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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BURLINGTON — After failing to qualify for the tournament last season, the Burlington High girls’ hockey team is aiming for loftier goals.

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WOBURN — The last two seasons have been amazing for the Woburn High girls’ ice hockey team, each ending with magical marches to the TD Garden where the Tanners captured consecutive MIAA Div. 1 state championships.

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READING — Coming off a disappointing 4-8 season the year before, the Reading boys swim team had enough added experience and depth to improve a bit last year, but not as much as what the team anticipated.

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BURLINGTON — Led by five seniors a year ago, the Burlington High girls basketball team finished the 2017-18 regular season with a 10-10 overall to qualify for the tournament.

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WOBURN — Even in the most successful wrestling programs, the number of participants go in cycles through the years. Woburn High has a hit a bit of a lull, this season, and the inability to fill out four weight classes out of 14 will hurt the Tanners during dual meet competition.

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BURLINGTON — For the second consecutive year the O’Halloran brothers of Burlington, Shane, Patrick and Ryan, along with other friends, volunteers and family members, helped raise nearly $16,000 for breast cancer for their one-day 7-on-7 touch football tournament for breast cancer awareness.

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WINCHESTER — When the Winchester High football team was forced to move on after the graduation of star quarterback Liam Fitzpatrick, Sachems’ coach Wally Dembowski and his staff had two candidates to choose from.