We’ve got a little bit of something for everybody. Looking at the week ahead, girls’ basketball is full of big games on Friday. Call it a showdown night, if you will, as each division has games that should and will impact who takes their respective titles.
Here’s a brief day-by-day rundown of what to watch in the YAIAA:
Tuesday, Jan. 8
• Boys’ hoops: Dallastown at Central York, 7 p.m. – Both teams looked good Friday night; Dallastown in a close loss at William Penn and Central in a win at South Western. Both, however, suffered setbacks Saturday and will look to rebound in a Division I jammed with teams at 3-2.
• Boys’ hoops: York Suburban at Eastern York, 7:30 p.m. – Sure Suburban is down, but it still has Evan Eberhardinger. He’s coming off a 24-point performance Friday when the Trojans cruised past Littlestown. The Golden Knights, on the other hand, have been an intriguing bunch so far. They’re tied with Bermudian Springs atop Division III and have an influx of younger players with a seasoned one in Dalton Reichard.
• Girls’ hoops: York Catholic at Biglerville, 7:30 p.m. – This is a big night for Division IV girls’ games. Not only do the Irish visit Biglerville, which sits third in the division behind York and Delone Catholic, but the Squirettes visit Hanover — which is coming off a close win against the Canners with freshman Soukaina Tracy’s breakout game.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
• Girls’ hoops: Kennard-Dale at Spring Grove, 7:30 p.m. — Kennard-Dale’s Sara Tarbert and Spring Grove’s Morgan Arden will lead their teams in this one. The Rams are reeling a bit after back-to-back losses last weekend. Although I have to ask, was it a lot to ask K-D to come back from a Friday night game for a Saturday afternoon?
• Wrestling: Spring Grove at West York, 7 p.m. – The question might be, can anyone beat the Rockets in Division I? Check out the details of what Spring Grove did Saturday in an 82-0 win against East Pennsboro. The pins, alone, are quite a feat.
Thursday, Jan. 10
• Girls’ hoops: New Hope Academy at Hanover, 7:30 p.m. – Since we don’t get to take notice of the Mighty Ants as often, this might be a decent chance to check them out.
• Swimming: York Suburban at Northeastern, 6 p.m. — Northeastern’s Rebecca Gross is coming off a diving title at South Western, while Dover has been … well, Dover on the girls’ side.
• Wrestling: Hanover at York Suburban, 7 p.m. — Hanover suffered its first loss last week to league power Bermudian Springs and will visit a Trojans squad that has performed well so far. Suburban is 7-2 in dual meets.
Friday, Jan. 11
• Girls’ hoops: Delone Catholic at York Catholic, 7:30 p.m. — All right, here we go! The first meeting between the area’s most storied programs is here for this season. So far, both are unbeaten in the league and have suffered only a few hiccups in the non-league schedule. I think we expected York Catholic to be where it’s at, but the Squirettes have had a head-turner or two. Yes, we expected them to play well, but it’s still impressive to see a team come together like they have since losing Sierra Moore to graduation.
• Girls’ hoops: Red Lion at West York, 7:30 p.m. – If that Division IV matchup isn’t enough, how about two new Division I rivals? This game might not be the game of the night only because Dallastown has secured its spot atop the division with wins against both of these teams. You would expect the Bulldogs to recover from the illness that bothered four starters in their loss to Dallastown. Sarah Shearer, though, might have a tougher time coming back from her ankle injury.
• Girls’ hoops: Susquehannock at Dover, 7:30 p.m. — No team has beaten Dover entering this week. The Warriors will be up for the test as they should be playing for a share of the Division II lead. In case you were wondering, there’s a key game in Division III, as well. Bermudian Springs visits Eastern York.
• Boys’ hoops: Eastern York at Bermudian Springs, 7:30 p.m. – With all of the big girls’ games, let’s not forget the boys will be playing, too. Entering the week, Eastern and Bermudian are tied atop Division III.
Saturday, Jan. 12
• Hoops: Donnie Swartz Memorial Classic, 6 p.m. — This inaugural fundraiser event for the Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Fund will feature two games at York College. First, Eastern York will take on Central York in a girls’ basketball game. West York and York Suburban will follow.
• Wrestling: Central York tournament, 8 a.m. — Want to see Bermudian Springs? How about Spring Grove? Hanover will be there, too.