GBSSA Junior Boys Volleyball: What’s at stake in the final week?

It is hard to fathom that one month of exhilarating high school volleyball has already passed us by.

With less than two weeks until the play-off begins, the road to the championship will soon commence and the underdogs crave their chance to, potentially, take down a ‘Goliath.’

As September came to an end, it is a logical time to reflect upon the 2017 High School Volleyball Season so far and examine the period that has been defined by polarity.

So, every season there are things that surprise not just the so-called experts like myself, but the volleyball fans in general.

Plenty of eyebrows have been raised and through the first three weeks, these are the biggest surprises we’ve seen thus far.

TABERNACLE BAPTIST (4-1)
It seems like the Falcons have emerged, seemingly out of nowhere to turn into the team to beat. But let’s not fool ourselves – we should have known Coach Jeffrey Dakari would build a giant.
Newcomer Dennard Adderley, showed flashes with promise this year and an effective offence paired with tall blockers is almost always the recipe for success and it’s playing out before our eyes in Grand Bahama.

Honestly, it shouldn’t be much of a shock. This is a roster laden with talent from top to bottom.
High school volleyball fans are visual learners. We don’t take anything seriously until we see it in the flesh. Knocking off preseason favorite Bishop Michael in their last game on Friday (October 6) 21-15, 21-19 and handing former #1 ranked Lucaya International their first loss 12-21, 21-17, 16-14 –propelled the Falcons into the local spotlight, and thus solidifying what many Falcons’ followers already knew: this is a team capable of winning a junior boys’ title.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCHLIST
Here’s a glance at several mid-season standouts on the radar for Grand Bahama Sports.com Junior Volleyball Player of the Year watch list:
Criteria to be considered on the POY watch list includes performance on the court, overall contribution to the team’s success and talent, and skills (volleyball specific).
This is a mid-season POY watch list. If a player is not on the POY watch list, it does not mean they are excluded from consideration.
Tabernacle Baptist: Dennard Adderley
Lucaya International: Nick Lane
Sunland Baptist: Raymond Clarke
Bishop Michael: Orxavier Saint, Gabriel Laing

HERE’S WHAT TO WATCH IN THE FINAL WEEK ...
I’m not going to say the final week of the regular season will be anti-climactic, but there’s a good chance the final week of the regular season will be anti-climactic. Four teams have clinched the play-offs and the other two have better than 99 percent odds to win the top seed.

Battle for top seed
The No.1 Tabernacle Baptist junior boys are one game up on the No.2 Lucaya International and No.3 Sunland Baptist, and can clinch the top seed with a win over Sunland Baptist in the season finale on Friday, October 13, 2017.
Here are the final-week schedules:
Falcons (4-1): Stingers (13th)
Buccaneers (3-1): Panthers (10th), Wildcats (13th)
Stingers (3-1): Warriors (10th), Falcons (13th)

WORST OVERALL RECORD
It’s a fight to the finish. While there doesn’t appear to be an appearance at the big dance in volleyball playoffs, if you’re rough year, you hope not to finish with the worst record. Two teams have a chance:
Blue Jays: 0-4
Panthers: 0-4
And just when you thought you had nothing to play for, the Blue Jays and Panthers will face each other in the season finale. Couldn’t have a better script than that.

GAMES LEFT
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
3:45 p.m. @ STGHS - #4. BMES (3-2) vs #3. SBA (3-1) (JB)
4:00 p.m. @ STGHS - #7. SMPR (0-3) vs #2. LIS (3-1) (JB)
3:45 p.m. @ JHHS - #6. EMRH (0-4) vs #5. JHH (2-2) (JB)
Friday, October 13, 2017
3:45 p.m. @ STGHS - SMPR vs EMRHS (JB)
4:15 p.m. @ STGHS - SBA vs TBCA (JB)
3:45 p.m. @ JHHS - LIS vs JHJH (JB)
4:15 p.m. @ JHHS - LIS vs JHHS (SB)

GRAND BAHAMA SPORTS.COM JUNIOR BOYS VOLLEYBALL RANKING (6/10/2017)
1. Tabernacle Baptist (4-1)
2. Lucaya International (3-1)
3. Sunland Baptist (3-1)
4. Bishop Michael (3-2)
5. Jack Hayward (2-2)
6. Eight Mile Rock (0-4)
7. Sister Mary (0-4)

GBSSAA SENIOR BOYS VOLLEYBALL REPORT CARD: THE FAVORITES, CONTENDERS, CINDERELLAS AND PLAYERS TO WATCH AS THE PLAYOFFS APPROACHES
All the talk about jockeying for seeds will be over this upcoming week, as we enter the final week of the regular season in the GBSSAA Senior Boys’ Volleyball Season. In order to go far in the volleyball play-offs, a team has to perform on the court and after Friday, the play-off picture will be set.
The questions are numerous. Can someone knock off the defending champion, Tabernacle Baptist? Who will be this year’s Cinderella team? Will the reigning Player of the Year, McKell Bethel, be a candidate for Player of the Year once again and finally hoist the banner? Only time will tell.
Below we take an in-depth look at the schedule for the final week of the season.

SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
4:15 p.m. @ STGHS - BMES (2-3) vs SBA (2-2) (SB)
4:30p.m. @ STGHS - STGHS (3-1) vs LIS (1-3) (SB)
4:00 p.m. @ JHHS - EMRH (0-4) vs JHHS (2-2) (SB)
Friday, October 13, 2017
4:45 p.m. @ STGHS - STGHS vs EMRHS (SB)
4:30 p.m. @ STGHS - SBA vs TBCA (SB)
4:15 p.m. @ JHHS - LIS vs JHHS (SB)
FAVORITES
No.1 Tabernacle Baptist
It’s hard to say the Falcons are not once again the favorites, even if they haven’t looked quite as dominant as they did in years past. Led by Joshua Dames, Kianno Miller, outside hitters’ Shequille Higgs and Brandon Wilchcombe, the Falcons might not be as talented at the top as they were last year, but they could be deeper. Coach Jeffery Dakari has gotten contributions from a host of boys.

CONTENDERS
No.2 St. Georges
Will the real Jaguars please stand up? The Jaguars have looked fantastic in some matches and lackluster in others. Evidently, those are the perils of having a young team. Colon Smith has been the savior this season and one of the top players. The lack of experience, though, could end up biting Coach Kenton Rolle team at some point.

SLEEPERS
No. 3 Jack Hayward
The Wildcats defend and pass so well that they’re not going to give any team an easy time. Outside hitter McKell Bethel is superb and G. Ferguson can all play. It’s a team effort down in ‘Wildcats’ Nation.’

PLAYERS TO WATCH
JUSTIN BIAGDOM, TY DAWKINS, BMES
In 2016, Justin Bigdom was the best at his position as setter, in the city. This past season, Ty Dawkins was top notch. Dawkins has shown he can play on that level and if he does in the postseason, BMES has a great chance to become a Cinderella.

KIANNO MILLER, JOSHUA DAMES, TBCA
The Falcons have been looking for another hitting threat alongside Joshua Dames all season. Well, it could end up being right in front of them. Kianno Miller has all the tools to make a serious impact in the play-offs. If he and Dames are firing on all cylinders, watch out for Tabby.
OH, MCKELL BETHEL, JHH

If McKell Bethel plays anything like he did against Sunland last week, the Wildcats are going to be a problem. One of the things Coach Desmond Hall has been looking for all season is someone who can put the ball down consistently. Bethel is one of the most powerful hitters in the leagues, his swing is mechanically sound, and he finds open spots masterfully.

GRAND BAHAMA SPORTS.COM SENIOR BOYS VOLLEYBALL RANKING (6/10/2017)
1. Tabernacle Baptist (4-0)
2. St. Georges (3-1)
3. Jack Hayward (2-2)
4. Sunland Baptist (2-2)
5. Bishop Michael (2-3)
6. Lucaya International (1-3)
7. Eight Mile Rock (0-4)

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