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WINCHESTER — When it comes to sports, Winchester High does it all, from alpine skiing to sailing to hacky sack – oops – we mean Ultimate Frisbee. The Sachem girls excel at a lot of sports at the varsity level, including this fall where the girls’ volleyball and soccer teams reached the state…

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WOBURN — While Belmont should be the frontrunner this season in Middlesex League Liberty, the Woburn High boys basketball team figures to have enough of a mix of talent, experience, guts and guile to compete within the division, and perhaps return to the tournament.

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READING — With a solid group of veteran players returning, the Reading High boys hockey team should be competitive, in what is shaping up to be a tough Middlesex League Liberty Division.

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WOBURN — The last three seasons have been pretty rough for the Woburn High boys’ hockey team, but the return of some experienced and skilled players, along with the influx of young talent, could have the Tanners back in tourney contention.

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WOBURN — The Woburn High girls’ basketball team still plays in the same style that saw it win five straight Middlesex League Liberty titles, but the competition around the league has become more balanced, which means most teams have a shot at making an impact.

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READING — After a slow start a year ago the Reading High boys basketball team came on strong in the second half of last year’s regular season to win six of its final eight games to make the tournament.

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BURLINGTON — Over the last decade or so, the Burlington boys’ hockey team has been a model of consistency during the regular season and a shoe-in for the postseason, including Super 8 appearances and Division 1 state titles back in 2012 and 2013.

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WINCHESTER — The Winchester High boys’ basketball team is coming off a season which saw it miss out on a tournament berth when it lost its the final regular-season game.

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READING — Winning six of 13 meets two years ago gave the Reading High boys swim team hope for improvement last year, but a lack of depth in most events stunted any progression forward.

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READING — Under the guidance of head coach Jim DeBenedictis, and the leadership of three seniors, the Reading High girls basketball team finished in second place in the Liberty Division and won a game in the Div. 1 North tournament to finish with a 17-5 record.

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BURLINGTON — Despite a lack of sufficient size, the Burlington High boys basketball team got a great deal of scoring from its five senior guards last year to come up with a fine season and make the tournament for the third straight year.

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BURLINGTON — With a young, largely inexperienced team that only had two seldom-used seniors, the Burlington High girls basketball team didn’t have the depth or experience to compete with the stronger teams in the Freedom Division, and finished with a disappointing 6-12 overall record.

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READING — With a core group of seniors returning, look for the the Reading High girls hockey team to be in the hunt for the Middlesex Liberty Division title once again.

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WINCHESTER — With the temperatures about 30 degrees higher than they were, last year, and with some good offensive weapons going on each side, many thought there would be a lot of points in this year’s 118th edition of the Woburn-Winchester High football rivalry. Instead the constant gusting…

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READING — For the third time in four years the Stoneham High football team beat Reading on Thanksgiving, and its latest win in the series was by far the most convincing.

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BURLINGTON — The Burlington High football team hosted Lexington in the 47th annual Thanksgiving Day game at Varsity Field on Thursday morning and what plagued the Devils in the regular season, reared its ugly head again.

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TEWKSBURY — Statistically, the Winchester High football team outplayed Tewksbury in their MIAA Div. 3 North final, but when the chips were down, the Redmen showed time and again why they are now three-time champions with a 29-28 triumph, Saturday afternoon at Doucette Stadium.

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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.