Thursday’s Pickorama

We’re peaking at the right time.

After a brutal first half of the season, the crystal ball has suddenly become clearer of late. Lord knows it was long overdue as we scuffled through some sub-par weeks (4-6 counts as sub-par).

Last week we turned in a 9-1 mark. The only blemish came in Rockland as an inspired Ashland team came in and ended the Bulldogs’ state-best 14-game winning streak in impressive fashion.

Onto championship weekend

CATHOLIC MEMORIAL over Franklin – Knights earn a second trip to the championship game.

North Andover over LINCOLN-SUDBURY – Scarlet Knights picked the right time of the season to get hot.

Duxbury over HINGHAM – I’m going to keep on riding the Dragon Express until a Patriot League foe can’t handle them.

Mansfield over NATICK – Hornets get one step closer to Gillette.

St. Paul over Dexter Southfield – Pelicans have it rolling big time.

MELROSE over Revere – Red Raiders to prevail in a battle of the unbeatens.

Plymouth South over MILTON – Fry’s guys get it done on the ground.

SWAMPSCOTT over Amesbury – Big Blue to end Amesbury’s terrific postseason run.

Holliston over CANTON – Can’t see this one not being an instant classic.

BISHOP FENWICK over Stoneham – Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…you know the rest.

ASHLAND over Old Rochester – Clockers were so impressive in ending Rockland’s streak last weekend.

Greater Lawrence over MANCHESTER-ESSEX – Reggies move on to the state semifinals for the first time in more than a decade.

KIPP over Keefe Tech – KIPP reaches the promised land in their third year of existence.

WEST BRIDGEWATER over South Shore – Kings of the MAC defend their sectional title.

St. John’s Prep over CENTRAL CATHOLIC – Eagles get the better of the Raiders for the second time this season.

TEWKSBURY over Winchester – Brian Aylward keeps finding ways to get his team moving forward.

Proctor over Pingree – Win or loss, I’m not betting against Jake McElroy.

Middlesex over Canterbury – Would love to see this for old friend Joe Lang.

MILTON ACADEMY over Deerfield Academy – Mustangs complete an undefeated season.

Governor’s Academy over Brunswick – Governors proved their worth all season long.

ABINGTON over Nantucket – Green Wave are pretty tough when they get this far.

LAST WEEK: 9-1 (.900)

SEASON TO DATE: 61-29 (.677)

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