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  2013 Viewer's Guide

  By Aaron Brown

  February 2013

 

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TOP BOYS' MATCHUPS OF 2013

 

The 2013 regular season features several important games that can either decide a conference title, determine postseason seeding for conference tournaments, or provide a preview of potential sectional final games.

 

Here is a list of some key dates that should be circled on the water polo calendar for 2013:

 

MARCH 12

#24 Palatine at #18 Fremd
#21 Conant at #40 Barrington
#32 Schaumburg at #22 Hoffman

The six teams in the Mid-Suburban League West are quite evenly-matched in 2013, so the first three conference battles on March 12 could give us a better idea of the pecking order in the race for the overall conference title and a potential state berth later this season.


MARCH 18

#6 Brother Rice at #2 Fenwick

The rivalry continues for the Crusaders and Friars when they meet in Oak Park on March 18 for a game that always has major implications on the Catholic League title race.


MARCH 21

#4 New Trier at #19 Maine South
The Hawks' only blemish on their conference mark last season came against New Trier, who rolled through the Central Suburban League with a perfect record. This clash could once again determine the regular season title winner in 2013.


MARCH 28 & APRIL 25

#8 Lockport at #9 H-F
The Porters got past the Vikings in last year's Lincoln-Way Sectional final, so this set of rematches should give us a better idea of who has the upper-hand in the chase for a state tournament berth. The Porters finished one game ahead of H-F in the SouthWest Suburban Blue division last season, so these games will also be a major factor in deciding the divisional race. The Vikings play the first game at home and then travel to Lockport in the latter stages of April.


APRIL 3

#4 New Trier at #14 Loyola
The rivalry between the Ramblers and Trevians is always heated, but this one looks like it could also provide a preview of the Glenbrook Sectional final when May rolls around.


APRIL 4

#12 NC at #3 NN
The Huskies enter the season as the early favorites to rule the Naperville area, but this test with Naperville Central could be a barometer of how they will fare at sectionals against a Redhawks' team hoping to return to prominence.


APRIL 4 & MAY 3

#5 Sandburg vs #9 H-F
The rivalry between the Eagles and Vikings continues in a two key games that could help determine the SouthWest Suburban Blue conference title. H-F heads to Orland Park in early April, while the Vikings host Sandburg in early May.


APRIL 9

#7 Stevenson at #20 Lake Forest
The Scouts are on the rise, so they could be looking at this match with Stevenson as their best chance to make some noise in the North Suburban Conference.


APRIL 17

#15 St Ignatius at #16 Latin
The Wolfpack and Romans have duked it out for a state tournament berth for the past few years at the UIC Sectional, so this midseason battle could be a preview of how things will go when a state bid is on the line in early May.


APRIL 22

#11 Oak Park at #13 Hinsdale Central
Last year's tilt, which Hinsdale Central won, determined which team got an opening-round bye in the West Suburban Conference Tournament. The same could happen this season, with both teams hoping to be in the Top 10 by the time this April 22 fixture comes around.


APRIL 23

#1 Lyons at #3 Naperville North
A rematch of last year's state quarterfinal game pits two of the top teams in the state against each other just a few weeks before the state tournament.

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