By Dan Brosgol
In addition to travel basketball, this winter 400 kids of all ages participated in Bedford Recreation basketball programs. “We are proud to offer quality basketball programming through our clinics, Bauman Basketball League, and the Police/Recreation League,” said Nikki Taylor, Youth Program Coordinator at Bedford Recreation. “These leagues and programs are successful due to the many committed volunteers who give their time and dedication to the programs. It was a great winter of basketball, and we would like to thank all of the players, coaches, volunteers, referees, and parents for their participation.”
This year, in girls’ middle school Bauman League play, the season champions were crowned on Saturday, March 11 at Davis School. The Knicks, coached by Julia Palazzo and Joelle Delia, bested the Bulls, coached by Julia Medwar and Jen Kudenchak, 39-31, in a friendly and competitive game. Both teams posed for the traditional finals photograph, seen here.
The final basketball evening in Bedford until fall will take place on Thursday, March 23, at Bedford High School, with both the final of the boys Police/Rec high school league at 6:30 and the final of the boys middle school Bauman league final taking place at 7:30 following the early game. The Bauman final will feature the #1-seeded Bobcats, coached by Tim Cowen, Kevin Engel, and Jake Rubenskas, taking on the #6-seeded Pelicans, coached by Brendan Goodhue, Casey Millar, and Daniel Doherty, who have made a spirited run into the championship game.
After four months of basketball, one would be remiss to not point out that all the basketball programs in town rely on not just parent and community volunteers, and high school and adult referees, but perhaps most importantly on the efforts of the Recreation Department and school custodial staff who ensure that buildings are open, clean, and prepared seven days a week during basketball season. As Forman commented, nothing would happen “without the continued support from Rec Department and town custodians, ensuring we have the gym space available and ready to use as we need.”
Indeed. Thanks to everyone who made this basketball season one for the ages, and see you on March 23 at the boys’ rec finals.
Editor’s Note: Click to read the full story, “Hoop Dreams: Recreation Department and Travel Basketball in Bedford ” by Dan Brosgol in The Bedford Citizen