MIAA Tournament ~ BHS Spring Post-Season was Never Like This

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There never has been a spring post-season like this one in the history of Bedford High School athletics. And it all gets rolling on Friday.

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, planning its first post-season competition since the winter of 2020 (which was truncated by Covid-19 restrictions), has opened its tournaments to all teams, regardless of record.

Here is a breakdown of the next week of contests and possibilities for the six BHS spring teams:

Softball: The undefeated softball team, which crushed Dual County League Small Schools over the past month, will compete against larger schools in Division 2 North, which has been the assignment for several years. After a first-round bye, the girls compete on Monday, hosting the winner of 5-10 Dracut and 5-11 Salem, which face off Friday.

If the Buccaneers are successful, they will play in the sectional quarterfinals, again at Miss G Field, next Wednesday against the winner of 10-4 Danvers and 9-4 Saugus.

Baseball: After a profound disappointment in the DCL championship game, the ninth-seeded baseball team starts a whole new season Friday with a 4 p.m. match on its home field versus 2-10 Wilmington of the Middlesex League. The Bucs, playing in Division 3 North, will travel to 10-6 North Reading if they move on.

Girls’ Lacrosse: The 8-4 Buccaneers are seeded seventh in Division 2 East, and will host 10th seeded Arlington Catholic Friday at 3 p.m. on Sabourin Field. A win would earn a showdown at 11-1 Foxboro, the second seed, on Monday afternoon.

Boys’ Lacrosse: Seeded seventh in Division 3 Central/East, Bedford travels to second-seed Medway for a match on Friday at 4. If they can pull the upset, the Bucs play next on Monday and the opponent could be Weston.

Boys’ Tennis: Bedford’s record of 8-6 wasn’t mathematically enough for a home match, so the team will travel to Central Catholic in Lawrence Friday in Division 2 North action. If they are successful, the Bucs will next meet the winner of Beverly and Reading High Schools.

Girls’ Tennis: The 15th-seeded girls travel to undefeated Winchester in their first Division 2 North round Friday. The survivor will meet the winner of Concord-Carlisle and Danvers.

Track and Field: Several student-athletes have qualified for the Division 2 North sectional track and field tournament taking place Saturday.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at mike@thebedfordcitizen.org, or 781-983-1763


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