2010 North Central Regional Preview
Cincinnati's K Lethal and Brewcity's Carrie A. Hacksaw. The two teams will meet in the final game of the tournament's opening day; Cincy won their June meeting 139-71. Photo: Jeff Sevier.
Arch Rival's South City Shiner. Arch Rival plays Naptown in the tournament's opening bout. Photo: Fotodog.
North Star jammer MEDUSA. North Star goes up against Madison in the first quarterfinal bout. Photo: Lux.
Madison is introduced before their August game against Denver. Photo: Kocojim.
Minnesota's Harmony Killerbruise (since transferred to Oly) takes a big spill in last year's NC tournament in a game against North Star. Minnesota has never advanced in a regional tournament, but takes on the lowest seed Omaha on Friday. Photo: Preflash Gordon.
Omaha is introduced before their 2010 game against Kansas City, where they surprised many with a narrow 125-114 loss. Photo: Phil Peterson.
Top seed Windy City huddles before their July 31 game against Boston. WCR has never lost to a North Central region team. Photo: Steve Sterns.
Naptown does a cheer during their April bout against Ohio, where they won 133-34. This will be Naptown's first appearance at a WFTDA regional tournament. Photo: Marc Lebryk.
Opening Round: #8NC Arch Rival vs #9NC Naptown
10:00 AM, Friday, September 10
The opening game of the tournament pits St. Louis' Arch Rival team against Indianapolis' Naptown. In last year's North Central tournament, Arch Rival came in a few slots higher at #5, but lost their first bout against Cincinnati and got sent to the consolation brackets, where they finished sixth overall. This will be Naptown's first appearance in a WFTDA playoff tournament.
Arch Rival has gone 4-9 in sanctioned play this year. They had a good swing at May's Midwest Brewhaha, where they edged out Tampa Bay 115-110 and easily knocked off Burning River 161-57. Although they went 0-4 in August, most of those losses came against highly regarded teams that made it to last year's WFTDA championship tournament -- Philly, Detroit and Kansas City. They also played a close one against the 6 seed in this tournament, North Star -- North Star pulled it out in a 80-75 final.
Naptown has been intermittently successful this year, with their high point arguably coming at May's Spring Roll tournament where they managed to stick right with very tough Detroit for the first half, though Detroit took control in the second half and won 150-94. Results since then haven't fully reflected that potential, though, as they lost a close one to DC 122-106 at ECE and barely squeaked by Maine, 100-96. Their most recent result was another narrow conclusion, a five-point victory over the Chicago Outfit on August 14.
It's worth noting that both teams are historically known for low-scoring battles. Naptown has played in the first and third lowest-scoring WFTDA bouts ever (a 59-32 loss to Cincinnati in March 2008, and a 63-49 win over Brewcity the next month). The sole previous meeting between Arch Rival and Naptown was also a relatively low-scoring affair -- in March 2009, Arch Rival came out on top 93-61.
Whatever the final score, whichever team gets out of this one is going to have their work cut out for them, as the reward for victory is a matchup with top seed Windy City, who have never lost to an opponent from the region.
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