During a winter when the No. 1 sport seemed to be complaining about the weather, two teams that spent the season on the ice stood out.
Malden Catholic won its fourth straight Super 8 title and for that accomplishment the Lancers again finish No. 1 in the final Boston Globe Top 20 for boys’ hockey. The final hockey and basketball rankings were published Sunday.
Led by Ara Nazarian and Tyler Sifferlen, MC went undefeated in Super 8 play and beat Austin Prep in the final at TD Garden for the second straight year. Reading won Division 1, Beverly Division 2, and Central Mass. power Shrewsbury beat Hanover in the Division 3 final.
MC wasn’t the only school to win a fourth straight title on Garden ice. The Duxbury girls made it four straight, beating Arlington Catholic in the Division 1 final.
In her senior year, Rachel Myette is no stranger to success, with three state titles in Division 2 and one this year in Division 1 — while leading the state again in goaltending (0.72 goals-against average). The top-ranked Green Dragons needed a two-goal third period rally to beat AC.
Making its way up the girls’ hockey Top 20 was third-ranked Westwood, with an explosive offense that registered a 6-2 win over Wellesley in the Division 2 state final.
The scary fact about the No. 1 Braintree girls is that they’re all back next year. That’s two Herlihys (Bridget and Brianna), Mary Reagan, and oh yeah, Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year Ashley Russell. If you don’t mind, we’ll just leave the Wamps at No. 1 heading into the 2014-15 season. And the Catholic Central League deserves praise for its two state champions (four, if you include the boys). St. Mary’s won Division 3 and Arlington Catholic took Division 2. Millis, which played in the Division 4 Central Mass. tournament, emerged to win the state title, held for the first time at Holy Cross.
For the boys, Tyler Nelson went from golf All-Scholastic (with a hole-in-one in the state tournament) to a basketball All-Scholastic in leading Central Catholic to the state title game. For that, the Raiders finish as the No. 1 team. The New Mission boys made the city proud, winning the Division 2 title, while Cardinal Spellman and St. Clement gave the Catholic Central boys’ titles to match the girls.