Monomoy, Nauset, Cape Tech Learn Positions In First MIAA Rankings

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: School Sports , Basketball , Hockey

Cape Cod Furies senior Julia Weiner passes the puck during the Codfish Cup against Dennis-Yarmouth on Jan. 17. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

The dust has cleared and the starting points have been set.

On Friday, Massachusetts high school basketball and hockey teams learned where they stand in terms of seeding for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s winter statewide postseason tournament, a new format the state introduced in the fall, when the MIAA released the first edition of its weekly power rankings for the winter season.

While the top 32 teams from each division will be guaranteed a spot in the state tournament field, teams can also qualify for the postseason by finishing with a .500 record or better as long as they have played 10 games.

The most significant change from years past is the disappearance of sectional tournaments. Gone are the days of a South sectional leading up to the state final — teams from the Cape and Islands could be matched up against a Western Mass. school in the first round depending on the seedings; it’s all a luck of the draw.

The Cape Cod Furies co-op girls hockey team comprised of girls from Nauset, Monomoy and Cape Cod Tech holds the highest ranking among any Lower Cape teams, as it sits at No. 7 in the Division 1 girls hockey rankings. Nauset’s boys hockey team is No. 11 in the Division 3 rankings, while the Division 4 includes the Dennis-Yarmouth-Cape Cod Academy-Cape Cod Tech co-op team at No. 18 and the Mashpee-Monomoy co-op team at No. 28.

Lower Cape basketball teams are mixed among various divisions. In Division 2, the Nauset boys are No. 37 and the girls are 61. Monomoy’s girls are No. 34 and the boys are No. 35 in Division 4, and Cape Tech’s boys are No. 57 and girls are No. 65 in the Division 5 rankings.

The MIAA will release the power rankings weekly up until the basketball and hockey tournament seedings are announced. Other sports rely on different formats for postseason play; swimming and track and field both have qualifying times that must be met during the regular season in order to make it into sectional and state tournaments.

Wrestlers can qualify for postseason play as individuals or as teams depending on how they fare during the regular season.

Visit bit.ly/3AtxSwd to view the full weekly power rankings.

Email Brad Joyal at brad@capecodchronicle.com. Twitter: @BradJoyal