Pickett says bring
on tough choices
August 22, 2007
High school sports, as anyone can tell you, can be difficult to predict at times. The opening weeks of the season are often the toughest to foresee, even for those of us who are proven experts such as myself.
Bring it on I say. And bring it on now.
Here is a look at this week's games and who figures to prevail.
This prediction could possibly come back to haunt me, but that scenario by all accounts isn't likely to occur.
The lock of all locks is that Dryden will return home Friday from Dearborn Star International Academy with a non-league win to their credit.
I will take Brian Tresnak's Cardinals to post a convincing 42-12 victory here.
Elsewhere in non-league action, Imlay City presents John Forti with a 22-16 road win against North Branch in his debut; Capac gives Tom Manney a 30-14 road victory over Atherton in his first game at the helm of their program; and Jeremy Ferman's Almont Raiders begin what should shape up as an outstanding season with a 38-10 triumph against visiting Lakeville.
Hey what is going on here?
The next thing you are going to tell me is there no girls' basketball on the slate this week.
That change of seasons may trip up lesser forecasters, but not me.
In this week's lone action involving Tri-City squads, the Imlay City and Capac volleyball teams hit the courts this Saturday for the Imlay City Invitational.
I look for the host team to fare the best among the Tri-City squads on hand. The Spartans reach the title match there and wind up with a second to show for their efforts.
Capac also gives a good account of themselves. I think the Chiefs will reach the semifinal round, before seeing their tournament path halted.
Year in and year out the Almont tennis program has proven itself on the courts.
Though the change of the sports seasons (boys' tennis use to take place in the spring) could change all of that, I believe the Raiders have the potential to uphold their lofty tradition.
The key is getting out to a good start this season.
On Saturday, Almont travels to the Romeo Invitational where quality competition almost certainly awaits them.
When the final standings are posted, I have Almont ranking among the top-three squads.
Three days later, Almont opens the dual portion of their schedule with a road win against non-league foe Lapeer West.
This week there are plenty of games available to watch.
It all kicks off Wednesday when Imlay City travels to Capac for a meeting of Blue Water Area Conference rivals.
Capac is coming off a 7-9 debut campaign, so Imlay City (which has shown promise in their preseason practices) can ill afford to take them lightly.
I think Capac throws a bit of a scare into their rivals early on, but Imlay City comes back to earn a 4-1 win.
On Thursday, Capac evens their mark at 1-1 with a victory over visiting non-league counterpart Sandusky.
The following day Imlay City sends Bad Axe home with a non-league loss and Almont opens their home season with a triumph against non-conference counterpart Lutheran Northwest.
Three days later, there are three games involving Tri-City squads scheduled. I see Capac dropping a road verdict to Blue Water Area Conference foe Richmond; Imlay City eking out a league win against Cros-Lex; and Almont returning from Algonac with a BWAC victory to their credit.
In this week's lone meet involving a Tri-City school, Almont goes to the Cros-Lex Invitational.
As far as the team battle sorts out, it is tough to say.
Individually, I predict Marie Burkland and Lauren Deneweth should rank among their race's frontrunners.
In the boys' event, Eric Jacobs probably will the first Almont runner to finish. He could threaten the top-20 finishers if he has a good day.
In this week's top matchup, set for Monday, the Imlay City and Capac girls' golf teams travel to Lutheran North for a league meet. Armada and Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest will be there as well.
Lutheran North, a traditional powerhouse, should win the title here.
As for our Tri-City teams, Imlay City should edge out Capac (which is in their debut campaign) for area bragging rights.