With the new year came breaking news.
Away from the wrestling mats, swimming pools and basketball courts where winter sports live, different rumblings came out of the YAIAA this week.
First was the news that Gettysburg is looking to leave the Mid-Penn Conference and join the geographically closer YAIAA. The Gettysburg school board will vote tonight whether to apply for membership in the YAIAA. If the Adams County school applies and is invited, it would join beginning with the 2014 school year.
You can follow along with updates from the meeting here.
The other bit of news that came out this week had to do solely with football. York County Tech announced that Doug Wilkinson will not be asked to return as the Spartans’ coach.
Wilkinson went 4-18 in two years with the team.
Now, on to what happened in winter sports this week:
1. The Biglerville wrestling team kept rolling Saturday by winning its own Canner Duals.
The Canners more or less cruised in every one of their matches in dispatching Central York, Gettysburg, Carlisle, Pine Grove and, in the championship, Saucon Valley.
Tyler Lieberum, who had five falls, was named wrestler of the meet. Teammate Trevor Stover added four pins.
The Canners improved to 8-0.
2. The William Penn boys’ basketball team continued its hot start (8-2 overall, 5-1 Division I) by subduing Dallastown, 70-61, Friday.
The Wildcats held a 30-29 lead at halftime, but the first-place Bearcats won the third quarter 23-10 and cruised home.
William Penn’s Tavon Parker led all scorers with 23 points.
3. Dallastown’s girls’ basketball team had better luck Friday night.
The Wildcats knocked off previously unbeaten West York, 52-39, to take over sole possession of first place in YAIAA Division I.
Dallastown finished 12-12 last year but is off to an 8-2 start this season.
“The girls understand last year was really rough, with us trying to figure each other out,” Wildcats coach Mary Manlove told Jim Seip, “but those losses matter now because we’re a better team because of it.”
Jenna Jackson and Shae Grim each scored 13 points for Dallastown.
4. On Saturday morning, diving was the sport of choice at South Western.
Northeastern’s Rebecca Gross took the lead on her second dive and never trailed to win the girls’ portion with 422.55 points. Morgan Stambaugh of Dover was second with 376.85 points.
Meanwhile, Central York’s Gabe Patil scored 277.25 points to win the boys’ event over Dallastown’s Ben Staub, who finished with 271.25.
Be sure to scan the top swimming times of the young season for your favorite swimmer.
5. If you haven’t voted for this week’s YAIAA Athlete of the Week, do so before the polls close today at 5 p.m.