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Braintree rallies to down Needham MIBL

Sam Gage (pictured) fires home a pitch during the top of the second inning on Friday night against Braintree. Photos by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Needham MIBL (3-10) returned home to face a powerful Braintree (10-3) squad on Friday night,...

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Stephenson’s shutout gives Needham fourth win

Stephenson’s sidearm style flummoxes Westwood’s batters en route to a complete game shutout.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Sunday night, the rain fell on Needham High’s baseball field, but not enough to warrant stopping or cancelling the game between Needham and Westwood. Unfortunately...

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Rockets just keep swimming and diving

By Rachel Talcoff
Hometown Weekly Intern

This fall’s high school sports season is right around the corner, yet countless student-athletes and eager fans are left with uncertainty as to how the season will play out. Teams must prepare for whatever lies ahead while COVID-19 is spreading, making it particularly difficult for...

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Late Canton rally halts Needham MIBL

Hunter Anderson (pictured) turns on a ball and drives a base hit into right field. Photo by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

There’s a reason why baseball does not have a time limit. Things can change from inning to inning, and...

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Xaverian, Needham football making do together

Needham's Andrew Barnett towers over a pair of Xaverian defenders for a jump-ball on Tuesday during seven-on-sevens. Photo by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

It's still unknown whether or not high school football will be played this fall in Massachusetts. States...

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Baseball returns to Needham with MIBL

Starting Pitcher Nico Schwartz (pictured) stares in and reads the signs from his catcher. Photos by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

After months of cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19, organized team sports finally returned to Needham this past week, thanks...

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Needham’s MIBL team falls to 0-3

Good effort to run out this ground ball from Hunter Anderson, even in a game that wasn’t going Needham’s way.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With no American Legion baseball being played this year, the Massachusetts Independent Baseball League has stepped in to take...

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NHS’ Tarlow named Coach of the Year

Needham High School's Lauren Tarlow was recently named the MIAA's Unified Track and Field Coach of the Year.

The news was announced by the Needham High School Athletics Twitter account on June 25.

https://twitter.com/NHSRockets/status/1276137771086872576?s=20

All...

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Needham’s Chaloff Coach of the Year

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

It was an extremely special 2019 season for Needham High School girls volleyball. The Rockets absolutely dominated their way to an unbeaten 21-0 season and won the Division I state championship.

Junior outside hitter Karen Nie recorded 275 kills, 138...

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Spotlighting Needham High lacrosse’s 2020 seniors

Pictured clearing a ball last season against Hingham, midfielder Matt Guagliano (27) is one of 10 Needham High School lacrosse seniors who robbed of their 2020 senior season due to COVID-19. Photo by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

In 2019, Needham...

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Needham Assistant AD Jackson speaks up

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

The last two weeks have represented an extremely difficult time for our country. It should go without saying that racism and hate have no place in our country. Sadly, the murders of George Floyd, Ahmad Arbery and Breonna Taylor have proven that hate and...

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A tribute to senior athletes

By Maddie Gerber
Hometown Weekly Intern 

Last spring, Needham High School’s girls’ softball team played its final game against Braintree, which was not only an undefeated team, but also the league champions. The Rockets, who hadn’t made the playoffs that year, were undoubtedly the underdogs, and knew this would be...

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Needham’s Mathias, O’Brien make own marathon

Avery Mathias (left) and Kate O'Brien (right) are cheered on by friends and family as they make their way down Boylston Street in Boston on Saturday afternoon during their makeshift marathon run. Photos by Needham Swim & Diving.

By Mike Flanagan
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Needham’s Burnett decade’s fastest MIAA runner

Davonte Burnett was a dominant force for Needham High School track from 2014-2018.

At the indoor championships his senior year in 2018, Burnett set a new meet record in the 55M at 6.36 seconds. As a junior in 2017, Burnett won state championships in the 100-meter dash (10.63 seconds)...

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Spotlighting match-up nightmare Hugh Curran

Pictured on the ice this past winter, senior Hugh Curran (6) has served as a defensive mainstay for Needham High boys lacrosse and hockey each of the last four years. Photo by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

An athlete who has perhaps...

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Needham legend Ftorek a hockey lifer

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

If you grew up in Needham playing ice hockey, there is a 100 percent chance you’ve heard the name Robbie Ftorek. My father, Joe Flanagan, grew up in Needham in the 1970s. So, even as a Walpole guy, Robbie Ftorek's name was all I heard...

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St. Sebastian’s lax sends off its seniors

Annually one of the top boys high school lacrosse leagues in the country, 2020 was going to be one of the ISL's most competitive seasons in years.

St. Sebastian's entered the year looking to defend their league title following a dominant 15-0 campaign in 2019 that also saw an...

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Needham baseball honors seniors through social media

Needham High School baseball was robbed of its season and ability to honor its seniors in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Mike Flanagan.

After winning the 2018 Division I state championship and making it back to the tournament in 2019 (5-4 first-round defeat to Xaverian),...

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Needham’s Kocho named All-Conference

Needham native and Montrose center/forward Sophie Kocho (20) was named All-NEPSAC after helping lead the Mavericks to back-to-back IGC Division I championships this season and leading the team in rebounds. Photo by Montrose Athletics.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

The Montrose varsity basketball team...

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Spotlighting former Needham standout athlete Eric Johnson

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

One could certainly call Eric Johnson accomplished. Born and raised in Needham, Johnson attended both Needham High School and Belmont Hill, where he played football as a wide receiver, as well as basketball. Johnson’s efforts on the gridiron and in...

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