By Micah Hauben, NHS Director of Athletics
During a week that saw no losses for five of the Needham High School varsity spring teams, there were several key victories for the Rockets.
Boys volleyball went 3-0, defeating Natick, Braintree and Framingham, to keep pace in the Bay State Conference Carey, and now stand at 11-2 (10-1 BSC). Girls tennis earned two BSC victories, while boys tennis took one, and their showdown with St. John's High School (Shrewsbury) was postponed to May 25 because of weather.
Girls lacrosse moved to 10-1 on the season as they beat BSC opponents Natick and Braintree and non-league Medfield on Saturday, May 5. Boys lacrosse also beat Natick and Braintree and then used a great effort on Saturday night, after the girl's game, to take down St. John's Prep, and earn at least a bit of payback from last season (SJP beat Needham last spring in the DI State Semi-Finals).
Although softball had hit a rough stretch, the girls got back on the winning track on Friday shutting out Brookline for the team's third victory of the year. The Rockets will look to stay on track under the lights at Claxton Field against Milton on Monday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. before traveling to Framingham and Newton South later in the week.
This week will see two annual events come to Needham High School, as the Boosters Club will host their annual celebrity basketball game, featuring members of the New England Patriots, on Thursday night, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the A Gym, and the NHS baseball program will hold its third annual 50-Inning Alumni Game on Saturday, May 6 on the Memorial Field diamond.
Tickets to the Boosters game will be available at the door on Thursday, May 10 at $10 for students and $20 for adults (open autograph session at half time), while former Red Sox Bill "Spaceman" Lee will be on the mound for the 50-Inning Game.
Boys and Girls Track and Field
The following is a track and field update from head girls coach Chris Van Cott:
On Tuesday, May 1, amid cold, damp conditions, the boys and girls track teams faced Weymouth and fell to their formidable opponent. The boys team now stands at 4-2, while the girls have a mirror image record of 2-4.
While the regular season is quickly winding down, both varsity teams appear poised for individual success as they approach conference and divisional championship meets.
Last weekend, the Rockets competed at the Division 2 state relay championships with the boys snagging a win in the javelin relay. The trio of senior captain Andrew Murowchick, senior Ian Riley and sophomore Jack Steverman combined for a total distance of 458 feet 2 inches to eek out the title over perennial powerhouse Central Catholic by just four inches. Also scoring for the boys team was the 4-by-800 relay in fourth and 4-by-200 in sixth place.
The girls placed second in the 4-by-100 relay with a time of 52.09 seconds, while they also received points from a fourth in the 4-by-800 and two fifth places in the 4-by-200 and 4-by-1600.
On Saturday, May 5, the Rockets traveled to two different invitational meets, the MSTCA Freshman/Sophomore Championships as well as the Weston Twilight. In the first meet of the day, the boys were led by sophomores Daniel Alpert and Adrian Amaya, who finished third and fifth respectively, in the one mile run. Sophomore Harry Hall ran to a fifth place finish in the 400 hurdles and a 4-by-400 relay team consisting of Alpert, sophomore Jeff Ewing and freshmen Jack Strollo, and Derek Howes placed fourth. For the girls, freshman Anya Gorodentsev qualified for the finals in the 100 meter dash before ultimately placing fourth in the event. Also scoring for the Rockets was sophomore Sammy Lerner, running a personal best and placing sixth in the one mile.
Later that evening, the upperclassmen traveled to Weston for the prestigious Twilight meet where senior Patrick Dec and junior Hallie Armstrong competed in the seldom run 2,000-meter steeplechase. With much pomp and circumstance surrounding the affair, both athletes established new school records in the event's inaugural contest.
Meanwhile, in the field, Ian Riley and Andrew Murowchick continued to impress in the javelin placing first and third with throws of 171 feet 5 inches and 160 feet 10 inches. The Rockets also received two fifth-place finishes in the 400 meters from senior captain Alison Pildner and junior Kevin Walsh running 1:00.56 and 50.50 seconds respectively. Other highlights for the Rockets included stellar personal best performances from senior captains Ben Lueders running a 4:29.32 mile and Stephen Farlow heaving the shot put 47 feet 1 inch.
Next up for the track teams is a dual meet with Framingham this Tuesday, May 8 at Bowditch Field. The meet is scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m.
Check http://nhs.needham.k12.ma.us/athletics for complete team schedules.
Rockets Review is a weekly update distributed by email by Needham High School Director of Athletics Micah Hauben and published with permission on Needham Patch. Additional athletics information can be found on the NHS Athletic Department Web site.