Local sports roundup
Region – The Westborough High boys basketball team’s quest for a 10th Clark Tournament title was foiled by Groton-Dunstable Feb. 20, the Rangers losing to the Crusaders, 38-37 in overtime, but that defeat should in no way take the luster off of what has been a shining season for the team’s 2009-2010 season.
Second-year coach Rahul Shah was understandably excited when told his team qualified for the 71st Annual Clark Tournament – arguably the most prestigious high school tournament in the state and one of the most distinguished exhibitions of local schoolboy hoops in the country.
The Clark Tournament patterns itself after the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) season-ending basketball tournament, highlighting the specialness of the event, and Shah believes that is a fair comparison.
Westborough is no stranger to the Clark. The Rangers have participated in the tournament 45 times, second-most among teams that qualified for this year’s competition, and this year’s appearance in the Large Schools final was Westborough’s 16th, the most among this year’s participants.
The Rangers last played in the Clark in 2007. Westborough won its last Clark championship in 2005.
This year’s Westborough team is a mix of five seniors – Nick Flahive, Nick Mastrogiacomo, Chris Armand, Jack Wentzell and Nate Foy, six juniors – Andrew Reynolds, Brian Orlando, Patrick Hession, Isaac Mutesasira, Nick Judd and Andreas Herdt, and four sophomores – Mitch Crowder, Reid Garrity, Matt Shunney and Aidan Moff at.
Orlando led Westborough in scoring in the Clark championship game, with 10 points, Foy added nine, Mastrogiacomo eight.
The 14-8 Rangers entered the Central Mass. Division 1 Tournament as the No. 6 seed and hosted 11th-seeded Algonquin Regional (11-9) in a first-round game Feb. 22.
Central Mass. tournaments peppered with area teams
In all, 14 local teams qualified for postseason play.
The St. John’s boys basketball team (20-2) is the top seed in Division 1, followed by secondseeded Shrewsbury (16-4), fifthseeded Marlborough (14-6), Westborough and Algonquin.
St. John’s, Shrewsbury and Marlborough all earned firstround byes with their top-five seedings. St. John’s hosted the winner of the Milford-Fitchburg game in the second round Feb. 25. Shrewsbury hosted the winner of the Tantasqua Regional- Worcester South game Feb. 25. Marlborough visited fourthseeded Doherty Feb. 25.
In the girls Central Mass. Division 1 Tournament, Westborough (17-3) is the No. 3 seed, Shrewsbury (15-5) is the No. 4 seed, Algonquin (13-7) is the No. 5 seed and Marlborough (12-8) is the No. 6 seed. The Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School (AVRTHS) girls basketball team is the top seed in the Central Mass. Division 3 Tournament.
Westborough, Shrewsbury, Algonquin and Marlborough all received byes into the second round, where Westborough hosts Marlborough and Shrewsbury hosts Algonquin. Both games are Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. AVTHS, after its first-round bye, hosted the winner of the Monty Tech-Littleton game Feb. 24.
Hudson (17-2-1) is the top seed in the Central Mass. Division 3 Hockey Tournament, Shrewsbury (12-3-5) is the second seed, Algonquin (11-6-3) is the No. 3 seed and Marlborough (10-7-3) the No. 4 seed.
Algonquin and Marlborough faced off in a first-round game Feb. 24 at 7:20 p.m. at Westborough’s North star Youth Forum, the winner advancing to play Hudson in the semifi- nal round Wednesday, March 3 at 8 p.m., at Marlborough’s New England Sports Center (NESC). In the other semifinal at the NESC March 3, at 5:30 p.m., Shrewsbury, the defending Division 3 state champion, faces third-seeded Wachusett (11-6-3).
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