The 16-4 varsity boys’ basketball team accomplished something unprecedented in 2022-23: sweeping the Dual County League. That means the Bucs not only are Foley Division (small schools) champions, but they also defeated all six teams in the Thorpe Division.
Although it won’t be official until Sunday, it appears the boys will be on the road to open the 2022-23 MIAA Division 2 post-season. Despite an .800 winning percentage, the Bucs are a couple of slots below the home court cutoff in the most recent MIAA power rankings. They could be traveling to face 10-10 opponents in Seekonk or Canton; there’s even an outside chance at a Burlington matchup.
Head Coach Anthony Halls said the team has “no problem going into someone else’s gym. These guys play for each other and that has helped us a lot. No one believed they could do this and you use that as motivation.”
The boys finished runner-up in the annual Larry McIntire IAABO Board 130 Classic last Sunday and Monday, battling host Marblehead before finishing on the short end of a 79-73 score. Then the Bucs beat Bishop Fenwick less than 24 hours later. Junior Justice Buchannan scored a combined 87 points in the tournament and in the previous two wins against Leominster and Wayland.
Beginning the second half of the season in mid-January, Coach Ashley Kepaa’s team won seven out of 10 games, to finish 11-9. The Buccaneers clobbered Lynn English in the consolation game of the Spartan Classic tournament last weekend after falling to Malden Catholic in the opener.
The girls were ranked 27th in the most recent MIAA Division 2 report. That may mean a play-in game against one of the teams finishing below the 32 power-ranking qualifiers, but still with a .500 record. The date and venue will be announced over the weekend by the MIAA.
Despite ending the regular season with a three-game winless streak against Division 1 and 2 opponents, the Buccaneers finished 9-9-2 and close to a home ice ranking in Division 3. If they travel, it will most likely be either south to Seekonk or north to Townsend and North Middlesex Regional.
Bedford hasn’t allowed more than three goals in a game since Jan. 11. The team tied Lexington, then last weekend lost to Concord-Carlisle 3-2. The regular season ended with a 3-1 defeat at Melrose.
The cooperative Bedford/Shawsheen Valley squad completed the Division 1 regular season at 10-10, and the power rankings indicate an away game next week, possibly at Arlington.
Track and field
Carter Rauch (600), Jonathan Garraway (mile), Jessica Lin (shot put) and the boys’ four-by-800 relay team have qualified to compete in this weekend’s all-state indoor track and field championships at the Reggie Lewis Track in Roxbury.
The relay team consists of Oren Brosgol, Joshua and Jon Garraway, and Rauch, along with alternates Leo DiSano and Henry Reynolds.
The cooperative Bedford-Wilmington High School girls’ gymnastics team will participate in the MIAA North Sectional Tournament on Saturday at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough.
State swim and dive results
Last Sunday, junior Matsen Spirn placed 16th in the 100-meter breaststroke (2:09.55) and sophomore Aniq Syed placed 19th in the 100-meter butterfly with a personal record of 56.85 seconds.
Two of the boys’ relays also competed. Finishing 15th was the 100-meter medley quartet of freshman Boden Spirn, Matsen Spirn, junior Ben Sedran, and Aniq Syed. The 200-meter freestyle team placed 16th, comprising Boden and Matsen Spirn, Syed, and junior Shae Arsenault.
Taelor Nichols, a freshman diver, scored 167.65 for five completed dives. “Taelor has had an incredibly impressive season, and it has been so exciting to see her growth throughout the past few months,” said Coach Sam Thyne.