In the 1As, the East is comprised entirely of Bayside teams.
Section I is made up of North teams, with Kent County (17-3) the only one sporting a winning record. A staggering 10 games behind the Trojans come No. 2 Colonel Richardson (7-13) and No. 3 Cambridge-South Dorchester (6-14), which split with Colonel during the regular season. All three teams get first-round byes.
No. 4 North Dorchester (217) hosts No. 5 St. Michaels (019) in the first round Friday at 5 p.m., with the winner playing at Kent County on Tuesday. Colonel and C-SD play Tuesday as well. I go with Colonel in this half of the bracket.
In the Section II bracket, except for fifth-seeded Mardela (1-19), whose only regularseason win came over North Dorchester, it could be anybody’s to win. Snow Hill (14-5) took the top seed, but only beat No. 4 Pocomoke (9-11) by a single point in double overtime last week.
It bears mentioning Snow Hill lost to No. 3 Crisfield (119) once this season, too. The Crabbers, in their turn, were swept by No. 2 Washington (13-7), so, really, any of the top four teams in the Section II bracket could conceivably come out on top.
I’ll go Pocomoke over Mardela in Friday’s first round game at 5:30 p.m. on Pocomoke’s 94foot court (the first school in the Bayside to have one).
In the second round, that puts Pocomoke at Snow Hill, and I go Eagles by a couple of buckets on Tuesday. The same night, Crisfield goes to Washington, and let’s predict the Jaguars coming out on top there, by, say, five points.
I’ll take Snow Hill over Washington for the section title, and I think that would put them on the road at Kent County for the 1A East title at the end of next week.
However, I’m reliably informed the 1A East boys’ final will be at C-SD this year. Really, folks, this is a great idea in light of some really big news in Cambridge.
With Valhalla (Viking Heaven), as I call the C-SD gym, having just received a new $300,000, 94-foot hardwood floor, ending a 40-year stretch of children falling down indoors on concrete, as well as new bleachers a couple of years back, it looks great inside.
At the geographic center of the Bayside Conference, C-SD has a great, state-of-the-art facility after recent renovations, as well as a couple of folks who’ve been helping there for ages and gone unrecognized.
The concessions at C-SD have, for quite a while, been staffed by two of the greatest, most selfless volunteers in conference history: Gary and Terry Mills. Gary, a local poultry farmer, and wife Terry have volunteered with C-SD’s athletic boosters, and local Little League, for “every bit of 20 years,” in the estimation of Cambridge Little League president Jason Shorter.
Nobody has put more time into it than they have. Gary and Terry deserve props for this. The food is good, and so are the prices.
Either way, I’ll see you folks at the games. It’s hard to believe we’re just four weeks away from the start of spring sports. I hope it’s as warm in late March as it is right now.
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Tre Bordley glides in for a layup against North Caroline Tuesday, Jan. 24. Bordley finished with 19 points in the game.