We’re a week and a half into the high school basketball season, and that means it’s time for the first installment of our weekly YAIAA power rankings.
We’ll start with the boys, where our top team is still awaiting its first test on the young season…
1. Eastern York — This ranking might be based on preseason hype more than anything. The Golden Knights haven’t really beat anybody to earn their 3-0 mark, but boy have they looked good. Eastern is averaging 82 ppg so far, with an average winning margin of 49 points.
2. York Suburban — Tom Triggs’ Trojans have sprinted to a 5-0 mark, highlighted by a win against Lancaster Mennonite in the Trojan Tip-off Tournament. Suburban has the experience factor after last year’s District 3 title run, and boasts a pair of more-than-capable scorers in Thomas McInerney and Kevin Donahue.
3. William Penn — The Bearcats (4-1) lost to a good Reading team, but have looked dominant in their other four outings. Junior guard Kelvin Parker has been outstanding, leading the team in points and rebounds per game. He dropped 27 in Tuesday’s win over Kennard-Dale.
4. West York — After a season-opening loss to Hempfield, Bill Ackerman’s Bulldogs (3-1) are back on track. West York scored a big win over Red Lion Friday, paced by sophomore Luke Cable’s 12 points.
5. Red Lion — The Lions (4-1) have limitations (lack of size) but their shooting makes them a dangerous team, capable of playing with anybody on the right night. Senior forward Spencer McCreary (24.2 ppg) is off a hot start.
6. Central York — New coach Marty Hasenfuss has his Panthers (4-1) rolling early. But we’ll find out what they’re really made of Wednesday, when William Penn comes calling.
7. Hanover — More and more, the Nighthawks look like the team to beat in Division IV. They’re 3-0 in league play, and have capable scorers in Ben Connor (19.3 ppg) and Brandon Wentz (12.3).
8. Kennard-Dale — The Rams (3-2) look primed to take another step after last year’s 12-12 showing. Senior guard Matt Romoser makes it all tick — he has plenty of range and can handle the ball well.
9. Dover — The Eagles (4-2) have gotten off to a solid start, first by winning the Bermudian Springs Tip-off Tournament and then by scoring wins over DIvision I foes South Western and Spring Grove.
10. Dallastown — The Wildcats 2-3 record doesn’t look great, but Dallastown lost on a 50-foot prayer in their opener and also dropped a close one to West York. Junior Four McGlynn is averaging an eye-popping 25 ppg.