Wed., Oct. 26, 3 pm :
Well, I'm finally back. It's been another interesting Fall... made weekly 2-hour trips to Bristol to help
a buddy who had a stroke Labor Day weekend, (he's doing better and rehabing nearby now - looks like he MIGHT
make it back into the press box this week!), had to get a new laptop and deal with all the fun things involved
there, and lost a flash drive for about a month.
THEN when I did my first ratings last week, I had a few things diff. from the official numbers. Looks like the VHSL's ratings program is tied into the master schedule file, which still had a lot of things wrong - over 100 things related to 1A West, 2A West and their opponents.
Sent a couple of lists to Hoo'ville; the smaller things like H/A and district/non might be fixed this week, but the ratings look a WHOLE lot better - just not perfect yet.
So, now that that's taken care of, I've had time to get a bunch of MY stuff together. Here's the current standings and ratings, along with the schedules for Oct. 28th & Nov. 4th.
It's a bit late to do the 2-week out cheat sheet, so I'll work on the ones that will be up Sat. morning.
Thought I'd share the biggest surprises I noticed while working on the ratings...
In 2A, compared to this time one year ago, Richlands has just a 1 ratings point diffrence while Appo is only off 4.
Buckingham is down almost 100 points while Marion is up 71.
In 1A, Narrows also has just a 1 point difference, yet they're up 3 spots on the list. Northwood is down nearly 60. And the big surprise is Fort Chiswell, which moved from 4th from the bottom to 4th from the top, gaining 86 points thanks to 6 wins.
Chilhowie made a similar jump from 6th to 6th, thanks to 5 more wins.
If you're wondering why Hurley & Parry McCluer aren't higher in the ratings, it's because of their poor SoS. The Rebs opponents have won just 24 games this season, the Blues just 18. Meanwhile, Wythe's & Fort's opponents have won 37 games. Galax leads the A West with 43, the same as Richlands.
Thur., Aug. 25, 9:15 a.m. : Posted the schedule for 8/25.
Fri., Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m. : Posted the pre-season scrimmages/jams list... more to come next week.
updated at 1 pm.
Tues., Nov. 10, 4:30 a.m. : The VHSL has released the the official playoff schedule. The only SW teams playing on Saturday are JI Burton & Hurley @ home & Lee (away).
Sun., Nov. 8, 4:00 a.m. : Updated the standings and ratings. Still see the pairings the same. The VHSL will release the official numbers/info later today.
9 am - Should've fixed #16 West as Twin Springs won their way in yesterday.
1 pm - It's official - all games confirmed - dates/times still TBA.
Sat., Nov. 7, 2 a.m. : Here's my UNOFFICIAL pairings ...
UNOFFICIAL, by my numbers, 1st rd. games... 1A West #11 Parry McCluer @ #6 Hurley #14 Narrows @ #3 Galax #10 Auburn @ #7 Rural Retreat #15 Covington @ #2 J.I. Burton #12 Northwood @ #5 Honaker #13 Twin Valley @ #4 Radford #9 Bland Co. @ #8 Patrick Henry #16 Twin Springs @ #1 George Wythe 2A West #11 Ridgeview @ #6 Giles #14 Va. High @ #3 Glenvar #10 Graham @ #7 James River #15 Gretna @ #2 Union (BSG) #12 Martinsville @ #5 Buckingham Co. #13 Grayson Co. @ #4 Richlands #9 Central (Wise) @ #8 Dan River #16 Lee @ #1 Appomattox Co.
Wed., Nov. 4, 1:00 a.m. : Tweaked the cheat sheets for 2A West and 1A West; posted the 1A West tight and 2A West tight cheat sheets. I don't expect any more changes will be made before Friday night.
Here's the full story of the Salem-Carroll Co. "stuff" from the Roanoke Times.
Tue., Nov. 3, 7:00 a.m. : The word for today is CHANGES.
After a review of the official ratings, a ruling on an unplayed game, a Monday night make-up game, a "misplaced" District game, and a correction of a misapplied ratings rule, I've updated everything - the standings, ratings and cheat sheets for 2A West and 1A West, along with the schedule for Nov. 6th. NOTE - Honaker will play AT Ridgeview, which is a change from earlier schedules (although this was known at the start of August). I'll work on the "tightened" sheets tonight. Still waiting to see if Dan River's numbers will change.
Sat., Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m. : Updated the standings and ratings. Had to actually sleep last night because I have to work this afternoon - will get the cheat sheets done as fast as I can.
4:45 p.m.: Added the ratings cheat sheet for 2A West.
8:45 p.m.: Added the ratings cheat sheet for 1A West.
NOTE - THIS IS UNOFFICIAL. It's possible I made a mistake somewhere. And there are still a couple of "bugs" that the VHSL has to work out. AND there's a make-up game Monday night. When the official ratings are released next week, on whatever day/s, I'll make any adjustments necessary. But I think what I have is pretty accurate, since I've been doing this a loonnnggg time.
Fri., Oct. 30, 6 a.m. : Well, I'm finally here.
For those who don't know, I transformed into reporter-helper a little over three months ago - a former co-worker and my best-bud took a dizzy spell during media day on a new artificial turf field on a mountain top, and hasn't gotten back to normal. He's been to ERs, docs, an E/N/T guy, a neuro guy - still don't know what it is, and he still has dizzy & woozy spells, so they don't want him to drive, and he lives nearly 45 minutes away. One or two trips a week to appts., druggists & shopping really ate into my free time this Fall. I'm nowhere NEAR caught up, but have burned some midnight oil this week squaring my numbers with what Hoo-ville has (still working on that) and getting things ready for this weekend. I didn't have time to do the traditional two-weeks out cheat-sheets, but I have the one-week ones ready to tweak, and will post them SOMETIME Saturday.
Meanwhile, here's the current standings and ratings, along with the schedules for Oct. 30th & Nov. 6th.