If you were like me on Friday night, you probably were thumbing through your Twitter feed non-chalantly like a bad habit when suddenly you saw a three-digit score beside the word "Chilhowie".
"115? Points? Basketball points?"
Turns out... yep. Chilhowie's newly adopted "System" tested out that third digit on their scoreboard. To my surprise, it actually does show three digits for one team, so there's that. The team broke the single game scoring record previously held by the 1974 team of 105.
Chilhowie head basketball coach Matt Snodgrass lended me a few minutes of his time for an interview about his team and their new fascination with hanging out behind the arc. (keep reading)
I'm not happy to be writing about VHSL football playoffs in the past tense while they're still going but unfortunately all of our beloved Hogo teams have been sent home early and that's just how it goes sometimes. Our Hogo teams had a great season, though. We saw lots of promising young talent all around and plenty of stellar performances week to week. For me, it was among the most memorable seasons in some time. The pregame shows were fun, the forums were alive, and the teams were fun to watch!
But looking at this year's playoff system, I'm thinking a change in the number of seeds could be necessary. Years ago I complained from my tiny soap box that the new playoff system was too open. Bad teams get in, plain and simple. The previous playoff system was too closed as good teams missed out on a chance they deserved. But we've yet to find the happy middle ground where deserving teams get in and those teams who don't deserve the playoffs start dribbling.
You could make a case year to year and point to exceptions to every argument about who deserves what and those debates are exhausting. Yes a 9-1 George Wythe team missed the playoffs years ago but a 3-7 Appalchia team won state under the same system. Nowadays 2-8 and 3-7 teams get into the playoffs every year and while the ghost of Appalachia might rear its head and once again shock the world, that's a long shot. More times than not, teams in the 13th to 16th seeds get beat pretty bad and most of them have to travel a long way to do it.
Instead of a bunch of first round snooze fests, why not just let 12 teams in instead of 16 and let the top 4 have a first round bye. Why not? They earned it. Does a bye week give them an advantage? Sure, but again they earned that opportunity. Check out the first round scores between 1st through 4th seeds against 13th through 16th seeds, it's awful for 1A and 2A this season:(keep reading)
A local athletic director forwarded me the goods. Here they are:
1st Team - Offense
C Jared Durrance SR Rural Retreat
James Reese JR Marion
OL Austin Lyon SR Marion
Grant Ramey SR Patrick Henry
Jeremiah Bise SR Northwood
Dylan Anderson SOPH George Wythe
TE Tyler Price SR Chilhowie
Tonight we'll be without Dillon, the voice of the Hogo Game Casts, but we'll still do our best to bring you the play-by-play action of Richlands and Marion tonight!
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The panel was back on track this week. After last week's debacle that left me with three players of the week for the first and hopefully last time ever, this week the panel had very little variation in their choice for who deserved the honors after a round of playoffs. Hey, it makes my job easier. Thanks panel!
That's not to say there weren't plenty of oustanding performance among our Hogies but a few certainly stood out from the rest. Marion went back and forth with Chatham before closing the door on the Cavaliers in Big Red Country. The Maroons sprinted their way past Indians en route to a first round win over an arch rival though maybe losing a standout player along the way. Patrick Henry powered past Clintwood and sent the Greenwave home for good, forever, with a loss. The Tom-Cats late season struggles continued as Covington proved to be the better of the two cats on Friday as the Cougars got a consecutive first round playoff win over our Panthers.
Who did the panel think was the key performer?
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