The majority of high school sports teams starts their season with goals. Many teams aim to win their respective league title, while others set their goals higher and vie for a state tournament appearance.
Although many coaches preach the importance of navigating their season with a “one game at a time” approach, local Lower Cape teams are beginning to see where they stand among their peers that are also working toward qualifying for the postseason.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has started posting its weekly MIAA Power Rankings that will be used to determine state tournament seedings. The top 32 in each power ranking automatically qualify for the state tournament, while teams ranked 33 or lower with a .500 record or better will qualify for a play-in game.
The Lower Cape is well represented in the Jan. 20 power rankings, with the Nauset boys hockey team (8-2) garnering the highest local ranking at No. 3 in the Division 3 boys hockey rankings.
The Cape Cod Furies, a girls co-op team open to girls from Nauset, Monomoy and Cape Cod Tech, ranked 19th in the Division 1 girls hockey rankings with a 6-5-1 record.
The Nauset boys basketball team (4-5) is ranked 55th in Division 2, while the girls team (4-7) is 57th in the Division 2 girls rankings.
Ranked 26th in Division 4, the Monomoy’s girls basketball team (6-5) has the highest ranking among Monomoy teams, with the boys basketball (4-6) ranking 35th in Division 4 and the Mashpee-Monomoy Monarchs boys hockey co-op team (1-7-1) at 37th in Division 4.
At Cape Tech, the co-op boys hockey team comprised of boys from Dennis-Yarmouth, Cape Tech and Cape Cod Academy leads the way with an 8-3-1 record and a No. 7 placement in the Division 4 rankings.
Tech’s boys basketball team (8-1) is 46th in Division 5, while the girls (5-3) are 42nd in the same division.
Postseason bracket information for indoor track and field, wrestling and swimming and diving will be made available in the near future. Visit MIAA.net and click on the “Tournament Central” tab to view the power rankings, which are released each Friday, and more state tournament information.
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