Keep your cool and don’t look now, but it seems like I’m getting the hang of this clairvoyant shtick.
Through the not-so-vast, five-week history of the crystal ball, we topped last round’s all-time mark of barn burner selections with nine wins and 13 one-score games this past week. Every boys’ matchup ended in a boost to the winning percentage or a draw, and Catholic Memorial snapped the crystal ball’s inability to predict BC High.
OK, so featuring eight boys games instead of seven bent the rules a smidge, and there were still plenty of blemishes across the board. But nobody’s perfect, and a lesson was learned. Never doubt the undefeated St. Mary’s boys or Duxbury girls, who both came up with big finishes against fellow title contenders. The Methuen/Tewksbury girls might find their way off of these predictions if I keep incorrectly voting against them (not really), and parity once again reigned supreme in the Cape and Islands League when the Barnstable girls edged Cape Cod.
Good to get that off the chest.
Now that we addressed the elephant in the room, we approach the best time of the year aside from playoffs – rematch season. Big league/conference battles between heavyweights flood the week, too, adding to a time when teams really start to distinguish themselves as chief contenders.
Let’s get into it.
LAST WEEK’S RECORD: 9-3-3
*WINNER in all CAPS
Dennis-Yarmouth at MARTHA’S VINEYARD, 4:15 p.m. – The first rematch of them all, Martha’s Vineyard avenges its 4-3 loss to even up the Cape and Islands League Lighthouse standings.
Scituate at SILVER LAKE, 5:50 p.m. – Lakers have a long way to go in the Patriot League Kinney race to catch the only team they’ve lost to this year, but their red-hot attack keeps pushing them in the right direction.
NAUSET at Falmouth, 7 p.m. – Nauset regains control in the Cape and Islands Atlantic to build on signature wins over Dennis-Yarmouth and Sandwich.
CANTON at Archbishop Williams, 7:10 p.m. – For as much as the Archies have improved, Canton gets one step closer to a return to TD Garden.
ARLINGTON at Reading, 4 p.m. – Beating the Spy Ponders once is already tough enough. Arlington finds a way past the Rockets to knot the season series.
Cohasset/Hull at NORWELL, 4 p.m. – Betting against undefeated teams haven’t gone well so far, but the Clippers flash too much star power to overcome.
ST. JOHN’S PREP at BC High, 2 p.m. – The Catholic Conference is a never-ending circle of trading victories, expect the Battle of Eagles to tip in SJP’s way. It avenges its overtime loss to BC High in the Pete Frates Classic.
MALDEN CATHOLIC at Burlington, 5 p.m. – A rare nonleague rematch, Danielle DeJon gets it done in net to stave off the Red Devils’ potent offense.
SANDWICH at Martha’s Vineyard, 2:30 p.m. – M.V. already delivered a huge win over Norwell, but the Sandwich defense proves too much.
ST. MARY’S (L) at Notre Dame Academy (H), 3:50 p.m. – The two preseason favorites face off, it’s impossible to bet against the Spartans amid this heater.
Andover at SHREWSBURY, 5:30 p.m. – No rest for the wicked in the MVC/DCL, Colonials control the three zones to edge out a win.
ARLINGTON at Reading, 5:45 p.m. – Spy Ponders make up for lost ground in the Middlesex League Liberty with a big win over the Rockets.
DUXBURY at Norwell, 6 p.m. – I may never pick against Duxbury again. Undefeated drum beats on in another rare nonleague rematch. Norwell gives it a great game.
BILLERICA/CHELMSFORD at HPNA, 4:25 p.m. – A lot has changed since the season-opening loss to HPNA. Defense delivers big-time.