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Needham’s Hem a force for Harvard

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

The light at the end of the tunnel is more than just bright for Needham native Callie Hem — it’s glistening. 

Throughout the last five years, the former Needham High lacrosse star has dealt with a seemingly...

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Needham athletes excel at indoor track

Needham High School was represented well at the Massachusetts Indoor Track and Field Meet of Champions. Two individual athletes and two relay teams competed on February 26 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury. 

Bulldogs bite Rockets

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Needham High School girls varsity basketball traveled to Westwood on Sunday to square off against Canton in the Riley Winter Classic.

Needham jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, thanks to a pair of hardworking buckets in the paint by junior...

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Rockets victory spoils Milton’s senior night

Campbell Keyes brings the ball forward, as Needham applies continuous pressure in the first half.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The Needham boys’ soccer team kept its undefeated record with a comeback win over the Milton Wildcats last Tuesday night. Spoiling Milton’s senior night,...

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Flano’s hat trick leads Needham over Walpole

Senior captain and defender Mac Turner (2) hits a ball up the sideline. Photos by Mike Flanagan and Scott Wittlin.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

The last time Needham and Walpole High School boys soccer met on September 21 in Walpole, Mitchell Wilson...

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Needham beats Walpole a second time

Coach Tarabelli noted that having his players back from injury played a huge role in the game.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

As a general sports rule, when two teams or individuals play each other and one team or individual dominates the later stages...

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Pisano’s commitment solidifies family lacrosse legacy

Pictured fighting off a Westwood defender during last season's Division I South playoffs, Needham's Kristina Pisano (right) committed to play Division I lacrosse at Wagner College this past week. Photos by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Those who follow or are...

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Weymouth comeback stuns Rockets

Quarterback Jay Kastantin (5) cocks and gets set to fire a ball down the field. Photos by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Despite playing in front of a rowdy Weymouth homecoming crowd, Needham High football got out to an almost perfect...

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Wilson’s header lifts Needham over Walpole

Walpole's Will Richer (7) attempts to fights off Needham's Noah Goldstein for a loose ball. Photos by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

With the score tied at two late in Tuesday afternoon's match between Walpole and Needham High boys varsity soccer,...

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2-1 Needham win keeps Walpole winless

Maylin Carr keeps a Walpole player from crossing the ball in the first half.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Led by a UConn-bound forward, the Walpole Timberwolves were about as good a winless team as you could find.

But while...

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Alper’s strike lifts Needham field hockey

Lily Schmalz (pictured) receives a pass and moves the ball up along the near sideline. Photo by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Needham High School varsity field hockey hosted Milton on Monday afternoon at DeFazio Field looking to rebound following a...

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Arrows football fueled by doubt

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

To put it simply, the cancellation of the 2020 ISL football season was a devastating blow.

Thanks to the vaccine roll-out and progress made across the country throughout the past year, fall sports will be returning to the ISL starting this...

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Girls volleyball looks to defend title

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The Needham Rockets girls volleyball team is heading into the season riding a thirty-three game win streak, and with COVID cancelling the playoffs for those sports moved to the “Fall II” season last year, the 2019 title-holders are technically the defending state champions, as well....

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Ledbury: Rockets’ excitement off the charts

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Like it does every season, Needham High School girls soccer enters the fall of 2021 with high expectations. Making this season unique, however, is its return to normalcy for fall athletics.

Like all high school soccer programs in 2020, the...

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Trabucco, Rockets excited for new beginning

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

The last time Needham High School boys varsity soccer took to the pitch for a postseason contest was November 23, 2019 in the state championship game. Following a dominant run through the Division I South sectionals that averaged four goals scored per game, followed by...

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Schmalz: Needham field hockey ready

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

It’s been nearly two years since real high school field hockey was played here in Massachusetts.

The uncertainty of each day, with positive COVID tests and contact tracing having the potential to derail all plans, made it difficult for many...

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Fuentes, Rockets ready for liftoff

Pictured returning a kickoff last season against Natick, junior Marcus Fuentes (3) will return to his normal special teams duties for Needham High football this fall along with transitioning from running back to wideout. Photos by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Needham Legion ousted by Dedham

It certainly was not the season that Needham Legion baseball had in mind in 2021. Following an 0-11 regular season, Post 14 was given the opportunity to make amends with District Six forming its own double-elimination-style postseason tournament.

In order to qualify for the double-elimination round, all teams that...

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Needham grad Burnett running in Olympics

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Anybody who ever watched Needham's Davonte Burnett run knew he was destined for big things, and it doesn't get much bigger than becoming an Olympic athlete.

A native of Hyde Park and graduate of Needham High School in 2018, Burnett...

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Rocket volleyball takes state title

Thanks to the petitioning and stellar play of Owen Fanning, Needham volleyball is in store for a new, upgraded shipment of state champion shirts.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With temperatures hitting one hundred degrees in Boston on Wednesday afternoon, you might expect Needham...

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