Local High School Teams Await State Tournament Seedings

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: School Sports , Monomoy Regional High School , Nauset Regional High School

The Monomoy girls tennis team is among the local playoff-bound teams that are awaiting the MIAA state tournament brackets to be released this week. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association is set to release the seedings for spring sports state tournaments this week. Baseball, softball and tennis seedings are scheduled to be released Wednesday, and boys and girls lacrosse seedings are set to be announced Saturday.

Approximately 10 teams from the Lower Cape are expected to qualify for postseason play, according to the latest MIAA statewide power rankings released May 27. Teams qualify for the postseason based on their ranking or overall record, as teams that finish above .500 are granted a spot in their respective state tournament. For a second year, the spring state tournament will feature a statewide bracket as opposed to the old sectional format.

Both Monomoy and Nauset’s baseball teams are set to compete in the postseason, as the Sharks (12-7) ranked No. 27 in the Division 4 power rankings released May 27 and the Warriors (13-6) came in at No. 13 in the Division 2 rankings.

Monomoy softball (17-2) came in at No. 19 in the latest Division 4 softball rankings, while Monomoy boys lacrosse (10-8) was No. 31 and girls lacrosse (15-3) ranked fifth in their respective Division 4 rankings. Nauset boys lacrosse (15-2) was ranked No. 15 in the latest Division 2 rankings.

The Lower Cape will also be well represented in the state tournaments, as both Monomoy and Nauset boys and girls tennis teams have qualified for postseason play. In the boys tennis rankings, Nauset (14-4) was ranked No. 24 at Division 2 and Monomoy (15-3) was No. 5 in Division 4. Nauset’s girls tennis (9-8) was ranked No. 35 in Division 2, while Monomoy’s girls (15-3) are ranked No. 6.

Although the teams’ rankings may differ when their actual state tournament seedings are released, the latest power rankings give an accurate depiction of where local teams should rank.

Cape Cod Tech didn’t have any teams qualify for the postseason, according to the latest rankings.

Both Monomoy and Nauset have outdoor track and field athletes taking part in the divisional championships, while the Monomoy girls golf team is set to play in the South sectional Thursday morning at Falmouth Country Club. The top three teams in the South advance to the state championship, scheduled for June 7 at Eastward Ho! Country Club.

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