5:15pm Schaumburg vs Conant
Can the Saxons earn their third straight win over the
Cougars when the two meet in the sectional finals tomorrow evening? At
least Conant has some time to recover, as they didn't finish their 13-12
semifinal win over Conant until around 10pm. Both teams won their
semifinal games by one goal, so expect a closely-contested battle at
Barrington on Saturday.
1:30pm Fenwick vs Oak Park
If this contest is anything like last year's sectional
final game at York, those in attendance could be in for quite a matchup.
That will take an extraordinary effort from the Huskies, who have had to
battle through adversity and injuries just to get to this point in 2011.
Meanwhile, the Friars are still perfect this season and have been
spreading the wealth with their offensive attack in recent games. Can the
Huskies surprise the undefeated defending champions?
New Trier vs Loyola
First, you have a New Trier team that took care of
business and beat Evanston 13-9 on Friday. Then, you have a Loyola team
that struggled early but bounced back to beat Glenbrook South 15-12 in
game that finished around 10pm on Friday night. Does any of that have any
meaning? Probably not. All we know is that New Trier and Loyola like
playing close games, so nothing less is expected when a state tournament
bid is on the line.
H-F vs Sandburg
There haven't been too many situations where the
top-seed is the underdog in a sectional final game. In this case, Sandburg
recently beat H-F in the de facto conference championship, so the Vikings
will need to bounce back from that loss just a few weeks ago if they wish
to get back to the state tournament. The Eagles are on a roll right now,
so they are not a team anyone would want to face at this point of the
Lyons vs Brother Rice
Close games. Overtime. Top-ranked teams. Those are
words I would associate with a sectional final game between LT and Brother
Rice, and nothing has changed as we head into this matchup on Saturday
afternoon. Forget analysis. This one will likely come down to the fourth
quarter and who has enough left in the tank to make a key play. Any other
guesses are probably a waste of time.
Neuqua Valley Sectional
Naperville Central vs Naperville North
It's been awhile since Naperville Central has lost to
another Naperville-area team. Naperville North is hoping that Saturday is
the time when all of that changes, as the Huskies earned a solid win over
Neuqua Valley on Friday and will be looking to do the same against the
Redhawks on Saturday. Easier said than done, of course, as Central has
rolled through their first two games and should be well-prepared for
whatever North has to throw at them when a state tournament berth is on
St Ignatius vs Latin
If this sectional final matchup between St Ignatius and
Latin seems familiar, it's because the Wolfpack have knocked off the
Romans at this stage for the the past two seasons. Can they do it again in
2011, or will Jacob Himmel and company be able to surprise the top-seed in
an elimination game on Saturday?
Vernon Hills Sectional
Palatine vs McHenry
Last year's sectional final game left the crowd in
attendance speechless. McHenry led 8-4 entering the final period, but
Palatine went on a 4-0 run to tie the game heading into the final minute.
The Warriors responded with a late goal to make it to the state
tournament, and they'll be looking for more of the same in the 2011
edition of this newly-found rivalry. Palatine must have a knack for these
type of comebacks, as they trailed Libertyville 4-3 at halftime before
dominating the second half en route to a 13-5 win. Meanwhile, McHenry
geared up for another close game by beating Mundelein 8-7 on Friday night.