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Scott's Sports Spot

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, February 6, 2014
Post season play remains a possibility for Mariners teams

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by Anne Berleant

(Sports columnist Jack Scott is on vacation; Scott’s Sport Spot will return next week.) The winter season is winding down—or up—for the teams headed for postseason competition. Right now, that’s looking like the cheerleading squad and probably the boys basketball team.

Cheerleading—The cheerleaders qualified for the Class D state championships by placing sixth at the regionals last week with 91.3 points. Central Aroostook, the 2012 champs, took first place with 123.1 points. The Mariners unseated them last year, bringing home the first state title in 26 years. The states will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday, February 8, beginning at 9 a.m.

Girls basketball—Despite a 47-38 win against Bangor Christian last week, the Mariners are 2-15 for the season. With one game left in the regular season, against #18 Jonesport-Beals on February 6, it looks like the girls will be sitting it out for the postseason this year.

Boys basketball—After a 70-46 loss to Bangor Christian on February 1, the boys are 7-10 for the season and hold the 13th spot in the Heal Point standings. They face #17 Jonesport-Beals in an away game on February 6, and if the match-up goes the same way as it did early in the season, the boys will prevail. The postseason prelim game will be held on February 12.

How the teams get ranked: The Heal Point system uses a two-step process to rank high school teams. Forty points are granted for victories against Class A teams, 35 for Class B , 30 for Class C and 25 for Class D. The total points are divided by the number of games played. This gives a preliminary index for the school.

Then, things get complicated. The tournament index is determined by adding all the preliminary indices of schools against which a team won a victory, dividing that sum by the number of games and multiplying that number by 10. It is the tournament index used to rank the teams.

So, even though the boys have a better record than the two teams above them, their indexes are lower. And the team with the best record, Easton with 16-0, is ranked at #2, while Washburn, at 14-2, is #1. It’s not so complicated for cheerleading.