April comes to a close this week, and as the calendar turns to May, the attention of many Hanover-Adams area sports teams turn toward the District 3 power rankings and the possibility of going to the postseason.
One good week can make or break a season, and several teams can make strides towards an eventual postseason berth with key wins this week.
Here's a look at some key games to watch for in the final week of April:
Dallastown at South Western, 4:15 p.m. Friday: The Mustangs have already matched last year's win total and find themselves in position to make it back to the postseason for the first time since Parker Bean's senior year in 2013. This game has implications beyond districts as well, as South Western sits two games behind Dallastown for first place in the YAIAA Division I standings.
Fairfield at Gettysburg, 4:15 p.m. Wednesday: The Warriors haven't lost since starting 0-4, and they look to keep that winning streak going as they continue to try to climb into the district picture. Coming off a 5-12-1 season, the Knights already have matched their win total from last season and look to stay right in the mix to qualify for the District 3 Class AA playoffs.
Littlestown at Delone Catholic, 4:15 p.m. Monday: The next chapter of this rivalry gets written early this week when the Thunderbolts and Squirettes clash in McSherrystown. Both teams enter the game leading their respective divisions with undefeated league records and just one loss overall.
Littlestown won two regular season matchups between the two teams last season, but Delone Catholic won the third time around when they met in the YAIAA semifinals. This likely won't be the last meeting between these rivals this season, but it sure will be fun to see who wins round No. 1.
Track & Field
Penn Relays, Thursday-Saturday: One of the most prestigious meets in the country takes place in Philadelphia this weekend, and three athletes from the Hanover-Adams area will take part.
South Western senior Lynne Mooradian will compete in the 400 hurdles, New Oxford junior Madi Smith will compete in the javelin throw and Spring Grove junior Nathalie Elliot will compete in the pole vault. The meet offers a great opportunity for these top athletes to see how they rank with the best of the best.
Spring Grove at New Oxford, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday: Led by YAIAA scoring leader Braxtin Reddinger, the Colonials are on track to qualify for the District 3 tournament for the first time and need to avoid slipping up at home to keep those hopes alive.
The Rockets, meanwhile, need to get on a winning streak soon to have any shot at continuing their season into late May.