Retiring Watertown High Athletic Director Helped Build a Successful Program

After 11 years, Michael Lahiff will be stepping down as Athletic Director at Watertown High School at the end of June. During that time, he helped bring WHS back into a championship winning program, with athletes who are both competitive and show good sportsmanship, and with many teams lead by teacher-coaches. Lahiff retires after 39 years in education in Stoneham, Somerville and Watertown. He spent the last 24 years as athletic director, first in Stoneham and then at WHS. “I was on the other end of the world for most of the rest of my career, Somerville and Stoneham twice,” Lahiff said.

Watertown Basketball Coach Hosting Basketball Camp in July

Watertown High School girl’s basketball coach Pat Ferdinand will host Mass. Hoop Academy, a basketball camp for boys and girls in grades 4 to 12. The camp will be held July 2, 3, 5 and 6, 2018 at Watertown High School. The camp staff will be Ferdinand as director, New Mission High School girls varsity coach Mitchell Hercule as high school division camp director, and counselors Nicole Lanzo (WHS alum), Katelyn Rourke (WHS alum) and Maggie Mulligan (UMass Amherst alum). For more information and to register go to: http://masshoopsacademycamps.myonlinecamp.com/

Register Now Open for Watertown Belmont Youth Football and Cheerleading

The following information was provided by Watertown-Belmont Youth Football and Cheerleading:

Watertown-Belmont Youth Football and Cheerleading is now accepting registrations for the fall 2018 season with a deadline of July 15th. Practices begin on Monday, August 6th, 2018 at Moxley Field in Watertown. Our program offers two different divisions: flag football for first and second graders, tackle football for third through eighth grade and cheerleading for all grades. Our program is open to all Watertown & Belmont residents. Registration and more information can be found on our website:  http://watertown-belmont-youth-football.siplay.com/site/.

Watertown’s John Korte Named North Basketball Player of the Year

Watertown High School senior John Korte collected another accolade on Sunday when he was named the North Boys Basketball Player of the Year by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association. The MBCA players of the year are named in each section (North, South, Central and West) for both boys and girls. The honorees are selected from players from all divisions. Watertown competes in MIAA’s Div. 3.

WHS Sports: Baseball and Softball Compete in State Tournament

Two Watertown High School teams took the diamond Friday in first game of the MIAA State Tournament game, one at home and one on the road. Baseball

The Raiders came up against Newburyport’s tough left-handed pitcher Casey McLaren, who blanked 17th seeded Watertown, 3-0, in Friday’s Div. 3 North preliminary round game. Watertown senior right fielder Wenston Rodriguez got the team’s lone hit. The Raiders also got a walk.

WHS Sports: Raiders Spring into State Tournament in Multiple Sports

Watertown High School’s athletic successes continued into the spring season, with four teams earning spots in the state tournament. 

Softball

The Raiders’ softball squad will host a home game in the MIAA Div. 3 North Tournament. Coming in with a record of 12-8, Watertown earned the 12th seed and will host Winthrop at Hosmer Field in a preliminary round game on Friday at 4 p.m.

The team enters the tourney on a hot streak. After tough first half of the year, the Raiders won 9 of their last 11. The winner of Friday’s game will take on No.

Watertown Sprinter Breaks School Record that Stood for Half a Century at All State Meet

Watertown sprinter Mange Camara wrapped up an outstanding junior season by finishing third place at the MIAA All State Outdoor Track Meet in the 200 meters, and broke a school record that was over 50 years old. Camara came into the meet with the fifth fastest seed time. He ran the preliminary heat in 22.05 seconds. Then improved on that time in the final, 21.87 seconds, which claimed third place and was .35 seconds behind the winner, Joseph O’Brien of Shrewsbury. The time broke the 52-year-old school record of 21.92, that had been set in 1966 by Ken Ryan (a former teammate of Watertown Track Coach Larry Sullivan).

Raiders Claim Four Wins at Div. 4 Outdoor Track Championships

IPSWICH — Watertown High School’s boys and girls track and field teams claimed four individual titles, and the boys finished third overall at Saturday’s Eastern Div. 4 Outdoor Track Championships on Saturday. Sprinter Mange Camara continued his dominant season by winning the spring events at the meet at a sweltering Ipswich High School track. Distance runner Emily Koufos won a title of her own, and Ben Landry got two second places during the championships. They boys also finished in the top three for two relays.