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Nov152011

03:35:30 am

Class D Scouting Report

CLASS D:
Haldane (18-2) NY Rank: 28th
Randolph (20-1) NY Rank: 40th
Edison (22-1) NY Rank: 54th
Hartford Central (19-1) NY Rank: 168th

Pool Play begins: 9:00 a.m.

The good news for Haldane: When losing in a State championship there's really nothing good that can come out of it; unless of course you can look ahead and see a brighter future. The Blue Devils have returned everyone from their State finals team last year and have only seemed to get bigger and better. "We've added people," said coach Melissa Rossano. As a 9-time defending Section champion, Haldane knows about winning; as a team with two State titles to their credit, Haldane knows how to win past the crippled Class D of Section 1. This team is loaded with experience top to bottom; all of the players have been to the big show, Rossano was a member of the '98 champion squad, and the older sisters of Lauren Etta and Kelsey Flaherty, as well as the Blue Devils' assistant coach, were all members of the '07 champion squad. Haldane is talented, experience, and perhaps what's most dangerous - pissed off.

The bad news for Haldane: Haldane caught the wrong end of dumb luck with this season's Final Four. Not only is Randolph back again, but Thomas Edison has dropped from Class C after back-to-back Final Four appearances, including a State title in 2009. Three of these four teams have won five of the last six titles, with Randolph leading the way with three. Randolph has gotten the best of Haldane the last two times they have squared off in the championship, winning in 2006 and 2010. And it pretty much goes without saying that a team that has had a successful history that now drops a Class, has to be feared. Fortunately for Haldane, like themselves, neither Randolph nor Edison is very senior heavy this year, meaning all three teams should be somewhat evenly matched.

Side Notes: While Class D is typically viewed as a joke in the regular season, a punchline in the Section and a chuckle in the Region, at the State level, it becomes arguably the best bracket of the five. I know that I'm looking forward to seeing these three teams (and Hartford) duke it out, hopefully fate will on the (Blue) Devils' side this time!


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