First round mismatches lead to blowouts

First round mismatches lead to blowouts

Missouri’s Class 3 playoff picture started off with a barrage of lopsided affairs on Monday. Trinity Catholic met Sumner Monday night. One team’s result looked like an NBA score, 114, while the other looked more like NFL, 31.

Vashon hosted Cleveland JROTC for a playoff matchup that looked more like an open gym with Vashon testing out new dunks. The Wolverines were just shy of triple digits with 94, while Cleveland struggled to get 15.

Soldan High reached the triple-digit mark (100) against Collegiate School of Medicine & Bioscience who found a way to put 33 points on the board.

The Cardinal Ritter’s women’s team won by 65. Not the easiest pill to swallow for senior athletes who have hopes of one last run at a state title.

Through the first match-ups in this year’s playoffs, no other class has had such lopsided results.

While it’s not completely rare to have blowouts in the postseason, (Jayson Tatum’s Chaminade against anyone they played in districts), the amount is what leave our heads to be scratched. Losing is one thing, but losing by over 70 in the final game of some of these students’ careers is another.

Sure, being given a chance to even compete for a state title is something to be gracious for, but is this fun for our kids? I struggle to find too many athletes who are happy to face a team way above their skill level, but are forced to based on enrollment levels and location.

There may always be top seed verses bottom seed blow outs, but something has to give in terms of finding the right competition for these top ranked teams come playoff time.