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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Boys soccer predictions

The boys soccer state playoffs start Monday around the state. Here are my predictions for the districts involving Oakland County teams.

Division 1
District 5
(At Northville)
Predicted finals: Novi vs. Northville
Winner: Northville. Its always tough to beat a team three times in a season, but Northville wins the rivalry game at home.

District 6
(At North Farmington)
Predicted finals: Birmingham Brother Rice vs. Livonia Stevenson
Winner: Stevenson. The Warriors will put up a fight, but I don’t see them beating Stevenson.

District 8
(At Fraser)
Predicted finals: Utica Ford vs. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley
Winner: Chippewa Valley. Forget splitting the MAC Red, winner takes all here. I like the Big Reds.

District 9
(At Auburn Hills Avondale)
Predicted finals: Auburn Hills Avondale vs. Troy
Winner: Troy. This is a brutal district. Seven of the eight teams have a legitimate shot at it, but I think the Colts will be able to score the key goals.

District 11
(At Lake Orion)
Predicted finals: Clarkston vs. Lake Orion
Winner: Clarkston. The Wolves are more battle tested and it will be the difference.

Division 2
District 22
(At Bloomfield Hills Andover)
Predicted finals: Birmingham Seaholm vs. Bloomfield Hills Andover
Winner: Andover. The Barons make it three in a row this season against the Maples.

District 24
(At Fenton)
Predicted finals: Bloomfield Hills Lahser vs. Ortonville Brandon
Winner: Lahser. The Knights offense will be too much for the Blackhawks.

Division 3
District 37
(At Pontiac Notre Dame Prep)
Predicted finals: Birmingham Detroit Country Day vs. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
Winner: Country Day. The Yellowjackets always play their best come playoff time and will be a threat to win it all.

Division 4
District 54
(At Southfield Christian)
Predicted finals: Birmingham Roeper vs. Southfield Christian
Winner: Roeper. The Roughriders will ride their way to victory.

District 55
(At Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett
Predicted finals: Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett vs. Royal Oak Shrine
Winner: Shrine. The Knights win a tough battle

District 56
(At Auburn Hills Oakland Christian)
Predicted finals: Auburn Hills Oakland Christian vs. Marine City Cardinal Mooney
Winner: Oakland Christian. The Lancers are my pick to win it all this year.

District 57
(At Burton Genesee Christian Elementary School)
Predicted finals: Burton Genesee Christian vs. Burton St. Thomas More
Winner: Genesee Christian. Genesee Christian’s only trouble in this district will likely come from Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes in the first round.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hard to read if you don't know the school team names. Who are the Baron's, etc. I have no idea who your predicting. I am from the other side of the state.

October 12, 2008 at 10:01 AM 
Blogger Dave Pemberton said...

Good point. I added the school names to all the picks.

October 12, 2008 at 12:25 PM 
Blogger Evan Baker said...

How could you predict Southfield over Roeper? Have you paid any attention to the MIAC this year? My team has played against both TWICE, and Roeper is FAR better. It's not even close.

October 16, 2008 at 10:40 PM 

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