Tuesday, February 9, 2010
It's the most wonderful time of the year...
That’s right, proud men and women of the Wisconsin State High School Hockey Pool, it’s February, that dreamy time of year that brings us dry skin, diamond-like boogers and the most glorious display of guts and stamina known to prep puckdom: The Wisconsin State High School Hockey Tournament.
I have one question: Are you ready? This year’s Hockey Pool promises to be the most spectacular ever, with your humble Commissioner taking to the road to follow the tourney as it winds from the hinterlands of Superior all the way south to the Big Ice of Madison. Along the way, he’ll be bringing you firsthand accounts of the action on and off the ice. It’s a disturbing display of obsession and mid-life crisis angst you won’t want to miss.
The brackets are up and waiting for your wisdom.
The deadline in next Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 5 PM (PST).
Once again, I’m providing you with everything you need to make an informed decision about what team will hoist the golden chalice this year. The teams are seeded 1 through 12 in 8 sectionals, and I’m including links to two power rankings:
USHSHO Power Rankings
STAK Power Rankings
For the truly lazy, here is the latest Top 10 poll from our good friends at Wisconsin Prep Hockey: (Poll 10--February 8, 2010)
1. (1) Wausau West (20-1-1)
2. (3) Notre Dame Academy (22-1) -- are you listening, Joe McCormack?
3. (2) Stoughton (20-1-1)
4. (6) Eau Claire Memorial (16-5-1)
5. (4) Appleton United (16-4-3)
6. (5) Superior (11-7-1)
7. (8) Madison Edgewood (14-6-2)
8. (7) Cedarburg (16-5-2)
9. (9) Middleton (16-4-1)
10. (HM) Waukesha (17-4-1)
Catholic Memorial/Pius (12-8-1)
Fond du Lac (14-8)
I wish you all Godspeed on this most noble of quests.
God bless Wisconsin High School Hockey,