2019-20 Week That Was, Seeding the State, Superlatives Weeks 7

The calendar changed from 2019 to 2020 this week and the new year, with its perfect vision, ushered in compelling down to the wire games. The trend actually started on Tuesday with the last contest of 2019 where Blaine edged Cambridge-Isanti that went down to the last possession. The next two games that initiated the new year had last second scores in back and forth games. In both of those games the non-winning team had the ball with a two point lead with slightly over a minute to go. In each case a three was attempted (in Friday’s game two were attempted). Those shots never should have been launched. This brings up the explicit task of explaining to players what is desired down the stretch. Time and score matter. Late game situations matter. Everyone needs to be on the same page. These situations need to be rehearsed. The teams that are prepared will prevail.

There is an old slogan that goes “Teams rise to the occasion.” This is false. Teams fall to their level of training. Execution matters. Of course, in a one possession game all eyes are drawn to end game situations and those moments get magnified 100 fold. But the whole game leads to this point.  Everything matters. You don’t need corrective lenses to see that.

The start of 2020 reminded me of a string of three games where I saw three game winning shots on three different days—–all ended with 3s. I don’t know what the odds are for that, but I failed to buy a lottery ticket that week. The winners in that string were Buffalo Lake-Hector (Stewart wasn’t involved then); St. Francis, and Moorhead.

QUEST FOR 100

The top 10 have now been eliminated. There are 34 teams to go, 56 potential dates before playoffs. However there will only be one day most weeks with opportunities to cross off more than one game.

Level Seen %
1-10 10 100.00
1-25 20 80.00
1-50 38 76.00
1-75 55 73.33
1-100 66 66.00
1-125 73 58.40

 

SEEDING THE STATE

2019 closes, 2020 begins. The change didn’t bring big changes.

AAAA

1 Hopkins #6
2 Farmington #1
3 Park Center #5
4 Rosemount #3
5 St. Michael-Albertville #8
6 Chaska #2
7 Stillwater #4
8 Andover #7

AAA

1 DeLaSalle #4
2 Becker #5
3 Holy Angels #6
4 Red Wing #1
5 Marshall #2
3 Simley #3
7 Alexandria #8
8 Hermantown #7

AA

1 Sauk Centre #6
2 Fergus Falls #8
3 Rochester Lourdes #1
4 Minnehaha #4
5 New London-Spicer #3
6 Holy Family #5
7 Duluth Marshall #7
8 Waseca #2

A

1 Minneota #3
2 Cromwell-Wright #7
3 Mayer Lutheran #4
4 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley #5
5 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown #2
6 Henning #6
7 Blooming Prairie #1
8 Warren-Alvarado-Oslo #8

UNBEATENS

The days of the unbeaten now number a Big 10. The narrowest call came with Minneota in A with a one point win over Brooten-Belgrade-Elrosa perhaps the most dangerous team with a losing record in A at 4-6. Five of those losses are to AA teams.

Dropping included
AA: Mesabi East in a loss to Duluth Marshall; and New Life in a loss to Visitation
A: Hancock in a loss to Central MN Christian

AAAA: 1: Hopkins
AAA: 3: Marshall, Red Wing, Richfield
AA: 3: Holdingford, Pelican Rapids, Spectrum
A: 3 Hills-Beaver Creek, Minneota, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown

STREAKING

Another change in AA with two new leaders, one a former A power.

AAAA: 44 Hopkins (32+12)
AAA 12: Red Wing
AA 11: Goodhue, Holdingford
A 11: Waterville-Elysian-Morristown

NUMBERS

A key reason numbers went up this week was the non-winning teams pp100 inched up from 72 to 75. Winners actually dipped 94 to 92.

Week 6 W L PP100
Overall 11 11 83.94
W 11 0 92.35
L 0 11 75.51
Monday 4 4 79.01
Tuesday 1 1 90.58
Thursday 1 1 95.90
Friday 1 1 96.38
Saturday 4 4 81.42
AAAA 7 7 85.86
AAA 2 2 78.09
AA 2 2 82.10

HIGH: Rochester Lourdes v Winona Cotter 110.9
BEST DPP100: Lake City v Waseca 57.6

Week 1 88.4
Week 2 82.1
Week 3 75.27
Week 4 75.9
Week 5 83.79
Week 6 83.50
Week 7 83.94

31 CLUB

With 11 games this week there was an uptick in the 31 Club for the third straight week. Two schools provided two players each this week: Wayzata and Cambridge-Isanti. Only one game failed to provide a 31 Clubber: Andover v Roseville.

31 CLUB Week 7 16
41 CLUB 5
51 CLUB 1
GRAD CLASS 2020 8
2021 6
2022 2
HS CLASS AAAA 12
AAA 2
AA 2
W 11
L 5

HIGH: Jade Hill of Minneapolis South, the only member in the 51 Club with 60 (just missing the coveted 61 Club by one).

WEEK 1: 26
WEEK 2: 20
WEEK 3: 18
WEEK 4: 6
WEEK 5: 9
WEEK 6: 13
WEEK 7: 16

 

 

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