This week's slate
is filled with action
September 05, 2007
This week's slate is full of games which are sure to keep avid sports fans busy.
Here is a look at those battles and the teams I figure should prevail:
This week's premier encounter sees Dryden entertain Peck in what shapes up as a dandy between teams which could very well have a say as to who hoists the NCTL championship trophy at season's end.
Both schools sport 2-0 and 1-0 marks entering the battle.
Dryden is coming off a 40-0 rout of Owen-Gage last Thursday, while Peck breezed to a 42-0 victory over Akron-Fairgrove.
This one, though, figures to be significantly closer. My hunch is it goes down to the wire with Dryden eking out a 20-18 win at Peck's expense.
In other Friday night confrontations involving Tri-City lineups, Algonac makes visiting Almont absorb a 16-12 loss; Capac claims a 20-18 road win against Richmond; and Cros-Lex hands host Imlay City an 18-12 setback.
Look no further than this Thursday's Blue Water Area Conference matchup pitting Capac against visiting Imlay City as the match to watch.
It is a contest I expect to be much closer than most imagine.
When the final scores are added, I have Imlay City prevailing in four sets.
In Thursday's other match involving a Tri-City team, Almont drops a road outcome to Yale. Their encounter should also last four games.
On Saturday, Dryden and the host squad will be among the entries for the Capac Invitational.
Dryden has been mentioned as a possible North Central Thumb League title contender this fall and Capac should also field a competitive team. I think both make it out of pool play, then bow out with semifinal round losses.
In Saturday's other action, Almont hits the courts at the Bronson Invitational.
Almont should face some tough competition here, but plays quite well leaving with as many wins as losses.
Three days after that, Imlay City outlasts host and BWAC rival Yale; Cros-Lex picks up a league road victory over Almont; and Capac sends BWAC counterpart Richmond home with a loss.
Thursday's Blue Water Area Conference clash, pitting host Almont versus Richmond, could be a good one to take in.
Almont again has a quality squad and Richmond appears to be an improved program.
When faced with the choice of a traditional powerhouse or an upstart, my money is on the traditional powerhouse. I think Almont wins this by a 6-2 score.
In Thursday's other match, Imlay City returns from Armada with a BWAC setback. The same reasoning that I mentioned for the previous match applies here.
Besides that contest, Imlay City plays two non-league dual matches this week. The Spartans probably will fall to visiting Lapeer East on Wednesday, but will conquer visiting Goodrich on Monday.
As for Almont, they host an invitational on Saturday (where I have them attaining runnerup status) and Tuesday (where I have them netting a top finish).
If you would like to watch both the Imlay City and Capac girls' golf teams tee it up, Castle Creek Golf Course is the place to be on Wednesday.
There Imlay City will host a Jamboree event where all of their league's teams are invited.
I look for Janaye Powers to lead Imlay City, while Jessica Patton should post the lowest output for Capac.
As for which team should win it all that day, Lutheran North is the odds-on favorite.
Back in the day I was a runner myself. The same can be said of my journalist colleague Kevin Kissane.
We both plan to be on hand at Wednesday's Brown City Invitational, though I plan to be there only as a fan of the sport.
Afterall, my three favorite teams (Almont, Capac and Imlay City) will all toe the starting-line that day.
Since I have yet to receive a list of who the other teams there will be I will limit my predictions to individuals who should fare the best there.
In the girls' race, Almont's trio of Marie Burkland, Lauren Deneweth and Ellen Glinski figure to medal along with Capac's Melissa Sawicki and Lindsey Manning.
I look for Sarah Bennett, of Imlay City, also to bring home a medal at day's end.
In the boys' race, Capac's Brendan Pfeifer is the favorite to pace the Tri-City contingent on hand.
Imlay City's Kevin Ahrens and Almont's Eric Jacobs also find themselves among the medalists when the meet winds down.
On Saturday, Almont travels to the Genesee Invitational.
In the girls' race, Almont brings home a top finish.
As far as the boys' race is concerned, Almont winds up second for the second straight year.
Also on Saturday, Capac competes at the Muskrat Classic.
There Capac faces some top-notch competition.
I look both for the Capac girls' and boys' squads to crack the top-ten there.
There are eight games involving Tri-City lineups on the schedule this week.
In Wednesday's action, I believe Imlay City leaves Almont with a Blue Water Area Conference overtime win to their credit; and Capac returns from Algonac with a narrow league loss.
On Friday, Imlay City hosts and wins a non-conference game versus Marlette.
Three days later, Imlay City picks up a BWAC road win against Algonac; Almont returns from Armada with a league loss; and Capac gives visiting non-conference rival Brown City a loss.