Wow. You can't make this stuff up.
Two days after Nichols was promoted -- and Bishop Timon-St. Jude demoted -- in classification changes voted on by the Monsignor Martin Association, Nichols played at Timon Wednesday night. Final score: Timon 54, Nichols 51 (Click here for that score and lots more).
Nichols started 17-0 but has lost two straight; Monday it lost at home to St. Joe's. The teams will meet again very soon: Timon is at Nichols on Tuesday.
So does this mean that Nichols shouldn't be in Class A or that Timon-St. Jude shouldn't be placed in Class B, as was decided Monday? The trip to South Buffalo is tough in any year, but it is certainly a surprise that the Tigers knocked off the Vikings. We'll have to see if Nichols bounces back on Tuesday.
I still say Nichols is one of the top teams in the league, and should be in Class A, because losing on Mel Palano Court is no great shame. The argument for Timon being a Class B school, however, takes a major hit. They certainly shouldn't be demoted to Class B based on "strength" when they're able to beat Nichols, which was regarded as the best team in the league and one of the best teams in Western New York (and still, just for the record, unquestionably the No. 1 small school in WNY, as far as I'm concerned).
I'm not sure if it's possible for the league to change its vote regarding Timon, but if it is, I think they should place Timon back in Class A, where it has been for years.
Here's another suggestion-in-hindsight: since the state Catholic association requires that teams be classified in midseason (by the first Monday in February, to be exact) then can't the schedule be set up in a way that had each team playing all the others before the meeting? Then there would be a better gauge of where teams stood at that point. Entering this week, for instance, Timon, Nichols and St. Mary's had yet to play each other.
They'll be more details on Timon's win and more high school action in Thursday's News.