Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Needham High School seniors Mark Riley and Dane Pierce were recognized on Monday, May 14.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Needham High School football seniors Mark Riley and Dan Pierce were both honored with Scholar-Athlete Awards at the National Football Foundation Eastern Mass Chapter's annual banquet on Monday, May 14. Thirty-two individuals received the award out of 600 nominees from acround the state. After graduation in June, Riley will go on to play football at Bates College, and Pierce will play football at Middlebury College.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Dan Pierce and Mark Riley will be recognized as scholar athletes at an awards dinner on May 14.
Two Needham residents are among a list of area athletes being honored by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Dan Pierce and Mark Riley, both members of the Needham High School Class of 2012, will be honored as scholar athletes on Monday, May 14 at the NFF chapter's annual awards dinner, to be held at Lombardo's in Randolph, the Boston Globe reports. Both Pierce and Riley were members of Needham High School's 2011 varsity football team, which was the first in school history to play in the MIAA Division 1 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium. Pierce, who plans to attend Middlebury College in Vermont, is a two-year starter on the NHS football team and earned conference all-star honors this year. He …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The Rockets made history on Tuesday as they defeated the Whalers, 42-14.
Take a deep breath Needham High School varsity football fans, because the Rockets have officially won a playoff game and are headed to Gillette Stadium on Saturday to face Boston College High School in the MIAA Division I Super Bowl. “It feels great,” Needham head coach Dave Duffy said after his team’s victory against New Bedford on Tuesday. “We’ve never won a playoff game, [and] it’s always hung over our heads a little bit, but especially moving up to Division I. I knew we were going to be good this year. I’m glad the kids worked hard and got to accomplish something no other team has ever accomplished.” The Rockets should be proud, especially since they beat-up a quality New Bedford squad on Tuesday evening under the lights at Weymouth …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The neighbors and rivals will meet for their 124th Thanksgiving Day game on Thursday, Nov. 24, with a win sending Needham to the post-season.
It isn’t exactly Harvard-Yale or Williams-Amherst, but it is indeed one of the oldest high school football rivalries in the country, and every year it lives up to the hype. On Thanksgiving morning, Needham High School’s varsity football team will travel to Wellesley High School for their final regular season contest of the season. With a win, they’ll clinch their first playoff berth since 2009. “We’re working hard in practice. Everyone’s picking up the intensity level that much more. We’re just trying to prepare and work hard, so we can try and win this game,” said Mark Riley, a senior co-captain for Needham. Needham will enter Thursday’s contest with a one-game winning streak, while Wellesley has dropped their last two matchups against …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
A look at some of the latest news and notes from the Needham Rockets.
It’s been an exciting past couple of days in the town of Needham, as their hometown Rockets varsity soccer teams have experienced a great deal of success in the MIAA Division I South tournaments. Here’s a recap of the past few games, and updates on both teams, as well as some more exciting sports news pertaining to Needham High School. Boys Soccer Advances to MIAA Division I South Semi-Finals The boys varsity soccer team kicked off their quest for a fourth state championship on Monday evening, Nov. 7 at Memorial Field with an impressive victory against King Phillip, which was followed up by a dramatic come-from-behind win against Silver Lake in overtime on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Both opposing coaches, King Phillip’s Kip Lewis and Silver …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Here's some of the latest Needham Rocket news compiled by correspondent Matt Noonan.
Before the Needham High School girls varsity volleyball season began, head coach Peter Arsenault entered the year with a plan—improve, work hard and get better. The Rockets definitely enhanced their play from last season, as they doubled their win total and challenged a majority of their Bay State Conference foes with numerous rallies in various sets, which didn’t always translate into wins. While the season has officially ended, the squad and their head coach seem quite hopeful that their success from this season will carry over to next year, and possibly result in a MIAA Tournament berth, too. “Next year is very hopeful. We have high expectations, ” Arsenault said. “Our main goal is to get [a .500 winning percentage] and make the …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Mark Riley, senior co-captain of the Needham High School varsity football team, talks about the season thus far and his favorite football moments. The team will take the field tonight at home against Natick.
Senior co-captain Mark Riley has been a pivotal part of the defense for this year's Needham High School varsity football team and has been described by other coaches in the Bay State Conference as the best tight end in the state. But the humble Riley doesn’t let anything interfere with his game—he's just focused on having fun and working hard. Needham Patch stopped by the practice field recently to chat with Riley, who shared his thoughts about the season, recent wins and his favorite football moments in the Rockets uniform. After last week’s win against Walpole, you, as well as senior co-captains Pete Madsen and Mike Vespa brought the game ball to Drew Burnett. Talk about that particular experience. It was great to get the win for Drew. …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Needham Rockets news, notes and games to watch for the coming weekend and week ahead.
Tuesday evening was definitely filled with joy and excitement, as the Needham High School girls varsity soccer team snapped their two-game losing streak against the Braintree Wamps and clinched a spot in the upcoming MIAA tournament. “They wanted to qualify, and they did what they needed to do. They had that good five minutes and finished their chances and that’s it,” said Braintree head coach Matthew Freeman, when asked to describe his thoughts on Needham’s overall play. For the girls soccer team, this certainly is a sigh of relief, especially for head coach Carl Tarabelli, who has mentioned numerous times this season that he’s coaching a young squad. However, last week’s matches against Norwood and Weymouth were valuable lessons, which …
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Charter and senior tight end connected for two TDs in Friday's win against Walpole.
Leading up to Friday’s contest against the Walpole Rebels, Needham Rocket fans had one question on their mind—who would replace senior captain and quarterback Drew Burnett under center? The answer: an untested sophomore by the name of Ryan Charter, who appeared completely unfazed against a Rebels defense and managed to record two touchdown strikes to senior tight end Mark Riley in a 31-22 victory. “It’s easy to play well with these kids, it’s a great team,” Charter said. “The whole week, I didn’t really know what was going on, I just tried to do my best in practice [and] I was looking forward to the game the whole week and everyone was asking if I was nervous and I was like, ‘no way, I’m excited,’ so I loved it, I loved it.” “The kid …
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Because of inclement weather on Friday, the Rockets varsity football game against Milton was suspended until Saturday afternoon.
After a few strikes of lighting lit up the Needham nighttime sky on Friday, MIAA officials were forced to suspend the Rockets’ sixth varsity football game against the winless Milton Wildcats to Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Needham began the game with a bang, as senior quarterback Drew Burnett capped off a three-play drive with a 58-yard touchdown strike to senior tight end Mark Riley, who also caught a four yard score later in the same quarter. Burnett also connected with senior running back Ian Riley for a 40-yard score, while senior Dan Pierce registered the only rushing touchdown of the game on a 28-yard dash. As for Milton, their offense struggled to contain Needham’s front seven, which recorded three sacks and held the Wildcats …