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MIAA Won't Budge on Saturday Baseball Game, Chelmsford Will Play

The Chelmsford High School graduation is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m., while both schools have students taking the SATs that day as well.

The Chelmsford baseball team may boycott its semifinal. (Patch File Photo)
The Chelmsford baseball team may boycott its semifinal. (Patch File Photo)
Chelmsford Athletic Director Scott Moreau told Chelmsford Patch the North Division 1 semifinal game will be played at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, adding that both school administrations asked the MIAA to change the game but they did not.

Original Story: Potential controversy is brewing in the North Division 1 baseball semifinal scheduled for Saturday morning, as both Chelmsford and Methuen are considering a boycott because SATs and graduation are scheduled for that day.

The Boston Herald reported on Friday that both teams believe a 10 a.m. game in Lowell is unfair because 10 players combined between the two teams will be taking their SATs, while Chelmsford High School's graduation is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Originally the game was scheduled to take place on Thursday night, but rain forced the postponement.

According to the Boston Herald report, both teams were aware that Thursday's game would likely be postponed, and as a result had previously asked for the game to be played on Tuesday but were denied. Methuen head coach Eric Cyr told the newspaper that the decision by the MIAA not to change Saturday's game is "disappointing."

An attempt to reach Chelmsford Athletic Director Scott Moreau was unsuccessful as he was away from the school for a meeting late Friday morning.

Check back with Chelmsford Patch for more on this developing story as it becomes available.
Cindy Hemenway June 07, 2014 at 09:15 AM
As usual, the MIAA, who professes to be all about the student-athlete, is all talk, no action. Could the game have been played last night or tomorrow? How about Monday? Surely, there are other options besides having the teams play when they will be missing a good percentage of their squad. The MIAA is like the NCAA. Both organizations need to be revamped!
lucky June 07, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Have them miss the game? School comes first,
lucky June 07, 2014 at 09:21 AM
These kids need to choose what is important to them and make an adult decision . For they will be doing a lot of that soon their parents need to let them grow up won't there be anther test date in the fall. Trust your kids.
lucky June 07, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Whatever happened of graduations not begging held at your local track or foot ball field or audtiriom saves town money then there is no ye limit when you get there
Ken B. June 07, 2014 at 03:29 PM
If anyone thinks the MIAA is about student athletes, think again. It's about the "gate", period. The MIAA logo wearing hacks taking pom-poms from the kids in the stands, are usually long gone & hard to find (with the cashbox) by the end of the 3rd quarter.....only exception being a championship game, where they hang around to get their mug in the news, presenting the trophy. Of course, when you look at the trophy, the first thing you see is large font "MIAA"........as for "State (fill-in the blank) Champions", get out your magnifying glass.

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