March in Massachusetts means tournament time, and a chance for high school student-athletes to live out there dreams of becoming a state champion. The MIAA concluded its 2014 season on March 15 at the DCU Center in Worcester, crowning its state champions. HEA had a total of 20 of its alumni participate in the MIAA tournament, including 4 that were crowned state champions. Lets take a look at how each team faired throughout the 2014 MIAA tournament.
Division 1 North:
In the first round Isaiah McLeod, Jakigh Dottin, Daniel Rymer, and Nathaniel Habtom and #5 seed Cambridge Rindge and Latin defeated #12 seed Waltham 67-46. Jovani Harper and #13 seed Charlestown lost to #4 seed and eventual Division 1 North champion Central Catholic 74-56.
Division 1 South:
In the first round, Ben Murphy and #5 seed Newton North defeated Keyshaad Dixon and #12 seed Braintree 59-57. Jordan Galloway and #6 Taunton lost to #11 Brookline in an overtime thriller 84-82. In the quarterfinals Newton North defeated #4 seed Nedham 46-42. In the semifinals Newton North lost to #1 seed North Quincy.
Division 1 West:
Tyonne Malone, Justin Stewart and undefeated defending Divison 1 champion Putnam earned the #1 seed an a first round bye to the semifinals. Kevawn Lord and #2 seed West Springfield defeated #7 seed Agawam 65-57. In the semifinals Putnam defeated #5 seed Leominster 65-47, while West Springfield defeated #3 seed Northampton 59-44. In the Division 1 West championship, Putnam defeated West Springfield 77-58 to earn its second consecutive Division 1 West championship.
Division 2 North:
In the first round Charles Mitchell, Charlie Mitchell and #1 seed New Mission defeated #16 seed Burlington 48-35. Sherron Harris and #12 seed Melrose lost to #5 seed Woburn 66-59. In the quarterfinals New Mission defeated #8 seed Tewksbury 66-52. In the semifinals New Mission defeated #4 Lynn Classical 70-32. In the Division 2 North championship, New Mission defeated #2 seed Danvers 61-50.
Division 3 North:
Brendan Hoban and #2 seed Watertown earned a bye in the first round. Michael Carangelo, Louis Ellis and #5 seed Lynnfield lost to #12 seed Swampscott 65-60. In the quarterfinals Watertown defeated #10 seed Saugus 79-45. In the semifinals Watertown defeated #11 seed Bedford 68-50. In the Division 3 North championship, Watertown defeated #8 seed Stoneham 48-34, to earn the Division 3 North championship.
Division 3 West:
Kendall Baldwin and #2 seed Renaissance earned a bye in the first round. In the quarterfinals Renaissance defeated #7 seed Monument Mountain 76-60. In the semifinals Renaissance lost to #3 seed Hoosac 72.67.
Division 4 North:
Marcus Zegarowski, Max Zegarowski and #2 seed Hamilton-Wenham earned a bye in the first round. In the quarterfinals Hamilton-Wenham defeated #10 seed Bishop Fenwick 61-52. In the semifinals Hamilton-Wenham lost to #3 seed St. Mary’s Lynn 60-51.
Division 1 State Championship:
In the semifinals, Tyonne Malone, Justin Stewart and West champion Putnam defeated Central champion St. John’s Shrewsbury 77-51. In the finals Putnam defeated North champion Central Catholic 74-70, to cap off an undefeated season at 25-0, and back-t0-back MIAA Division 1 championships.
Division 2 State Championship:
In the semifinals, Charles Mitchell, Charlie Mitchell and North champion New Mission defeated South champion Milton 71-63. In the finals New Mission defeated Central champion Concord-Carlisle 53-43 to earn the schools 3rd MIAA championship and a 24-2 overall record.
Division 3 State Championship:
In the semifinals, Brendan Hoban and Watertown lost to South champion Cardinal Spellman in an overtime thriller 51-44. Cardinal Spellman went on to defeat Central champion Tyngsboro 61-51 to win the 2014 MIAA Division 3 State Championship. Cardinal Spellman dedicated their season to former Cardinal Spellman star Joey Glynn, who passed away unexpectedly last spring.