Another exciting week in YAIAA sports is upon us. Here is a look at a few matchups fans should be looking out for.
Red Lion at York Catholic, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday: The Fighting Irish have surpassed early-season expectations, with a 6-1 record and wins over Susquehannock and York Suburban. York Catholic will look to add the Lions to that list on Tuesday. The Irish have benefited from the offensive contributions of Jacob Norton, who has scored 21 goals this season and has two seven-goal performances. Not to be outdone, the Lions have a potent scoring duo in Sam Emig and Jac Gemmill. Both teams have only suffered one loss in division play, but that will change Tuesday.
West York at Central York, 7 p.m. Thursday: The Bulldogs dropped back-to-back games last week to divisional rivals and have had an underwhelming start to the year. West York also played on Thursday without Ryan McCauley and Cody Richter, who were sidelined by injuries. The Panthers, on the other hand, are off to a strong start with a 6-1 record. Central's only division loss has come against York Suburban. A win for the Bulldogs over one of the top teams in the league could give them a boost in confidence and turn their season around.
York Catholic at Red Lion, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday: Two of the YAIAA’s top girls’ lacrosse teams go head-to-head. The Fighting Irish are the only team other than Kennard-Dale that hasn’t suffered a loss this season. York Catholic ended New Oxford’s undefeated season last Tuesday, defeating them 17-5. Nine different York Catholic players scored in the win. The Lions have only dropped one league game this season, falling to Kennard-Dale 22-9 earlier in the season, but also boast a win over the Colonials. Red Lions’ Peyton Shima and Alyssa Adams are both in the top 10 in scoring this season, so offense has not been an issue for the Lions.
York Suburban at Eastern York, 4:15 p.m. Monday: A battle between two of the top teams in Division III baseball is not something YAIAA fans should miss. The Golden Knights have one of the best pitching duos in the league in Colby Shimmel and Brandon Knarr. Shimmel already has a no-hitter under his belt this season and he is one of the top pitchers in the league in strikeouts, as is Knarr. The Trojans offense will have a tough test against Eastern’s pitching, but a win over the Golden Knights would move York Suburban to 6-1 in division play.
Dallastown at Central York, 4:15 p.m. Wednesday: Other than Susquehannock, the Panthers are the only other team in the league that still boasts an undefeated overall record. The Wildcats are nipping at Central’s heels, however, and only have one loss on the season. Dallastown would be more than happy to hand the defending Division I champions their first loss of the year.
Dover at Susquehannock, 4:15 p.m. Wednesday: Speaking of Susquehannock, they’ll also host a team right behind them in the division standings. The Warriors are 8-0 (5-0 in Division II), but last year’s Division II champion, Dover, is right there with them at 6-2 (4-1 in division play). The Eagles boast two of the YAIAA’s top players in Natalie Cutright and Alyssa Lawton and have helped keep Dover in the mix. Both teams will be ready to go for this battle on Wednesday afternoon.
Central York at Dallastown, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday: In case local volleyball fans didn’t get their fix on Saturday at the Koller Classic, the Panthers and Wildcats should certainly whet some appetites. Both sides have had strong starts to the year, going 3-1 in league play. Hayden Wagner has had big offensive numbers this season for the Panthers, while Aaron Ward and Nathan Darr have led the way for the Wildcats. The Panthers are ranked fifth in the state in Class AAA, but with the Wildcats spending nearly half of Saturday in the same gym as Central they’ll more than likely be prepared for this contest.