SPRINGFIELD – Four years ago, in the winter of 2013, the St. Joseph Boys Basketball team defended their Western Mass title by competing in yet another final. Since then, the program, like the school itself, has fallen on hard times.
St. Joe will close its doors following the 2016-17 school year, but for at least one night in the winter of 2017, a young Crusaders squad did what its predecessors had done so well for many years before, won in the playoffs.
Earning a No. 9 seed in the D4 Western Mass tournament meant St. Joseph had to travel to No. 8 Baystate Academy Charter in Springfield for a first-round contest. The Crusaders pulled away in the fourth quarter to survive and advance, 66-54.
Freshman big man Kekoa McArdle was unstoppable in the second half, totaling 20 points. Elton Wilkins added 18, while Miles Nason and Jalen Duck put up 12 each.
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Also in this week’s edition: Mt. Greylock defends a pair of Nordic State titles, Taconic Ice Hockey competes in Western Mass, Wrestlers head to All-States, Senior Day at Miss Hall’s, YMCA Polar Bears qualify for New Englands and much, much more!
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