March 21st, 2016
Boston – There were telltale signs along the way that pointed to this season being memorable, more so than all heretofore, for the Algonquin Regional High boys varsity ice hockey team.
The first glimpse as to what was to come has been seen by many as coming at the 9:47 mark of a scoreless double-overtime back on Dec. 19 in the finals of the annual Borough’s Cup tournament. That’s when senior co-captain forward Justin O’Connell ended it all in dramatic fashion scoring the only goal of the contest to seal the title, the team’s first crown since 1997, that jump started things for the Tomahawk skaters.
March 20th, 2016
Springfield – When two teams collide with a combined record of 46-2 and there is a Division 1 state championship on the line, it’s safe to say that a lively evening of high school basketball is in store for an enthusiastic crowd of supporters at Springfield’s MassMutual Center.
Neither team disappointed when the teams took to the floor on March 19, but it was Eastern Mass. champion Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School coming out on top over Central Mass. titleholder St. John’s High School, 66-51, before hundreds of loyal Pioneer fans that donned the school’s traditional red colors to exhort their team on in its quest for its first state championship since 2009.
March 18th, 2016
Springfield — There would be no seat-squirming, nail-biting, heart-wrenching overtime drama or white knuckles in this game for Algonquin Regional High ice hockey players, coaches and team supporters. If “mercy rule” existed in high school hockey, officials would have likely evoked it.
The Tomahawks unleashed a thunderous third-period offensive attack delivering four unanswered goals to turn a 2-1 lead into a 6-2 thrashing of Western Mass. champion Westfield High (11-11-1) on what will be a long-remembered St. Patrick’s Day at Springfield’s MassMutual Center. The Division 3 semifinal win sends the seemingly unstoppable Algonquin skaters on to Boston’s TD Garden for a first-ever state championship matchup with Eastern Mass. champion Hanover High (21-3-1) at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 20.
March 16th, 2016
Worcester – The St. John’s High School basketball team will move on to the Division 1 state championship game after defeating Putnam Academy by a score of 65-48 in a game played March 15 Tuesday at the DCU Center.
Backed by a very enthusiastic fan base dressed in red, the Pioneers controlled play and held a comfortable lead throughout the game.
March 15th, 2016
Fitchburg — With its rich history of sports tradition, it had heretofore seemed incredulous that no ice hockey championship banner has ever hung from the rafters inside Algonquin Regional High.
But now it’s time to make way for that symbol of excellence to unfurl in the near future as the Tomahawk skaters have captured their first-ever title as Division 3 CMass champions with a grueling 2-1 overtime shootout-victory over second-seed Groton-Dunstable on March 14 at the Wallace Civic Center. The win sends the team on to a state semifinal matchup with Western Mass. champion Westfield High (11-10-1) on Thursday, March 17, at Springfield’s MassMutual Center. Puck drops at 5:30 p.m.
March 13th, 2016
Fitchburg — After competing on some of the area’s biggest stages – Springfield’s MassMutual Center and Worcester’s DCU Center – one year ago in state competition, any venue less prestigious would be considered a disappointment, Marlborough High boys varsity basketball team players admitted earlier in the season.
The 2015-2016 squad will not go that far this year as the number three-seed Panthers came out on the short end of a 41-38 decision falling to top-seed Concord-Carlisle in the Central Mass. Division 2 championship round played at Fitchburg State University on March 12. The loss ends the team’s hopes for further advancement and concludes their season with a record of 18-5.
March 10th, 2016
Shrewsbury – The Saint John’s High School basketball squad met with Franklin High School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute March 9 with the Central Massachusetts Division 1 championship on the line. For the Pioneers, the result was similar to nearly every other game this season; a convincing “W.” However, it was not looking that way during the first half.
March 7th, 2016
Marlborough – Once again, Polar Plunges to benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) were held statewide at lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. New this year, a Polar Plunge was introduced March 6 at the Yawkey Sports Training Center in Marlborough, the SOMA headquarters. It was organized by Officer Andy LaRose of the Marlborough Police Department (MPD) after he attended the International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference last fall in the Bahamas.
March 7th, 2016
Worcester – If the Marlborough High boys’ varsity basketball team advances to its second consecutive Division 2 state final days from now, it will be impossible to forget their Central Mass. Division semifinal “white-knuckle” affair with Medfield High at WPI’s Harrington Auditorium on March 6 that propelled them to their goal.
March 7th, 2016
Worcester – The Algonquin Regional High School girls’ basketball season came to an end as they fell to Natick High School by a score of 52-42 in a Central Mass Division 1 Semi-final matchup played Sunday, March 6, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Algonquin had advanced to the semi-finals by defeating Worcester South and Worcester North in earlier playoff rounds.