Roger Brown on High School Basketball: Seeds will be sown tonight
Manchester Central (18-0), Trinity of Manchester (16-1) and Merrimack (16-2) will be the top three seeds for the Division I boys' tournament, which begins Tuesday. Trinity will finish No. 2, regardless of tonight's outcome against Dover.
Winnacunnet of Hampton (11-6), Bedford (10-7) and Exeter (10-8) are the other teams that will be at home for the preliminary round. Bedford will enter tonight's home game against Keene with a nine-game winning streak. Exeter won its last five games to secure the No. 8 seed.
DEFENDING champion Bedford (17-0) has secured the No. 1 seed for the Division I girls' tournament, which begins Wednesday. Londonderry (14-3) will be the No. 2 seed if it defeats Nashua South in Londonderry tonight.
BG will wrap up the regular season at Spaulding, Nashua North will conclude its regular-season schedule with a home against Alvirne, and Pinkerton will finish at Salem. If there is a three-way tie, BG and Pinkerton are in the best position because two of North's four losses came against teams that would be involved in the tie (both against BG).
THE Hinsdale boys' and girls' teams were headed in opposite directions for most of the season. The Hinsdale girls earned the No. 1 seed for the Division IV tournament and improved to 19-0 with Tuesday's 58-21 preliminary-round victory over Concord Christian. The Hinsdale boys lost their first 17 games, but ended their season by beating Concord Christian 49-45 Wednesday night. … Mascenic of New Ipswich junior Jake Stauffeneker reached the 1,000-point milestone when he tossed in 45 points during Tuesday night's 77-54 triumph over Monadnock. He became the eighth Mascenic player (fifth boy) to reach milestone. … Pending its game on Thursday night against Nute of Milton, Derryfield School of Manchester (17-1 before Thursday) was primed to be the No. 1 seed for the Division IV boys' tournament, which starts Tuesday.