The Central Division 2 semi-finals are set, and it includes a rematch of last month’s Clark Tournament large school championship game. The second-seeded Shepherd Hill Rams will take on the sixth-seeded Westborough Rangers on Tuesday at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Harrington Auditorium. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. in the Rams-Rangers rematch. Shepherd Hill advanced to the semifinals with a 61-51 win at home over the seventh-seeded Groton-Dunstable Crusaders on Thursday night. Westborouogh rolled to a 69-47 upset victory over the third-seeded Grafton Indians at Grafton High School.
The other D2 semifinal contest will be between the top-seeded Marlborough Panthers and fifth-seeded Milford Hawks. The Marlborough-Milford game will be played on Tuesday at Harrington Auditorium with a 7:45 p.m. tip-off. The Panthers advanced to the semifinals with a 62-44 win over the ninth-seeded Medway Mustangs at Marlborough High School on Thursday night. The Hawks advanced by pulled off a 67-60 road victory over the Medfield Warriors.
In the west, the third-seeded Tantasqua Warriors were upset in a 60-42 loss at home to the Taconic Braves of Pittsfield. With the loss, Tantasqua’s season has come to an end, while Taconic will take on the winner of Friday night’s game between Longmeadow and Belchertown.
In Central Division 4, the Southbridge Pioneers have pulled off a pair of upsets to advance to the semi-finals, where they will face their toughest opponent yet. This past Tuesday, the thirteenth-seeded Pioneers defeated the fourth-seeded St. Mary’s Eagles, 67-46, at Worcester Academy. On Thursday night, they traveled to Keefe Tech in Framingham to face the twelfth-seeded Marian Mustangs. Southbridge was down by 12 points at halftime, but senior star Jared Figueroa jump-started the Pioneers offense in the second half en route to a 36-point performance and a 78-68 victory. With the win, Southbridge will take on the top-seeded Worcester Tech Eagles at Harrington Auditorium on Monday at 7:45 p.m. Worcester Tech advanced to the semi-finals with a 53-37 win over eighth-seeded Advanced Math & Science Academy on Thursday.
The third-seeded Maynard Tigers beat up on sixth-seeded Innovation Academy on Thursday, picking up an 85-52 win to advance to the semi-finals. Maynard, who won the Clark Tournament small school championship last month, will take on the winner of Friday night’s game between the second-seeded Assabet Valley Aztecs and tenth-seeded Abby Kelley Bears. That semi-final game will be played at Harrington Auditorium on Monday at 6 p.m.
In girls hoops, the second-seeded Tantasqua Warriors defeated Springfield’s Sci-Tech, 57-22, at home. Tantasqua advances to the semi-finals to take on the third-seeded East Longmeadow Spartans, who defeated Amherst by a score of 63-29.
The fourth-seeded Quabbin Panthers fell to the fifth-seeded Pittsfield Generals, 54-46, in Barre. Pittsfield will now take on the top-seeded Northampton Blue Devils in the semi-finals.
In Division 3, the top-seeded Millbury Woolies continue their march forward with a 55-38 win over the ninth-seeded Leicester Wolverines at Millbury High School. The Woolies will take on the fourth-seeded Tyngsborough Tigers in the semi-finals next Wednesday at Clark University’s Kneller Athletic Center at 7:45 p.m. Tyngsborough advanced after a 38-25 win on Thursday against the fifth-seeded Northbridge Rams.
The second-seeded Sutton Sammies also advanced, recording a 56-32 victory over the seventh-seeded Blackstone-Millville Chargers on Thursday night. They will take on the Oakmont Spartans at the Kneller Athletic Center on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The third-seeded Spartans defeated the eleventh-seeded Notre Dame Rebels, 43-36.