A Pair of Watertown High School Coaches Named Honored by Boston Globe

Watertown High School had not one but two coaches honored as coach of the year in their sports by the Boston Globe during the winter season. Watertown High School basketball coach Steve Harrington guided the Raiders to the school’s third State Championship, and his third as head coach. Harrington was named the Div. 3 boys basketball coach of the year by the Boston Globe. Having just completed his 24th season coaching Watertown, Harrington took the job when he was 24 years old.

Two Watertown Athletes Named to Boston Globe’s All-Scholastic Teams

After stellar winter seasons two Watertown High School athletes made Boston area All-Scholastic teams, one in basketball and one in track. Senior John Korte led Watertown to its third State Championship in March. The center finished with 1,337 points in his career with the Raiders and averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds a game. He was named to both the Boston Globe’s boys basketball All-Scholastic team and the Boston Herald’s All-Scholastic team. Korte also was named the Most Valuable Player of the Middlesex League Freedom Division for the second straight year. He is an honor role student and plans to do a postgraduate year, during which he will play basketball, before heading to college.

Watertown Youth Lacrosse Comes Full Circle After 10 Years With Original Players Now Coaching

When the organizers of Watertown Youth Lacrosse formed the league in 2018 there were many naysayers who doubted that another sport could not only get a toe hold, but thrive in town. This year, the group will marks its 10 year anniversary and among the success stories is having to former players come back to coach budding Watertown lacrosse players. One of the original organizers, Jay Hughes, recalled that the group formed with “no money, no clue and not knowing the difference between a long pole and a fishing pole.” “We were told that Watertown was too small to have baseball and Lacrosse and we shouldn’t do it,” Hughes said. “We were warned that the biggest obstacles would be in order: 1) Fields, 2) Kids, 3) Coaches.”

Watertown Ice Hockey Goalie Playing in Shriners All Star Hockey Game

Watertown High School’s Jonna Kennedy will be playing in the Shriners All Star Hockey game for the second year in a row. 

The goalie for the Raiders’ girls hockey team will be playing in the game at Canton Ice House at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018. The High School All-Star Hockey game is sponsored by the Shriners and Mass High School Hockey Coaches Association. The game features the best high school senior boy and girls from Massachusetts. All proceeds benefit Shriners Hospital for Children. Kennedy has been the starting goalie for the Watertown High School ice hockey team since she was in eighth grade.

Oakley Country Club Hosting PGA Jr. League for Young Golfers

Young girls and boys who want to learn about and to play golf can sign up for PGA Jr. League at the Oakley Country Club in Watertown, and dozens of other courses around the Boston area. The PGA Jr. League sent out the following announcement:

PGA and LPGA Professionals in the Boston area are offering PGA Jr. League,
a game-changing way for kids to learn and play golf. The program brings friends and family together around fun, team golf experiences with expert coaching and instruction from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Boys and girls of all background and skill levels learn and play together in a supportive, two-person scramble format that encourages mentorship, builds confidence, and promotes sportsmanship. PGA Jr. League is primarily for boys and girls ages 13 and under, though some facilities offer 16-and- under programs (included in the online program description).

STATE CHAMPS! Watertown Cruises Past Easthampton to Claim School’s Third Title

SPRINGFIELD – The Watertown High School boys basketball team raced to a 9-2 lead over Easthampton on  Saturday afternoon and never looked back. Lead by seniors John Korte and Julio Fulcar, the Raiders won the MIAA Div. 3 State Final 72-53 and headed home clutching the trophy. The game at Springfield College was billed as a match up of teams with swarming defense who like to run on offense. Unlike the previous two games, when Watertown had slow starts, the team hit early baskets and made stops on the defensive end.

Watertown Faces Easthampton in the State Final: Raiders Win!

Few people believed Watertown would be in the MIAA Div. 3 boys basketballs state final, but the members of the team knew they were better than their 14-6 regular season record. Watertown proved it deserved to be there by beating some of the toughest teams in Eastern Massachusetts and Saturday the Raiders will play Easthampton for the state crown in Springfield. 

The state final tips off at 3:30 p.m. at Springfield College. Follow the action live here (latest update on top) and read the preview below. Updates
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Watertown Earns Trip to State Final with Comeback Win over Burke

BURLINGTON – Trailing for most of Wednesday’s MIAA Div. 3 State Semifinal, Watertown got contributions from a number of players to nail down the 66-61 victory over Burke and clinch a trip to Springfield for the State Final. 

After a shaky first quarter, the Raiders trailed the Bulldogs 17-12, but then senior center John Korte took control of the game. He scored nine of his 28 points in the second period, which ended with Watertown trailing by just a single point, 32-31. “I think that it was just no one was hitting shots and I took it on myself that I needed to step up and win this for my team and that’s what I try to do,” Korte said. Also hitting some key first-half baskets was senior Wenston Rodriguez.