Tryouts began today for Bay State Games
Friday, June 1, 2012
Submitted to Easton Patch: Athletes from over 300 cities and towns in Massachusetts will compete this summer in the 2012 Bay State Games, with the first tryouts beginning on Friday, June 1. The first wave of tryouts for basketball, soccer, ice hockey and volleyball for the 2012 Bay State Summer Games begin Friday, June 1 across Massachusetts, with qualifiers for swimming and track and field beginning Wednesday, June 13. Tryouts and qualifiers for all sports will be held in each of the six regions of the state, which will face off in the annual Olympic-style competition from July 6-22. Tryouts for basketball, soccer and ice hockey are open to all male and female high school students in the state. The volleyball, swimming and track and field…
Matt Harding (Class of 2011) finishes first in 189-pound weight class at Bay State Games.
Every year, the annual Bay State Games sees a growth in numbers. In the 30th edition of the summertime event (held in June and July) over 8,000 athletes in 29 different sports took the spotlight from ages 6-86. Very few come out victorious, let alone come away with a medal. Matt Harding, a member of the class of 2011 at Oliver Ames High School, recently put himself in that elite category capturing a gold medal in wrestling in the 189-pound weight class. Harding, a member of the wrestling and baseball teams at OA, basked in the moment after becoming the first athlete in school history to win a Bay State summer event. “It was mentally tiring, but it felt so good to come out with the win,” Harding reflected. “No one from the school had ever…