Good reply as usual Old Guy. Plus K.
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As a follow up to Hoya's last post...saw Amherst's HBC's son....M. Hixon win the 3-meter dive at the Div. 1 NCAA meet last night on EspnU. One of two titles...helping his Longhorn team compete for the Team Title. In the interview he was modest and stressed helping his team. Only a freshman but well spoken in his replies. Wonder if his mother was at the meet.
Looking at the final poll, next year will be one of the more challenging pre-season polls in recent memory, I would have to think. Whitewater will be a strong pre-season number one, returning Young, Evans, Odegaard, plus some young guys who are no doubt ready to step up. Williams will still be very good, a top-10 caliber team (at least in next year's climate of uncertainty) led by Duncan Robinson, but Mayer just dominated the entire NCAA tourney and is a huge loss. IWU loses a ton of talent up front, although will have a strong perimeter game and also still looks like a top-10 team. Amherst is minus Toomey plus two other stellar starters, and the Jeffs have their most question marks in years. It's hard to imagine Stevens Point even in the top 25 in light of who they graduate and the limited production returning, but perhaps they get there just out of respect for the program. Same goes for Wash U. and Mary Washington. St. Norbert graduates four starters including the top two players. Wooster loses Thorpe, Dickinson Honig, Albertus Watson, Calvin Kruis, Emory Davis, Wheaton Peters, Wesley Langan, UTD Schleigh, VWU Woodmore, and on and on. Cabrini seems to return the most other than Whitewater, but Cabrini did not look great late in the season and in the tourney, and there aren't any other returning top-20 teams that won't feature enormous uncertainties.
This year featured a simply awesome group of seniors in Division 3, and a lot of teams are going to be decimated. Meanwhile, next year's group of seniors seems strangely shallow in talent. I know that to be the case in NESCAC, the league I (obviously) most closely follow, where there were three underclassmen, but only one junior, on the all conference teams. But it seems that way nationally, too -- there is Walton-Moss, KJ Evans, Ross Danzig, Xavier Brown, but that is about the extent (maybe a few others, but not a ton) of returning guys are look like surefire nationally elite kind of players. All that combines, in my view, to make next year the most wide open year in Division 3 in recent memory, after a clear number one, all bets are off.
m-man, I see you have Hamilton listed with your East Regions teams. Whither?