By DICK VanOLINDA The York Dispatch
A suggestion to increase the number of officials working York-Adams League basketball games from two to three is on hold.
York Suburban principal Russ Greenholt said, during Monday’s league spring meeting at Central York, there are two reasons that the idea, suggested by the York-Adams Basketball Officials Chapter, hasn’t yet been put to a vote.
“No. 1, we feel there are some folks (schools) out there who would lose some money,” Greenholt said, “and we have to make sure we’re taking care of all of our member schools.
“No. 2, the budgets haven’t been set at all the schools, and there are some schools taking a hard look at junior high sports. Until the budgets are set, we don’t want to take a vote on going with three officials.”
The league’s executive committee could possibly vote on the issue at a June workshop.
In other news:
—League members approved media fees for football and basketball games. The costs are: $300 (live TV), $100 (web cast/live video streaming) and $100 (radio/web cast, audio, live).
For postseason games, the charges will be: $500 for a single game and $750 for a live television doubleheader (TV); $150 for a single contest and $225 for a doubleheader (web cast/live video streaming) and $150 for a single game and $225 for a doubleheader (radio/web cast, audio, live).
A discount of 10 percent will be given to a company interested in providing live TV coverage of both the boys’ and girls’ basketball championship contests.
—Four retired teacher/coaches received Outstanding Service Awards.
Royce Gerber of Dallastown, Brian Cashman of South Western and Susquehannock, Bob Shue of South Western and John Smith of York Tech and York Suburban were honored.
Gerber coached the Wildcats’ boys’ basketball team from 1982 through 1993, the Dallastown girls’ team in the 2006-07 season and was an assistant baseball coach for 40 years, 1970-2011. Gerber, who’s battled cancer for years, also started youth basketball camps for boys and girls.
Cashman was a teacher, coach and athletic director at South Western High School. He also served as high school principal at Columbia and Susquehannock.
Shue coached football for 35 years, track for 33 years and wrestling for nine years, all at South Western. In 1984, he was the head coach for the Mustangs’ boys’ track-and-field squad that captured the school’s only state team title.
Smith started the track-and-field program at York Tech. He coached there 13 years, winning back-to-back titles in his final two seasons (1982-83). Smith was also the athletic director at York Tech and later became the assistant athletic director at York Suburban.
—Some changes were made to the girls’ basketball alignment for the next two seasons.
York High will move from Division I to Division III, West York will switch from II to I, Susquehannock and York Suburban will go from III to II, and Kennard-Dale will change from II to III.
Red Lion, West York, Dallastown, Central, South Western and New Oxford will be in Division I; Spring Grove, Dover, Northeastern, Susquehannock and York Suburban will compete in Division II; York High, Bermudian Springs, Eastern, Kennard-Dale and Littlestown will make up Division III, and York Catholic, Delone Catholic, Biglerville, Hanover and Fairfield will reside in Division IV.
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