As the catchy holiday jingle goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” and that it certainly is as we enter the postseason for the winter sports season. Like with any postseason this weeks schedule will be changing based on how teams fare so keep an eye out, here’s what we have so far.
Girls Basketball vs. Bridgewater Raynham D1 South First Round 6:30 pm
Boys Hockey vs. Franklin D1 South First Round (Loring Arena, Framingham) 5 pm
Girls Basketball @ Attleboro D1 South Quarterfinals 6:30 pm
Girls Hockey vs. Leominster D2 firsr round (Babson) 5:30 pm
Today was the second of two days of MIAA bracket releases and we found out at least where the girls hockey team will be playing as they earned the 3 seed in D2 Girls. The girls will host the winner of Shrewsbury and Leominster on Friday night at 5:30 at Babson. Meanwhile the boys will have to wait till Monday night and the results of the super 8 play in game to get their official seeding and matchup in the tournament.
So exciting news today as the girls basketball tournament brackets were announced including for your Raider girls basketball team. The girls were seeded 5th in the D1 South Bracket and will host 12th seeded Bridgewater Raynham in the first round this coming Tuesday (March 1st) at 6:30 pm. Speaking of Raider hoops we have an answer to today’s trivia question. The first team that the Raider boys faced in the new high school gym was… Needham! The boys took on the Rockets in their home opener of the 2012-13 season, unfortunately falling to their archrivals. Congratulations to Rebekah Caron who is this weeks contest winner winning the two silver passes!
Today’s trivia includes two AMC Silver Passes up for grabs. The question on this lovely Friday is… who was the first opponent for the Raiders Boys Basketball team in the new high school gym? Answer and hopefully winner later tonight!
With a day off in between regular season games ending and tournament brackets being released beginning tomorrow, I figured i’d give you a little primer for the three Raider teams who will be beginning post season play next, girls hockey, boys hockey, and girls basketball.
We begin with girls hockey, who is looking for a 3rd straight trip to the TD Garden and the state finals under coach George Campbell. After having lost at the Garden the last two years this years team certainly had a chip on their shoulder and it showed in their play as they amassed a 15-2-2 regular season record, good for another Bay State Herget division title. Entering post-season play the Raiders are certainly one of the favorites in the D2 bracket and have shown they can get the job done on both ends of the ice, scoring 88 goals this season while only giving up 29. Can this team make it third times the charm remains to be seen but one things for certain, we are in for another fun tournament run with these girls.
Staying on the ice with the Raider boys hockey team under coach Paul Donato, who had some ups and downs this season but still qualified with a 10-9-1 overall record and definitely has the ability to surprise come tournament time in the always tough D1 South bracket. The team was led in goal this year by Andrew Johnston who amassed a 2.25 goals against average this year and certainly showed how much he had learned from predecessor Jack Maxwell and certainly is more than capable of keeping his team in any game. The boys scored 62 goals this season, good for second most in the Herget division and that goal scoring ability along with Johnston’s play in net is why this team despite their record is not a team to be taken likely once the tournament begins next week.
Finally we head over to the hardwood for the Raider girls basketball team who enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in recent memory under coach Glen Magpiong, as the team amassed an 18-2 record, winning the Herget division title. This team certainly relied on their defense this season and for good reason as this squad gave up a very impressive 32.9 points per game this season, including holding 2 time defending state champion Braintree to their lowest point total of the season (41). Their is no question this team is going to be hungry come tournament time and despite their section being one of the toughest in the state (D1 South) this teams abilities defensively along with that hunger and intensity make them a team that definitely has the potential to surprise a lot of people over these next couple of weeks.
It is the final winter sports regular season edition of the Raider Recap today as girls hockey closed out their regular season tonight in a big one against archrival Needham, whom they had already played once this season and lost to 6-1. Could the Raiders get the revenge they were looking for and head into the tournament on a high note, let’s find out!
Result for 2-24-16
Girls Hockey: Wellesley 3 Needham 3
Today was the final game of the regular season for boys basketball who traveled to Milton, while girls hockey also traveled to Milton for their second to last game of the year and both boys and girls skiing competed at the state championships this morning. How did they fare, let’s find out!
Results for 2-23-16
Skiing: Boys finished 4th and Girls finished 6th at state championships
Girls Hockey: Milton 4 Wellesley 0
Boys Basketball: Milton 49 Wellesley 40