Finnegan Club clinched the 2019 O’Brien-Jeharian Legend League championship. Finnegan Club won Game 2 over Johnson Club to force a third and deciding game in the best-of-three Legend League Finals, and completed the season by winning the championship on Thursday night. The following account of Game 3 was provided by the Watertown Recreation Department:
The Finnegan Club came out of the gate red hot led by Marcus D’Angelis and Rob Bagasarian (10 first half points each) and never looked back to secure the 2019 O’Brien-Jerahian Legend League Championship by the score of 59-42. At half time, the score was 31 to 18, and to their credit, the Johnson Club enjoyed several runs, thanks to the fine play of Jeremy Kullman (18 points) and Danny Kelly (13 points), but could never diminish the lead below 10. Solid defense, great ball movement and the three ball helped propel the Finnegan Club to Championship status.
Watertown Middle School has a tradition of not cutting players from its after school sports teams, but some sports have attracted many more players than can play in games. The School Committee approved a change to the program to allow more students to participate. The Watertown Athletic Department has come up with a plan to add intramural teams for the most popular sports, as well as adding a few new teams, said Superintendent Dede Galdston. “We looked at various option we can implement to reduce the impact of how many kids we have who want to play middle school sports,” Galdston said. “Currently there is a no cut policy — not a policy, but a practice that has been around for a long time.”
The Watertown High School football team hopes to celebrate more wins in 2019 after the team’s string of winning seasons, winning streak against Belmont, and playoff streams were broken in 2018. For the Watertown High football team in 2018, it is safe to say things did not go according to plan. Injuries to key players before the regular season even started set the tone for a year that led to a final record of 4-7. The 2018 season saw the end of many streaks the Raiders were accustomed to extending such as beating Belmont on Thanksgiving (five years in a row), making the playoffs (five straight seasons) and finishing with a winning record (nine straight years). All those streaks will have to start over in 2019.
Watertown-native Alexander Richards and the U.S. men’s eights boat qualified for the 2020 Olympics. Watertown-native Alexander Richards rowed with the United States men’s eights crew at the World Rowing Championships, and on Monday the team qualified for the 2020 Olympics. Richards, who competed at Belmont Hill School and Harvard, rows in seat 5 of the eight man boat that competed in the World Championships in Linz, Austria. The final was held on Sunday, and the U.S. grabbed the last automatic qualifying spot by finishing fifth in the final, according to the U.S. Rowing report. The team completed the 2000 meter course in 5:23.92, which was half a second ahead of New Zealand.
Teams in the O’Brien-Jeharian Legends League final got underway Thursday with an overtime game. Pictures is action from the semifinals at Saltonstall Park. The Recreation Department provided the following information:
The Johnson Club survived an overtime challenge from the Finnegan Club, winning game one of the O’Brien-Jerahian Legend Finals by the score of 58-46. Danny Kelly led all scorers with 16, while teammate Jeremy Kullman chipped in 15 for the victors. Marcus D’Angelis and Mike Simoni scored 14 and 12 respectively for the runner-up Finnegan Club.
Teams in the O’Brien-Jeharian Legends League battled for a spot in the finals Tuesday night. The matchup for the finals of the O’Brien-Jerahian Legends will pit the top two teams in the Watertown Summer Basketball League’s legends league. Both semifinals went to three games. On Tuesday night, Johnson Club defeated Control Club, 54-49. In the other semifinal, Finnegan Club won by 10 points over Kaos Club, 59-49.
Watertown’s boys and girls soccer teams will soon be taking the field for the 2019 season. Here Rodrigo Freitas dribbles the ball against Gloucester at Victory Field. Pictured, Watertown’s Justin Viasus passes during the State Tourney against Pentucket at Victory Field last season. The Watertown High School soccer teams will soon kick off their season, and both the boys and girls teams will look to do even better that last year. In 2018, the boys made the State Tournament but were knocked out in the sectional quarterfinal.
The Raiders won the North Section title in 2018 but fell short of winning the state championship. The 2019 campaign begins in the first week of September. The Watertown High School field hockey team will be seeking to retake the State crown in 2019 after falling in the playoffs, last year, for the first time in nearly a decade. The Raiders, who are coached by soon-to-be hall of fame coach Eileen Donahue, have a scrimmage at Div. 1 power Walpole on Sept.