The regular season is over, and while tournament seeds aren’t always the best judge of talent (yeah, 2013 season, I’m talking to you), for the most part, they give you a very good idea.
My top 10 this year hasn’t changed much, with only 11 teams making a showing all season. Of the current 10 on the list, which has been the same teams for a few weeks now, four are in Class AA (and are the top four seeds), three are in Class A (and are the top three seeds), two are in Class B (the Nos. 1 and 5 seeds) and my one Class D team (Haldane) is the top seed there.
Between all of these factors, the fact that nothing shocking happened in the final two matches of the regular season on Monday and Tuesday, as well as the fact that all of the ranked teams who played a first-round match on Friday swept, I’m keeping this week’s rankings very brief.
Just think, this time next week there will only be five Section 1 teams left standing.
2. Ardsley (last week’s rank: 2): The Panthers will face Eastchester on Monday, in what will be the team’s first match since Oct. 16. The long layover could have built some rust on Ardsley, but I still don’t think Dave Ponterio’s squad will have any trouble sweeping this match. Ardsley wants to face — and beat — Hen Hud more than I want Ashley Benson to develop a soft spot for lanky sports reporters.
3. John Jay (last week’s rank: 3): I haven’t seen John Jay in action since the beginning of the season, but the Indians have proved that they can hold their own in tight battles. Beating Yorktown in five, beating Suffern in five (after trailing 0-2), taking Ardsley to five — all prep John Jay for a grueling end to the Section 1 season.
4. Suffern (last week’s rank: 4): The opportunity to end Arlington’s season in the quarterfinals should give the Mounties a chance to redeem some of those section-final losses years ago.
5. Panas (last week’s rank: 5): After last year’s disappointing finish in the Class A semifinals, Joe Felipe and Co. are poised to make a better showing this time around.
6. Clarkstown South (last week’s rank: 6): I’m not going to lie, I really want to see how Clarkstown South-Mahopac pans out if the two meet in the Class AA semifinals. The Vikings need to get through Fox Lane first, though.
7. Haldane (last week’s rank: 7): Why does Haldane even need to play this tournament?
8. Hen Hud (last week’s rank: 8): If you think I’m going to punish the Sailors for losing to two of the top teams in the section to close out their season, you’re nuts. Losses to any two teams on this list likely won’t affect a team too much; losses to Yorktown and John Jay won’t at all.
9. Mahopac (last week’s rank: 9): The Indians have been waiting for this — a chance to redeem all past sins. After an easy win over Ketcham, Mahopac will now get the opportunity to eliminate John Jay-East Fishkill, the same team which sent it packing the last two years.
10. Scarsdale (last week’s rank: 10): I’ve been considering putting Ursuline in this spot for quite a while. Scarsdale will host Clarkstown North on Tuesday, while the Koalas host 13th-seeded Lakeland.
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