By Steve Musco, BPSsports Correspondent
There is an old saying that goes, “the more things change, the more they stay the same;” but even with all the changes in this years’ City Championships, nothing will be the same.
Last years champ, Charlestown, failed to qualify for cities this year after a heartbreaking 61-57 loss to Madison Park on Feb. 14, which locked Madison Park into second place in the North Division.
Tomorrow’s first game of the City Championships will feature Madison Park against Brighton, who is at the top of the South division with an impressive 13-1 league record.
Brighton also has one of the biggest teams in the league with an average height of 6-feet 1-inch. Brighton’s size will give a young Madison Park team everything they can handle.
With six out of Madison Parks’ fourteen players on the roster underclassmen, this year’s team has surpassed Coach Dennis Wilsons’ expectations. However, regardless of this years’ result, Wilson says, “The only place for a young team like this to go, is up.”
Unlike the first game, the second matchup features two teams who are familiar with the City Championships. East Boston, who is first place in the North this year, lost in last years’ final to Charlestown, 56-63.
After last year’s game, Eastie coach Malcolm Smith said his team only played for a “quarter and a half.”
Smith and his team will come in with a chip on their shoulder and will look to take home this years’ trophy.
On the other hand, Coach Cory McCarthy and his New Mission Titans have been to the Cities every year since McCarthy started coaching the boys team, but he has never been able to win a trophy. McCarthy described the matchup with East Boston as a “Brother fight in the back yard” and he said thinks it will be a “close and hard fought game throughout.”
With bragging rights for the next year on the line, all four teams will be looking to show the city a whole seasons worth of hard work and preparation. Even though the road to the City Championship tournament has been different for each team, they all want to put on a show and prove to everyone why they should be the top dog in Boston.
Steve Musco is a Middler at Northeartern University. He also is a coop at the Center for the Study of Sport in Society who works in the BPS athletic department.