Finals predictions are Sandburg, Marian, Shepard, Bolingbrook, Oak Lawn, Lemont. Making it through will be Oak Lawn, Lemont, Shepard. Tough predictions. I think Sandburg's 4th place finish yesterday is misleading, they did well, and Bolingbrook could've won that final too. Anything can happen. I just really like the three duets I think will go to state. Some of the best acting I've seen, especially out of Oak Lawn, McNaughton is extremely convincing in that DDA. I'm still not sure.
Originally Posted by eaglecats
SOmeone should make a list of all the events and who they think is getting out of the sectional
There was a kid at the Neuqua regional who did a straight copy of Peter Smith's state-winning verse from '08 (aka the Illinois verse on youtube). Same gestures, same intro, same title, same cuttings, same everything. I feel like that's a bit wrong.
Yup, he was at my conference and was in one of my rounds and I called him out on it and he was totally guilty. It really pissed me off and I kinda laughed at how stupid that was. It's very wrong bleeker and he knows what hes doing is wrong. Thank god he didn't break for finals and is therefore not going to sectionals. It's cheating what he did and i'm glad he get stopped early on before it actually became an IHSA problem.
Originally Posted by bleeckerstreet
However, Marta Toporkiewicz from Reavis got fourth at the eisenhower HI regional doing I, Freddy the HI piece that is on youtube from the same realm of videos that the peter smith one was from. I dont know if she is doing similarly to state winner Justin Matkovitch but c'mon folks.. it won state 3 years ago! and everyone can see it on youtube! Hopefully it won't become an IHSA problem at the Reavis sectional for HI
Yeah, also to note Roberson/Hill doing Pillow Talk, which is on youtube after winning state in 08. But, it seems they are different, but I haven't seen Roberson/Hill since Santaburg Oaklaus so I'm hoping that isn't a problem. And, I did make predictions on who would get out of the Reavis Sectional in the State Series Predictions thread. But, as far as the kid doing same everything, I would've given him a 6 immediately. Doing a same piece is one thing (Tally/Kulasik's Because I Love You won state in 2006), but you have to personalize a piece. Pillow Talk is different (I think), Because I love you is different, but I think that might've been brought out by coaches. Regardless, that's very wrong.
Originally Posted by Veteran747
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It is a common problem in IHSA. I've seen it plenty of times. HOWEVER- unless you are certain that it has been copied, it is completely unfair to even suggest it. Sometimes (and I'm not saying this is what is happening) people come on this forum to discredit others unfairly heading into Sectionals or State. Wouldn't it be interesting if the focus here was on the amazing talent rather than the potential taint? Something to consider.
Regardless, I realize it's a very common situation, glad it's not happening on my team or on any other big competitors. For sectionals, I'm excited to watch DDA. I will go to the final and see who brought it for next Saturday. But, as I said, I believe no DDA is safe for state next week. I'm also going to check out SOS and possibly some Poetry, going to try and watch the up in the air events. But, very, very interesting sectional coming up.
Originally Posted by jayman
SOS and DDA are definitely the toughest events. There are seven really good ones in each, I believe, maybe more.
Poetry looks interesting, and there were some surprises there, as well. John Arrington Jr. Didn't win his region, which is what most expected, I think.
EX, INFO and IMP seem pretty straightforward, there are no more than four or five good ones in each, should be pretty accurate.
OC is just weird. There are four good ones, and even saying that is a bit of a stretch.
HI is looking kinda tough, especially with HF coming out with a strong one at the last minute, adding to the already stiff competition that was out there.
I'm not too sure about HDA, but it seems like it's in the middle.
OO also seems kind of easy, aren't that many good ones out there, maybe five.
I don't know much about DI, PR, or RS.
He actually got 2nd place at Neuqua, so he's off to DGS with his cheating ways! DUM DUM DUMMM. When his piece was starting, I was like ...okay, another Taylor Mali piece. I can deal. And then I heard his intro. And it was the exact same as Peter Smith's. Even his title was the same! I was kind of in shock. The rest of his piece was a complete copy of it. I couldn't believe that no judge recognized it! Let me just say that it will be AWKWARD if he gets a Hinsdale Central judge next Saturday.
DI will be intense at Reavis, that's for sure. If I had to make any predictions, which is always a dangerous thing, I'd say that Chance Cutrano and Liz Salim will battle it out for top placings. Don't know much about PR, but RS looks like it will be tough as well. Kate Ford, Alyssa Zaczek, Dan O'Sullivan, etc.
Originally Posted by harfyn