Interview with WHS’s State Champ & Basketball, Hockey Tourney Brackets are Out!

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Watertown junior Tessa Master won the MIAA All-State Championship on Saturday. (Photo by Franklin Tucker / The Belmontoninan)

Watertown’s Tessa Master made history Saturday by becoming the Raiders first wrestling All-State Champion. See what she had to say after her victory. And the postseason continues for WHS with the basketball and hockey teams preparing for action this week.

Watertown Wrestling Coach Kevin Russo said Master has been committed to wrestling and to her team.

“Tessa Master was on a mission. She still is. She wants to best she can be and wants to leave it all on the mat. She eats right, She trains right. She sleeps right. She focuses correctly in terms of controlling the controllables,” Russo said. “Tessa is a prime example of what we want for our program. If you watch her match, after pointing at me, she pointed to Tommy Dicker in the crowd. She credits him and the girls before her in the program for their direction. What else can a coach ask for?”

Master was interviewed by Franklin Tucker of The Belmontonian after the All-State Meet in Salem. See the video below.

Basketball & Hockey Teams Learn Tournament Opponents

Watertown High School athletes will be taking part in the basketball and hockey state tournament beginning this week.

First up will be the boys hockey team, which will face St. Paul Diocesan at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the Worcester Ice Center. The Raiders finished with a record of 7-11-2, and received the 19th seed in the MIAA Div. 3 Tournament. St Paul (16-3-1) is the 14th seed. Watertown will look for another run in the State tourney, after making the state final two years ago and the state semifinal last year. The winner of Round of 32 game will likely face third-seeded Scituate.

On Thursday, Feb. 29, the Belmont/Watertown co-op girls hockey team will host Billerica (6-9-5) at John A. Ryan Arena at 7 p.m. The team includes three players from Watertown, including top-scorer senior Molly Driscoll. The Marauders got the 14th seed in the MIAA Div. 1 Tournament after finishing 13-2-3. The winner will likely play No. 3 seed Lincoln-Sudbury in the Round of 16.

The Raiders girls and boys basketball squads will play a doubleheader on the evening of Friday, March 1 at Watertown Middle School.

The opener will be the 11th-seeded Watertown girls basketball team, which enters the MIAA Div. 3 Tournament with a 15-5 record. The Raiders host Old Rochester (15-6) at 6 p.m. The winner of the Round of 32 game would likely face the sixth seed, Norton. The Raiders won one tournament game last year.

The boys basketball team will take on Shawsheen Tech (14-6) at 7:45 p.m. The Raiders finished 13-7 and got the 14th seed in the MIAA Div. 3 Tournament. The winner of the game will likely have to travel across the state to face third-seeded Pittsfield. Last year, the Raiders fell in the preliminary round.

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