Friday, November 22, 2013

In China, 2013 is the...

...Year of the Snake. In 6A, at least, it will be the Year of the Bulldog.

No. 2 Batavia (11-1) will be at No. 1 Rockford Boylan (12-0) tomorrow, while No. 1 Richards (11-1) travels to No. 6 East St. Louis (9-3). The only one of these teams that I've seen this year is Richards, against Lincoln-Way North last week. What's more, as far as I can tell, none of these schools have played each other in the last ten years.

Batavia beat DeKalb, Rolling Meadows and Lake Forest in the playoffs by a combined score of 115-33. Boylan, meanwhile, bested Belvidere North, Cary-Grove and Prairie Ridge, 73-44. The Bulldogs may have beaten the finest team in the bunch in Lake Forest. In addition, the Titans struggled against 7-4 Cary-Grove and 7-5 Prairie Ridge. So I'll go with Batavia.

Richards defeated Yorkville, Argo and Lincoln-Way North in the postseason, 87-6. East St. Louis, for its part, topped Normal Community West, Normal Community and Providence, 98-48. (They must have run out of teams that began with "Normal Community.") The Bulldogs (again with the Bulldogs) shut out two of their opponents, resulting in eleven scoreless quarters in the last three games. The Flyers, who will be at home, should feel fortunate just to be in the semis after edging out Providence last week, 27-26. Richards is destined for DeKalb.

Tomorrow: 5A.

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