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Crystal Ball Not Murky

September 25, 2012 - Jay Bennett
We're halfway through the prep football regular season and when it comes to the sport of volleyball things are also getting heated up as well.

The marquee match in the area on Thursday will be at Williamstown High School where the Yellowjackets will take on the Tigers from Wirt County. That contest will represent a rematch of last year's Class A state title showdown where the Tigers rallied from a two sets to one deficit to upend the Yellowjackets and claim the eighth state volleyball championship for the orange and black.

Although the outcome of Thursday night's match in Williamstown technically doesn't meat a lot, I sure am anxious to find out the results. I truly believe the field for single-A this season has just a handful of programs which can end the campaign on top.

I've been known to be wrong on more than one occasions about things, but I'm going to go ahead and put it out there that I think Williamstown will be the team to beat this year when the dust finally settles on the volleyball season.

Second-year head coach Rachelle Pallini's program might not have a dominant masher like they've had in recent years with the likes of Liz Flowers, but a strong group of seniors along with a couple solid underclassmen might just be enough to give the 'Jackets their second state net crown in school history and the first since 2004 when WHS knocked off none other than Wirt County.

Another area I wanted to briefly touch on and obviously expand as we get later into the month of October is the Class A football playoff picture.

There are just too many variables to try and figure out anything more than a week or two out from the final games of the year, but having looked at the current rankings through the first five weeks I will state the following.

With only 39 teams in the small school classification — obviously only 16 qualify for the postseason — the way things look right now, at least to me, is that there are only about 20 teams who can even finish with enough points to make the top 16.

Basically, unless someone currently ranked outside the top 20 makes a big run and piles up a bunch of victories, fans of Class A football can pretty much just look at the top 20 each week when the updated WVSSAC rankings come out and figure the top 16 will be among that group.


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