Seriously, I can’t believe the regular season has come to an end.
We’ve come to the end of yet another chapter in this year’s novel of volleyball. First was the preseason, now it’s the regular season. Tomorrow we begin the third chapter — sections.
For the greater majority of the teams in competition, Tuesday will strictly be about bettering their seed in the section tournament. There are some, however, who still have something to play for:
— Ardsley (15-0) will look to become the second team this year to finish with an undefeated regular season record when it hosts Clarkstown North. My apologies for prematurely making that announcement Monday after the win against Scarsdale; I forgot the Panthers still had another match and I was getting bombarded with Twitter updates (which is never a bad thing).
— Panas (10-3) will look to lock up its league championship with a win at Arlington. The Panthers already have a share of the title with John Jay, but can claim sole possession with a win or an Indians loss.
— Blind Brook (16-1) in a nearly-identical situation, can lock up its league title with a win over Horace Greeley or a Fox Lane loss. The Trojans will share the title with the Foxes if they lose and Fox Lane wins.
Maybe it’s because I’m too stung out on compliments or overdosed on confidence, but I’m actually feeling a perfect prediction night tonight. I mean, it would also be too perfect — picking a flawless final night. I really like how the slate worked itself out; not only does it help my chances at finally getting that elusive perfect night, but it should also save time in predicting some section seeds.
I’m off tomorrow, but that only means I don’t need to be in the office. I plan on really hammering out as many seeds as I can to try and give you the best picture possible before the official seeds come out Wednesday afternoon. I tried calculating some of the top seeds during my desk shift on Sunday, but between working and trying to do the research, it was a little hectic.
I’m picturing lots of spreadsheets, lots of pens, lots of math and lots of hot tea in my future Tuesday. Hopefully I can have some predictions (on seeds) drawn up by the time many of you athletes are out of school and/or before you parents and fans are out of work. You know, incase you want to kill some time at the office.
I’ll probably swing by Clarkstown South again to see the Vikings host Suffern for a few of reasons:
1. It’s in Rockland, so that saves me gas and a toll.
2. It’s in West Nyack, which means it’s a hop, skip and a jump away from New City Pizza — arguably the best spot for a slice in Rockland. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it.
3. Two Class AA teams battling for points and seed position — enough said.
4. I want to see which Clarkstown South team shows up — the one that dominated Haldane in Monday’s opening game, or the one that let the Blue Devils take complete control of the match.
I set the goal of correctly predicting 75 percent of all matches this season on Opening Day, so I’m just as surprised as some of you have been with my picking this year, which is currently just shy of 83 percent. I may have to set loftier goals for the section tournament…
Here’s the complete schedule, along with my predictions:
Tuesday, October 22
Palisade Prep at Riverside, 3:45 p.m.
Yonkers Montessori at Gorton, 4 p.m.
Somers at Putnam Valley, 4:15 p.m.
Rye Neck at Mamaroneck, 4:15 p.m.
Mahopac at Lakeland, 4:15 p.m.
Yorktown at Carmel, 4:15 p.m.
Hamilton at Tuckahoe, 4:15 p.m.
Clarkstown North at Ardsley, 4:15 p.m.
Edgemont at Irvington, 4:15 p.m.
Westlake at Pelham, 4:30 p.m.
Byram Hills at Pleasantville, 4:30 p.m.
Saunders at Nanuet, 4:30 p.m.
Fox Lane at Harrison, 4:30 p.m.
Port Chester at Briarcliff, 4:30 p.m.
Panas at Arlington, 4:30 p.m.
Horace Greeley at Blind Brook, 4:30 p.m.
Kennedy at Sacred Heart Academy, 4:30 p.m.
Peekskill at Woodlands, 4:30 p.m.
Nyack at Tappan Zee, 4:30 p.m.
O’Neil at Albertus Magnus, 5:30 p.m.
Suffern at Clarkstown South, 5:30 p.m.
Pawling at North Salem, 5:45 p.m.
John Jay at Haldane, 6 p.m.
Ossining at Keio, 6 p.m.
Rye at Croton-Harmon, 6 p.m.
Zacchio’s prediction record this season: 316-65