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TOPSoccer athletes play through pandemic

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While the world was fretting over whether professional sports would be cancelled and season ticket holders wondering how they would occupy their Sundays this fall, some families were rooting for the return of sports for much more important reasons. For the families of special needs...

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Westwood BAYS girls power through pandemic

A Jaguar pounces on the ball en route to a 4-1 win over Franklin.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Motivated by their team motto, “dreams don’t work unless you do,” on Saturday morning, the Westwood Jaguars, the fifth grade girls team of Boston Area...

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Needham and Walpole happy to play

While the mask etiquette wasn’t perfect, every player wore a mask throughout the game (as was required).

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Just a few months ago, people would say that they’d be happy to watch their team lose to its biggest rival just...

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BAYS soccer returns amid pandemic

With players not allowed to head the ball, things can get a bit strange when the ball is in the air.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With a wide variety of rule changes coming to Massachusetts high school soccer, on Saturday afternoon, the Needham...

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Walpole hosts parents and kids soccer

A coach explains the rules of his unique, pirate themed training games.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Saturday morning, the fields around Walpole Library were full of tiny children playing soccer, courtesy of the Walpole Recreation Department. But while they may grow up...

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DS athletes shake off the rust

The lacrosse players noted their disappointment with the cancellation of last season, but expressed hope for this one.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

By and large, sports have not been played in six months. While professional athletes that have been playing for decades might...

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Kids learn soccer skills through play

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter With youth sports participation plummeting nationwide, and travel sports growing more competitive and more costly every day, the idea of a soccer skills clinic for a bunch of kindergarteners sounds like it could be an over-competitive nightmare. Instead, the kids of Westwood spent their Sunday morning laughing, smiling...
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Gustafson, Medfield girls soccer ready up

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor A 9-7-2 regular season earned Medfield High girls soccer the No. 14 seed in Division II last fall. The Lady-Warriors took out No. 19 Milton (2-0) in the preliminary round before a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to No. 3 Foxboro in the first round. The Warriors return a significant core...
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Balmer, Doyle, Lady-Raiders aiming high

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Despite not rostering a single senior and squeaking their way into the Division III Tournament with an 8-8-2 record, Dover-Sherborn girls soccer did more than just raise a few eye brows last fall, thanks to their resilience. The No. 14 Lady-Raiders ravaged No. 3 Tri-County by a 5-0...
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Girls soccer rolls on Pink Day

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Sporting their alternate pink uniforms as part of their Program Pink Day for breast cancer awareness, the Medfield High School varsity girls soccer team took care of business with a convincing 9-1 victory over Bellingham on Wednesday night. [caption id="attachment_29471" align="alignright" width="300"]Jillian Diliberto (left) fights... 			
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DeOliviera, Raiders stun Eagles in stoppage time

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor It was a storybook comeback for the Wellesley High School boys soccer team on Monday night in Sharon, as the Raiders (4-3-2, 2-3-2) fought their way to a thrilling 2-1 victory while battling adversity, both on the scoreboard and on the rain-soaked grass that caused slippage throughout the...
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DS savors Sunday youth soccer

By Daniel Curtin Hometown Weekly Contributor During the fall, it’s common for people across the country to spend their Sundays sitting down on couches, watching football games between teams like the Panthers, Chiefs, and Giants. Families on the fields surrounding Dover-Sherborn High School, however, spent their Sunday watching a different kind of football - one with teams named...
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Raider soccer outlasts Warriors in opener

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Medfield and Dover-Sherborn Regional High School boys soccer teams met at Calvin George Fisher Field for the latest chapter of their long and intense rivalry on Friday afternoon, as both teams looked to get an early leg-up in conference play. Thanks to a shutdown defensive effort and some...
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Raider soccer outlasts Warriors in opener

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Medfield and Dover-Sherborn Regional High School boys soccer teams met at Calvin George Fisher Field for the latest chapter of their long and intense rivalry on Friday afternoon, as both teams looked to get an early leg-up in conference play. Thanks to a shutdown defensive effort and some...
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Murray, Rebel soccer head into battle

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Despite a respectable 9-6-2 season in 2017, last year ended sourly for the Walpole High School boys varsity soccer team, who fell to eventual Division II South champ Oliver Ames, 2-1 in overtime, in the sectional quarterfinals. This season, the Rebels return some key names and will...
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Boys soccer still unbeaten

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Needham high varsity boys soccer team remains undefeated halfway through the 2016 season. The Rockets (7-0-6) have recently earned wins over Milton (4-0) BC High (3-1), and Norwood (6-0) with ties coming against Framingham (2-2) and Brookline (1-1). Head coach Jimmy Odierna says that his team has...
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Warriors/Raiders boys fight to 2-2 draw

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The DS and Medfield varsity boy’s soccer teams met for the first of two meetings this season on Thursday afternoon on the new turf at MHS in a battle between two arch rivals. Despite a late offensive surge by both teams, the game ended in a 2-2 draw;...
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Needham boys eye soccer glory

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The boys soccer program has for long been a crown jewel of Needham High athletics. In 2016, the Rockets return a core group of seniors to their roster and once again will look to make some noise in the Bay State Conference. Leading the charge for Needham this season...
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Hartley, Yasuna lead Raiders into battle

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The gauntlet of soccer talent in the Tri-Valley League makes every team, no matter the skill level, vulnerable. Dover-Sherborn head coach John Gruseck knows that too. “The TVL is such a strong league year-in and year-out. If you lose focus, every team has the ability to take points away...
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Needham girls to defend soccer title

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor For a long while, soccer has been the crown jewel of Needham High School athletics. In 2015, the Needham girls took home the state championship after a record season (22-0-2). The Rockets will look to defend their title in 2016 with what coach Carl Tarabelli calls “a good...
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