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Men's High School Basketball

R-S Central (16-6, 6-2) has two games left in the regular season as they play East Gaston and Chase. Should Central win twice, they are the Southwestern 2A Conference Champs and make the playoffs as they likely 1 seed in conference. They own the tiebreaker over Shelby as they have beat the Golden Lions twice this season.

The conference tournament takes place between the 12th and the 16th before the playoffs.

East Rutherford (14-7, 4-3) has come on strong late and have three games this week, the last ending at East Gaston Friday (2/9). They had their biggest win of the year over South Point by becoming offensively balanced in a 88-76 triumph. If East wins out and Central loses out, the Cavs could get the #1 seed, but they are likely fighting for the #2 playoff seed at this moment. Five teams are legitimate playoff teams, but only four are absolutely going to make it from conference. An East Gaston loss and a Cavaliers win puts East Rutherford at least in the 2A field.

Ladies High School Basketball

R-S Central (11-11, 5-3) are primed to finish second in conference it looks as they just beat Shelby. If East Rutherford wins twice over Shelby, then Central likely ties for second place. They also welcomed back a healthy Jada Logan, who had averaged 19 points, 3 boards and 3 assists in her season debut last week.

East Rutherford (18-2, 7-0) on the other hand is running away with the conference and has not found a game within 13 points. They had Shelby twice this week and end it with a trip to East Gaston. Right now, the Lady Cavs are on a 12-game winning streak and should take the #1 playoff seed as long as they can split with Shelby. East has enough guards, three inside players who are dependable and quickness.

ACC Basketball

Continuing the trek to March Madness, just one more month of ACC basketball and here are the locks. Virginia and Duke. Almost certain: Miami, Clemson, Louisville, UNC. Likely to get there: Florida State, N.C. State. On the Cusp: Virginia Tech.

As of now, I have Virginia and Duke as 1 seed, Clemson (3 seed) Miami (5 seed), Louisville and UNC (6 seed), FSU (7 seed) N.C. State (10 seed) and Virginia Tech (11 seed).

Super Bowl

Well, it was Philadelphia's Super Bowl to win. Give credit to backup quarterback Nick Foles and Coach Doug Pederson. Neither showed any signs of nerves. Pederson just let Foles loose and they had too in order to keep up with New England's offense.

Other than Philly not letting up, mistakes are what done the Patriots in. Perhaps the missed kicks whether field goals or extra points, a missed reception by Tom Brady for a potential touchdown and a late fumble are some things to look back on. Count a hurt Brandin Cooks and Malcolm Butler (not playing) and it doesn't help New England.

Factor in Zach Ertz makes two big catches on the last drive, one for a first down and one for the game winning score. Who else would you expect? He was the reception leader of Eagles coming in. Corey Clement, Legarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi did whatever they wanted on offense. For the most part, so did Tom Brady with 505 yards passing and Gronkowski played well too, but it wasn't enough as Philly won Super Bowl 52.

If they have all the pieces back next year and a healthy Carson Wentz, they could repeat again. I am curious to hear if teams come calling for a trade for Foles though after that performance.

Let's face it, the Browns, Giants, Dolphins, Broncos and Cardinals need a quarterback. Pittsburgh, Buffalo, New Orleans, Cincy, Indy, L.A. Chargers and the Jets should at least entertain the thought because of current situations.

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