You'll have to wait till Wednesday to read my football predictions on the year. As for the rest of the fall sports, I won't keep you waiting any longer.
For each of the fall sports I will list, in order, the number of teams I expect to advance to the state playoffs. In the case of golf and cross country, I will list the teams I expect to advance to regionals from the conference meet.
Boys Soccer: I've got Apex as my conference champ followed close behind by Green Hope. Fuquay-Varina will have tons of goal scorers and is third, while Athens Drive is my darkhorse in fourth. My last playoff team I have listed is Panther Creek.
Volleyball: There's no doubt in my mind Apex will win the conference title here. I've (again) got Green Hope second followed by Middle Creek in third, Cary in fourth and a tall athletic Holly Springs team breaking in at fifth.
Girls Tennis: Green Hope is easily my No. 1, but I've got Athens Drive finishing second in this conference. A wild-card spot is likely, and if that's the case this year I think Apex will be the one who gets it.
Boys Cross Country: Green Hope is the team to beat as always, but I think Apex will qualify for regional competition as well.
Girls Cross Country: Green Hope looks unstoppable, while Cary should also qualify.
Girls Golf: Athens Drive and Green Hope should both advance, though not necessarily in that order. To be safe though, I'm picking the Jaguars to win the conference again.
Football: Wait, I said I wasn't doing this one! Well, I'll at least give you a sneak-peek... I think six teams from the Tri-Nine will reach the playoffs — just like last year. Which ones? Stay tuned on Wednesday to find out...