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Soccer talk (9-8)

By: J. Long

The annual Titan Classic tournament started Monday at South and goes through Saturday.

I was looking forward to a possible semifinal matchup of Maize and Kapaun Mount Carmel, but Manhattan messed that up with a 3-1 victory over the Crusaders. Here are the rest of the results.

Blue BracketMaize 2, Garden City 1Southeast 2, Derby 1 (OT)Liberal 3, Northwest 1

Red BracketHeights 8, South 4Emporia 1, East 0Great Bend 1, North 1 (PK: GB 3-1)Hutchinson 2, Dodge City 0

Quick thoughts:Should I be surprised that Southeast needed OT to beat Derby? Southeast returns a lot of talent, but mostly on defense. It looks like the Buffaloes are still trying to put things together offensively. Not that Derby isn’t good, but with a fairly new squad and new coach I expected it to need a couple of games to figure out its identity.

I thought East and Dodge City would meet in the finals of the Red Bracket, but not so much with both losing in the first round.

With the first round finished, who do you think takes home the Titan Classic crown?

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