The fall season, 15 weeks from start to finish, spanning 113 days in 2019 — 85-degree practice sessions in August to a 30-degree night on the first Saturday in December.
For the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, that translated into 25,901 student-athletes competing in state tournaments, involving 829 teams, and the crowning of 31 champions. Add in the preps, from (Phillips) Andover to Thayer, and that’s competition at its finest.
They all competed. They won, they lost, they tied. They learned, they forged relationships, and a fortunate few ended the season with a win.
The Bishop Feehan girls’ soccer and Needham girls’ volleyball teams won titles for the first time. Andover repeated in the pool. Ashland, Mansfield, Melrose, and Swampscott returned to glory on the football field. St. Mary’s made it a three-peat on the greens. Somerset Berkley field hockey rode a 42-game winning streak to back-to-back D1 titles, and there were breakthrough performances on the cross-country trails.
There were compelling story lines from the first week of September until a frigid night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Here are 10 that made us take notice:Craig Larson can be reached at email@example.com