PACE NSC Commentary and Coverage

May 31, 2011

2011 Previews: Part Two

Filed under: Team Previews — George Berry @ 4:30 pm

We continue our coverage of the 2011 PACE NSC with an examination of six more teams in this year’s NSC.

Thomas Jefferson “A”
One of the historically elite teams of the mid-atlantic, TJ made a recent lineup change before NAQT States, replacing biology specialist Olivia Murton with solid contributor James Bradbury.  At HSNCT this lineup may not have had a chance to fully gel together.  If this is again their lineup for the NSC, they could potentially play together better and perhaps avoid losing to their own “B” team again. Should certainly have a place in the playoffs, but may not get very far in them.

Illinois Math and Sciences Academy “A”
While the math distribution of their IMSANITY housewrite may have caused a small amount of controversy, their status as one of the best teams in the midwest is legitimate. IMSA appears to have burst onto the scene over the past two years, and has rapidly risen to be an elite team. While they may not do as well as Stevenson or Auburn, this is certainly a team on the rise that good teams should not treat as a break from the rest of the competitive rounds of their schedule.

St  Anselm’s Abbey School
The loss of the incredibly talented Matt Bollinger is certainly going to knock them down in the standings, and they seem to have never developed a third dependable scoring option.  This team is almost certainly ‘The Aidan and Jacob Show” and while that is certainly a strong combination, look for a lower finish than last year’s “superplayoff” team.  Somewhere between 10th and 12th is probably the ceiling for this team.

Mission San Jose
Mission San Jose has repeatedly split their “A” team at several tournaments this year, so it has been difficult to get a good grasp on how good a full “A” team for them would be. Much like Bellarmine, they have been to relatively few tournaments this year compared to teams from more lively regions.  Did not quite reach expectations at HSNCT, but should still find their way into the playoffs.  Look for them near the top of the lower portion of the playoff standings.

Hunter College “A”
Certainly the best team in the northeast, Hunter College is another team that should certainly find their way into the cluster of good teams at the top of the playoffs. Led by still-just-a-junior Lily Chen, Hunter College has won almost every tournament they have competed in this year.  They chose not to attend the HSNCT last weekend, so we will have to wait and see how that effects their performance this weekend.

Richard Montgomery
The explosive rise of Arun Chonai added to the elite skills of Raynell Cooper and Sam Reback has sent the Richard Montgomery Rockets flying back up the rankings. Their school has played in two NSC finals in the past, and maybe with a little luck this team can try for a third appearance and its second title.



  1. *Reback

    Comment by Raynell from Richard Montgomery — May 31, 2011 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  2. That’s totally my fault. Fixing it now. Sorry!

    Comment by George Berry — May 31, 2011 @ 5:50 pm | Reply

  3. You forgot to mention borisovich’s incipient negs on RM

    Comment by Schweerz — May 31, 2011 @ 8:26 pm | Reply

  4. Speaking of TJ “B” will there be a “B” team preview?

    Comment by Daniel Hothem — May 31, 2011 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  5. Are there plans for any more previews?

    Comment by William Horton — June 2, 2011 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  6. Auburn definitely deserves to be here if not on the “contenders” list; what happened to them?

    Comment by Nikhil Desai — June 2, 2011 @ 11:18 pm | Reply

    • They will be in the next set of previews. The previews are not in any given order.

      Comment by George Berry — June 3, 2011 @ 10:57 am | Reply

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