Berkshire basketball teams await their tourney seeds


Berkshire County basketball teams that have qualified for the Western Massachusetts tournaments will learn when and where they'll begin their journey for a championship during today's Western Mass. seeding meeting. The meeting will be held at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at noon.

Fourteen county teams, seven boys and seven girls, have qualified and are split between Divisions II, III and IV.

The defending Western Mass. champion Hoosac Valley boys and girls teams are returning to the Division III tournament. The Hoosac boys ended with a 11-9 record, while the girls finished 17-5. The Hoosac girls shared the North Division title with Pittsfield (16-4). The Generals are the lone girls team in the Division II tournament. Last season, Pittsfield lost to Belchertown in the Division II final.

Also in the North, the Drury (14-6) girls return to the D-III tournament under first-year coach Brian Flagg after failing to earn a berth last season. Second-year coach Liz Kay has Wahconah (13-7) in the tournament for once again. South Division champs Mount Greylock (13-7) qualified for the D-III tourney for the third straight year and first under new coach John Jacobbe. South Division runner-up Mount Everett (16-4) takes a strong resume into the Division IV tournament. Lee (11-9) also looks to make another run in the D-IV tournament, coming off back-to-back quarterfinal exits.

The North Division champion Taconic boys (17-3) could be in position for a home game to start the Division II tournament. Pittsfield (13-7) looks to improve on last season's semifinal appearance. Drury (11-9) was one shot away from a potential Western Mass final appearance last season. Now the Blue Devils must regroup after an up-and-down regular season. South Division champs Mount Greylock (14-6) enter the tournament on a six-game winning streak, capping the regular season with a victory against Taconic. Lenox (11-9) makes its third straight D-IV tournament trip, but its the first appearance without former Millionaire star player Bailey Patella.

McCann Tech (10-10) earned a D-VI tournament berth with its .500 record. The Hornets qualified in an unusual way, as they were initially eliminated from postseason contention with a 74-57 loss to Hampden Charter on Monday. However, it was determined after the game that Hampden used an ineligible player, therefore forfeiting the game and giving the Hornets their 10th win.

Contact Akeem Glaspie at 413-496-6252


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