Aside from a great event, Sunday’s Autism Classic will feature some of the best teams in the area and could feature one memorable milestone.
Ursuline coach Beth Wooters will look to win her 500th career game in the tournament’s opening game against Kennedy at noon. One of the most accomplished coaches the state has ever seen, Wooters and Co. will have their hands full with a tall, tough Kennedy squad. The Koalas are riding a nice win streak, while the Gaels can’t seem to put wins together with a gauntlet of a schedule in the CHSAA. That said, I think the Koalas ride the momentum and win for Wooters.
I’ll be there all day, so I’ll have plenty to write about whether or not Wooters (pictured below, third from left) reaches her milestone. Since I finally got the @LoHudGirlsHoops account information, I will be tweeting updates from that account, which should also show on the righthand side of the blog. I figured that since I have followers for volleyball, bowling and some golf, in addition to basketball, I don’t want to bombard their feeds with updates from an all-day tournament. Instead, I’ll tweet from the basketball-specific account and retweet from my own account, while adding personal analysis and/or other updates. Like I said, everything should show up on the side of the blog, anyway.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I have the hosts on “upset alert” today against Rye. The Garnets have had a terrific season, and really took it to Ossining, falling by just four points to the reigning Class AA state champs. Irvington is undefeated, but have only played three games this month and haven’t played in nearly a week. Many have knocked the Bulldogs for their weaker-than-usual schedule, adding that they aren’t nearly as tough as they’ve been in past years (duh!) and shouldn’t be ranked as high as they are (which, I’ll give you).
I still have Irvington winning. It has won four-straight state titles, it is undefeated, and it is at home. All I’m saying is, don’t be surprised if the Garnets crack that goose egg in Irvington’s loss column.
With Peekskill’s loss to Horace Greeley on Saturday, and these matchups today, a lot can change in my rankings. As I tweeted yesterday, since I’ll be busy all day and most of the night, plus the fact that several of my ranked teams and bubble teams are playing in this tournament, I’ll post my rankings on Monday.
The tournament is the only thing scheduled, that I know of, so if you’ll be at Irvington, I’ll see you there. If I haven’t met you in person (which is true for most of you), stop by and say, “Hi.” (I don’t know what you look like, remember.) If you’re staying home to spend time with the family and watch football, or, dare I say it, bowling, have fun; I hope you’ll track the tournament either here or on Twitter.
Autism Classic at Irvington
Kennedy vs. Ursuline, 12 p.m.
Edgemont vs. Valhalla, 1:45 p.m.
Carmel vs. Ossining, 3:30 p.m.
Irvington vs. Rye, 5:15 p.m.