The YAIAA spring sports season really hits its stride this week with some big rivalry and divisional matchups.
We just hope the weather allows those matchups to happen and Mother Nature finally realizes it's April and puts the snow and cold away for good.
Here are this week's top events to watch:
Dallastown at Spring Grove, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday:
The Wildcats and Rockets both entered this season with high expectations and have lived up to those expectations by starting 4-0 in league play. The winner of this game will move into sole possession of first place in YAIAA Division I.
UNC-Charlotte commit Matt Brooks will likely take the mound for Spring Grove, which is bad news for Dallastown. He struck out eight and walked none in five innings of work in a win against West York last Tuesday.
The UNC-Charlotte commit talks about how he puts hitters away. He struck out eight batters against West York. Zach Miller - GameTimePA.com
Delone Catholic at Fairfield, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday:
Delone Catholic has been the class of YAIAA Division IV for several years now, but there's one divisional opponent that seems to give them fits. Seniors Katie Laughman, Shelbee Holcomb and Cassie Rickrode all agreed at GameTimePA's spring sports media day that Fairfield would be the toughest team in the division to beat this spring.
The Squirettes enter the week 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the division, while the Knights enter at 2-2, 1-2.
New Oxford at York Catholic, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday:
First place will be on the line in this game, as the Colonials and Fighting Irish both enter the week tied for the top spot with 4-0 records in the YAIAA.
New Oxford is off to the best start in program history at 6-0 overall, and a win against York Catholic, a perennial girls' lacrosse power, will truly cement this team as a championship contender. New Oxford's Braxtin Reddinger had a league-leading 37 goals on April 6, and she seems to be replacing former Kennard-Dale forward Morgan Day as the YAIAA's top scorer.
Track & field
Arctic Blast Invitational at Northern York High School, 10 a.m. Saturday:
Bermudian Springs, Delone Catholic, Fairfield, Gettysburg, Littlestown and South Western will all be among the teams competing Saturday in Dillsburg. For most of those teams, it's their first invitational of the year and the first chance to truly see how their athletes stack up in District 3.
Last year's meet was the Lynne Mooradian show. Mooradian, who is now a senior, set a school record in the 300 hurdles and won three individual events. It will be exciting to see what she does this year, about a month before the District 3 championships.
Northeastern at New Oxford, 7 p.m. Tuesday:
Realistically, this match probably won't be very close. New Oxford is 1-2 on the season, while Northeastern — a three-time defending state champion — is 4-0 with multiple wins against state-ranked programs.
The match makes the list because it's the only time Northeastern plays in Adams County. If any volleyball fans want to watch a powerhouse team made of players that will compete for a national championship later this year, Tuesday is a great opportunity to do so.