YAIAA boys’ basketball power rankings: division leaders close in on titles


Northeastern's Kobi Nwandu looks around Central York's Sam Saxton  during the boys basketball game at Central York High School Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Central beat Northeastern 65-49.  Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News

Northeastern’s Kobi Nwandu looks around Central York’s Sam Saxton during the boys basketball game at Central York High School Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Central beat Northeastern 65-49. Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News

With about a week to go in the regular season, all three YAIAA divisional leaders are closing in on chances to clinch regular-season titles.

For Northeastern, that opportunity could come Tuesday at West York. William Penn missed a chance to do the same in Division I at Central York. The Panthers’ 75-64 win now means the Bearcats need another win combined with a Central loss to clinch. The defending Division I and league tournament champ, Central remains alive as long as it keeps winning. In Division III, Hanover pulled a little closer with its second win against York Catholic last week.

For a look at the entire league, which culminates with the YAIAA tournament beginning on Feb. 7 (click here for an explanation of tiebreakers), here are this week’s power rankings:
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New schedule for YAIAA swimming championships

York Suburban's Madie Devaney heads to the surface at the Jan. 25th South Western Relays.

York Suburban’s Madie Devaney heads to the surface at the Jan. 25th South Western Relays.

The upcoming YAIAA swimming and diving championships will take place a week earlier this year, and like the Mid-Penn Conference, the there will be three weeks between the YAIAA meet and the District 3 championships.

In previous years, with the notable exception of the weather-affected 2014 event, the YAIAA held it’s championship meet at Central York two weeks prior to districts, on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, but even that will be different in 2015.

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Top two teams in YAIAA girls’ power rankings face off Saturday


Last Saturday’s Red Lion Showcase was indeed a showcase. All four YAIAA teams to participate are among the league’s top teams. Those teams — West York, Delone Catholic, New Oxford and Red Lion — finished 2-2 in the annual event that included unbeaten Boyertown and Berks Catholic.

Now, transitioning into the next week, here’s how the league stacks up as of Jan. 26:

1. West York (16-0): A 62-24 win against fellow District 3 Class AAA contender Fleetwood says a lot. The Tigers were sixth in the district ratings last week and this week dropped to eighth. The Bulldogs? They’re still first and have four games this week, starting Tuesday with YAIAA Division II-rival Northeastern on the road. The gauntlet concludes Saturday when York Catholic visits West York.

2. York Catholic (15-2): Speaking of the Irish … go ahead and call these rankings out for hyping up this weekend’s matchup. York Catholic is playing as well as any team with recent victories against Delone Catholic and Dallastown. The 50-37 win Friday against Delone was enough to elevate the Irish back into the District 3 Class AA top spot.
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York-Adams Wrestle Weekly: Previewing the District 3 Team Tournament

With the release of the final District 3 Wrestling Power Rankings and brackets, it’s time to move beyond the regular season and into the postseason.

Before we move on though, I believe it’s necessary to send out congratulations to our YAIAA Champions in South Western (Div. I), Kennard-Dale (Div. II) and Bermudian Springs (Div. III). South Western’s title was their first out-right since 1997 and their fifth overall. Bermudian Springs has won nine in their last 10 years.

Despite graduating Chance Marsteller, Kennard-Dale made history this year, winning their first YAIAA division title in their school's history. (The Evening Sun -- Shane Dunlap)

Despite graduating Chance Marsteller, Kennard-Dale made history this year, winning their first YAIAA division title in their school’s history. (The Evening Sun — Shane Dunlap)

The Rams, however, are in uncharted waters as they won their first YAIAA wrestling title in school history. That, after graduating arguably the greatest wrestler in PIAA history.

All three of these teams as well as Red Lion, Spring Grove, Delone Catholic and Biglerville will compete in the District 3 Team Championships starting this week with AAA on Tuesday and AA on Wednesday.

The seven teams are tied for the second most ever, the most being eight coming when the AA bracket still sent 16 teams instead of the eight they do now.

But enough about the past, let’s focus on the present and dive right into the brackets with full analysis of each pod and predictions. The first two rounds are set for Tuesday night at Cumberland Valley, South Western, Governor Mifflin and Central Dauphin.

Class AAA: Chambersburg, Milton Hershey and Kennard-Dale at Cumberland Valley

Cumberland Valley ended the season as the top seed in AAA and will open the postseason as the favorite to win the district title. The Eagles will face Chambersburg, the 16th seed. In the other first round match at Cumberland Valley, Kennard-Dale, the No. 9 seed will face No. 8 Milton Hershey.

Kennard-Dale's Andrew Barnett, right, wrestles Dover's Brandon Rodriguez during a Jan. 15 wrestling meet at Dover Area High School. Barnett won the bout 8-6, while Kennard-Dale won the team competition, 36-28.  (Kate Penn - GameTimePA.com)

Kennard-Dale’s Andrew Barnett, right, wrestles Dover’s Brandon Rodriguez during a Jan. 15 wrestling meet at Dover Area High School. Barnett won the bout 8-6, while Kennard-Dale won the team competition, 36-28. (Kate Penn – GameTimePA.com)

Analysis: Cumberland Valley is not only one of the best, if not the best, team in District 3, but is among the best in PIAA. The Eagles are also ranked 47th in the nation by InterMat Wrestle. Cumberland Valley is led by nationally ranked senior Patrick Duggan. Chambersburg has some solid wrestlers, led by Drew Peck, David Rump, Garrett Kyner and Aaron Rump. Kennard-Dale has had a great season, the best in school history, and will be led by a pair of lightweights in Andrew Barnett and Mike Bracey. Milton Hershey, meanwhile, is led by Spencer Gallitz and Christopher Santana.

Predictions: Kennard-Dale will push Milton Hershey, but will fall short while Cumberland Valley takes care of Chambersburg with relative ease. The Eagles move on with a thoroughly dominating victory against the Spartans.

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Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | Jan. 19-Jan. 24

Kennard-Dale's Andrew Barnett, right, wrestles Dover's Brandon Rodriguez during a Jan. 15 wrestling meet at Dover Area High School. Barnett won the bout 8-6, while Kennard-Dale won the team competition, 36-28.  (Kate Penn - GameTimePA.com)

Kennard-Dale’s Andrew Barnett, right, wrestles Dover’s Brandon Rodriguez during a Jan. 15 wrestling meet at Dover Area High School. Barnett won the bout 8-6, while Kennard-Dale won the team competition, 36-28. (Kate Penn – GameTimePA.com)


It was a historic week for Kennard-Dale wrestling, which won its first-ever divisional championship in program history.

The Rams, standing at 13-3 on the year and 6-0 in YAIAA play, beat Susquehannock and then Gettysburg this past week to take home the honor. It’s significant for Kennard-Dale, which had one of the best wrestlers in Pennsylvania history the past four years in Chance Marstellar, yet have continued building the program following his departure to Oklahoma State University.

That wasn’t the only big win for a local team this past week.

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Poll: YAIAA girls’ Athlete of the Week | Jan. 19-Jan. 24

Friday night’s high school girls’ basketball action saw some teams pull off key wins as the season enters late January.

For starters, there was West York High School, which remained undefeated with a 50-32 win over York Suburban. The victory put the Bulldogs at 15-0 on the season and 10-0 in Division II play. It also gave them a three-game lead on second-place York Suburban in the divisional standings.

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Top YAIAA swim times through Jan. 22

Below are the top winning swim times from dual-meets reported to the Daily Record/Sunday News and GameTimePA through Jan. 22.

Dallastown's Spencer Hill, shown during a recent meet, has his name in several places on the YAIAA top times list.

Dallastown’s Spencer Hill, shown during a recent meet, has his name in several places on the YAIAA top times list.

GIRLS
200 medley relay —
1. Dallastown (Anna Hess, Jenna Woods, Mikaelie Gonzalez, Erica Wise), 1:53.04, 2. York Suburban (Carson Gross, Megan Hunt, Jenna Hufnagle, Madie Devaney), 1:55.30, 3. Central York (Carley Vaughn, Leah Martin, Sarah Spinney, Sarah Hartman), 1:57.55. 200 free — 1. Carson Gross, YS, 1:56.51, 2. Courtney Schaefer, RL, 2:02.01, 3. Taylor Hoover, WY, 2:03.18. 200 IM — 1. Courtney Schaefer, RL, 2:08.64, 2. Emily Jenkins, SG, 2:10.93, 3. Carson, Gross, YS, 2:14.67. 50 free — 1. Erica Wise, Dt, 24.42, 2. Carson Gross, YS, 25.25, 3. Maddi Stoner, WY, 26.10. Diving — 1. Erica Sarver, WY, 259.25, 2. Lindsey Pope, Ne, 250.10, 3. Maddie Wentz, Dt, 225.05. 100 fly — 1. Emily Jenkins, SG, 59.58, 2. Courtney Schaefer, RL, 1:00.82, 3. Regan Chalk, NO, 1:00.83. 100 free — 1. Sarah Spinney, CY, 51.23, 2. Carson Gross, YS, 54.15. 3. Erica Wise, Dt, 54.86. 500 free — 1. Carson Gross, YS, 5:03.49. 2. Courtney Schaefer, RL, 5:10.51, 3. Maelyn Elder, WY, 5:23.30. 200 free relay — 1. Dallastown (Erica Wise, Jenna Woods, Lauren Cooksey, Justina Thornley), 1:42.50, 2. York Suburban (Anna Schmittle, Madie Devaney, Carson Gross, Megan Hunt), 1:44.80, 3. Central York (Sarah Hartman, Summer McIntyre, Mackenzie Sopko, Carley Vaughn), 1:46.33. 100 back — 1. Anna Hess, Dt, 1:02.07, 2. Regan Chalk, NO 1:02.16, 3. Maelyn Elder, WY, 1:03.14. 100 breast — 1. Megan Hunt, YS, 1:09.35, 2 Jessica Sun, RL, 1:09.42, 3. Jena Woods, Dt, 1:10.87. 400 free relay — 1. West York (Mealyn Elder, Claudia Keller, Taylor Hoover, Maddi Stoner), 3:52.30, 2. York Suburban (Cara Zortman, Anna Schmittle, Jenna Hufnagle, Carson Gross), 3:54.58, 3. Dallastown (Justina Thornley, Anna Hess, Mikaelie Gonzalez, Rebekah Brown), 3:54.73.

BOYS
200 medley relay —
1. Dallastown (Noah Brockway, Grant Wertz, Jake Stoner, Spencer Hill), 1:38.37, 2. Central York (Ben Chu, Aaron Tate, Jesse Tate, Erik Peckmann), 1:41.18, 3. Spring Grove (Nolan Kling, Justin Culp, Taylor Myers, Collin Ruby), 1:45.95. 200 free — 1. Alec Peckmann, CY, 1:46.21, 2. Dylan North, RL, 1:47.12, 3. Spencer Hill, Dt, 1:48.54. 200 IM — 1. Spencer Hill, Dt, 1:59.20, 2. Dylan North, RL, 2:00.22, 3. Jesse Tate, CY, 2:00.30. 50 free — 1. Alec Peckmann, CY, 22.22, 2. Erik Peckmann, CY, 22.39, 2. Noah Brockway, Dt, 22.39. Diving — 1. Jamie Kohler, Do, 225.35, 2. Andrew Feeser, SW, 225.15, 3. Dustin Jones, Dt, 212.65. 100 fly — 1. Spencer Hill, Dt, 52.08, 2. Casey Marshall, Do, 53.802, 3. Jesse Tate, CY, 53.87. 100 free — 1. Alec Peckmann, CY, 48.19, 2. Noah Brockway, Dt, 49.25, 3. Jake Stoner, Dt, 49.43. 500 free — 1. Dylan North, RL, 4:51.77, 2. Jesse Tate, CY, 4:52.75, 3. Alec Peckmann, CY, 4:55.87. 200 free relay — 1. Dallastown (Spencer Hill, Jake Stoner, Braedon Erne, Logan Brockway), 1:28.83, 2. Central York (Erik Peckmann, Ben Fisher, Will Hartzell, Alec Peckmann), 1:31.51, 3. Spring Grove (Collin Ruby, Nolan Kling, Colton Boyles, Taylor Myers), 1:33.04. 100 back — 1. Noah Brockway, Dt, 53.97, 2. Spencer Hill, Dt, 55.91, 3. Logan Brockway, Dt, 56.23. 100 breast — 1. Grant Wertz, Dt, 1:02.02, 2. Alec Peckmann, CY, 1:02.22, 3. Aaron Tate, CY, 1:05.41. 400 free relay — 1. Central York (Will Hartzell, Erik Peckmann, Jesse Tate, Alec Peckmann), 3:19.03, 2. Dallastown (Spencer Hill, Logan Brockway, Jake Stoner, Noah Brockway), 3:21.25, 3. York Suburban (Diego Herrera, Ethan Staub, Karl Schmittle, Matt Spinello), 3:29.42.

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YAIAA boys’ basketball player of the year watch

Hanover's Dylan Krieger (13) gets the rebound against York Catholic's Andrew Forjan in the second half of a boys basketball game on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at York Catholic. Hanover defeated York Catholic 62-43. (CHRIS DUNN -- GAMETIMEPA.COM)

Hanover’s Dylan Krieger (13) gets the rebound against York Catholic’s Andrew Forjan in the second half of a boys basketball game on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at York Catholic. Hanover defeated York Catholic 62-43. (CHRIS DUNN — GAMETIMEPA.COM)

The GameTimePA.com staff will select its YAIAA all-star team at the end of the regular season, which is a contrast from previous seasons. In the past, coaches would submit votes for all-star teams representing each division.

This year, the GameTimePA staff writers will select one team for the entire league. Being just past the midway point, here’s a check in on who is contending for YAIAA Player of the Year and the all-star team.

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Josh Bailey, West York (5-8, Jr., G, 13.8 ppg): Bailey is the perimeter spark for a West York team that needed it after the graduation of Kevin Rice from last season. Along with Darian McCauley manning the post, Bailey and the Bulldogs make for a tenacious foe.

Ryan Beck, Dover (5-10, Sr., G, 22.9 ppg): Last season’s YAIAA leading scorer is again its top 3-point threat. The Eagles also are contending for league and district tournament spots, which they missed out on last year. The development of juniors Najah Fink and Jerry O’Neal has gone a long way in making that improvement happen.
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YAIAA girls’ basketball player of the year watch

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 GameTimePA.com staff will select its YAIAA all-star team at the end of the regular season, which is a contrast from previous seasons. In the past, coaches would submit votes for all-star teams representing each division.

This year, the GameTimePA staff writers will select one team for the entire league. Being just past the midway point, here’s a check in on who is contending for YAIAA Player of the Year and the all-star team.

Disagree with the assessments? Sound off below.

Maddie Comly, Delone Catholic (5-8, Sr., G, 24.0 ppg): Comly has led the YAIAA and, thus, the Squirettes in scoring. Delone Catholic owns a win over rival York Catholic, which has it in charge of the YAIAA Division III standings but second to the Irish in the District 3 Class AA rankings.
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York-Adams Wrestle Weekly: Down the Homestretch

The past week in YAIAA wrestling featured a little bit of everything.

From milestones to injuries, victories to defeats, and everything in between. Looking back on it, what a week it was.

We’ll start off with was big match in Class AA at Bermudian Springs between the Eagles and Boiling Springs. The Bubblers jumped out early, 23-0, but Bermudian Springs stormed back to make it 27-20 with two bouts remaining. That’s when the Eagles experienced both injury and defeat, however.

At 113 pounds, Bayley Oberlander, bumping up from 106, looked to pull the Eagles within striking distance for teammate Austin Clabaugh in the final bout. In the second period with the score tied 2-2 against Caleb Holley, Oberlander injured his shoulder and was unable to finish the match, however. The turn of events awarded the Bubblers six points and granted them the 33-23 victory.

Bermudian Springs' Briton Shelton, shown above as he picked up his 100th career win, helped spark an Eagles rally that came up just short against Boiling Springs on Saturday. (Shane Dunlap - GameTimePA.com)

Bermudian Springs’ Briton Shelton, shown above as he picked up his 100th career win, helped spark an Eagles rally that came up just short against Boiling Springs on Saturday. (Shane Dunlap – GameTimePA.com)

It was the eighth-consecutive loss for the Eagles against the Bubblers. It did, however, show the Eagles they can compete against Boiling Springs, something that could favor Bermudian if the two programs were to meet again this year.

Now, switching gears, we’ll revisit the key Division I battles from last week, starting with South Western’s 55-12 blowout victory over Red Lion. My prediction in last week’s Wrestle Weekly was not lost on the Mustangs afterwards, as fellow GameTimePA member Brandon Stoneburg informed me.

A tweet sent out by a South Western wrestler with the image of the scoreboard – and of my Red Lion-victory prediction – was retweeted and favorited numerous times by Mustang faithful.

Yeah, I was wrong! Kudos to the Mustangs on the victory.

The Lions didn’t let that loss take away from their goals, as they returned to the mats Thursday and picked up a huge victory over Spring Grove. Anthony Moser recorded a 9-3 decision over Joshua Cribbs in the final match of the evening to give Red Lion the win. You can watch the entire match below.

“It’s a nice rebound,” said Red Lion head coach Chris Schell of the victory. “We didn’t wrestle Tuesday night, I mean we didn’t, and beating Spring Grove is a dream come true. Tony (Miller) and his staff have that team running on all cylinders every year, it doesn’t matter how many kids they lose.”

Schell continued, ”We had a meeting yesterday with the team, we have to rebound, we have to get our heads straight and (know) where we want to be at the end of the season. They want a rematch, they want a rematch with South Western.”

That rematch is a distinct possibility with a week to go before the final rankings, as South Western is currently at No. 7 and Red Lion No. 8 in the Class AAA power rankings.

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