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November 18, 2012

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Branch waived again

Deion Branch has once again been waived by the New England Patriots. The veteran wide receiver was placed on waivers Saturday to make room for cornerback Aqib Talib and wide receiver Greg Salas, who was called up from the practice squad..

This is the second time the Patriots have cut Branch this season. This time, however, Branch will have to clear waivers for the Patriots to be able to bring him back.

Still, there is a strong possibility he will end up back on the Patriots.

Sisters don’t meet

Gloucester’s Hannah and Heather Cain did not end up crossing paths this weekend at the Judges Classic. Hannah’s Brandeis squad and Heather’s Trinity team both participated in the Judges Classic but the two teams never ended up squaring off as Brandeis won the entire tournament while Trinity dropped a close game to Springfield in the first round, eventually winning the consolation game.

Hannah Cain registered 13 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists and four steals while in the starting lineup for both Brandeis wins this weekend over Mitchell in the first round and Springfield in the second round.

Heather Cain, who was making her collegiate debut, had 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals coming off the bench for Trinity this weekend.

Trinity and Brandeis are not scheduled to meet this season.

Streak Alive

The Watertown field hockey team won it’s fourth straight Division 2 State Title on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Oakmont. Watertown topped Manchester Essex in a hard fought Division 2 North Final coming away with a 4-0 win.

Over the four year span Watertown has posted an absurd 94-0-2 record including 92 straight wins.

Playoffs on the line

Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League football have already been decided with Masconomet earning a playoff berth in Tier 1 and Beverly earning a berth in Tier 2. Masco will meet Everett in the Division 1A playoffs while Beverly will meet Burlington in the Division 2A playoffs. Tier 3 and Tier 4, however, have yet to be decided and a mini-tournament has played out.

Newburyport and Amesbury will meet on Thanksgiving with the winner being crowned Tier 3 champions. In Tier 4 North Reading will square off with Lynnfield for the title. The winner of each game will play each other in the Division 3A Playoffs.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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