The pieces are fitting nicely into place for York High boys' basketball team, which is seeking to put together a fifth straight season as the winner of York-Adams Division I.

The Bearcats have been tested only a few times by league opponents, but they haven't been toppled.

York High is a perfect 10-0 in York-Adams play and 14-2 overall with the losses coming to non-league opponents, Williamsport and Lancaster McCaskey.

Central York pushed York High before falling, 76-71, and Dallastown hung with the Bearcats for the better part of the game before going down, 70-61.Other than those games, York's dominated league opponents winning every game by least 24 points.

The Bearcats began the season with two talented returning starters.

Tavon Parker and Derek Wilson were the known players, but Coach Troy Sowers had to find replacements for three other starters, Collin Smith, Dejian Williams and Na'Shon DeShields, who combined for 43.8 points a game.

Sowers found the help from players who didn't see a lot of playing time last year and players who weren't even on the roster last year.

Ramel Stephens, who averaged just 2.4 points a game on the 2011-12 team is averaging 10.9 a contest this year. DaiQuest Casiano, meanwhile, has bumped his scoring average from 1.3 points a game to 8.3

Jahaire Wilson, Derek's brother and a sophomore in his first season on varsity, is averaging almost 10 points a game (9.9).

Then there's Stephen Dickson, who moved into the city over the summer and is contributing 5.3 points a game. Ohsajid Beard and Davante Jackson, 6-4, and 6-8, respectively, are contributing 5.7 and 2.1. Neither player was on the team last year.

Parker and Derek Wilson are the stars, as expected with averages of 19.8 and 13.7. However, the Bearcats are much more than a two-man team.

They're leading the division, but they still have a lot of work to do to win it one more time.

On Wednesday, they'll begin a challenging stretch of four road games in seven days as they travel to Central (Wednesday), South Western (Friday), Reading (Saturday) and Dallastown (Tuesday).

The regular season closes for York High Monday, Feb. 4, and the York-Adams Tournament opens on Friday, Feb. 8.

The District 3 and PIAA state tournaments follow the York-Adams event.

York High, with its rich basketball history, has its eyes on the York-Adams and district prizes and will aim to make a run in states.

How far the Bearcats can advance in the two closing tournaments, district and states, remains to be seen. The Class AAAA fields almost always feature elite teams. For right now, though, York's focus is solely on Central. The Panthers are a huge rival of the Bearcats and would love, on Wednesday night, to hand the visitors their first league setback.

Dick Vanolinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at or 505-5407.