Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Field hockey: Unofficial HWS Tournament seeds

The sixth annual Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex tournament gets under way on Saturday with two preliminary round games.

Here's is this year's complete schedule:

Pigtails on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the higher seeds, with the winners advancing to the eight pre-quarterfinal round contests on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the higher seeds. The quarterfinals are slated for Saturday, Oct. 11 at the higher seeds with the semifinals to be played on Saturday, Oct. 18.

The championship game will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 on the turf at Newton's Palmer Field. Warren Hills posted a 1-0 win over Hackettstown in last year's title game, the Warren County school's second HWS championship.

But first thing's first, the teams must be paired and seeded, which takes place on Wednesday evening.

As was the case a year ago, power points will be used through a team's first seven games, or if less than seven, their number of games played up to and including today's cutoff.

In head-to-head cases, teams may jump only the school directly above or below, so if a No. 5 beat a No. 4 they would flip spots.

Based on my calculations, Wallkill Valley would host Belvidere in an 8-9 matchup, while No. 10 North Hunterdon would travel to No. 7 Vernon for Saturday's preliminary round.

Here are the other potential matchups (A-Sussex, B-H/W). Note: All power point totals are unofficial and records are season to date.

Note: North Warren would jump over Belvidere based on head-to-head win -- 3-0 on Sept. 20.

Top bracket

8B-North Warren (2-5-1, 37.25) at 1A-Newton (4-2-2, 94)
5A-Sparta (5-3, 72) at 4B-Hunterdon Central (5-1, 87)
6B-Delaware Valley (4-4, 77) at 3A-Pope John (5-2, 73.5)
10B-North Hunterdon (1-5, 35) vs. 7A-Vernon (1-6-2, 40.5) winner at 2B-Voorhees (8-0-1, 102.5)

Bottom bracket

9B-Belvidere (3-4, 61.5) vs. 8A-Wallkill Valley (2-4, 34.5) winner at 1B-Warren Hills (7-0, 140)
5B-Hackettstown (5-2, 84) at 4A-Kittatinny (4-1-1, 72.5)
6A-High Point (1-3-3, 48.25) at 3B-South Hunterdon (5-2, 94)
7B-Phillipsburg (2-4-1, 63.25) at 2A-Lenape Valley (5-2, 88)

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