GLENS FALLS — With the day now halfway complete, we at least have an idea as to what each team wants to happen and what it needs to happen in order to play Sunday for a state title. Some teams look better than others, but a lot can change just from these next matches. Let’s take a look at where we are through three matches of pool play. (Note: We’ll know A LOT more after these next matches are completed.)
Class AA: 1. Penfield (1-1, +3), 2. Shenendehowa (1-1, +2), 3. Massapequa (2-2, -2), 4. Suffern (2-2, -3).
Match right now: Penfield vs. Shenendehowa
What Suffern wants: This is honestly the toughest to determine because everything is so close. Suffern likely wants Penfield to sweep Shenendehowa, which means that the Mounties would have to split with Shenendehowa in its final match and that Penfield would need to take at least one game from Massapequa. That would put Penfield at (at least) 4-2, Suffern and Massapequa at 3-3, and eliminating Shenendehowa at 2-4. Suffern and Massapequa not only split with each other, but they had the same point differential against one another, meaning that the overall point differential would break the tie. Suffern needs to hope that its split against Shenendehowa has a better point differential than Penfield vs. Massapequa.
Class A: 1. Pittsford-Sutherland (2-0, +16), 2. Burnt Hills (2-0, +13), 3. Kings Park (1-3, -11), 4. John Jay (1-3, -20).
Match right now: Pittsford-Sutherland vs. Burnt Hills
What John Jay wants: This one is a no-brainer — John Jay wants (and essentially needs) Pittsford-Sutherland to sweep Burnt Hills. The Indians already lost to Sutherland, but it hasn’t played Burnt Hills yet. A Sutherland sweep would clinch a spot in the finals for it, but also drop Burnt Hills to 2-2. John Jay would then have to sweep Burnt Hills in its final, while hoping Pittsford takes at least one game from Kings Park.
Class B: 1. John Glenn (3-1, +10), 2. Ardsley (2-2, +2), 3. Williamsville South (1-1, -2), 4. Hudson Falls (0-2, -10).
Match right now: Williamsville South vs. Hudson Falls
What Ardsley wants: Ardsley is looking the best out of all Section 1 teams, and by a mile. It already split with John Glenn, which is huge for the head-to-head tiebreaker, if it comes to that. Ardsley wants a split in this match, because while a Williamsville South sweep would eliminate Hudson Falls, it also pushes them further into the race. Hudson Falls is on its way out, so sweeping only throws another hat into the ring. A split between the two doesn’t do much damage.