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.”
Watertown senior Mange Camara won the 300 meters at the New England Indoor Championships. Two Watertown High School students showed they are among the top track and field athletes in region with top five finishes at the New England Indoor Championships, including a first place finish. On Saturday, WHS senior Mange Camara competed in two events — the 55 dash and the 300 meters at the meet held at Boston’s Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, and senior Abbi Peterson took on the best high jumpers from around New England. Mange Camara of @WatertownSports remains undefeated in the boys 300 this season taking #NewEnglandChamps title in 34.47! https://t.co/yZFPRQ4XJg pic.twitter.com/AI528Fl3lD— MileSplitMass (@MileSplitMass) March 3, 2019
Camara took first place in the 300 meters, with a time of 34.47 — which was 0.4 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
The Raiders celebrate after senior Brett Sutherland tied the score in the first period of the Div. 3 North quarterfinal on Saturday. Watertown fell 3-2 to Dracut/Tyngsboro. BILLERICA — The Raiders battled to the final buzzer, but the Watertown High School boys hockey team could not find the back of the net for a third time, Saturday, and fell 3-2 to Dracut/Tyngsboro in the MIAA Div. 3 North quarterfinal.
The loss to St. Mary’s on Friday ended the Raiders’ season, but the team has shown progress in 2018-19. Here Watertown’s Ellie Monahan drives to the hoop against South Boston earlier this season. The season may have ended for the Watertown High School girls basketball team on Friday night, but their coach was proud of how far the team has progressed. Last season, Raiders only won one game and missed the State Tournament for the first time in several years.
Watertown’s boys hockey team celebrates after scoring against Wayland in the second period of the 4-1 State Tournament win. Riding the momentum of an early goal and getting steading goaltending, the Watertown High School upset Wayland, 4-1, in the MIAA Div. 3 North boys hockey tournament on Thursday night at John Ryan Arena. While they played in their home rink, the Raiders were the road team as the the 12th seed taking on fifth seeded Wayland. Watertown entered the second period with a 1-0 lead, thanks to a goal from freshman Nathan Master, assisted by senior Alex Egan and senior Luke Murphy.
Watertown freshman Taylor Lambo looks for a shot down low in a game against East Boston. Watertown High School’s girls basketball team went on the road Wednesday night and pulled off an upset by beating the fifth-seeded Shawsheen Tech, 37-29. The Raiders came in with a record of 8-12 and were the 12th seed in the MIAA Div. 3 North Tournament. The game was tied at 6 after one quarter, but in the second, Watertown poured it on.
Watertown sophomore guard Gabe Spinelli scored 29 points in the Div. 3 North first round game against Weston. The Watertown High School boys basketball team showed heart and determination on Monday night, but the Raiders comeback attempt fell short in the MIAA Div. 3 North first round game against Weston. The visitors from Weston led by more than 20 points in the third quarter, but the Raiders battled back to within six points with less than a minute left in the game, ultimately losing 58-50.
The Raiders will start the defense of their 2018 MIAA Div. 3 boys basketball State Championship on Monday at Watertown High School. The Raiders boys and girls basketball teams will both be returning to the State Tournament in 2019, with the boys hosting a first round game. The Watertown High School boys hoops team will defend its MIAA Div. 3 state championship starting on Monday night at home.