Roundup: Miles Robinson helps Arlington boys’ basketball beat Melrose

The senior forward and Middlesex Liberty Co-MVP had 28 points and 17 rebounds Tuesday night.

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

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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.

Roundup: Reading’s Ali O’Leary scores 100th career point in rout of St. Mary’s in girls’ hockey

O’Leary had two goals and two assists as the third-ranked Rockets moved to 3-0.

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MIAA doesn’t conduct criminal background checks on referees

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association lags behind athletic groups in other states in screening officials.

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.

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.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/chin121614DuxburyGirlsHoop_so2.jpg Offseason work pays off for Duxbury, Braintree

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

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.