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State champ Rockets honored at Fenway

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The spring of 2018 will forever be known as the time when Needham High School baseball simply refused to die, rallying seemingly every other game throughout the MIAA Division I State Tournament until finally, their resilience and grit paid off with a state championship in dramatic fashion. In the...
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Lady-Raiders best Rockets in sectionals

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Entering Friday, it had been a exactly one year and a day since the Wellesley High School girls lacrosse team had their 2017 season come to an end at the hands of arch rival and eventual Division I state champ Needham in the South semifinals. It had also...
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Lady-Raiders best Rockets in sectionals

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Entering Friday, it had been a exactly one year and a day since the Wellesley High School girls lacrosse team had their 2017 season come to an end at the hands of arch rival and eventual Division I state champ Needham in the South semifinals. It had also been...
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McNally’s 31 saves lift Rockets in overtime

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor No matter the sport, making 31 saves as a goaltender is extremely difficult. In lacrosse, though, 31 saves in a single game is almost unheard of. Last Wednesday, Needham’s Andrew McNally did just that, stopping 31 shots to help lift the Rockets to a huge 10-9 overtime victory...
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Curtis, Rebels clinch conference on senior night

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The defending Division I state champion Needham Rockets traveled down the road to Walpole on Monday evening for a pivotal Bay State Conference showdown with the undefeated Rebels (15-0, 10-0). Back on April 5, the Rebels came from four down in the final quarter to upend the Rockets...
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Lady-Rebels outlast Kelley, Rockets

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The defending Division I state champion Needham Rockets traveled down the road to Walpole on Monday evening for a pivotal Bay State Conference showdown with the undefeated Rebels (15-0, 10-0). Back on April 5, the Rebels came from four down in the final quarter to upend the Rockets...
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Hynes, Needham squashers make history at nationals

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Despite entering snake-bitten by injuries, Needham High School competed in the United State Squash National Tournament in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from February 2-4. The Rockets showed a tremendous amount of grit in doing so. With Evan Massa and Tyler Smith unable to suit up due to flu-like symptoms, the...
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Janowicz lifts Lady-Rebels past Rockets

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Walpole and Needham High School girls varsity hockey teams met for the second and final time this season on Monday afternoon at Rodman Arena for a critical matinee Bay State Conference showdown. Thanks to a late tie-breaking power play goal by senior forward Amanda Janowicz (two goals,...
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Manning lifts Rockets past Raiders in playoffs

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Needham and Wellesley High School field hockey teams wrote the latest chapter of their epic and historic rivalry on Saturday evening, as the two Bay State Conference powerhouses squared off in the Division I South quarterfinals at DeFazio Park. The Rockets (15-4-0) received the No. 7...
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Rockets take home Division I lacrosse title

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Needham High School varsity girls lacrosse team concluded an absolutely dominant 2017 season with an 8-5 win over Longmeadow on Saturday afternoon at Boston University in the MIAA Division I state championship game. Following an 18-3 regular season that saw zero conference defeats and an outright Bay...
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Raiders and Rockets renew lacrosse rivalry

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Two of the Bay State Conference’s premiere lacrosse programs took to the field last Tuesday afternoon in some beautiful weather as the third-placed Wellesley Raiders (10-5) and conference-leading Needham Rockets (14-2, No. 6 in the state) wrote the next chapter in their storied and heated rivalry. Led by...
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Child, Trabucco lift Rocket lax past Raiders

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Two of the Bay State Conference’s premiere lacrosse programs took to the field last Tuesday afternoon in some beautiful weather as the third-placed Wellesley Raiders (10-5) and conference-leading Needham Rockets (14-2, No. 6 in the state) wrote the next chapter in their storied and heated rivalry. Led by...
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Needham volleyball opens season 6-0

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Needham and Wellesley High School varsity boys volleyball teams renewed their rivalry last Monday night, as the Rockets (6-0) outlasted the Raiders (2-2) by a final of 3-0, thanks to some dominant performances at the net by senior captain Brady Orozco-Herman and Eli Wallace. Before their date...
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Rocket girls dominant in revenge match

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The pride of both the Bay State Conference and Tri-Valley League, as far as high school girls lacrosse is concerned, met in an early-season non-conference heavyweight bout Wednesday evening, as the Needham Rockets traveled to Flahive Field to take on the two-time defending Division II state champion Westwood...
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Rocket baseball ready for liftoff

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor In 2017, the Needham High School varsity baseball team will look to duplicate the success they had a season ago when they achieved immensely within the Bay State Conference and earned themselves an appearance in the South Sectional Finals of the MIAA State Tournament. Captaining the Rockets this...
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Shaughnessy, your Offensive Player of Year

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor It was a special season for the Needham High School varsity boys basketball team in 2016-2017. A 16-4 regular season resulted in the No. 3 overall seed in the MIAA South Sectionals, and from there, the Rockets took off, winning four in a row (two on the road),...
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Bruno’s heroics launch Rockets into round two

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor After finishing the regular season undefeated with a Bay State Conference championship on their resume, the Needham High School girls varsity hockey team earned the No. 1-overall seed in the 2016-2017 MIAA Division I Girls Ice Hockey Tournament. On Saturday night, Needham took to the ice for...
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Shaughnessy leads basketball to South Finals

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Needham High School varsity boys basketball team was victorious in their first-round matchup with No. 13 seed Barnstable in the MIAA Division I South State Tournament on Wednesday night, winning by a final count of 68-58 and earning themselves a date with old friend, Newton South, on...
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Liss crowned 2017 D1 Central Sectional champ

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Wellesley and Needham High School wrestling teams met in their annual grudge match last Wednesday night, with the Raiders prevailing 39-36 for their first victory of the 2016-2017 season in a tightly contested bout. The Rockets jumped out to a 36-21 lead over the Raiders thanks to...
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Sonkin leads Rocket swim team to undefeated season

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The Needham High School varsity swimming team improved to 7-0 on the season over the last weeks with victories coming over Natick (104-82) on January 16, Newton North (130-55) on January 18, and Framingham on January 20. Junior Serge Sonkin’s efforts in the 100-meter butterfly helped propel the Rockets to victory against Framingham...
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