The PIAA District III Committee accepted the recommendations of the district’s wrestling steering committee to keep the 2017-2018 wrestling championships in Hershey at either Giant Center or Hersheypark Arena.


Last year, District III wrestling moved to Hershey’s Giant Center for the first time after several years at nearby Hersheypark Arena.  The district intended on returning to Giant Center for the 2017-2018 District III M&T Bank Wrestling Championships, but was recently informed that two of the three days required for the wrestling championships had been reserved for another event.  The wrestling championships will be conducted Feb. 22-24, 2018


New District III wrestling chairman Mike Craig, athletic director at Cumberland Valley HS, convened a meeting of the wrestling steering committee meeting on Aug. 30.  The site for the championships was the primary topic, and several options were considered.  In the end, the steering committee decided to return to Giant Center if the dates become available.  Should they not, District III has reserved Hersheypark Arena as the site for the championships.

District III will not make a final site determination until it converses with Hershey Entertainment & Resorts officials in December.


In addition, District III will continue with a four section format in both Class 2A and Class 3A, the same format it used in 2016-2017.  Four qualifiers in each weight class will advance from the section tournaments to the District III M&T Bank Wrestling Championships,  As it has for many years, the District III Class 3A Wrestling Championships will also serve as the PIAA Class 3A Southcentral Wrestling Tournament.


There are no changes in the District III M&T Bank Team Wrestling Championship format from recent seasons.  Class 3A will qualify the top 16 teams via the District III power rankings and will commence with first round and quarterfinal matches at the site of the top four seeds on Tuesday, Jan. 30.  Class 2A will qualify the top 8 teams via the power rankings and will commence on Wednesday, Jan. 31, with quarterfinals and semifinals at the site of the top two seeds.  Class 3A championship semifinals and consolation matches will be hosted at Spring Grove Area High School on Thursday, Feb. 1.  The District III M&T Bank Team Wrestling Championship finals and third-place matches will be conducted at Milton Hershey School’s Spartan Center on Saturday, Feb. 3.  A complete schedule will be released by District III at the beginning of the winter sports season.


Next week’s college Advance Placement testing has forced District III to make numerous alterations to the 2016-2017 District III M&T Bank Boys Team Tennis Championships schedule.


The Team Tennis Championships will begin as scheduled on Thursday, May 4, but every day of the original team championship schedule has revisions.  The District III M&T Bank Boys Singles and Doubles Tennis Championships schedules have not been affected.  Singles will be played Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 while doubles will be played Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 as scheduled.


The Class 3A Team Championship dates are now Thursday, May 4 (first round); Monday, May 8 (quarterfinals); Tuesday, May 9 (semifinals) and Wednesday, May 10 (championship and third place)


The Class 2A Team Championship dates are now Monday, May 8 (quarterfinals), Tuesday May 9 (semifinals), Wednesday, May 10 (third place match) and Thursday, May 11 (championship).


Here is the new schedule by date (brackets are posted on the home page and Tennis Page of the website):


Thursday, May 4
Class 3A first round
No. 8 South Western v No. 9 Hershey at Hershey Racquet Club, 3:15 pm
No. 5 Cocalico v No. 12 Carlisle at Racquet Club West, Lancaster, 3 pm
No. 6 Cumberland Valley v No. 11 Muhlenberg at Hershey racquet Club, 2 pm
No. 7 Northeastern v No. 10 Cedar Crest at Hershey Racquet Club, 12:45 pm


Monday, May 8
Class 3A quarterfinals
South Western-Hershey winner at No. 1 Dallastown, 4 pm
Cocalico-Carlisle winner at No. 4 Wilson, 4 pm
Cumberland Valley-Muhlenberg winner at No. 3 Hempfield, 4 pm
Northeastern-Cedar Crest winner at No. 2 Manheim Central, 4 p.m.
Note: higher seeded schools have been requested to reserve indoor court time in the case of inclement weather

Class 2A quarterfinals
No. 1 Lancaster Country Day v No. 8 Camp Hill at Racquet Club West, Lancaster, 3 pm
No. 4 Lancaster Mennonite v No. 5 Bishop McDevitt at Hershey Racquet Club, 12:45 pm
No. 3 Littlestown v No. 6 East Pennsboro at Hershey Racquet Club, 2 pm
No. 2 Wyomissing v No. 7 Conrad Weiser at Hershey Racquet Club, 3:15 pm


Tuesday, May 9
Class 3A semifinals, both at Hershey Racquet Club, top bracket at 2 pm, bottom bracket at 12:45 pm
Class 2A semifinals, top bracket at Racquet Club West at 2 pm, bottom bracket at Hershey Racquet Club at 3:15 pm


Wednesday, May 10
Class 3A championship at Hershey Racquet Club, time TBA (either 2 pm or 3:15 pm)
Class 3A third place at Hershey Racquet Club, time TBA (either 2 pm or 3:15 pm)
Class 2A third place at Racquet Club West, 3 pm


Thursday, May 11
Class 2A championship at Hershey Racquet Club, 3 pm

Please note that times and locations remain subject to change


The PIAA District III Committee made several changes to its sports chairmanship lineup and welcomes a new committee member at its April 11, 2017, business meeting.

Steve Lyons, a self-employed businessman from Palmyra, was unanimously elected as the new District III male parents’ representative, replacing outgoing male parents’ representative Dale Myers of Hanover.  Mr. Myers has been District III’s only male parent representative since the position was established in 2001.  Mr. Lyons will serve a two-year term.

Cumberland Valley athletic director Mike Craig and Central Dauphin East athletic director Greg Goldthorp will be the co-chairmen for wrestling with assistance from School Board representative Mike Craig of Manheim Central.  Those gentlemen will replace Randy Umberger, who has resigned the position after many years of service.

With Mr. Craig switching his chairmanship to wrestling from lacrosse, YAIAA executive director Chuck Abbott has been appointed as the new District III lacrosse chairman.  Mr. Abbott was formerly the athletic director at Susquehannock High School and served as the YAIAA’s lacrosse chairman.



From the Carlisle Sentinel:

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association recently announced Fred Isopi as the recipient of its 2017 Distinguished Service Award. Isopi will be recognized at an awards luncheon on March 23 at the Hershey Motor Lodge. He began his educational career in 1962 at East Pennsboro High School and was a teacher, coach, athletic director and finally principal from 1980 until his retirement in 1995. In 2000, Isopi became executive director of the Mid-Penn Conference and just retired from that position in 2015. He continues as the District 3 soccer chairman. Isopi and his wife of 53 years, Diane, live in Camp Hill.

Congratulations, Fred!


The PIAA District III Committee voted unanimously at its March 8, 2017, meeting to prepare its member schools for a possible change in football playoff starting dates for the 2018-2019 school year.


The Committee moved that member schools with football must be prepared to start their football playoffs in Week 10 of the PIAA football calendar. District III began its football playoffs in Week 11 of the 2016-2017 football calendar and will do the same next year, the 2017-2018 season.  The district committee stresses that there will be many factors that can affect District III’s eventual decision on when to begin its 2018-2019 football playoffs. This motion paves the way for any future changes.


Should the district begin football playoffs in Week 10 in 2018, District III schools that wish to play 10 regular-season games starting in 2018-2019 may only participate in one scrimmage and begin their regular-season schedules in what PIAA currently refers to as Week 0 on the football calendar.  Schools that wish to participate in two scrimmages may do so, but may only play 9 regular-season games should they choose to enter the District III Football Championships.


In other news:


Baseball – District III baseball chairman Pat Tulley, athletic director at Governor Mifflin HS, informed the Committee that only First Energy Stadium in Reading is available on the district’s championship date of June 1.  All of the other minor league stadiums in District III are booked on June 1, which means the district will seek alternative sites for four of its six championship games.


Mr. Tulley also said that all games through the quarterfinal round will be played at the home sites of the higher seeds based on the District III power rankings.  All semifinal games, place games and championship games will be played at neutral sites.   If a school enters the district playoff bracket in the semifinal round, it will not host a game.


Softball – District III softball chairman Steph Deibler, athletic director at Schuylkill Valley HS, reported that softball will also follow the higher seed hosting policy through quarterfinals.  Site selection for championship games will be confirmed as the playoffs proceed.  Softball also moves from four to six classifications this year.


Boys volleyball – District III volleyball chairman Tory Harvey, athletic director at Dallastown Area HS, reported that for the first time, volleyball will also use home sites for the higher seed.  But unlike baseball and softball, volleyball will play doubleheaders, not single games, during the early rounds.


Lacrosse – Lacrosse will move from one to two classifications for both boys and girls in 2017.  District III lacrosse chairman Mike Craig of Cumberland Valley HS reported that the girls’ championships will be played on Mondays and Wednesdays during the two-week lacrosse playoff period and that boys’ championship will be played Tuesdays and Thursday during the same period.  Hersheypark Stadium will be the site of the District III M&T Bank Lacrosse Championships.




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.