Friday, June 7, 2013
Wilmington High School boys lacrosse coach Kieran Kavanaugh will not return next year and while some players say they'll miss him, others say Kavanaugh was asked to leave.
The Wilmington High School boys lacrosse team put together the best season in program history this year, making the playoffs for just the second time and earning a Middlesex League title after going undefeated for much of the campaign. As the team looks to build on this year’s success, however, it will be doing so with a new coach on the sideline. Head coach Kieran Kavanaugh, who led the team for the last two seasons, will not return next year. Kavanaugh cited scheduling conflicts with his work life and assistant coaching duties with the Boston Cannons. “I think winning the Middlesex League championship was a great accomplishment for the coaching staff, the team and the town,” said Kavanaugh. “So I have a great feeling on where this …
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Wilmington's took a late lead but the best year in program history came to a close on Tuesday with a loss to visiting Holliston in the preliminary round of the postseason.
It was the best season in the history of the Wilmington High School boys lacrosse program. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, it came to a close a bit earlier than they had hoped. After years as an also-ran and only one previous postseason appearance, Wilmington the bracket's No. 9 seed and hosted No. 24 Holliston on Tuesday afternoon. Though Wilmington took a 10-9 lead on a Ryan Kennedy goal with 9:30 to play in the fourth quarter, Holliston ripped off the game's final five goals and went on to a 14-10 victory to advance to face Winchester in the bracket's first round. Head coach Kieran Kavanaugh said that despite the loss, he hopes to keep the program moving forward in the right direction. The Wildcat mentor said his team's JV team and …
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Wilmington High School snagged its second ever playoff berth and will be the bracket's No. 9 seed.
Thanks to the best regular season in program history, the Wilmington High School boys lacrosse team is heading to the playoffs for just the second time ever. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association released its postseason pairings on Friday, and included was the Wildcats who snagged the No. 9 seed in the tournament. As a result, Wilmington is slated to take on No. 24 seed Holliston on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the preliminary round. Holliston enters the tournament with a record of 11-7 while the Wildcats notched an impressive record of 14-4 following a bit of a late season stumble. The winner of Tuesday's contest will take on either No. 8 Winchester or No. 25 Pentucket in the first round of the tournament. It was a historic …
Friday, May 24, 2013
Wilmington learned its opening round draw on Thursday when the North Division 2 postseason brackets were released.
The current version of the Wilmington High School girls lacrosse team is going somewhere no other Wildcats before them have gone. The postseason. Wilmington learned its playoff fate on Thursday when the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced its pairings for the North Division 2 playoffs. For the first time ever, Wilmington will be a part of the girls lacrosse postseason, taking on Marblehead in the first round. The Lady Wildcats, earning the No. 15 seed thanks to a 7-9 regular season record, will next take the field on Wednesday against the tournament's second seed. The winner of that contest will take on either No. 7 Bishop Fenwick or No. 10 Weston in the quarterfinal round. Wilmington also snagged a spot in the …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Wilmington High School teams finish up their schedule in the upcoming days before some players get ready for a postseason trip.
Down the stretch they come. After an exciting regular season, it's nearly playoff time as Wilmington High Schoolteams begin the final week of contests before the postseason gets underway. Here is a look at the games happening in upcoming days, according to USA Today High School Sports. Monday, May 20 Tuesday, May 21 Wednesday, May 22 Thursday, May 23 Friday, May 24 Saturday, May 25
Friday, May 17, 2013
Despite a Wednesday loss, Wilmington's boys lacrosse team is in good position with a record of 13-3 entering the final games of the regular season.
After a Thursday loss to visiting Woburn, Wilmington boys lacrosse head coach Kieran Kavanaugh said it’s critical for his players to have short-term memory as all good teams do. During the most successful season in Wildcats’ lacrosse history, there haven’t been many opportunities to test that theory because there haven't been many losses to bounce back from. Wilmington lost for just the third time on the year Thursday, falling to the Tanners by a 10-6 margin to drop to 13-3 on the year. “In sports, you have to put wins and losses behind you immediately,” said Kavanaugh. “We have the talent to do something in the playoffs, so we need to get back to working hard in practice so it translates into the games.” Mitch DeAmbrose scored three times…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The coach, who lead his team to the postseason in all eight of his seasons, cited conflict with his duties as a firefighter as the resign for stepping down.
Wilmington High School girls basketball head coach Jay Keane confirmed on Thursday that he stepped down from his position after eight consistently victorious seasons with the Lady Wildcats. Keane is currently a captain for the Somerville Fire Department, and is likely to be promoted in the next several weeks to district chief. Keane said it would be nearly impossible to find the time to fill both roles simultaneously. As a result, Keane told Athletics Director Ed Harrison of his decision late last week before meeting with a group of his players who are eligible to return next season. “There’s never an easy way to say it. It was really hard for me,” said Keane. “I genuinely care about these kids and I always want to be there for them. They …
Though Wilmington had several close matches, the Lady Wildcats fell to visiting Melrose on Wednesday afternoon.
The Wilmington High School girls tennis team hung close with Melrose early in Wednesday's match, but the visitors proved too much for the Lady Wildcats during a 4-1 home loss. No. 3 singles player Katie Richardson had Wilmington's only victory of the day, cruising past her Melrose opponent by a 6-1, 6-1 margin. Michelle Woods played a stellar first set before eventually falling 7-5, 6-2, at No. 2 singles. Wrapping up singles play was No. 1 player Kristen Tavares, who fell by a 6-0, 6-2 margin. At doubles, top pairing Anna Siegel and Delaney Gillis fell to their Melrose foes, 6-1, 6-3, while Jane Farrell and Julia Carter were toppled, 6-0, 6-0. Following the win, Melrose improved to 9-5 on the year while the Lady Wildcats dropped to 5-11 …
The Wilmington High School girls lacrosse team was tied at halftime, but cruised in the second half for the victory.
The Wilmington High School girls lacrosse team fell behind early, but they went on to score often as they cruised in the second half to a Wednesday victory over visiting Georgetown. Tied at 7-7 at halftime, the Lady Wildcats assumed control following the intermission. Rachael Mara, Holly Niemiec and Ryan Gautreau all scored multiple times early in the second half to put Wilmington ahead for good. Despite a slow start to the game, the locals cruised to a 20-12 win that improved their record to 6-9 on the year.
Monday, May 13, 2013
It's a busy week for Wilmington High School sports teams.
It's getting towards crunch time for spring sports teams with the spring season starting to wind down. Here's a look at the Wilmington High School games on the docket for this week, according to USA Today High School Sports. Monday, May 13 Tuesday, May 14 Wednesday, May 15 Thursday, May 16 Friday, May 17