Just for fun. I'm going to try and predict the entire 8-man state tournament bracket game by game. I'll pick the first round games tonight
Harris Lake Park/Audubon
The Wolves are a top five team I think. Unbeaten and they played in a strong district. They have a win over Newell-Fonda and I don't think I need to remind anyone around here what they are capable of.
I'll take HLP
Strangely, Coon Rapid has wins over both these teams, but their loss to Audubon followed by ArWeVa's subsequent win over the Wheelers relegated the Crusaders to third place. I think this one is pretty even, but I like Newell Fonda and the strength of a tougher schedule and more recent experience at this stage of the seson.
Bedford/Elk Horn Kimballton
This will not be the same game s the first time around. Elk Horn is injury free and motivated.by the thrashing they suffered at the hands of the Bulldogs early this season. Bedford struggled mightily with Sidney who was crushed by a healthy Elk Horn. The Danes also have the size and strength up front to resist the Bedford ground attack, which was what Stanton couldn't do last Friday after taking a huge lead.
I'll take Elk Horn.
Ugh. Really? Let both teams play someone else.
Turkey Valley/Gilbertville Don Bosco
These are two of the best teams in the state matched up in the first round.. I've been eyeing a TV/FM matchup all season and I'm sticking with it.
Turkey Valley by a score or two?
Central is the better team according to comparative scores.
Midland Wyoming/HLV Victor
Midland has a win over Central Elkader. Both good teams. HLV Victor just isnt on that level. This is lopsided.
Twin Cedars/Marungo Iowa Valley
Twin Cedars is unbeaten but just hasn't played anyone. Pretty even matycup on paper, but I'll take Iowa Valley on more experience in close/tough games.