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Boys, girls high school basketball pairings released

The MIAA boys and girls basketball brackets are out, and three Lynn teams have drawn top seeds.

The first games of the tournament begin Monday.

Both the St. Mary’s boys and girls are the No. 1 seeds in Division 3, and have been awarded byes into the quarterfinals. The Lynn Classical girls were also seeded first in Division 2, and are not slated to play until next Saturday against either Saugus or Wilmington.

In the case of the St. Mary’s boys, the Spartans have had any home games they might have played in the tournament taken away from them. With the bye, that only amounts to one, a quarterfinal game that will be played Thursday either at Lynn Tech or Newburyport. Those two teams will play each other at Newburyport Tuesday.

The MIAA has a policy that states that teams who have gone to court to gain eligibility for the tournament is automatically seeded last.

The Spartans did not go to court to gain eligibility as they were 17-3, well above the .500 cutoff. However, last December, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Council denied waivers to two Peabody boys who had transferred to St. Mary’s and that resulted in a court case on behalf of one of them.

The MIAA rules state that any student with varsity experience who transfers to another school must sit out a year before being eligible to compete. The two schools involved in the transfer can agree between themselves to waive the rule and allow the student to play. If no agreement is reached, a waiver request must be filed with the state. In this case, the MIAC denied both students waivers, which was the last step in the appeal process.

While St. Mary’s took no legal action on behalf of the boys, the family of one of them, junior Chibuikem Onwuogu, sought an injunction that would allow him to play. The injunction was granted in Lawrence Superior Court, and Onwuogo played during the season.

The MIAC ruled two weeks ago that the Spartans would seeded last in Division 3, regardless of where they were ranked. St. Mary’s appealed that ruling, and Wednesday the MIAC came down with a compromise. St. Mary’s would retain its ranking, but be forced to play all its games on the road.

After the quarterfinal round, all games are at neutral sites.

The St. Mary’s girls also drew a bye, and will play next Friday at home against either East Boston or Bishop Fenwick.

The full brackets are as follows

BOYS

Division 1 North

SEEDS: 1. Everett (19-1), 2. Lawrence (18-2), 3. Cambridge (18-2), 4. Lowell (16-4), 5. Lynn English (16-4), 6. Central Catholic (15-4), 7. St. John’s Prep (15-5), 8. Chelsea (16-6), 9. Waltham (14-6), 10. Malden (13-7), 11. Methuen (12-8), 12. Peabody (12-8), 13. Lynn Classical (12-8), 14. Boston Latin (11-9), 15. Andover (11-9), 16. Medford (10-10), 17. Chelmsford (8-12).

Preliminary Round

Tuesday

Chelmsford at medford (7)

First Round

Monday

Methuen at Central Catholic (7)

Tuesday

Waltham at Chelsea (7)

Classical at Lowell (7)

Andover at lawrence (7)

Malden at St. John’s (7)

Wednesday

Peabody at English (7)

Boston Latin at Cambridge (7)

Thursday

Medford/Chelmsford at Everett

Division 2 North

SEEDS: 1. Beverly (15-5), 2. Arlington (15-5), 3. North Andover (15-5), 4. Belmont (15-5), 5. Masconomet (15-5), 6. Winchester (14-6), 7. Brighton (13-7), 8. Woburn (13-7), 9. Somerville (12-8), 10. Burlington (12-8), 11. Marblehead (12-8), 12. Melrose (11-9), 13. Charlestown (10-9), 14. Salem (10-10), 15. Gloucester (10-10), 16. Malden Catholic (3-17).

First Round

Monday

Salem at North Andover (7)

Melrose at Masconomet (7)

Gloucester at Arlington (7)

Tuesday

Somerville at Woburn (7)

Charlestown at Belmont (7)

Burlington at Brighton (6)

Marblehead at Winchester (7)

Wednesday

Malden Catholic at Beverly (7)

Division 3 North

SEEDS 1. St. Mary’s (17-3), 2. Lynnfield (17-3), 3. Hamilton-Wenham (17-3), 4. Bedford (15-5), 5. Whittier (14-6), 6. Pentucket (14-6), 7. Watertown (14-6), 8. Newburyport (13-7), 9. Lynn Tech (13-7), 10. Essex Tech (10-10), 11. Amesbury (7-13), 12. Weston (6-14), 13. Saugus (5-15), 14. Wilmington (5-15), 15. Swampscott (3-17).

First Round

Tuesday

Tech at Newburyport (7)

Saugus at Bedford (7)

Weston at Whittier (7)

Essex Tech at Watertown (7)

Wilmington at Hamilton-Wenham (7)

Wednesday

Swampscott at Lynnfield (7)

Amesbury at Pentucket (7)

Thursday

St. Mary’s at Newburyport/Tech (7)

Division 4 North

SEEDS: 1. Pope John (19-1), 2. Austin Prep (16-4), 3. Mystic Valley (15-5), 4. Fenway (12-5), 5. Matignon (14-6), 6. Snowden (12-6), 7 Maimonides (9-5), 8. Excel (12-7), 9. Winthrop (9-11).

First Round

Wednesday

Winthrop at Excel (at Madison Park 6)

Quarterfinals

Tuesday

Maimonides at Austin Prep (7)

Snowden at Mystic Valley (7)

Thursday

Matignon at Fenway (5)

Saturday, March 3

Winthrop/Excel at Pope John (7)

GIRLS

Division 1 North

SEEDS: 1. Woburn (18-2), 2. Central Catholic (18-2), 3. Masconomet (17-3), 4. Belmont (17-3), 5. Revere (16-4), 6. Lowell (16-6), 7. Billerica (14-6), 8. Everett (13-7), 9. Beverly (13-7), 10. Reading (12-8), 11. North Andover (11-9), 12. Andover (10-10).

First Round

Monday

Beverly at Everett (7)

Tuesday

Reading at Billerica (7)

Wednesday

Andover at Revere (7)

North Andover at Lowell (7)

Quarterfinals

Friday

Everett/Beverly at Woburn (7)

Reading/Billerica at Central Catholic (7)

Saturday, March 3

Revere/Andover at Belmont (7)

North Andover/Lowell at Masconomet (7)

Division 2 North

SEEDS: 1. Lynn Classical (19-1), 2. Pentucket (20-2), 3. Melrose (17-3), 4. Wakefield (15-5), 5. North Reading (15-5), 6. Danver (15-5), 7. Newburyport (14-6), 8. Wilmington (13-7), 9. Saugus (12-8), 10. Tewksbury (12-8), 11. Somerville (11-8), 12. Hamilton-Wenham (11-9), 13. Burlington (10-10), 14. Arlington Catholic (10-10).

First Round

Monday

Burlington at Wakefield (7)

Tewksbury at Newburyport (7)

Somerville at Danvers (7)

Tuesday

Arlington Catholic at Melrose (7)

Wednesday

Saugus at Wilmington (7)

Ham-Wenham at N. Reading (7)

Quarterfinals

Thursday

Tewksbury/Newburyport at Pentucket (7)

Saturday, March 3

Saugus/Wilmington at Classical (7)

Division 3 North

SEEDS: 1. St. Mary’s (16-6), 2. Amesbury (13-7), 3. Shawsheen (13-7), 4. Greater Lawrence (13-7), 5. Manchester-Essex (12-8), 6. Latin Academy (12-8), 7. Bedford (11-9), 8. Bishop Fenwick (11-9), 9. East Boston (9-9), 10. Whittier (10-10), 11. Charlestown (9-9), 12. Winthrop (6-14), 13. Stoneham (5-15).

First Round

Monday

Winthrop at Manchester-Essex (7)

Whittier at Bedford (7)

Tuesday

East Boston at Fenwick (7)

Wednesday

Stoneham at Gr. Lawrence (7)

Charlestown at Latin Acad. (7)

Quarterfinals

Thursday

Bedford/Whittier at Amesbury (7)

Friday

East Boston/Fenwick at St. Mary’s (7)

Saturday, March 3

Charlestown/Latin Acad. at Shawsheen (7)

Division 4 North

SEEDS 1. Matignon (20-0); 2. Fenway (18-2), 3. Mystic Valley (17-3), 4. Snowden (14-5), 5. Maimonides (8-4), 6. Northeast Reg (10-8), 7. St. Joseph’s Prep (11-9), 8. Lowell Catholic (11-9), 9. Presentation of Mary (11-9), 10. Mt. Alvernia (11-9), 11. Green Academy (7-11).

First Round

Tuesday

Mt. Alvernia at St. Joseph’s (7)

Green Acad. at Northeast (7)

Wednesday

PMA at Lowell Cath. (7)

Quarterfinals

Thursday

Maimonides at Snowden (at Madison Pk 7)

Friday

Lowell Cath/PMA at Matignon (7)

Mt. Alvernia/St. Joseph’s at Fenway (at Mystic Valley, 6)

Northeast/Green at Mystic Valley (7:30)

 

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