New Watertown Football Coach Works to Bond With Team, Build Excitement Around the Program

Contributed PhotoNew Watertown Football Coach Joe Carroll took over the program in February and has been busy preparing for the first game in September. The first official football game is more than four months away, but new Watertown High School football coach Joe Carroll has been busy trying to bond with players, prep them for the upcoming season, and create a team culture. Since he was hired in February, Carroll has been making the most of the time he has with the team in preparation for his first season as a head coach. He takes over the Raiders after serving as assistant coach at Waltham High School for five years. Carroll has put together a schedule and to-do list to keep him focused, and each day he tries to check a few things off the list.

1 Watertown Wrestlers First to Compete at Nationals, Another Places at Tourney in New York

Watertown’s Tommy Dicker, third from left, won at match at the High School Nationals in Virginia. Here he is shown on the podium at the MIAA Div. 3 State Meet after finishing second. (Courtesy of Watertown Athletics)

A pair of Watertown wrestlers continued their seasons past the state meet, and one made the first appearance and collected the first win by a Raider wrestler at High School Nationals. Senior Tommy Dicker traveled to Virginia Beach, Virginia, on April 5 and 6 to compete at the NHSCA High School Nationals.

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.

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.

2 Hat Tricks Lead Watertown Boys Hockey to Tourney Victory

Photo by Charlie BreitroseWatertown senior James Erickson scored a hat trick in the Raiders victory over St. Paul Diocesan. Here he celebrates scoring a hat trick against Dracut/Tynsboro in the Round of 16 State Tournament game in 2023. Two Raiders netted hat tricks to propel Watertown to a 7-4 State Tournament victory over St. Paul Diocesan on Wednesday afternoon.

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.