In light of the recent news of Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison returning his two sons’ participation trophies, this piece might seem counter-intuitive.
(Editor’s side note: Almost as counter-intuitive as the NEFLM site founder, a hardcore Baltimore Ravens fan, praising the action of a hated Stiller).
But I believe each wrestler ought to have an equal chance of advancing, on his or her own individual merit of course, from the district to the region tournament. And so it slays me, to a certain degree, the at-times counter-intuitive (WOTD) placement of teams in the FHSAA post-season assignments.
I have to state up front I was never overly fond of Clay being in 1A-Region 2 for the past two years, although I suspect a lot of teams in Region 1 didn’t share my views on that point. This isn’t exactly about placements like that.
My confused feeling on this stems from the unequal distribution of teams in district tournaments.
A quick breakdown on the numbers:
Region 1 — 10/9/10/8 — 37 teams. Not bad. I’ll tweak this one in a little bit.
Region 2 — 8/8/10/10 — 36 teams. Out of area, so specifics I’ll not go into, but surely 9/9/9/9 can be done? Yes?
Region 3 — 7/8/8/10 — 33 teams. Imagine Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler doing their “Really?” bit on SNL. That’s my feeling on this one. Um, 8/8/8/9 anybody?
Region 4 — 11/7/8/7 — 33 teams. Again. “Really?”
Region 1 — 8/5/7/7 — 27 teams. Actually, in my mind, there’s logically not much to be done with this one on its face (except for one local move which puzzles me), but we could play around with it in a little bit.
Region 2 — 8/8/11/11 — 38 teams. Again, without restructuring there’s not much to do because this region — like Region 1 — already goes seaside-to-oceanside.
Region 3 — 10/6/8/9 — 33 teams. I know that the SW Florida region is fairly large geographically, but surely two of the southern most schools in District 9 could go into District 10.
Region 4 — 7/7/9/10 — 33 teams. Again, some moves slightly northward could redistribute more naturally.
Region 1 — 10/6/8/10 — 34 teams. More on this one in a little bit.
Region 2 — 9/9/5/7 — 30 teams. Another seaside-to-oceanside region, so it’s tricky. More on this in a little bit.
Region 3 — 8/8/13/10 — 39 teams. Why the St Pete teams need to be in a separate district from the Tampa teams floors me. Shuffle it up better, FHSAA.
Region 4 — 6/6/9/10 — 31 teams. I would like to think a 8-8-8-7 is possible here.
It’s my belief that the non-local regions could be shuffled around, but since those are out-of-area, I’m saving my breath, er, bandwidth, as to the specifics.
OK. Let’s look at the locals.
3A-Region 1: I have no complaints with our local district. I’d tweak District 3 by moving the school closest to the District 4 schools into District 4. Winter Park is already in District 4, so Lake Howell, also located in one of my favorite day-trip cities in Florida, would be the likeliest candidate for a move.
2A-Region 1 with no major restructuring: I’d more or less leave the numbers as they are, but I do have a question: since a team on the north side of the St Johns River (Paxon, which had been in 1A previously) was moved into a St Johns County/Flagler County district, wouldn’t the more logical move have been to move the most southern Duval team into District 4? Instead of Paxon going into District 4, the more logical choice would have been Terry Parker. In my mind.
2A-Region 1 with restructuring: District 2 is spread out, of necessity, plus the region has only 27 teams in it, compared to Region 2’s 38. Perhaps four teams from Region 2 should go into Region 1 to even the numbers out. The northern-most four would be the most geographically-logical ones. What I guess I would do would be to move the three Ocala schools (Forest, Lake Weir and Vanguard, who already have a fair amount of intersection with our local teams) and I think also Belleview would have to go up to District 2. This would pretty much require 2A-District 2 to stage its tournament in Tallahassee, I think, but it would even out some numbers.
1A-Region 1: I think what I would want to see here is the eastern-most team in District 1 and western-most team in District 3 reshuffled to District 2, for starters. The western-most is easier for me to calculate; Baker County would go into District 2 and it’s been slotted with that district before.The eastern-most team in District 1 looks like Rocky Bayou Christian in Niceville. I’ll be happy to be corrected by my northwest Florida readership on that one, but that seems logical (Editor’s note: I’ve been advised by a northwestern reader that Marianna is the furthest east, so this should be the team to move to District 2).
Now. Which team to move out of District 4 and into District 3 to even that up a bit more, since District 3 would only have seven schools with Baker moving over?
Yes, Bishop Kenny/Bolles/Episcopal, as the northernmost schools in District 4, I am kind of looking at you first. I know there’s been a lot of moves with Duval Charter, so assuming that program’s continued viability, one of you all would have to go up. Episcopal is slightly south of Bishop Kenny and Bolles, so I think it comes down to one of those two.
1A-Region 2: I think the easiest thing to do here would be to move the two Ocala schools, St. John Lutheran (a team I’m not familiar with, could be a first-year program) and Trinity Catholic, into District 7 and more or less have done with it. Trinity is emerging as a program, however, and might not want to have to contend with Villages again, let alone the Lake Highland juggernaut.
Anyway, our local regions are not as crazy as some. 1A-Region 3 is completely out of hand. As compared to #EndTheForfeits, this is perhaps less of an issue, but still fun to consider.
14 weeks or so to go until Week 1. I’m really looking forward to it.