The Big Story: With two teams in the finals of their sport, it was a big weekend. In hockey the 19-1-1 Bedford boys dismantled Concord 7-0 at the SNHU Arena. For the Bedford girls, it was close but no cigar as they came up short to now two-time defending champion 19-1 Bishop Guertin 52-49 at the SNHU gym. Jay Roberto closed out his career at the SNHU with a gigantic five-point day that included a hat trick. In the girls’ final BG pushed the lead out to 40-27 late in the third period and then had to hold after B-town fought back to down two at 44-42, before hanging in to win by three. Molly Dee (fense) had a game-high 19 for the Cardinals while Jenoyce Laniyan had 13 for the Bulldogs.
Sports 101: In order from most to least, name the schools in the Top 5 of most wins in the NCAA Tournament.
Steak Game of the Week: That would be the opening-round playoff affair between Nashua North and Memorial where North ran off 14 consecutive points to start the game before Memorial got on the board. The giant lead was gone at 31-31 on a Crusaders three by Elvin Barbosa. But then North went off to the races again with a 13-0 third-period run that propelled them to a 73-62 win behind Alonzo Linton’s game-high 22 points. Mike Roumraj led the Crusaders with 18.
Out-of-Town Scores: It was tough going for locals at the Division II East Regional last weekend. SNHU got derailed by a 42-point game from Mike Mallory in losing 109-98 to So. Conn., while St. Anselm was a 91-72 loser to St. Thomas Aquinas. Devin Gilligan had a career-high 31 for SNHU, while Cody Ball led the Hawks with 17.
Sports 101 Answer: With 121, Kentucky has won the most NCAA Tournament games, followed by North Carolina (117), Duke (107), Kansas (100) and UCLA (98).
On This Date – March 16: 1964 – Green Bay and Detroit stars halfback Paul Hornung and Alex Karras (uncle of Patriots lineman Ted Karras) are reinstated after a one-year suspension for gambling on NFL games. 1969 – Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and the rampaging Bruins score an NHL record 8 goals in one period. 1985 – 1968 31-game winner Denny McLain gets 25 years in the big house for racketeering.