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Playoff Brackets Revealed for Wildcat Teams

The Wilmington High School girls basketball and boys hockey teams are hoping to make deep postseason runs, beginning this week.

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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Matt Schooley February 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Gosh, I would love to meet this guy sometime. Think he's still around? Thanks for catching the mistake. Best of luck to the team in the playoffs.
Kevin MacDonald February 26, 2013 at 02:25 AM
The Wilmington girls basketball team is in the playoffs HOSTING Chelsea AT the Shawsheen Tech in Billerica on Wednesday at 7p.m because the Gym has been demolished. Does anyone happen to think that these girls have been disrespected and cheated out of being able to play in their own gym? I do. All the more reason to vote out the current selectmen.
Matt Schooley February 26, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Kevin, Thanks for your comment. I'm not coming down on either side of the gym argument. But just for context, I did ask girls basketball head coach Jay Keane about this on February 11. Below is a piece of that article and the link as well. --- “It’s a sacrifice, but one we’re willing to make because it’s going to be worth it in the long run,” said Keane. ---- http://wilmington.patch.com/articles/coaches-reflect-with-gym-demolition-approaching
Kevin MacDonald February 27, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Matt, the high school gym was one of the nicest in the area. The Town could have waited until after the town meeting and when the school summer vacation began. This is an example of a total absence of leadership. It's alright if you come down on a side of the argument Matt. Whether we agree or disagree with your stand on the issue, you at least would be be someone that was brave enough to take a stand.
Richard Jertz February 27, 2013 at 03:49 PM
I think Coach Keene should forfeit the game because of the gym. That would show all those hacks making these poor decisions. Kevin, I don't know what gym you are talking about. You may want to look at a gym like Readings, Woburn, or Tewksbury.

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