Submitted on behalf of the Wedgewood Swim and Tennis Club
On Saturday, July 20, Heritage Pool and Racquet Club of Concord hosted the Wedgewood Swim and Tennis Club of Bedford for a swim meet. It was an incredible morning for these young swimmers and their parents as the temperature neared 100 degrees!
Bedford’s newly created 10U summer travel softball team won the K-ALZ tournament in Tewksbury, MA, under challenging weather conditions on July 21. The Bedford Bucs beat the Franklin (MA) Fury, 8–4, during a weekend when heat indexes topped 100 degrees. Overall, the Bucs won five of their six games. Pitcher Lyla Hollingsworth shut down the Fury during late rallies in the sixth and seventh innings, with 11 strikeouts in seven innings of work; she finished the game on a called strikeout. First baseman Kate Patterson fielded an excellent double play in the sixth, catching a pop fly and then tagging the runner at first, who had left the base.
The MassWarriors, a semi-pro AA team in the New England Football League, plans to call Bedford’s Sabourin Field home for its 2019 season. The team’s home opener against the Vermont Storm is scheduled for 7 pm on Saturday, August 3.
Why semi-pro football in Bedford? Wayland’s turf field where the team has played for several seasons is under construction this year.
Dan Hurwitz didn’t mind peddling a well-worn cliché to describe his experiences cycling the hills of Iowa and Nebraska.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” the software contractor from Bedford said. “The mountains nearly killed me.” Hurwitz nearly met his match navigating Loveland Pass, a high mountain pass nearly 12,000 feet above sea level and about 60 miles west of Denver.
Hanscom’s Patriot Golf Course, located on the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center grounds in Bedford, Massachusetts, will officially allow public access beginning July 15.
A waiver authorizing members of the public to play at the course was signed by the director of Air Force Services last month. As part of the process to open the course to the public, Hanscom’s Force Support Squadron sought concurrence from officials at other local nine-hole courses, as well as local community leaders and Bedford VA leadership.
More than 200 parents, coaches, colleagues, and young people streamed onto Sabourin Field on Saturday afternoon to celebrate National Camera Day and honor Bedford photographer Jeff JHO Hoyland. If you’ve ever read any of the sports stories in The Bedford Citizen, you’ve seen Jeff’s work, or perhaps you watch Bedford Snapshots on Facebook where everything is collected in albums by topic and by season.
Bedford’s Babe Ruth Baseball’s White team (13-14-year-old boys) captured their Middlesex Baseball League Championship on Friday, June 21. They defeated three higher seeded teams in the playoffs to win the title.
Bedford entered the playoffs with a 7-5-1 regular season record. They defeated Medford Blue in the opener 13-3, the Arlington Marlins 10-0, and Arlington Red Sox 5-3 in 8 innings in the final. Bedford used strong starting pitching, solid defense, and timely hitting to win the league playoffs.
The Minuteman Spring Baseball League (MSBL), a 13-15 yr old baseball league consisting of towns surrounding Bedford, including Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Watertown, Lexington, Somerville, and Medford, finally held their A Division Baseball Championship game under the lights Saturday at Robillard Field in Arlington. After two straight rainouts, the Bedford Blue Bucs showed no signs of rust after the layoff, scoring a 9-3 victory over a determined Somerville Blue en route to the championship. The game featured strong pitching, timely hitting, and stellar defense.
During Saturday’s ceremony to dedicate the Miss G field and its new scoreboard, Mike Rosenberg recalled the legendary Miss G, Helen Gfroerer, who touched the lives of several generations of Bedford students. “She was remarkable because of what she did with so little,” said Rosenberg. “There were no fields when the school opened in 1955, and the gym wasn’t finished until the first day of school.”
The Bedford Athletic Association inducted eight athletes, one coach, two championship teams, and Mike Rosenberg into its 2019Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 18. The inductees represented Bedford High School student-athletes from 1979 through 2012, and Rosenberg who was honored for his consistent and long-time commitment to student athletics in Bedford.
Examining the underside of the Red Sox’ 2018 World Series Trophy – Image (c) Nancy Daugherty, 2018 all rights reservedOn Monday evening, hundreds of residents filed through the sanctuary at First Parish’s historic meeting house on Bedford Common to view the 2018 World Series Trophy captured by the Boston Red Sox on October 28, 2018 – a Game Five win that clinched the series against the Dodgers.
Tickets are still available for the seventh biennial induction dinner and ceremony for the Bedford High School Sport Hall of Fame, planned for Saturday, May 18, starting at 6 p.m. at the St. Michael Parish Center, 90 Concord Road. Contact the athletic director’s office to make reservations (email@example.com, 781-275-1700, option 5)
By Jon “OC” OConnor, Commander, American Legion Post 221
A marathon, as in life, performs best for those who pace themselves. Life and marathons are not sprints. They say get back up on that proverbial horse; what really matters though is that you cross the finish line, even with the horse in tow. Determination and drive prevail over speed. The Boston Marathon, steeped in tradition, the quintessential backbone of “Boston Strong” has never canceled an event since the race began in 1897.
Eric Dahlberg was the first Bedford runner to finish the 2019 Boston Marathon at 1:36 pm, with a chip time of 3:29:26.
Andrew Chiu and Robert Santamaria finished at 2:09 and 2:10 pm respectively. Chiu’s chip time was 3:44:28 and Santamaria’s was 3:43.08. Gregory Barry finished the race at 3:25 pm with a chip time of 4:36:54/
Monday’s Boston Marathon will make the news, and cameras will follow the lead runners from Hopkinton to Boston, but Bedford has good reason to follow other runners. Five Bedford residents have qualified for the race:
Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department
Chief Robert Bongiorno and Recreation Youth Program Coordinator Nikki Taylor are pleased to announce that the Police-Recreation Basketball League completed another successful basketball season.
The league, which just wrapped its sixth season, brings together Bedford High School students (who are not on the school’s basketball teams) and members of the Bedford Police Department for pick-up basketball.
It didn’t take Bella Stuzinski long to score the first Bedford goal of the season as the Bucs went on to a 10-0 win Bedford Girls Varsity Lacrosse team has lofty goals this year. They came out of the gate with a 10 to 0 win over Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School.
Many of the team are underclassmen, but even the Frosh have Varsity experience.
Frosh Allie Zorn is the main threat on offense; she started with the Varsity team last year, and has only gotten better. But the Buc’s offensive capabilities are well-rounded, as a half dozen players all scored goals during their first scrimmage.
OK, maybe the Pole Vaulters will wait a couple more weeks, but today was opening practice day for BHS Sports. I’ve been waiting for this season, since the end of last Spring Sports season . . . WHY?
There is an old surfer’s tale that every seventh wave is a great wave. Last spring, I got to watch a lot of 8th and 9th grade Bedford athletes. The wave started with the Class of 2020, and it will keep building for a couple of more years. Keep your eyes open for Frosh making an impact on Varsity sports.
The Bedford 8th Grade Boys Travel Basketball team wrapped up its most memorable season this past Sunday at the Mass Premier Courts in Foxboro, losing in the Division 2 Championship game to Walpole 75-62. Bedford finished the regular season with a respectable 7-5 record in the D2W division of the Metro-West Basketball League, and entered the playoffs as the #7 seed in the highly competitive North bracket. The Bucs got hot at the right time and went on a tear in the playoffs, beating #10 Framingham 49-38, #2 Medford 52-48, #11 Woburn, 65-57, and #3 Mansfield 51-41, before losing to Walpole in the championship game.