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(11.9-11.15)

ROCKETS POSTSEASON UPDATE

GIRLS SOCCER- D1 South Sectional Champion!
  • The #4 Seed in D1 South, The Rockets took on #1 Seed Bishop Feehan in the Sectional Semi-Finals on Wednesday night in Milford.  Needham controlled the game from the start and were finally able to break through late in the first half when Crea Baker-Durante put home a corner kick from Emma White to take a 1-0 lead.  The Rockets continued with solid pressure in the 2nd half, and the defense, led by goaltender Liz Vallatini, kept Feehan at bay to hold on to a 1-0 win!! 
  • The Rockets moved on to face #2 Seed Whitman-Hanson in the South Finals on Saturday in Marshfield.  It was the tale of two halves as the wind played a major role in the game.  Needham had the wind at their back in the first half and took advantage.  After a WH defender misjudged the wind and let a ball bounce over her head, Baker-Durante ran under it and beat the keeper low to give the Rockets a 1-0 lead.  10 minutes later after a failed WH Corner, Needham went on the counter attack, Baker-Durante got the ball near midfield, streaked down the right sideline, cut it back and split two defenders, and blasted her 2nd goal of the game into the back of the net.  The Junior's 5th goal of the tournament had Needham out in front 2-0 at halftime.  The 2nd half was another story. Playing back in to the wind, put Needham on the defensive.  WH scored with 15 minutes left to make it 2-1.  They had plenty more opportunities to tie, but the defense turned them away each time and Needham held on for a 2-1 Win!! It is the Rockets first Sectional Title since 2000!
NEXT UP: Rockets will face North Champion, Lincoln-Sudbury in the EMASS Championship:  Tuesday 11/17  5:30PM  Brockton HS

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GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING
  • The South/Central Sectional Finals were Saturday at MIT.  The Rockets finished 6th overall as a team and will send 13 athletes to States!  
  • Some individual/relay highlights included: Elizabeth Bonvouloir 4th in the 200 IM, Ellen Ingwerson 2nd in the 100 Fly, Monika Hedman 5th in 100 Free and 2nd in the100 Breast, 200 Medley Relay Team finished 3rd!  400 Free Relay finished 3rd!
NEXT UP: State Championships   Sunday 11/22  4:00PM at Harvard

Yee, Ward, Ingerwson & Lively 200 Medley Relay Team!


FOOTBALL
  • The #3 Seed in D2 South, The Rockets advanced to the Sectional Finals for the first time in the playoff era.  Needham traveled to take on #1 Seed Marshfield.  The Rams showed why they are the top team in the state jumping out to an early lead.  The Rockets fought hard, but their playoff run and 7 game win streak came to an end.
NEXT UP: Rockets will play rival Wellesley HS on Thanksgiving at Fenway Park! 

REMINDER TICKETS ARE STILL ON SALE FOR THE THANKSGIVING DAY FOOTBALL @ FENWAY
  • Pavilion Level - Premium Tickets $40.00 each - available for purchase through the NHS Athletic Office, the NHS TD Club and the Needham Parks & Recreation Office (Pavilion tickets grant access to indoor club level, outdoor club seating and all general admission areas.



BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
  • Rockets take 3rd Place at the D2 EMASS Divisional Meet and will move on to the State Championships!  Top Boys finishers were Steve Flanagan 4th, Kevin Quinn 8th and Alex Turner 12th
NEXT UP: State Championship Meet   Saturday 11/21  10:00AM at Stanley Park in Westfield


GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
  • Rockets take 2nd Place at the D2 EMASS Divisional Meet and will move on to the State Championships to defend their title!  
  • Margie Cullen wins the race and takes home the D2 EMASS Individual Title!  Sarah Armstrong came in 4th and Maddi Terry 14th!
NEXT UP: State Championship Meet   Saturday 11/21  10:00AM at Stanley Park in Westfield




CHEERLEADING
  • Rockets Cheerleaders take 3rd Place at the South Regionals and Move on to States!
NEXT UP: State Championships  Sunday 11/22 at Algonquin RHS



DANCE
  • Rockets finish 2nd at the State Championship!
NEXT UP: A halftime performance on Thanksgiving at Fenway Park!



FIELD HOCKEY
  • The #2 Seed in D1 North, The Rockets faced #3 Seed Andover in the D1 North Semi-Finals on Tuesday night in Reading.  Andover jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead.  The Rockets seemed to have cut the deficit in half, but Kendall Milligan's goal was called back. Needham had a 2nd goal waived off and Andover then sealed it with another goal and 3-0 win.
  • Needham had their best season in recent history, BSC Carey Champs, advancing to the Sectional Semi, and finishing with a 20-1-2 Record!

BOYS SOCCER
  • The #4 Seed in D1 South, The Rockets took on the #8 Seed Wellesley in the D1 South Semi-Finals on Wednesday night in Milford. Wellesley scored an early goal off a corner kick.  The Raiders then packed it in and despite a spirited effort by the Rockets in the 2nd half, they couldn't find the back of the net and fell 1-0.
  • Needham finished the season as BSC Carey Champs and a 16-3-4 Record!

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
  • The #7 Seed in D1 Central/East, The Rockets followed up their 1st Rd win with a trip to take on #2 Seed Newton North.  A familiar BSC foe, the Tigers are tough to beat at home.  Despite some solid rallies from the Rockets, their season came to an end with a 3-0 loss.
  • Needham had a terrific season, finishing with a 12-8 record and a home playoff win!


Visit http://nhs.needham.k12.ma.us/athletics for Rockets Athletic news, updates, forms, links, and complete team schedules.  Please also view NHS Boosters Athletic Events Photo Galleries at http://www.davearnoldphotography.com for Needham HS athletes and teams in action.

Additional sites to check for more in-depth information and stories are the Needham Times online at http://www.wickedlocal.com/needham/sports/high_school, Hometown Weekly http://hometownweekly.net/index145.htm the Needham Patch online at http://needham.patch.com/sports, and the Needham Channel YouTube site atwww.youtube.com/user/TheNeedhamChannel


NHS Athletic Events Schedule 
11.16-11.22 
REGULAR SEASON
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  • Monday 11/16  JV Football vs Dedham HS   3:45PM   Memorial Field
  • Saturday 11/21   FR/JV Football @ Wellesley HS  JV-10:00AM  FR-12:00PM  Wellesley/Sprague HS   Bus Time: 8:45/10:45AM
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