BOYS FEATURE ARTICLE
#1 vs #2 and
Sectional Final Questions
By Aaron Brown
When the top two teams face each other in the playoffs,
one would expect the game to take place in state finals or at least at the
state tournament. Unfortunately in 2010, the top two teams in the state,
Fenwick and Oak Park, were placed in the same sectional and must battle it
out just for the chance to advance to the next week's state tournament
along with seven other teams from around the state.
There are two arguments to bring up. The first argument
is that it doesn't matter when the top two teams face each other in the
playoffs; only one team can win the state title anyways and they would
have to play each other at some point to get to that final destination.
On the flip side, when the top two teams in any sport
must face each other in a win-and-move-on, lose-and-go-home playoff
format, one would hope that the two teams get to play on the biggest stage
in front of the biggest possible crowd. Both teams have, after all, shown
that they are highly deserving of playing in next week's state tournament,
but only one team can advance in 2010 when they play each other at 12:00pm
at York High School in Elmhurst.
All eyes should be focused on the result from the
matchup between #1 Fenwick and #2 Oak Park tomorrow, especially if you are
not fortunate enough to witness two high-quality teams play each other
with their seasons hanging in the balance.
Questions to ponder concerning tomorrow's boys' games:
Can McHenry get back to state for the second straight
year, or will Palatine be able to shut down the Warriors offense and score
enough to qualify for state?
Will Loyola be able to beat New Trier for the third
straight time this season, or will the Trevians continue to ride their
late season momentum to win the GBS Sectional?
H-F survived a semifinal scare from Lincoln-Way North,
but do they have enough left in the tank to fend off a vastly improved
Lincoln-Way East side that earned a solid win over Lincoln-Way Central on
Can Brother Rice and Lyons avoid extra time again when
they face off for a state berth tomorrow afternoon? The teams have gone to
sudden death overtime the past two years.
Does Naperville Central continue their perfect mark
against the other area teams when they meet up with Waubonsie Valley
tomorrow at 12:00pm? The Redhawks won the first meeting 19-6 back in Week
Who will emerge from the UIC Sectional with a state
berth when St Ignatius and Latin square off at Lyons in the latest
sectional final on the schedule?
Can Stevenson repeat their performance from three weeks
ago when they knocked off Mundelein at their own tourney? Once again in
2010, the Patriots and Mustangs meet for a chance at a state tournament
GOOD LUCK to everyone involved in the sectional finals
on Saturday. Check the site for live scores, game recaps, and much more
once the dust settles on the 2010 Sectional playoffs.
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