GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Braintree girls’ ‘core four’ were leaders on court and in community

BRAINTREE Ñ 3/19/2015: Brianna Herlihy, Molly Reagan, Ashley Russell, Bridget Herlihy, members of the undefeated Braintree girl's varsity basketball team, are surrounded by kids who they coach during a portrait shoot at Braintree High School. (Sean Proctor/Globe Staff)

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Ashley Russell, Bridget and Brianna Herlihy, and Molly Reagan love teaching basketball to youngsters.

Coaches get creative to find suitable practice spaces

For baseball and softball teams, finding a place to practice in all the snow has come at a premium.

Kern lifts Mass. to second-place finish at Eastern H.S. Cross-Country ski championships

The team, led by Waltham senior Julia Kern, attained second place after winning the mixed relay on Sunday in 31:03.

New faces atop winter Globe Top 20 rankings

The St. John’s Prep boys’ and Reading girls’ hockey teams and the Catholic Memorial boys’ and Braintree girls’ basketball teams finished at No. 1.

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The record-breaking winter snowfall is delivering one last indignity: indoor practices.

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Athletes across the region have been confined to school gyms and hallways.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/10Gardenhoops03-7012--90x90.jpg Braintree is atop final girls’ basketball poll

The Wamps were one of two undefeated teams this season, along with Duxbury.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

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The Knights finished 24-2 and captured the Division 1 state championship.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_hshockey8_spts-7050--90x90.jpg In girls’ hockey rankings, Reading ascends to No. 1

The Rockets used a deep roster and solid goaltending to capture the Division 1 state title.

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The State Hockey Coaches Association all-stars — boys and girls — will play two games in Worcester.

As the final buzzer sounds, St. John's Prep players (left to right) Brian Groom, Seth Murray and goalie Kyle Martin start the celebration.

ST. JOHN’S PREP 2, MALDEN CATHOLIC 1

St. John’s Prep captures first Super 8 hockey championship

Ted McNamara and Brian Groom each scored to put an end to Malden Catholic’s four-year reign as Super 8 champs.

READING 3, ACTON-BOXBORO 0

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The Rockets (22-2) did not let up a goal all tournament.

FALMOUTH 3, WELLESLEY 2 (OT)

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_falwel3_spts.jpg Falmouth survives overtime to win Division 2 girls’ hockey state title

Freshman McKenzie Haberl scored two goals, including the OT winner for the Clippers.