Twice is Nice: Bedford Blue Wins Another Championship  

Compiled by the Minuteman Summer Baseball League

The Bedford Blue Bucs Babe Ruth baseball team captured another title this year – the Minuteman Summer Baseball League (MSBL) A Division title.  Following up on their Spring championship win, the team cruised to another title, finishing the regular summer season with a 9-2 record, and then winning two games in the playoffs to secure the crown. The championship was a team effort, as each player significantly contributed over the course of the season. Some highlights from the regular season:

Mass Warriors ~ Semi-pro League Football Comes to Bedford with a Home Opener on Saturday, August 3

By Martin Renzhofer

When Dave Salvi steps onto the artificial turf that is Sabourin Field on Saturday, August 3, it will mark a football journey that has come full circle.

“It’s really exciting,” Salvi, a 2002 Bedford High graduate, said. “My last football game for Bedford was Thanksgiving, and that was at Concord. My last two [high school] football games, really, were away games.”

Also, “it was a grass field when I played.”

A Successful Summer Season for the Wedgewood Dive Team

Submitted on behalf of the Wedgewood Dive Team

The Wedgewood Dive team lead by coaches Sarah Pekar and senior diver Caitlin Pequeno had a successful dive season with team members dominating the Colonial League with many top finishes.  The veteran divers Caitlin Pequeno and Bella Seldon were role models for the younger team members; both were fierce competitors this season.  Some seasoned youngsters such as Taelor Nichols, Sophia Demeo, Willow McGinness, Rylee Gilmartin, Chelsea Busch, Haley Busch, Delaney Bertos, Adam Driscoll, Evie Walton, and Margaree Hybl were back on the board this season with great results. Younger team members and newcomers Rylan Nichols, Timmy Carroll, Kyra Doherty, Justin Mark, Robin Tate, Grace Venuti, and Skye Hybl had great showings. 

A 30-Year Anniversary for the Taylor Hiking Group

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“We’re back! And don’t think those black flies and huge boulders will deter us.”

Is this what occurs  when you face obstacles while hiking? You start trash talking to the mountain. You use whatever  motivational tools you need to keep climbing and, in this case, we succeeded. We summited the  challenging Camel’s Hump Mountain in Vermont this summer after failing to do so 16 years ago.

Wedgewood Stayed Cool in the Pool vs Heritage

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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 Ballers Shine in 2nd Annual K-ALZ Softball Tournament

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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.

Mass Warriors to Play Five Games at Sabourin Field

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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.

Biker Dan’s Trip of a Lifetime

By Martin Renzhofer

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.

Patriot Golf Course Now Open for Public Access

Submitted by Hanscom Air Force Base

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.

Honoring Bedford’s Legendary Jeff JHO Hoyland on National Camera Day

By Julie McCay Turner

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 Babe Ruth Baseball’s White Team Wins MSBL Championship

By Ken Sheridan

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.

Bedford Blue Wins MSBL ‘A Division’ Championship

Special to The Bedford Citizen

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.

The BHS Field Formerly Known as “C” is Now the Miss G Field

By Julie McCay Turner

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.”

Bedford Athletic Association ~ Hall of Fame Induction, 2019

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

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.

Championship Trophies Abound!

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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.

BHS Sport Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony ~ May 18

Submitted by the Bedford Athletic Association

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 (keith_mangan@bedfordps.org, 781-275-1700, option 5)

Life Isn’t a Sprint ~ A Marathon Visitor at the Bedford VA

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.

Boston Marathon Update

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

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/

Congratulations, each and all!

Bedford Police and Recreation Department Host Successful Basketball Season

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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.

A Convincing Win Opens Bedford Girls Lacrosse Season

By Jeff JHO Hoyland

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.