Rockets Review: Wrestling Recap, Boys Ice Hockey Family Day, Parent Conferences

A quick look at Needham High School sports action over the past week.

The following was sent to Patch by Amy Goldstein:

NHS Wrestling went 2-2 on the week, facing some of the top competition in the Bay State League and state.  On Wednesday night, The Rockets dropped a close one to undefeated Bay State League rival, Braintree, 48-34. 

In the loss, Needham saw some great performances from Freshman Lucas Goldman, Senior Captains Mark Carroll and Mikhail Khibkin, Junior Zach Goldman, Seniors Islam Baiev and John Cronin, all earning pins or technical falls for the team.

"Our guys beat some of their best guys," Said Coach Paul Ahern, "But in the end, we lost those toss-up matches."

On Saturday, NHS Wrestling traveled to Winchester where they battled the home team, Xaverian and Billerica. Facing Winchester first, they fell to the #2 ranked team in the state, 52-19. But in the loss, the Rockets got four big wins from Carroll, Baiev, Sophomore Dan Goldstein and Cronin.

Cronin knocked off a highly ranked Sachem in dominating fashion, pinning his opponent after surging to an 11-0 lead. Needham went on to down Xaverian, 57-21 and in that win, ten Rockets left the mat with their hand raised: Lucas Goldman, Carroll, Junior Zach Goldman, Khibkin, Baiev, Senior Tak Hirayama, Junior Ben Glickman, Cronin, Senior Chris Ptak and Sophomore Will Burke tallied big victories.  

Closing out the day, the Rockets avenged last year's loss to Merrimack Valley rival, Billerica, defeating them 54-21. Carroll, Zach Goldman, Khibkin, Senior Brett Cohen, Baiev, Hirayama, First-year Senior Andrew Wise and Cronin all earned pins for the Rockets.

Moving to 5-3 overall, and 1-1 in the BSL, the Rockets hold a #21 ranking in the state and look forward to taking part in the prestigious Lowell Holiday Tournament at the Tsongas Arena on Thursday and Friday of the vacation week.

The following was submitted by Needham High School Athletics:


Monday, December 31st @ 10:00am - Babson College Skating Center

Needham vs Hingham - All Children 12 & Under FREE!
Come out and get your photo taken with Needham's new mascot, "Rocky the Rocket"!

Join us on New Years Eve morning (12/31) at the Babson College Skating Center (150 Great Plain Ave., Wellesley) as the Rockets host the Harbormen of Hingham HS in a Boys Varsity Ice Hockey contest.  All Children 12 & Under get in for free and photos with the new Needham HS mascot, "Rocky the Rocket", will also be available for all!

NHS Rockets Athletic Events

Schedule 12/26-12/31

Home Varsity Events (All other Home HS Events)Away Varsity Events (All other Away HS Events)Home Night Varsity GamesFAMILY DAY EVENT @ 12/31 BOYS VARSITY ICE HOCKEY GAME VS HINGHAM

Day, Date Time Sport H/A Opponent(s)/Event Location Bus Depart VACATION: 12/24-12/31            Wed             12/26/12 3:30PM Boys JV Ice Hockey Home Weymouth HS St Sebastians   12/26/12 4:40PM Girls JV Ice Hockey Home Norwood HS Fessenden Rink                 Thurs             12/27/12 TBA Wrestling Away Lowell Holiday Wrestling Tournament Tsongas Arena (Lowell)   12/27/12 3:10PM Boys Var Ice Hockey Away Xaverian Brothers HS Foxboro Sports Center 1:30pm 12/27/12 3:30PM Girls JV Ice Hockey Home Natick HS St Sebastians   12/27/12 4:45PM Boys JV Ice Hockey Home Barnstable HS St Sebastians   12/27/12 5:30PM Girls Var Basketball Away Somerville Tourney 1st Round vs Fontbonne Somerville HS 3:45pm               Fri             12/28/12 TBA Wrestling Away Lowell Holiday Wrestling Tournament Tsongas Arena (Lowell)   12/28/12 TBA Girls Var Basketball Away Somerville Tourney (Cons -5:30 / Champ - 7:00) Somerville HS TBA 12/28/12 10:00AM Girls JV Ice Hockey Home Dedham HS St Sebastians                 Sat             12/29/12 3:00PM Boys JV Basketball Home B.C. High Needham HS A Gym   12/29/12 4:30PM Boys Var Basketball Home B.C. High Needham HS A Gym   12/29/12 8:20PM Boys Var Ice Hockey Home Billerica HS Babson College Rink                 Mon             12/31/12 10:00AM Boys Var Ice Hockey Home FAMILY DAY vs Hingham HS                                                 All Children 12 & Under Free - Come on out and take pictures with the new NHS Mascot - 'Rocky the Rocket'! Babson College Rink  

For more information, please check http://nhs.needham.k12.ma.us/athletics for Rockets Athletic news, updates, forms, links, and complete team schedules.

Needham HS Athletics is also now on Twitter!  Follow us @NHSRockets.  For NHS Boosters Athletic Events Photo Galleries visitwww.davearnoldphotography.com and for the NHS Track Blog visit http://www.needhamrunning.blogspot.com.

1/12/13 NHS Parent Conference featuring a PCA Sport Workshop

Register for the Needham High School Parent Conference Saturday January 12 (snow date 1/26) 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Needham High School Auditorium Cost: $10 (includes Keynote, 3 workshops & lunch)

Sponsored by: NHS PTC & the Needham Coalition for Suicide Prevention Spend a morning and learn valuable parenting skills. Share your concerns and ideas with other high school parents.  Stay ahead of the game and parent your teen with knowledge and confidence!

Sneak Preview…Keynote- "Befriending Fear: Building Resilience to deal with Teenage Anxiety" Dr. Ron Siegel, Clinical Psychologist, Harvard Medical School.  Adolescence is a time of many transitions, and transitions often cause anxiety. Learning to befriend fears can help our children successfully navigate the often-choppy waters of the teenage years.  This presentation will offer an alternative to traditional strategies such as avoidance, distraction, perfectionism and self-medication. 

After the Keynote Address, parents can choose 3 of 12 interactive workshops, Including a PCA Workshop - Sports Parenting & the Challenges of Interscholastic Athletics - Facilitated by Micah Hauben, NHS Athletic Director and The PCA

Register now:http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2471040950Link for detailed description of the Keynote and each workshop: https://sites.google.com/site/needhamhighschoolptc/parenting-conference

Contact the PTC at needhamparenting@gmail.com with any questions or to volunteer for the conference.    


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