•McGonagle/McGoff Memorial Tournament – The Charlestown Youth Hockey Association (CYHA) and the McGonagle and McGoff families staged another brilliant tournament last weekend.
In the girls U14 McGoff division, the Townie team fought hard, but Mass Bay and Belmont prevailed to fight it out in the championship game. Mass Bay won the title 1-0 in overtime.
The Pee Wee McGonagle Division saw Wellesley take the cake with a 2-0 win over Belmont in the championship.
The Mite Division, on Sunday, was where the action was at as the Charlestown Mite 1 team did battle with Needham in the Considine Division. First, in the final game of the tournament, Charlestown played brilliant and defeated Needham. That set up a championship game directly after between the two foes. It was a battle to the end and one for the ages. The action was relentless, but at the end of regulation, it was a tie. That tie prevailed through one intense session of overtime. Then came sudden death overtime. Both teams had near wins with a barrage of shots on goal. However, at about the two-minute mark into the second overtime, Needham slipped a wrist shot above the right shoulder of the Townie goalie. A tough loss for Mite 1, but few teams have fought harder for the title that those two teams.
•This weekend, several teams are looking towards the playoff semi-finals and championships in the Valley League. The girls teams still have another week to go until their post season play starts. This Saturday and Sunday will be busy for the Townies. The playoff games are as follows:
*Mite 1 vs. Waltham 2 at Hockeytown on March 9.
*Mite 3 vs. Wellesley at Cambridge on March 9.
*Squirt AA vs. Medfield at Fessenden on March 9.
*Squirt A vs. Dorchester at Revere on March 9.
*Pee Wee AA vs. Danvers 1 at Malden on March 10.
*Pee Wee A vs. Wellesley at Lynn on March 10.
•Tryouts/Evaluations for the end of the season will take place next week on March 11, 12, 13 and 14. Search the CYHA website for exact times for the team trying out for next year.
Wamp the Yard!!!
Braintree senior sensation Adriana Timberlake continues to add more chapters to her storybook hoop career. The defending state champion Lady Wamps (19-4), once again, advanced to the Division 1 South finals and will square off against Needham (18-5) on Friday, March 8, at 5:30 p.m. at Taunton High School. Adriana will look to add to her 1,000+ career point total and has already built a reputation as a “prime time” difference maker. GO LADY WAMPS!!!
Pope John Punch Ticket to North Finals
In a balanced team effort, defending state champion Pope John XXIII (16-8) outlasted Fenway (16-6) by a score of 68-54 to advance to the Division 4 North title game in Tewksbury on Friday at 8 p.m. versus Lowell Catholic or KIPP Academy. Coach Leo Boucher utilized a trapping PJ defense to stifle the Fenway attack before the Tigers extended a second half lead with a plethora of 3-pointers. Senior forward Conor Kelly contributed 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 steals and 3 points. Friday’s winner will advance to play the Division 4 South champion at the TD (Boston) Garden.
MIAA Tourney – Who Is Left?
Three defending state champs (BC High, Braintree and Pope John XXIII) have no intention of relinquishing their crowns without a fight. Two others (Matignon, Boston Latin) came “oh so close” last season and are determined to acquire some “bling” this time around.
*Super 8 Boys
Second Round (winner’s bracket) – Wednesday, March 6 at Tsongas Arena at 7:30 p.m. BC High (17-2-2) vs. Arlington (15-3-3).
Townie: BCH senior wing Matt Lakus
*Division 2 North (boys)
Finals, March 11, Tsongas Arena, Time TBA. Boston Latin (17-3-3) vs. Tewksbury.
TOWNIES: BL senior wing Matt Coviello and sophomore defensemen Noel Gallagher and Colm Vraibel.
*Division 2 (girls)
Quarterfinals – Thursday, March 7 at Woburn at 7:30 p.m. Matignon vs. Walpole.
Townie: MAT senior defensewoman Caitlyn Killoran.
NCAA Division 1 Playoffs (women)
• Hockey East Semi-finals – Saturday, March 9, at Schneider Arena at 1:35 p.m. Northeastern (25-5-5) vs. Providence (25-10-2)
TOWNIE: NE freshwoman wing Micaela Sindoris
• Hockey East Semi-finals — Saturday, March 9, at Schneider Arena at 4:35 p.m. BC (25-10-1) vs. BU (23-7-8)
TOWNIE ROOTS: BC junior wing Bridget McCarthy
•CHA Quarterfinals– Wednesday, March 6, at Harbor Center, NY at 7:30 p.m. Penn St. (12-13-9) vs. RIT (12-17-5)
Townies Roots: PS freshwomen wing Loli Fidler
Charlestown Little League Sign-ups
The last day for Little League sign-ups is March 15. Sign up for the League at https://tshq.bluesombrero.com/charlestownllma.
Charlestown Little League has winter clinics on Mondays at the Community Center on Medford St. through the end of March: 6-7 p.m. for 4-7 year-olds and 7-8 p.m. for 8-12 year-olds. The last winter clinic is on March 18.
They have batting practice at Extra Innings in Middleton on Sundays 2-4 p.m. through March 31. Players must be registered for the 2019 season to participate, and then sign up on the SignUpGenius link below. Any questions? Email [email protected]
Charlestown Youth Basketball
•Thursday, March 7 – Bucks vs. Hornets, Community Center 1, 6:30 p.m.; Phoenix Mercury vs. Connecticut Suns, Edwards Middle, 7:15 p.m.; Trailblazers vs. Clippers, Harvard-Kent, 7:15 p.m.; Wizards vs. Thunder, Community Center 1, 7:30 p.m.; Rockets vs. Pacers, Community Center 2, 7:30 p.m.; and Sonics vs. Celtics, Harvard-Kent, 8:15 p.m.
•Tuesday, March 12 – Hornets vs. Pacers, 6:30 p.m. at Community Center 2; Celtics vs. Clippers, 7:45 p.m. at Community Center;
•Thursday, March 14 – Rockets vs. Warriors, 6:30 p.m. at Community Center; Sonics vs. Raptors, 7:15 p.m. at Harvard-Kent; Phoenix Mercury vs. Connecticut Suns, 7:15 p.m. at Edwards Middle; Bucks vs. Thunder, 7:30 p.m., at Community Center; Wizards vs. Spurs, 7:30 p.m. at Community Center 2; and Mavericks vs. Trailblazers, 8:15 p.m. at Harvard-Kent.
(* = Townie resident, no asterisk is Townie roots)