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Super Sectionals Were the Way to go

February 27, 2014 - Seth Staskey
When the post-season basketball tournament begins, everyone has a new lease on the season as basically everyone gets a fresh start. Well, it certainly doesn't take long for the teams' seasons to end once it begins. It's especially quick this season because of the Eastern District implementing its 'Super Sectional' format, which called for the entire division to be seeded and then teams have an option of which site they wish to compete in. It's actually a good idea because the 'premier' teams have a better chance of advancing. In years past, the New Philadelphia Division IV sectional was much stronger, overall, than the Union Local sectional. However, only two of the quality teams could get to the district. It's certainly a legitimate possibility that all four of the D-IV district entrants will have played at New Phila. last season. The same can be said for Division IV girls. The best four teams are in action this week at New Philadelphia with Hiland, Rosecrans, Bridgeport and Conotton Valley taking part. Only Bridgeport played in the Union Local sectional in years past, meaning one of the other three (most likely Conotton Valley) would have been eliminated before reaching this point. The idea for the super sectional was met with resistance from coaches -- for obvious reasons -- but the Eastern District Board got this move right. Now, if we can get the board to play more doubleheaders in the girls' sectional at Cambridge and alter the game times from 6 and 8 p.m. to 6 and 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. But, baby steps are required first and foremost. And we've taken some. See you on the tournament trail ...


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