We are just past the half way point of the fall sports season on Cape Ann and the state tournament picture for teams from Gloucester, Rockport and Manchester Essex are looking a bit more clear with just a few more weeks to go in the regular season.
Here’s a look at the some of the teams who look to be postseason bound, and those who will have to claw their way in over the final weeks of the regular season.`
Rockport Boys Soccer: At 7-4-1 the Vikings need just three points over their final six games to qualify for the postseason once again. While Rockport’s schedule the rest of the way is anything but easy, it has proven time and time again this fall that it can beat good teams and hang with anybody on its schedule. Rockport’s biggest game of the regular season comes on Monday when Georgetown pays a visit (6 p.m.). First place in the Cape Ann League Small is on the line.
Manchester Essex Field Hockey: When it comes to the Hornets field hockey program, it’s never a matter of if they will make the postseason, it’s a matter of how far they will go. Like the better part of the last decade, Manchester Essex once again looks well equipped to make a run at the sectional title. At 10-0-2 the Hornets have already clinched a state tournament berth and look to be one of the top seeds in the Division 2 North Section.
Gloucester Football: Considering the No. 8 seed in Division 3 Northeast has a record of 0-4, the 3-2 Fishermen have all but wrapped up a spot in the postseason. Gloucester, however, is still looking to improve its seeding in the division and has a chance at a first round home game if it takes care of Lynn English and Swampscott over the next two weeks. The Fishermen will be playing football in the postseason, and last week’s 35-33 loss at the hands of Marblehead proved that they can play with the best the division has to offer.