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Wellesley baseball responding to the call

By Mike Flanagan,
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Wellesley High School varsity baseball has been the cream of the crop in the Bay State Conference for the better part of the last decade. Reigning champions of the Carey Division, the Raiders were set to have another strong season this...

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Violence mars Thanksgiving Day classic

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By Maddie Gerber Hometown Weekly Intern The Needham-Wellesley football rivalry is notorious for being the oldest in the country, and a much-anticipated tradition for both communities. However, the 132nd game ended with both teams throwing fists rather than throwing passes in a massive, bench-clearing brawl. As a result, the referees called the game early, with...
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Violence mars Thanksgiving Day classic

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By Maddie Gerber Hometown Weekly Intern The Needham-Wellesley football rivalry is notorious for being the oldest in the country, and a much-anticipated tradition for both communities. However, the 132nd game ended with both teams throwing fists rather than throwing passes in a massive, bench-clearing brawl. As a result, the referees called the game...
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Violence mars Thanksgiving Day classic

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By Maddie Gerber Hometown Weekly Intern The Needham-Wellesley football rivalry is notorious for being the oldest in the country, and a much-anticipated tradition for both communities. However, the 132nd game ended with both teams throwing fists rather than throwing passes in a massive, bench-clearing brawl. As a result, the referees called the game...
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Wellesley football rolls in rebound win

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor A bye following a loss is never fun. After dwelling on their heartbreaking 14-13 defeat to rival Natick on October 4 for the last two weeks, the Wellesley High School football team returned to the gridiron on Saturday at Darcey Memorial Field against Brookline, motivated to respond accordingly...
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Raider comeback falls short in classic

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The annual Wellesley and Natick football game is often a date circled on the calendar. This season, however, there was a lot more than bragging rights on the line; the game’s winner would be able to control its own destiny for the Herget Division title. Despite a late surge...
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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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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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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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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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Zajec, Raiders earn statement win

By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Two teams fighting for spots in the Super Eight met on Wednesday afternoon in Westwood as the Catholic Conference champion Xaverian Hawks welcomed the defending Division I Eastern Mass champion Wellesley Raiders. With the tournament just about a week away, a win for either the Raiders (15-5) or Hawks (12-8)...
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Raiders outlast Cassidy, Hawks

By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Two teams fighting for spots in the Super Eight met on Wednesday afternoon in Westwood as the Catholic Conference champion Xaverian Hawks welcomed the defending Division I Eastern Mass champion Wellesley Raiders. With the tournament just about a week away, a win for either the Raiders (15-5) or Hawks (12-8)...
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Weycker’s gem lifts Raiders past Chmielewski, Rockets

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Two of the Bay State Conference’s elite baseball programs met last Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Field as the defending Division I Eastern Mass champion Wellesley Raiders traveled to face their arch-rivals, the Needham Rockets. Behind a complete game, seven-strikeout performance by left-handed ace Hank Weycker, the Raiders (10-4, 5-3)...
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Ogletree’s three TDs not enough for Rockets

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The nation’s oldest public high school football rivalry wrote its 130th chapter on Thursday morning, as the Wellesley Raiders and Needham Rockets capped off their 2017 seasons with a thriller of a Thanksgiving game. Thanks to a two-touchdown effort as well as a dominant defensive performance by D’Aunte Moore,...
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Moore, Raiders top Rockets in Turkey Bowl

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The nation’s oldest public high school football rivalry wrote its 130th chapter on Thursday morning, as the Wellesley Raiders and Needham Rockets capped off their 2017 seasons with a thriller of a Thanksgiving game. Thanks to a two-touchdown effort as well as a dominant defensive performance by D’Aunte Moore,...
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Weycker, Kane take Wellesley baseball honors

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The spring of 2017 will forever be remembered in Wellesley as the year of the Cinderella Raiders. Entering the tournament as a humble 13 seed, the Raiders won four games away from home (three away, one neutral) en route to a South Sectional title. The Raiders continued their...
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Raiders win E-Mass, fall just short of state title

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Wellesley High School’s phenomenal run through the 2017 MIAA Division I State Baseball Tournament came to an end on Saturday at Fitton Field in Worcester, as the No. 13 seed and Eastern Mass champ Raiders fell to Western Mass champ Taconic High School (Pittsfield) 5-1 in the state...
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