YAIAA boys' hoops end-of-season rankings
So the regular season isn't officially over yet. Due to the biblical snowfall we've gotten and another spat of postponements, a few games remain in limbo.
But since we're days away from the start of the league tournament, we'll take this moment to offer up our final, regular season edition of the YAIAA power rankings.
First up, the boys. Last week's ranking in parentheses.
1. Eastern York (1) -- The Golden Knights (21-0) scored a season sweep of York Suburban on Monday, and in the process snagged the Division III crown. Eastern has to be considered favorites in the upcoming league tourney, and you have to believe they'd love another shot at William Penn after the way last year's final played out.
2. William Penn (2) -- Speaking of the Bearcats, they might be the hottest team in the league right now. William Penn (19-3) has won eight in a row since a Jan. 11 loss to Red Lion, taking those games by an average of 25.3 points. The latest of which was a revenge-quenching, 73-45 rout of the Lions on Tuesday.
3. York Suburban (3) -- When it comes to the Trojans (18-2), it's easy to focus on their two defeats to rival Eastern. But don't forget about Suburban's big wins earlier this year against teams like Red Lion and West York. This team is very much a threat to go on a run and win the county tournament.
4. West York (6) -- The Bulldogs might be my darkhorse going into the league tourney. They've won five in a row, and should get a favorable first-round matchup in either Hanover or Delone Catholic. Sophomore Luke Cable leads the team in scoring at 10.8 ppg.
5. Central York (5) -- Who thought Central (14-7) would be this good this fast? Especially when you consider they entered the season without a proven scorer. Still, the Panthers have the league and district tournaments to look forward to, even if they have to play Eastern York in the former.
6. Red Lion (4) -- The Lions (15-6) head into a Saturday matchup with York Suburban losers of four of their last six. Red Lion needs to figure a way to score the basketball more consistently and take some pressure off leading scorer Spencer McCreary.
7. Delone Catholic (8) -- The Squires (14-6) look like a better team than the one that lost to Hanover twice earlier this year. Ryan Tompkins is a consistent scoring threat, and Brett Smith has been an effective point guard in his freshman season.
8. Hanover (7) -- The Nighthawks (15-4) stumbled a bit late in the season, but still locked up at least a share of the Division IV crown. Hanover is looking at a very difficult league tourney matchup (William Penn or West York), but it could make a huge statement but snagging a couple win in districts.
9. Dover (9) -- The Eagles (14-7) dipped a bit late in the season. Still, you can't say enough about this turnaround season, and with a district spot sewn up, Dover still has a little more basketball to play.
10. Dallastown (10) -- The Wildcats' (11-10) win against Central on Monday was enormous, and means they'll at least get a crack at districts. Four McGlynn still ranks as the league's leading scorer at a shade over 23 points per game.
We'll have the girls' rankings up tomorrow.