I wanted to pass along this press release. Bellevue, which recently won its third straight state title and the eighth in 10 years is now up for a “virtual” national championship.
Here is the press release:
McLean, VA – Gannett’s HighSchoolSports.net and USA TODAY will kick off the annual ‘Massey Virtual National Championship’ in January. USA TODAY editors will seed the teams in the championship bracket, where they will then face off in computer-simulated matchups, programmed by mathematician Ken Massey. Massey’s computer models were used to create the BCS rankings for college football in 1999.
The championship will include 64 high school football teams, consisting of 50 state championship teams and 14 at large teams chosen by USA TODAY. HighSchoolSports.net will post the brackets on Dec. 22nd with the first round being played Jan. 4th, and the winner will be announced at 12 pm ET on Jan. 11 at the following url:
Bellevue won their Washington state championship and finished the highest Massey Rated team in Washington out of the state champions. Bellevue has earned an opportunity to compete in this unique national title competition. HighSchoolSports.net will present the 2010 championship trophy to the winning school in early February.
“I think that it’s only fair to crown a national champion, and with our unique ability using the Massey algorithm we feel that we can offer the most accurate and justified national champion, although the debate will rage on, just as the BCS rankings do in college,” said Peter Lundquist, CEO of HighSchoolSports.net.
USA TODAY Sports editors will seed the brackets, initially drawing from 50 state champions and 14 other “at large” picks. Massey’s simulations will then determine winners for each round. Massey is professor of mathematics at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn.
This year, HighSchoolSports.net will allow the fans to vote on the ‘Massey People’s Champion’ throughout January. The team with the most votes will receive $250 towards their athletic department as well as the Massey People’s Champ trophy. To vote, visit http://www.highschoolsports.net/mvnc/index.cfm
“It is important to allow the fans to have a voice in the crowning of a national champion,” said Jeff Mucci, Product Director at HighSchoolSports.net.
HighSchoolSports.net is the exclusive distributor of “Massey Ratings,” which rank varsity football, girls and boys basketball and boys baseball teams within their league, state and the US. Added as a first-of-its-kind feature in 2008, the “Massey Ratings” draw passionate audiences of teen athletes and their parents.
“We’re very excited to bring this new format to readers,” said Monte Lorell, managing editor of Sports at USA TODAY. “This virtual championship is a unique offering and will feature the rich assets of HighSchoolSports,net. I’m sure we’ll have some fun along the way.”
HighSchoolSports.net and USA TODAY will also feature the virtual national championship and people’s champ format for girls and boys basketball championships in the spring. Sponsorship opportunities are available.