Suggested seedings, 2016 – Public B

February 15, 2016 on 12:02 pm | In analysis | No Comments

Just about every year, I take my own swing at seeding the NJSIAA Tournaments. These are not predictions, but suggestions; how I would seed the bracket, not how I think the seeding committee will.

For my seedings, I start with division standings, since finishing ahead of another team in a double-round-robin regular season is usually a very good indicator. Then I look at teams’ non-league results and try to compare them against each other. Finally, I try to avoid matchups that pit division rivals whenever possible.

Private | Public A | Public B

Let me just say that after the top four, these rankings were extremely difficult all the way down into the 20s, and there will always be several logical inconsistencies because the results are so convoluted.

Here are my suggested seedings for this year’s Public B state tournament: Continue reading Suggested seedings, 2016 – Public B…

Suggested seedings, 2016 – Public A

February 15, 2016 on 12:01 pm | In analysis | No Comments

Just about every year, I take my own swing at seeding the NJSIAA Tournaments. These are not predictions, but suggestions; how I would seed the bracket, not how I think the seeding committee will.

For my seedings, I start with division standings, since finishing ahead of another team in a double-round-robin regular season is usually a very good indicator. Then I look at teams’ non-league results and try to compare them against each other. Finally, I try to avoid matchups that pit division rivals whenever possible.

Private | Public A | Public B

Here are my suggested seedings for this year’s Public A state tournament: Continue reading Suggested seedings, 2016 – Public A…

Suggested seedings, 2016 – NJSIAA Private

February 15, 2016 on 12:00 pm | In analysis | 1 Comment

Just about every year, I take my own swing at seeding the NJSIAA Tournaments. These are not predictions, but suggestions; how I would seed the bracket, not how I think the seeding committee will.

For my seedings, I start with division standings, since finishing ahead of another team in a double-round-robin regular season is usually a very good indicator. Then I look at teams’ non-league results and try to compare them against each other. Finally, I try to avoid matchups that pit division rivals whenever possible.

Private | Public A | Public B

Here are my suggested seedings for this year’s private state tournament: Continue reading Suggested seedings, 2016 – NJSIAA Private…

2016 NJSIAA Tournament automatic qualifiers

February 8, 2016 on 11:53 pm | In analysis | 1 Comment

I’ve obviously been derelict in my blogging duties this year, but it’s 11:45 pm on the deadline day for teams to reach a .500 record to qualify automatically for the NJSIAA tournaments. Seeding will come out in the middle of next week.

Here’s who’s definitely in and who still has a chance. Continue reading 2016 NJSIAA Tournament automatic qualifiers…

JY20: Let the tournaments begin!

December 17, 2015 on 7:53 am | In history, JY20 | No Comments

Everybody’s favorite part of the high school hockey season is tournament time. By which, I mean the state tournaments that take place in late February and early March.

But tournament time happens in December, too, with holiday tournaments taking place throughout the state. Although they start this weekend with the 68th annual Lawrenceville Tournament, that’s for boarding schools. The regular kids start playing tournament games Sunday night, and they come in all shapes and sizes.

Continue reading JY20: Let the tournaments begin!…

JY20: Back to the ice and some early storylines

December 8, 2015 on 10:26 am | In analysis, JY20 | No Comments

I really meant to have more written by now. I was supposed to be doing at least two blog items per week, a mix of covering this year’s hockey season, looking at general issues throughout our game, and occasionally reflecting back on my experiences, stories, and memories from New Jersey high school hockey.

But, as if to emphasize why my days doing this may be numbered, I just haven’t found the time. Continue reading JY20: Back to the ice and some early storylines…

JY20: Opening Day!

November 28, 2015 on 11:12 am | In JY20 | No Comments

It’s opening day for the New Jersey high school ice hockey season, and I’m sitting in a hotel room in Tulsa. Very strange.

But it’s great to know there will be scores to input tonight, the first of about 1,500 that will take us to the NJSIAA championship games on March 7. Continue reading JY20: Opening Day!…

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