The final word on the 2013 high school season will be on Saturday when New York and Connecticut hold their state title games and New Jersey its Tournament of Champions final.
Today, we’ll find out who will be playing for those titles.
The most awaited matchup of the day will be at Marist College in Poughkeepsie as unbeaten Niskayuna, the nation’s No. 2-ranked team, meets defending New York Class B state champion Garden City in Game 1 of the downstate semifinal tripleheader.
GC, though considered an underdog by some, has won 10 straight, including a victory over defending Class C state champ Shoreham-Wading River. In addition, the Trojans beat the lone team, Loyola-Blakefield (Md.), to beat the team ranked No. 1 for most of this season, Boys Latin (Md.).
Can you say tossup?
Game-time is 3:30 p.m.
That will be followed by a rematch of last year’s Class C state semis as Shoreham-Wading River meets three-time Section 1 champion Bronxville.
The nightcap features the current No. 1-ranked team from sea to shining sea, Ward Melville, taking on Shenendehowa at 8 p.m. in the Class A downstate semi.
You can get Joe Lombardi’s predictions on all three games at Marist in this segment previewing the tripleheader at Marist that aired on the Tuesday night edition of MSG Varsity’s “High School SportsDesk.”
Winners play on Saturday in the state title games in Rochester against the winners of these upstate semifinal games being played today at St. John Fisher College in Rochester: Class B – Jamesville-Dewitt (Section 3) vs. Hamburg (Section 6), 3:30 p.m.; Class C: Cazenovia (Section 3) vs. Penn Yan (Section 5), 5:30 p.m.; and Class A West Genesee (Section 3) vs. Penfield (Section 5), 8 p.m.
Connecticut state semifinals will be played today as doubleheaders at three sites: Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Cheshire High School and Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
Here’s the lineup at each venue:
* McMahon – No. 2 Joel Barlow vs. No. 3 New Canaan (Division M), 5 p.m.; No. 1 Ridgefield vs. No. 4 Fairfield Prep (Division L), 7:30 p.m.
* Cheshire: No. 1 Stonington vs. No. 13 St. Joseph (Division S), 5 p.m.; No. 2 Simsbury vs. No. 3 Staples (Division L), 7:15 p.m.
* Ludlowe: No. 6 Morgan vs. No. 15 Weston (Division S), 5 p.m.; No. 5 New Fairfield vs. No. 17 Wilton (Divsion M), 7:15 p.m.
Winners play in the state-title tripleheader on Saturday at Brien McMahon.
New Jersey’s Tournament of Champions final four is also today. It will be a doubleheader at Kean College in Union, which is also the site of Saturdays 7:30 p.m. final.
Today, second-seeded Don Bosco Prep battles No. 6 Ridgewood at 5 p.m. Top-seeded Ridge then meets Rutgers Prep at 7:30 p.m.
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