GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Offseason work pays off for Duxbury, Braintree

All five starters have returned from last year’s squad, which reached the Division 2 South sectional title game. From left: Jackie Sullivan, Catherine Harrison, Maddie Foote, Molly Quilty, and Lill Foote.

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The AAU experience is emerging as a critical offseason component in the development of players’ games.

Braintree coach Kristen McDonnell returns the core of her 2013-14 team that captured the Division 1 state title.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Equipped with Division 1 talent, Braintree aims to repeat

Braintree finally got over the hump in March, capturing the Division 1 title.

Sophomore goaltender Keith Petruzzelli (31) is eager to build off a strong freshman campaign for Springfield Cathedral.

BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY

Talent makes Springfield Cathedral stand out in a crowd

The Panthers boast six Division 1 commits — by far the most of any MIAA school.

North high school feature on Reading High girls' hockey team at a practice session, at Burbank Arena. Ali O'Leary keeps her eye on the puck. (Jon Mahoney For The Boston Globe)

GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY

Arlington Catholic starts season in driver’s seat

Arlington Catholic will be looking for its third title in four years this season.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/davis_stjhoop1_nowk.jpg Eastern Mass. boys’ basketball up for grabs this season

The state of Eastern Mass. boys’ high school basketball appears as uncertain as ever.

With a cheerleader doing flips nearby, Andover’s Connor Merinder saluted teammates before the game against Methuen.

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BOYS’ BASKETBALL

AAU experience pivotal piece in development process for Andover

Andover coach David Fazio calls AAU a “necessary evil.”

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Catholic Memorial grabs top spot in boys’ basketball Top 20

Merrimack Valley Conference power Andover checks in at No. 2, followed by another Catholic Conference team, St. John’s Prep.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/21wehoop02.jpg Newton North’s Tommy Mobley still treasures high school ball

Switching from AAU to high school ball requires an adjustment period.

Saturday’s roundup: Aidan Murphy, Xaverian topple St. John’s (S) on ice

Xaverian earned a 3-1 victory against St. John’s (Shrewsbury) on Saturday.