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March 25, 2010 - Seth Staskey
Well, the title of this blog might be a misleading because I never really left to go anywhere, but it's been a while since I've blogged as I've had pointed out to me by several buddies and co-workers.
I apologize for that, but here we go.
Two major sporting events of my year are going on today. The Ohio State High School Boys Basketball Championships open in Columbus and the NCAA Tournament resumes with Sweet 16 action.
The OHSAA boys tournament is a great time if you've never been there. The basketball is tremendous, the players and coaches are some of the best and brightest going. The entertainment outside of the arena is also one for the ages. There's a lot of stories that come out of the state tournament. Some shall remain quiet, but others are just a bunch of guys standing around in the parking lots surrounding the Schottenstein Center and other venues at OSU telling old war stories about how their team was better than most which played or how good they were when they played themselves. It's those sort of events, which separates the boys basketball state tournament from the others the OHSAA hosts.
This year's tournament is a little bittersweet in the regard of Friday's 2 p.m. game. The Shadyside Tigers came up a game short of qualifying for the big dance and instead a 15-11 Bedford Chanel outfit will tangle with Dayton Jefferson. I talked to Shadyside head coach Ed Andes -- who is a yearly patron of the state tournament -- and he said he'd still be in his seat for that 2 p.m. game, but he'll be watching with a slightly different eye.
As for my predictions....each year my buddy and I do these and he skunks me just about every year. Once again, I am not going out on any limbs here....
Division I -- Gahanna Lincoln (If you can beat Northland by 25....you automatically get my vote).
Division II -- Dayton Dunbar (From all I've read and followed this year....they've been the premier team in the division).
Division III -- Lima Central Catholic (Knocking out OSU bound Aaron Craft and Findlay Liberty Benton in the district caught my attention).
Division IV -- Dayton Jefferson (Having a 6-10 Michigan State bound player in the smallest division is enough for me).
As for the NCAA Tournament.....another weekend of upsets could be upon us. Going to be interesting, so scrap your bracket and just enjoy the games.
Trust me, I am going to make it a point to update this more often.
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