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Winter NEPSAC Playoff Preview

With the winter sports season coming to an end, the varsity programs on the Island are peaking for championship competitions. The boys and girls varsity basketball and hockey teams qualified for their respective tournaments, which begin on Wednesday. The boys swimming and diving team won the Founders League Championship on Saturday, and the girls team placed third as both teams gear up for the New England Championship this week. The squash teams also competed at New Englands last weekend, with the girls finishing second in Class D and the boys placing sixth in Class C. The wrestling team has concluded its season, competing at New Englands and nationals in the last two weeks.

Here are previews of teams’ upcoming tournament play:

Boys Varsity Basketball

After defeating Hotchkiss 82-75 on Saturday, February 29, the boys varsity basketball team clinched the No. 1 seed in the Class A New England Prep School Athletic Conference Tournament with an overall record of 18-6. The Pelicans will host Noble and Greenough on Wednesday, March 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Olcott Gym. The game will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend.

If Loomis Chaffee wins, it will host a semifinal game on Saturday, March 7, against the winner of Wednesday’s quarterfinal game between No. 4-seeded Salisbury and No. 5-seeded Trinity-Pawling. Semifinal game times have not yet been determined. The tournament championship game will be played at Western New England University at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 8.

View the 2020 NEPSAC Boys Basketball brackets here.

Girls Varsity Basketball

After a hard-fought loss against Miss Porter’s on Saturday, February 29, the girls varsity basketball team earned the No. 3 seed in the Class A NEPSAC tournament with an overall record of 15-10. The Pelicans will take on Buckingham Browne & Nichols at 3:45 p.m. in Olcott Gym on Wednesday, March 4, at 3:45 p.m. The game will be livestreamed.

If the Pelicans win, they will advance to the semifinals on Saturday, March 7, facing the winner of the quarterfinal game between No. 2-seeded Tilton School and the No. 7-seeded Phillips Andover Academy. Semifinal times and locations have not yet been determined. The championship game will be played at the Noble and Greenough’s Rappaport Gymnasium at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 8.

View the 2020 NEPSAC Girls Basketball brackets here.

Boys Varsity Ice Hockey

The boys varsity ice hockey team (14-7-4) earned the No. 3 seed in the Martin/Earl Large School Tournament after its regular season ended with a 2-4 loss against Avon Old Farms on Saturday, February 29. The Pelicans will take on Deerfield Academy in the tournament quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. in the Savage Johnson Ice Rink on Wednesday, March 4. The game will be livestreamed for those not in attendance. In two games against Deerfield this season, the Pelicans lost twice.

If Loomis wins its first-round matchup, the team will take on the winner of first-round game between No. 2-seeded Brunswick School and No. 7-seeded Milton Academy. Semifinal games will take place Saturday, March 7, but times and locations will be determined after the results of the first round. The championship game will be played on Sunday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity College.

View the 2020 NEPSAC Boys Ice Hockey brackets here.

Girls Varsity Ice Hockey

In a new format this year, the girls varsity ice hockey team will take part in the Chuck Vernon Elite Eight NEPSAC Championship, named after long time Loomis faculty member and coach Chuck Vernon. The Pelicans qualified for the tournament after a big 2-0 win against Deerfield Academy on Saturday, February 29. They finished their regular season with a record of 18-6-1.

As the seventh-seeded team, the Pelicans will hit the road to play No. 2 Tabor Academy on Wednesday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. at Tabor. Livestream details for the game have yet to be released. If the Pelicans win that game, they will return to the road for the semifinals to take on the winner of first-round game between No. 3 Buckingham Browne & Nichols and No. 6 Phillips Andover Academy. The championship game will be played at Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center on Sunday, March 8, but the time of the game has yet to be determined.

View the 2020 NEPSAC Girls Ice Hockey brackets here.

Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving

The boys and girls New England swimming and diving championships begin with the diving competition on Wednesday, March 4, at 9 a.m. at Deerfield Academy. Girls check-in begins at 9 a.m., and the final round of dives takes place at 10:30 a.m. The boys check-in begins at 2 p.m., and the final round of dives will take place at 3:30 p.m.

The swimming events will take place at Hotchkiss, with trials on Saturday, March 7, beginning at 11 a.m. and finals on Sunday, March 8, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

All the schedules and information regarding the NEPSAC Swimming and Diving Championship Meet can be found on the NEPSSA website.