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In looking through this weeks ESPN Top 10 I think you might have a good point. The gratuitous addition of a few publics in the Top 10 only fuels the case for those in the MIAA that want to stay the course.
Below is our 2015-16 Top 25 MIAA boys' hockey poll
(Updated 1/20/2016 - Wednesday's results not reflected in rankings.)
1. BC High (9-0-2; Last week – 2):
2. Malden Catholic (6-1-2; Last week – 4):
3. St. John’s Prep (6-1-3; Last week – 1)
4. Pope Francis (8-1-2; Last week – 4)
5. Austin Prep (8-1-1; Last week – 5)
6. St. Mary’s of Lynn (11-1-0; Last week – 6)
7. Winchester (9-1-1; Last week – 8):
8. Arlington (6-1-2; Last week – 7):
9. Chelmsford (8-1-2; Last week – 10)
10. Central Catholic (8-1-2; Last week – 11)
The thing to do would be a public championship and a private, then make an all-star team (basically what the privates are now) of the public school payers in the tourney and they play the private school winner in an exhibition... Publics would dominate every year.
New rankings do little to dispute the c.c. / public gap and why the “Super 8” is a dated concept.
The Globe poll as of Jan. 31, 2016.
1. BC High
2. Malden Catholic
3. St. John’s Prep
4. Austin Prep
5. Pope Francis
6. Central Catholic
9. St. Mary’s
19. Archbishop Williams
Poor Archies lumped in with the Hoi Polloi
Archies is a football school...hockey days are ovah!
The MIAA gets the gate. That is why the football playoffs start in October. It is all about creating marquis games and generating more money!!
But think of the $ they would generate with a D-1 public and a private tournament and a head-to-head game.
Historically the Catholic schools don't bring in a large gate. They don't travel well. Public schools bring in huge amounts of fans including alums. By having move Catholic Schools playing Public School games, you get to create the David v Goliath matchups!
https://www.facebook.com/Sgttrunk/videos/vb.654411976/10152818215516977/?type=2&theater Who can forget the Franklin thriller win over Xaverian last year. The winning goal, and it's aftermath, captures the essence of high school hockey.
I think the problem is it ends up being a Goliath vs. Goliath match up too often.
If you were from another state and you saw a Super 8 program where a school like Reading High with approximately 650 boys or Hingham with 500 boys all from one town which is basically one ZIP Code was expected to play against a team from a high school like BCH with their 1,600 boys and a team consisting of kids from 20 different towns/ZIP Codes you would think the system is flawed as hell.
Why not a Public Tourney and a Private Tourney and either a Public vs. Private winner game or a Public All-star Team vs. the Private winner? Talk about a huge draw on both fronts!