, Gloucester, MA

October 31, 2012

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Selection Day

Three Cape Ann soccer team will find out its postseason opponents today when the MIAA state soccer brackets are announced. The Gloucester girls, Rockport boys and Manchester Essex boys have qualified for the postseason.

At 12-4-2, the Rockport boys are one of the favorites in Division 3 North. Fresh off of a regular season that earned them a CAL Small title, the Vikings figure to be a top four seed in Division 3 North.

The Manchester Essex boys will also be competing in Division 3 North and at 7-7-4 will get a lower seed and a tough road through the tournament. The Hornets, however, are battled tested out of the Cape Ann League and will not see anything they haven’t seen before in the postseason.

At 8-6-3, the Gloucester girls will also have a tough road through Division 2 North as it will also get a lower seed. Gloucester, however, enters the tournament playing its best soccer finishing the season with an 8-2-1 record.


picked up

The Celtics picked up a one year team option on shooting guard Avery Bradley on Tuesday. The Celtics had a $2.5 million team offer for the 2010 first round pick and he is guaranteed to be with the team through the 2013-2014 season.

Bradley will miss the start of this season as he is recovering from double shoulder surgery. When he returns, however, he is expected to be the team’s starting shooting guard. Jason Terry will start in place of the injured Bradley to begin the season.

Last season the Celtics shooting guard emerged as a big time defensive weapon for the Celtics. Bradley played so well last season he was promoted to the starting lineup over Ray Allen.

NL Dominance

The American League may still have all the power, but the National League has the World Series titles as of late. With the Giants four games sweep of the Tigers, a National League team has now won four of the last five World Series titles and five of the last seven.

The last two American League teams to win a World Series were the Yankees in 2009 and the Red Sox in 2007.

The American League always seems to look better on paper and dominates interleague play. But the top teams in the National League are the class of Major League Baseball.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru