Over 55 sectionals start tomorrow. Here's a quick look at the draws. Dallas had more teams in its 4.5 over 55 league (4) than the sectionals event has teams (3). Should that alone qualify Dallas for a wild card? It will be Wagon Wheel/Rubel representing Dallas. The only other teams there are San Antonio and Houston. Since I don’t see Freeman’s name at the top of this roster, I’m not as worried. San Antonio has a big roster but it’s just three lines of doubles so that could end up hurting them. I like Dallas.
Dallas sends two teams to 55 and over sectionals at 8.0 this weekend, the Greenhill/Kaiser team as the Dallas champion and the Brookhaven/Bartlett team as the wildcard. Both teams are stock full of recognizable names. The Dallas champion is in flight 1 with San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth and Valley. Dallas Wild is in flight 2 with Austin, NOHO, Houston and SETX.
In flight 1, San Antonio looks to field two solid lines in this three lines of doubles format. Corpus has been pretty weak in sectionals so far this year and Valley is always a mystery since they only had to beat one team to advance. I like Dallas and Fort Worth in this flight.
The NOHO team in flight 2 has several players from their team that made the finals of 40s last weekend so they should be tuned up and ready to go. Austin had the most impressive city record in this flight, going 21-3, while SETX advanced with a modest 7-8 line record. I like NOHO and Austin in this flight. And I’ll say Fort Worth and NOHO in the final.While there were only three Dallas teams at 7.0 (we are represented by the High Point/Bender team), there are actually three flights of 7.0 at sectionals. Fight 1 has Dallas, NOHO, San Antonio and SETX. San Antonio has done extremely well at 3.5 sectionals this year with a semi (18s), a finalist and a winner (40s). Normally that would be hard to pick against but I’ll go with Dallas.
Flight 2 has Waco, NETX, Houston and Wild Fort Worth. Every team but Waco has a player DQ’d so this one is a mystery. Flight 3 has Austin, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth and Lubbock. Who am I kidding? I don’t know any of these players at 7.0. I’ll take Bob Somabut and Steve Kemp to lead the Dallas team to victory since they are the only people I actually know.