Crunch time has officially arrived for Wilmington High School teams. The postseason begins this week.
Of the winter teams, just the boys hockey and girls basketball teams remain. And each will be in action in the upcoming days.
Wildcats Seek Repeat Success
Defending champion Wilmington wasn't selected to play in the Super 8, but instead will open its Division 2 boys hockey title defense with a game against Stoneham on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The game will take take place in Woburn and with a win, head coach Steve Scanlon's charges would take on Boston Latin or North Reading on Friday night in the quarterfinals.
While Wilmington will rely heavily on the scoring prowess of senior Cam Owens, the'll also need to receive scoring from other areas if they hope to earn the second title in program history.
Brendan McDonough has turned into a scoring threat for the Wildcats, Dylan DiNatale scored twice against rival Tewksbury, and Anthony Castellano has been racking up assists from his spot at defenseman in recent games.
In addition, goalie Drew Foley will be a critical cog in the team's attack. Foley racked up seven regular season shut outs this year, one of the best totals in school history. In addition, he allowed more than three goals in just five games, two of which were against teams selected to the Super 8.
Girls Basketball Hoping to Continue Playoff Trend
Head coach Jay Keane led Wilmington to the North Division 2 semifinal last year, and this year the team finds itself ranked among the top squads in the bracket.
Wilmington is No. 4, and will host No. 13 Chelsea on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Because the gymasium has already been demolished, the game will be held at Shawsheen Technical High School.
The winner of the game will take on either Danvers or Gloucester in the quarterfinal round before a taunting task awaits the winner of that game in the semifinals. Likely sitting in the that round will be defending champion Reading, which has now gone two straight seasons without losing a game.
Keane's charges will rely heavily on a balanced attack. Michelle Woods, Carli Brent, Christa Brent, Alex Derian and several other players have all contributed throughout the campaign.
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