Scouting the Super 8 first-round matchups

Photos from file/The Boston Globe

The first round of the Super 8 takes place Sunday at Tsongas Arena in Lowell.

Connor Bennett averages 10 more points a game this season than he did a year ago.

Connor Bennett at center of turnaround for Wilmington boys’ basketball

The 6-foot 10-inch senior averaged 24 points, 18 rebounds and nine blocked shots per game for the Wildcats.

Senior forward Markley Leandre has helped lead his team to a 13-7 regular season record.

Offseason work paid off for Avon boys’ basketball team

A perennial staple of the Division 4 tourney, Panthers posted a 13-7 record after a 6-14 mark a year ago.

Marlborough's Chris Doherty (second from right) and Joe Cappadonna (forth from right) run sprints during practice.

For teams west of Boston, improved chemistry and turnaround seasons

Serious summer and offseason workouts have boosted Marlborough, Arlington, and the Bromfield School in Harvard.

Oliver Ames guard Ryan Carney scored 31 points in Friday’s tournament win over Whitman-Hanson.

Friday roundup: Oliver Ames beats Whitman-Hanson in boys’ basketball

Ryan Carney’s 31 points led Oliver Ames to a 73-69 victory in Division 2 South action.

INDOOR TRACK

Hingham captures girls relay title at New England championships

Sierra Irvin anchored the winning 4 x 200 relay for Hingham, and added an individual title in the 300.

MIAA to implement criminal checks for referees

The high school athletics association plans to launch the initiative this summer.

Malden Catholic 62, New Mission 61

Malden Catholic stuns New Mission in boys’ basketball

Senior Karlens Joas had a game-high 22 points as visiting Malden Catholic surprised defending Division 2 state champion New Mission.

Thursday roundup: Medford boys’ hockey upsets No. 5 Matignon

Medford (7-11-2) is seeded 12th in the tournament, but looked unfazed against Matignon (12-9-2).

Wednesday roundup: Medway shoots down Oliver Ames in boys’ hockey

Ben Giovanella beat Oliver Ames goalie Jimmy Tierney for the winner, giving his team a 1-0 victory in the Division 2 South tournament.