By STEVE HEISER
Welcome to Super Tuesday in the York-Adams League.
In a perfect scheduling storm, there are late-season showdowns all across the league in various sports that will likely decide division championships and also have a significant impact on league and District 3 playoff seedings.
In most cases, the programs involved are traditional powers with rich histories in the sport.
Here’s a quick look at Tuesday’s many key contests:
It starts in soccer, where there are no less than four pivotal battles that will pit unbeaten division teams against one-loss squads. In each case, the unbeaten team can wrap up the outright division crown with a victory.
Division I boys: In D-I boys’ action, Dallastown travels to Central York for 7 p.m. battle.
Central enters the match at 10-0-0 in the division and 14-1-1 overall. Dallastown comes in at 9-1-0 in the division and 14-2-0 overall. In their previous meeting this season on Sept. 16, Central came away with a 4-2 victory, thanks largely to a standout performance from Igor Gomes, who scored the game’s first two goals. Gomes recently moved to York County from Angola.
These two teams are certainly no strangers to soccer success. Since 2006, Dallastown owns six D-I titles and Central York has two, including the 2013 crown.
Division I girls: Dallastown and Central also square off in a D-I girls’ tussle at 7 p.m. at Dallastown.
The division records are the same as in the boys’ battle — Central is 10-0-0 and Dallastown is 9-1-0. The Panthers are 15-1-0 overall, while Dallastown is 12-3-0.
When the teams last met on Sept. 16, Central came away with a 2-1 triumph, with Sheayna Pamplin collecting a goal and an assist for the winners.
These two teams tied for the division crown a year ago, but Dallastown has dominated over recent years, winning five straight outright D-I crowns before 2013.
Division II girls: Susquehannock and Dover have ruled D-II girls’ soccer this season.
Susquehannock is 11-0-0 in D-II play and Dover is 9-1-0. Both teams are 12-2-0 overall. They will square off at 4 p.m. at Dover.
The Warriors beat Dover earlier this season, 3-0, ending the Eagles’ 32-match D-II winning streak. Susquehannock’s Ashley Stone came up big in goal in that game, making nine clutch saves.
The Eagles are the defending D-II champions.
Division III girls: York Catholic will try to claim the outright D-III title with a home victory over visiting Fairfield at 4 p.m.
York Catholic rolled in the previous matchup at Fairfield, 3-0, behind two goals from Lizzie Johnson.
Overall, the Lady Irish are 11-2-1, while the Green Knights stand at 13-1-0.
York Catholic is the defending division champion, while Fairfield took the championship in 2012.
The regular-season cross country schedule wraps up with big runs at Spring Grove, York Suburban and York Tech (York Township Community Park). Each run is set to start at 4:30 p.m.
Division I boys: The D-I boys’ cross country championship will be determined when Red Lion, Dallastown and Central York collide at Spring Grove.
Red Lion, Dallastown and Central are each 3-0 in D-I contests. The runners to watch here will likely be Mike Lundy (Central), Ethan Gatchell (Red Lion) and Jonathan Buytenhuys (Dallastown).
Over the past five years, Dallastown owns three D-I crowns, while Red Lion has two.
Division I girls: The meet at Spring Grove will also decide the D-I girls’ championship.
Red Lion and Central are each 3-0.
Paige Hartman will likely lead the way for Central, while Tristan Schluderberg normally paces the Lions.
The Central girls have won four D-I titles since 2008, while Red Lion last won the D-I crown in 2011.
Division II girls: At Suburban, the Trojans will try to continue their rich tradition of cross country success in a meet involving Susquehannock, West York and Kennard-Dale.
The Trojans, Susquehannock and K-D each enter at 3-0 in the division.
Olivia Gettle leads the Suburban pack, while Kayla White is the leader for K-D. Susquehannock’s top runner is Rachel Banchiere.
Suburban has won 13 straight York-Adams division crowns.
Division III girls: The two parochial schools in the York-Adams League will likely decide the D-III girls’ title in a meet at York Tech, that also involves Biglerville and Fairfield.
Both Catholic schools enter at 2-0 in the division.
Katie Mowery is Delone’s top runner, while Lindsey China is a standout for the Irish.
Delone is going for a third-straight D-III crown, while the Irish won the four prior to that, from 2008 through 2011.
The girls’ volleyball season isn’t quite as far along as the soccer or cross country seasons, but there is one big battle on Tuesday.
Division II girls: West York can inch closer to the D-II crown with a win over visiting York Suburban at 7 p.m.
West York stands at 9-1 in the division, while Suburban is 7-3 and tied for second with Susquehannock.
The Bulldogs took the first meeting, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-21). Another West York victory would keep the Bulldogs at least two games ahead of their nearest foe with just three regular-season matches left.
West York is after its first York-Adams division crown since 1986.
— Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org