For many Lynn high school sports fans, this is the best part of the year.
We’re talking about the MIAA State Basketball Tournament, an event with decades of tradition and originally known as the Tech Tournament.
Lynn will be well represented in this year’s tournament that is a single-elimination event. Lynn English High School, Lynn Classical High School, and St. Mary’s High School will have their boys and girls basketball teams competing.
St. Mary’s, led by coach Kevin Moran, has the defending boys state champion in Division 4 while its girls team, led by coach Jeff Newhall, won the Division 3 state title in 2011. Both teams could bring home another banner this season.
At English, boys coach Mike Carr and girls coach Fred Hogan both led their teams to Northeastern Conference Large Division championship. (The English boys shared the crown with Classical and Salem).
Coach Hogan feels his team has a chance to “win it all” while Carr’s Bulldogs are playing their best basketball of the season, having defeated powerhouses St. John’s Prep and Springfield Central in a season-ending tournament.
At Classical, Grassa is the dean of Lynn basketball coaches and his teams won back-to-back state championships in 1993 and 1994. This year’s squad won a share of the NEC title and looms as a contender in Division 2.
Tom Sawyer has his Classical girls basketball team ready to contend in a tough Division 2 field. It’s been an excellent season for the Lady Rams, who always play hard.
We wish our basketball teams well as they compete in what is widely known as March Madness.
We’re sure that our student-athletes will represent their respective schools and our city with pride and sportsmanship.