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On the tourney trail

Posted by Craig Larson, Globe Staff June 7, 2007 02:17 PM


Highlighting the top performances from Wednesday's state tournament action:

Shaun Sibley and Tim Lee, Natick boys' volleyball: The 6-foot-8 Sibley delivered a game-high 18 kills and senior setter Lee recorded 48 assists as the Redmen swept through the defending state champs in a state semifinal, avenging last year's state final loss.

Bryant Johnson, Milford baseball: In a gutsy 151-pitch effort, the senior southpaw struck out 11, walked one and allowed four hits as the red-hot Scarlet Hawks stopped top-seeded St. John's in a Division 1 Central semifinal.

Rob Nicholas, Algonquin baseball: Senior right-hander hurled nine strong innings as the defending state champs rallied for a 7-4 Division 1 Central semifinal victory over Leominster. He struck out nine and allowed eight hits.

Kevin Scanlan, Lincoln-Sudbury baseball: At the plate, the senior first baseman double twice and knocked in three runs in the Warriors' wild 12-10 Division 1 North semifinal win over visiting Andover. On the mound, as his team's 8th pitcher of the day, the southpaw hurled two innings of relief to close out the win.

Kaitlin Andrews, Hudson softball: Junior righty tossed a two-hitter with seven strikeouts as the Hawks edged Notre Dame Academy in a Division 2 Central semifinal.

Lucie Wall, Hopkinton giris' tennis: Senior tri-captain secured the deciding point in the Hillers' 3-2 Division 2 South semifinal win at Cohasset, winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Hopkinton advances to the sectional final for the first time.

Katie Toomy, Algonquin girls' lacrosse: Netted four goals and one assist in the T-Hawks' 13-10 overtime win over Westborough in a Central semifinal.

A look at today's top tournament matchups:

* Newton North boys' volleyball vs. Agawam: The Tigers can earn a trip to the state final, and a match against Bay State Conference rival Natick, with a win over West champion Agawam in the state semis tonight at Hudon (7 p.m.)

* Weston baseball vs. Tyngsboro: John Beverly's Wildcats are one win away from the Division 3 North final. Tyngsboro stands in the way this afternoon at Bentley (4 p.m.)

* Marian baseball vs. Harwich: The Mustangs have made a spirited run through the Division 3 South bracket, winning three games heading into today's semifinal game against Harwich in Taunton (4 p.m.).

* Westborough girls' tennis vs. Wachusett: Coach Nancy Quimby's Rangers can claim Division 1 Central crown this afternoon at Clark.

-- Craig Larson

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