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BOXFORD — While it may not have been a playoff game, the Reading High football team made the best of the “non-playoff” situation, and came through with an outstanding total team effort to earn its eighth win this season.

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LYNN — One of the greatest Winchester High boys’ soccer teams of all time won the MIAA Div. 2 State title back in 1987. The Sachems thought they had a roster that rivaled it back in 2010, and were poised to win their first title since then, only to be denied in overtime of the Div. 2 North f…

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WOBURN — The non-playoff round of the MIAA playoffs is certainly not the round teams want to be in at this time of year, but the Woburn High football team certainly made the most of it.

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WOBURN — You factor in a long bus ride during Friday night traffic and playing in cold conditions in unfamiliar surroundings against a hungry home team and Lawrence had little to no chance against the Tanners.

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WOBURN — As Woburn High football coach Jack Belcher walked off the field after his team’s Week 7 loss to Belmont, he said that while it may be tough to see, the Tanners were getting better.

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The Winchester High golf team followed up its win in the sectionals by going one better as it claimed the Div. 2 state title with a slim one-stroke victory at Taconic Golf Course in Williamstown yesterday.

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WINCHESTER — The Winchester High football team was disappointed not to be the first 6-0 squad since 1990, but the Sachems will gladly take being the first 6-1 team since 1991 heading into the upcoming playoffs.

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Last week was our first perfect week of the season and if Lexington chose to kick the PAT with a buck-four left (like it should have since it was up five points), we would have nailed the exact final score for Lexington-Woburn.

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BOXFORD — After narrowly missing out on a Middlesex League Liberty title, the Winchester High golf team assured itself of at least one championship trophy this season and put itself in position to earn some more hardware.

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WINCHESTER — Despite coming in as the undefeated team, the Winchester High football team knew it was going up against a bigger and stronger opponent, so the Sachems felt they had to be the more aggressive team.

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WOBURN — Lexington made just one more play than Woburn did. Or more to the point, Lexington had Mason Hatfield and Woburn’s didn’t.

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Stepping out of character a bit this week in this column’s intro, I would like to pay a brief tribute to photographer Don Young who passed away earlier this week at age 84.

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READING — Visiting Arlington gave Reading a battle for a half, but in the end the Rockets had too much muscle on both sides of the line of scrimmage, and too many playmakers all over the field.

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WAKEFIELD — It was the toughest test, thus far, for the offense, yet it was the defense that stood out for the Winchester High football team in its 21-7 triumph over Wakefield, Friday night at Landrigan Field.

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Woburn finally plays a home game while Reading gets a visit from a former coach with his new team. Can the Sachems continue their unbeaten run with history? And can Burlington rebound from a “where-did-that-come-from loss?” last week against Wakefield.

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READING — On a night when the cold autumn winds were picking up and freshman sensation James Murphy was not quite as sharp throwing the football as fans were used to seeing through three games of the season, the Reading High football team turned to its running game and its defense.

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Any game involving Reading and Woburn has a bit more interest here at 1 Arrow Drive in Woburn. It is the old Reading Chronicle vs. Woburn Times.

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BELMONT — Prior to last Friday the Reading High football team had experienced near perfection in one contest and suffered near disaster in the other, resulting in a 1-1 start to the season.

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LEXINGTON — For the second year in a row, the Winchester High football team is starting the season with a 3-0 record. Sachems’ coach Wally Dembowski is equally pleased that it was the third time in his tenure they had beaten Lexington, a team that scored 42 points in each of their last two m…

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BURLINGTON — The annual Battle of Winn Street seemed destined for the last team to have the ball to win the game as the offenses marched up and down the field with ease in the first half.

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WOBURN — With both teams coming off losses on Wednesday in which the combined score was 10-0, the Reading and Woburn High girls’ soccer teams were seeking an uplifting experience, Friday evening at Woburn High.

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Hope everyone is aware, that needs to be aware, that the Woburn at Burlington game was moved up to 4:30 from 7 p.m. due to EEE concerns with mosquitoes in Burlington. If this is now “news to you,” depending when you are reading this (especially in print), you better hurry up and get down the…

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WILMINGTON — By establishing a solid running game along with good defensive play and taking advantage of breaks, the Woburn High football team was able to overcome a tough opposing passing attack, and still come out on top, to get its season off to a good start.

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NEWTON — Winchester High football coach Wally Dembowski is pleased to see his squad 2-0 after two games, but he was not happy with the way the Sachems played in their 23-6 victory over Newton South, Saturday afternoon at Winkler Stadium.

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LAWRENCE — The Burlington football team had been waiting through a long preseason to play a game for real, and when it did, the Devils delivered a balanced and disciplined performance leaving Veterans Memorial Stadium with a 30-22 win over Lawrence.

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The start of the local high school football season is like Christmas morning around here. All the preseason speculation and the “coach speak” we have to wade through just to get whatever crumbs these coaches want to part with is finally over. We get to see for ourselves what our teams have b…

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BURLINGTON — The 2019 version of the Burlington football Red Devils will have to lean on a trio of returning seniors who look to lead a strong junior class whose week-to-week improvement will be imperative for the Devils to improve on their 5-6 campaign of last year.

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WOBURN — The way the last three seasons have gone for the Woburn High boys’ soccer team, it seems like forever since the Tanners beat Winchester in the MIAA Div. 2 North semifinals to make it to the final, where Woburn lost to Concord-Carlisle.

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READING — The Reading High girls’ soccer team took as big a hit as any when it came to graduation, losing four-year all-star Kayla Jose and four-year starter Alex Palermo, yet the Lady Rockets have enough left in reserve to perhaps be the surprise team in Middlesex League Liberty, this fall.