York-Adams sends 24 teams to District 3 tourney
GameTimePA reporters Teddy Feinberg and Jim Seip discuss potential District 3 basketball title teams from the YAIAA. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
Three York County basketball teams earned top seeds in their brackets for the upcoming District 3 tournament, leading the York-Adams contingent of 24 teams into the postseason.
The Northeastern boys took the top spot in the Class 5A bracket, and York Country Day is No. 1 in the 1A bracket. On the girls' side, York Catholic is No. 1 in Class 3A.
Of the 24 qualifiers from York and Adams counties, 22 of them are from the YAIAA. The total includes 12 boys' teams and 12 girls' teams.
It's an increase in total York-Adams qualifiers over last year, when 21 teams earned berths.
Despite the PIAA's expansion from four to six classifications, there are actually fewer playoff spots available this year. In the past, 60 boys' teams and 60 girls' teams reached the district tournament. This year, that number is 58.
Here's a look at the first-round matchups. Start times will be announced Monday.
- No. 9 Central York (15-7) travels to No. 8 Cedar Crest (15-7) in the first round on Feb. 21.
- No. 12 Dallastown (14-8) snags the final spot in the tourney. The Wildcats open on the road at No. 5 Carlisle (14-7) on Feb. 21.
- No. 1 Northeastern (20-2) opens at home against No. 16 Exeter Township (11-11) in the first round Feb. 20.
- No. 4 Spring Grove (17-5) hosts YAIAA Division I foe No. 13 New Oxford (11-10) on Feb. 20.
- No. 14 Dover (14-8) travels to No. 3 Palmyra (19-3) on Feb. 20.
- No. 5 Eastern York (14-8) gets a first-round bye. The Golden Knights will open in the quarterfinals on the road at No. 4 Middletown (18-4) on Feb. 23.
- No. 6 Littlestown (15-7) also gets a first-round bye. The Thunderbolts also hit the road for a quarterfinal opener at No. 3 Bishop McDevitt (16-6) on Feb. 23.
- No. 9 Biglerville (13-9) travels to No. 8 Schuylkill Valley (14-8) for a first-round game Feb. 20.
- No. 2 York Catholic (20-1) moves right into the semifinals courtesy of a first-round bye in the quarterfinals. The Fighting Irish play the winner of Lancaster Mennonite vs. Delone Catholic. The semifinal is Feb. 23.
- No. 6 Delone Catholic (12-10) opens on the road against No. 3 Lancaster Mennonite (20-2) in the quarterfinals on Feb. 20.
- No. 1 York Country Day (16-4) has a first-round bye, then hosts No. 8 High Point Baptist Academy (11-6) in the quarterfinals Feb. 23.
- No. 4 Central York (20-2)gets a bye into the quarterfinals. On Feb. 23, the Panthers host the winner of the first-round game between Cedar Cliff (17-5) and Wilson (12-9).
- No. 11 Dallastown (12-10) will travel to No. 6 Governor Mifflin (16-6) for a first-round game Feb. 20.
- No. 2 Susquehannock (19-3) hosts No. 15 Mechanicsburg (11-11) in the first round Feb. 21.
- No. 3 New Oxford (17-5) hosts No. 14 Muhlenberg (14-7) in the first round Feb. 21.
- No. 7 Dover (17-5) also earned a home game, hosting No. 10 Fleetwood (17-4).
- No. 9 West York (15-7) will hit the road to play No. 8 Greencastle-Antrim (18-4).
- No. 5 Eastern York (14-8) gets a bye into the quarterfinals. There, the Knights will travel to No. 4 Lancaster Catholic (18-3) on Feb. 24.
- No. 6 York Suburban (13-9) also skips into the quarters. The Trojans travel to No. 3 Bishop McDevitt (18-4) on Feb. 24.
- No. 1 York Catholic (17-5) gets a first-round bye right into the semis on Feb. 24. That's when the Fighting Irish take on the winner of a quarterfinal between Hanover and Pequea Valley.
- No. 2 Delone Catholic (17-5) also gets a free ride into the semis on Feb. 24. They'll take on the Middletown-Tulpehocken winner.
- No. 4 Hanover (12-10) opens at home against No. 5 Pequea Valley (9-13) on Feb. 21.
- No. 5 Christian School of York (16-4) has a first-round bye then travels to No. 4 Lebanon Catholic (16-6) in the quarterfinals Feb. 24.