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Maiona, Raiders out-duel Jarvis, Rebels

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Wellesley and Walpole High football took to the gridiron on Saturday afternoon for a Carey vs. Herget Division showdown. The Raiders entered looking to make it three straight wins to begin the 2019 season, while Walpole traveled to Wellesley hoping to get back on track following a 30-7...
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Braintree beats patched-up Wellesley squad

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter With one team member at a wedding in Germany, one on the bench with tendonitis, one at home with the flu and one girl who started the game healthy spending the majority of the second and third sets on the bench holding onto an ice pack, the Wellesley...
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Raider soccer settles to draw

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Earning points in the standings is never a bad thing. On Thursday afternoon, the Wellesley High School boys varsity soccer team did just so, exiting their home pitch with a point in their back pocket. However, after hitting a pipe and having a pair of Brendan Clare penalty...
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Wellesley beats Weymouth for first win

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Friday night, the Wellesley Raiders routed the Weymouth Wildcats, 21-6, relying on the big arm of quarterback Matt Maiona and a stingy defense that didn’t give up a point in the second half. The game was a tight one throughout the first half, with Wellesley scoring quickly to...
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Wellesley girls soccer rolls in opener

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Wellesley High School girls varsity soccer team opened up its 2019 season last Thursday afternoon at home against Weymouth. The Raiders (2-0-0) began their season on the right note, thanks to first half goals by Rory Clare and Olivia Francis, followed by a shutdown defensive effort in...
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Wellesley’s Oppenheim swims to gold

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor This summer, Wellesley native and 14-year-old Ariel Oppenheim participated in 2019 Pan American Maccabi Games that were held in Mexico City, as well as the JCC Maccabi Games in Detroit, Michigan, where she represented Boston. Oppenheim was one of about 3700 athletes competing from all around the world, representing...
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Wellesley girls soccer out to impress

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Wellesley High girls soccer enters the 2019 season coming off a year in which they were able to squeeze their way into the postseason with a 5-4-7 record. Leading Wellesley in 2019 will be four senior co-captains in defender Abby Comella, midfielder Olivia Francis, midfielder Bridget Noonan and forward...
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Fletcher, Wellesley football ready for battle

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor A 5-2 regular season earned Wellesley High football the No. 4 seed in Division II South last fall. After a tough 35-0 loss to Braintree in the quarterfinals, followed by a Thanksgiving defeat to arch rival Needham, it’s safe to say the Raiders are ready to get...
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Abby Lothian competes in Junior Olympics

Wellesley teen Abby Lothian competed along with thousands of top young athletes from around the nation in the AAU National Junior Olympics in Greensboro North Carolina last week. Abby took a strong third during her qualifying heat with a time of 13.25. Although she did not advance to the finals this year, she was ranked...
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Guiffre wins Shot For Life Challenge

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The state’s best high school basketball shooters gathered at Starland Sports Complex in Hanover on Saturday to compete in the A Shot For Life Challenge. The event, a two-hour shooting marathon with both a boys and girls division to benefit brain cancer research, has featured star local basketball...
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New era, same expectations for Wellesley soccer

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Coming off a tough 1-0 defeat to Ludlow in the state finals, the Wellesley High School soccer team returns to the pitch this fall looking to replicate their historic 2018 season that included a Division I South and Eastern Massachusetts title. With head coach Tim Mason stepping down, the...
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24 Hours of Barefoot Soccer coming

24 Hours of Barefoot Soccer will take place at Wellesley’s Honeywell Fields from noon on Saturday, August 10, through noon the next day, Sunday, August 11 - the event goes on for a full 24 hours. Anyone, regardless of soccer skill level, is welcomed to play fun soccer scrimmages and games to benefit Grassroots Soccer,...
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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. Despite being down by four in the middle...
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Local rowers repeat as NE champs

The girls first varsity four from the Nobles & Greenough school in Dedham came from behind with a late surge to win the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) championship regatta at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester. The team was comprised of five seniors, all with local ties, including coxswain Sammi Janower (Needham) and rowers Caroline...
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Wellesley’s Collomb wins boys tennis title

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Harry Collomb made history on Saturday as the freshman won the first-ever individual boys tennis state championship in Wellesley history by defeating Boston Latin’s Derek Shen 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury. Collomb, who entered the South sectionals as the No. 4 seed, took...
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Wellesley’s Thorbjornsen competing in US Open

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The town of Wellesley has accomplished a whole heck of a lot athletically in recent years. With team sports dominating the headlines - such as the Wellesley girls lacrosse and hockey teams winning state titles and a state championship in tennis, along with boys lacrosse, hockey and baseball...
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Driver, Raider baseball gear up for postseason

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Few baseball programs in the state of Massachusetts have been able to put together the type of consistency that Wellesley has in the last decade-plus, qualifying for the state tournament for 13 consecutive years. In 2019, the Raiders played an absolutely loaded schedule that featured wins over Xaverian,...
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Wellesley’s Dziama goes out on top

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor It was the perfect ending for Wellesley native Matt Dziama and the Virginia Cavaliers on Monday afternoon in South Philadelphia, taking out the reigning champion Yale Bulldogs to claim their first national championship in men’s lacrosse since 2011. A program that went more than three seasons without a...
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Skippers hold off Baker, Raiders in rain

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Two perennial state title contenders squared off on the rain-soaked turf of Wellesley High on Monday afternoon as the reigning Division I state champion Wellesley Raiders (10-4, 7-1) hosted Division II powerhouse Cohasset (11-4, 9-3). Despite a four-goal effort from California-bound attacker Brooke Baker, Wellesley was unable to...
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Lindquist’s shutout gives Wellesley win

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter If you want to know how dominant Wellesley’s pitching has been this year, consider this: on Saturday, Justin Lindquist pitched a three-hit, no-walk, nine-strikeout complete game shutout over King Phillip. He brought the team strikeout average down. Such dominance been par for the course with the Raiders, who moved to 6-4...
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