The first step in having a great tournament is having great teams, and the Super 8 selection committee gets the process started Saturday morning at MIAA headquarters in Franklin. The committee of coaches, athletic directors and school administrators will select the 10 schools that all hope to be skating on the Garden ice in three weeks.
The Committee will pick six teams that automatically make the Super 8, then four more schools that will square off in the two play-in contests with the No. 7 seed playing No. 10, and No. 8 facing No. 9. Those games are Monday at Stoneham Arena at 5:30 and 8 p.m. The two winners then join the Super 8 field as the No. 7 and 8 seeds. The losers join their respective Division 1 tournaments as the top seeds.
The Super 8 then gets underway at Tsongas Arena in Lowell on Sunday, March 3, with the first of four games scheduled for noon. The tournament has changed its format this year and will follow a Hockey East style playoff format with four best two-out-of-three series. Winners advance to the semifinals on Wed., March 13. The state championship is at TD Garden on Sunday, March 17.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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