HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

With Dave Makela

 

For Release: February 17th, 2000

 

Here's something you don't see every day, month, year or even decade for that matter.

Going into the last week of the regular season in Boys' Midget Basketball competition this week, not one of the eleven teams entered were mathematically eliminated from the six playoff positions up for grabs.

Let's think about this. Normally, teams are eliminated from contention as early as the return to school in January or even earlier than that for Winter sports, but here we have all teams struggling for a playoff birth on February 16th - quite an exciting scenario for all involved. As late as Tuesday, it was mathematically possible for the top five positions to be solidified, with a five-way tie for the remaining playoff position. Talk about potential for tie breakers!

In fact, the only positions we did know about on Tuesday were first and second, held by Lockerby and Lasalle respectively. Third, fourth and fifth were up for grabs between St. Benedict, Sudbury Secondary and Northeastern. The verdict for tie breakers will not be known until after games played Wednesday evening with the Midget Quarter Finals going Monday, followed by the semis in Thursday, and the Finals on Saturday, February 26th, part of a boys' basketball triple header which also includes the Junior and Senior Division I championship at the site of the highest placing senior team's gym.

Next week is indeed a Winter sports playoff week as the post round robin begins for Boys' Division I and Division II Basketball and Girls' Division I and Division II Volleyball. Also next week, the quarter final round begins for Girls' Hockey, and the championship final series in Division I and Division II begins for Boys' Hockey.

The Division I basketball picture is coming into focus, with a Junior game between Notre Dame and Lasalle tommorrow (Friday) at Notre Dame deciding the regular season top seed position. In Senior, Lasalle will again claim the regular season Division I Championship. Semis will go Wednesday with winners advancing to the Finals on Saturday, February 26th in the highest placing senior team's gym.

Division II basketball semis are set to go on Tuesday, February 22nd, with match-ups not confirmed at press time. Winners of Tuesday's semis will advance to the finals on Thursday, February 24th, again at the site of the highest placing senior team's gym.

Moving to girls' volleyball action, Division II semi final match-ups are confirmed and ready to go on Monday, February 21st. Fourth place Horizon will travel to first place Confederation in both Junior and Senior action, while the other semi finals feature second place Levack hosting third place Lively in Junior, and second place Macdonald Cartier hosting third place St. Benedict in Senior. Winners advance to the Division II Championship Finals on Wednesday, February 23rd, at the site of the highest placing senior team's gym.

Division I Girls' Volleyball action will see their quarter final round contested on Tuesday, February 22nd, semis on Thursday, February 24th, and finals the Saturday following. The picture, insofar as final regular season standings go, was not 100% clear at press time, so the match-ups will not be reported here.

In Midget, one half of the equation for the Championship Final is confirmed, with Lockerby assuming their position, but the other half, between Lasalle and Confederation, was not known as press time. Should Lasalle win their semi final, the Championship Final will be hosted at Lasalle at 4pm this afternoon (Thursday). If Confederation was to win, a new date for the Final would need to be scheduled.

In Girls' Hockey, Marymount and Notre Dame emerged as the top two seeds in the thirteen team league, which is significant in that they can now sit back and enjoy a week off next week, awaiting the results of quarter final games scheduled for Thursday, February 24th. On this day, 3rd place Lockerby will host 6th place Lively at 3:30pm in the Cambrian Arena, while 4th place Lasalle entertains 5th place St. Charles also at 3:30pm in the Carmichael Arena. These quarter final games have all the makings of "barn burners". In the regular season match-ups between the teams, Lockerby nipped Lively just this Tuesday by a final score of 3-1, while Lasalle edged St. Charles 3-2 back on November 23rd, just the second date on the schedule.

To boys' hockey, Division I semi finals continue Friday evening with the Lively Hawks hosting the St. Charles Cardinals at 8:30pm in the Walden Arena for game two of their series. The St. Benedict/Lasalle series could go to a game three on Saturday at 8pm in the Cambrian Arena, depending upon the result of game two yesterday (Wednesday). Lasalle needed a win to force the third and deciding game. The Division I Championship Final Series meanwhile, will begin Tuesday, February 22nd, game two Thursday or Friday depending upon the outcome of the St. Charles/Lively series, then to game three on Tuesday, February 29th. Should St. Charles advance to the Championship Finals, both teams in the Final would then participate in the N.O.S.S.A. Tournament, beginning March 7th at Countryside Arena.

Division II boys' hockey finals will begin Tuesday, February 22nd or Wednesday, February 23rd depending upon the outcome of their semi final series. In semi final action, Confederation plays Macdonald Cartier this afternoon at 3:30pm in the Countryside Arena for game two of their series, while College Notre Dame entertains the Espanola Spartans for game one of their series, game time 3:30pm in the Cambrian Arena.

Further details on all series will be released as they become known.

 


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