Rockets Review: MIAA Tournament Recap, Thanksgiving Game Tickets

A quick look at Needham High School sports action over the past week--including a certain Championship win.


On Friday night (11/16) at Worcester State College, the Rockets defeated Amherst Regional HS 1-0 for Title! 

Senior Mac Steeves scored the game winner in 72nd minute and the Team held on for their 16th shut-out of the season.  The Boys finish season at 21-1-3 and ranked in the top-20 Nationally!

More on the web: Boston Globe,  Boston Herald

GOLF TEAM Monday, 11/5: Junior Jake Shuman won the Division I Individual Golf State Championship at Norton Country Club.  Needham finished 5th overall in the Team Tournament. Boston Globe Article

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY Saturday, 11/17: After an undefeated regular season, 11-0, and a 2nd place finish at the EMASS Divisionals (by 4 points to Lincoln-Sudbury), the NHS Girls Cross Country Team finished finished 3rd (this time only 1 point behind L-S) in the DI State Championships at Northfield Mountain.  Freshman Margie Cullen, who won the BSC Championship and the Divisional Race, came in an impressive 8th overall in the State Race!

GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING Sunday, 11/18: After finishing 3rd at the DI Sectionals last weekend, the Needham Girls Swimming & Diving Team earned 5th place at the DI State Championships at Harvard.  While there were a number of top-10 finishes for the Rockets, standout performances belonged to Junior Katie Santaniello, who placed 3rd in the100 Butterfly, and the NHS 200 Free Relay Team, who also finished 3rd overall.

DANCE TEAM Sunday, 11/18: The Needham Dance Team entered the Fall State Championships at Shrewsbury HS on Sunday night as the 2-time defending Winter State Champions, but came up just short to BSC rival Braintree, finishing 2nd overall.  BSC teams earned a clean sweep at the competition, with Weymouth finishing third.

125th Annual Thanksgiving Day Football Game!

Thursday, November 22nd @ 10:00am - Memorial Field

This Thursday, Needham will host Wellesley in the 125th installment of this historic rivalry at 10:00am on Memorial Field. Pre-sale Tickets are now available in the NHS Athletics Office, the Needham Parks & Recreation Office, and through the NHS Touchdown Club.  All Tickets for the game are $10.00.  Cash and checks made payable to: NHS Athletics, are accepted.

Please also visit the NHS Boosters Retro Uniform/Gear Sale tables to pick up a piece of Rockets history!  Items will be priced at $5.00 and $10.00 and will be from many past sports, teams and years.


For the second year in a row, a Needham High School graduate will be presented with the Bay State Conference "FLUTIE AWARD" at halftime of the Thanksgiving Day Football Game.  The "FLUTIE AWARD" is the top honor presented by the BSC each year for one male and one female graduate of the league, and recognizes athletes who possess the qualities exemplified by Doug Flutie: performance in school; dedication; leadership; sportsmanship; and character.  This year's female athlete winner is 2012 NHS graduate Tory Waldstein, who follows 2011 NHS graduate, Will Stenberg, who took home the award last year.

Tory Waldstein earned 10 Varsity letters in her time at Needham HS in Soccer (3), Basketball (3) and Lacrosse (4), and was a 4x Captain and 4x BSC All-Star.  In Lacrosse, she was the BSC MVP in 2012, leading her team to a 22-2 record and spot in the South Section Final, was a 2x Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic, was a member of the LNE National Tournament Team One, and in 2011 made the NE Under Armour All-Star Team.  In addition, she was a 2x HS All-American and was named to, and participated in, the 2012 Under Armour Senior All-American Game.  

Tory was also a standout in the classroom, garnering National Honor Society recognition in 2011 and 2012, earning either honors or high-honors each year at NHS, and being named to the 2012 Academic All-American Team.  Tory served as the MIAA Student Ambassador for Needham HS in 2011 and 2012, was involved in NHS's "Make A Statement Day", and volunteered in the Needham Youth Lacrosse program from 2009-2012.  

Tory is in her first year at Harvard University where she is a member of the Crimson Women's Lacrosse Team.

For Needham Athletics program updates and links, and to follow the NHS teams through the postseason, please visit http://nhs.needham.k12.ma.us/athletics and follow on Twitter:@NHSRockets.


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