Playoff pushes for Dartmouth High as fall season winds down
The Fall 1 season is nearing its end — and many of Dartmouth High’s teams still have games to play as part of the Southeast Conference’s modified playoff schedule.
As the first Covid-era sports season starts to wrap up, here’s how it went.
After an 8-1-2 season, the girls soccer team is gearing up for a playoff push. The second seed in a short postseason tournament that will see just two playoff games, the girls are set to play against West Bridgewater at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 13.
The girls beat the Wildcats 9-3 to kick off the season on Oct. 7, and finished their regular season with a 2-2 draw against Bridgewater-Raynham on Nov. 6.
For boys soccer, the school announced in late October that some players had to be placed under quarantine after reportedly coming into contact with a student who tested positive for Covid-19.
Instead of postponing games, the school’s JV team competed in matches that were on the varsity schedule, resulting in losses to Bridgewater-Raynham, West Bridgewater and Bishop Stang. The boys were 2-0-2 with their full roster, but ended the season 2-5-2.
Meanwhile, the undefeated girls volleyball team finished 11-0-0, and will be playing for the Southeast Conference title against Bridgewater-Raynham on Nov. 18 after beating West Bridgewater in three straight sets on Nov 10.
The field hockey team (8-2-1) is also getting ready for a deep playoff following a 0-0 tie with Bishop Stang on Nov. 6. The girls got a first round bye and will play in the semifinals of the shortened playoffs on Nov. 12.
As for the upcoming winter season, the MIAA Board of Directors voted on Oct. 29 to eliminate all winter tournaments for the current school year, adapting the current schedule to limit games to small geographic areas.
Practices for winter sports are set to start on Nov. 30, with the season coming to an end on Feb. 21.
The Dartmouth High Athletics twitter account noted that there are still many steps needed to work out what will be safe and manageable for high school teams in the upcoming season.
Under current guidelines, two winter sports – wrestling and winter cheer – would not be allowed to stage competitions. Three “high-risk” sports from the fall season – football, fall cheer and unified basketball – were pushed back to the newly created Fall 2 season (Feb. 22 through April 25).
All home games can be streamed through Dartmouth Community Media’s YouTube channel.