Looks like everyone is as bored with 40s/55s as I am. Nothing wrong with being over 40, but everyone knows everyone and there isn’t a lot of mystery. Luckily for some of us, 18s flights just came out so let’s take an early look. The biggest thing I saw looking at everything was that the 4.5 Flight B is BRUTAL . Time for the way too early 18 and over predictions. All of these picks are subject to the rosters actually filling up.
5.0+ - ten teams so it looks like only one flight but we have: JCC/Reiman, Greenhill/Vadhat, Royal Oaks/Stitt, T Bar/Bartzen, Prestonwood/Perkison, Lakes/Jannasch, Brookhaven/Harllee, Cooper Fitness/Noel, Greenhill/Rossouw and Oak Creek/Fleming. With only three lines playing one player can make a huge difference so I’ll reserve judgment on these teams until the rosters fill up.
Last year’s playoff teams were, in order of finish: Village/Perkison, T Bar/Bartzen and Lakes/Jannasch. Village/Perkison finished second at sectionals.
4.5 Flight A – Brookhaven/Bartlett, High Point/Somabut, Samuel Grand/Hanna, Eldorado/Browning, Royal Oaks/Brauer, Greenhill/Rossouw, Greenhill/Ohl, McKinney/Jett and T Bar/Fikes. Some of the easier 4.5 flight play matches to be had will be in this flight. Rossouw waltzes to the playoffs and whoever finishes second got a gift.
4.5 Flight B – JCC/Reiman, Lakes/Way, Seay/Schober, Garland/Sisk, Greenhill/Tucker, Brookhaven/Harllee, Lifetime/Arcaria, Stonebridge/Anderson and Oak Creek/Herget-Clark. Let the complaining begin. Five of the eight best teams are all in this flight. Clearly this year’s flight of death. Flight B and Flight C need a reshuffle.
4.5 Flight C – Hackberry Creek/Myers, Gleneagles/Juhn, Oak Creek/Pribadi, Greenhill/Alzuro, Fair Oaks/Valentin, SpringPark/Aguilar, Huffines/Hammond, Canyon Creek/McHugh and T Bar/McColpin. This flight is really a mystery and I really want to wait for more roster sign ups. It doesn’t have the low end of Flight A but it doesn’t have the high end of Flight B.
Last year’s playoff teams were, in order of finish: (QT) Fretz/Noel, Oak Creek/Pribadi, Greenhill/Rossouw and Lakes/Way; (city playoffs) JCC/Reiman, Oak Creek/Herget-Loose, Fretz/Noel and Brookhaven/Harllee. JCC/Reiman made sectional semi-finals.
4.0 Flight A – McKinney/Kanchi, High Point/Somabut, Eldorado/Browning, McKinney/Berman, Oasis/Moehler, T Bar/Snow, Garland 2/Sisk, Royal Oaks/Templeton, Oak Creek/Wei-Ben and Greenhill/Parga. Kanchi and Somabut should have the two best teams in 4.0 and they square off in the same flight.
4.0 Flight B – Brookhaven/Bartlett, Huffines/Ratcliffe, Canyon Creek/Nolen, Lifetime/Heflin, High Point/Gardner, SpringPark/Walters, Greenhill/Davalos, Oak Creek/Rich, McKinney/Jacobson and Lakes/Reifsnyder. An unspectacular flight but two playoff contenders.
4.0 Flight C – Hackberry Creek/Myers, Stonebridge/Cummings, Stonebriar/Dickey, Fretz/Ward, McKinney/Oh, Greenhill/Ohl, Brookhaven/Tarangioli, Huffines/Jayaram, LB Houston/Montalvo and Canyon Creek/Patterson. Don’t see a lot of playoff muscle in this flight but I’m picking anyway.
4.0 Flight D – Seay/Jacob, JCC/Schachter, Las Colinas/Otey, Greenhill/Alzuro, Garland 1/Sisk, Oak Creek/Iyer, McKinney/Bazan, LB Houston/Gordon and Gleneagles/Miller. Well, we really ran out of steam after Flight A. Flights C and D both just trailed off.
Last year’s playoff teams were, in order of finish: (QT) Oak Creek/Head, Oak Creek/Lai, Greenhill/Wendelken, Greenhill/Ohl, Oak Creek/Ramasami and Fretz/Noel; (city playoffs) High Point/Le, Oasis/Moehler, Oak Creek/Lai, Oak Creek/Head, Brookhaven/Bartlett and Garland/Sisk. High Point/Le won the national title.