York Catholic boys trying out for the varsity and junior varsity soccer teams run a speed drill on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. The teams will be announced on Thursday or Friday, and will have their first scrimmage at Dover Area High School the following Monday. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, marked the first day of fall sports practice for YAIAA schools. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- Chris Dunn)
York Suburban junior Kayla Gibbs, right, leaps over the jump boxes during a drill as sophomore Sabrina Geary, left, returns to the starting block on the first day of tryouts for the varsity and junior varsity teams on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. The teams will be announced on Wednesday evening, with the first scrimmages on Saturday. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, marked the first day of fall sports practice for YAIAA schools. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- Chris Dunn)
High school athletes around the YAIAA got their first taste of practice Monday, the opening day of fall sports throughout York and Adams counties.
Area fields and courts found new life as throngs of seasoned vets and fresh-faced newbies started preparation for the 2012 season.
Here's a quick glance at some fall storylines to watch this season:
The state will finally crown true girls' soccer champions this year, as the YAIAA moved the sport from the spring to the fall. The quick turnaround could help, or hurt, area teams.
Dover girls' volleyball only has two starters back from a team that won the YAIAA tournament title, finished second in districts and reached pool play at states. The road to success could be challenging for the Eagles.
Keep an eye on Division III in football this season. Any number of teams can be considered title contenders.
Dallastown's golf team won the Division I title for the second time in three years last season. It will be a tall task to knock the Wildcats from the top of the standings.
Red Lion's boys' and girls' cross country squads were undefeated in Division I, and both look to be dangerous again with a number of returning runners.
For more fall sports previews, visit GameTimePA.com starting next Monday for daily looks around the league.
And look for the 2012 high school football preview online and in the Daily Record on Aug. 30.
Here's how you can follow all the YAIAA action during the fall season:
· Debuting this season: the Daily Record's mobile media lab. We will be at Central York on Aug. 31 for the Panthers' opener against West York. Stop by during the game and connect with us.
· Download our free GameTimePA app on your smartphone to get live scoring updates, news and blogs in the palm of your hand.
· Check out our GameTimePA.com live scoreboard every day for scoring updates from around the league.
· Follow @GameTimePA on Twitter for scoring updates. At a game? Tweet us updates and pictures, and we'll post them on the Varsity Beat blog. Like GameTimePA on Facebook and look for news updates, contests and more!