Thanksgiving Football Rivalry Ends

The 48-year-old Thanksgiving football rivalry between Bedford and Concord-Carlisle High Schools is no more.

“We thought it was the best thing for the future of our program to make the change,” said BHS Director of Athletics Keith Mangan. “This is something that we have been considering for the past few years, based on the outcome of the games and where our two programs are.”

Discussion and analysis involving the coaching staff, the superintendent’s office, and BHS administrators led to the decision, which was unilateral, Mangan said, and accepted by CCHS. “It certainly wasn’t an easy decision,” he emphasized. “There was a lot of thought and planning.”

Mangan said he is pursuing prospects for a Thanksgiving 2021 opponent “that’s more in line with our program.” That arrangement could be for a single year or develop into a long-term rivalry. “We want to evaluate to make sure it’s a good fit for both teams.”

Bedford High’s annual holiday matchup with Concord-Carlisle began in 1973. Bedford had been playing Burlington on Thanksgiving. The CCHS Patriots’ traditional rival was Lexington High, and that change was not well received for many years by fans and some players in those two towns.

Overall, the Patriots won 33, Bedford 13 on the holiday. Since that opener in 1973, which Bedford won, 28-20, the rivalry has been a story of two eras.

Talented Milton High School Football Team Wins Saturday Match-up 35-21

Bedford High School scored 38 minutes into the game, but a deep, talented Milton High School football team tallied the next five touchdowns, as the visitors emerged from their first trip to Sabourin Field with a 35-21 win Saturday afternoon.

The matchup was less than three days old, as the original opponent, Malden Catholic, had to bow out because of issues with Covid-19.

Milton High School Wildcats to Play Bucs ~ Sabourin Field, Saturday at Noon

The Bedford High School varsity football season continues Saturday at noon, thanks to some quick work by Director of Athletics Keith Mangan and Head Coach Tom Tone.

The Bucs will entertain the Milton High School Wildcats beginning at noon. Milton, which plays in the Bay State League, has won two of three games, as has Bedford in this unprecedented “Fall II” season.

Bedford 6th Grade Girls Capture Metrowest Travel Basketball Division 2 Championship

The #2 seed Bucs opened the playoffs with a 45-34 win over #7 seed Medfield.  Lyla Hollingsworth led all scorers with 15 points, Emma Hollingsworth added 8, Isla Sheridan had 6 points, and Delaney Bertos 5.  A total of eight Bedford players scored in the game, Jadyn Robinson and Taylor Betts also chipped in with points. Willow McGinness provided solid defense in the win.

Fall II Football Season Opens with a Win ~ 34-14 over Weston

Five different players scored and defenders intercepted three passes as the Bedford High School Buccaneers won the first high school football game played in winter, 34-14 over Weston late Friday afternoon at Sabourin Field.

The contest was a successful start to the so-called Fall II season, created to buy time so certain fall sports would have an opportunity during the Covid-19 pandemic. Cheerleaders were also active on the sideline. There were a number of precautions, including a slew of mandatory timeouts, as well as distancing on the bench. But the game looked and felt like football.

BHS Basketball Team Fulfills Commitment to Weekend of Community Service

Fulfilling a commitment to a weekend of community service, members of the Bedford High School boys basketball team recently spent several hours as volunteers at the Bedford community food bank.

They also wrote letters of thanks and donated gift cards to heath-care workers. “I am proud of our boys for following through on an important part of our program’s mission,” said Head Coach Ryan Kilian.

BHS Basketball Updates

Highlights from recent games:

The Bedford High School girls basketball team crushed Weston Sunday, 45-25, to advance to the second round of the post-season single-elimination Dual County League tournament. Their next opponent will be Wayland.

Meanwhile, the boys’ team travels to Boston Latin School Tuesday for a 4 p.m. contest in their version of the league tournament.

Bedford Youth Lacrosse Spring Season ~ Registration Closes Feb. 22

Registration is open until Monday, Feb. 22. for the Bedford Youth Lacrosse’s 2021 Spring Season  Outdoor practices begin in March and games start in April.

Bedford Youth Lacrosse Spring Season is open to boys & girls in grades 1-8. Residents of Hanscom Air Force Base are invited to participate and are eligible for a $25 active military discount.

Superintendent Conrad’s Friday Update – February 12, 2021

Editor’s Note: In his February 12 update, Supt. Conrad touches on holidays (Lunar New Year and Washington’s Birthday, the start of the schools’ winter break); celebrates this week’s National Honor Society induction at Bedford High School; the town-wide Covid-19 forum held on Wednesday; ‘pool’ testing; DESE updates; and several ongoing messages.

BHS Girls Basketball Wins Waltham Game 35-32

The Bedford High School girls basketball team Tuesday came out on top in a nail-biter against Waltham with a final score of 35-32.

Trailing 27-20 after three quarters, Waltham staged a ferocious comeback and took a 31-29 lead.  With the game tied at 32 and just 43.1 seconds remaining, Bedford junior Katherine Vaughan was fouled on a layup attempt and made one of two free throws.

BHS Student Athletes’ Roots Go ‘Way Back

Bedford’s multigenerational sports culture continues to mature. This year is a real landmark, through three of the elite senior student-athletes at Bedford High School.

Beginning in the 1960s, Bobbie and Lou Ennis, Jack Mara, Betty Mulligan, and Joe Venuti were among the young parents who launched, coached, and fortified organized sports and advocacy groups—the Bedford Athletic Association and Bedford Babe Ruth baseball.

Their 16 children were Buccaneers, prominent through different sports, season after season, in the 1970s, ’80s, and early ’90s. Among them were Tom Mulligan, Dave Venuti, Beth Mara, and Caroline Ennis.

Banners Honor BHS Winter Sports Athletes

Bedford High School senior student-athletes in the winter sports are competing. But it sure feels different – with modified rules, fewer contests, empty arenas, discontinued traditions, and limited tournaments.

But now, thanks to their parents, they have something unprecedented: a display of almost-life-size individual tribute banners displayed in one of the most visible locations on the central campus: the softball backstop on Field E, facing Mudge Way across from the library.

The 19 banners honor women and men in basketball, hockey, rifle, ski, and swim. (The other traditional winter sport, track and field, was postponed to the upcoming “Fall II” season beginning late this month.)

Hooray for School! Kindergarteners Elated to be Together

Bedford kindergarteners reunited at Davis School Monday for the first time in almost a year. And School Superintendent Philip Conrad said, “It really was like the first day of school.”

Although the return to full-time in-person instruction was truncated by a weather-related early dismissal, “it was really wonderful They seemed to be in great spirits,” Conrad told the School Committee Tuesday.

The return culminated weeks of planning after the School Committee directed Conrad to come up with a plan to reunite the kindergarteners. The return required some space modifications and new hires.  He praised Davis School Principal Beth Benoit, Assistant Principal Jessica Colby,  and kindergarten teachers and staff for preparing everything for everyone.

Conrad noted that after the brief reunion, kindergarteners missed Tuesday because of the snowstorm. Wednesday is a district-wide remote learning day, so the next time the children will connect is Thursday.  “The kindergarteners came back and it was really fun to see them,” Conrad said. “The staff had done an incredible job to prepare them for the changes. They all knew where they were going.”

Bucs Trounce Boston Latin 44-24 in Girls’ Basketball

The Bedford High School Buccaneers easily defeated Boston Latin, 44-24, in girls’ basketball Tuesday evening at BHS.

The Buccaneers’ starting lineup greatly outhustled the Wolfpack starters, especially on defense, giving them a huge lead and allowing them to cruise to victory.

Bucs Basketball: Tuesday’s Big Win Over Wayland

Trailing 26-4 after the first quarter, and losing a couple of players to injuries early in the game, the Bedford Bucs had their work cut out for them if they were going to compete with the unbeaten Wayland Warriors in boys’ basketball on Tuesday evening.

“When you face a deficit like we had, along with some early adversity, you really get an idea of the makeup of your team,” Bedford coach Ryan Kilian said. “It takes a total commitment on both ends of the court, and great effort and execution to forge a successful comeback.”

BHS Girls’ Basketball ~ Home Game, Tuesday Jan. 19 at 4:30 pm, Livestream on Bedford TV

The surging girls’ basketball Buccaneers of Bedford High School entertains Wayland this week, beginning with Tuesday’s 4:30 p.m. home game that will be live-streamed on Bedford TV’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/BedfordTVMA)

The girls’ most recent success was a great team win, 56-30 at Weston on Friday. The balanced scoring attack was led by sophomore Sydney Poor with 13, Katherine Vaughn, a junior, added 10 and senior Shayla Fedele scored eight.

Weston Prevails 74-66 ~ Jan. 15 at Bedford

Jan. 15, 2021—The presence of Weston’s six-foot, 10-inch center Sawyer Mayhugh proved to be the difference on Friday night, as the standout junior scored 29 points to go with 10 rebounds, as Weston (2-2) defeated Bedford, 74-66, in Dual County League boys’ basketball at the BHS gymnasium.
 
Senior Imani Jones came off the bench for the Bucs (2-2) and contributed nine points and 10 rebounds, providing a necessary lift in the second half. The Bucs cut a one-time 17-point deficit to just four points in the fourth quarter, but Weston prevailed down the stretch with timely baskets and key defensive stops.

Bedford Ski Team

The Bedford High School ski teams lost their opening contests of the 2021 season Thursday against combined teams from the high schools in Leominster and Lunenberg. The giant slaloms took place at Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford.