Another set of sports predictions

I’m really glad that I did not give up this part of my job.

A few years ago, I was struggling to predict anything and really thought about retiring my crystal ball. At the time, it was not doing me a whole lot of good any way.

But I stuck with it, giving myself one more season to prove that it was worth the time. I had a good showing and it continued and now it is time to take a look back at my winter picks.

While I was far from perfect, I do feel it was another successful season.

So here is a look back at my predictions released in November and how it all turned out when the season came to a close over the last few weeks.

Can ConVal’s DJ Colburn repeat as Division II champion at 113 pounds?

I thought there was a very good chance Colburn would earn his second straight title. He was dominant last year and was in line to do the same in 2013. But Colburn missed a large part of the regular season before rejoining the team prior to states and finished second overall in the weight class.

Can the Mascenic girls basketball team win a game?

While it had been a long time since the Vikings had pulled off a victory, over five seasons to be accurate, I really thought this group could do it. And in the fourth game of the year, the 94-game losing streak was snapped. But that was not it, as the team went on to win six games and make the playoffs.

Can both Conant basketball teams make it to the Final Four?

This I thought was a lock and it turns out that I was right. The girls earned the No. 1 seed and made it to the semifinals before losing to defending champion White Mountains, while the boys captured the 10th state championship in school history with a 66-46 win over Campbell in the D-III title game.

Can ConVal’s Sydney Michalak qualify for Meet of Champions?

Michalak was so close her first two years and I just thought this would be the year she broke through in at least one of the disciplines. But it was actually both, as she finished in the top three in the classic and freestyle at the D-II meet and picked up a pair of top 10 finishes at states.

Can the WLC girls basketball team earn a home playoff game?

I really thought this group would improve upon last year’s finish and make the jump to a top eight seed. But the Warriors finished 7-11 in the regular season, five wins out of eighth, and lost in the first round on the road.

How would Conant’s Katie Tonyai and Mascenic’s Elizabeth McGurk do in winter track?

I felt Tonyai would win a Division II title in one of the two sprinting events, which she did in the 55-meter dash, and McGurk would make it to New Englands, but her personal best in the 3,000 was just not fast enough for the top six spots.

Well there you have. Like I said, it was a pretty good showing.

And in the coming weeks, look for set of predictions for the spring.

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