With the end of March and early April approaching, we've finally come to the time for spring sports teams to showcase their skills.
The weather forecast looks breezy but warm for most of the next week, so here are some key games for YAIAA fans to get out and see:
Dallastown at Red Lion, 4:15 p.m. Wednesday: Two bitter rivals, two potential YAIAA title contenders and two teams sporting some flashy new uniforms square off. Dallastown squeaked past Northern York, 6-5, in its season opener, while Red Lion lost to Lampeter-Strasburg, 16-10, on the road. The matchup to watch will be Red Lion's snipers (Jac Gemmill and Sam Emig) against Dallastown's standout goalie Jack Marks. Note: You can watch this game live at GameTimePA.com.
York Catholic at Susquehannock, 6 p.m. Tuesday: Why wait until the end of the season to pit two of the league's top three teams against each other? This could be a YAIAA title game preview if Kennard-Dale slips up this season. Over their last four meetings, Susquehannock has outscored York Catholic by a combined score of just three goals, 39-36. Note: You can watch this game live at GameTimePA.com.
South Western at New Oxford, 8 p.m. Tuesday: After her 10-goal, seven-assist outburst in New Oxford's season opener, senior Braxtin Reddinger gets a chance to take on her former team. Oh, and she needs just two goals to reach 200 for her career.
Northeastern at Spring Grove, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday: The Rockets return almost everyone from last year's state-qualifying team, and Northeastern is a team many say can give West York a run for a division title. This matchup should provide a good gauge of just how good these teams are. Expect a pitching duel here.
Eastern York at York Catholic, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday: Similar to Northeastern-Spring Grove, this is another interesting cross-divisional, early-season matchup. Eastern has two of the top pitchers in the league in Brandon Knarr and Colby Shimmel, who threw a no-hitter in Eastern's season opener. The Irish return a lot of talent from a 12-6 team and are expected to be in contention for a Division IV title.
West York at Dallastown, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday: This matchup pairs two teams that ranked among the YAIAA's top five in our preseason power rankings. Greg Kinneman, who took over at Dallastown after being an assistant at West York for seven years, gets a chance to take on his former team.
Central York at York Suburban, 7 p.m. Thursday: In the first PVCA rankings of the year, York Suburban is ranked No. 6 among Class AA teams. They'll get a chance to prove themselves early with a matchup against perennial Class AAA powerhouse Central York.