The addition of Gettysburg to the YAIAA wasn't going to come without its complications. The biggest dilemma, for football at least, will be what to do with that dreaded bye week facing Division II programs come 2014.
"Start scrambling for games," West York coach Ron Miller said this week. "The early part of the season isn't that bad. We're always looking for teams in (Week) 1 through 4."
The YAIAA is surveying its options. One that came up in January was to propose an agreement with the Mid-Penn to match teams from its 31-member league with the YAIAA Division II schools looking for opponents. Remember that Big Ten vs. Pac-12 college football series that isn't happening? It's kind of like that. And with the Mid-Penn down to an even 30 after Susquenita's departure to the Tri-Valley, a YAIAA vs. Mid-Penn notion is quickly sinking if it's not already sunk.
One solution could be the Berks League, where its smaller division consists of seven teams like the YAIAA's second division will be in 2014. Although, travel would become a concern.
Kennard-Dale voted against Gettysburg joining the YAIAA for that reason. Having to drive 70 or 80 miles to the Reading area is not ideal. Plus, facing Class AAA schools might not appeal to the mostly Class AA Berks schools, although state champion Wyomissing and Berks Catholic, the league's top two teams last year, play mostly AAA non-league games.
The seven Berks League schools currently fill their open weeks with teams from the Lancaster-Lebanon League, such as Class A Columbia, to the Lehigh Valley, with AAA Allentown Central Catholic. The L-L's third division also has seven teams, and they have a mix from AAA Donegal and Garden Spot to A Columbia, which, despite its size, hasn't kept Northeastern from an annual game.
If the YAIAA cannot find a partner for those bye-week slots, the schools will be on their own to find non-league opponents in the middle of league season around the PIAA.
Speaking of Gettysburg: The school's athletic director, Carlos Wampler, confirmed with South Western athletic director Don Seidenstricker the schools' plan to keep their Week 1 football rivalry intact for the future.
For Gettysburg, the appeal of joining the YAIAA was short drives to schools, such as South Western and New Oxford. Wampler added he hopes to add the Colonials for a long-term football date in Week 2 or 3.
Tour of Duty: When Kennard-Dale girls' lacrosse coach Kelly Wetzel laughed last week before reasserting one of his top players, Lyndsey Duty, is in fact a sophomore, it was as if he knew he was in an enviable spot.
But this is nothing new.
In the previous two seasons he not only had the YAIAA Division II Player of the Year -- Katie Fonte in 2011 and Nicole Black in 2012 -- he also had them back for the following seasons. That means he has Black teaming with Duty, who also stars on the Rams' field hockey team. Just don't ask Duty to pick one sport.
"When I'm playing lacrosse I miss field hockey, and when I'm playing field hockey I miss lacrosse," Duty said. "They're all equal to me."
The Rams' younger standout has already received college interest for both sports. A few Division III schools have made inquiries for field hockey, while others have contacted Duty's coaches for lacrosse.
As for what she'll pick, she still has two more years. That should keep Wetzel smiling while opposing coaches cringe.
Shot of momentum: The Eastern York boys' volleyball team is on somewhat of a roll since its season-opening loss to Dallastown. Despite being 3-1 entering play Thursday, right behind league powers Northeastern and Central York, Golden Knights coach Carol Thompson issued caution.
Her team, coming off a 22-25, 19-25, 25-9, 25-20, 15-13 win Tuesday at York Suburban, still must play with depth issues. Much of it has to do with injuries early and, recently, a loss to ineligibility. Still, to come back from two games down against Suburban added a shot of momentum to a squad that needed it.
"You had Jake Kauffman on the other side and you're trying to keep the ball away from him," Thompson said. "We just consistently stayed in the game mentally. I hadn't seen that all year until that point."
Matt Goul is a high school sports reporter for the Daily Record/Sunday News. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 771-2045 or @mgoul on Twitter.