Solon- A perennial favorite, despite the loss of their coach, they continue to do extremely well at invitationals.
Troy- Strong performance at states, though a few problem events makes them slight underdogs to Solon
Centerville- my big question mark. I've heard they are strong this year, and if next week they either come close to, or beat, Solon, I would add them to Tier 1
Seven Lakes- While Invitationals does not correspond terribly well to ultimate placement at nationals, WSU might be the best predictor, and Seven Lakes's strong 5th place at nationals last year leads me to think they are a force to be reckoned with.
Tier 3: (where anything can happen)
New Trier- strong at their state competition, seem to have somewhat overcome their slump from last year. Perennial strong team.
Stevenson- while they seem to have faded a bit from last year, the influx of Daniel Wright alumni should help them out.
Mounds View- Strong showing last year, seems to be doing comparable this year.
Harriton- definitely will not get second like last year, but still a probable top 10 team.
<Insert other Pennsylvania team>- Not sure who gets on the ticket with Harriton (if even Harriton gets on), but whoever it is will probably be in this tier
Fayetteville- Considering the WM fiasco, the fact that they did not absolutely crush the remainder of their competition should be worrisome to them.
Overall, I would give Solon a 40% chance to win, Troy a 30% chance to win, Centerville a 20% chance to win, and everyone else combined 10%.
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