Defending YAIAA event champion Central York upended York Catholic within the opening-spherical of the 2017-18 tourney Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.
Jim Seip, YDR

At first of the common season, Central York and Dallastown have been thought-about clear favorites for the Division I title. And that was precisely how issues performed out, with the 2 groups splitting the championship. 

However they will not be tied after Friday. 

Just one staff will minimize down the nets on the Grumbacher Middle. 

The Panthers and Wildcats will meet for the third time this season within the YAIAA title on Friday recreation at 7 p.m. at York School. Central booked its journey with a comeback 33-29 win over Division II champion Susquehannock Wednesday at Dallastown. The Wildcats adopted with a fifty two-forty two win over Division III champion Delone Catholic on their house flooring. 

The groups have crushed one another as soon as. Central took the primary matchup, fifty one-forty four, on Dec. 12, and Dallastown claimed the second, forty two-forty, on Jan. 17. 

What would be the key for the rubber match? 

“Whoever performs one of the best protection goes to win the sport,” Dallastown coach Jay Rexroth stated. “We each play actually good man-to-man protection. They know our units and we all know their stuff. They’d say the identical factor.” 

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Each groups have expertise and may beat opponents in a number of methods. Central has a prime-5 scorer in slashing wing Nikson Valencik, one of many league’s greatest forwards in IUP commit Tierra Preston and sharp-shooter Sarah Sepic. Dallastown counters with star guard Julia Sutton, rangy 6-foot ahead Sam Miller and 6-foot-three sophomore middle Aniya Matthews. 

And but, the 2 groups are going into Friday with totally different mindsets. 

Whereas the Panthers are defending league champs and enjoying of their third straight league title recreation, they nonetheless have a chip on their shoulders. They need to show they have not misplaced a step because the commencement of 2017 YAIAA Participant of the Yr Emma Saxton. 

Then again, the Wildcats are displaying little emotion regardless of enjoying for his or her first county title since 2013. 

“Simply dropping such a vital piece with Emma and proving…