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Rockets Review: Undefeated Gymnasts and Soccer at the State House

A quick look at Needham High School sports action over the past week, as submitted by the Needham High Athletics Dept.

Gymnastics Undefeated! 

The Needham gymnasts moved to 4-0 on the season with their big BSC Carey win over Newton North on Friday.  With the 133.25-131.10 win, the team finds itself with an outside chance to qualify for the State Team competition, while Senior Maria Smirnov and Junior Maggie Nieto turned in strong individual performances to help propel the Rockets.

Boys Swim & Dive Wins 2!

Boys Swim and Dive used two wins on the week to move to 4-3 on the season, with victories over Natick, 94-81, on Friday, and Newton North, 95-91, on Monday.  

Indoor Track Records Fall! 

While the Indoor Track Teams were not able to take down the mighty Tigers of Newton North in dual-meets on Thursday, they did test the perennial State power in both the Boys and Girls competitions.  

On Saturday, at the annual MSTCA Relays, two NHS records fell, as the Boys Distance Medley Relay, consisting of Dan Alpert, Adrien Amaya, Tyler Hagen and Jack Strollo, took 1st Place in record time of 10:41, and the Girls 4x800 Relay took 3rd Place in record time of 9:48.  For more information about the teams and the winter season, please visit the NHS Track Blog at http://www.needhamrunning.blogspot.com

Boys Soccer to State House!

The State Champion Needham Boys Soccer Team will be honored at the Mass. State House this week, as they have been invited by Representative Denise Garlick to be recognized by Senator Ross and Senator Rush at the 1:00pm session in Boston on Wednesday, January 23rd.

Wrapping Up: Commendations and Congratulations

Head Coach Don Brock also continued to rack up awards for the fall season, as he was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) / Adidas Regional Coach-of-the-Year and received a,

"Letter of Commendation by the NSCAA Awards Committee in recognition of (his) outstanding coaching career, including nearly 700 career victories and the occasion of (his) fourth state championship this past season.  The award (was) presented (to Coach Brock) with four other individuals on stage at the annual Awards Banquet on Friday, January 18, 2013, in conjunction with the 66th annual NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis."

As the a Regional COY winner, Coach Brock also becomes a nominee, along with 7 other regional COYs, for National Coach-of-the-Year!  Also at the NSCAA Convention, the Needham Boys Team was recognized as one of the top-25 high school teams in the country!

Wrestling took down Norwood on Wednesday, 58-21, and Boys and Girls Ice Hockey also each earned one win, with the Boys pulling away from Brookline 6-3 on Saturday, behind a hat-trick from Sophomore forward Danny Jacobs, and the Girls beating Dedham on Monday behind two goals from Sophomore Mikayla Michals.  The Boys and Girls Basketball teams came away with important BSC wins as well, with each team, the Girls at home and the Boys on the road, beating Walpole on Friday. 

Please check http://nhs.needham.k12.ma.us/athletics for Rockets Athletic news, updates, forms, links, and complete team schedules. or follow the @NHSRockets on Twitter.


Athletic Events Schedule 1/22-1/26

Day, Date Time Team H/A Opponent(s) / Event Facility Bus Depart Tuesday             1/22/13 3:45PM Boys Fresh Basketball Home Brookline HS Needham HS   1/22/13 3:45/5:15PM Girls Fr & JV / Var Basketball Away Brookline HS Fresh: Brookline/Tappan Gym       Var & JV: Brookline HS 2:45 PM 1/22/13 4:15PM Girls JV Ice Hockey Away Framingham HS Loring Rink 3:00 PM 1/22/13 4:30PM Gymnastics Home Norwood HS Needham HS B Gym   1/22/13 5:00PM Boys JV Basketball Home Brookline HS Needham HS   1/22/13 6:30PM Boys Var Basketball Home Brookline HS Needham HS   1/22/13 8:00PM Boys JV Ice Hockey Home Xaverian Brothers HS Daly Rink                 Wednesday             1/23/13 3:30PM Boys Swimming & Diving Away Xaverian Brothers HS Dedham Pool 2:40 PM 1/23/13 4:00PM Boys/Girls JV Indoor Track Away BSC JV Meet Newton North HS 2:45 PM 1/23/13 7:00PM Girls Var Ice Hockey Away Milton HS Ulin Rink 5:30 PM 1/23/13 7:00PM Wrestling Home Natick HS Needham HS A Gym   1/23/13 7:00PM Boys & Girls Varsity Ski Away Blue Hills Slalom Race Blue Hills   1/23/13 8:00PM Boys Var Ice Hockey Home Milton HS Babson College                 Thursday             1/24/13 4:00PM Girls JV Ice Hockey Away Norwood HS Badjko 2:45 PM 1/24/13 4:30PM Boys/Girls Indoor Track Away Brookline HS Reggie Lewis Center 2:45 PM               Friday             1/25/13 3:45PM Boys Fresh Basketball Home Milton HS Needham HS   1/25/13 3:45PM Girls Fresh Basketball Away Milton HS Milton HS 2:45 PM 1/25/13 5:00PM Boys JV Basketball Home Milton HS Needham HS   1/25/13 5:00PM Gymnastics Away Weymouth HS Weymouth/Chapman MS 3:15 PM 1/25/13 6:30PM Boys Var Basketball Home Milton HS Needham HS   1/25/13 5:15/6:30PM Girls JV/Var Basketball Away Milton HS Milton HS 4:00 PM 1/25/13 7:00PM Boys Swimming & Diving Home Wellesley HS - SENIOR NIGHT Babson College                 Saturday             1/26/13 AM/PM Races Boys & Girls Ski Away Ragged Mountain Races Ragged Mtn 6:00 AM 1/26/13 9:00AM Wrestling Away BSC Quad @ Walpole w/ NNHS & Milton Walpole HS 7:15 AM 1/26/13 9:20AM Girls JV Ice Hockey Away Watertown HS Ryan Arena 8:15 AM 1/26/13 9:30AM Boys/Girls Indoor Track Away MSTCA Invitational Reggie Lewis 7:45 AM 1/26/13 12:00PM Boys JV Ice Hockey Away Hingham HS Pilgrim Arena 10:45 AM 1/26/13 6:45PM Girls Var Ice Hockey Home Norwood HS Babson College  

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