Watertown Wrestling Coach Turned Love of Working With Youth into Hall of Fame Career

Watertown High School wrestling coach Kevin Russo recently was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. A room full of well-wishers, one coming from across the Atlantic, gathered recently to see Watertown High School wrestling coach Kevin Russo be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Russo has had success where ever he has gone, notching more than 400 wins, but the longtime WHS coach said the thing that keeps him going is the satisfaction he gets from working with youth. Dozens of former wrestlers, parents and others were on hand to see Russo receive the Lifetime Service to Wrestling award at a ceremony held at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on April 13, 2019. A plaque in his honor will be installed at the Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla.

Forty Runners from Watertown Entering the 2019 Boston Marathon

The 123rd Boston Marathon will include 40 runners from Watertown. The number of local entrants is up one from last year. The highpoint for local runners came in 2014, the year after the Boston Marathon Bombings, when Watertown had 72 entrants. If you are going to watch the race, find out about spectator rules by clicking here. You can also watch the race on TV by tuning into WBZ Channel 4 in Boston, or NBC Sports if you live outside the area.

Watertown Track Athlete Named to All-Scholastic Teams

Watertown senior Mange Camara made the Boston Globe’s and Boston Herald’s All-Scholastic indoor track teams.

Boston’s major newspapers named Watertown High School runner Mange Camara to their All-Scholastic teams.

Camara completed one of the most historic indoor track seasons for a WHS athlete by taking fifth place at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in the 400 meters and being named an All-American. The Boston Globe writeup, stated, “Camara completely owned the 300-meter dash this season.” The senior went undefeated in the event this year, winning — among other competitions — the New England Championships, the All-State Meet and the Div. 5 Meet. He set the school record, the All-State meet record, and posted the second fastest time in the nation for a high schooler in the event 300, finishing in 34.22 seconds.

Watertown Track Coach, Teacher Retires After 47 Years

Watertown cross country runners senior pose with Longtime Watertown High School track and cross country Coach Tom Wittenhagen retired in March after 47 years in the district. Here he is with James Piccirilli and Emily Koufos after the 2016 All-State Cross Country Meet. Tom Wittenhagen reached the finish line of his coaching career in March, after coaching and teaching for 47 years in the Watertown Public Schools. The longtime boys track and field coach hung up his stopwatch after serving as head coach for the Raiders indoor and outdoor track, and cross country for the last 12 years

“I had 47 years teaching and coaching,” Wittenhagen said. “I was in and out of Watertown about 9,000 times over that time.”

Paddle Down the Charles River in the Annual Run of the Charles River

The 37th annual Run of the Charles paddle race will take place on April 28. The following information was provided by the Charles River Watershed Association:

Paddlers from across New England have registered for the 37th Annual Run of the Charles: Boston’s Premier Paddling Race, taking place on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Kicking off the paddling season, the event is the largest flat-bottom boat race in New England and draws over a thousand racers and spectators each year with the help of nearly 150 volunteers. Run of the Charles is the signature event of Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), the leading science and advocacy organization for the Charles River and its watershed. The work accomplished by CRWA over the past 50 years has significantly improved the health of the 80-mile long Charles River.

Watertown Youth Sports Groups Concerned About Being Charged to Use School Gyms

The School Committee is examining its policy for charging groups to use school facilities, such as the gyms. Watertown youth sports groups oppose any fees, saying it could prevent some kids from participating in their programs.

A proposal to charge town youth groups to use the gyms at the Watertown Public Schools has parents and youth sports groups concerned. The subject came up last year because School officials had heard that Watertown youth groups were getting squeezed out of the gyms by for-profit renters. A policy was created to create a priority list for users of the school facilities, and fees were examined and increased on for-profit users. At a joint meeting of the School Committee’s Budget & Finance and Buildings & Grounds subcommittees, School officials found that the fees had not always been charged. “As the fees were implemented, it became clear that past practice had not followed the past fee policy and there were significant inconsistencies regarding who was charged and at what level,” said School Committee Vice Chair Kendra Foley.

Watertown Runner Turns in All-American Performance, High Jumper Places

Watertown senior Mange Camara placed fifth in the 400 in the New Balance Nationals Indoor Track championships in New York over the weekend. Here he runs the 55 meter dash at the MIAA Div. 5 Meet. Watertown sprinter Mange Camara wrapped up the indoor track season by showing he is among the best high school runners in the United States. The senior competed at the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet at the Armory in New York City.