This past winter was once again a strong season for both the boys and girls basketball programs at Auburn Middle School. Under the direction of head coach Kashawn Markvenas and with the assistance of 2018 AHS graduate Kayley Markvenas, the girls team ended with a record of 10-5.
Today’s slide shows illustrate games against Oxford in late January and Millbury in early February. At halftime in the Pirates’ contest, the Rockets were up 23-0 and finished 35-10 with the bench dominating the second half. Against the Woolies, Auburn had a 25-14 lead at the half and won 37-27.
Both of these middle schools share a campus with their high schools. Consequently, some middle schoolers are moved up to high school teams in accordance with MIAA rules. Unfortunately, this can leave the middle school teams with less than adequate talent.
The middle school boys were 7-8 this season under first year coach Sean Dunn. It is unfortunate that an injury took out one of their top players, and it had some impact on the second half of the season.
Still, Auburn bested Oxford 52-31 after leading 19-17 at the half. Pirate fouls hurt the visitors greatly after good free throw performance by the Rockets. Millbury was a bit more challenging. Auburn was up 28-18 at halftime, but the Woolies narrowed the gap, 34-32, in the third with aggressive play. Auburn took advantage of the tired visitors and ended the contest 51-36.
All of the grade 8 players who plan to attend Auburn High in the fall will be warmly welcomed.