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Needham’s lights-out shooting dooms Walpole

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Monday night, The Needham Rockets girls soccer team moved to 6-2-2, downing the Walpole Rebels, 4-1. The first half was tight until - depending on which team you were rooting for - either a terrible foul by Walpole’s Shannon English or a terrible call by the referees. Two...
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Strong second half lifts Rockets over Rebels

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Herget Division rivals Needham and Walpole met on the pitch at Bird Middle School on Monday afternoon for the second and final time this season. The Rockets (7-2-1, 6-1-1) came to Walpole looking to complete the season sweep of the Rebels (2-6-1, 2-4-0) after earning a 3-0 win...
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Team effort from Needham smothers Wamps

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Friday night, the winless Needham Rockets football team travelled to Braintree, scored fourteen points in the first quarter and shut down the Wamps’ offense to hold on for a 14-6 win. The victory was the first for the Rockets and moved them to 1-4 on the year. On...
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Rocket volleyball blasts off in Natick

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By Maddie Gerber Hometown Weekly Intern The Needham girls varsity volleyball team continues to assert its dominance over the Herget Division, adding another win against Natick to its already impressive undefeated record of 8-0 and officially securing a spot in the post-season. Although the Rockets had already played the Redhawks in their...
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Needham downs Wellesley on new field

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Thursday afternoon, just before the rain came, the Needham Rockets field hockey team shut out Wellesley, 3-0. The victory moved the Rockets, who were playing on their new turf field, to 6-1-1. The Raiders, meanwhile, dropped to 5-4. Needham’s Grace Kelley lifted the ball past the goalie ten...
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Lady-Rockets draw with Wildcats

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Two of the Bay State Conference’s elite met on the pitch at Cricket Field on Thursday afternoon as the Needham High School girls varsity soccer team hosted Weymouth. Two of the favorites to win the Herget Division, the Rockets (4-0-1) and Wildcats (4-1-2) did not disappoint on...
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Needham demolishes Weymouth on the road

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter After her team moved to 4-1 with a 5-0 victory over Weymouth at Weymouth’s Legion Field, Needham field hockey coach Stephanie Magni described the game by noting: “This was a good game for us. We had a rough first half because we had very little to warm up...
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NHS Boosters Club readies sticker drive

The Needham High School Boosters Club’s annual sticker drive fundraiser begins the weekend of September 21. NHS student athletes will fan out all over Needham’s neighborhoods, knocking on doors, asking residents for a contribution to help support the school’s 75 athletic teams and 10 clubs. With any donation, they will receive a Rockets sticker as...
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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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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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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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Kenney powers Harbormen past Child, Rockets

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Despite a four-goal night from star BU-bound attack-man Jason Child, No. 12 Needham High boys lacrosse came up just short at home against No. 5 Hingham on Thursday night, falling by a final of 10-8 in an extremely tense and entertaining game. Needham began the game on a...
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Wamps outlast Foley, Rockets

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The last time Needham and Braintree baseball met was last June in the Division I South semifinals, a game that Needham won 5-4 via a walk-off en route to the Division I state championship. On Monday, the Wamps and Rockets met for the first time since their epic...
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Schmalz, Lady-Rockets rout Warriors

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Needham High School girls varsity lacrosse team was delivered a significant blow with star scorer Callie Hem out for the season with a torn ACL. Despite the loss of their Harvard commit and reigning All-Scholastic recipient, the Rockets (5-2) have responded with a series of impressive victories...
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