Nothing Like The Postseason
By Aaron Brown
For the past two days, there have been a total of 64
games played between 128 different teams. Each game carries a much more
significant amount of importance than any that have come before it this
season, as a loss means the end of the season for any defeated side.
And that's what makes the postseason so great. With so
much on the line, every pass, every shot, and every play can make the
difference between a team living to fight another day or having to hang up
their suit and cap for the final time of the season, and for some, their
The water polo postseason is a culmination of three
months of practices, games, and tournaments. Bus trips to games and 5:00am
car rides to morning practices. Two-hours or longer practices or four-game
Saturdays before events like Prom or after tests like the ACT. With such a
buildup to the postseason after 30 game seasons, it's no wonder that the
last flurry of games before the state tournament feels like such an event.
The excitement, disappointment, and overall atmosphere
is something that may never be replicated once high school is over. A
player that scores a last second goal or makes a key steal or save to help
their team win a playoff game might have that memory ingrained for the
rest of their life. And it may be something you never get the chance to do
again. Enjoy the experience!
Friday's semifinals provide the best opportunities for
upsets across the state. After 64 quarterfinal games, only three lower
seeds advanced to the semifinals, with all three coming as the result of a
five-seed beating a four-seed in a narrow decision. Will all of the top
seeds survive to play in the sectional finals on Saturday, or will one of
the lower seeds provide a major upset on Friday night?
So much action that you're having a hard time keeping
up with all of the storylines? I recommend checking out the
Boys' Semifinal Previews
and Girls' Semifinal
Previews in order to get a better grasp on what could happen in the 32
Friday night games across the state?
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