Seven BHS Athletes were named the 2019-2020 Middlesex League All-Stars from the boys and girls Ice Hockey. From the boys Seniors Ryan O’Halloran (Co-MVP), Cam Costa, Jacob Vozikis and Junior Joe Trabucco. O’Halloran also received the Middlesex League All-Conference. On the Lady Devils side, 8th graders Bella Hacker (Co-MVP) and Sienna Berardinelli got the ML-All-Stars. Congrats to all the athletes who participated this season.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) is looking to reconvene a new date for the upcoming Spring Sports season.
Here is a release from the MIAA website on Thursday, March 26th.
“In light of Governor Baker’s March 25, 2020 mandate that all schools remain closed until May 4th, the status of spring sports will be addressed by the Board of Directors on a March 30th conference call and an immediate update will be provided to the membership.
Among TMC recommendations to the Board is that if there is a spring season start date of after April 27th, there will not be an MIAA tournament. This recommendation, as well as a plan to save a spring season for MIAA student-athletes will be the substance of a March 30th Board meeting.
This recent news from the Governor is surreal. The MIAA will continue to monitor this fluid situation and provide updates regarding spring sports as soon as they are made available.
Thank you all for your flexibility, understanding and patience. Support and guidance to our schools, student-athletes and to you, our membership, is priority during this uncertain time. Stay well.”
Below written on 3-25-2020
Photo courtesy of Bob DeChiara Photography
BHS Senior Kyle Inglis will be making his departure in June from Burlington as he will head off to college. Inglis joined the Burlington Basketball team back in 2016.
During his four years on the team he made a number of points. This year specifically he put up 247 points in total. Wow!
Inglis will attened New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire and will continue to play on the court during his time in college.He also was named Middlesex League Basketball All-Star, along with his teammates Senior Mike Melanson and Sophomore Aidan Olivier.
Good luck and best of luck Kyle!
Rahanis Park will be a little bit greener when you step on and off the court. Last fall BHS Junior Matt Tengtrakool organized a fundraiser to help raise money for recyclable tennis bins. You can watch that video here
Photo courtesy of Matt Tengtrakool
Matt couldn’t be prouder of his accomplishment that he has made.“It represents the community working together to address and create real noticeable change in our environment,” Tengtrakool said. “It is truly a rewarding experience to put hard work and dedication into a campaign and have it be successful and impactful.”
The money raised in this fundraiser took a couple of months with the help of the community and getting the work out to people around town.
“It took around 2 months to raise the money for this fundraiser,” Tengtrakool said. “The money raised was from the generous donations from local community members.”
Lastly, Matt hopes that this will inspire other kids to go green.
“I hope that people will remember that their little actions can go a long way in helping the environment,” Tengtrakool said. “ I hope that this project inspires others, especially young people who want to make an impact, to explore ways to improve the environments in our community.”
Lastly, the new recyclable tennis bins will be available to use in the coming months at Rahanis Park. Matt would also like to thank everyone at BCAT for help spreading the word and giving traction to the campaign.
On Friday, March 20th the MIAA Tournament Management Committee held a remote meeting that consisted of 30 participants representing the TMC, sport committee chairs and MIAA staff on the upcoming spring season that will begin on Monday, April 27th (TBD). A number of guidelines were voted during the meeting.
The following motions are from the MIAA website and have been recommended, voted on and approved by the committee:
Starting and Closing Dates for Tryouts, Practices, and Contests For Spring 2020
To provide schools with the maximum amount of seasonal play, while keeping the health and safety of the student-athlete in mind and recognizing that golf and rugby have different start dates, the following recommendations were made:
Motion 1: The first team competition may not start until after the seventh calendar day after the start of the 2020 spring season. APPROVED: 16-0
Motion 2: Golf must have three (3) days of practice prior to the first competition. APPROVED: 11-5
Motion 3: Rugby must have seven (7) days of practice prior to the first competition with the first three (3) days consisting of technique and conditioning and the remaining four (4) days are controlled contact. APPROVED: 16-0
Motion 4: The cutoff date for regular season contests will be Wednesday, June 10, 2020. APPROVED: 13-1
Recognized Sports, And Scheduling Limits for Schools To provide guidance and consistency to spring sport teams
Motion 1: For all sports, except for rugby, the maximum number of competitions is 12 and the minimum number for tournament participation is eight (8). APPROVED: 14-0
Motion 2: The TMC recommends that there will be no exclusion or endowment games during the spring of 2020. APPROVED: 12-1-1
MIAA proposed post-season tournament
Based on the charge from the BOD to have a spring sport season start date of April 27, 2020, discussion regarding a timeline for post-season play took place. The TMC is committed to allow for broad participation at all levels this spring. Keeping student-athletes connected, involved and engaged has meaning and purpose after the challenges that were faced at the end of the winter season and spring sports in general.
Motion 1: A spring season start date of 4/27/2020 — the MIAA will run a post-season tournament.
A season start date beyond 4/27/2020 — there will not be an MIAA postseason tournament. APPROVED: 13-3
Motion 2: Spring season participation will be extended for all teams at all levels through June 20, 2020.
The MIAA released the following statement on Tuesday, March 24th regarding Governor Baker’s Orders:
“The Franklin Office is open for service to our membership and is working remotely through April 7th. Members, you may contact the appropriate staff member with your questions. Staff contact information is found in members only. Re-evaluation of the office status will occur following any Governor’s orders in regards to “Non-Essential Businesses to Cease In-Person Operations.” Stay Well!
Below written on 3/17/2020
Photo Courtesy of BHS Football Twitter
Offensive/Defensive Tackle Chris Jones is heading to the Shriners All-Star Game on June 20th. Jones was a part of the BHS Football teams since his start as a Freshman in the fall of 2016.
According to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association website, “Each year the MHSFCA in connection with the Aleppo Shriners of Massachusetts, co-sponsor an Eastern Massachusetts All-Star Football Game.”
“For the past 35 years, graduating high school seniors from the North and South area high schools have played the Shriners All-Star Football Classic.”
The game will be played at Bentley University in Waltham and all the proceeds for the game will be donated to the Shriners Hospital in Boston.
Congrats to Chris!
Below written on 3-16-2020
The MIAA voted today to have the Spring Sports Season to start at the end of April in an afternoon Board of Directors Meeting.
Here is a statement from the MIAA earlier today.
“The MIAA Board of Directors voted today, March 16, 2020, to amend the start of the 2020 sports season in light of recent mandates from Governor Baker and recommendations from governing health agencies. The updated date for the 2020 spring season is April 27,2020.”
“Additionally, the MIAA Board of Directors voted to have completion of regular season and tournament games by June 20,2020 with consideration of June 21, 2020 for weather and facility needs.”
“Details regarding the structure of the spring season will be addressed by the Tournament Management Committee (TMC). An update will be provided and reviewed by the Board by March 25,2020.”
“These decisions are based on available information and are made in the best interest of our student-athletes, schools and communities. These decisions will be revisited and adjusted as needed.”
“Thank you for patience while dealing with this very fluid situation. Be well.”
This is the new date for the start of the 2020 MIAA Spring Season and they will be reviewed by the board by March 25th.
Below written on 3-16-2020
The BHS Spring Sports season is being put on hold for a while, due to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has sent out a statement to athletes, coaches and families.
The following statement is from Saturday, March 14th and was posted on the MIAAA.org
To our MIAA Schools and Communities,
We understand that recent decisions made in your local area, around the state as well as the nation due to COVID-19 may be a source of significant stress, frustration and in some instances, disappointment. As an Association made up of strong leaders, the time to listen, share and support one another is now. The MIAA staff equally shares in these emotions and the existing heartbreak which has resulted due to canceled games, shortened seasons and disruption to exciting school activities, trips and opportunities.
As we face these uncharted waters, be confident in knowing the MIAA staff is well and is readily available to you with guidance, support, resources and kindness. Our office is open and functioning. Scheduled meetings are moving forward in person or via tele- and/or video-conferencing, as organized by each MIAA sport liaison. Communication regarding the status of the spring season will be forthcoming following necessary discussions this coming week.
We appreciate the efforts of our state leaders who are making very difficult recommendations and decisions at this time. We thank our membership for their continued effort to lead their communities with calmness and without judgment as positive role models for students. And may we take this opportunity to recognize the blessings that we have, and to realize how, at the end of this disruption, we all will have gained a new sense of strength and resilience to assist in our daily lives. This experience is the reason why the MIAA exists: “to teach life lessons.” Be well.
Originally the Spring Sports season was delayed to Monday, March 30th. However, Governor Charlie Baker has declared that schools in MA must remain closed until April 7th. This means the spring sports season will be delayed once again. The date when it will all happen is to be determined.
If you have any questions or concerns please email Tara Bennett, MIAA Director of Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org
Written on 3-9-2020
One more Winter Sports update foas the 2020 season closes.
Juniors Cam and Zack Soda went to the New England Championships at Methuen High School.
Courtesy photo of BHS Wrestling Twitter
Starting off with Cam, in the first round he went 8-0 over Maine’s Cam Frost of Bonny Eagle. Then in the second round, he beat Brady Gillis of Cumberland (RI State Champ and defending N.E. Place winner 8-3 in OT. Soda wasn’t done yet, he beat Josh Jackson of Springfield Central 7-1 and Mike Rapuano of Xavier 11-8. Then in the final round he beat Evan Kinney 4-3, making Soda the 2020 N.E. Champion.
Courtesy photo of BHS Wrestling Twitter
His brother Zack did the same thing. Soda won 3-2 over CT Evan Linder of New Milford then a 10-2 win over Maine State Champ Caden First of Bonny. Miley Longo of Trumbell and Josh Brault of Joel Barlow were beaten by Soda. Soda became 2020 N.E. Champion.
The Soda twins are the 4th and 5th N.E. Champ for Red Devil Wrestling joining Ricky Coveno (1983), Jeremy Royds (1995) and Matt Sherman (2010).
Courtesy photo of BHS Wrestling Twitter
The boys also became the 3rd pair of twins to win N.E. titles in the same year joining Kyle Visconti (2011, Malden Catholic) and Nick Lawrence (2011, Timberlane High School). Sodas are the only ones to do it before senior year.
Congrats to both boys on the accomplishment.
Below written on 3-5-2020
The Winter Season has wrapped up a BHS.
Girls Ice Hockey:
On Monday, March 2nd the Girls Varsity Ice Hockey team went to the Canton Ice House to take on the Norwell Clippers. The girls didn’t have a good game as they allowed seven goals in favor of the Lady Devils. One goal was made in the second by Siena Berardinelli. It was a good stretch for the Lady Devils, but the season ended too short.
Boys Basketball went to Tewksbury Memorial High School to take on the Beverly Panthers in the Semi-Finals on the MIAA Basketball Tournament. It was a very close game, but the Red Devils lost by 7 points during the overtime period. The final score was 67-60 Beverly.
The boys track team finished the year with a State Relay Championship win for the 4th year in a row. Senior Kenan Wilson placed 2nd at the All-State Championship and 7th at the N.E. Championship in the high jump.
A school record was broken by the shuttle hurdle team of Kenan Wilson, Ryan Devereaux, Joe Mitchell and Thomas McIninch. More school records by Alex Keane (Pole Vault), Kenan Wilson (Triple Jump) and Sean Theurer (400 Meters). The team finished with a (3-1-1) record. Since the offseason is short, Coach Carr is gearing up for the spring track in two weeks time.
As for the girls track, they finished the season with (2-3) record. They a number of athletes qualify for states, a relay and a number of the Lady Devils individually qualified for all states. A school record was broken in the 4×200 meter relay during the season.
Below written on 3-1-2020
A number of Winter Teams continued to battle hard over the weekend.
The Boys Basketball team faced the Winchester Sachems in the Quarter Finals of the MIAA Playoffs at BHS. Leading the way in points for that evening was Senior Kyle Inglis with 21 points and Adian Olivier with 20 points. In the end the team won 64-57 over the Sachems. Coach Conners couldn’t be happier with the outcome. “We were defending well in the first half and I was happy the way we did it in the second half” Head Coach Phil Conners said. ” Conners also credit the kids on their effort throughout the entire game. “The kids played really hard and I am proud of them.” The team will be headed to the Semi Finals to take on the Beverly Panthers on Tuesday evening at Tewksbury High School 7 pm.
Red Devil Wrestling went to the MIAA All State Championship at Methuen High School on Saturday, February 29th. Now for a quick history lesson, only four set of twins reached the All-State Finals the Diamond’s of Wellesley, the Sherman’s of Burlington and the Visconti’s of Malden Catholic.
Junior Zack Soda won 3-1 in OT which made him the 2020 Massachusetts All-State Champ. He is the 9th Devil Wrestler to win All State and it is his 10th title overall. His brother, Cam came as the runner up in the 113 weight class. Congrats to Zack and Cam on these accomplishments.
Boys hockey went to Stoneham Arena for a Super 8 Consolation game against the Catholic Memorial Knights on Sunday, March 1st. In the first two periods neither team scored goal on net. However, the goals started to show up on the scoreboard in the third period. Senior/Forward Jacob Vozikis got the Red Devils on the board 1-0. Minutes later, the Knights answered tying the game 1-1. Now with just 34.5 second left in the third, Catholic Memorial sealed a W with another goal 2-1. Burlington has been eliminated from the Super 8 Tournament.
Red Devil Wrestling headed to the MIAA State Meet on Friday afternoon. A number of athletes from the team participated, including Juniors Cam Soda, Zack Soda, Joe Perna and Ryan McGillibray. Cam Soda was the 113 pound top seeded and advanced with a (9-2) win at the meet.
The Burlington Boys Hockey team traveled to Loring Arena on Wednesday, February 26 in Framingham to take on the Boston College High School Eagles. The game did not go the Red Devils way, as they were shutout by the Eagles in a 3-0 loss. Burlington will head to the consolation bracket of the playoffs where they will either play Pope Francis or Catholic Memorial High School on Sunday, March 1st. The game will either be played at Gallo Arena in Buzzard Bay or Stoneham Arena in Stoneham.
How did they get to this point? Check out the win over the Hingham Harbormen click here
Girls Ice Hockey had a playoff game on Tuesday, February 25 against Cohasset-Hanover Skippers for the preliminary round of the MIAA Playoff Tournament. The girls won in an overtime thriller of 5-4. They will be playing on Saturday, February 29 at the Canton Ice House against the Norwell Clippers.
Girls Indoor Track heading to the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (MSTCA) Pentathlon on Tuesday evening at Shrewsbury High School. Three athletes participated in the events Junior Devin Ralston, Sophomore Madi Bowden and Junior Heather Murphy. Here were some of the results.
55 Meter Hurdle
After all of the events
Congrats to the girls on attending the MSTCA Pentathlon.
Girls Basketball played the Dracut Middies on Tuesday, February 25 at the BHS Gym for the first round of the MIAA Playoff Tournament. Click here to take a look at the highlights
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BHS Girls Track are heading to the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (MSTCA) Pentathlon at Shewsbury High School. Athletes competing in the meet are Devin Ralston, Madi Bowden and Heather Murphy. Events for the day will be the 55 Meter Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, Long Jump and the 800 Meter. Good luck to the Lady Devils.
Below written on 2-24-20
The Burlington Boys Basketball team had a playoff game against the Woburn Tanners on Monday, February 24th at the BHS Gym. This game was the first round of the MIAA Playoff Tournament. Take a look at the highlights
Below written on 2-24-20
A variety of Burlington Winter Sports Teams had playoff games over the weekend.
On Saturday, February 22nd Red Devil Wrestling headed to Milton High School in Milton to attend the Division 2 State Championship. In the first round Burlington went (3-3) in the first round. Pins were made by Zack and Cam Soda and a technical fall for Joe Perna.
Photo Courtesy of Devils Wrestling Twitter
The Red Devils up the record in the second round, as they went (4-2). The Sodas and Perna reached the semifinals. In the end the team finished in 5th place at the Division 2 States.
Photo Courtesy of Devils Wrestling Twitter
Cam Soda was the D2 State Champ and won (10-0) over Hopkinton. His brother Zack finished 2nd place with a 3-5 loss. This is the highest finish since 2010. Congrats to Cam and the rest of the team!
Boys Hockey had a chance to compete for a chance to play in the Super 8 Tournament on Sunday, February 23rd against the Hingham Harbormen at Stoneham Arena.
In the first period Hingham got on the board to make it 1-0. Then Senior/Forward Cam Costa tied up the game for the Red Devils 1-1. However Burlington allowed a power play or Hingham.
The Harbormen took the lead again on a power play goal 2-1. In the 2nd period, Senior/Forward Cam Costa got another goal to bring the lead to 2-2.
The last period was a nail bitter, as Senior/Captain Ryan O’Halloran gave it to Junior/Forward Jack Jay for a Devils goal. 3-2. Boys hockey will be moving on and play Boston College High School on Wednesday, February 26 at Loring Arena in Framingham.
Girls Hockey will play the Cohasset/Hanover Clippers on Tuesday evening at Zaputsas Rink in Randolph.
Girls Gymnastics ending there season early as they did not make a playoff run. Lady Devils ended the 2020 season at a (1-6) record. The only win on the year was against the Arlington Spy Ponders back in January.
Boys and Girls Basketball teams have made the playoffs as well. The boys will play the 13th seed Woburn Tanners and the girls will play the number 12th seed Dracut Middies. A few of the athletes got the Middlesex League All Stars award.
Girls Varsity: Freshmen Alyvia Pena, Senior/Captain Kelly Joyce and for her third year in a row Junior/Captain Marina Callahan. Callahan was also honored as an All-Conference-Player in the league and Co-MVP of the Middlesex League Division.
Boys Varsity: Guard/Senior Kyle Inglis, Forward/Senior Mike Melanson and Sophomore/Guard Aidan Olivier.
Congrats to both of the teams.
Boys/Girls Track headed to the 35th annual MIAA Indoor Track and Field All-State Championship on Saturday, February 22nd at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. Here are some of the results.
Girls 300 Meter Dash:
19th Place Grace Hanafin- 43.17
Girls 4×200 Meter Relay:
13th Place- Liz Breiby, Winnie Sekyaya, Paige Devereaux and Grace Hanafin- 1:48.15 (broke school record from the sectionals.)
Boys High Jump:
2nd Place- Kenan Wilson- 6-04.00
The boys finished the meet at 24th place, the girls were not ranked in the final scoring chart.
It was a busy weekend for Burlington Winter Sports teams as they wrapped up their regular season games and meets. A number of teams went to the State Tournaments as well.
Red Devil Wrestling:
On Saturday February 15th Red Devil Wrestling hosted the Division 2 Metro Sectionals at BHS. The team finished with 4 sectional champs. The Soda brothers Cam and Zack pined through the tournament for the 2nd year in a row. Junior Joe Perna won his second consecutive straight title. Sophomore Tim Vadnais had a pin in his match and became a sectional champ. The team finished 3rd out of 13 teams. Congrats to the Red Devils on their accomplishments.
Burlington will be heading to the Division 2 State Wrestling Championship on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 at Milton High School in Milton.
Boys/Girls Ice Hockey:
Boys and girls Ice hockey had games on Saturday afternoon and evening. The Lady Devils faced the Shawsheen Valley Rams, where they had a shutout victory of 6-0 over the Rams. However for the boys, they lost to the Melrose Red Raiders 4-1 and the only score for Burlington was made by Senior Ryan O’Halloran.
The girls were back on the ice on President’s Day in their final regular season game against the Boston Latin Dragons. The girls won 6-2 and punched their way into the postseason. Three goals were made by Siena Berardinelli and Bella Hacker. The girls finished with a (10-8-2) record. They will wait to hear who they will verse in the playoffs.
The boys faced the Medford Mustangs later on that Monday evening during the Cahoon Tournament. The boys outscored there opponents 5-1. Goals in the game were made by Jacob Vozikis (2) , Ryan O’Halloran (1) and Zack Auble (2).
The boys will play the Framingham Flyers on Wednesday evening for the Cahoon Finals at the Ice Palace.
Lady Devils Basketball:
On Tuesday February 18th the Lady Devils Basketball team finished off the regular season at the Boston Latin Academy to face the Wolfpacks. Burlington won 67-50 over the Wolfpacks and finished the season with a (15-5) record.
This is the programs best record since the 2001-2002 seasons. The Lady Devils will wait to hear what team they will be facing in the playoffs.
Both the Indoor Track and Boys Swim teams headed to the State Championship over the weekend.
Red Devil Swimming only qualified for the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay during the Division 2 State Championship. The team consisted of Avish Rembhotkar, Duncan Myer, Dylan Lechner and Alex Genov Burlington finished in 39th place and finished with a time of 25.90.
Boys/Girls Indoor Track:
The boys/girls Indoor Track teams headed to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury. Here were the results from the boys and girls.
55 Meter Dash:
6th place- Grace Hanafin- 7.61 (3 pts)
300 Meter Dash:
5th place- Grace Hanafin- 42.37
16th place- Liz Breiby-44.37
4×200 Meter Relay
4th place Liz Breiby, Winnie Sekyaya, Paige Devereaux and Grace Hanafin finished at a time of 1:48.37
9th place- Winnie Sekyaya- 16-00.50
9th place- Brooke Bibbo- 31-04.00
300 Meter Dash:
13th place- Sean Theurer- 37.55
1000 Meter Run
22nd place- Doug Bibbo- 2:52.68
16th place- Ricky Healey- 4:43.51
4th place- James Johnson- 9:47.08
55 Meter Hurdle
10th place- Kenan Wilson- 8.29
20th place- Joe Mitchell- 8.94
4×200 Meter Relay
11th place- 1:36.80- Sean Theurer, John Peterson, Matt Pinkham and Kenan Wilson
4×400 Meter Relay
21st place- 3:51.55- Doug Bibbo, Paul Conti, Ricky Healey, Jonathan Wolinkski
4×800 Meter Relay
15th place- 8:59.22- Doug Bibbo, Elijah Wolinkski, Richa
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