As the surprising (but maybe not shocking) Rye upset 9-8 overtime win over John Jay sets in, we can begin to consider what this means going forward.
As blog poster “Syracuse” pointed out, Rye might actually be the biggest favorite to win its respective sectional title. Certainly an interesting question.
Class A: Rye beating John Jay doesn’t really shed any light on Class A, though it does make Yorktown’s less-than-stellar 6-3 win over Rye seem a little better. Anyway, that was more than a month ago and it really doesn’t have much impact at this point. We’re still looking at Yorktown in the final almost for sure against any number of possibilities, the most obvoius being Lakeland/Panas. The team that emerges is going to have a very tough time getting by Niskayuna and then Long Island.
Class B: John Jay…perhaps the expecations were too much, but I STILL think this is Section 1’s best hope for a state title, and here’s why: At its best, this is the best team. It has the most high-end players that have some experience working their way through a state tournament.
Clearly, consistency is an issue, and at this point, the 2008 Indians don’t approach the 2007 team. But ultimately, as good and consistent as John Jay was last season, the first thing that will always come to mind was its win over Huntington, and this year’s team should have a similiar opportunity, even if it won’t be against the No. 1 team in the nation. That said, the possibilty of John Jay being upset by the likes of Brewster doesn’t seem absolutely inconceivable at this point.
John Jay can’t have a magical “everything went perfect from start to finish” type of season, but it can still achieve the ultimate goal of a state title. I’m not counting the Indians out.
Class C: No one would have even thought of Rye as a state championship contender prior to yesterday. Basically, Rye was going along the same path it had the last few years. Win the Section 1 title, lose to Long Island. Yesterday’s win obviously changed expectations. If Rye can beat John Jay, it can beat anyone. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be the favorite in a game against likely state semifinal opponent Manhasset, a team that also beat John Jay. It just means the game shouldn’t be viewed as a mismatch. I think yesteday’s game should make everyone reevaluate Rye’s ceiling.