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Old 11-14-16, 11:41 AM
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who will win the GCC title this year?? who are some players to watch from each team??
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Old 12-01-16, 11:38 PM
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Cleveland.com has Mentor, Medina, Shaker, Elyria, Solon, and Brunswick in their top 15 in D1. The winner of the league might end up with a few losses. Not a big clear favorite, but Mentor is the closest to that in the preseason.
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Old 02-16-17, 05:21 PM
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Breaking down the district draw for GCC contenders:

Mentor and Solon are on opposite sides of the bracket and are both the top two seeds. If the chalk holds up, they will be there. But teams like Cleveland Heights, Glenville, and Brush will have something to say about it. I think they will both make it, but it won't be easy.

Brunswick, the No. 3 seed, chose the opposite side of the bracket of Medina (No. 2 seed). After the Blue Devils recent big loss to Medina, I don't blame them for going on the side of Hoban (No. 1 seed). Medina is a favorite to make the final. Don't look past Brunswick either. They have beaten Elyria (twice), Mentor, and Solon.

Elyria is at the top of the league right now and is the No. 2 seed at Elyria Catholic district. The top two seeds (Lorain and Elyria) seem to be ahead of the rest by a good margin. It is very likely these two teams will meet in the final.

The least likely of these six (yet still very possible) to make a district final is Shaker. They are the No. 3 seed at Solon. Shaker played better in the second half of the season, but they haven't been able to get a win over any of the top 5 teams in the GCC. Shaker's main obstacle in making the final will be a good Maple Heights team (No. 2 seed).

I think four teams will make the final, but expect no more than a couple to win the district. The most likely district to have a GCC winner will be at Euclid. Second most likely is Copley. Elyria has a solid shot too. Shaker has almost no chance to win the district, but they could be competitive against the top two seeds.
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Old 02-17-17, 11:56 AM
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Breaking down the district draw for GCC contenders:

Mentor and Solon are on opposite sides of the bracket and are both the top two seeds. If the chalk holds up, they will be there. But teams like Cleveland Heights, Glenville, and Brush will have something to say about it. I think they will both make it, but it won't be easy.

Brunswick, the No. 3 seed, chose the opposite side of the bracket of Medina (No. 2 seed). After the Blue Devils recent big loss to Medina, I don't blame them for going on the side of Hoban (No. 1 seed). Medina is a favorite to make the final. Don't look past Brunswick either. They have beaten Elyria (twice), Mentor, and Solon.

Elyria is at the top of the league right now and is the No. 2 seed at Elyria Catholic district. The top two seeds (Lorain and Elyria) seem to be ahead of the rest by a good margin. It is very likely these two teams will meet in the final.

The least likely of these six (yet still very possible) to make a district final is Shaker. They are the No. 3 seed at Solon. Shaker played better in the second half of the season, but they haven't been able to get a win over any of the top 5 teams in the GCC. Shaker's main obstacle in making the final will be a good Maple Heights team (No. 2 seed).

I think four teams will make the final, but expect no more than a couple to win the district. The most likely district to have a GCC winner will be at Euclid. Second most likely is Copley. Elyria has a solid shot too. Shaker has almost no chance to win the district, but they could be competitive against the top two seeds.

cardz - Your analysis is right on the mark.

There aren't any great teams in the GCC, but there are plenty of tough, solid teams. Our league has proven to be competitive and balanced in just about every sport. Lots of good races. Lots of close, competitive games. And every school adds something to the mix; if not in one sport, then another.

The only thing I don't like about our league is the distance to Elyria from the east side. I'd rather have Stow or Hudson. But Elyria is a solid addition from a competitive standpoint.

GCC basketball will be even tougher and more competitive next year. Beaucoup young talent returning on just about every team. I expect Euclid to be much better. I think Shaker will be a contender. Good times ahead.
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Old 02-18-17, 07:39 AM
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Shaker upsets Medina last night. The Raiders had been knocking on the door of winning against one of the top GCC teams and they finally got one. Mentor beats Elyria at home. Mentor is tied with Elyria in the loss column, but they have one more win. One final week of big games highlighted by Mentor/Medina and Elyria/Solon
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Breaking down the district draw for GCC contenders:

Mentor and Solon are on opposite sides of the bracket and are both the top two seeds. If the chalk holds up, they will be there. But teams like Cleveland Heights, Glenville, and Brush will have something to say about it. I think they will both make it, but it won't be easy.

Brunswick, the No. 3 seed, chose the opposite side of the bracket of Medina (No. 2 seed). After the Blue Devils recent big loss to Medina, I don't blame them for going on the side of Hoban (No. 1 seed). Medina is a favorite to make the final. Don't look past Brunswick either. They have beaten Elyria (twice), Mentor, and Solon.

Elyria is at the top of the league right now and is the No. 2 seed at Elyria Catholic district. The top two seeds (Lorain and Elyria) seem to be ahead of the rest by a good margin. It is very likely these two teams will meet in the final.

The least likely of these six (yet still very possible) to make a district final is Shaker. They are the No. 3 seed at Solon. Shaker played better in the second half of the season, but they haven't been able to get a win over any of the top 5 teams in the GCC. Shaker's main obstacle in making the final will be a good Maple Heights team (No. 2 seed).

I think four teams will make the final, but expect no more than a couple to win the district. The most likely district to have a GCC winner will be at Euclid. Second most likely is Copley. Elyria has a solid shot too. Shaker has almost no chance to win the district, but they could be competitive against the top two seeds.
I see Elyria and Lorain on a collision course for a district final. I see Elyria as the more vulnerable of the two to get upset early by a hot shooting SWC team, but I expect a Lorain vs Elyria battle in the end. I would take Lorain, but it should be a tight game. The winner gets the Copley winner in the regional semi in Akron.
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Old 02-18-17, 10:51 AM
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I'd say it's a down year overall for the league, particularly with Mentor and Shaker not being as strong as they normally have been. But because of a geographically-fixed district format they have a chance to get a few teams out of districts. I agree with the above analysis that the Euclid district probably offers the best chance.

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The only thing I don't like about our league is the distance to Elyria from the east side. I'd rather have Stow or Hudson. But Elyria is a solid addition from a competitive standpoint.
That ship has sailed because those are the schools that wanted nothing to do with the larger former NOC schools. But Solon could probably ask into the SL and be accepted at any point in time. Might even be easier to justify if/when Solon moves down to DII in football.
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Old 02-18-17, 10:57 AM
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I'd say it's a down year overall for the league, particularly with Mentor and Shaker not being as strong as they normally have been. But because of a geographically-fixed district format they have a chance to get a few teams out of districts. I agree with the above analysis that the Euclid district probably offers the best chance.



That ship has sailed because those are the schools that wanted nothing to do with the larger former NOC schools. But Solon could probably ask into the SL and be accepted at any point in time. Might even be easier to justify if/when Solon moves down to DII in football.

I don't want to see Solon in the Suburban League. The Comets are right where they belong.

And I know Stow and Hudson don't want to be part of our league. They'd rather take the easy road, blowing out North Royalton and Calahooga Falls every week. Maybe they'll get bored someday and look for more competitive fare.
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Old 02-18-17, 11:33 PM
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Shocker that bennies comes into yet another gcc thread to down the league any way he can

Meta the league is working across all sports. We know this. He was hoping it would fail


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Old 02-19-17, 11:11 AM
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I don't want to see Solon in the Suburban League. The Comets are right where they belong.

And I know Stow and Hudson don't want to be part of our league. They'd rather take the easy road, blowing out North Royalton and Calahooga Falls every week. Maybe they'll get bored someday and look for more competitive fare.
When was the last time Solon beat Hudson or Stow? Seems like both schools are doing just fine building real neighborhood rivalries, saving time and money on transportation at all levels of sports (for fans as well), and still finding success in the postseason. If Solon were smart they'd look to follow the same blueprint.
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Old 02-19-17, 11:16 AM
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Shocker that bennies comes into yet another gcc thread to down the league any way he can

Meta the league is working across all sports. We know this. He was hoping it would fail
The league is having a down year for basketball, how can you deny that?

As for whether or not it will fail, that's not the topic of this thread, so please stay focused. However, I do get to respond since you brought it up: The GCC is in its second year. I correctly predicted that the NOC wouldn't last, and I will go on the record believing that I doubt this league will last longer than the NOC did.
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The league is having a down year for basketball, how can you deny that?

As for whether or not it will fail, that's not the topic of this thread, so please stay focused. However, I do get to respond since you brought it up: The GCC is in its second year. I correctly predicted that the NOC wouldn't last, and I will go on the record believing that I doubt this league will last longer than the NOC did.
The league will work as long as most of the teams present don't have better options or invitations. They don't.

As for the league being down in basketball, sure there isn't a great team. But lots of good teams. Six teams are seeded in the top three in their respective districts. It isn't top heavy with a contender to win their region, but the league is super deep.

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The league is having a down year for basketball, how can you deny that?



As for whether or not it will fail, that's not the topic of this thread, so please stay focused. However, I do get to respond since you brought it up: The GCC is in its second year. I correctly predicted that the NOC wouldn't last, and I will go on the record believing that I doubt this league will last longer than the NOC did.


You need to move on. Being bitter for years about Cleveland Hts not being included is getting old. We all see your motives to take jabs at the league whenever possible It's no secret.

We all like the league. Our schools are involved so that's what matters. The league is doing great across all sports

Get a new agenda


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The league will work as low no as most of the teams present don't have better options or invitations. They don't.

As for the league being down in basketball, sure there isn't a great team. But lots of good teams. Six teams are seeded in the top three in their respective districts. It isn't top heavy with a contender to win their region, but the league is super deep.


Yeah as usual the guy has more venom than knowledge when talking about the GCC

There isn't a state title contender but the league is deep with many good solid teams and a lot of competitive games

That's more likely how it will be with a league of closed enrollment public schools. League has been a grind in basketball and that's what you want. The people knowledgeable or objective about the league see this


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I'm shocked that Shaker Heights got as high a seed as they did. But if they make it through the winner of John Hay/Bedford and play a competitive game against Maple Heights, I wouldn't be shocked to see them pull off a district championship upset against Garfield Heights. They only lost by one to them on December 21st, and that was without their two big men, Chris Guess (not eligible yet) and George Evans (injured)

Solon can shoot the ball really well. They should get past Cleveland Heights (who has struggled down the stretch) and have a decent shot to beat Mentor and go to the regionals, if they have a good shooting night. Mentor will obviously be the favorite.

As far as the Elyria Catholic District, I definitely agree that Lorain and Elyria are the two best teams in that district, without a doubt. Kinda surprising to see Lorain forgo a bye and play an extra game. Must be to get a little bit of extra playing time for the subs or something.

Medina should make it to the Copley District final, but I'm curious to see if Brunswick gets past Hoban. I know that Hoban is good this year, but I wonder who their top players are?

The 24th will have a couple of big Greater Cleveland Conference matchups in Brunswick/Shaker Heights and Elyria/Solon. Should be an interesting last few days before tournament days.
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When was the last time Solon beat Hudson or Stow? Seems like both schools are doing just fine building real neighborhood rivalries, saving time and money on transportation at all levels of sports (for fans as well), and still finding success in the postseason. If Solon were smart they'd look to follow the same blueprint.
The last time Solon beat Hudson? Last February. The Comets won, 7-3 in the hockey district at Kent State. And the girls hoops team will beat Hudson Thursday, unless the sun explodes this week and melts the solar system.

Stow? Our boys hoops team beat Stow in January, 72-69.
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The league is having a down year for basketball, how can you deny that?
Deny it? There are six good teams in this league. Name another league/division in Northeast Ohio with similar depth.

And if you need to use a multi-division league to back up your argument (like the SL or NCL), then you prove my point.

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