By DICK VANO’LINDA
Following are capsules of the first-round state playoff games involving York-Adams teams, other than the York High-Haverford game, which is previewed elsewhere on this site:
BOYS’ CLASS AAA
West York (24-4) vs. Allentown Central Catholic (27-0) at Allentown Allen High School: The Bulldogs will seek to play giant killer and take down the unbeaten District 11 champions. Muhammad Ali-Abdul Rahkman is the star for the Vikings, who are ranked No. 3 in the state in AAA by PennLive.com. Rahkman, a 6-4 senior, is averaging 22.7 points a game and has accumulated more than 2,000 career points. Central Catholic also features a 1,000-point career scorer in Jean Lee Baez. The 6-5 senior is averaging 13.4 points a game. Kevin Rice, a senior, is the leading scorer for West York at 15.7 points a game. Darian McCauley, a sophomore, complements Rice with 10.1 points a game.
Bermudian Springs (22-4) vs. Holy Ghost Prep (21-6) at Cheltenham High School, Wyncote: Mike England, a 6-3, 200-pound senior, averages 17.2 points a game for Holy Ghost Prep, which captured its third District 1 title in the past five seasons with a 65-47 victory over Lower Moreland. Neil Murren and Alex Orwig combine for 29 Bermudian points a game. The Eagles will give away height to the Firebirds, but what else is new for Bermudian? Coach Tom Flaherty’s team, without a player on the roster taller than 5-10, won York-Adams Division III, finished fourth in District 3 and qualified for the state playoffs.
GIRLS’ CLASS AAAA
Dover (24-3) vs. Bishop Shanahan (21-6) at South Western High School: It will be the Eagles from York County against the Eagles from Chester County in this first-round matchup. Dover senior Alayah Hall will look to add to her school-record 1,575 points and help her team begin another run in the state bracket. The Eagles reached the quarterfinals last season. The 5-7 senior is averaging 17.7 points a game this season. Bishop Shanahan, the seventh-seeded team from District 1, clinched its first-ever spot in states with a 38-31 victory over Ridley. Grace Phillips and Kathleen Wirshup teamed for 26 of the Eagles’ 38 points.
Red Lion (17-9) vs. Spring-Ford (23-6) at Coatesville High School: Red Lion takes on a huge challenge, going up against the defending state Class AAAA champions. Morgan Kuehne leads the Lady Lions’ offense with a 17.4-points-per-game average, and Courtney Dimoff delivers 12.4 a game for the York-Adams Division I team. Spring-Ford’s Sammy Stipa, who will play NCAA Division I college basketball at Lafayette next year, is the Rams’ all-time leading scorer with more than 1,200 points. Stipa and Shelby Mueller team for 25.8 points a game. Spring-Ford enters as the second-seeded team from District 1 following a 63-51 loss to North Penn in the title game.
GIRLS’ CLASS AA
Delone Catholic (20-5) vs. Holy Cross (19-8) at South Western High School: Delone Catholic will seek to bounce back from a District 3 final loss to York Catholic and move into the Round of 16. The Squirettes look primarily to Maddie Comly (17.5 points a game) and Mary Gingrow (13.1 points a game) for offense. Olivia Kosin (15.1) and Gabby Giordano (12.0) are the top two scorers for the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders. The 5-9 Kosin pulls down 10 rebounds a game. Giordano, a catcher on the Holy Cross softball team, will undergo knee surgery following the basketball season. Delone Catholic won, 72-48, when these teams met in the state playoffs last year.
York Catholic (23-4) vs. Philadelphia Academy Charter (11-5) at Dallastown High School: After breaking its own record by winning a ninth consecutive District 3 crown, York Catholic is preparing for another deep run in the state playoffs. Hannah Laslo, a 6-1 junior, leads a balanced York Catholic attack with an 11.3 points-per-game average. Fighting Irish teammate Deanna Chesko averaged 11 points a game in the district tournament, and Anne Lehr delivered 15 points in the district final. Ally Berdel (13.7) and Taylor Fritz (12.1) are No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring for the Lady Chargers from Philadelphia.
BOYS’ CLASS AAAA
Central York (24-4) vs. Bayard Rustin (17-10) at Coatesville High School: Following two crushing setbacks, a last-second loss in the District 3 semifinals and an overtime loss in the district third-place game, Central will be out to keep its highly successful season going by securing its 25th victory. Sam Saxton (15.5), Royce Clemens (10.9) and Charlie Gingrich (10.0) each average in double figures for the Panthers, this year’s York-Adams League Tournament champions. Ethan Ridgeway scored 19 points for Bayard Rustin in the District 1 third-place game against Conestoga and 20 points against Central Bucks West in the quarterfinals. Andrew Chobany poured in 26 points for the Golden Knights in a 72-56 loss to perennial power Chester in the district semifinals.
BOYS’ CLASS AA
Hanover (19-7) vs. Holy Cross (20-6) at Scranton High School: Hanover will count on its one-two scoring punch of Nick Trish and Dylan Krieger in the clash of district runner-up teams. Trish accounts for 17.9 points a game, and Krieger provides 15.9 a game. Holy Cross will answer with the two Connors, Callejas (18.3) and Jones (16.9).
GIRLS’ CLASS AAA
Susquehannock (23-5) vs. Palmyra (22-4) at Dallastown High School: These teams met in the District 3 final last year, with Palmyra claiming the crown. Susquehannock made another outstanding run in the district tournament this year, and the Warriors are hoping to continue the success in states. Seniors Katie Wagner and Shannon Druck fuel the Susquehannock offense with 31.7 points between them. Kristen Smoluk scored 19 points for Palmyra, and Maria Tukis added 12 points when the Cougars defeated Berks Catholic, 59-47, in the District 3 fifth-place game. Palmyra was without the services of Carly Richardson in the district tournament. The Bucknell recruit was forced to sit out because of an ankle injury.
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