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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Battle Wings could make history

The Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings are on pace to make franchise history this weekend.

If the 7-year-old local af2 franchise wins its game on Friday night against Amarillo, and either Alabama or Lubbock lose on Saturday, the Battle Wings will clinch a playoff berth for the first time in their distorted history. Only in their second season (2002) did the team even come close to a postseason outing. They finished 9-7 that season and a 61-51 loss to Arkansas in their final home game eliminated them from playoff contention. Ironically, if they don't clinch this weekend, they'll have a great chance to do so at home next weekend against none other than the hated Twisters.

A win against Amarillo also gives them double-digit victories for the first time ever. Heady stuff for a team that usually isn't drawing much media attention this time of year.

The Wings are virtually assured of making the playoffs this season, even if it doesn't come this weekend. There is even a potential scenario where they could play at home all the way through to the ArenaCup, which will be played in the CenturyTel Center on August 25.

But first things first. Clinch a berth, then worry about home field advantage.


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