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Jason Schmitt is the editor of MIPrepZone.com, the high school sports website for The Oakland Press. He has served as the sports editor for a number of newspapers, including the Daily Tribune in Royal Oak and the Macomb Daily in Mount Clemens. In his time in the industry, he has covered every high school sport and has served a a beat writer for boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis, hockey, wrestling, bowling and cross country.

Friday, February 1, 2013

OAA/MAC Showcase tomorrow - predictions here

The fourth-annual MAC/OAA Showcase will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at the Onyx Ice Arena in Rochester. Games will be played on all three rinks, with the first games beginning at 10 a.m.
The OAA has won each of the three previous showcases. The results are listed below. And below that is the schedule for this year's tournament - with my prediction in bold at the end.

2012: OAA wins 8-3-5
2011: OAA wins 9-5-2
2010: OAA wins 7-4-3

2013 OAA vs. MAC
Rochester United (1) vs. Macomb Dakota (1), 8 p.m. on Rink 2 (Dakota 3, Rochester 1)
Farmington Hills Unified (2) vs. Eisenhower (2), 6 p.m. on Rink 2 (Eisenhower 4, Farm. U. 3)
Clarkston (3) vs. Romeo (3), 4 p.m. on Rink 2 (Clarkston 4, Romeo 2)
Farmington (4) vs. Utica (4), 2 p.m. on Rink 2 (Farmington 3, Utica 1)
Birmingham Unified (5) vs. Marysville, noon on Rink 2 (Marysville 5, Birmingham 5)
Berkley-Ferndale (6) vs. Anchor Bay (6), 10 a.m. on Rink 2 (Berkley 5, Anchor Bay 2)
Lake Orion (7) vs. St. Clair Shores Unified (7), 7:45 p.m. on Rink 1 (Lake Orion 6, SCS 1)
Stoney Creek (8) vs. L'Anse Creuse (8), 7:15 p.m. on Rink 3 (Stoney Creek 5, L. Creuse 1)
Oxford (9) vs. Fraser (9), 5:45 p.m. on Rink 1 (Oxford 5, Fraser 3)
West Bloomfield (10) vs. L'Anse Creuse North (10), 5:15 p.m. on Rink 3 (WB 7, LCN 2)
Troy Athens (11) vs. St. Clair (11), 3:45 p.m. on Rink 1 (Troy Athens 6, St. Clair 4)
AH Avondale (12) vs. Chippewa Valley (12), 3:15 p.m. on Rink 3 (Avondale 4, Chip. Valley 2)
Bloomfield United (13) vs. Stevenson (13), 1:45 p.m. on Rink 1 (Bloomfield U. 7, Stevenson 5)
Royal Oak (14) vs. Port Huron (14), 1:15 p.m. on Rink 3 (Royal Oak 5, Port Huron 2)
Troy (15) vs. Warren-Mott (15), 11:45 a.m. on Rink 1 (Troy 6, Warren-Mott 3)

Final prediction: OAA 12-2-1
Yes, the OAA will win. Yes, the OAA will win big. But will it win 12 of the 15 games? Probably not. But considering the wide gap between many of the teams in the latest USHSHO.com rankings, it's hard to see where the MAC can catch the OAA. Aside from the top five games, the OAA is heavily favored. That doesn't mean there won't be upsets.

Coverage of the event: Between us and our sister paper, The Macomb Daily, we will be covering the six top-seeded games. Some of the coverage will be in our print edition of The Oakland Press. All of it will be online at MIPrepZone. So check back on Saturday night for all our game coverage.

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