Don't look now, but it's already just about time for playoffs in fall sports.
The Mid Penn Conference playoffs are first in line. Greencastle-Antrim, which has won the MPC Colonial Division in boys soccer, will host a league playoff semifinal game Tuesday at 6:30 p.m, against the Commonwealth Division champion.
That division has not yet been decided.
The standings as of Thursday afternoon had Central Dauphin (10-2-0) first, Cumberland Valley (9-2-1) second and Chambersburg (8-2-2) third. However, the Trojans were playing CV on Thursday and CD on Saturday, so those positions are volatile.
Here is a rundown on when various District 3 playoffs begin:
• Boys and girls soccer – Play-ins Oct. 23-24, first round Oct. 26-27
• Field hockey – First round Oct. 24
• Girls volleyball – First round Oct. 29
For District 5:
• Boys and girls soccer – Oct. 31
• Girls volleyball – Nov. 2
NEW MEMBER >> Last year, the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference lost one of its members, New Life Christian.
But this year, the MDCC found a replacement in Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy. The Patriots are located in Winchester, Va. Shenandoah Valley had been an MDCC member quite a few years ago.
That brings the league back to eight schools, including local schools Shalom Christian and Cumberland Valley Christian.
STATISTICAL ODDITY >> James Buchanan is having a rough season in football, with an 0-6 record.
Naturally, the Rockets are pretty low in the District 3 Class AAA power rankings, but they aren't at the bottom. In fact, there are five winless teams and JB is the highest-ranked among them.
Look at the calculation for Oppponents WInning Percentage (OWP). The Rockets' opponents have won at a .723 clip. That's the highest number of all the Class AAA schools. In fact, the only other school with an OWP of at least .700 is Mechanicsburg, which is also 0-6.
In addition, of all the schools in District 3, only one team has a higher OWP – Chambersburg (.737).
STREAKING >> The McConnellsburg boys basketball team won its first 11 games of the season last winter before it dropped a game to Southern Fulton.
This fall, the boys soccer team – with many of the same kids playing – won its first 11 contests. Fannett-Metal ended that streak last Friday with a 3-1 victory.
Those teams have split this season; the Spartans won the first encounter 3-0. Interestingly, both wins came on the road.
McConnellsburg and F-M are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in District 5, and that would make for an intense district championship game.