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2017 Conference Medal Count Summary
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The 2017 VHL Championships are in the books and were a culmination of a fun and exciting season that began back in September. During that time teams competed valiantly and parity was maintained in order to provide the most competitive experience for all.

 At the end of the championship run, the tally was taken and a total of 184 medals were given out to 69 different VHL programs. Following conference finals there were 33 League championships that took place between the American and National conferences. Cross conference parity was evident as the American edged out the National. The final total was 21 American wins and 12 for the National conference.

** Click here to view the final 2017 VHL Conference medal count **

Leading the overall medal count was Waltham with seven medals (three golds and four silvers). It was an impressive performance by the 21 Waltham teams earning four more medals than last season. The Hawks Bantam “AA1” & Bantam “AAA” teams clinched the medal count simultaneously when they won their respective Semifinal games on Sunday night (4/2). The “AAA” team advanced to their championship game with a 2-0 win over Natick.at Breakaway at 6:30 pm. Meanwhile the “AA1’s” were in their own semifinal battle against Somerville and were finally able to advance as well after an Anthony Bitsoli goal in overtime. The “AAA” team eventually went on to win the Elite division title with 4-1 win over Wilmington.

Lexington/Bedford and Dorchester finished their playoff campaign just one medal behind Waltham. Lexington tallied 2 golds and 4 silvers, while Dorchester captured 1 gold and 5 silvers.

Just one behind Lexington and Dorchester were seven programs all tied with 5 medals – Concord Carlisle, Burlington, Greater Lowell, Methuen, Wilmington, Acton-Boxboro and Chelmsford. One of the most impressive performances was put on by Concord Carlisle, who entered the playoffs with 11 teams. Not only did Concord Carlisle reach the final in 5 of those 11 divisions, but they went 4-1 in the championship games to win the Gold medal race.

Also in the gold medal hunt, Agawam, Cambridge & North Reading all posted perfect 3-0 records in the finals that they reached to finish 1 behind Concord Carlisle in the Gold category.

Not to be overshadowed by the “Program” medal counts; there were many outstanding team efforts. Thirteen teams finished the regular season in last place but went on playoff runs that led to a spot in the championship game in their respective division. Even more impressive; nine of those teams went on to win the title.

Lexington/Bedford Peewee “AAA” in the North American “AAA” division was the #8 seed - Quarterfinal game 1-0 win over Dorchester, Semifinal game 4-1 win over Framingham, Final 3-0 win over Newton.

Winchester Peewee “AAA2” in the South National “AAA” division was the #6 seed - Quarterfinal game 7-2 win over Melrose, Semifinal game 4-1 win over Hyde Park, Final 5-2 win over Waltham.

No. Andover Peewee “A2” in the Central National “A” division was the #8 seed - Quarterfinal game 6-2 win over Haverhill, Semifinal game 3-2 win over Agawam, Final 4-1 win over Lynnfield.

Wizards Peewee “A” in the West National “A” division was the #7 seed - Quarterfinal game 1-0 win over Acton, Semifinal game 3-1 win over Wakefield, Final 1-0 win over Billerica.

Medfield Squirt “AA” in the Central American “AA” division was the #7 seed - Quarterfinal game 6-5 win over So. Boston, Semifinal game 3-2 win over Dedham, Final 3-2 win over Framingham.

Lynnfield Mite 1 in the “AA” North White was the #6 seed - Quarterfinal game 9-0 win over Reading, Semifinal game 3-0 win over Winthrop, Final 4-0 win over Danvers.

Haverhill Mite 1 in “AA” Central White was the #6 seed - Quarterfinal game 8-6 win over Acton, Semifinal game 10-2 win over No. Andover, Final 3-2 win over Chelmsford.

North Reading Mite 1 in the “A” North White was the #6 seed - Quarterfinal game 8-0 win over Wakefield, Semifinal game 3-1 win over Lynnfield, Final 4-2 win over Everett.

Wilmington Mite 4 in the “A” Central Red was the #5 seed - Quarterfinal game 12-0 win over Acton, Semifinal game 9-0 win over No. Reading, Final 9-3 win over Assabet.

Also, going from last place to the Championship games were Framingham Bantam “A”, Needham Bantam “A”, NE Edge Peewee “AAA”, and Lexington Bedford Mite 1. Although all four of those teams eventually lost in the Finals they can certainly be proud of their playoff runs.

Photos from VHL Championship games continue to be posted online (click here to view a gallery of images), but teams are encouraged to send us those photos. All you have to do is "friend" us on Facebook and then tag Valley League in your photo. Be sure to mark the post status to public so that we can share your photos with the rest of the league.

Highlights from all playoff games will be posted and made available in coming days!

INDEX


Conference Medal Count Summary
Conference Champions
Conference Medal Count
American vs National Champions
Brackets
Mite Playoff Results
Recaps
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--- Peewees
--- Bantams
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