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Re: Pennsylvania 2015

Postby EastStroudsburg13 » February 16th, 2015, 4:38 pm

Anyone know the results from Tiger?
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Re: Pennsylvania 2015

Postby finagle29 » February 16th, 2015, 4:56 pm

According to this news article by Conestoga, they tied one of the WWP teams (with 203 points) but lost the tiebreaker by 2 gold medals. I can't find any other official results though.
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Re: Pennsylvania 2015

Postby Sciolapedia » February 20th, 2015, 5:49 am

Is there a chance they will change the states schedule up and not just replace events as they come in?

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Re: Pennsylvania 2015

Postby EastStroudsburg13 » February 21st, 2015, 5:33 pm

Well, as I await the results from Tiger (if I ever find them, haha), I might as well dive into my B predictions, right? This is the part of the show where I get some things right (Devon Prep getting 4th last year, Eagle View getting 3rd) and even more things wrong (Whitehall Coplay didn't make it, and Stroudsburg didn't even have a B team). But here we go anyway, because they're fun! Also, someone has to go first, that way people have something to tear apart! So let's get to it.

Northwest: 1. Wilmington, 2. Clarion Area, 3. North East. Thanks to their now-running website, I know more about NW than I used to! (which was nothing.) Wilmington has held the top spot since the departure of Park Forest and Mount Nittany, and their margin over 2nd place increased from 2013-2014, so they look like the clear favorites. Clarion has gotten third for three straight years, and to me it just feels like they'll get second one of these years. Or they'll get fourth. I'll go with the former though. North East is also a contender, but less consistent than Clarion.

Southwest: 1. Shady Side, 2. Quaker Valley, 3. Bedford. Word out of Shady Side is that they're not as good as last year, but their experience should get them first by a good margin. 2 and 3 are flipped from last year's places, primarily because Quaker Valley has more of a pedigree, and getting 10th at states is no small feat. Bedford, however, has improved in every year of their existence, and I would not be surprised at all if they got second. It's kind of hidden by the fact that Shady Side is so dominant, but SW is a sneaky-competitive region in B.

Central: 1. Hershey, 2. Allen, 3. Eagle View. This is projecting to be a dogfight. Allen got the upper hand at Rustin this year, but Hershey had two teams, and Allen appears to have lost some pieces from their peak 2012 and 2013 teams. Eagle View is newer and did not attend Rustin, but getting 14th in their first state appearance since 2006 (my first year!) is impressive. This is one three-team fight to watch.

Southeast: 1. Devon Prep, 2. Bala Cynwyd, 3. Welsh Valley, 4. Strath Haven, 5. Springton Lake. This one was difficult. Given Devon Prep's 6th place finish at states last year, and their 5th place finish at Rustin, it's impossible to ignore their rise, and I think this is the year they break through. This has the look of a legitimate contender for one of the two nationals places. Bala won by so much last year that it seems unlikely for them to fall much further than this, and their Rustin score is skewed by a 49 in Wheeled Vehicle, which I fully expect to be solved by regionals. Welsh Valley is always so consistent, and also had a solid finish at Rustin, so they have the potential to place higher. And then we have Strath Haven at 4th, which seems very, very strange. But the falloff last year was so steep, and they did not perform as well at Rustin as their main rivals. Don't forget about Springton Lake, who placed 9th at states last year, and had several no-shows at Rustin that could get fixed for regionals.

Interesting to note: if Devon Prep places anywhere in the top 3, they will be the first school not named Strath Haven, Bala Cynwyd, or Welsh Valley to place in the top 3 at SE regionals since Chichester in 2004! That is one long stranglehold.

Central East: 1. Springhouse, 2. Kutztown, 3. Fleetwood. The performance of Springhouse the year after their first nationals appearance is one of the most interesting aspects of this year's competition in PA. But CE is a tough region, and the other contenders would love to take a nationals contender down at regionals. Kutztown gets the nod at second for their 5th place finish at states last year, and for their consistency over the past three years. Fleetwood has been a little more volatile, but is always a contender in the region. The wild card here is Whitehall-Coplay. If they can rebound from not qualifying from states last year, they'll be right in this race.

Northeast: 1. Park Forest, 2. Wyoming Area, 3. Wayne Highlands. This might be the toughest region to predict. In the past 4 years, 4 different teams have won the region, and 5 different teams in the past 6 years. Let's make it 5 teams in 5 years, shall we? Park Forest isn't a bad bet, having placed 7th at states last year. Aside from their lost year in 2012, Wyoming Area has been the most consistent team in the region. Wayne Highlands is my pick for third, because they're new enough to have that potential, but experienced enough with states and invitationals to really be able to meet it. There are lots of other contenders int his region (I'd put Abington Heights fourth), so it's anyone's guess what winds up happening.

So, what don't you agree with? Let's get this thing rolling!
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Re: Pennsylvania 2015

Postby ak12 » February 24th, 2015, 2:16 pm

Devon above Bala and Strath!! That would be interesting to see. We're looking at new Nationals contenders this year then! :D
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Re: Pennsylvania 2015

Postby sofossils » February 24th, 2015, 2:53 pm

Does anyone know where I can get the results from Conestoga?
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Re: Pennsylvania 2015

Postby ckssv07 » February 24th, 2015, 3:36 pm

I think that Bedford had gained enough experience over the past couple years to be able to take 2nd despite Quaker Valley's excellent showing at states.
I also think Allen will beat Hershey, while Welsh takes second over Bala.

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Re: Pennsylvania 2015

Postby kkscio » February 24th, 2015, 4:25 pm

Sorry to derail this conversation, but does anyone who went to Tiger Invies have the answer key to their cell bio test? It seems like it wasn't included in the test bank.

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Re: Pennsylvania 2015

Postby EastStroudsburg13 » March 2nd, 2015, 8:42 am

Finally gotten around to doing Division C!

Northwest: 1. Wilmington, 2. North Clarion, 3. Seneca. Since State College left the region, Wilmington has dominated (despite not carrying that over to states). North Clarion feels like a team on the rise, especially since North Clarion's B squad has improved recently as well. Seneca is a regular at states, so despite missing it last year, I think they'll come back with a vengeance.

Southwest: 1. Shady Side, 2. Quaker Valley, 3. Pittsburgh Allderdice. One of the main points of intrigue this year is seeing how an improved Shady Side C team stacks up to the powers of the southeast. However, they are pretty comfortable favorites for regionals. Quaker Valley is in its fourth year of existence, and they've improved every year, with the added benefit of being fed by an established B team, so they are the clear favorites for second. Third is a bit of a toss-up, but I'm going with Allderdice here, despite not qualifying last year. Before then, they had placed in the top three for five straight years, so I'm betting last year was an anomaly.

Central: 1. State College, 2. Spring Grove, 3. Cedar Cliff. If Jdogg is still involved with State College, it's only a matter of time before they win regionals. However, Spring Grove is no slouch, having won the region for three straight years now. Cedar Cliff seems to be improving, despite a 32nd place showing at states last year.

Southeast: 1. Harriton, 2. Conestoga, 3. Penncrest, 4. Bayard Rustin, 5. Strath Haven. This seems boring and is almost sure to be wrong. Despite getting first at states and breaking Harriton's 16 (!) year winning streak, they only got 3rd in the region. Back in 2007-2010, however, Penncrest won regionals every year, even though they did not attend as many invitationals as the other teams. However, it feels as though Harriton and Stoga are a bit too battle-tested, and have the upper hand, at least for regionals. Rustin also looks very strong, but breaking through into that top three this year is going to be very, very difficult. Same goes for Strath. The dark horse here is Garnet Valley, as it will be interesting to see if they improve on last year's 6th, or if they fall behind the more established contenders of Lower Merion and Haverford. Or they could stay at 6th, nothing wrong with that (especially in this bloodbath of a region...)

Central East: 1. NW Lehigh, 2. Perkiomen Valley, 3. Kutztown. Can NW Lehigh repeat? They're experienced enough now that they should be able to, but if they falter even slightly, Perkiomen Valley will most likely be right there to take advantage. Fleetwood won 3rd rather comfortably last year, but Kutztown is always in the mix, and placed solidly at states last year. Don't forget about Allentown Central Catholic, which placed 4th last year but was unable to attend states.

Northeast: 1. Stroudsburg, 2. North Pocono, 3. Wyoming Area. Stroudsburg and North Pocono are the clear top two here. Stroudsburg has immense potential, and seems to be acting on it this year, so I'm picking them to take the top spot. Both them and North Pocono are serious contenders to repeat as top-10 teams. Wyoming Area is ultra-consistent, and always seems to be in the top 3 of regionals when they compete. Abington Heights may be a team to watch, though. Despite only getting 10th at regionals last year, they performed very well at Cornell, and many of their members probably competed with the middle school team as well. Definitely a dark horse to keep an eye on. And, if they can overcome the loss of 49ers and some building experience, East Stroudsburg South has a real shot at being in the mix. And lastly, if Athens can reclaim anything close to their dominant days, look out. This could be a really interesting year for the region.
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Re: Pennsylvania 2015

Postby GoldenKnight1 » March 4th, 2015, 1:54 am

Good luck to everyone at the SE PA regional today.


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