Girls Basketball Preview

So appropriately enough on the day that Winter Sports practices officially begin, we begin our preview of the 2015-16 winter season by taking a look at the girls basketball team whose coach Glen Magpiong enters his second season at the helm and his 11th season overall in Wellesley basketball having coached in the boys program for 9 years prior to taking the head girls position last year. Coach Magpiong was kind enough to answer a few questions about the upcoming season which sees his Raiders coming off a 13-8 season a year ago, in which the Raiders were eliminated in the first round of the tournament falling to Brockton. That being said Magpiong sees a lot to build on heading into this season as his squad returns many key pieces from last year, “We have 8 returning who played on last years team, which is really exciting.  Last year was the first time working on the girls side here at Wellesley and it took some getting used to for both them and me.  To be honest, I think the transition was seamless and with the success we had
last year and with a very solid core group returning, I like our chances heading into the year.”

The Raiders will go with 5 captains this year in seniors Emma Ivey, Caroline Sullivan, Katie Williamson, and Emily Cronin, along with junior Dorian Cohen. Magpiong is very excited about all the leadership qualities all the captains bring to the table. “Katie and Emily really spearheaded the off-season work (Emma was soccer Captain and Dorian and Caroline traveled a bunch with their AAU teams) and coordinated activities with the younger players. I am really looking forward to working with each players’ unique leadership quality.” In terms of key returning players Magpiong didn’t want to point out specific players as tryouts are just beginning but did reiterate the core that this team has coming back which certainly brings with it a lot of optimism, We have 8 players who played on the varsity team last year, who will presumably be on the team this year.  To be honest, I am excited about the prospects for each and every one of them.  We also have some strong underclassman I am excited about.”

As always the Raiders will be playing a tough Bay State Conference schedule and Magpiong is certainly aware of what the conference is capable of heading into the season. “I truly believe this will be one of the strongest years for the BSC.Every team on the Herget side returns a bunch of their players.  Walpole the defending champion and I think they have 11 returners.  Natick has arguably the best player in the state.  Norwood returns virtually their entire team after going 16-4.  Milton and Dedham are always tough. Braintree is the defending State Champion and Newton North gets back a D1 commit.  It will be a battle, night in and night out.” Lastly Magpiong touched on the exciting announcement that his team will be playing at TD Garden January 24th against their arch rivals the Needham Rockets. This will be Magpiong’s second time coaching in the Garden as back in 2014 his boys team knocked off St Johns Prep. “The girls seem to be excited about having the opportunity to be playing at the Garden against Needham.  When we did it with the boys a couple of years ago, it was the highlight of the year for some of us.  The fact that it is against Needham, probably does make it a bit more special.  Now we just need to make sure we fill the Garden at 8:30 AM on January 24th.”

The Raiders open up their season Friday December 11th at Dedham and their home opener is the following Tuesday the 15th vs Needham.

This Upcoming Week

First of all want to wish all the winter sports athletes best of luck as they begin their seasons tomorrow. That being said the blog this week will be dedicated to winter sports previews as we take a look at what to expect out of all Raider teams in the 2015-16 winter season. Look out for that as we get started tomorrow with Girls and Boys  Basketball.

Information About Wellesley Senior Baseball

Wellesley Senior Baseball Commissoner Mike Vogel passed along some information about an exciting new season of Wellesley Senior League Baseball which once again this year will be entering teams into the Natick Babe Ruth League. For any further information or questions please contact Mike directly at mikegvogel@hotmail.com

 

WLL Senior Baseball 2016

Wellesley will be entering teams into a combined Dover/Natick/Wellesley Babe Ruth league. Games will be played on a major league diamond and will offer boys an opportunity to continue to develop their baseball skills and adjust to playing on a big diamond, while participating in a competitive league. Games will be played in Dover, Natick, and Wellesley. The season will run from April to the middle of June, including playoffs. There will also be an opportunity to participate in preseason practice sessions run by professional coaches during the months of January and February.

Once the season begins there will be 2 or 3 games and one practice a week. We will have some flexibility to accommodate AAU/school baseball schedules. This is an excellent opportunity for boys who want to continue to refine their skills before trying out for a school team next year, are looking for a second league in which to get extra at bats and game experience, or just want to keep playing the game they love.

Raider Friday Trivia Answer

So the question poised yesterday was what Major League Baseball organization does former Wellesley High School baseball standout Nate Freiman (05) play for currently? The answer is… The Oakland Athletics as Freiman joined the A’s back in 2013 playing for the big league both all or part of both that year and 2014 while this season Freiman played the full year down in the A’s minor league system.

Raider Friday Trivia

So with all the hustle and bustle of the start of this holiday weekend I almost forgot about Raider Friday Trivia but luckily for you folks I didn’t! That being said here’s today’s question. What Major League Baseball organization does former Wellesley High School standout Nate Freiman (05) play for? Answer tomorrow.

 

Raider Recap 11-26-15

So first of all Happy Thanksgiving everyone and hope you are all enjoying spending time today with family and friends wherever that may be. Now to the good stuff as today was the day, Wellesley Needham for the 128th time at historic Fenway Park, it was a terrific game, terrific crowd and another terrific memory to add to this historic rivarly. Who came out on top lets find out!

Result for 11-26-15

Football: Needham 12 Wellesley 7

The Raiders finish 6-5, congratulations on a memorable season and best of luck to the seniors moving forward.

 

 

Raider Recap 11-25-15 (Powderpuff)

Before I get to the result of today’s powderpuff match up, here is some more information about tomorrow’s game at Fenway. Gates will open at the park at 8 am for the 9 am kickoff, and remember if you want to save a few bucks on parking you can purchase parking online ( see post from yesterday). Now then on to today where the Raider senior women and Needham senior women battled it out at Needham’s Memorial Field. Needham had won 9 years in a row coming into today so the question is could Wellesley dethrone them, let’s find out.

Result for 11-25-15

Powderpuff: Needham 7 Wellesley 0