By Aaron Brown
With the regular season coming to an end, it's time to
take an in-depth look at the conference tourneys, championship games, and
other important matchups that get started on Wednesday and run until Saturday night....
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CPS Tournament - Curie will put its' perfect CPS
record to the test beginning on Wednesday when the opening round of the
Chicago Public League tournament gets underway at Young's home pool. Young
is the greatest threat to the Condors' title hopes, while the likes of Von
Steuben, Lane and a handful of others would like nothing better than to
pull off an upset to win the City title; the championship game will be
played at 5:30pm on Saturday at UIC.
CSL Tournament - With eight teams participating,
the Central Suburban League will use a bracket format to determine the
conference champion in 2010. The opening round games take place on Friday
night, with Glenbrook North coming in as the top seed and New Trier,
Glenbrook South, Evanston, and others chasing the Spartans after they
finished with a 6-1 conference mark. The competition should be tight, as
the top three seeds all finished with 6-1 records, as GBN beat New Trier
but lost to GBS, while New Trier beat GBS in the regular season. The
semifinals take place at 11:00am and 12:00pm on Saturday and culminates
with the title game at 3:00pm.
MSL Championship - Palatine went 16-0 against
teams from the Mid-Suburban League, so thy will play the role of the
favorite when they take on Buffalo Grove on Wednesday in the MSL title
game. The Bison bring went 9-1 in the MSL East, holding off both Prospect
and Wheeling to claim the division.
MCAC Tournament - The Catholic League Tournament
gets started with a play-in game between DeLaSalle and Mt Carmel at 3:30pm
on Thursday at Fenwick and wraps up with the tournament final on Saturday
at 3:30pm. Brother Rice comes in as the top-seed after beating Fenwick
earlier this season, but the Friars have been on a roll lately, earning
two wins over Oak Park and Naperville Central in the past two weeks. St
Ignatius, Loyola, St Patrick, and St Viator will also look to make some
noise in the opening rounds as they gear up for the postseason.
WSC Tournament - York serves as host for the
annual West Surburban Conference Tournament that gets started on Thursday
afternoon in Elmhurst. The top two seeds earn first-round byes, so Oak
Park and Lyons await the winners of the first-round games between
Hinsdale Central-Morton and York-Hinsdale South. The semifinal games will
be played on Friday night and the title game takes place on Saturday at
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CPS Tournament - Young comes into the Public
League Tournament as the heavy favorite after finishing the regular season
with a perfect conference mark. They'll have to fend off the challenges of
teams like Lane, Payton, Lincoln Park, Curie and others in order to claim
the CPS tournament title on Saturday afternoon.
CSL Tournament - The Central Suburban League
will use a round-robin format to decide their title, as nine teams will
try to work their way towards a conference title in 2010. The games get
underway on Friday with the teams broken into three divisions, with
Evanston, New Trier, and Glenbrook North coming in as the top three seeds.
MSL Championship - Fremd was perfect in
conference play in 2010, but they'll need one more solid performance if
they hope to beat a tough Wheeling squad in the MSL title game on
Thursday. The Wildcats finished 9-1 in the East, tying with Prospect, but
advanced to the championship game by earning the tiebreaker over their
MCAC Tournament - The Catholic League gets their
event started on Friday night with three opening round games between
Loyola-St Viator, McAuley-Resurrection, and Fenwick-Marian. St Ignatius
earned the top seed and a first-round bye, so they'll await the winner of
the Loyola-Viator game in the first semifinal and the winners of the
second and third opening round games will meet in the second semifinal.
The title game will be played on Saturday at Fenwick at 4:30pm.
WSC Tournament - The West Suburban Conference
teams meet up on Saturday at Lyons for a six-team event that uses a
bracket format. The host Lions and York have first-round byes, while the
other four teams will play opening round games on Saturday morning. The
top two seeds will play the first-round winners in semifinal games in the
early afternoon on Saturday, with the title game taking place soon after
Vernon Hills Tournament - #5 Latin enters the
Vernon Hills Tournament (boys) as favorites, but they'll have to deal with
challenges from Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln-Way North, Conant,
Libertyville, and the host Cougars.
Mundelein Tournament - The Mustangs play host to
BG, Latin, and Prospect in what should be a highly-competitive six-game
girls' event in Mundelein.
Stevenson Tournament - The Patriots' host their
annual Co-Ed tournament on Saturday, featuring the boys and girls teams
from Lincoln-Way Central, Naperville Central, and Neuqua Valley.