2006 State Finals. Milford over Thomas.Final 4:
Thomas, SC, X & Sycamore
Thomas over Sycamore
SC over X
SC over Thomas
Gear's teams always play their best polo at the end of the season. The size of SC's team gives it tremendous depth which will be an advantage in a 1 weekend tournament. They will have rested top lines as they can use their less talented lines in the early rounds. And with Gear SC will have a decided advantage as no one will outcoach him. I could be wrong but I think the only finals that a Gear coached team has lost is to another Gear coached team...back in the Worthington days.
Thought that the Ohio teams represented themselves very well in Michigan. SC played some of the top teams and were never out matched. Always nice to see Ohio teams travel north and play some of the better teams in MI and show well.Mixed bag in Michigan this weekend. Thomas (21-8 for the season) & UA (13-12 for the season) go 2 and 2 - losing to Huron & Skyline who are the 5th & 3rd ranked teams in Michigan. SC (21-14-2 for the season) won against Saline, lost to Skyline and tied Huron & Okemos the 10th ranked team in Michigan. (No OT or shootouts in the tournament.) Thomas beat Okemos for one of its wins. UA beat Birmingham Seaholm & Dexter who by record were the weakest Michigan teams in the tournament. Thomas' other victory was against Dexter. Kilbourne (5-19 for the season) was 0 and 4.
Based upon results this weekend against mutual opponents Thomas & SC appear to be very close. UA would seem to have to raise their game a bit if they are to go anywhere in the state tournament. Otherwise expect Thomas and SC playing in the semifinal for the spot in the final. Michigan performances confirm earlier prediction. Right now Thomas & SC are the strongest teams in Ohio despite Thomas ranking. The winner of the Thomas (Thomas should get by UA), SC match will win the state title.
Was trying to agree with you. Maybe it wasn't conveyed well. All the same - pumped to see how ohio has shown this year. I hate coaching games that end in ties. SHOOTOUT! Every time there is a tie.Didn't mean to imply that the Ohio teams did not do well. Just meant it was frustrating for St. Charles to be in every game and lose to Skyline by 1 goal and tie Okemos & Huron. Wish there would have been OT or a shootout for the ties. You are correct all 3 of those teams are among the best in Michigan.
Coaches meeting will be held November 16. Voting will take place during that meeting for the season award of All-Ohio. It will have 1st / 2nd / Honorable mention. The head coaches rank their athletes in a closed ballot and then the votes are tallied up. The top players will be listed on the 1st Team All-Ohio. All nominated names will be then voted on again for 2nd team. The top players in that vote will be named 2nd team.So since all the teams were in the state tournament, are the all tournament team and the all state team one and the same? If not when will the all state team be announced? And who selects the teams?