View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 11/15

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: November 15, 2012 - 9:12 AM

There is one thing that I love about the playoffs. We get to find out if what we thought all season will actually come true.
A lot of times the rankings compiled by sportswriters and broadcasts on both sides of the state are a pretty accurate portrayal of how the postseason will unfold. Other times they are not.
This year with the new seeding system in Missouri, we are seeing teams that have done well in the regular season have success in the first few rounds of the playoffs. In fact they are doing very well.
You can see the success of the teams compared with their seeds in a fantastic series of articles we have been running on Kent Mueller has been doing statistical analysis on the seeding and the success rate of the top ranked teams.
Mueller has also looked at the points total earned by each team compared with its spot in the Missouri rankings. I vote in those rankings, so that information is especially interesting to me. Now those numbers are based on each individual score and it can be tough to compare teams that play on different sides of the state, but the information is interesting.
Now that analysis is great information, and we thank Mueller for his work. I highly recommend taking some time to read his stories.
While the statistical look is a great and different way to look at things, the think I really like about this time of year is we get to see these teams matchup on the field. We can see a Rockhurst take on Blue Springs or a Lee’s Summit West and Staley the last two seasons.
Every year when the playoffs start, I like to try and pick a few teams that have a good chance to go the distance and really track their performance. This year, there are a few I have been watching since the middle of the season.
One of those teams is Maryville. The Spoofhounds have been as dominant as any team all season long and they look like this might be the year they take home a Class 3 crown. Maryville has rolled almost everyone this year and could be in line to win its second state title in the last four seasons. In 2009 the Spoofhounds won the Class 2 title, and now they could add a Class 3 crown to the trophy case.
The other team I’ve been following for most of the season and have been very interested in since the playoffs began is St. Thomas Aquinas. It doesn’t sound right, but a 9-1 team that is the No. 1 seed in the east side of the Kansas 5A bracket though the Saints aren’t getting a lot of attention. It will be very interesting to see how things pan out.
I know that the Saints and Spoofhounds have both spent the part or all of the season ranked. It will be interesting to see where each ends up compared with where they were ranked during the season.