Local sports roundup
Region – Area high schools earned the top four seeds for the upcoming Central Mass. Boys Lacrosse Tournament, which began this week.
Westborough High, with a 14-2 record, is the No. 1 seed. Following closely behind is second-seeded Shrewsbury High, which sports a 17-3 mark, third-seeded St. John's (12-6) and fourth-seeded Algonquin Regional High (12-6).
Also qualifying for the tournament was Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. The Aztecs finished the regular season 15-3 and were seeded eighth in the 11-team bracket. Assabet began tournament play May 27, when it hosted St. Peter- Marian, the No. 9 seed.
Westborough, Shrewsbury, St. John's and Algonquin all begin postseason play by hosting quarterfinal-round games at 1 p.m. Saturday May 31.
Westborough, led by attackers Phil Mendes, Sebastian Herdt, Steve Sullivan and Brian Catapang, will play the winner of the Assabet-St. Peter-Marian game.
Shrewsbury, led by scorers Ian Powers and Alex Raposa, will play the winner of the Northbridge-Nashoba game.
St. John's, paced all season by the scoring talents of Colin O'Rourke, Rich Bamberger and Eric Proos, will play the winner of the Grafton-Blackstone Valley Tech game.
Algonquin, the defending Central Mass. champion, is led by attackers Jamie Hart and Mike Vulcano. The Tomahawks will play Bromfield High.
The tournament's semifinalround games are scheduled for 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday June 3 at Foley Stadium in Worcester, which will also be the site of the final, to be played at a tobe determined time and day.
Algonquin qualify for volleyball tournament
Marlborough High, a perennial Central Mass. boys volleyball power, was seeded sixth in the Central Mass. Volleyball Tournament.
The 15-5 Panthers defeated 11th-seeded Algonquin, 3-1, in an opening round game to advance to a quarterfinal round matchup against Natick, which was played May 27.
Algonquin finished its season with an 11-10 record.
St. John's Johnson successfully defends
singles crown Congratulations are in order for St. John's No. 1 singles player Dan Johnson, who successfully defended his Central Mass. Individual Tennis Singles Championship earlier this month with a 6-4, 7-6 (10-8, in the tiebreaker) win over Westborough's Josh Lurier.
Lurier's Westborough teammates Jason Lemack and Josh Hurwitz exacted a measure of revenge in the doubles competition, defeating the St. John's tandem of Joe Centola and Pat Dumas, 6-1, 6-4, to win the Central Mass. Individual Doubles Championship.
Marlborough's Marina Fileva won the girls Central Mass. Individual Tennis Championship with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Emily Marr of Notre Dame Academy.
The victory in the final for Fileva capped a two-day tournament run that included victories over Algonquin's Stephanie Hom (6-3, 6-1) in the first round, Nashoba's Kaitlyn Clark (6-3, 6-1) in the quarterfinals, and Sutton's Lauren Rothemich (6-0, 6-1) in the semifinals.
In doubles play, the Algonquin tandem of Jennifer Pigott and Christina Hays advanced to the Central Mass. final, where they were defeated by Kelly Leonard and Lindsay Harrington of Notre Dame Academy, 6-3, 6-1.
Pigott and Hayes defeated the Leicester High duo of Aria Dungen and Sarah Campbell in the quarterfinals (6-2, 6-3), and the Wachusett duo of Jenn Zastrow and Sarah Lawton (6-3, 3-6, 6-3) in the semifinals to reach the final. Contact Ken Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org with your sports team's news.
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