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February 23, 2013

Central-Prep Round 3 looms in North semis

Central Catholic has an ideal way to enhance its season — beat St. John’s Prep in the Division 1 North semifinals.

In two regular season contests, top-seeded Prep jumped out to huge leads only to have to fend off furious comebacks by the No. 4 Raiders. If both teams take care of business in their first two rounds, they will meet for a slot in the sectional finals.

Seeded eighth, Andover is on the same side of the bracket as the two titans and would face St. John’s in the quarterfinals with a first-round win. North Andover drew the No. 2 seed in the Division 2 North sectional behind unbeaten Melrose and will face the Latin Academy-Chelsea winner in the opening round on Thursday.

The lone undefeated team in Division 3 North, North Reading, drew the only bye in the sectional with a quarterfinal date against the Northeast-Minuteman winner looming on March 3. Third seed Whittier hosts Amesbury Wednesday in first round action.

Division 1 North

Seeds: 1. St. John’s Prep 18-2, 2. Lowell 17-3, 3. Westford Academy 16-4, 4. CENTRAL CATHOLIC 17-5, 5. Waltham 16-5, 6. Lynn English 15-5, 7. Everett 14-6, 8. ANDOVER 14-6, 9. Medford 13-7, 10. East Boston 12-7, 11. Somerville 12-8, 12. Cambridge 12-8, 13. Malden 12-8, 14. HAVERHILL 11-9, 15. Acton-Boxboro 9-11, 16. Billerica 7-13

First Round

Game 1: Billerica at St. John’s Prep, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.; Game 2: Medford at Andover, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.; Game 3: Malden at Central Catholic, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.; Game 4: Cambridge at Waltham, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.; Game 5: Acton-Boxboro at Lowell, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Game 6: East Boston at Everett, Feb. 26 7 p.m.; Game 7: Haverhill at Westford Academy, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.; Game 8: Somerville at Lynn English, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

Quarterfinals

Dates, sites and times TBA

Game 9: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner; Game 10: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner; Game 11: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner; Game 12: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner

Semifinals

Dates, sites and times TBA

Game 13: Game 9 vs. Game 10 winner; Game 14: Game 11 vs. Game 12 winner

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