EastStroudsburg13 wrote:It's one team more than the previous maximum. Of course, more analysis would help add context to if there have been any trends.
Definitely something I'll do over the summer. Perhaps I'll measure both teams not there the last two years and teams not there last year but there the previous year. Any other possibilities that might be useful?
Of the states left for Div C, I'd estimate getting 3-4 more new teams (hopefully my prediction is somewhat accurate). I notice middling to high chances in Michigan, Oregon, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington, North Carolina, and Texas.
Bringing this up again, we've already got 4 more since when I last posted about this (mainly from states that results just came in. Also counting Waynefleet from Maine even though they declined their bid.)
Here's my list, in case I missed something:
Helena HS, MT
Albuquerque Academy, NM
University HS, AZ
Mount Vernon, IA
White Station, TN
Kelly Walsh, WY
Waynefleet, ME (counting this because even though they're not going, I'm concerned with qualifying, not attending)
Treasure Valley, ID
St. Martin's, LA
For a total of 19 teams. Between PA, NC, MI, and the other states left, I think there's definitely room for (although not necessarily likely) 3 teams that did not qualify last year; that would bring this year to a 10-year record in new teams. Considering it's still only about 1/3 of teams, that's quite the incumbency advantage.