06-21-2012, 11:17 PM
Let's be realistic about this. The way the City has re-aligned the district there are going to be the same 3 teams every year competing for the City Championship. No offense to Eastmoor, but unless they are able to recruit some talent out of the middle schools, they are not going to be one of those 3 schools.
It really comes down to where the kids are coming from. Centennial, Whetstone, and Briggs are all getting kids who have played ball in middle school and likely are involved with travel ball to some extent. .The top 3 middle school baseball teams are typically Ridgeview, Dominion, and Wedgewood. Those 3 middle schools feed into the top high school teams.
The change in the catchment doesn't change things all that much other than that Wedgewood used to at least partially feed into West, who historically could compete with Briggs in the South division. Now West has Starling and Westmoor as the primary feeders, two middle schools that didn't even have baseball 2 years ago. With that said, Briggs won't have much competition at all in the South for the foreseeable future. Look for Marion-Franklin to jump into a distant number 2 spot in the South division. West, Independence, and Walnut Ridge will likely struggle and compete for the 3rd spot.
In the North, Brookhaven lost all of it's feeder middle schools and has become much smaller. Also, Northland is losing the Forrest Park league that used to provide them with some kids who had at least played little league ball before. Every year it is Centennial and Whetstone fighting for the top spot with Northland, Beechcroft, and Brookhaven fighting for a third place spot.
This comes back to my original point...don't expect to see anyone in the City Championship besides Briggs, Whetstone/Centennial.