It was a long weekend in Massachusetts high school sports. The MIAA awarded championship trophies in soccer, volleyball, cross-country, swimming and field hockey. And a week before that, golf champions were crowned. Here's a roundup of all the games and state championships from the fall. You can also find all of our stories and photos at our Fall 2011 Championships page.
Div. 1 girls soccer
Peabody rides defense to title - Katie Brunelle’s goal with 3:26 remaining in the first half helped the Tanners beat East Longmeadow 1-0.
Div. 2 girls soccer
Canton can't halt Auburn - Alysha Brunelle’s strike was all Auburn would need, as the Rockets capped off an undefeated season and claimed the Division 2 girls’ soccer state title, 1-0, over Canton yesterday at Worcester State.
Div. 3 girls soccer
Dover Sherborn edges Hopedale - After losing in the EMass title game last year, the Dover-Sherborn girls’ soccer team had one goal this season, and that was to finish the job with a state championship. The Raiders completed the mission with a 2-1 victory over Hopedale.
Div. 1 boys soccer
Ludlow beats Masconomet - Kyle Tomas scored two second-half goals to lead Ludlow to its third state title in four years and 17th overall.
Div. 2 boys soccer
Groton-Dunstable derails Concord-Carlisle - Daniel Beyh and Alex Merlino scored in the second half as the Crusaders (20-1-1) won their first championship since 2001 in beating the two-time defending state champs.
Div. 3 boys soccer
Sutton proves too much for Georgetown - Despite late momentum by Georgetown, Sutton prevailed, 3-1.
State Volleyball championships
Barnstable adds No. 14 to dynasty; Marlboro tops Melrose; Frontier bests Case - Barnstable’s dynasty grew by beating Central Catholic, 3-0, in the MIAA Division 1 championship; Marlboro rallied to complete an undefeated 23-game season, finishing off Melrose 3-1; and Frontier capitalized on the power and athleticism of junior Cassidy Stankowski, who drilled 24 kills in the Red Hawks’ victory in a marathon 3-2 match.
Boys X-country championships
Bishop Feehan edges Pembroke in photo finish - Bishop Feehan placed four runners in the top 17, overcoming three Pembroke top-10 finishes, to win the MIAA boys’ Division 2 cross-country state championships.
Girls X-country championships
Whitman Hanson girls pull a fast one - All five of Whitman-Hanson’s scoring runners crossed the finish line in under 20 minutes.
Andover girls glide to 12th title - The Golden Warriors got off to a rousing start when the 200-yard medley relay team of Maeve Awiszus, Ashlee Korsberg, Rachel Moore, and Emma Cammann cruised to a win in 1 minute 49.76 seconds, nearly five seconds in front of runner-up Framingham.
Div. 1 field hockey
Andover repeats as state champions - Sophomore Julia LeBlanc redirected a pass from Meagan Keefe in the second half as the Golden Warriors (22-0-2) defeated Longmeadow, 1-0, for their second consecutive state title.
Div. 2 field hockey
Watertown sinks Oakmont - Watertown (21-0-1) defeated Oakmont, 3-1, to extend its unbeaten streak to 69 games and lock up its 12th state title since coach Eileen Donahue took over in 1986.
Div. 1 golf
St. John's Pandelena takes crown in playoff - Nick Pandelena of St. John’s Prep won a three-man playoff to take the Division 1 individual competition, and St. John’s (Shrewsbury) won its fourth state championship in six years at Glen Ellen Country Club.
Div. 2 golf
May, Masconomet rule roost - ith all eyes on Charlie May, the Masconomet junior calmly rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to clinch the Division 2 state individual championship.
Div. 3 golf
Westwood gets the drop on Medfield - Pat Frodigh -- Westwood High’s No. 1 golfer -- eagled on a crucial 13th hole to spur his team to victory.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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