Marching into the Spotlight
LOWELL -- After a rare off-day on the local tournament front on Monday, the action swings back into high gear as several local teams continue their quest for sectional and state championships.
High school preview
Here’s a recap of where we stand:
First of all, Wednesday night’s highly-anticipated Lowell High vs. Central Catholic boys basketball game, a Division 1 North Tournament semifinal, has been moved from the Central gym to the Lawrence High School Fieldhouse, the MIAA reported.
Problems with the Central scoreboard and the size of its facility led to the switch. Central Catholic had been a “pre-determined site” that was set by the MIAA before the tournament began.
With that game being played Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Lowell High hockey game, which was also scheduled for that same time, has been switched to Thursday.
Lowell takes on Lynn in the Division 3 North semifinals at the Chelmsford Forum with a 7 p.m. faceoff.
Just joining the local tournament fray are the Alvirne High and Pelham High boys basketball teams. The NHIAA released its pairings for D1 and D2 boys basketball on Monday.
In N.H. Division 1, Alvirne, seeded ninth, will play its first-round game at Concord High School on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Concord is the No. 8 seed. If the Broncos win they play Friday.
In N.H. Division 2, fourth-seeded Pelham High will host No. 11 Hollis-Brookline on Wednesday night at 7 in the first round. If the Pythons win they’re back in action on Saturday.
Now, back to the Bay State.
On Tuesday, Groton-Dunstable and Medway will play a basketball doubleheader at Clark University in Worcester. The girls’ Division 2 Central semifinal is at 6 p.m. and the boys’ Division 2 Central semi is at 7:30.
In other boys hoop action, Greater Lowell Tech will take on Hudson in the Division 3 Central semifinals at WPI in Worcester at 7:30 p.m.
In boys hockey action Tuesday, Tewksbury High will meet Danvers in the Division 2 North semifinals at 7:30 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, while Ayer/Lunenburg takes on Grafton in a Division 3A Central semi at the Wallace Civic Center in Fitchburg at 7:30 p.m.
Things get even wilder on Wednesday.
In boys basketball, in addition to the aforementioned Lowell-Central slugfest, Dracut High is in the Division 3 North semifinals against a powerful St. Mary’s squad. That game is at St. John’s Prep in Danvers at 7:30.
In addition, the Shawsheen Tech boys tip-off against Weston in a Division 3 North semifinal at 7 p.m. at Burlington High, and Lowell Catholic squares off with KIPP Academy of Lynn in a D4 North semi at Woburn High at 7.
Girls basketball will see Tewksbury playing host to Melrose in a Division 2 North semifinal at 7 p.m.
In boys hockey, with the Lowell game moved to Thursday, Dracut-Tyngsboro will take over the Chelmsford Forum with a 5 p.m. Division 3 North semifinal matchup with Newton South. Also, Groton-Dunstable skates against Hudson in a D3 Central contest at the Wallace Civic Center at 7:30.
As of now, the only local games on Thursday involve Billerica boys hockey, Lowell boys hockey and Tewksbury/Methuen girls hockey, but that could change so stay tuned and enjoy the wild ride.