So the best league in the state – and in the country? – sees its regular-season slate come to an end today. In a fitting fashion, the Central League title will be on the line in the finale as Harriton (15-1, 9-1) travels to Strath Haven (13-3, 8-2) at 3:45. Follow me on Twitter @MattChandik for updates.
If the Rams win, they’d take home their first outright league title since…yeah. I’d have to look that up. It would definitely be the first outright title under coach George Dick. If the Panthers win, though, there would be a four-way tie atop the league, assuming that everyone else holds serve. Here’s my best guess at how things would shake out in that situation.
Central League tiebreakers state that, “if teams have split games, examine their records against the first place team, second place team, third place team, etc.” Seems to make sense. Let’s try to break that down.
If the Panthers win, they, Harriton, Radnor and Springfield would all claim 25 percent of the league title, but for district seeding, I think the Red Raiders would take home the No. 1 spot. Here’s how it would shake out with all teams being 9-2.
Radnor lost to Conestoga and Harriton, but the loss to the Pioneers would basically be thrown out because they’re not in the mix for the league title. So the Red Raiders would have wins over Strath Haven and Springfield, the two other teams it would be tied with. That seems to give Brooke Fritz‘s team the edge.
Springfield would have losses to Radnor and Conestoga.
Strath Haven would have losses to Radnor and Springfield.
Harriton would have losses to Springfield and Strath Haven.
So if seeding would go straight up off of league play, Harriton would probably drop to No. 4 with a theoretical loss. It definitely looks like there’s a lot on the line for everyone, but the Rams have the most to gain and lose. My guesstimated order is Radnor, Springfield, Strath Haven and Harriton.
Again, this is all speculation/slightly educated guessing, but judging by the league’s tiebreakers, that’s how it would go. I have been wrong before and I’ll undoubtedly be wrong again. Of course, Harriton can squash all of this by beating Strath Haven.
Easier said than done.
– MATT CHANDIK