Hug-hungry Jon Langan (20) rushes to join Sheboygan teammates Myles Galloway (10) and Jarred Lucas (4) in Tuesday's nailbiter against the Homestead Highlanders.A couple minor upsets, and a few close calls, marked Day One of this year's Road to Glory.
In Sectional 3, #9 seed Tomahawk tickled the twine three times in the final stanza to crush #8 seed Wausau East, 4-1. Sectional 2 action took us to frigid Ashland, where the favored Oredockers sleepwalked into a buzzsaw called the Altoona Railroaders, while down in Sectional 8, the Golden Beavers of Beaver Dam rode the back of goaltender Tony Grandprey to a surprising 3-1 victory over the Ledgers of Fondy St. Mary's Springs.
Upsets, all, but the real close call took place in the Bratwurst Capitol of the World, where the highly-favored Sheboygan Red Raiders saw their lives pass before their eyes when #11 seed Homestead, a gritty bunch of kids who believe in their God, their system and each other, gave the Red Raiders everything they could handle. The scoreboard shows Homestead a 3-2 loser, but they have forever won the admiration of this grizzled reporter.
In Sectional 7, #7 seed Beloit Memorial squeaked by #10 seed Whitefish Bay, 2-1, much to visionary Eric Lachter's chagrin.
So what does this mean for the pool? Stand by for the Commissioner's careful analysis of the leaderboard, where cagey veteran Joe McCormack appears to be making an early statement.