A 1915 photo of Babe Ruth and his wife Helen, who were married in 1914. Helen died in a fire in Watertown on Jan. 11, 1929. Ninety years ago today (Jan. 11, 2019), a deadly fire claimed the life of the wife of a Watertown dentist.
Watertown captain Brianna Williams dribbles past a South Boston defender in the Raiders’ win. The Watertown High School girls basketball team won its home opener Sunday against South Boston, 44-16, on Sunday. The Raiders bounced back from their first loss of the season, 41-34 at Wakefield, on Friday. With Sunday’s win, Watertown improved its season record to 3-1 (1-1 in the Middlesex League). Sophia Garapetian runs the fast break for Watertown against South Boston.
Watertown High School seniors Gabby Venezia, left, and Olivia Lampasona made the All-Scholastic Teams named by the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. A pair of Watertown High School field hockey players made the All-Scholastic teams as named by the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. Seniors Gabby Venezia and Olivia Lampasona made the prestigious team named by Boston’s two major papers.
Venezia scored 22 goals for the Raiders and added 10 assists. The midfielder was named the Middlesex League’s Most Valuable Player and made the Middlesex League All-Stars for the second straight year. She will be playing in college next year at Holy Cross.
The winter season just started, and Watertown High School’s athletic teams have already rack up some wins.
Perhaps no team had a better start than the girls basketball team. Coach Pat Ferdinand’s team already has more wins than last season, after defeating Winchester 42-22 on Tuesday, led by junior captain Brianna Williams’ 12 points. “Wasn’t sure what to expect tonight, but knew we’d compete,” Ferdinand said after the opener at Winchester. The next night, the Raiders traveled to East Boston, and defeated the Jets 46-27. Freshman Taylor Lambo posted a double-double, with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Members of the Watertown High School girls basketball team spent their Sunday morning at a special team building event, one in which they look to improve this year’s squad and hopefully pay off in future years.
WHS Head Coach Pat Ferdinand dubbed the event Media Day, but for the team, the focus of the clinic was working with youth basketball players who came to the event at the WHS Gym. The morning was filled with much more than shooting, dribbling and passing. The youth players, most of whom are currently at Watertown Middle School, worked with high school players on the drills and plays run by the Raiders, said junior Annabella Beck. “We get the girls here and give them a feel of what we do here,” Beck said. “It is just so great to have the chance to work with them.”
Fifteen minutes before the 2018 Donohue’s Turkey Trot was scheduled to begin, Bigelow Avenue was nearly deserted. As race time approached, however, hundreds of runners emerged from Donohue’s Bar & Grill for the Thanksgiving morning 5K on the streets of Watertown. Despite temperatures in the low teens, 567 runners ran the 20th edition of the race. Many ran in duffle coats, others in head to toe furry costumes, and many had turkey headwear. One brave runner came out in shorts.
BELMONT — Watertown High School’s football team looked like they would have a good chance of extending its six game winning streak over rival Belmont after scoring three early touchdowns, but the Marauders turned it around at a subfreezing Harris Field to win the Thanksgiving Day game 33-20. Despite kicking off to start the game, the Raiders found themselves with the ball for the first three possessions of the game. They turned the botched Belmont kickoff returns into three touchdowns and took a 20-0 lead just 2:13 into the game. Watertown senior Mange Camara seemed to do it all, including four straight kickoffs that were recovered by the Raiders (one was called back because the referees said the whistle had not blown to start the play). As well as punting for the Raiders.
Watertown and Belmont face off in the 2018 Thanksgiving Day football game in Belmont at 10:15 a.m.
The 2018 Watertown-Belmont football game features the most evenly matched teams in several years.
The Thanksgiving Day game begins at 10:15 a.m. at Belmont’s Harris Field. Follow the action live here:
Final Belmont 33, Watertown 20. 147 left 4th, O’Connell runs for 12 yard Touchdown, Belmont leads 33-20. 340 left 4th, Watertown turns it over on downs at the Belmont 48. 26-20 Marauders
6 min left 4th, Watertown strips Belmont and takes over at 50
843 left 4th.
Two members of the Watertown High School field hockey team will continue playing the sport when the move on to college next year.
Monday afternoon, Gabby Venezia and Catherine Connors signed letters of intent to play in college. Venezia will be playing at Holy Cross, while Connors will join the team at Stonehill College. Watertown Head Coach Eileen Donahue thanked Venezia and Connors for their leadership this season, along with fellow co-captain Olivia Lampasona, Venezia and Connors were good examples to their teammates, Donahue added. “Both played any position they were asked to play, they always put the team’s needs ahead of individual needs,” Donahue said. “They only knew one way to play, it was to play all out.”