During this very week last year, the unimaginable decision was made to cancel the NCAA men’s basketball (and women’s) basketball tournament. If we hadn’t yet realized it, this virus was more serious than washing hands and hoarding toilet paper. An American sports rite of spring was not going to take place. What could be next?
Although it won’t be in its fullest form, March Madness will return this year. We can fill out our brackets. We can pray that at least one of our Final Four picks makes it out of its regional competition. So, we will celebrate the return of March Madness with a contest, which I announced in last week’s column.
Here’s how it works: Email to me your final four selections, then your final two, then your national champion. Points will be awarded: five points for each final four correct; 10 for each correct final two; and 15 for the correct national champion. The brackets will be announced on Sunday, March 14 at 6 p.m. The games begin on Thursday, March 18, so I need your email by at noon on that day. The winner receives a $100 gift card to Schooner’s Restaurant. My email is below. Good luck.
It won’t be the crisp autumn air but instead the warming thaw of spring that greets the football season this year. The Hull Pirates will welcome Norwell to Finlayson Field on Saturday at noon in the Fall-2 football season opener. It will be the first of three consecutive home games for Hull to start the season.
Saturday also marks the start of the season for the football cheerleading squad. Members of this season’s team are: Jill Reppucci, Brianne MacEachern, Haylee Londergan, Kallista Gaudette, Juliet Adams, Lily Capuzzo, Lily Putnam, Mauve Mulvihill, Tyianna Adams, Katherine Orpen, Maria Polito, and Erica McGowen.
Track team overrun
Both the Hull boys’ and girls’ track teams were on the losing end of their first meet of the season at Middleborough. In the girls’ 89-10 loss, Nina Tiani finished second on the 55 meters and Bridget Fleming was runner-up in the 600 meters. In the boys’ 84-15 loss, Matt McCluskey took first place in the high jump and the 55 meters. The teams travel to Randolph on Monday.
Park and Recreation update
The return of high school and youth sports also marks the return of the Hull Park and Recreation programs in town. “We are planning to return to our pre-pandemic programs while continuing to follow state guidelines,” says Park and Recreation Committee Chairman Greg Grey. “We will be meeting with all the youth sports leagues next week to take their field requests and expect that all the sports will be having seasons.”
The leagues that will be returning to “normal” operations will be: youth lacrosse, youth soccer, youth baseball, youth softball, men’s softball, women’s softball, and summer youth basketball. Grey noted that Park and Rec is currently in the process of hiring summer counselors.
Babe Ruth League registration
Registration is now open for the 2021 Hull-Hingham Babe Ruth Baseball League. Coach Eric Rickard is hoping that enough Hull players register so that there can be one team with all Hull players. That was the scenario last season with the Hull team (the Dodgers) taking first place. There will be a 10-team league this year with the addition of three teams from Cohasset. Opening day is scheduled for Sunday, April 25.
To register, go to: https://www.hinghamsports.com/baberuthbasebal.
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