DIVISION 1 NORTH
St. John’s Prep: The Eagles are 4-2 with a game against B.C. High tomorrow and a bye week scheduled before the playoffs. A win over B.C. High would put them in the playoffs; the Eagles also look to be in good shape even with a loss. It’s more about seeding at this point; an SJP win this weekend, coupled with losses by Acton-Boxboro and/or Central Catholic, could help St. John’s snare the No. 2 seed in this eight-team bracket; Everett is likely to win out and earn the No. 1 seed.
Grabbing the second spot would help St. John’s, because playing on a Saturday afternoon at Cronin Stadium for a potential semifinal feels much more palatable than another trip to Lawrence to face Central. Avoiding the Crimson Tide for as long as possible by staying away from the No. 4 spot always seems like good news, too. Of St. John’s seven opponents it appears at least five will make the playoffs, so you know the Eagles will be battle tested.
Peabody: The Tanners, coming off an 0-10 season, in the playoffs? It could happen.
If they win their next two games and finish the regular season 4-3, they’ll be on the bubble. The Tanners are hampered because each of their wins will be worth just eight points, as they are the only Division 1 team in the Northeastern Conference. Peabody’s power rating also suffers because at the moment, three of their opponents (Salem, Revere and Somerville) have combined for just two wins.
Besides winning their own games, Peabody is rooting for strong finishes from their opponents to up that power rating. They’ll hope that Lowell doesn’t top Chelmsford for the second auto-bid out of the Merrimack Valley Conference Large, and will be rooting for a Malden loss; if the Golden Tornadoes finish second in the Greater Boston League, that’s one less wild card spot. There’s also a chance that a Winthrop win over Lynn Classical could create a tie for the second spot in the NEC South; if Peabody were to win that tie, they’d likely get in.