It’s interesting to note that regular season success doesn’t always translate to the postseason. The only sports in which both Northeastern Conference champions (i.e., North and South or Large and Small division winners) both won at least two playoff games were baseball and boys basketball. There are a myriad of reasons, from Division placement to strength of schedule to spring games being scheduled around proms and graduation and simply having an off-game.
A great postseason can erase the frustration of a so-so regular season, and a great regular season eases the pain of a tough playoff outing. It’s nice that the street runs both ways, because it gives more athletes more positive memories of their high school days.
Next year will be the first time we’ll incorporate football into this list, and it’ll be fascinating to see what happens. The state is instituting a nearly month-long state tournament style march to the Super Bowl this coming November, so we’ll be able to track how many area teams qualify and what their records are once they get there.
A lot of folks wonder why such a thing is necessary; maybe columns like this one provide the answer. People don’t add up and compare records from conference cross-overs, bowl games or all-star tilts. They do it for the state tournament.
Simply put, people love the playoffs.
Especially if they were going to school located in Danvers in 2012-13.
Matt Williams is the assistant sports editor of The Salem News. You can contact him at 978-338-2669, MWilliams@salemnews.com and follow him on Twitter @MattWilliams_SN.