Tourney time brings out BHS’ best

It is March, and that has come to be known as “title” time for Bedford High athletes.

If the early returns in February, both in track and field and wrestling, the Bulldogs on the ice and the hardwood should be ready for a couple of wild rides.

First, though, this Saturday, the boys and girls indoor track teams are off to Boston’s Reggie Lewis Center for the annual New England Indoor Scholastic Track and Field Championships.

Bedford will be well-represented in both girls and boys events.

On the boys side, state champ Aiden Kenny is the top Granite State hope in the 600 meters with a season-best time of 1:23.56. Long jumper Lucien Mumpini, who won his state title in thrilling fashion on Super Bowl Sunday, is the No. 1 New Hampshire seed with a season-best of 20-11.75.

Among the other Bulldogs heading to Boston will be 55 meter man Adam Knowles, Zach Verow in the 300, high-jumper Donny Crowder and shot putter Thomas Norfleet.

A pair of boys relay teams will also be picking up the chase. The 4×200 team consists of Knowles, Dan Hawkins, Verow and Joseph Aiello. Kenny, Toby Sarette, Connor Kiefer and Verow are slated to run the 4×400.

Speaking of relays, the Bedford girls 4×200 takes the state’s top time of the season, 1:51.10 into Reggie Lewis Saturday. Brianna Coco, Veronica Gikas, Hannah Mikol and Elizabeth Flynn make up that quartet. Flynn, Mikol, Jessica O’Brien and Olivia Coco will compete in the 4×400.

Brianna Coco, in the 55 meters, is the lone individual Bulldog trackster running on the girls side.

HOOP TALK

The Bedford High girls ran the table, 20-0 including the Christmas tourney title in Massachusetts, and now bid for their third straight trip to the Division I title game as the top seed. Led by the senior backcourt of Mia Roy and Aly Fillion, the Bulldogs repelled all comers, including defending state champ Bishop Guertin of Nashua (48-43).

Interestingly, the Cardinals will not have a shot to meet Bedford in the finals. The defending state champs are seeded fifth with five losses, albeit only the one to the Dogs coming in the state of New Hampshire.

If Bedford and BG collide, as nearly everyone in New Hampshire expects, it will come in the state semifinals. Bedford opens up tourney play on Saturday night against the winner of the 8/9 prelim game between Salem and Winnacunnet. …

The Bedford boys, meanwhile, can lock down a top four seed in the upcoming boys playoffs on Friday night when they travel to Bishop Guertin for the regular season finale. Currently 13-4, Mark Elmendorf’s crew trails only defending champ Portsmouth (15-2) in the standings.

ON THE ICE

The defending champion Bedford High boys hockey team opens its playoff run Saturday, 11 a.m., at St. Anselm vs. Trinity.

The Bulldogs finished the regular season at 14-4 and are seeded fourth behind Concord, Pinkerton and Hanover. Two points here. Bedford is a big-game program, as noted by the team’s dominance at Christmas. The Bulldog are also running red-hot, winning eight of the last nine. Bedford beat Trinity, 4-0, in the regular season meeting back in late January. The Bedford girls, competing in their initial varsity season, made some serious strides this year but missed the playoffs with a 13-3 record.

AND ON THE SLUSH

Depending on the weather, the Bedford High nordic ski teams are ready for the State Championships, slated Monday and Tuesday at Gunstock.

Bedford recently competed at the Capitol Area Championships in Hopkinton. Abigail Vikstrom beat the 74-degree heat and the rapidly diminishing snow to win the girls race. Both the girls and boys teams were fourth out of 11 teams. The boys were led by James Nash, who took 10th.

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