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Friday, October 31, 2008

Boys soccer finals predictions

I apologize for not posting my boys soccer semifinal predictions. I had them ready, but was waiting to talk to the Oakland Christian and Country Day coaches for a story that ran in the paper and then just forgot. I went 6-2 with my picks (both losses being in Division 3) if anybody cares. But enough with the excuses, here are the picks.

Division 4:
No. 2 Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (23-3) vs. No. 3 Muskegon Catholic Central (21-2-2) noon Saturday at Troy Athens —
The Lancers have been thinking about this game for a year after falling in the finals last season. I’ve been saying all along Oakland Christian is my pick to win it all and I’m not changing now. Pick: Oakland Christian

Division 1: No. 3 East Kentwood (22-1-3) vs. No. 2 Livonia Stevenson (20-1-3), 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Troy Athens — East Kentwood is trying to become the first team to ever win back-to-back Division 1 titles and first Division 1/Class A team to repeat since Warren DeLaSalle did it in 1992-93. Stevenson is no cupcake though and this should be a great game, worthy of the state finals stage. Pick: East Kentwood

Division 2:
Dexter (15-9-3) vs. No. 3 Petoskey (21-1-3), 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Stoney Creek —
Dexter coach Scott Forrester said at the beginning of the season he never expected his team to reach the finals for a third straight year. Forrester did graduate eight starters, but he’s still there so he shouldn’t be surprised. Sadly the Dreadnaughts will likely have the same result as they did last season. Pick: Petoskey

Division 3
: No. 2 Goodrich (20-3-2) vs. No. 6 Whitehall (22-1-1), noon Saturday at Stoney Creek —
Goodrich beating Country Day didn’t shock me, but the Martians beating the Yellowjackets 3-0 did. Goodrich is now in position to win its first boy soccer state title. Pick: Goodrich

On a side note I wanted to give kudos to the coaches association rankings. Seven of the eight teams left standing are in the final rankings. They catch a lot of flack, but do the best job they can all season for the teams and fans’ enjoyment. And from the way things panned out this season, they did a darn good job. I also wanted to congratulate all the teams in the playoffs on another wonderful season. Good luck to all the seniors and the rest of you we’ll meet again next year.



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