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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Finals predictions

Division 2
Bloomfield Hills Lahser (14-9-1) vs. No. 2 Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (23-1)
A rematch of last year’s Division 2 finals, which Forest Hills Central won 4-1. The Rangers have had a memorable season, ending Hudsonville Unity Christian’s unbeaten streak and only suffering one loss to Lowell. Forest Hills Central features 2007 Dream Team selection Clare Stachel and have outscored its opponents 28-2 in their playoff run. All signs point to the Rangers being the favorite.

With all that being said don’t count Lahser out. The Knights have come together during this playoff run. Injuries and suspensions have prevented Lahser from having its full lineup until the start of districts. The Knights have taken out four ranked teams in their playoff run and face another in the Rangers. If Haley Kopmeyer plays her best then the Knights could steal this one.
Prediction — Forest Hills Central

Division 4
Madison Heights Bishop Foley (11-10-1) vs. Kalamazoo Christian (21-2)
Bishop Foley and Kalamazoo Christian have each only given up on goal so far in the playoffs so this could be a one-goal game. Bishop Foley played a much tougher regular-season schedule, but the Comets are the defending Division 4 state champions. This game will likely come down to one team making a mistake.
Prediction — Bishop Foley wins its first state title since 2003

Division 1
Ann Arbor Huron (16-2-2) vs. Grosse Pointe North (14-8)
Huron has not allowed a goal in the playoffs and its defense will likely be the difference.
Prediction — Ann Arbor Huron

Division 3
Hudsonville Unity Christian (24-1-1) vs. Williamston (20-4-2)
Heyboer and company win a fourth straight state title.
Prediction — Unity Christian

My record so far.
Semifinals - 5-3
Regional finals - 9-6
Regional semifinals - 11-1
Division 1 district finals - 3-2

I posted all the team's routes to the finals below if anybody wants to check them out.

Also I will be checking out the baseball and softball semifinals tomorrow in Battle Creek for the first time. I've heard good things about the event so hopefully it will be a good time. We have three teams there and I will be covering the Pontiac Notre Dame Prep softball game at 1:30 p.m. if anybody wants to stop by and heckle me about my picks feel free.



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