If you’ve been caught up in the excitement of the Section 1 playoffs – guilty – here’s a friendly reminder that the CHSAA playoffs are about to get very interesting.
The set-up is much different in the CHSAA, with three-game series taking precedent over the one-and-done format that Section 1 fans are used to. What you get is a truer champion because it takes two losses to be eliminated.
Over the course of the past week, they’ve played seeding games to determine what the brackets look like. Of the local CHSAA teams, Kennedy put itself in the best position, earning a top four seed with its 2-1 win over Stepinac on Saturday. That means the Gaels have clinched a spot in next week’s championship tournament. They’ll play at Xavierian today at 4:30 p.m. to determine exactly where they’ll land in the top four.
Iona Prep is the No. 5 seed, and as such the Gaels will have to win a best-of-three series this weekend in order to make it to the championship tournament. And as fate would have it, they’ve been matched up with crosstown rival Salesian — the same team that helped knock Iona Prep out last season. Game 1 will be held at Iona Prep on Friday at 4:15 p.m., followed by Game 2 at Salesian on Saturday at 1 p.m. If necessary, Game 3 will be played back at Iona Prep on Sunday at 1 p.m. My colleague Adrian Szkolar will cover the opening game on Friday, so be sure to follow him on Twitter @Szkolar_Lohud for live updates.
Finally, Stepinac will play a best-of-three this weekend against St. Raymond’s. Game 1 will be at home on Friday at 1 p.m., with Game 2 at St. Ray’s on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. If necessary, Game 3 will be played back at Stepinac on Sunday at 4 p.m.
I’ll do my best to keep you posted on what’s happening in the CHSAA throughout the weekend. For the full schedule, check out chsaaboys.org.