LYNN — Just when you thought Ryan Qualey could not do anything more to help the Woburn High baseball team’s pitching staff, yesterday’s 6-3 MIAA Div. 2 North semifinal victory over Wakefield happened at Fraser Field.
WOBURN — The Woburn High baseball team did not need extra innings to gain a tournament victory, this time, but the Tanners did need all seven to gain a 4-3 walk-off quarterfinal victory over Marblehead, in the MIAA Div. 2 North tournament, yesterday at Carroll Field.
MEDFORD — While it was a winnable game despite going up against a three-seed, the Woburn High softball team just made a few too many mistakes and handed over too many runs, which put a sudden and disappointing end to both its tournament run and its season as well.
WOBURN — The Woburn High baseball team knew the postseason would be a different animal from what it had become accustomed to in the regular season, but the Tanners did not realize how quickly they would realize it.
READING — The year 1978 marked the last time Woburn had achieved at least a share of a Middlesex League baseball title and also the last year that Reading finished with a regular-season record of below .500.
READING — The Reading High girls’ lacrosse team took a large step towards toppling Woburn as Middlesex League Liberty champions with an 11-8 victory, yesterday at Hollingsworth Field.
Two years ago when the coaching staff at UMaine asked Drew Belcher to switch from quarterback to tight end, the football future of the Reading High Class of 2014 graduate seemed in doubt.
When Woburn native Emily Arredondo moved on from pitching for the Woburn High softball team to continue her softball career at Westfield State, she noticed a big difference in the levels of intensity and aggressiveness among the players and coaches at the college level compared to what she e…
WOBURN — Led by an experienced group of seniors, the Woburn High softball team won a third straight Liberty Division title last year with a 12-3 league record (14-4 overall).
WINCHESTER — For the past two seasons, the Winchester High baseball team has missed the tournament by fractions. Now under third-year coach Matt Taylor, the Sachems are hoping for better fate this spring.
READING — Failing to qualify for the Division 2 North tournament for just the second time in 17 seasons, the Reading High girls’ tennis team is aiming for the postseason.
READING — With a large group of experienced athletes led by a dozen seniors, the Reading High girls outdoor track team made a strong bid for the Liberty Division title last year. However, the Lady Rockets couldn’t defeat defending champion Woburn, and had to settle for a second-place finish …
READING — After a second straight third-place finish a year ago, the Reading High boys outdoor track team is determined to get over the hump.
WOBURN — After finishing the season with a 3-13 regular season mark, the Woburn High girls’ tennis team aims to strive for an improved campaign. With several solid seniors returning from last year’s squad, coach Steve Sullivan is optimistic regarding his team’s chances.
There are a lot of title belts in boxing. Some signify the world championship that every boxer begins his, or her, career wanting to achieve. Others are a means to an end.
BOSTON — The anticipation lasted an extra two hours for the Winchester High boys’ ice hockey team, and maybe that took the Sachems a little bit away from their usual approach as Winchester fell to Duxbury, 3-1, in the MIAA Div. 1 State final, last night at TD Garden.
LOWELL — The Winchester High boys’ ice hockey team did not have to come from behind in the MIAA Div. 1 North final, last night at Tsongas Center, but its 4-1 victory over St. John’s Prep may have been the Sachems’ most impressive thus far in the tournament.
BELMONT — While the final result was as expected between the top seed and the ninth seed, the Woburn High girls’ basketball team gave Belmont all it could handle through three quarters before a lack of shot making caught up to them.
WATERTOWN — The two-time MIAA Div. 1 state champion Woburn High girls’ hockey team has been dethroned, but coach Bob MacCurtain can live with that considering how far the Tanners came along this year after losing almost all of their offense to graduation.
STONEHAM — With a relatively small field, the rewards are high for winning in this year’s MIAA Div. 1 North boys’ hockey tourney. Win one game and your team is in the semifinals at Tsongas Center.
GLOUCESTER — Despite playing a strong defensive first half played at its pace, the Reading High boys basketball team couldn’t hit enough shots in the second half while seemingly Gloucester lived at the free throw line.
BILLERICA — As was the case with its entire season, the Burlington High boys hockey team’s MIAA Division 1 North quarterfinal against Andover was an uphill battle.
WOBURN — While the Burlington High boys hockey team is no stranger to the postseason, it’s been a while since the Red Devils have won a tournament game.
WOBURN — Based on its first two meetings with Arlington, the Woburn High girls’ hockey team figured it would have to generate a lot of shots to score on Spy Ponder goalie Jordan Toomey, thus making a victory a difficult challenge.
CAMBRIDGE — Despite playing great defense throughout the game, the Woburn High girls’ basketball team found itself in a seven-point deficit, its biggest of the game, midway through the fourth quarter.
WAKEFIELD — In a game of runs that could have swung the outcome either way, the Reading boys basketball team made one last run in the final minute, which proved to be decisive and lifted the Rockets to a big tournament win.
NORTH ANDOVER — After taking an early lead and giving it a good effort, it still wasn’t good enough for the Burlington High boys basketball team to stay close to the defending Division 2 North champions.
READING — After a shaky start, some tough second-half defense cured all ills for the Reading High boys basketball team which earned its coveted 10th win.
With turnout for the local high school wrestling teams being a little low for this particular winter, the dual meet season was rather lackluster, with duals often being decided on forfeits, not necessarily on the mat.
The year before Haley Lightbody joined the Reading High girls’ basketball team as a freshman, the Lady Rockets went 2-20. Since then they have won five games her freshman year, 15 her sophomore year, 12 her junior year, and now Reading is 13-4 heading into Thursday night’s game with Arlington.
With all of the four area high school boys basketball teams out of their respective Middlesex League title chases, each of them are now going all out just to get into the tournament.
There is a sound familiar to those who have followed Middlesex League boys’ basketball over the last couple of decades that had not been heard in awhile at Winchester High games on occasion this winter.
With the league schedules reaching the halfway point in the next week, it is time for something of a progress report on our local teams. Graduation hit pretty hard for some teams and for the Woburn and Winchester boys, plus the Woburn girls, the effects have been felt.
After a successful four-year All-American field hockey career at Babson College, Reading’s Ashley Tango was chosen to be one of nearly 100 prospective field hockey players to try out for the United States national team.
It was not that long since Winchester High’s Michael Grassey was tearing it up both on the football field as a quarterback, and on the basketball court as a player who could excel at any position, and did so for the Sachems because it was needed.
It seems like every two years there is some tinkering done in the winter season to the basketball schedules for the Middlesex League.