WHS Girls Basketball Team Works with Youth Players, Comes into Season with New Attitude

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.”

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/

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.

Watertown Has 15 Middlesex League All-Stars and 4 MVPs This Winter

Watertown High School’s athletic teams had a strong winter season, which resulted in 15 athletes named to the Middlesex League All-Stars and four named Most Valuable Player for their sport. The 2018 Winter All-Stars:

Girls Hockey: Jonna Kennedy (MVP), Olivia Lampasona, Sydney Poulin

Boys Swimming: Christopher Kerrigan, Kian Rice

Girls Basketball: Cali McMahon

Boys Basketball: Julio Fulcar, John Korte (MVP). Girls Track: Gabriella Cacia, Emily Koufos (MVP), Rose Muldrew, Abigael Peterson, Elizabeth Powderly. Boys Track: Mange Camara (MVP), Nathan Follett, Ben Landry

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.

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
Watertown wins!