2 Watertown Basketball Teams, 1 Hockey Team Earn State Tourney Bids

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Watertown senior guard Gevork Karapetyan and the Raiders got the fourth seed in the Div. 3 North Section tournament and will host a first round game.

Watertown High School will have three teams in the state tournament brackets this winter, with both the boys and girls basketball teams along with the boys hockey team being seeded by the MIAA state committee on Friday.

The Raiders boys basketball team took the highest seed, slotting in fourth in the Div. 3 North Section bracket. Watertown, which finished 15-6 will get a home game, will look to make a deeper run that last year, when the Raiders fell in the section quarterfinal.

The Raiders host 13th-seeded Saugus in the first round, on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. The winner of that game plays the winner of the Hamilton-Wenham vs. Swampscott game. Also in the Div. 3 North bracket is Minuteman, who got the eighth seed.

Also returning to the state tournament will be the WHS boys hockey team. The Raiders accumulated a record of 12-6-2 playing a non-league schedule this year. They team has been improving over the past three years after the varsity team went on hiatus for a year due to low numbers. Last year, the Raiders got to the North quarterfinal.

Watertown will play a first round game against the three school coop squad of Rockport/Manchester-Essex/Ipswich on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m., at O’Brien Rink in Woburn. The winner plays the victor of the game between Essex Tech and Swampscott

For the second year in a row, the Watertown High School girls basketball team will be in the big dance. The Raiders finished 9-11 but qualified by the Sullivan Rule where schools with a winning record in their division qualify for the tourney.

Watertown got the 10th seed, and the Raiders will travel to play at Latin Academy in Roxbury in the first round, on Monday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. The winner will play No. 2 seed Amesbury in the quarterfinal.

Last year the Raiders upset No. 5 seed Shawsheen in the first round before losing to eventual state finalist St. Mary’s of Lynn.

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