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 Football Falls to Belmont in a Frigid Thanksgiving Day Game

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.

Thanksgiving Game: Watertown Falls at Belmont

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 Watertown Field Hockey Players Sign Letters to Play in College

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.”

Watertown Field Hockey’s 9-Year Tourney Win Streak Ends With Loss in State Semifinal

BRAINTREE — Something happened Tuesday night for the first time since George W. Bush was in the White House — the Watertown High School field hockey team lost in the State Tournament. 

The Raiders’ nine-plus year, 49 game State Tournament winning streak ended with a 2-1 loss to Dennis-Yarmouth in the MIAA Div. 2 State Semifinal. After one-goal wins in the past two rounds, Watertown again found itself in a dogfight. The Dolphins strategy of packing in on defense and playing for a counterattack frustrated the Raiders in the first half. One of Dennis-Yarmouth’s forays into Watertown territory resulted in two straight corners.

Watertown Faces High Scoring Dennis-Yarmouth in State Semifinal

Once again, the Watertown High School field hockey team is back in the state semifinal, and for the second straight year they face a tough Dennis-Yarmouth. 

Tuesday night’s matchup pits two unbeaten squads. The Raiders come in as North Champs with a record of 20-0-1, while the Dolphins — champions of the South — carry a record of 18-0-3. Watertown won its 11th straight North Section title on Saturday, and the team seeks its 10th straight MIAA Div. 2 State Championship. The road has not been as easy as past years.

Watertown Football on a Hot Streak after Winning Third Game in a Row

The return of running back Mange Camara helped the Watertown High School claim its third win in a row this week. The Raiders returned to Victory Field Friday night, and Camara exploded for three touchdowns in Watertown’s 25-22 win over Newburyport in the non-playoff game. The senior’s first touchdown came on a 75 yard run. The kick was missed, leaving the score 6-0 after the first quarter. Camara was not the only Raider to find the end zone.

North Section Champs! Raiders Score Late to Beat Manchester-Essex

NORTH ANDOVER — The Watertown High School field hockey team had precious few chances in the North Section final on Saturday, but the Raiders converted a second half corner for the game winner against Manchester-Essex. The victory gives Watertown (20-0-1) 11 straight Section crowns, and the team is seeking its 10th straight State Championship. The Raiders’ title hopes, however, looked shaky for much of the battle of undefeated teams.

The Hornets (16-1-5) controlled the play in the first half and the beginning of the second.  Manchester-Essex had five corners in the first half, while the Raiders had none. The Hornets hit the post on one shot, but sophomore goalie Elaine Andrade and the Watertown defense kept the ball out of the net. In the second half the Raiders survived more offensive waves from Manchester-Essex, which got two more corners and twice played with an extra player after a Raiders’ player was carded.