Youth Sports Success: Girls Youth Basketball Wins Tourney, Wrestler Places 2nd at States

Watertown’s Girls Fifth Grade Travel Basketball Team won the Div. 3 Metrowest Youth Basketball Tournament. (Contributed Photo)

Youth athletes from Watertown enjoyed some success recently, both on the basketball court and on the wrestling mat. Basketball

The Watertown Youth Basketball Fifth Grade Girls Travel Team won the Metrowest Youth Basketball Division 3 Championship last weekend. The team is coached by Head Coach Lee Haley and Assistant Coach Mark McAndrew. 

Watertown beat Raynham 34-15 in the final of the tournament that included 14 teams. The team got a bye in the first round, defeated Waltham 31-16 in the second round, and won its third round game against Walpole, 40-23.

Watertown Girls Battles Tough Newburyport in Basketball Tourney

Watertown senior Lily Lambo scored 14 for the Raiders against Newburyport in the State Tournament. (Photo by Charlie Breitrose)

WALTHAM — The State Tournament run for the Watertown girls basketball team ended Tuesday night after running into a team that had already beaten a higher seed in the MIAA Div. 3 Tournament. Newburyport, the 27th seed, made a second half run to defeat the 11th-seeded Raiders 56-48 in a game played at Waltham High School. Senior Emma Garapetian dribbles in the Sweet 16 tournament game against Newburyport.

Watertown Wrestler One of Top in New England, Basketball & Hockey Teams Hit the Road

Watertown junior Tessa Master, second from right, received her third place trophy at the New England Wrestling Championships. (Courtesy of Watertown Athletics)

Watertown’s Tessa Master reached new heights for a WHS wrestler on Saturday when she placed third at the New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships. The junior’s run of tournament wins that started two weeks prior at the Div. 3 State Meet, continued through All-States, and to the the quarterfinals of the New England meet in Providence. Then she ran into one of the top athletes in the competition, said Watertown Wrestling Coach Kevin Russo.

Late Surge Powers Watertown Boys Basketball Past Shawsheen in State Tourney

Watertown junior Aiden Didovic celebrates during the Raiders’ State Tourney victory over Shawsheen Tech on Saturday. He led the Raiders in scoring in scoring. (Photo by Charlie Breitrose)

Watertown High School’s boys basketball team kept its cool down the stretch and defeated Shawsheen Tech 53-45 Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16 of the MIAA Div. 3 Tournament. The 14th-seeded Raiders (14-7) jumped out to a big first quarter lead, but the Rams fought back to bring the lead to just 1 point with 26 seconds left in the game and had a chance to take the lead.

Referee Passes Away After Collapsing at Watertown Basketball Game

Basketball referee Don McGillicuddy died after collapsing in the closing moments of Watertown High School’s girls basketball game against Old Rochester on Friday. Initially, Watertown Police and other medical personnel at the game revived him by performing CPR and using a defibrillator, but the Boston Herald reported that he later died on the way to hospital. According to the Herald, McGillicuddy suffered a second heart attack en route to Mount Auburn Hospital and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. See the Herald article here. The Watertown Public Schools released the following statement on Saturday:

The Watertown Raiders community is deeply saddened by the passing of a game official who collapsed in the final seconds of the Watertown-Old Rochester Regional girls basketball game on Friday night.

Watertown Girls Basketball Cruises in Second Half to Grab State Tournament Win

Watertown senior captain Lily Lambo lead the Raiders in scoring in the Round of 32 State Tournament victory over Old Rochester on Friday. (Photo by Charlie Breitrose)

The Watertown High School girls basketball team pulled away in the second half to cruise to a State Tournament victory, but the game abruptly ended with 37.6 seconds left when a referee collapsed and required medical attention. The referee was conscious when he was take to hospital in an ambulance after being treated by Watertown Police officers and others in attendance at the Watertown Middle School Gym. UPDATE: The Boston Herald reported that the referee later died en route to the hospital. The 11th-seeded Raiders won 47-28, but their opponent in the MIAA Div.

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

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.

Watertown High School Athletes Gearing Up for State Tourney, Some Along Side Belmont Players

by Charlie BreitroseSenior Laura Biagiotti and the Raiders’ girls basketball team have had a successful season. Here she plays against Oakmont in the 2023 State Tournament. Watertown High School’s winter sports teams are all on track to make the State Tournament in 2024, and even one group that doesn’t have a team of its own will be playing in the post season. Girls Basketball

The Raiders girls basketball team, under first year head coach Michael Tempesta, has put together two four-game winning streaks on the way to a 10-4 record. Most recently Watertown defeated Stoneham 53-34 at Watertown Middle School (the Raiders home court during the construction of the new high school).