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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
With thanksgiving football at Fenway being less than 48 hours away I figured today I’d let you in on my three keys to a Wellesley Raider victory against Needham.
- Run, run, run
The running game has been crucial to the Raiders success this season with the new triple option offense they have installed. Early in the season this running back by committee paid huge dividends as the Raiders were able to chalk up points and yards, however the last few weeks the running game has taken somewhat of a dive which has lead to the Raiders continuing to struggle offensively. In order to win on Thanksgiving the Raiders have to be able to establish the run early and often or else it could be another long morning for them offensively.
2. O-Line play
This ties in greatly with my first key of running the ball effectively. The offensive line was a big question mark coming into the season but played pretty well the first few weeks. Recently however the line has had their struggles against tougher, stronger defensive lines which has led to the dip in the running game. In order to be successful on Thursday the line must execute their blocking assignments and open up several holes for the backs as well as protecting and keeping Jake Mohan upright in passing situations.
3. Prevent The Big Play
This seems to be a theme the last few years watching this rivalry that Needham seems to be most effective offensively when they are able to put together multiple big plays. Needham can put points on the board however, besides maybe Marshfield I would argue that the Rockets have not been up against a stronger defense than what they’ll see out of the Raiders. This defense for the most part has been the key to Wellesley’s success this season and has been able for the most part to minimize the big play and keep talented offenses in check. If the Raiders can stay true to form especially in the secondary they will have success, however if Needham starts putting together the big plays it could be a long morning for this Raider team.
Per the Needham High School Athletics twitter page parking information has been released for Thanksgiving day. Parking will be $15 on gameday but fans can purchase parking online for 4-5 dollars cheaper. Here is the link to the full tweet with information. https://twitter.com/NHSRockets/status/668996137668517889
Looking for a ride in and out of Thursday’s game at Fenway? Wellesley cheerleading director Odessa Sanchez passed on this information regarding a fan bus being organized by the cheerleaders to take Wellesley fans to and from Fenway on gameday. For more information please see below and/or contact Odessa directly.
Wellesley/Needham Thanksgiving Game being held on Fenway Park green! 11-26-15 @9am
Any student/family/friends of Wellesley, are eligible to ride a “fan bus” for the fee of $12 per person
Bus will leave approximately 7:30am (or tbd) Thanksgiving morning from WHS parking lot
WHS Cheerleaders will ride the bus with fans to Fenway and back.
Game kick off is at 9:00am.
Interested riders must notify me on today by 3pm.
WHS Cheer Coach