Based on the Wild Knight Invite this past weekend, St. Charles is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as state champion in domineering fashion. Both X and SC divided their varsity squads into A & B teams. St. Charles Varsity A squad won all its games by 10 or more goals including defeating both of X's teams. SC's top varsity has only lost to the number 1 & 2 ranked teams in Michigan this season, 3 times to Dexter (number 2) all by 1 goal and 1 time to Hudsonville the number 1 ranked team. Meanwhile the Cards Varsity B team beat UA on Sunday. Earlier last week SC soundly beat UA in dual matches. Last year SC cruised through the state tournament winning their games by lopsided scores. Expect the same this year. And although their JV squad began the year slowly, they look like they will likely claim their 4th straight JV Championship.An entertaining Ohio Cup this past week end. All the Ohio teams attended. Dexter (out of Michigan) took home the cup with an overtime victory over St. Charles. (3 of St. Charles' 5 loses on the season have been by a single goal to Dexter.) I believe that was the first overtime final in the Ohio Cup. St. Charles look dominant against the Ohio teams. St. X finished 4th (second among Ohio teams). UA was 5th losing only to Dexter in the preliminary round. Expect one of those three to win the state title with the edge to SC from what I saw at the Ohio cup.
Sorry rjones, but it doesn't look like the Bears will begin their domination this year. Number 8 will have to wait.UA will dominate Ohio and win their 8th state title. It will be a surprise if it's even competitive. JJ is developing into the top coach in the state and has the program on a roll.
So rjones, is UA just getting everyone overconfident? They went 1-2 down at the Packer last weekend. They'll need to up their game to finish top 2 in state tournament. At this point it looks like no one in Ohio will challenge SC. Expect the Cards to dominate the state tournament again this year like they did last year. Prediction: SC will win its 8th before UA does.Don't count your chickens before they hatch aquacard, it's not October yet!! Bears will rule!!!
Prepare to be shocked aquacard. October is when the Bears get serious! The JV will win the championship first followed by the varsity. You are correct UA is badly underrated by ohiowaterpolo.com. That will change after the tournament. Look out for the Bears!!!An upset of the Cardinals in the state tournament, although good for high school water polo in Ohio, would be shocking!
Actual Final StandingsSt. Charles has the easiest route to the title with third seeded Sycamore and sixth seeded Princeton on its side of the bracket. X will have to deal with UA, Thomas and StF on its side of the bracket. Still expect SC and X in the final. While X could stumble with UA or Thomas filling the spot on that side of the bracket, it would be a major upset if SC is not in the title game. My prediction of the final standings is:
1. Columbus St. Charles
2. Cincinnati St. Xavier
3. Thomas Worthington
4. Cincinnati Sycamore
6. Columbus Upper Arlington
7. Dayton Oakwood
9. Toledo St. Francis
10. Cincinnati Princeton
11. Cincinnati Walnut Hills
13. Worthington Kilbourne