Bulletin Board: NMH moves to semifinals
Queue NMH-Brewster, Part IV.
The Northfield Mount Hermon School boys’ basketball advanced to the semifinals of the National Prep Championship as it downed Fishburne Military Academy (Va.), 62-59, in a quarterfinal game Tuesday afternoon at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn.
It was a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal, which the Hoggers won en route to the school’s first national title.
Fishburne (25-7), the fourth-ranked team in the country, jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, but NMH (24-9) battled back and pulled even by halftime, 24-24.
The second half was a back-and-forth affair until junior Jackson Donahue drained a 3-pointer to spark a 12-0 run and put the Hoggers in front 49-39 with 8:30 left in the game. However, Fishburne got hot from the perimeter and eventually hit a trifecta to tie it up at 57-57 with 1:03 left.
After an NMH timeout, sophomore A.J. Brodeur made a layup with 30 seconds left to put the Hoggers in front, 59-57. With 18 seconds left, sophomore Ian Sistare stole an inbounds pass and was fouled, then made both free throws for a 61-57 lead.
Fishburne got a bucket with 4.8 seconds left to cut the NMH lead to two, then Ian Sistare was fouled and made one of two free throws. Fishburne was only able to get a half-court shot in an attempt to tie it, but it fell short.
Aaron Falzon led NMH with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Donahue totaled 15 points, all on 3-balls (5-for-12), while Brodeur finished with 11 points, 4 blocks, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Now the Hoggers will face league rival Brewster Academy — a 94-67 quarterfinal winner over South Kent School — today at 11 a.m. in the first semifinal, followed by St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.) vs. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) in the second half of the doubleheader at 1. The winners will take a rest, then battle for the national championship tonight at 7:30.
Brewster has beaten NMH three times this season, including an 82-66 win in Saturday’s NEPSAC Class AAA semifinals. The other two meetings were decided by five and seven points, respectively.
This is the third time in the past five years NMH has advanced to the Final Four.
Turners Falls High School will hold a ceremony to celebrate a number of its sports teams today from 1:55 to 2:25 p.m. in the gymnasium at the high school.
The school will honor the cheerleading team, field hockey team, boys’ tennis team and football team. It will also honor running back Trent Bourbeau on his 1,000-yard season, and the Western Mass. championship won by the football team.
The event is open to the public.
FC Babe Ruth sign-ups
The Franklin County Babe Ruth Baseball League will hold Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle registrations for the upcoming season tonight and Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Greenfield Middle School.
Early registration fee for Babe Ruth is $85.
Questions can be directed to Gabe Mousseau at (413) 695-3471 or Joe Mignault at 774-3876.
The Greenfield Minor League will hold registrations for the 2014 season on Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lunt Field club house.
The league is a division of Cal Ripken Baseball and open to area youths ages 6 through 12. Cost is $75 per player with a $10 sibling discount. Financial assistance is available. Parents should bring a birth certificate to the registrations.
For more information, visit the league’s website at www.gmlb.org, or call Scott Cote (522-5334) or Butch Martin (774-4591).
Montague Rec registrations
The Montague Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for new teams interested in joining the Co-ed Adult Softball League.
The league is ASA sanctioned with umpires and team registration is $550. The season runs from May through August, and games are held on Monday and Thursday evenings.
Contact the Recreation Department for more details at 863-3216.
Franklin County Technical School will host its sixth annual Dodgeball Tournament on March 21 to benefit the school’s girls’ soccer program.
Teams are open to anyone and should consist of five players. Cost is $25 per team, with cash prizes of $200 and $100 for the top two teams. The double-elimination tournament begins at 6 and ends when one team remains.
Teams must register by March 18, and the tournament is limited to 42 teams.
To register, contact Dan Prasol at 863-9561 Ext. 233.