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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Boys soccer predictions 2.0

Earlier in the week I predicted the district finals and winners for all the boys soccer districts involving Oakland County teams. I have to say I did a pretty solid job, getting 18 out of a possible 22 finalists right and my predicted champions are alive in eight out of 11 districts. Here are my updated predictions for the district finals.

Division 1
District 5
(at Northville)
Predicted final: Novi vs. Northville
Final: Novi vs. Northville, noon Saturday
Pick: Northville. I’m sticking with Northville in this KLAA Central showdown.

District 6
(at North Farmington)
Predicted final: Birmingham Brother Rice vs. Livonia Stevenson
Final: Birmingham Brother Rice vs. Livonia Stevenson, 1 p.m. Saturday
Pick: Stevenson. The Spartans have won its first two district games by a combined score of 9-0 and have done nothing to change my original pick.

District 8
(at Fraser)
Predicted final: Utica Ford vs. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley
Final: Sterling Heights Stevenson 2, Troy Athens 1 (Already played)
Both of my finalists fell in the first round. I couldn’t have gotten this district more wrong if I tried. Congratulations Titans on the district title.

District 9
(at Auburn Hills Avondale)
Predicted final: Auburn Hills Avondale vs. Troy
Final: Auburn Hills Avondale vs. Troy 2 p.m. Saturday
Pick: Troy. Avondale’s field might play a role, but the Colts should be fine.

District 11
(at Lake Orion
Predicted final: Clarkston vs. Lake Orion
Final: Clarkston vs. Lake Orion, 1 p.m. Saturday
Pick: Clarkston. These two schools don’t like each other so it should be interesting.

Division 2
District 22
(at Bloomfield Hills Andover)
Predicted final: Birmingham Seaholm vs. Bloomfield Hills Andover
Final: Birmingham Seaholm vs. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood, 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Pick: Seaholm. The Maples have dominated their first two district games and could be poised for a long playoff run.

District 24
(at Fenton)
Predicted final: Ortonville Brandon vs. Bloomfield Hills Lahser
Final: Ortonville Brandon vs. Fenton, 11 a.m. Saturday
Pick: Brandon. The Blackhawks won their first Flint Metro League title this season and will follow that with a district title.

District 25
(at St. Clair)
Predicted final: None. I overlooked that Oxford was in this district and didn’t predict a final. Sorry Wildcats.
Final: North Branch vs. Oxford, 11 a.m. Saturday
Pick: Oxford. I can’t say I know much about North Branch, but I’m going with the Wildcats.

Division 3
District 37
(at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep)
Predicted final: Birmingham Detroit Country Day vs. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
Final: Birmingham Detroit Country Day at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, 1 p.m. Saturday
Pick: Country Day. The Yellowjackets survived a scare from Bishop Foley and should come out focused.

Division 4
District 54
(at Southfield Christian)
Predicted final: Southfield Christian vs. Birmingham Roeper
Final: Southfield Christian vs. Birmingham Roeper, 4 p.m. Friday
Pick: Southfield Christian. The Eagles ended Novi Franklin Road Christian’s historic season and will send another MIAC team home.

District 55
(at Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett)
Predicted final: Royal Oak Shrine vs. Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett
Final: Royal Oak Shrine vs. Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, 4 p.m. Friday
Pick: Shrine. The Knights have faced tougher competition this season and it should serve them well here.

District 56
(at Auburn Hills Oakland Christian)
Predicted final: Auburn Hills Oakland Christian vs. Marine City Cardinal Mooney
Final: Auburn Hills Oakland Christian vs. Marine City Cardinal Mooney, 5 p.m. Friday
Pick: Oakland Christian. Like I said before the Lancers are my pick to win it all this year.

District 57
(at Burton Genesee Christian Elementary School)
Predicted final: Burton Genesee Christian vs. Burton St. Thomas More
Final: Burton Genesee Christian vs. Burton St. Thomas More, 11 a.m. Saturday
Pick: Genesee Christian. Genesee edged Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes in a shootout, but likely won’t need a shootout to win this one.



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