The Charlestown Youth Hockey Association (CYHA) is wrapping up the season over the next two weeks, but not before they have a great day of hockey and celebration on Saturday, March 14, at the Emmons Horrigan O’Neil Rink. The day will be full of local hockey teams playing, as well as a Family Fun Hour Skate-Stick-Puck celebration at noon. The schedule is as follows:
•8 a.m. Squirt 2 make up game.
•9 a.m. Mite Skills Competition
•10 a.m. Micro Hockey/Learn to Play scrimmages cross-ice.
•11 a.m. Micro Hockey-Plus game
•Noon – Family Fun Hour Skate-Stick-Puck celebration
•1 p.m. Squirt 1 team vs. PeeWee 1
•2 p.m. PeeWee 2 team vs. SCORE team.
•4:30 p.m. U12 girls team game.
•5:30 p.m. U12B/U10 girls team game.
Co-ed Youth Hockey State Championships
Two Squirt team (10 and under) from the CYHA advanced to the State Tournament last weekend, with both playing admirably.
•The Squirt 2 team traveled to Springfield and went 2-1 and just narrowly missed advancing to the semi-finals in the Tier III Medium tournament. Jack Tkachuk hit a thrilling overtime goal against Stoneham on Saturday to win 6-5. The team also won 7-1 a against Woburn. On Friday, however, they lost to Tri-County by a score of 9-3.
•The Squirt 3 team went 0-3 in their trip to the State Tournament last weekend. The team played hard and had a great time in the Tourney, but lost to Reading, Waltham and the eventual-champion Canton in Tier IV tournament.
•Several of the CYHA girls also competed for the Jr. Eagles club team in the Tier I and II Girls State Championships. The teams competed well, but none of them advanced to the semi-finals.
Mite Team Playoffs
Mite 1…The Mite 1 Charlestown team came into the Valley League playoffs seeded #4 in their division and logged a great win over #5 Waltham on Sunday in Cambridge. They have advanced to the semi-finals and will face the #1-seeded Framingham team on Saturday, March 14, in Chelmsford. Puck drop is at 9:30 a.m. Were they to win, they would wrap up their season on Sunday in the Championship game at Haverhill.
Mite 2…The Townies began the playoffs facing Waltham on Sunday, and lost in the opening round by a score of 11-3. The team competed well all season, taking second in the McGonagle Tournament last weekend. They finish 5-15-0.
Mite 3 and 4…The Charlestown Mite 3 and 4 teams have the unique distinction of competing in the same bracket in their playoff spell. The Mite 3 team was seeded #6 and got hot really quick. They breezed past Dorchester 3 by a score of 5-1 on Saturday, then upset Dorchester 4 in a great game on Sunday in Cambridge, 6-1. The Townies Mite 3 team is now ready to face off against #2 Medfield 3 on Saturday in Cambridge for a chance to advance to the Championship game on Sunday in Chelmsford.
The Charlestown Mite 4 team was seeded #7 and got a good start out of the gate defeating Dorchester 5 by a score of 7-4 on March 7. They played #2-seeded Medfield on Sunday in Cambridge and barely lost the contest, 8-7. Had they prevailed in the contest, it would have an all-Charlestown showdown this Saturday. They finish their season 6-11-2.
Goalie Andrew Jay Is Player of the Week
The Valley Hockey League chose Charlestown PeeWee Goalie Andrew Jay as the Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 23. Jay is one of only two Charlestown players in the Valley to collect those honors.
“Charlestown goalie Andrew Jay pitched three shutouts and allowed three goals in a 4-0 week,” read the citation to him from the league.
Every week, only one player in the entire Valley league is recognized from each division. Players of the Week receive a specially-designed “VHL Player of the Week” T-shirt and a free skate sharpening.
Charlestown Little League Winter Work
Winter Clinics: Tuesdays 6-8pm at Harvard-Kent School gym, Jan 7- Mar 17. 6-7pm for tee ball and Rookie Ball/Coach Pitch; 7-8pm for AAA and Majors. There will be no clinics when Boston Public Schools are closed for vacation, holidays, or snow days.
March 24 and March 31 will be mandatory player evaluations for all (current and new) AAA players (6-7pm) and Majors players (7-8pm).
Tee ball: ages 4-7 yrs. (for those just starting baseball and cannot hit a pitched ball)
Rookie Ball/Coach Pitch: ages 5-7 yrs. (must be able to hit a pitched ball)
AAA: first level of player pitch: 2nd and 3rd graders
Majors: 4th, 5th and 6th graders.
Player registration and volunteer sign-ups will be available on line soon- stay tuned!
Little League Registration Is Open
Registration for the 2020 season is now open! $85 for the first child in a family for Rookie ball/AAA/Majors, $35 for siblings. $40 for tee ball. Registration after March 1st will be $100, so register early! Please also register as a volunteer to coach or help with events- any help is appreciated!!
Here is a quick link to our website- register on line and read about the schedule and division levels here: https://tshq.bluesombrero.com/charlestownllma
We hope to start outdoor practices on April 11, weather permitting. The Opening Day parade will be on April 25, with the MLB Pitch/Hit/Run competition that day instead of games, since it is the last day of April break.
Other important dates:
•Dick’s sporting good Charlestown Little League shop weekend March 21-22 at the Medford and Saugus locations- 20-percent off everything.
•Mandatory player evaluations for AAA (6-7pm) and Majors (7-8pm) at Harvard-Kent on March 24 and March 31.
•Picture Day June 6
•End of regular season June 20
Winter Softball Clinics
The Charlestown Girls Softball team winter clinics will take place for girls ages 4-18 (as of Jan. 1) from 6-8 p.m. Clinics started on Monday and will continue each Monday through March 30, with the next one being on Jan. 27. Spring registrations will also begin for instructional through 14U.
Contact Jack Schievink at (617) 201-4507 or Bill Nugent at (617) 447-3106.