A look ahead: York's week of April 4
There is plenty to be excited about for the second full week of the spring sports season. From playoff rematches to rivalry games, YAIAA fans will have their fair share of games to check out.
Here are a few suggestions to keep an eye on.
York Catholic at West York, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday: It is an early season battle between the first-place Bulldogs (3-0) and second-place Fighting Irish (3-0). The Irish came up with a big win last Tuesday, defeating highly-touted Susquehannock, 17-14, then followed it up with wins over Spring Grove and Berks Catholic. The Bulldogs, who have scored 16 or more goals in all three of their wins, have seen production out of Sam Sterner, Cody Richter and Ryan McCauley. If York Catholic comes away with a win, it would be a big statement to the rest of the league that they shouldn’t be overlooked.
Susquehannock at Kennard-Dale, 7 p.m. Thursday: A rematch of last season’s YAIAA championship game, the two perennial favorites will meet for the first time since Kennard-Dale defeated Susquehannock, 14-11, for the league title. Despite losing the nation’s leading scorer in Morgan Day and first-team all-stars Brooke Davis and Lyndsey Duty, the Rams have not missed a beat, winning their first four games of the year. The Warriors are 4-1 to start the season — their only loss so far coming to York Catholic at home — and you can be sure they would like a little revenge for last year’s championship defeat. Note: You can watch Susquehannock at Kennard-Dale live at GameTimePA.com.
Red Lion at Dallastown, 4:15 p.m. Monday: Anytime these two schools meet it’s sure to make for an entertaining game. The Lions and Wildcats have split the series two games apiece during their last four meetings. Both teams have started the 2016 season with wins against divisional opponents. On Monday night they’ll be looking for some early-season bragging rights when the two sides see each other at Dallastown High School.
West York at Spring Grove, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday: Another playoff rematch will take place on Tuesday, this time in baseball and between the Bulldogs and Rockets. The two sides met in the first round last season with West York coming away with the 3-2 win. The Rockets are undefeated in division play, while last season’s league champions, West York, have dropped their first two games of the year. A win for the Bulldogs could start to turn things around after a slow start to the year. For Spring Grove, a win would keep their hot start going.
Dover at Dallastown, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday: The Wildcats were expected to be near the top of the division coming into this season and early on that’s where they find themselves. Dallastown will be looking to rebound after a 7-2 loss to Susquehannock last Thursday. After a breakout season, the Eagles have started off the year with wins over Red Lion and South Western. The Eagles contest with the Wildcats will be their first big test of 2016.
Kennard-Dale at York Suburban, 7 p.m. Tuesday: The Trojans will be looking to build off their season-opening victory over Central on Thursday night when they host the Rams. Kennard-Dale fell in three straight sets to perennial powerhouse Northeastern in their first match of the season and will be hoping to grab its first win of the year.