The schedule has finally been posted for the upcoming 30th Annual St. Francis Medical Center Dig for Life Challenge, also known as the SEMO Classics. It looks as though the rumors were true: the tournament format has changed and is being divided into two divisions, similar to the format of the Arkansas State University (ASU) Play Day. It looks as though with the new format has come a plethora of new teams (and some teams that have recently dropped out have now returned). The tournament has grown from 48 to 52 teams with 24 teams in the upper (Red) division and 28 teams in the lower (Black) division.
Here are the division/pool play assignments. Thoughts?
1. New Haven
2. Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau)
4. New Madrid County Central
6. Calvary Lutheran
7. St. Vincent
15. Jefferson (Festus)
17. Arcadia Valley
23. Saxony Lutheran
24. Grandview (Hillsboro)
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31. Cape Central
33. Hazelwood West
34. South Iron
35. Bell City
37. Meadow Heights
38. Twin Rivers
47. Richland (Essex)
48. Scott City
49. Oak Ridge
51. Southern Reynolds
52. South Pemiscot
Pool play schedule can be found here: http://www.showmecenter.biz/FileStream.aspx?FileID=49
I love it. This is the best way to do it. I would like to see the tourney part also. Makes games so much more competitive for every team.
Agreed, SEMOVBFan. Looks like they did a pretty good job of dividing the stronger teams from the weaker teams. Not sure if they went by last season's records or if they looked back over the past X-amount of years and counted the number of times each team appeared in the Gold/Silver/Bronze brackets, but it looks about balanced to me. The only teams in the Red Division that I'm surprised to see there are Calvary Lutheran, Gideon, Grandview, NMCC, Sikeston, and Summersville. I'm not sure how good any of those teams are so far this season but they usually are mediocre at best teams. Yes, I know Gideon has won its district for like the past decade, but they're a Bootheel school and the teams down there are not on the same level as most of the other teams north of there. No disrespect to Gideon, just calling it as I see it.
I'm now curious if this new format will lure some of the stronger teams that have left the tournament back into it (Advance, Bernie, Dexter, Perryville, and Poplar Bluff to a lesser extent). Aside from their conference tournament, Advance and Bernie both compete in the Notre Dame Volleyball Fest (this weekend! Hope someone is there to provide us with live updates) and the Perryville Tournament. I doubt they'll leave the Perryville Tournament, which has grown into the most competitive tournament in Southeast Missouri, in my opinion. Perryville is also in both of these tournaments with Advance and Bernie but instead of a conference tournament, the Pirates participate in the exceptionally strong Gateway City Match-Up Tournament in St. Louis. As for Poplar Bluff, it looks like they've gotten out of all SEMO-based tournaments save for the SEMO Conference Tournament. They play in the Quad State Classic in Paducah and left the SEMO Classics this year to play in a tournament at West Plains (not sure how strong volleyball is in that part of the state but I'd imagine that tournament will probably have teams from Southwest Missouri and possibly some Arkansas teams in it as well. Haven't been able to find a bracket of it yet online).
A little off-topic, but does anyone know how Dexter did this weekend in the Borgia Invitational? I don't see any results posted on MSHSAA, Maxpreps, or the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Dexter took 2nd in pool. Beat Kirkwood both sets, Split with Parkway West and lost to St Dominic. In the semis they played 1st seed from the other pool Washington and lost 2 hard fought sets. 23-25, and 22-25 I think were the scores. Lost the 3rd place set to Mater Dei in 2. As the day went on they looked really tough.
Semo tourney. Let me take the 1st stab at top 2 in each pool.
OMG I CAN'T- This is the pool of death. I think they all beat up on each other and comes down to tie breakers.
Pool F (this could go to one of the others)
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