We are entering Thanksgiving week, and that means we are just days away from the 130th installment of one of the oldest high school football rivalries in the country, Wellesley vs. Needham. All this week leading up to the game, Wellesley Sports Blitz will be giving you all you need to know heading into the game, with an overall preview tomorrow, followed by individual team previews from the people who know these teams best, with Needham on Tuesday, and Wellesley on Wednesday. Also a reminder that Wednesday will be the annual Powderpuff game in Needham this year, and we will have the result for you Wednesday evening. So get ready to get excited for a day of fun, family, food, and football!
On this Sunday morning, the girls swim team looked to close out their season on a high note and add another trophy to the trophy case as they headed to the state championship meet at WPI. Could the girls swim their way to the top in this final meet, let’s find out!
Result for 11-19-17
Girls Swimming: Finished second at D2 State Championships
Kate Mullin captured state diving championship with a score of 541
It’s a bit of a special edition of the Raider Recap, today as not only do we check in on the cross country teams who finished out their season today with the all state meet, but also today was the annual JV and freshmen football double header against Needham. How would it all turn out, we’ll find out momentarily but first here’s the answer to yesterday’s trivia question. The last Raider quarterback to start 2 or more Thanksgiving games was… Matt Pini (12) who started both the 2010 game (junior) and 2011 game (senior). Now onto the recap!
Results for 11-18-17
Boys Cross Country: Finished 3rd at all state meet
Girls Cross Country: Finished 2nd at all state meet
JV Football: Wellesley 14 Needham 6
Freshmen Football: Wellesley 34 Needham 14
On this final day of our 2017 fall sports season recaps we take a look back at the final team to finish their season, the Raider football team who will square off against archrival Needham on Thanksgiving morning. The Raiders currently stand at 5-5 on the season, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014 but rebounded nicely in their consolation games winning 2 of 3, with the victories coming over Plymouth North and Franklin. It remains to be seen what the Raiders do on Turkey day as they look to continue their streak of winning seasons under head coach Jesse Davis, but certainly this team will be back next season looking to get back into the postseason and with the youth of this year’s team they should have a solid core returning.
It’s the Friday before Thanksgiving everyone! And on this Friday it’s time for another edition of Raider Friday Trivia. Today’s question is…prior to this season, who was the last Raider football quarterback to START 2 or more thanksgiving games in their career? Answer tomorrow!
For our second to last day of the fall sports recaps we take a look at another team whose season is still not over yet as we look at both the boys and girls cross country teams. Both teams will be competing in the all state meet this weekend looking to put a cap on a tremendous 2017 season. The boys team went through their regular season schedule undefeated at 11-0 and took first at both the conference and eastern mass meets and will look to do the same at states this weekend. This team is always one of the top dogs across the state, and with this year’s record gives high hopes for next season.
The girls also had a tremendous regular season, finishing 10-1 overall. They then went on to finish first at the conference meet, and then second at eastern mass. Like the boys the girls team is always at the top of the pile and will look to do so again both this weekend as well as into next season. Tomorrow we will close out our fall sports recaps as we take a look at the football team!
Happy hump day everyone, and today we continue our fall sports recaps with boys golf and girls swimming, who full disclosure still has the state meet left this weekend. The boys golf team enjoyed yet another successful regular season finishing 13-3 overall, including going undefeated in league play. The team finished off its season with a 5th place finish at the sectionals match. While they certainly will lose some key pieces look for this squad to be once again a force to be reckoned with next fall.
The girls swim team as I said still has one meet left, as they will head to the state meet this weekend at WPI. The girls have already enjoyed quite the remarkable season, as they finished their regular season undefeated at 12-0, and then proceeded to take 2nd place at the Bay State meet, and first at sectionals. This team will certainly look to continue this success next season, but first things first we hope they have a very successful state meet! Stay tuned tomorrow as we will recap both the cross country teams.