neighboring rivalry to get the season started. The Lions look poised to bounce back to form of a few seasons ago. No better gauge than the defending league champions.

Dallastown at Manheim Township, boys’ tennis: The Wildcats and defending YAIAA singles champion John Schmitt get to test themselves against the defending District 3 team champion Blue Streaks.

Kennard-Dale at Dallastown, softball: A makeup game from March 20. (Please ignore the Dallastown theme that seems to be going on this day.)
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Rosters for Sunday’s YAIAA all-star basketball games

Delone Catholic's Maddie Comly (1) and West York's Kari Lankford (21) have their teams in solid position to contend for YAIAA and District 3 titles. (FILE -- GAMETIMEPA.COM

Delone Catholic’s Maddie Comly (1) and West York’s Kari Lankford (21) have their teams in solid position to contend for YAIAA and District 3 titles. (FILE — GAMETIMEPA.COM

The YAIAA senior girls’ and boys’ basketball all-star games will take place Sunday at Dover Area High School. The girls’ game begins at 2 p.m., followed by the boys at 4 p.m.

Proceeds from the event help fund the York White Rose Lions scholarship program and support the medical needs of West York Middle School student Johnathen Speelman, a 12-year-old who suffers from an incurable eye disease.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for students. Here are the rosters for the games:
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Poll: YAIAA girls’ Athlete of the Week | March 9-March 14

The York Suburban swim team had a strong performance at the 2015 PIAA championships, finishing in third place overall in the team competition.


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While it was a strong effort from the entire group, junior Carson Gross won a gold medal on Wednesday in the 200-yard freestyle competition.

Speaking of state tournaments, three girls’ basketball teams were eliminated in the second round of the PIAA Tournament this past week.

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Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | March 9-March 14

The William Penn boys’ basketball team had another strong season, and yet another one that ended without a state championship for the program.

The Bearcats fell, 70-56, to Martin Luther King in the second round of the PIAA tournament on Wednesday at Reading High School.

While the Bearcats had the tools to possibly advance further in the 2015 tournament, MLK has one of the state’s top teams and could quite possibly play for a state title of its own. That, and William Penn did in fact have a strong year – again.

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PIAA swimming and diving championships

So, what are the PIAA swimming and diving championships?

For starters, they are four intense days packed with excited kids, screaming families and most of all, some incredibly fast swims.

The Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell University is the host once again and the schedule is as follows:

The starting blocks at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium as York Suburban's Alex Fridman, left, dives into the water to start a relay during 2014 championships.

The starting blocks at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium as York Suburban’s Alex Fridman, left, dives into the water to start a relay during 2014 championships.


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Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | March 2-March 7

South Western's Seth Janney won a silver medal at the PIAA wrestling championships. Janney is only a sophomore and will have two more chances to grab a gold medal.

South Western’s Seth Janney won a silver medal at the PIAA wrestling championships. Janney is only a sophomore and will have two more chances to grab a gold medal.


The wrestling season officially came to an end Saturday, as the three-day state championships closed with a handful of YAIAA wrestlers finding their way on to the medal stand.


State basketball, on the other hand, opened up this past weekend. Four York/Adams teams remain standing after the first round: William Penn boys and Christian School of York, York Catholic and West York girls. The tourney resumes Tuesday and Wednesday.

And still yet to come is state swimming, which kicks off Wednesday at Bucknell University. And don’t forget about the spring sports season …. games start in earnest on March 20.

But before we get too ahead of ourselves, take a minute to look back on a few of last week’s top performances ..
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Poll: YAIAA girls’ Athlete of the Week | March 2-March 7


York Catholic — like many seasons before this one — continues to roll through the postseason, easily winning its first-round game.


The Irish haven’t won a state title since 2008. Is this the year the Irish get back on top? Stay tuned …

Meanwhile, cast your vote for the best performance from last week …

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PIAA Wrestling Rapid Reaction: 5 Class AA Championships to watch

The PIAA Championships are entering their final day and the Class AA Championships are set.

Here are five matchups to watch.

1. 113 pounds: Lancaster Catholic’s Joe Lobeck (41-2) vs. Central Cambria’s Max Murin (36-1). Lobeck, the Crusader junior, is looking for his first PIAA title. It would be the second straight for a wrestler from Lancaster Catholic – 182-pounder Stephen Loiseau won a state championship last year. Lobeck beat Murin last year in a consolation semifinal. Can he repeat that feat? Prediction: Lobeck, 4-2.

2. 132 pounds: Boiling Springs’ Korbin Myers (40-1) vs. Derry Area’s George Phillippi (42-3). The matchup everyone is waiting to see in Class AA. Myers is the returning 120-pound champion and ranked 10th nationally on the ranking service InterMat. Phillippi is fourth nationally on InterMat, and was a third-place finisher at 120 last year. Prediction: Myers, 3-2.

3. 152 pounds: Huntingdon’s Jacob Oliver (41-2) vs. South Park’s Jake Wentzel (39-1). The two met a week ago in the Southwest regional finals, won by Wentzel, 11-3. Oliver is flying high after handily knocking off wrestlers with a combined 10 losses coming into the PIAA tournament. Wentzel, meanwhile, is outscoring his foes 27-4. Expect some points. Prediction: Wentzel, 8-7.

4. 285 pounds: Southmoreland’s Jake Beistel (38-4) vs. Burrell’s Al Beattie (47-1). Another matchup between two southwest regional participants, as Beattie won 7-3 last week. Both reached the semifinals here a year ago but lost with Beattie finishing third and Beistel fifth. Prediction: Beattie, 6-2.

5. 160 pounds: Mifflinburg’s Cole Walter (40-1) vs. Boiling Springs’ John Vaughn (27-2). The most wide-open weight class features an intriguing final between a pair of wrestlers with a combined 67-3 record. Vaughn has been hot since returning from injury in January. Walter was third last year at 152, while Vaughn missed the medal stand at 145. Prediction: Walter, 6-1.

Stay tuned tomorrow for full coverage on GameTimePA.com of the AA finals and place matches as well as the AAA semifinals starting at 9 a.m.

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PIAA Wrestling Rapid Reaction: 5 Class AAA semifinals to watch

After another wild day of action at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships, the semifinals are set for tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.

Below we’ll take a look at five of the most intriguing semifinals with short analysis and a pick to win each bout.

1. 126 pounds: Bethlehem Catholic’s Luke Karam vs. Shippensburg’s Chandler Olsen. Olsen reached the semifinals with a pair of falls while Karam is a returning Class AA champion from a year ago. Olsen is a newcomer to the semifinals stage who been rather impressive the last two days. Prediction: Karam, 5-4.

2. 152 pounds: Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s Vincenzo Joseph vs. Punsutawney’s Caleb Young. Young is unbeaten this year while Joseph has just one loss, making this a must-see matchup. Joseph is the returning 138-pound champ while Young was fifth in the same class a year ago. Prediction: Joseph, 7-2.

3. 182 pounds: Cedar Cliff’s Josh Colello vs. Mt. Lebanon’s Kellan Stout.  Colello enters at 43-4 while Stout is 36-0 and trying to become Mt. Lebanon’s first PIAA champion since Kurt Angle back in 1987. Prediction: Stout, 4-3.

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PIAA Wrestling Rapid Reaction: 5 semifinals to watch in Class AA

With the PIAA wrestling class AA field narrowed down to the final 8 medalists, let’s take a look at five semifinals to watch.

Each matchup will include brief analysis as well as a prediction.

1. 106 pounds: Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale vs. Boiling Springs Jalin Hankerson. Teasdale had a thriller this morning, downing Southern Columbia’s Jaret Lane, 12-10 in overtime while Hankerson had to rally to take down Brookville’s Gavin Park, 6-5. Both are great on their feat. Prediction: Teasale, 4-1.

2. 120 pounds: Bishop McDevitt’s John Pipa vs. Reynolds’ Cole Matthews. Pipa was a finalist last year and Cole Matthews shocked the crowd this morning with a pin on Huntingdon’s Collin Glorioso after trailing 3-1. Pipa has that big match experience while Matthews is a freshman and has the knack for a shocking win. Prediction: Pipa, 5-2.

3. 152 pounds: Pius X Michael Comunale vs. South Park’s Jake Wentzel. The duo come into the contest with a combined record of 71-1 with Comunale having an unbeaten record. Should be an entertaining contest. Prediction: Wentzel, 7-4.

4. 182 pounds: Bermudian Springs’ Colton Dull vs. Penns Valley’s Corey Hazel.

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