Eddie Loftus, left, and 2008 Class A state finalist Syosset and Stephen Jahelka and Class B power Garden City squared off in both teams’ season opener yesterday. Syosset won 6-3. The teams both have strong shots to advance to this year’s downstate semifinals. (Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com)
A reader asked me on Monday for my early projections for the downstate semifina that will be held at Middletown High School.
At first I thought it was way too early to come up with the possible matchups. But is it?
Just for fun, let’s toss out our picks, and then see how they measure up in mid-June.
First off, here’s a rundown of the state championship dates:
State quarterfinals: June 9 (at Albany and Hofstra)
Downstate state semifinals: June 11 (at Middletown High School)
State finals: June 13: (at Paetec Park in Rochester)
Now, here’s my response to the reader’s question:
If I had to project, I would say:
Class A: Yorktown vs. West Islip
Class C: Rye vs. Manhasset
Class B is where it gets tricky.
John Jay has won four straight titles in Section 1 but has been hit hard by graduation.
Somers has the best player in the section right now in Joe Marasco and a good supporting cast plus several guys who had been on the team as underclassmen who have now rejoined it: junior Matt Deiana and senior Rob Lombardo. Deiana has looked tremendous in the preseason and will have a major impact. But John Jay still has more depth. There are several other teams who could also contend for the title.
In Long Island, it looks like Garden City is the team to beat in Class B.
So lets say:
Class B: Section 1 TBD vs. Garden City
Let’s hear your thoughts.
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