Boston City League champions will be crowned this week in girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball and boys’ hockey. Basketball will be held at Madison Park with the hockey championship at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena.
The action kicks off Tuesday with the girls’ basketball semifinals. The Boston South champion Dorchester Bears take on the runner-up from the North Division, South Boston, at 4 p.m.
South Boston earned an impressive 15-2 record this season. Dorchester, which finished at 9-8, will face an uphill battle as they try to knock off the Knights.
The second girls’ semifinal will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the champion from the North, Fenway, challenging Brighton, the South Division’s runner-up.
Fenway cruised to a perfect 12-0 City League record this season and is the favorite to win the title. Sophomore guard Takora McIntyre will look to carry her team in the tournament with her relentless defense and ability to score from all areas of the floor.
The winner of each semifinal will advance to the championship. The title game is scheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m.
The boys’ semifinals begin Wednesday at 4 p.m. with Central Division champion Dorchester going head-to-head with East Boston, the runner-up in the North Division.
Dorchester posted a 16-4 record this season courtesy of a high-powered offense comprised of seniors Markus Neale, Tavon Smallpiece, and Khail Newson. But Dorchester did lose to East Boston earlier this season, and the Bears’ defense will have its hands full with East Boston’s sharpshooting junior forward Kevin Sinatra and junior guard Dion Knight. Knight has been one of the city’s top scorers this season, consistently posting over 20 points per game.
Boston North champion New Mission will take on South champion Snowden in the second semifinal at 5:30 p.m.
New Mission fell to Brighton in last year’s city championship, but this year the Titans are in position to bring home the title. Snowden posted a 7-14 record this season and struggled against teams outside of the City League South Division. The Cougars will have a tough time containing New Mission’s high-scoring seniors Shaquan Murray and Asante Sandiford.
The boys’ championship game will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m., right after the girls’ championship.
A City League championship trophy for hockey will be awarded Wednesday morning at Matthews. Six-time defending champion Latin Academy will face off with East Boston for the title at 10 a.m.
The first time these two teams met this season, Latin Academy captain Mark Guerard netted a hat trick to give the Dragons a 5-3 victory. But East Boston refused to drop the second matchup and the two teams skated to a 3-3 tie. Although Latin Academy has won six straight titles, this is anyone’s game. If the Jets score early on Latin Academy goalie Thomas Guarino, who is only in eighth grade, East Boston could come away as the new City League champion.
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- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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