There's no reason I can think of that anyone coming here would care what happened at the Mass. state hockey championships on Sunday. Conceded, completely.
And yet, I'm posting. My first interest was my alma mater, Marblehead High School, which won Division 3. Because Coach Bobby Jackson, whom I know since grade school, told me a bit about his team at our 35th high school reunion last summer, I followed along in the paper during the season and went to four playoff games, including the coup de grace, 6-3 over Westfield. Congrats to Bob and his players.
Incredibly, after never caring before about any state hockey championship ever, I actually had a rooting interest in Division 1 as well. The son of a pal of mine plays for the Mansfield team, and not only did they win but did so in breathtaking fashion: They tied the score with 3:35 to go, and my pal's son, a sophomore, scored the winner with about 90 seconds to go. (Go to about 7:00 in the video.) I'm so happy for the boy, whom I've never met, and for his family. What a thrill, and what a memory to hold forever. Congrats all 'round.