Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Board of Selectmen present awards to Needham Soccer Team and captain Mac Steeves.
The Board of Selectmen honored both the Division I Champion Soccer Team, and their Captain, Mac Steeves at last night's Board of Selectmen meeting. Noting that Steeves' father and grandfather were both firefighters, Selectman Daniel Matthews noted “so it’s no surprise he knows how to respond to a tense situation.” Gatorade and USA Today's High School Sports section teamed up to award their Player of the Year award to a Needham Rocket in February, which the Board presented last night.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Recapping the past year of Needham High School athletics.
With 2011 slowly coming to a close, and 2012 days away, it’s time to look back on the past year of Needham High School athletics. Here’s 10 moments that’ll forever be remembered from the past 12 months. 1. Needham Rockets Football Fall to BC High At Gillette Stadium: This was indeed one of the crowning moments of the past year, as the Rockets varsity football team accomplished their goal of playing on the grassy, green turf at Gillette Stadium. However, the outcome wasn’t as planned, as Needham fell to Boston College High School, 21-7. Yet, a valiant effort was displayed, as the Rockets, who held the Eagles running and passing game in tact, despite allowing a 91-yard touchdown dash by Deonate Ramey-Do in the second quarter. 2. Will …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
A look at some of the latest news and notes from the Needham Rockets.
It’s been a rather quiet week on the sports front in Needham, as a majority of the fall squads have concluded their season, while a few winter teams have begun preparations for their upcoming slates. Here’s some of the latest news pertaining toward the boys varsity soccer and football teams. Boys Soccer Looks to the Future It’s been a few days since the Needham High School boys varsity soccer season came to an end at Medway High School, but after their final game against Greater New Bedford concluded, both head coach Don Brock and senior goalkeeper Jake Bronstein reflected on the loss, as well as looked ahead to next season. “It [was] tough to end the season [losing in overtime] because we knew we had more in it, more games to be won, …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Junior co-captain Mac Steeves scored in the first OT period to propel the Rockets to their second MIAA Division I South victory in three seasons.
After a rather quick, and easy win against King Phillip on Monday, Nov. 7, the Needham High School boys varsity soccer team returned to Memorial Field for the final time this season, and rallied to win a thriller against No. 5 Silver Lake High School in overtime, 2-1. “We’ve been to the state finals six times, and all six of those had a very close game somewhere along the way, but this is right up there,” Needham head coach Don Brock said. Both the Lakers and Rockets traded multiple shots throughout the first half but couldn’t muster a single goal until roughly three minutes into the second half, as Silver Lake senior forward Andrew Chenard gave his team a one goal advantage before Needham’s junior midfielder Nolan Brady tiptoed past the …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The Rockets compiled four goals against the Warriors on Monday, advancing to the MIAA Division I South quarter finals on Wednesday.
It’s been roughly three years since the Needham Rockets won their first-round MIAA Division I South playoff match, and on Monday evening, Don Brock’s crew made sure their season continued, as they defeated No. 20 King Philip, 4-1 under the lights at Memorial Field. “We played well enough to win. They’re an aggressive team, which we knew, and they didn’t stop. We scored some nice goals—some beautiful goals, a matter of fact—and anytime you get 4-1, especially the last two years, we’ve gone one-and-out, so we’re glad to get over that hump,” Needham head coach Don Brock said. Needham set the tone midway through the first half, as sophomore Harry Swartz and juniors Nolan Brady and Mac Steeves compiled three goals in a span of 20 minutes to …
Sunday, November 6, 2011
The Rockets scored on four-of-five penalty shots to upset Hingham, 3-2 (4-3).
One year after their most excruciating playoff losses in school history, the No. 20 Needham High School girls varsity soccer team proved that despite their youth and postseason inexperience, they too are a team to be reckoned with, as the Rockets escaped Saturday’s MIAA Division I South preliminary match with a thrilling 3-2 victory over No. 4 Hingham High School in penalty kicks. “When we went down one goal, they never said, ‘quit,’ they never got flustered, they stayed the course, scored two nice set piece goals, and this is why you play the game,” Needham head coach Carl Tarabelli said. “All in all, they matured a lot, they never lost their composure, and that’s what led us into this point here. [Needham’s a] great team, and played with…
Friday, November 4, 2011
The high school soccer playoffs kick off Saturday, as the Needham girls soccer team travels to Hingham, while the boys will enjoy an extra day of rest.
On Thursday, Nov. 3, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Association announced the pairings for the upcoming high school state soccer tournament, which is set to kick off this weekend. Both Needham High School squads will be competing in this year’s tournaments. Here’s a look at both teams' schedules: Boys Soccer The Rockets drew the No. 4 seed in the Division I South bracket and will enjoy a bye this weekend. They will return to the pitch on Monday, Nov. 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Field, and will host the winner of King Phillip High School vs. Quincy High School. With a win against their first-round opponent, Needham would then host the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Girls Soccer Carl Tarabelli’s squad drew the No. 20 seed in the …
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, September 30, 2011
Rockets goaltender talks about the season, what it means to be a captain and his thoughts on life after soccer.
There are a lot of important aspects of being a quality goalkeeper, and Needham’s Jake Bronstein certainly fits that mold. The boys varsity soccer senior co-captain has recorded three shutouts this season and is a major reason the Rockets have been rather successful in the Bay State Conference. Bronstein has not only been a true leader on and off the field but is certainly committed to doing what’s necessary for his team to win. Patch sat down recently with the Rockets goaltender, who talked about his career between the pipes prior to Needham High School, as well as his ultimate goal for him and the team this season. When did you start playing goalie? I first started playing goalie when I was about eight or nine in the youth soccer league…
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Steeves and Swartz both recorded hat-tricks in the Rockets' first win of the season against Dedham.
Despite heavy rain and wind throughout the course of Wednesday’s Bay State Conference clash between Needham and Dedham, the Needham High School Rockets boys varsity soccer team scored early and often en route to a 10-1 victory over the Marauders. “You’re always happy to get [the first win] under your belt,” Needham’s head coach Don Brock said after the game, which was played on Memorial Field. “We have a fairly skilled team and they’re very young," Brock said. "We only have four to five seniors on the squad, so we had two kids with hat-tricks, and I know probably Dedham was a little upset that we probably kept scoring, but we’re trying to get [our guys ready] for the big games coming up like Brookline on Friday.” Dedham’s Ioannis Siokis …