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STATE FINALS

Archbishop Williams, Notre Dame Academy look back at title seasons

Archbishop Williams basketball players Meagan Donovan and Asiah Dingle celebrated with seconds left before taking the Division 3 State Championship trophy home, defeating Hoosac Valley at Springfield College on March 18, 2017.
Archbishop Williams basketball players Meagan Donovan and Asiah Dingle celebrated with seconds left before taking the Division 3 State Championship trophy home, defeating Hoosac Valley at Springfield College on March 18, 2017.Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

When their seasons began, the Archbishop Williams girls basketball team and the Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) girls hockey team had entirely different expectations.

Archbishop Williams was intent on a state title, but Notre Dame, having lost 12 seniors from last year, expected some serious bumps in the road.

In the end, though, both took home state titles. Archbishop Williams resoundingly defeated Hoosac Valley in the Division 3 state championship, 62-37, while Notre Dame Academy finished off Canton, 5-2, for the Division 2 state title.

“This was a great run,’’ said Notre Dame Academy coach Jean-Yves Roy. “and to cap it off with a state title just proved the strength of our players.”

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Only seven Notre Dame players returned from last year, but some of the newcomers stepped up to lead the team to an undefeated 22-0-1 mark. For opponents, the scary thought must be that no one is graduating out this year, so that essentially the same roster could return next season to try for a third straight state title.

The Archbishop Williams girls had been knocked off the court in the state semifinals last season, but rebounded to finish on top this time. Junior guard Asiah Dingle played a major role, scoring 15 points in the championship game.

“Our sights have always been on a state championship after losing at state last year,” said coach Matt Mahoney. “Seeing them raise that trophy was one of the most gratifying experiences in my coaching career.”


Brian Mozey can be reached at brian.mozey@globe.com.