High School baseball update:
R-S Central (4-0) The Hilltoppers haven't allowed a run so far this year.
East Rutherford (1-2) They just won their first game of the season beating Chase 11-5.
Chase (1-2) They beat Shelby, lost by one run to East Gaston before the East Rutherford come from behind to win.
High School Softball update
R-S Central (4-0) Beating non-conference foe Crest is the biggest quality win so far this season.
East Rutherford (3-2) Both losses have come at the hand of R-S and Chase.
Chase (2-1) They have scored eight runs or more in every game.
High School Girls Soccer
R-S Central (2-1) Has scored no less than 4 goals per game so far and Morgan Hill already has 13 goals in three games.
East Rutherford (1-3) Defensively not bad, but the offense is suffering with the loss of graduates Emily Elgin and Abigail Smith.
Chase (2-2) Anna Mooneyham and company have already tied the number of wins Chase had last season.
Thomas Jefferson (2-2-1) Started out 0-2, but has found some confidence in last three games.
As for the NCAA Basketball Selections, it never ceases to amaze me that there is a legitimate argument for 1 to 4 teams every year. If it were me...Oklahoma St. Notre Dame and Middle Tennessee are in. Oklahoma, Syracuse and St. Bon. are out. Oklahoma St. is the sure pick with at least six quality wins including two against Kansas and two against Oklahoma.
As for the bracket, the best first round games are the 8/9's with N.C. St. and Seton Hall as well as Virginia Tech playing Alabama. Throw in Missouri and FSU as well.
In the South, depending on who wins the Virginia-Kentucky game is who wins the region and it will be Virginia. Arizona might have the best player in the nation, but them nor Cincy and Tenn. can't compete with the Cavs defensively.
In the West, it's Gonzaga, Michigan or UNC. I am going to take Michigan since the Wolverines are playing the best hoops of anybody in the country. The Tarheels are going for three Final Fours in a row.
In East, I believe Villanova has the easiest path too the Final Four. I expect West Virginia and Texas Tech to be tough, but Villanova should win this region.
In the Midwest, I consider it the toughest region of them all. Who do you pick between Kansas, Michigan St. and Duke? Plus, somebody will have to put the two best 8 and 9 seeds this tourney has to offer away with N.C. State and Seton Hall in this section. And it is nice to see Clemson back in the tourney and they could make the Sweet 16. Michigan St. is the odds-on to win, but I am going with a gut feeling and saying Duke goes to the Final Four.
So, I have four pretty solid defensive teams in the Final Four. Michigan over Virginia and Villanova over Duke. Villanova beats Michigan for the National Title.
So, I was kind of wrong, Ryan Blaney was never a factor this past weekend. It's the Kevin Harvick Series right now. I am going to pick either Denny Hamlin or Kyle Busch this weekend in California. Harvick's never really been a two-mile D-shaped oval driver.