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Rockets Review: Three Teams Secure League Titles

Girls volleyball punched their first postseason ticket in six years.

By Micah Hauben, NHS Director of Athletics

In another strong week of action for the Needham High School Rockets, three more varsity teams secured Bay State Conference Carey Division titles, and another clinched its first trip to the postseason in more than six years.  

League Titles Secured

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Needham field hockey team remained undefeated in the Carey Division, beating Braintree 3-1, wrapping up a league title and postseason trip.  

No. 5 boys soccer, who had already qualified for the state tournament and was coming off a major 1-0 win against No. 2 Weymouth, followed suit by defeating Braintree 4-1 and securing a BSC Carey Division title.

On the road for a night game in Braintree on Thursday, Oct. 18, girls soccer came away with a closely contested 1-0 win, also wrapping up a BSC Carey Title. The seventh-ranked girls have yet to lose this season, standing at 12-0-3 after a big win over No. 9 Winchester on Saturday night. 

Senior Ceremonies

The Needham girls soccer team will celebrate their Senior Night on Thursday, Oct. 25 as they host Dedham at 7:15 p.m. onMemorial Field in the annual Needham Soccer Club 300th Cup Game.

Field hockey will celebrate their Senior Day on Tuesday, Oct. 23 as they host Newton North at DeFazio at 5:15 p.m., while boys and girls cross country (3:45 p.m. at Cutler Park vs. Wellesley) and girls swimming and diving (7 p.m. at Babson vs. Wellesley) will hold their senior ceremonies as well.

Cross Country and Golf

Girls cross country and golf had already taken BSC titles. The cross country teams will compete in the BSC Championship on Saturday, Oct. 27 in Norwood. For more details, visit the NHS XC/Track Blog at needhamrunning.blogspot.com.

The top six members of the golf team will be competing in the MIAA Division I South Sectional Tournament at Brookmeadow Country Club in Canton on Monday, Oct. 22.

Big Win for Girls Volleyball

On Friday, Oct. 19, girls volleyball got their 10th win of the season, beating Newton South 3-1. With the win, the girls earned a trip to the postseason for the first time in more than six years. Standing at 10-6, the team has four yet to play, including going to Braintree this Tuesday, Oct. 23 and hosting top-5 Newton North on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Football

Although No. 7 Walpole grounded the No. 11 Rockets on Friday night in football, Needham remained in playoff contention, as Norwood shocked Weymouth on Saturday, to move the Wildcats to 5-2. Needham, Weymouth and Framingham are all still alive in the postseason hunt, and whichever team finishes in front in the BSC Carey will get the nod for the DI playoffs.  

The boys will have another big test on Friday night, Oct. 26, as they travel to No. 8 Natick for a 7 p.m. game.

Check http://nhs.needham.k12.ma.us/athletics for Rocket Athletic news, updates, forms, links and 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.

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