The Midwest Qualification series continues Saturday with tournaments in Milwaukee and Cleveland. Lakefront 7s, the Milwaukee event, will be contested by the Chicago Lions, Chicago Griffins, Milwaukee Harlequins, Milwaukee RFC, Youngbloodz, Fox Valley Maoris, Indianapolis and Madison.
Of them, only Fox Valley, the Harlequins and Madison are without series points. Milwaukee, Youngbloodz, the Lions and Griffins currently sit second through fourth in the Midwest standings, respectively.
The Lions won the most recent qualifier, Firehouse 7s in Chicago, and the Griffins finished second. The Lions had to come back against the Youngbloodz in pool play, and Milwaukee reached the semifinals, signaling Lakefront 7s could be a hotly-contested tournament.
The same can't be said about Rock 'n Roll 7s, the Cleveland qualifier, which includes 1823, Cleveland Eastern Suburbs, Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Kentucky and Bowling Green. Only 1823, who leads the Midwest having participated in each qualification weekend, and Cincinnati have series points.
1823 defeated Kentucky and Bowling Green last month at Cin City 7s by a combined score of 79-0, and the Wolfhounds pounded all of their opponents en route to a matchup against the Columbus, Ohio club in the final. 1823 defeated Cincy 12-10 to take the tournament title. They could very well meet in the final in Cleveland Saturday for a rematch.
Lakefront also features these brackets: men's competitive, women's competitive, men's open social 1&2, Women's social and high school.