MIAA basketball, hockey state tournament seeds and brackets released on Saturday

Greenfield’s Brady Booska (10) carries the puck against Easthampton in the second period earlier this season at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

Greenfield’s Brady Booska (10) carries the puck against Easthampton in the second period earlier this season at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

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Published: 02-24-2024 10:43 AM

Modified: 02-24-2024 6:13 PM


Seeds for the upcoming state basketball and hockey tournaments were announced on Saturday.

Multiple Recorder area schools will be hosting games to kick off the tournaments. 

The Pioneer and Mahar boys basketball teams both earned top five seeds in the Div. 5 field, the Panthers (15-5) seeded No. 3 while the Senators (15-5) enter at No. 5. 

Pioneer — who reached the Div. 5 quarterfinals last year — will host the winner of No. 30 Fenway and No. 35 Muniz Academy in the Round of 32 while Mahar awaits the winner of No. 28 McCann Tech and No. 37 Smith Academy in the Round of 32. Preliminary round action gets underway on Monday. 

Athol (17-3) also secured a bye into the Round of 32 as it earned the No. 14 seed. The Bears will take on the winner of No. 19 Southbridge and No. 44 PV Christian. 

Greenfield and Frontier will both be hosting preliminary round games in the Div. 4 boys field. 

The Green Wave (14-6) are the No. 21 seed and will host No. 44 Bromfield in the prelims. The winner travels to No. 12 Tyngsborough in the Round of 32. Greenfield reached the Div. 5 Round of 16 last winter. 

Frontier (10-10) is the No. 28 seed and will host No. 37 Madison Park in the prelims. The winner takes on No. 5 Manchester-Essex in the Round of 32. 

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The Pioneer girls basketball team, who reached the Western Mass. Class D finals, is the top seeded area school in the Div. 5 field, seeded No. 10. 

The Panthers (15-6) have a bye to the Round of 32, where they will play the winner of No. 23 Hull and No. 42 Excel. 

Franklin Tech (16-4) also has a bye to the Round of 32 as the No. 12 seed. The Eagles will host the winner of No. 21 PV Christian and No. 44 Commonwealth Academy of Science and Health. Franklin Tech made it to the Round of 16 last year. 

Greenfield and Mahar also have byes into the Round of 32, with both of its matchups already in place. 

The Green Wave (10-10) are the No. 15 seed and will host No. 18 Narragansett. The Senators (9-11) are the No. 16 seed and will take on No. 17 Lee. Mahar and Lee played on Wednesday in a non-playoff game, with the Senators earning a 46-36 victory. 

Frontier (16-4) earned a bye to the Round of 32 in the Div. 4 field. The Redhawks await the winner of No. 22 Lunenburg and No. 43 Tri-County RVT. 

The hockey brackets came out Saturday morning, and Greenfield checked in as the No. 25 seed in the Division 4 field.

The Green Wave (11-8-1) will travel to No. 8 Martha’s Vineyard in the Round of 32. The Sharks are 9-9-2.

Greenfield has made the state tournament field all three years since the format changed, and the Wave are 1-2 in their previous two appearances. In last year’s tourney, Greenfield fell to Stoneham on the road in the opening round, 6-1.

Greenfield and Martha’s Vineyard have one common opponent this year – Westfield. The Wave lost a tight 4-3 game on Feb. 7 in Greenfield, while Martha’s Vineyard earned a 4-2 win back on Dec. 22 in Bourne.

Preliminary round games are scheduled to begin play on Monday.

Indoor track Meet of Champions

Two local athletes qualified and competed in the 2024 MIAA Indoor Track Meet of Champions on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. 

Mohawk Trail’s Chay Mojallali qualified in the boys high jump while Pioneer’s Louise Flagollet made it in the girls high jump, getting the chance to go up against the best athletes from the Commonwealth in the event. 

Mojallali was one of nine boys to hit the top mark of six feet, four inches on Saturday. With Mojallali making it on his last jump, he finished in a three way tie for seventh despite tying for the top height on the day. 

Flagollet did not make the opening height of 5-2.