Breaking down “Super 700,” including 10-percent rule

Under a six classification format, schools like Dallastown could still meet Cumberland Valley in the postseason.  A "Super 700" that would separate schools with at least 700 boys from smaller schools would push schools, such as Dallastown, down to 5A. Dallastown is currently listed with an enrollment of 694 boys. (FILE -- GAMETIMEPA.COM)

Under a six classification format, schools like Dallastown could still meet Cumberland Valley in the postseason. A “Super 700″ that would separate schools with at least 700 boys from smaller schools would push schools, such as Dallastown, down to 5A. Dallastown is currently listed with an enrollment of 694 boys. (FILE — GAMETIMEPA.COM)

Here is a breakdown of what the high school football landscape could look like in District 3 if the PIAA opts for six classifications with a “Super 700.” The “Super 700″ means schools with at least 700 boys would be reserved for Class 6A, then 5A through 1A would be divided equally across Pennsylvania.

There are two possibilities under this format: a “Super 700″ or a “Super 700″ with a 10-percent rule. The PIAA is using current enrollment figures in its examples. Schools are ordered by enrollment. The highest and lowest boys’ enrollment for each class, plus those for YAIAA schools, are listed in parenthesis.

SUPER 700
Class 6A:
Reading (2,138 enrollment), J.P. McCaskey, Chambersburg, Cumberland Valley, Hempfield, Harrisburg, Central Dauphin, Red Lion (807), William Penn (764), Wilson, Manheim Township, Penn Manor (712).
Number of schools: 12, which ranks third in state with District 11. District 1 has most with 26 schools.

Class 5A: Dallastown (694), Exeter, Central York (673), Warwick, Central Dauphin East, Cedar Crest, Fleetwood, York County Tech (600), Carlisle, Conestoga Valley, Cedar Cliff, Governor Mifflin, Elizabethtown, Lebanon, Ephrata, Waynesboro, Lower Dauphin, South Western (499), New Oxford (490), Mechanicsburg, Muhlenberg, Hershey, Solanco, Lancaster Catholic, Garden Spot (462).
Number of schools: 25, which leads state with Districts 1 and 7. District 9 is next with nine schools. Continue reading “Breaking down “Super 700,” including 10-percent rule” »

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Breaking down six classifications, including 10-percent rule

York Catholic has played in the last two District 3 Class A championships. If the PIAA expands to six classes, the Fighting Irish would likely play in 2A. (FILE -- GAMETIMEPA.COM)

York Catholic has played in the last two District 3 Class A championships. If the PIAA expands to six classes, the Fighting Irish would likely play in 2A. (FILE — GAMETIMEPA.COM)

Here is a breakdown of what the high school football landscape could look like in District 3 if the PIAA opts for six classifications.

There are two possibilities under this format: the six classes or six classes with a 10-percent rule. The PIAA is using current enrollment figures in its examples. Schools are ordered by enrollment. The highest and lowest boys’ enrollment for each class, plus those for YAIAA schools, are listed in parenthesis.

SIX CLASSES
Class 6A:
Reading (2,138 enrollment), J.P. McCaskey, Chambersburg, Cumberland Valley, Hempfield, Harrisburg, Central Dauphin, Red Lion (807), William Penn (764), Wilson, Manheim Township, Penn Manor, Dallastown (694), Exeter, Central York (673), Warwick, Central Dauphin East, Cedar Crest (633).
Number of schools: 18, which ranks second in state. District 1 has most with 29 schools.

Class 5A: Fleetwood (606 – with 250 co-op enrollment), York County Tech (600), Carlisle, Conestoga Valley, Cedar Cliff, Governor Mifflin, Elizabethtown, Lebanon, Ephrata, Waynesboro, Lower Dauphin, South Western (499), New Oxford (490), Mechanicsburg, Muhlenberg, Hershey, Solanco, Lancaster Catholic, Garden Spot, Red Land, Daniel Boone, Northern York, Spring Grove (436), Northeastern (429), Shippensburg (419).
Number of schools: 25, which ranks second in state. District 1 has most with 27 schools. Continue reading “Breaking down six classifications, including 10-percent rule” »

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Breaking down four classifications, including 10-percent rule

West York's Ryan Narber, center, drives against Donegal's Derek Mohr, left, and Connor Maxwell in the second half of a District 3 first-round playoff game last year at West York. Of the 12 Class AAA districts in Pennsylvania, District 3 has the largest with 40 schools. (FILE -- GAMETIMEPA.COM)

West York’s Ryan Narber, center, drives against Donegal’s Derek Mohr, left, and Connor Maxwell in the second half of a District 3 first-round playoff game last year at West York. Of the 12 Class AAA districts in Pennsylvania, District 3 has the largest with 40 schools. (FILE — GAMETIMEPA.COM)

Here is a breakdown of what the high school football landscape could look like in District 3 if the PIAA remains with four classifications.

There are two possibilities under this format: the standard four classes and four classes with a 10-percent rule. The PIAA is using current enrollment figures in its examples. Schools are ordered by enrollment. The highest and lowest boys’ enrollment for each class, plus those for YAIAA schools, are listed in parenthesis.

FOUR CLASSES
Class AAAA:
Reading (2,138 enrollment), J.P. McCaskey, Chambersburg, Cumberland Valley, Hempfield, Harrisburg, Central Dauphin, Red Lion (807), William Penn (764), Wilson, Manheim Township, Penn Manor, Dallastown (694), Exeter, Central York (673), Warwick, Central Dauphin East, Cedar Crest, York County Tech (600), Carlisle, Conestoga Valley, Cedar Cliff, Governor Mifflin, Elizabethtown, Lebanon, Ephrata, Waynesboro (501).
Number of schools: 27, which ranks second in state. District 1 has most with 44 schools. Continue reading “Breaking down four classifications, including 10-percent rule” »

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YAIAA Football Schedule: By The Numbers

While putting together the YAIAA football schedule for our GameTimePA preview (It’s going to be GREAT) I came across a myriad of interesting matchups, which was tackled last week on the blog.

While sifting through all 154 matchups looking for the best of the best, I came across some interesting figures, and also found myself asking questions such as, “I wonder how many Berks County teams are on the schedule?” Or even, “I wonder who has the hardest schedule this season? What about the worst?” So, I decided to dive deep into the YAIAA schedule and found these goodies for you all to enjoy.

Where does South Western figure in the YAIAA by-the-numbers? Chris Dunn Ñ Daily Record/Sunday News

Where does South Western figure in the YAIAA by-the-numbers? Chris Dunn Ñ Daily Record/Sunday News

Here’s a look at the YAIAA football schedule by the numbers:

1: Current (as of 7/23) unnamed opponent. Fairfield currently has an opening in week 3 after their usual week 3 opponent did not field a varsity team and the replacement was double booked. A solution is nearly complete as Fairfield has a verbal agreement with Silver Oaks Academy located in Keymar, Maryland. Which is a great segue to the next number…

1: Official out-of-state opponents. Delone Catholic will host Union City from Tennessee in Week 3 in a matchup that is sure to draw interest.
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Q&A with York Suburban baseball player Brendon Delridge

Brendon Delridge is greeted by his Suburban York American Legion teammates after he hit the game-winning home run during a game against Hanover in June.

Brendon Delridge is greeted by his Suburban York American Legion teammates after he hit the game-winning home run during a game against Hanover in June.

York Suburban third baseman and pitcher Brendon Delridge is preparing for his senior season next year.

Individually, the 2015 season was a success for Delridge, but he still has things he would like to improve on.

GameTimePA caught up with Brendan recently, and here’s what the slugger had to say:

Were you satisfied with your individual performance this year?

Yeah I was.

What about it made you happy?

Well, because it’s my first year on varsity. I feel like I really stepped up, especially with my hitting, it was really improved from last year, and I was glad about that.

How do you look to improve in the future?

I think my ERA was a little high, so I’d like to improve upon that.

What opponent gave you the most fits on the field?

I think Bermudian. Even when they were down they would always find a way to come back. Even though we pulled out the win (5-2).

What was your favorite moment of the season?

My favorite moment … even though we lost, the very first game, (against Gettsyburg) that lasted about 14 innings.
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10 Matchups in 10 Weeks to Watch in YAIAA and District 3

We are exactly 50 days from the opening week of high school football (as of me writing this, that is). With that comes excitement from the athletes, to student bodies, to the communities and beyond. Expectations are at an all-time high for every team as these same athletes, student bodies and communities all see visions of state titles dancing in their head.

But enough of the rhetoric, let’s take a dive into the 2015 high school football schedule in the YAIAA and District 3 and see if I can find just one matchup to watch per week as the season progresses.

WEEK 1

YAIAA: Dallastown at Lancaster Catholic – Longtime District 3 AA power Lancaster Catholic has fallen in stature a bit the past few years as they’ve struggled in the larger L-L Section 1 and 2 while Dallastown has risen over the past few years, taking Division I last year with a 7-0 mark and a top 5 District 3 seed. This matchup, one of the most intriguing of the season between the YAIAA and LL League, is sure to entertain.

Cedar Cliff and Penn Manor players come together for a postgame prayer after the Comets topped the Colts, 27-20, in their 2014 game played in Dublin, Ireland. (JASON PLOTKIN -- GAMETIMEPA.COM)

Cedar Cliff and Penn Manor players come together for a postgame prayer after the Comets topped the Colts, 27-20, in their 2014 game played in Dublin, Ireland. (JASON PLOTKIN — GAMETIMEPA.COM)

District 3: Cedar Cliff at Penn Manor – One year ago these two teams battled in Ireland ahead of Penn State’s game with Central Florida, now these two teams renew their budding rivalry back in the states.

WEEK 2

YAIAA: William Penn at J.P. McCaskey – The War of the Roses battle is likely to be a shootout between these fierce rivals as in all but one of the prior five matchups the winning team scored 28 points or more.

 

District 3: Hamburg at Annville-Cleona – Who can forget the scene two years ago when a Hamburg athlete swung their helmet at an Annville-Cleona athlete. The Little Dutchmen exacted revenge last year with a 21-6 win.

WEEK 3

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Q&A with Susquehannock softball star Lily Yoakum

It's rain delays and rainbows as Susquehannock's Maddy Staub shares a cookie with teammate Lily Yoakum while the duo wait for the field to be cleaned up during their game against Kennard-Dale in Spring Grove on Monday, May 12, 2014. (File -- GameTimePA.com)

It’s rain delays and rainbows as Susquehannock’s Maddy Staub shares a cookie with teammate Lily Yoakum while the duo wait for the field to be cleaned up during their game against Kennard-Dale in Spring Grove on Monday, May 12, 2014. (File — GameTimePA.com)


Lily Yoakum is looking forward to her senior season next year. The catcher had a successful individual year, posting a .500 batting average with 11 RBIs in just 21 games.

However, the Susquehannock star wasn’t content with the 8-8-4 record the Warriors posted last season.

GametimePA caught up with Lily recently following the season:

Do you have any superstitions on game day? Superstitions on game day…not necessarily, but I like to always go in with a positive attitude no matter who we play.

Were you satisfied with your individual performance this year? Individually, I feel that I did all that I could. Of course there are areas where I could improve, but I feel that I supplied as much as I could for my team.

How does your team look next year? We’re all excited about next year. We didn’t do as well as we had hoped last year, so we’re coming out with a flame in our hearts to hopefully carry our school a lot farther. Continue reading “Q&A with Susquehannock softball star Lily Yoakum” »

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YAIAA lacrosse players switched at birth?

Lacrosse twins

They say that everyone has a doppelganger, and while looking at YAIAA boys’ lacrosse all-star photos, I came across these two that could easily pass for brothers – if not twins.

Making the discovery even more strange is the fact the two have the same first name.

The two pictured are Tanner Reif of Red Lion and West York’s Tanner Hale, but it’s up to you the reader to determine which one is which.

Now for our contest.

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YAIAA Q&A: Getting to know Red Lion’s Cole Brillhart

Red Lion's Cole Brillhart (21) is shown during a regular-season game against Northeastern. (Photo courtesy of Chris Riddle.)

Red Lion’s Cole Brillhart (21) is shown during a regular-season game against Northeastern. (Photo courtesy of Chris Riddle.)

Red Lion’s young volleyball star Cole Brillhart is coming off his freshman season, a year in which the Lions struggled. But, in his first year of varsity play, Brillhart amassed 214 kills, 142 digs, 25 aces, and added nine assists as well.

Brillhart is looking forward to returning to the court next season as a better individual player and as a better teammate.

GameTimePA.com caught up with him recently. Here is what he had to say:

Do you have any superstitions on game day?

Not really, no, I just go out there and play.

Were you satisfied with your performance this year?

I probably could’ve done a little bit better. For the most part I was pretty satisfied.

What about your team?

I think we had a few bad losses. But I think with everyone but one senior coming back next year that we did pretty good.

How do you look to improve in the future?

As a team or individually?

Individually.

Just get bigger, faster, and stronger so that I can compete with people who are older than me.

And how about as a team?

Probably try to play more like a team and not individually. And also being able to come together to beat a team that is potentially better than us or at a closer skill level to us. I think we struggled with that this year. There were a few teams that were about the same skill level as us that we lost to.

What opponent gave you the most trouble?

Of course Central and Northeastern were very tough. But I thought Dallastown was tough, they gave us a pretty good showing.

What was your favorite moment of the season?

Favorite moment … I would say probably beating Susquehannock to get into (the league tournament). That was a big game. For me that was my first time making (the league tournament), being a freshman last year.

If your sport wasn’t offered, what sport would you play?

I would probably play lacrosse. I played that a few years before I started playing volleyball.

What is your worst sport?

Ugh. I would say the worst would probably be … I don’t know, I mean I’m pretty bad at soccer. (laughs)

Besides volleyball, what do you like to do?

I like to hang out with my friends and play football.

Who is your role model?

My dad.

What’s your pregame routine like?

Go out to eat before the game with some of my fellow teammates. Then coming back and cheering on JV.

Favorite pregame music?
One song that I always listen to is Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes.

Oh yeah, great song. Name one place you’d love to go during your lifetime.
Probably L.A.

What embarrasses you most about your parents’ movie or music tastes?
Nothing embarrassing, they aren’t really fans of new music that’s out now. They’re not really classical fans or anything they just don’t like hip hop and rap and stuff.

What is the one thing you do that drives your mom or dad crazy?

Not doing my chores.

If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go?

Probably out west somewhere, like California. Like at the beach.

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Outtakes from the 2014-15 sports year

They scratched, they clawed, and in the end they tied. Palmyra and Penn Manor's 1-1 field hockey tie was a bizarre way to end this past field hockey season. (GameTimePA.com - File)

They scratched, they clawed, and in the end they tied. Palmyra and Penn Manor’s 1-1 field hockey tie was a bizarre way to end this past field hockey season. (GameTimePA.com – File)

GameTimePA sports reporter Matt Goul wrote a recent commentary on his lasting memories from the 2014-15 sports year. Read all about it, here.

And, in honor of that, some of our GameTimePA staffers also reminisced about the year that was in YAIAA athletics, and beyond. Their thoughts:

Football coaching changes: When I think back to my first year at the York Daily Record and GameTimePA, I’ll undoubtedly remember all the turnover in the high school football coaching ranks. Some changes featured marquee names — Ron Miller leaving West York, for instance — while others featured flip-flopping of the YAIAA programs — Steve Wiles leaving Delone Catholic and landing at Susquehannock. Heck, the story lines continue today, as New Oxford is currently searching for a new coach following the departure of Jason Thurston last week. Yes, that’s what I’ll remember looking back at 2014-15.
— Teddy Feinberg, assistant sports editor

State title tie: Well, this was just odd. It was back in November when Palmyra and Penn Manor finished in a 1-1 tie for the Class AAA state championship in girls’ field hockey. The outcome wasn’t exactly met with open arms by fans and followers of the sport, and this past May the PIAA Board of Directors voted unanimously to use penalty strokes, if necessary, to determine the outcome of future state field hockey championship games. A state title contest ending in a 1-1 deadlock was a bizarre finish to the field hockey season, that’s for certain.
— Teddy Feinberg, assistant sports editor

Heavy Hitters: A trio of YAIAA softball players hit more than .600 this season, but no one was as dominant as Delone Catholic’s Shelbee Holcomb. The junior shortstop hit .740 (57-of-77) with 10 home runs and 53 runs batted in, which would earn her the triple crown. Senior Haley Norton of Spring Grove batted .627 with 19 of her 37 hits going for extra bases, including five home runs. A sophomore — Central York catcher Briannah Dobson — not only hit .612, but did not strike out all season. Another player, Dover junior Natalie Cutright, also did not whiff this season, and posted a .594 average.
— Steve Navaroli, sports reporter

Stunning pool performances: Carson Gross of York Suburban lost her lead during the PIAA Class AA 200 freestyle to Pottsgrove’s Emily Glinecke. But Gross was not to be denied, finishing strong and passing Gliecke in the final few yards. The junior’s time of 1:51.71 won a state gold medal at Bucknell University. Even more suspenseful was the way Dallastown senior Noah Brockway earned a gold medal in the AAA 100 backstroke at the District 3 championships. Brockway appeared to be touched out at the wall by Cumberland Valley’s Ben Francis. However, officials noticed that Brockway’s hand missed the touch pad when he reached back, registering the time only when his head hit the pad. As is procedure, backup times were used, and Brockway was district champion with a corrected time of 51.22 seconds. Wildcats teammate Spencer Hill also won district gold in the 100 butterfly.
— Steve Navaroli, sports reporter

500 wins: On Dec. 20, the Bermudian Springs wrestling team traveled to Northern Lebanon for a dual tournament. Later that day, after an 81-0 white-washing of Tulpehocken, Dave McCollum and the Eagles celebrated McCollum’s 500th career win as head coach. It was a monumental feat, as McCollum has essentially built the Eagles’ wrestling program into the power it is today. That, and only eight other coaches in PIAA wrestling history have recorded as many victories.
— Andrew Mease, sports editorial assistant

Decreased wrestling power: In 2014, District 3 combined for nine PIAA individual wrestling championships, three of which came from the YAIAA. In 2015, however, District 3 took home just one PIAA gold medal, as Governor Mifflin’s Jan Johnson repeated at 195 pounds after beating Big Springs Tommy Rayhart in the final. District 3 did, however, graduate arguably the most successful group of seniors, including two four-time champions in Solanco’s Thomas Haines and Kennard-Dale’s Chance Marsteller.
— Andrew Mease, sports editorial assistant

From our readers
We asked our readers for their lasting memory from the 2014-15 sports year. Here was their take, via GameTimePA Facebook and @GameTimePA_SC on Twitter:

Northeastern State volleyball three-peat
— Jodi Arentz

York High basketball
— Barbara Brown

Susquehannock’s boys’ swimming!
— @rgjaxon on Twitter

The tie in AAA field hockey. Great game by @PalmyraFH negated by poor attention to detail by @PIAASports.
— @Coach_Ralph on Twitter

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