Whether you can believe it or not, the Section 1 tournament is less than a month away.
I know, time flies when you’re having fun, right?
Through the first half of the season, we’re starting to get an idea of where teams stand. Some classes have already had a clear-cut favorite emerge (Class AA — Ossining, Class B — Irvington), while others are a complete mess (I’m talking to you, Class A). If nothing else, the home stretch of the regular season promises to be entertaining.
Starting off the half we have a couple of decent contests: Harrison-Rye, Byram Hills-Fox Lane, heck, Ursuline B-Woodlands will likely be closer than many may think. In my opinion, the top match is Dobbs Ferry-Clarkstown South, which tips at 6 p.m.
Dobbs Ferry is expected to have 5-foot-11 junior forward Bridget Sheridan back in the lineup for Saturday’s contest against Pelham, giving the Eagles some added height in the paint. The Eagles have been pretty up-and-down this year, so far, so Sheridan’s return should hopefully bring a little more consistency to coach Erik Bartell’s life.
Before Sheridan returns, the Eagles already have Alyssa Chipelo steadily improving from a pre-season injury to enjoy. Still, Dobbs Ferry will have a tall task ahead of it on Monday, when it faces the undefeated, state-ranked Vikings.
I’m off for Monday and Tuesday, but I definitely want to swing by this one. I need to make a stop at the Palisades Mall at some point, anyway, so I figure, if I’m in the area, why not? (Not for nothing, but anywhere in Rockland is pretty much “in the area” to anywhere.) I haven’t seen the Eagles firsthand and the only other time I saw Clarkstown South was in the season opener at Nanuet. I’ve been wanting to see it again (yes, I’m still covering Clarkstown South-North Rockland on Friday), so to make up for past sins (which, in blog terms means not seeing all 80-100 schools more than once), I plan on seeing the Vikings twice in the same week. Rejoice, Vikings fans.
I’ve been able to convince my editors to let me go to some games before my office shift and use them as the “Game of the Day” (ex: New Ro-Ursuline, Kennedy-Ossining, etc.) so this way it gives us some live coverage, allows me to write my GOTD as soon as I get into the office. I’ll keep pitching them the rest of the way; I’m in the office Wednesday and Thursday, so I’ll see what I can do.
In the meantime, here are the coverage plans for this week for Nancy and I. Please note that today’s plans are strictly that — “plans” — not set in stone. I’m off, so if I get there (which I’m “planning” to), awesome; if not, don’t riot. The other days are scheduled staffing games. The only way we bail on those are postponements.
COVERAGE PLANS: January 13-19
Monday, January 13: Dobbs Ferry at Clarkstown South — Mike Zacchio
Friday, January 17: Clarkstown South at North Rockland — Mike Zacchio
Saturday, January 18: Westlake at Maria Regina — Nancy Haggerty
Sunday, January 19: Autism Classic at Irvington — Mike Zacchio
Here’s the complete schedule, along with my predictions:
Monday, January 13
Harrison at Rye, 4:15 p.m.
Pearl River at Suffern, 4:15 p.m.
Roosevelt at Palisade Prep, 4:15 p.m.
Ursuline B at Woodlands, 4:15 p.m.
Blind Brook at Pleasantville, 4:30 p.m.
Bronxville at Solomon Schechter, 4:30 p.m.
Byram Hills at Fox Lane, 4:30 p.m.
Port Chester at Croton-Harmon, 4:30 p.m.
Rye Neck at North Salem, 4:30 p.m.
Wallkill at Somers, 5 p.m.
Dobbs Ferry at Clarkstown South, 6 p.m.
Horace Greeley at John Jay-Cross River, 6 p.m.
Lakeland at Haldane, 6 p.m.
Putnam Valley at Brewster, 6 p.m.
Keio at Valhalla, 6:15 p.m.