Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Cases: 2 at BHS ~ January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021

* Two (2) new COVID-19 positive case at Bedford High School  (BHS Case #40 & Case #41) close contacts have been identified with one of the cases.
* There are currently three (3) active COVID-19 positive cases in the BHS community.
* These cases do not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in school.

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.

2021 Home and Home Series: Boys Basketball ~ Game 1 at Weston, Game 2 at Bedford on Friday

One of the few advantages of the virus-shortened high school basketball season is teams don’t have to wait long for a rematch. The Dual County League schedule is a weekly series of home-and-home matches.

And that’s motivating Coach Ryan Kilian’s Buccaneers, who host the Weston Wildcats Friday and hope to avenge a 71-70 loss earlier this week. That was the boys’ first loss of the season.

The game will be live streamed on Bedford TV’s YouTube channel beginning at 6 pm. There will be no spectators in the BHS gym.

“We are building a nice little rivalry,” Kilian observed. “It always seems to be a battle lately when Bedford and Weston lock horns — thrilling endings, overtime classics. We lost in OT last year at Weston and it was a heartbreaker.”

National PGA Jr. League Flourishing in Bedford

These days, does this sound like Nirvana, or what?

Thirty boys and girls, ages 7 to 13, are learning and competing every Friday and Saturday in one of the most scenic spots in Bedford, in an outdoor social-distancing environment.

The local branch of the national PGA Jr. League program is flourishing like never before.

Jim Tobin, the professional at the Patriot golf course on the grounds of the Veterans Administration hospital on Springs Road, has coordinated the Bedford league for the past six years. And in 2020, with the pandemic eradicating or changing almost all team sports, demand has skyrocketed.

Tourist in Our Town: Fox on the Field

A large fox trotted across the entire field from one side to the other, smack dab in the middle of the Bedford girls’ softball game on Monday afternoon.

Players, parents, and bystanders alike ooohed and ahhhed, but the fox paid no attention and boldly cut through, right into the game.

Perhaps he wanted to help catch in the outfield or take a swing at bat!

Bay State Baseball ~ Mid-August Games for Divisions A and C

While pro sports teams are playing to empty stadiums, and high school athletes watch seasons evaporate, Bay State Baseball games were played on Bedford’s Page Field and others around the area.

Breaking News: No Football or Competitive Cheer at BHS This Fall

There will be no football or competitive cheering at Bedford High School this fall.

But if the threat of the coronavirus mitigates, they could take place during a new “floating season” from February 22 to April 25, part of a realignment designed to safeguard participants and accommodate all activities as much as possible.

We’re Outta Here!! – Summit Fitness Rolls Out Outside Fitness Classes

As Massachusetts begins its reopening plan, I had a chance to try one of the
first businesses to return to the “new normal.”  Summit Health and Fitness on Wiggins Avenue this week started rolling out outdoor group fitness classes.  They converted their parking lot into a spin cycling “room” and a CrossFit workout space.  The classes were limited to 10 people, all 12 feet apart.  Masks are required and everything is wiped down with disinfectant before and after use.   The owners, Jane Karpovsky and Denis Mezhertskiy, of Bedford bought Summit on January 23 of this year. They consulted with the Bedford Board of Health to make sure all the protocols were met.

Elise and Monique Lyons ~ Bedford Sisters are Austin Prep Hockey Stars

New England is at the forefront of developing woman hockey players, and two of the best are right here in Bedford.

Elise Lyons, grade 11, and her sister Monique, grade 8, daughters of Pat Lyons and Therese Franks, played wing on the first line of the co-state champion Cougars of Austin Preparatory School in Reading.  The team was two days away from a showdown at TD Garden with Woburn for the MIAA title when the Covid-19 threat took over, truncating the tournament.

Four Bedford Soccer Players Experience Portugal Through Soccer

It was the trip of a lifetime for four Bedford Soccer players who play for Soccer Club’s East Elite Blue Team, the FC Stars.

Carter Rauch, Christian Hill, Eshan Pandey, all 8th graders at JGMS and Ansh Aggarwal, a 9th grader at BHS departed Boston on Friday, February 14, and began their 9-day journey to Lisbon, Portugal.