ByKen Sheridan, Kristin Rossi, and Anthony Davis |
The Bedford Bucs 5th grade girls travel team won four games in three days to win the Woburn Holiday Tournament last week. The 5th-grade girls A Division included eight teams, Bedford, Dracut, Burlington, Chelmsford, Billerica, Haverhill, Marblehead and Woburn.
Jeff Hoyland was indefatigable on Thanksgiving weekend, covering everything from Wednesday noon’s Powder Puff Football game, through a rainy Turkey Trot, the BHS/CCHS football game, and the kickoff for the boys hockey season ~ a fundraising game where town employees and alumni battled the BHS squad on the ice at The Edge Sports Center.
The Mass Warriors, the semi-pro football team that played at Sabourin Field this year, decided to dedicate their final game of the season to Jeff Hoyland because “He made us feel welcome from the very start.”
Some players have been waiting for the season to start since early Summer, and some have been waiting since a cold night last November.
But 16 have been waiting for their Senior season since “JGMS days” — the largest group of Seniors on any one team in a long time: Nicolas Busse, Jessop Collins, Nolan Hafer, Andrew Harrison, Quinten Houck, Dexter Kennedy, Ryan Knight, Wesley Liou, Jeffrey Mascoli, Matthew McMillian, Alexander Oleksinski, Matias Ou, Andrew Presti, Christopher Venuti, Marcus Voss, and Joseph Watson.
Submitted by the Bedford Co-Ed Adult Slowpitch Softball League
On Sunday afternoon, August 11, at E Field, the 2019 Bedford Co-Ed Adult Slowpitch Softball League year came to a dramatic close, with the Orange team pulling out a 25-16 win over the Black team in the summer final.
The league, which just completed its fourth year of play, is open to Bedford residents over the age of 18, graduates of Bedford High School, and residents of Hanscom Air Force Base. The spring season, which runs from mid-April to late June, features Sunday afternoon games, and the summer season, which runs from late June until early August, has games on Sundays afternoons (or evenings) and Wednesday evenings.
By Mike Dirrane
Commissioner of the Bedford Summer Basketball League (BSBL)
The Hitmen beat the Sauce 57-47 to capture Bedford Summer Basketball League (BSBL) B-League title. In order to play in the League, athletes must be either a Bedford resident or a Bedford High School graduate.
By Mike Dirrane
Commissioner of the Bedford Summer Basketball League (BSBL).
In one of the greatest basketball games ever played in Bedford Summer Basketball League (BSBL) history, the Moonshiners captured their 4th Championship title in 7 years with a 35-32 victory over the Reservoir Dogs.
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:
Westford Swim and Tennis hosted Wedgewood Swim and Tennis club of Bedford for the final dual swim meet of the season on Saturday, July 27, before the Championships on Saturday, August 3. Both swim teams swam well!
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.”
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.
“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.
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.