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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
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
finished their playoff campaign just one medal behind Waltham.
Lexington tallied 2 golds and 4 silvers, while Dorchester captured 1 gold and 5
Just one behind Lexington
and Dorchester were seven programs all tied with 5 medals – Concord
Carlisle, Burlington, Greater
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
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
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
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
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