As the new face in the District 3 Class AAAA girls' basketball tournament, Dover is making its presence known.

The Eagles moved up a classification from Class AAA this season, and their undefeated record landed them in the top seed of the district tournament when the brackets were released Sunday.

In all, 24 teams from York and Adams counties qualified for the tournament, which begins with Friday's preliminary round. That number includes 20 YAIAA teams, as well as both Gettysburg squads, the Christian School of York girls and the New Hope boys.

Two other YAIAA teams will join Dover in the Class AAAA girls' tournament: No. 12 Dallastown and No. 13 Red Lion. All three are in the top half of the bracket.

The YAIAA Division II champion Eagles (23-0) await the winner of Friday's preliminary-round game between No. 16 Governor Mifflin and No. 17 Solanco. Dover will host its first-round opponent on Feb. 19.

Dallastown (17-6) will travel to No. 5 seed Manheim Township (19-2) on Feb. 19, while Red Lion (15-8) will host a preliminary-round game against No. 20 Cedar Crest (9-13) at 7 p.m. Friday.

Meanwhile, in Class AA, perennial powerhouses York Catholic (17-6) and Delone Catholic (17-6) once again earned the first and second seeds, respectively.


Each has a chance to host a YAIAA foe in the first round. No. 8 Hanover (13-9) hosts No. 9 Newport (14-6) in a Feb. 19 preliminary game for the chance to take on the YAIAA Division IV champion Fighting Irish. And No. 7 Biglerville (14-8) hosts No. 10 Tulpehocken (11-10) the same day, with the winner advancing to a first-round matchup at Delone.

West York's No. 2 seed headlines the local field in Class AAA. The YAIAA Division I champion Bulldogs (19-3) await Friday's play-in round winner of No. 15 Kennard-Dale (14-8) and No. 18 Hamburg (14-8).

Susquehannock (15-7) earned the sixth seed and will host No. 11 Conrad Weiser (11-5) in the first round Feb. 20. That day, No. 8 Eastern York (16-6) will face off against No. 9 Trinity (12-10) at home, rounding out the YAIAA field.

Gettysburg also earned a Class AAA berth as the No. 5 seed. The Warriors (17-4) will host No. 12 ELCO (14-8) in the first round.

The lone local qualifier in Class A is Christian School of York. The Crusaders (11-8) earned the No. 8 seed and host No. 9 Veritas Academy (13-9) in the preliminary round Feb. 20.

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On the boys' side of the tournament, an early storyline to watch is a potential scheduling conflict in Class AAAA. William Penn (21-2) earned the third seed, and the YAIAA Division I champion Bearcats await the winner of No. 19 Dallastown (14-9) and No. 14 Hempfield (12-9).

Both Dallastown and William Penn are still alive in the YAIAA tournament, and if both win their semifinals Wednesday, they'd be scheduled to play each other for the league title on Friday -- the same day as Dallastown's scheduled preliminary round district game.

South Western (16-6) also qualified for the Class AAAA tournament as the eighth seed and will host No. 9 Cumberland Valley on Feb. 20.

Meanwhile, Delone Catholic's No. 2 seed in the Class AA tournament was the highest showing of the York-Adams contingent. The YAIAA Division IV champion Squires (14-9) await the winner of No. 7 Hanover (13-9) and No. 10 Tulpehocken (8-14), who play a preliminary-round game Feb. 20.

York Catholic (11-12) picked up the No. 5 seed and will travel to Columbia to take on the No. 4 Crimson Tide (10-12) on Feb. 23.

Three YAIAA teams will open the Class AAA tournament on the road Feb. 19. Ninth-seeded Northeastern (16-6) heads to eighth-seeded Greencastle-Antrim (16-5); No. 14 Bermudian Springs (16-6) travels to No. 3 Berks Catholic (19-3); and No. 11 Eastern York (16-7) goes on the road to No. 6 Bishop McDevitt (16-5).

Gettysburg, meanwhile, is the fifth seed, and the Warriors (16-6) will host No. 12 Palmyra (15-7).

In Class A, New Hope earned the third seed. The Mighty Ants will host the winner of No. 6 Bible Baptist (16-6) and No. 11 Conestoga Christian (11-9).