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The RHS hockey team, coming off a Cashman Tournament championship on Jan. 1, added two more wins in the first week of the New Year, giving them a record of 7-1-1, including a 7-2 win Saturday, Jan. 6 against Cohasset.
Below is our hockey team profile from the December issue of the Veritas.
Mark Shields, Veritas Staff
Dec. 20, 2017
This year the Rockland hockey team hopes to carry its success from last year into this year. After winning their league and making a deep tournament run last year the Dogs hope to go even further and make it to the Garden this year.
Coming off a season where they went an amazing 21-2-3, they will need to play fundamental hockey in order to continue their success this season. No one knows that better than Coach Mike Flaherty.
“To continue our previous success we need to keep this simple and make simple plays,” said Flaherty
This season the Dogs have already started and are at a 2-1 record with a big win against the Abington Green Wave in their season opener, a tough loss to Hanover, and a dominating 5-0 win over EB.
These early successes and an early defeat will fuel the team as they have goals set for the season that are nothing short of difficult.
“Our mindset is to repeat as league champs and be difficult to play against, and this year we have a real opportunity to make it to the Garden,” said Flaherty when asked about his goals for the season.
The hockey team is very excited for an opportunity to repeat as league champs. This would make them the first hockey team in school history to repeat as league champs.
With a few freshmen and sophomores providing meaningful minutes the Dogs are set up for a pretty successful team in the future. However, the juniors and seniors will play a huge part this year, and could be the determining factor if this team repeats or not.
Coach Flaherty is confident about his returning players. “The guys coming back from last year are a big difference maker for us with their experience and hockey knowledge,” said Coach Flaherty.
Four of the returning group include captains Matt and Harry O’Brien, Joe Campanile and Mike Flaherty.
Coach Flaherty is very optimistic about this season and even though they were so successful last year he is not dwelling on the past.
Coach Flaherty, who was inducted into the Rockland High School Athletic Hall of Fame recently, is fully concentrated on the future of the program.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief
After a fun filled and busy year here in the Bulldog community, the Veritas staff looked back at the events that took place throughout 2017.
Jan. 5 – Three RHS students receive awards for Voice of Democracy entries. First prize Meaghan McDonough, second Jad Bendarkawi, and third senior Sophie McLellan.
Jan. 20 – Genesis Rojas takes first place in Poetry Out Loud; Adiza Alasa and John Ellard come in second and third.
Jan. 26 – Mock Trial team opens season with a win.
Girls and boys basketball, hockey and wrestling teams win SSL Championships
Feb. 5 – Sean Vo and Erin Field are accepted for the SEMSBA choir; Lauren Zaremba makes it for the concert band.
February Vacation – Harvard Model Congress attends regional conference.
March 4 – RHS Theater Guild performs “Room 404” at annual METG Drama Festival.
March 8-10 – RHS SGC receives Gold Council of Excellence Award at MASC conference.
March 12 Rockland hockey team’s tournament run ends in D3 South Finals at Gallo Arena in Bourne; OR takes game 3-1.
March 18 – Rockland High School’s cheer team wins Division 4 New England Regional Championships.
March 24 and 25 – Shakespeare Festival- Several groups of students come together, under English teacher, Kristen Walsh’s direction, and give the audience two nights filled with performances of Shakespeare’s works. Gary Graziano and Susan Patton are the King and Queen of the Festival.
March 31–April 2 – 20 World Languages students visit Quebec.
April 5 – Evan Murphy comes in first at the annual Spellman Oratorical contest sponsored by the English Dept. and held in the lecture hall.
April 12 – Rockland Public Schools holds annual Arts Festival.
April 26 – Dr. Cron proposes new elementary school for Rockland.
April Vacation – 46 students in the Travel Club visit England, Ireland and Scotland.
May 3 – SGC holds annual awards banquet.
May 4 – Senior chorus and band students honored at annual Pops Concert.
May 5 – The Veritas print and web editions win Highest Achievement Awards from the New England Scholastic Press Association; Maddie Gear and Joe Taft win Special Achievement Awards.
May 10 – Julia DiCienzo and Matt Dunn are recognized as the top senior male and female scholar-athletes of the year.
May 17 – National Honor Society induction held – 20 juniors and one senior join the 2017 seniors of NHS; Teachers, Melissa Shaughnessy and Patrick Finn are honorary inductees.
May 23 – Last day of classes for senior Class of 2017
May 25 – Boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams make tournament for first time ever.
June 1 – Senior Academic and Athletic Awards Banquet held in auditorium: Luana Lima recognized as Valedictorian of Class of 2017.
June 8 – Underclassmen Academic Award / RHS Hall of Fame Banquet held at Emerald Hall: Overall Ourstanding Achievers are Grade 9 Tyler Gambon, Grade 10 John Ellard and Grade 11 Ronan McNally
June 10 – God’s Children wins third annual Jared Lewis Quirk Memorial Speedball Tournament.
July 8 – Long-time Bulldog, staff member and supporter, Ann Phelps passes away.
August 7-9 – SGC Camp
August 23 – Fall sports practices begin (Football began August 18).
August 28 – First Day of School!
Top Dog Club instituted
Sept. 6 – Girls’ soccer team opens season with win over No. Quincy
Sept. 8 – Football team opens season with win over Cohasset.
Sept. 13 – Summer reading discussions
Sept. 28 – Unified Kickball Game held in gymnasium
Oct. 1 – Breast Cancer Walk held in Boston; SGC, several teams attend
Oct. 6 – Music Department hosts Talkin’ Bout Jazz program
Oct. 12 – Racist graffiti found at RHS
Oct. 17 – Golf team earns first trip to postseason tournament in over 20 years
Oct. 18 – Louis Casey is crowned Mr. Rockland.
Oct. 20 – First pep rally of the year held
Oct. 20 – Macie Jones is crowned Miss Rockland.
Oct. 20 – Football team wins Homecoming Game, 20-8, over Middleboro.
Oct. 21 – Homecoming Dance held in the gym.
Volleyball, football and cheerleading teams win SSL League Championships; They along with golf and boys and girls soccer teams make postseason tournaments.
Nov. 17 RHS receives a Massachusetts District C Athletic Sportsmanship Award from the MIAA.
Nov. 17 – Seniors defeat juniors in Powderpuff game 26-0.
Nov. 27 – Winter sports teams begin work-outs.
Dec. 7, 8 and 9 – Theater Guild’s Moon Over Buffalo performed at RHS.
Dec. 11– Positivity Club’s second initiative announced.
Dec. 14 – RHS Band and Chorus perform annual Holiday Concert.
Dec. 18-22 – Spirit Week
Dec. 22 – Alumni visit RHS.
Dec. 23-Jan. 1 – Happy New Year!
December 3, 2017
Students in Mr. Parker’s class at RHS visited the McKinley School gift center of Holiday Magic last week to deliver 12 bicycles that they had put together. The bicycles had been donated to Holiday Magic for children at Christmas.
Holiday Magic is a group in the town of Rockland whose members come from civic organizations, local businesses, Parent/Teacher Organizations from the public schools, interested individuals who are sponsors, and school children who also volunteer.
In 2000 they established a single unified holiday charitable program that coordinates their funds and energy, with the mission of helping some of the less fortunate families in the town of Rockland during the Christmas/Hanukkah holidays.
The Giving Tree on the wall of the Nurse’s Office at RHS is also part of Holiday Magic. Students can take an ornament and bring in an unwrapped gift for a child whose age is indicated on the ornament.
The organization is also having its annual fundraiser at the 99 Tuesday night, Dec. 5 from 4-10 pm. Use the voucher below so that 15% of your bill will be donated to Holiday Magic. Raffles will also be available for Bruins tickets and more!
Matt Dalton, Veritas Sports
The fall sports season was a resounding success and all teams had fantastic seasons. Almost all of the Rockland teams qualified for the 2017 MIAA tournaments in their respective sports. Girls soccer made it the furthest into their tournament by winning the first two games in dramatic fashion, one of those games ending in overtime by an absolute firecracker from the 30 yards out by senior captain Graces Oliver. Here is Danielle O’Brien’s story on the girls soccer team’s season.
Also making a splash in the tournament was the Rockland High football team. The team earned their first playoff win in 17 years, but unfortunately lost in the second round to the two seed Old Rochester. The team also won the title of league champs finishing with a 5-2 record in the regular season. This was the first year under new head coach Nicholas Liquori. (Go here for Matt Dalton’s story._
The football team wrapped up their season on Thanksgiving with a big comeback win at East Bridgewater 15-14, giving their eighteen seniors a fitting send-off. Zach Sharland had two TD’s on passes from Sam Gray.
Girls volleyball made a statement this year by being undefeated league champions. They had one of the best regular seasons that this town has ever seen. The volleyball team fell short in their second game of the tournament losing to last year’s state champion, Case High School in the quarterfinals. Here is Harry O’Brien’s story about the team.
The boys’ soccer team had to win their last regular season game against Hanover to qualify and thanks to a second half comeback and a score on a penalty kick, they made it, beating Hanover 2-1. Follow this link for Matt O’Brien’s season summary.
Golf also snuck into the playoffs and made the tournament for the first time in over 20 years. This was a huge accomplishment for the program. Here is Mark Shield’s summary of the golf team’s season.
The cheerleaders went for another state championship last weekend but came up with second place instead, a great accomplishment. They wrapped up the SSL title and South Regional title for fall cheer.
Last, but certainly not least, was boys and girls cross country. Both girls and boys teams made long strides this season to improve their game but did not qualify for tournament. Next year they look to take the next step and get to their tournament dreams going.
This season was an exciting one for the whole town to experience and we saw so many great moments throughout it.
Click on the links throughout to access our sports page stories on each of these fall sports, and check out the Fall Sports Unsung Heroes.
All-Stars in each of the sports are listed below:
Boys Soccer: Jon Alvarenga, Matty O’Brien, and Vitor Santos! Alvarenga also awarded Eastern Mass All Star!
Girls Soccer: Grace Oliver, Maddie Blonde, Nicole Blonde and Hannah Rich
Cheerleading: Mia Comeau, Katie Fitzgerald, Hallie Molineaux, Bella Burns
Football: Jon Baar, Will Breadmore, Lou Casey, Connor Shea, Zach Sharland, Anthony DeCecco and Coach of the year Nick Liquori.
Volleyball: -Jess DeMarco, Lily Matson, Caroline Elie, and Player of the Year: Olivia Elie. Coach of the Year: Emily Murphy
The Mattress Fundraiser that the Music Department sponsored on Sunday, Oct. 22 was a big success. The Music Department received a check from Custom Fundraising Solutions for $4,930.
The fundraiser was held from 10-5 in the Rogers Middle School Gym. The value of the mattresses, all brand new and some 50% off retail price, drew many to the event.
The proceeds will be used by the Music Department programs.