With the MIAA's new postseason format, it’s a bit tough to figure out the playoff landscape. In essence, the new system allows for the first-place finishers from each league an automatic ride to the playoffs, with the second place teams joining a pool of second place finishers that will get chosen based on power rankings. Most second-place teams will make the post-season but it's not a guarantee.
But here’s a closer look at each leagues containing mainly Division 6 schools heading into the cut-off weekend.
Boston City – Both the Boston North and South championships will be decided on Friday, with Brighton (6-0, 4-0) taking on Madison Park (4-2, 3-1) for the North crown and Latin Academy (6-0, 4-0) battling O’Bryant (6-0, 4-0) for the South title. The winner of both matchups will secure a postseason berth. The losers will have to wait and see.
Catholic Central – In the large division, Bishop Fenwick (6-0, 4-0) has already clinched the league title. The Small division is a bit more interesting. Cathedral (5-1, 4-1) is currently in first-place and in position to clinch the league but only if Marian (3-3, 2-3) finds a way to upend St. Clements (4-1, 3-1) on Saturday. Should the Anchormen win, Cathedral and St. Clement would be co-champs but St. Clement would get the automatic playoff spot by virture of their win over Cathedral. For playoff purposes, Cathedral, as the second-place team, would have to wait until Sunday to see if it advances to the postseason.
Commonwealth – In the Large division, undefeated Northeast (6-0, 3-0) has already clinched the league championship and a playoff berth. With the win over Minuteman on Saturday, North Shore (4-2, 3-0) claimed the Small division title and a ticket to the playoffs.
Mayflower – Bristol-Plymouth (5-1, 3-1) and Diman (5-1, 3-1) are knotted up atop the Mayflower Large, but both have league games this week. If both teams lose, Diman would win the league because of an earlier victory over Bristol-Plymouth. If B-P wins and Diman loses, B-P would win the league and be guaranteed a playoff spot. The Small Division is currently in a three-way tie with West Bridgewater (4-2, 3-1), Upper Cape (3-3, 3-1), and Nantucket (3-3, 3-1) all with identical league records. With the three teams playing in league contests this weekend, this race will come down to the end.
South Shore – The South Shore Small title will be up for grabs Friday, as Cohasset (5-1, 3-0) and Mashpee (4-2, 3-0) will be playing for keeps. The winner of that game will win the league and secure a playoff spot.
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