Category Archives: Sports
January 14, 2020
On Saturday, January 25th, the second annual Andrew Lawson Foundation Invitational tournament will take place at Boston Garden. 18 high school teams will face off in 9 basketball games over the course of the day to increase awareness of Special Needs athletics and raise money for the Andrew Lawson foundation. The foundation honors Andrew, who did not let his Down’s Syndrome prevent him from playing an active role in Norwell athletics. He was also the driving force behind the South Shore Leagues’ robust Unified Sports program, which provides special needs students the chance to participate in athletics alongside their school mates.
Last year, the RHS boys basketball team played in the inaugural tournament. This year, RHS was invited to submit a video talking about what the Unified Sports program brings to Bulldog nation. The attached video will be played on the Garden jumbotron during this year’s tournament.
November 25, 2019
Last Thursday night, Nov. 21, the Class of 2020 won the annual Powderpuff game against the Class of 2021 The score was 30-8.
For the seniors Lydia McWilliams, Hannah Wyllie (2) and Maryn Monett scored touchdowns. For the juniors Hannah Rich had their only touchdown.
Even though the score was a little lopsided the game was competitive and the event was a success! The juniors with this experience will be able to get a victory next year against the Class of 2022.
Nov. 22, 2019
The Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association (MSAA) Fall Cheerleading State Championships will be held on Sunday Nov. 24 at Worcester State University. The RHS Cheer Team will be competing in Division Four and will be hoping to land a tenth state title!
They qualified for the state tournament by coming in first in the South Regionals held at Plymouth North last weekend. Also qualifying in the D4 South were Abington HS, Bellingham HS, and Archbishop Williams. Hull HS and Case HS received at large bids.
Rockland is scheduled to go on the floor at approximately 11:30 a.m.
The volleyball team will play tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 16) at Worcester State University in the Division 3 state volleyball finals at 12 p.m. Their opponent will be the champion of the Central and West semifinals, Frontier High School from Deerfield, MA.
Their appearance in the State Final was assured with their convincing win on Wednesday night at Newton South High School where they defeated the North Champions, Ipswich in a fairly lopsided game, 3-0.
The entire team contributed to this win with superlative serving, and very good teamwork between the front and back lines. The four seniors Hannah Wyllie, Caroline Elie, Jessie DeMarco and Hannah Murphy have provided strong leadership every step on the road to this last game on Saturday.
The girls had gotten to the state semi-finals by virtue of their win over Case High School for the South Sectional title on Saturday, Nov. 9 in New Bedford. The South Sectional title was one major goal that the team had, having never advanced that far in the tournament.
But they certainly are not satisfied and are now focused on completing their mission to bring home another State Championship banner to the Rockland High School gym.
The fan support of the team has been excellent and it is sure to be a loud group that accompanies the team to Worcester. Don’t miss it!
Three of Rockland’s fall athletic teams made it to postseason tournament play beginning with the football team which played Greater New Bedford (4-3) on Friday night, November 1 at 7 pm in the Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Dogs (7-0) earned home field by being seeded #2 in Division 6 South. Greater New Bedford was seeded #7.
To no one’s surprise, Rockland came out on top 44, Greater New Bedford Voke 14. Dante Vasquez rushed for 221 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The Bulldogs will now host #3 Ashland tonight (Friday, Nov. 8) at 7 pm. Ashland beat East Bridgewater last Friday by a score of 21-14. They, like the Bulldogs are undefeated. This is the Division 6 South Semifinals!!
Good luck Dogs!
The girls volleyball team with 19 wins and 1 loss were seeded #1 in Division 3 South. They opened their tournament play at home on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 pm vs. Nantucket (9-8).
Rockland came out with the win and next up was Westport on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in a home quarterfinal match-up. Westport was seeded #8 in the division. They had beat Calvary Chapel in the first round.
The girls had no problem with Westport on Tuesday and came away with a 3-0 win. Next they moved to Brockton High School for the D3 South Semifinals on Thursday at 5 pm where they defeated Fairhaven (13-8) by a score of 3-0. Fairhaven was seeded #12 entering the tournament.
Now the girls will face Case High School on Saturday at noon in New Bedford. This will be the Division 3 South Sectional Final game and it is the first time that the volleyball team has gotten this far in the tournament.
Good luck girls!!
The boys soccer team, seeded at #8, opened up tournament play at home on Monday, Nov. 4 against Apponequet. Unfortunately, Apponequet came away with the win 4-2.
Although they were disappointed that they didn’t advance, those on the team agree that this season marked a turning point for the program. The team finished their regular season at 12-3-3. This was a big turn-around for the team since last year they missed the tournament with a record of 3-14-1.
Senior captain Vitor Santos said on Twitter: “Despite the fact we didn’t ended the season how we wanted this is a little thing that represents how hard WE as a team worked. All this wouldn’t be possible if wasn’t [for] my teammates and coaches!”
Vitor Santos, Renan Santos, Yggor Batista, and Andrew Norton were named SSL all-stars!! Vitor was also named South Shore League’s Sullivan Division Player of the Year and EMASS All-Star. Coach Kimball was named the South Shore League’s Sullivan Division Coach of the Year.
Oct. 26, 2019
On Saturday, Oct. 26, six new members were added to the Rockland High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Athletic Director Gary Graziano hosted the dinner and induction ceremony that was held at the Rockland Golf Course.
The inductees included: Fran Cook, Class of 1951 for track and cross country; Kevin Klier, Class of 1978 for golf; Peter Foster, Class of 1979 for basketball; Jeffrey Phelps, Class of 1986, for football; Tom Ryan, Class of 1997 for football, and Courtney Burns, Class of 2009, for basketball.
Each inductee was introduced by a former coach, teammate or sibling.
Kenny Klier who introduced his brother Kevin described Kevin’s dedication to golf and his success in high school, college and on the amateur and professional circuit. After high school, Kevin received an athletic scholarship for golf to Temple University where he was then inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2016.
Former boys basketball coach Bob Fisher introduced Peter Foster and spoke about his legendary prowess as a basketball, baseball and soccer player at Rockland High School. Foster went on to play basketball and baseball at West Point Academy, and now works for the Disney Corporation in Florida.
Fran Cook was introduced by John Spinale, his teammate, who spoke about his great success as a track athlete at Rockland high School in the 1940’s where he was undefeated in both track and cross country in his four years at Rockland High School. He held the course record in Rockland, Brockton and Franklin Park for many years.
Former girls basketball coach Mal Lannin-Cotton introduced Courtney Burns. She described Burns’ dedication to basketball, leading Rockland’s teams to three Patriot League championships. Burns played at Rhode Island College, and since then has become the head women’s coach at Mitchell College in New London, CT. She was voted Coach of the Year in the New England Collegiate Conference in her second year as a head coach.
Rick Phelps introduced his brother Jeffrey and spoke about his accomplishments as a football player at RHS under coach Ken Owen. Jeffrey went on to play at Colby College and is a successful businessman in Rockland, taking over the Amos A. Phelps Insurance for his father, Richard Phelps who is a Rockland School Committeeman.
Tom Ryan was introduced by Chuck McDonald, RHS football coach and Ryan’s teammate. McDonald described Ryan’s work ethic as a baseball and football player at RHS. He was a three year starter in football, a captain and an Enterprise all-scholastic. At Springfield College Ryan was a three year starter where he captained the team that reached the NCAA Division 3 Elite 8 in 2000. After several years as defensive coordinator at Tewksbury High School, he has been the head coach at Methuen High School since 2013.
All of the inductees after accepting their plaques spoke about the influence that growing up in Rockland had on their lives. They also described how their participation in sports, and in particular the influence of their coaches at Rockland High School, had put them on the path to successful lives.
Gary Graziano concluded that this is one of the best classes of inductees that he has presided over.
Since 1988, Rockland High School has inducted 78 student-athlete alumni to the Hall of Fame, as well as four former coaches as honorary members.
Nominees for the Hall of Fame have had outstanding athletic accomplishments during and after high school. They also have contributed to their communities, and in some cases have overcome adversity during high school or later on in their lives. They must also be at least five years out of high school.
Hall of Fame Committee members include:Gary Graziano, Kathleen Paulding, Fredrick Damon, Stephen Sangster, Madeline Lannin-Cotton and Nicholas Liquori.
Anyone may nominate a Rockland High School graduate for consideration for the Athletic Hall of Fame. To do so, contact the athletic director at email@example.com.
October 21, 2019 Veritas Staff
It’s been a great fall season for the RHS football team. Not only have they won seven straight games, but their coach, Mr. Nick Liquori was recognized as the Coach of the Week by the New England Patriots after their 35-0 win over Medford on Oct.11.
The team has been victorious this year with an undefeated record of 7-0. The defense has allowed only 7.6 points per game while their offense is averaging 30.6 points per game. Combined with the team’s six victories to end the season last year, the Bulldogs have the best winning streak in the area.
Their 14-7 win over Norwell last Friday night at Norwell gave them the South Shore League Sullivan Division title. In that game senior Dante Vasquez rushed for over 200 yards and 1 TD. Tom McSweeney also had a TD.
Now the Dogs will wait to see who they are matched up with in the upcoming Division 6 South play-offs that begin on November 1.
Mr. Liquori’s honor was presented to him by former Patriots linebacker, Andre Tippett, on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The entire team and coaching staff were present in the gymnasium during the presentation. A $1,000 donation on behalf of the Patriots Foundation, was also made to the Bulldogs in honor of Coach Liquori.
The presentation was featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which aired on Friday night, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV. It is available on Patriots.com. Go to minute 23:54 to see the clip.
Veritas staff reporter, Austin Clarke, sat down with Coach Liquori in our studio to talk about the football team, the season and his honor.