Many YAIAA sports are approaching -- or already have reached -- the midway point of their fall seasons. With that in mind, let's revisit the balance of power in the YAIAA by sport.
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1. South Western (Preseason rank: 2; 5-2, 4-1 Division I) -- The defending tournament champs take the top spot thanks to their 2-1 win Thursday night at Central York.
2. Central York (PR: 1; 9-2, 4-1 D-I) -- Aside from Central's loss to South Western (well, including it because it was a well-played match), the Panthers have looked strong. They even nearly called their shots at one point this season.
3. West York (PR: NR; 6-1-2, 6-0 D-II) -- The Bulldogs suffered an upset Thursday before their showdown at Susquehannock. Division I's Spring Grove earned its first victory of the season, 1-0. Despite that loss, West York swept through the first half of a Division II with Northeastern (5-3, 5-2) off to a hot start and a tough York Suburban (5-3, 3-2) squad. Last but not least, they also edged rival Susquehannock, 1-0 in overtime, to close the first round of divisional games.
4. Susquehannock (PR: 3; 5-4-1, 4-2 D-II) -- Saturday's home loss to West York, which nearly went to double overtime, capped a long week for the Warriors. They played Dallastown to a draw a day after beating last year's Division II champion, York Suburban.
5. Dallastown (PR: 4; 5-4-1, 3-2 D-I) -- The Wildcats remain in the top five ahead of Division III leader Biglerville when considering strength of schedule. A deep postseason run by the Canners can change that.
Honorable mention: Biglerville (PR: 5; 8-1, 5-0 D-III)