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Needham handles young Walpole team

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter At the end of the day, the Needham girls’ volleyball team was simply too good for a young Walpole squad that’s still learning and experimenting. While Walpole put up a good fight, the Rebels would ultimately lose, three sets to none, against the rockets. In the first set,...
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Kelley lifts Rockets over Ahola, Raiders

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Two field hockey teams with high expectations this season met at Nora Searle Field on Monday for an early-season Division II vs. Division I non-conference showdown as Dover-Sherborn hosted Needham. Thanks to a goal by junior Grace Kelley and a 13-save performance in net by Cammie Foster, the...
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Football stuffed by Natick in opener

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor After losing a large core of talent with the departure of last year’s senior class, which included the likes of Duke tight end Matt Smith and Assumption quarterback Charlie Ogletree, Needham High football entered the 2019 season with a lot of figuring out to do on both sides...
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Needham’s Michals excelling for Providence

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor With field hockey back in full swing, Needham native and The Gunnery School product Mikayla Michals and the Providence College Friars are 1-1 through two games of the 2019 season. After falling to BC, 2-1, in the season-opener on August 30, the Friars took out No. 24...
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Donovan, Needham soccer eye redemption

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor By Needham’s lofty standards, the 2018 season concluded in about the toughest way imaginable: losing to arch rival Wellesley in penalty kicks on their home field in the South quarterfinals in the midst of a monsoon. In 2019, Needham will hope to rebound, and it starts at the...
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Hibberts, Needham football ready up

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Replacing an All-American Division I tight end like Matt Smith is not easy, but that is exactly what Needham High football will have to do in 2019. With Smith departing for Duke, along with several other key pieces of last season’s offense such as tight end Jack Murmes...
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Historic summer for Needham Sharks

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After growing in size from just 82 swimmers last summer to 105 this summer, more than half of which (59) qualified for the A Regional Championships, along with an 8-3 dual meet record in the Suburban Summer Swim League, it’s safe to call the summer of 2019 a successful one for the...
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Keegan takes home first in Ehrlich Mile

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Local youth swimmers from all across MetroWest competed in the Jim Ehrlich Mile Swim at Dug Pond in Natick on Friday. Among the towns and Suburban Summer Swim League teams competing were members of the Sherborn Snappers, Walpole Barracudas, and Needham Sharks, as well individuals from Medfield and...
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Post 14 outlasted by Hyde Park

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor It was a tough end for Needham Post 14 Legion on Sunday afternoon in Braintree. Less than 24 hours after a miracle 10-9 comeback victory against Norwood to keep their season alive, No. 4 seed Post 14 took on No. 2 seed out of the East Division, Hyde...
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Needham Little Leaguers take state championship

Needham’s 10-year-old “Williamsport” Tournament team won the 2019 Massachusetts 10-Year-Old Little League Tournament on Sunday, July 21, with a 9-1 win over Mansfield at O’Grady Field in Salem, Mass. The victory represented the first state championship for a Needham baseball team participating in a Little League-sponsored state or national tournament in decades. In 1954, Needham’s...
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Connelly’s blast lifts Post 14 past Westwood

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Needham Post 14 and Westwood Post 320 met for the third and final time this season on Saturday afternoon. Unlike the first two times these District Six rivals squared off earlier this summer - the teams split a pair of 1-0 games in late June and early...
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Local girls dominate lacrosse All-Scholastics

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Needham, Walpole, Westwood and Wellesley have all had incredible success in girls lacrosse over the last decade. The 2019 season was no different, as all four of these Division I powers made long tournament runs. Needham, Westwood, and reigning Division I champ Wellesley put together long tournament runs,...
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Legion Post 14 battles Walpole rivals

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor All seemed well for Needham Legion Post 14 on Monday night, as the Needham High, St. Sebastian’s, Belmont Hill and Wellesley High boys carried a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth against rival Walpole Post 104 at Eldracher Field. [caption id="attachment_33778" align="alignright" width="600"]Kevin MacKenzie... 			
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Post 14 outlasted by Norwood

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor American Legion Post 14 welcomed first-place Norwood on Monday night at Needham High School. Despite giving starter Will Foley some early run support, a five-run third inning by Post 70 proved to be the difference as Norwood earned an 8-5 victory to remain atop the District Six West...
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Hawks gash Needham’s hopes of repeat

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor It was a tough ending to a remarkable run for Needham High baseball on Friday night, as the No. 8 Rockets hosted No. 9 Xaverian in the opening round of the Division I South sectionals. After falling behind by a pair of runs twice in the early...
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Child, Rockets lacrosse eye sectional title

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Throughout the 2019 high school lacrosse season, perhaps no player in the state meant more to their team than Needham’s Jason Child. A shoo-in for All-Scholastic recognition, Child led Needham in both scoring and total points and helped the Rockets to a 12-0 league record en route...
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Title defense time for Rocket baseball

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor It’s playoff baseball season, a time of year about which the boys from Needham may know a thing or two, especially after winning their way to the Division I title last year. After opening the year 0-3 and sitting at 6-7 on May 18, Needham had some...
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Needham volleyball downs young Wellesley team

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter At The end of Needham volleyball’s 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-19) win over Wellesley, both teams were looking to the future. For Needham, that meant another trip to the postseason, and hopefully another chance at the state title. For Wellesley, it meant giving the young kids more playing time,...
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Rockets comeback comes up short

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Two boys lacrosse heavyweights squared off at Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon as the No. 11 Needham Rockets hosted the No. 5 St. John’s Prep Eagles for a little late-season Division I North vs. Division I South showdown. Behind five goals apiece from Pat Keefe and Michael Ott,...
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Needham girls track looks to postseason

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Needham and Natick faced off in a track meet on Wednesday, but the Rockets were looking to use the event to give some of their younger talent an opportunity to shine, more so than to dominate the event. “We’re going cross conference and we just decided ahead of time...
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