I put the call out a little while ago for some favorite items of Wellesley sports memorabilia from over the years and so far the only item is a Pep Club Bow Tie from 1962. If you want your favorite/memorable item mentioned feel free to comment and take a trip down memory lane.
So the comments/votes have been coming in on the question of whether or not there should be permanent lights at the Hunnewell football field and so far the vote stands 4 yes and 2 no, obviously this continues to be a topic of interest around town and I would love to hear from more of you on your thoughts on this issue.
Despite temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s and humidity more condusive to Florida, Wellesley’s fall teams will begin their preseason practices this week, with football beginning tomorrow and all other sports reporting Thursday. Wellesley Sports Blitz would like to wish all the athletes best of luck in their tryouts and best of luck in their upcoming season. Also another reminder to stay tuned to the blog on a daily basis as we will be bringing you up to date game results and other news items from the 2015 fall season.
On Friday September 11th, the Wellesley Raider football team will play its season opener and annual night football game against Peabody at 7 pm at Hunnewell Field. Every year this game brings a lot of excitement and always seems to generate a big crowd. The game also brings a lot of debate about the future of lights at Hunnewell Field, and whether or not they should become a permanent fixture at the longtime football field. With that mind I want to hear from you the viewers on either side, should there be permanent lights at the Hunnewell football field?
So over the years I’m sure all of us who have played sports at any level here in town have gathered up some pretty cool pieces of Wellesley Sports memorabilia, whether it be a trophy or a jersey or something else memorable, so what I’d like to know is what’s the best/oldest/most memorable piece of Wellesley sports memorabilia that you own. If you think you have something good, send us a picture or a description and I’ll post some of them to the blog. Another chance to relive Wellesley Sports history.
With preseason about a week away it is time now to preview the 2015 fall season for your Wellesley Raiders. Below find last years records, players to watch for, and some thoughts as we head into a new season. As always, make sure to stay tuned to the blog all fall and school year long for updated information on your favorite Raider teams.
Girls Field Hockey:
2014 Record: 9-5-4
Key Returners: Mimi Connor, Sophie Vernon, Nicole Frontero, Dani Hickman
Thoughts: Coming off a run to the D1 South quarterfinals a year ago, the Raiders look to once again compete with the always talented Walpole Lady Porkers who they upset in the tournament a year ago.
2014 Record: 7-7-4
Key Returners: Kiely Noonan, Caitlyn Chicoski, Lucy Acuna, Kaleigh Harris, Michaela Webb, Izzy Hartnett
Thoughts: The Raiders had to fight to get in the tournament last year and were able to win their first round game, before falling to Bishop Feehan. With a solid core back this year though the team looks to be in good shape to make another run at the tournament
2014 Record: 8-11
Key Returners: Megan Krueger, Jessie Sawyer
Thoughts: The Raiders have had their struggles over the last couple of seasons, but are looking to head in a new direction under new head coach Matt Duggan.
2014 Record: 15-0
Key Returners: Charlie Hitch, Harry Grosso, Jake Morrissey, Jack McKenna
Thoughts: The Raiders only lost 4 seniors from a team that went undefeated a year ago, and will be looking to make a push at a state title after coming up just short. Said Grosso, “”We play Needham to open this year and are looking to not only beat our rivals but to start our season with a positive. Needham golf club is all about placement off the tee, so if we can put ourselves into good positions and make some putts I am confident we can start the season with a W.”
2014 Record: 10-4-3
Key Returners: Jeff Gilbert, Matt D’Aneri
Thoughts: The Raiders are coming off their second straight Herget Division title and are looking once again primed to compete for the top spot as well as in the always competitive D1 South which was won last year by the eventual state champion Needham
Boys Cross Country:
2014 Record: 2-6
Key Returners: Thomas D’Aneri, Ben Matejka
Thoughts: Despite the 2-6 finish a year ago, the Raiders still sent 2 runners to all states and will look for even more success as a team and individually
Girls Cross Country:
2014 Record: 7-3
Key Returners: Eve Driver, Madeline Holden
Thoughts: Coming off a successful 2014 campaign the Raiders will look to once again compete for the Herget title as well as send more runners all the way to all states
Key Returners: Lily Gribbel
Thoughts: Coming off a season marked by a first place finish by Gribbel at the all state meet, the Raiders look to contend once again for a Herget title.
Well Raider fans, the fall season is upon us! Here are the dates and locations where you can check out your various Raider fall teams in action for this time of the 2015 campaign. Also keep a look out this week for some short previews of the various Raider fall teams.
Boys Soccer: 9-9 at 3:45 pm vs. Dedham (Sprague Field #2)
Girls Soccer: 9-9 at 7 pm at Dedham (Dedham High School)
Football: 9-11 at 7 pm vs. Peabody (Hunnewell Field)
Field Hockey: 9-9 at 3:45 pm at Dedham (Dedham High School)
Boys Cross Country: 9-9 at 3:45 pm vs Weymouth and Milton (Elm Bank)
Girls Cross Country: 9-9 at 4 pm vs Weymouth and Milton (Elm Bank)
Girls Volleyball 9-9 at 4 pm at Dedham (Dedham High School)
Boys Golf: 9-8 at 3 pm at Needham (Needham Golf Club)
Girls Swimming: 9-8 at 7 pm vs Notre Dame Academy-Hingham (Babson College Pool)