The official brackets for the 2016-2017 PIAA District III M&T Bank Team Wrestling Championships have been released.  The brackets can be accessed at the Wrestling Page of the District III website (www.piaadistrict3.org).


Central Dauphin (14-1) has claimed the top seed in Class 3A; Cumberland Valley (11-3) is the defending champion and is seeded fifth.  Exeter Twp. (18-1) is the No. 2 seed, Spring Grove (14-2) is the No. 3 seed and Cedar Cliff (16-0) is the No. 4 seed.  The top four seeds will host Class 3A first round and quarterfinal matches on Tuesday, Jan. 31.  First round matches at those sites will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the quarterfinal round matches in those pods.


The Class 3A semifinal and consolation matches will be conducted at Spring Grove Area HS on Thursday, Feb. 2, beginning at 5:30 pm.  Class 3A championship and third-place matches will be conducted at Milton Hershey School’s Spartan Center on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m.  The top four teams advance to the 2016-2017 PIAA Class 3A Team Wrestling Championships on Feb. 9-11 at Giant Center.


Bermudian Springs (19-1) has claimed the top seed in Class 2A; Northern Lebanon (15-2) is the defending champion and is seeded fourth.  Upper Dauphin (12-1) is the No. 2 seed while Bishop McDevitt (12-0) is the No. 3 seed.  Bermudian Springs and Upper Dauphin will host Class 2A quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Wednesday,  Class 2A championship and third-place matches will be conducted at Milton Hershey School’s Spartan Center on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 10:30 a.m..  The top three teams advance to the 2016-2017 PIAA Class 2A Team Wrestling Championships on Feb. 9-11 at Giant Center.


Ticket prices for all sites is $6 for adults and $4 for students.  A ticket purchased for the 3A first round and quarterfinal matches is good for both matches. Ditto for Class 2A quarterfinals and semifinals, the 3A semifinals and consolations at Spring Grove and the championship and third-place matches at Milton Hershey.


This is the 28th year for District III Team Wrestling Championships.  An updated history of the Championships will be posted at the Wrestling Records Page ASAP.



The PIAA Board of Directors has approved a new baseball pitching restriction policy that will go into effect for the 2017 baseball season.


Here are the details:

The PIAA Board of Directors, on a 3rd and final reading basis, approved the recommendation of both the Baseball Steering Committee and Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and adopted a baseball pitching restriction policy as follows:


Total Number of Pitches Thrown:   76-100.  Required rest: 3 calendar days

Total Number of Pitches Thrown:  51-75   Required rest:  2 calendar days

Total Number of Pitches Thrown:  26-50   Required rest:  1 calendar day

Total Number of Pitches Thrown:  1-25    Required rest:  No rest required



If a pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count permitted in a calendar day during an at bat, that pitcher will be permitted to continue to pitch to that batter, or any substitute for that batter, until such batter is put out or reaches first base, or until a third out has been made prior to the end of that at bat.


No pitcher may appear in more than two consecutive days of competition; · The maximum pitch limitation is 200 pitches in a Calendar Week.


If a pitcher is permitted to throw more than 100 pitches to complete an at-bat, that pitcher will be credited with 100 pitches for the appearance,


Scorekeepers are requested to frequently confer with one another to confirm pitch counts (no less than once per inning). If a discrepancy occurs between the visiting and home pitch counts that cannot be resolved, the scorebook of the home team shall be the official book.


A representative of each school must record pitch counts for their players in MaxPreps no later the team’s next regularly scheduled contest. Note: PIAA recommends using Game Changer, as it is a free app for Apple products and can be easily synched into MaxPreps.



PIAA District III will charge an admission fee for the 2017-2018 District III M&T Bank Cross-Country Championship at Big Spring.

The District will charge $10 per vehicle with two or more occupants and $5 for individual arrivals.  The District cited increasing costs as the reason to charge admission at cross-country.  It should be noted that District III returns much of its annual revenue to member schools.  In 2015-2016, District III returned more than $218,000 to its schools in the form of PIAA school dues and profit-sharing.

The 2017-2018 District III M&T Bank Cross-Country Championship will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Big Spring High School in Newville.



PIAA District III will livestream the 2016-2017 District III M&T Bank Class 3A Soccer Championships this Thursday, Nov. 3, from Hersheypark Stadium.


The Class 3A Boys Soccer Championship will match Lower Dauphin (23-0) against Gettysburg (20-2). Kick will be at 5:30 pm


The Class 3A Girls Soccer Championship will match Manheim Central (17-3) against Northern York (21-1).  Kick will be at 7:30 pm pending the length of the boys game.


Invica Productions of Harrisburg will produce the games for PIAA District III.


The livestream is embedded on the  Soccer Page.


PIAA District III ruled today that three District III football players – Micah Parsons and Zion Patterson of Harrisburg and Mike Jones of Central Dauphin East – are eligible to play immediately.


The ruling comes after the district received additional information regarding each of the students’ recent transfers, information that clarified the need for a transfer for each student.  Due to student privacy concerns, District III will not release that information to the public.


“District III was not going to sit idly by while there were unanswered questions regarding each of these transfers,” District III chairman Ron Kennedy, athletic director at Donegal High School, said.  “We needed some further scrutiny of these transfers, and now we have more information on each case.


District III executives reviewed the information and found that information, in concert with the Member School Athletic Transfer Waiver Request Forms that were signed by the sending and receiving principals of all schools, provided the basis for immediate eligibility.


The three students were permitted to practice following their transfers, but their athletic eligibility was not granted until District III approved it.  As per PIAA rules, student-athletes may not participate in contests until granted such approval by its district.


“We wanted to follow the process,” Mr. Kennedy said. “We needed clarification on some of the details related to eligibility, but we also want put our faith and trust in the people who run our schools, which is our principals.”


The district had initially set Monday, Oct. 31, as a hearing date should a hearing have been required.  However, the information received by the district convinced district officials that a hearing is unnecessary.


The three players are also eligible for the PIAA District III M&T Bank Football Championships should their teams qualify.  The Football Championships begin Friday, Nov. 11, at various sites throughout District III.


Micah Parsons transferred from Central Dauphin to Harrisburg, Zion Patterson from Carlisle to Harrisburg abd Mike Jones from Bishop McDevitt to Central Dauphin East.



PIAA District III wrestling chairman Randy Umberger confirmed today the 2016-2017 District III M&T Bank Wrestling Championships will be held at Giant Center.


The move will give District III some distinct advantages in the operation of the wrestling championships and provide greater comfort for fans attending the event, which has been held at neighboring Hersheypark Arena since 2003.


This year’s District III M&T Bank Wrestling Championships will be conducted over a three-day period for the first time since 2004.  The Class 3A preliminaries and quarterfinals will be conducted on Thursday, Feb. 23 beginning at 3 p.m.  Only Class 3A will be wrestled on Thursday.


Class 2A will begin on Friday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. with preliminaries and quarterfinals.  Both classes will wrestle concurrent championship semifinals Friday beginning at roughly 5:30 p.m.


The championships and consolation finals be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 25, beginning with the Parade of Champions at 9:45 a.m.  The approximate time of finish will be 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at which time Giant Center must be cleared for the Hershey Bears hockey game that evening.


District III will post a detailed time schedule at www.piaadistrict3.org ASAP.


Also, PIAA District III plans to lower the cost of each session ticket to the District III norm of $6 for adults and $4 for students.


The PIAA District III M&T Bank Team Wrestling Championships will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 31 (Class AAA 3A preliminaries and quarterfinals), Wednesday, Feb. 1 (Class 2A quarterfinals and semifinals), Thursday, Feb. 2 (Class 3A championship semifinals and consolation quarterfinals and semifinals at Spring Grove Area HS) and Saturday, Feb. 4 (Class 3A and 2A third-place matches and championships at Spartan Center, Milton Hershey School)

District III Committee Meeting Highlights (Sept. 7)

Highlights from the Sept. 7, 2016, PIAA District III Committee Meeting at PIAA Office:

  • The District III Committee granted athletic eligibility to students from Carlisle Area High School and Kennard-Dale High School following hearings at the PIAA Office.
  • The boys soccer game between Gettysburg and Biglerville high schools on Sat., Sept. 3, will be removed from the District III Boys Soccer Power Rankings because the overtime procedure was improperly conducted.  District III adopted policy in the 2015-2016 school that all tournament games must adhere strictly to the NFHS / PIAA overtime rules or the game will not count in power rankings.  Although Gettysburg and Biglerville did go to penalty kicks (Gettysburg won on PKs), they did not play the mandatory sudden victory period(s) as provided in the overtime rule on the advice of game officials.  Although the error was not the lack of diligence on the part of the schools, which had arranged a compliant OT setup, the policy makes no exception or waiver for an incorrect procedure.  District III schools are reminded to follow the soccer and field hockey overtime procedures that are explicitly described in the PIAA’s preseason bulletin for both sports.
  • Presentations for a new District III website were conducted by Jen Motze of Big Teams / Schedule Star and Dave Meluni of SIDEARM Sports.  A decision on the new vendor will be made in the near future.


PIAA District 3 and M&T Bank are proud to announce the renewal of M&T Bank’s sponsorship of District 3 Championship events.


M&T Bank has agreed to sponsor all District 3 Championship events for the 2016-2017 school year with the bank given the option to renew on an annual basis through the 2020-2021 school year.


M&T Bank has agreed to pay PIAA District 3 a sum of $28,000 for each year the partnership is renewed.  In return, the bank will be the sponsor for all 85 District 3 championships across 16 sports and will be the exclusive sponsor of District 3 among all banking or financial institutions.  M&T Bank will also be promoted at the district’s sub-championship levels, the District 3 website and on District 3 social media.


The renewal comes following a highly successful four-year agreement between the district and the bank that was signed in April of 2012.  It was the first such sponsorship in District 3 history and remains the district’s only sponsorship agreement.


District 3 has been extremely pleased with its partnership with M&T Bank, an outstanding business that consistently delivers high-quality banking and financial services to the many communities within District 3’s geographical boundaries and beyond.  District 3 looks forward to its continued partnership with M&T Bank.

District 3 approves one-scrimmage option for football starting in 2016

The PIAA District III Committee today approved a measure to give its football schools the option to conduct one scrimmage and start the 2016 season as early as Friday, Aug. 26, instead of Friday, Sept. 2.


The measure, which passed unanimously, is as follows:


  • District 3 schools may participate in one scrimmage and begin the regular-season as early as Friday, Aug. 26.  Schools that choose this option may play a maximum 10-game schedule concluding on or before Nov. 5, 2016.  Key point: schools may only play 10 games in that 11-week period.


  • District 3 schools may also participate in two scrimmages, as per past practice, and play a 10-game schedule beginning the week following the Aug. 26 start date.  The regular-season schedule also must conclude on or before Nov. 5, 2016.


  • The District 3 Committee will determine the number of football qualifiers in each of the six classifications once the PIAA releases the state brackets in January.  District 3 has committed to maximizing the number of total qualifiers, but cautions that the number will be determined by when each classification enters the PIAA bracket.

In other actions:

  • District 3 has changed its pricing for the 2015-2016 District 3 M&T Bank Wrestling Championships.  The district will have two all-day admissions instead one admission on Friday and two on Saturday.   The admission on Friday, Feb. 26, at Hersheypark Arena will be $8 for adults and $6 for students.  The admission on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Hersheypark Arena will be $10 for adults and $8 for students.  Please keep in mind that the new Saturday price of $10 for adults and $8 for students replaces TWO admissions of $7 and $5 as per recent championships.


  • District 3 determined the number of qualifiers in all of its team sports except football as follows:
    • FIELD HOCKEY:  Class 3A – 10 qualifiers; 2A – 16; 1A – 14
    • GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:  4A – 16; 3A – 16; 2A – 6; 1A – 8
    • BOYS SOCCER:  4A – 16; 3A – 16; 2A – 10; 1A – 10
    • GIRLS SOCCER:  4A – 16; 3A – 16; 2A – 10; 1A – 8
    • GIRLS TENNIS:  3A – 12; 2A – 8
    • BOYS BASKETBALL:  6A – 12; 5A – 16; 4A – 10; 3A – 6; 2A – 4; 1A – 10
    • GIRLS BASKETBALL:  6A – 12; 5A – 16; 4A – 10; 3A – 6; 2A – 4; 1A – 10
    • WRESTLING:  3A – 16; 2A – 8
    • BASEBALL:  6A – 10; 5A – 14; 4A – 10; 3A – 6; 2A – 4; 1A – 6
    • SOFTBALL:  6A – 10; 5A – 16; 4A – 10; 3A – 6; 2A – 4; 1A – 2
    • GIRLS LACROSSE:  3A – 10; 2A – 12
    • BOYS LACROSSE:  3A – 8; 2A – 14
    • BOYS VOLLEYBALL:  3A – 14; 2A – 10
    • BOYS TENNIS:  3A 12; 2A – 8



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