Friday, February 26, 2010

Class 1A Playoff Preview and Predictions

Langston Galloway(left) and Yondarious Johnson(right) of Plain Dealing are ready to lead their teams tonight

Michael Harrell(left) of Southern Lab and Matt Derenbecker(right) of Country will look to lead their team
In what has become one of the most intense playoffs for the past decade, 1A is once again set up for a matchup between traditional 1A powers in the 2010 playoffs. Last years state champion Country Day is back and perhaps just as good if not better than last years team. Christian Life, the champion from 2006-2008 is another team to watch. They have the most veteran laden squad with 7 seniors. They will have a different look on the sideline though as 1st year coach Carlo Maggio leads the way for the Crusaders following the departure of Todd Foster to become the head coach at Baton Rouge Community College. Other teams to watch are 4 seed North Central,  5 seed Plain Dealing, and 11 seed Arcadia. Some of the top players to look for will includ 4 Division 1 signees in Country Day's Matt Derenbecker(LSU), and Christian Life's trio of Langston Galloway(St. Joe's), Patrick Robinson(Northwestern State) and Kaleb Knight(Grambling state). Other players to watch are Plain Dealing's Yondarious Johnson, Southern Lab's Michael Harrell(Southeastern Louisiana) and Ronald Martin a junior from White Castle.

First Round Playoff Predictions:

 Top Bracket

1. Christian Life over 32. Oberlin
16. Basile over 17. Gueydan
9. East Iberville over 24. Ascension Catholic
8. Southern Lab over 25. Crescent City
5. Plain Dealing over 28. Jackson
12. Grambling over 21. Ecole Classique
13. Block over 20. Northwood-Lena
4. North Central over 29. Vermillion Catholic
Bottom Bracket

3. Central Catholic over 30. Logansport
19. Tensas over 14. Delhi
11. Arcadia over 22. Delcambre
6. Elton over 27. Oak Grove
7. St. Mary over 26. Hamilton Christian
10. White Castle over 23. Haynesville
18. Varnado over 15. St. Martin’s Episcopal
2. Country Day over 31. Catholic P.C.

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