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Tennis and Lacrosse Teams All Get First Round Tournament Wins

Each of four spring teams won their first round MIAA tournament games this week.  Softball takes the field on Thursday hoping to make it five.

Tyler Beatrice warms up before a match during the regular season. Veritas photo

On Monday, the boys tennis team, in its first tournament since 1983, opened up at home with a 4-1 over Bishop Connolly.  Tyler and Adam Beatrice, John Ellard and doubles team of Jake Harris and Olivier Reera all won their matches.  The boys head into the quarterfinal round on Friday against the winner of today’s Dover-Sherborn vs. St. John Paul II match.  The time and place will be determined.  Rockland is seeded #8 in the tournament with its 12-4 regular season record.

On Tuesday, June 4, three teams got wins as the girls tennis,  girls lacrosse and boys lacrosse teams all won their first round games at home.

The girls tennis team enjoy Dairy Queen after their first tournament win! Twitter photo

The girls tennis team is seeded 5th in Division 3 South with a 14-3 record. They swept #12 St. John Paul II 5-0 in their first round match.  They will now go up against Sturgis West on Thursday, June 6 at Cape Cod Community College at 4 pm in the quarterfinal round.

Maddie Blonde in a game against W-H. Ledger photo

The girls lacrosse team played in the stadium at 6 pm against league rival Abington and came away with a 12-2 victory, their first ever tournament win! First year goalie Amelia Dalton played well in net. Rockland goals were scored by Flaherty(2) Blonde(4) Burns (2) and one each from Tsiantoulas, McSweeney, Rich, Gormley and Jones!   The girls team is seeded 6th in Division 2 South with a regular season record of 13 wins and 3 losses.  The girls will play the winner of Cohasset vs. Old Colony RVT on Saturday at a location and time to be determined.

Evan Gormley in the game against Monomoy. Enterprise photo by Marc Vasconcellos

The boys lacrosse team defeated Monomoy in the stadium by a score of 12-5.  Rockland is seeded 8th in Division 3 South and will now take on #1 Norwell who are 17-1 in the quarterfinals at Norwell on Friday, June 7. According to the Patriot Ledger Evan Gormley and Lucas Leander led the offense while Cam Ryan,Mike Dutton, Nick Leander, Owen Shea and Mark Sprague played great games.

Michaela Bruno will be pitching on Thursday when the softball team plays Rising Tide in a first round tournament game at home. Veritas photo

The girls softball team will open up their tournament run on Thursday June 7 at home. With a record of 14 wins and 4 losses, the girls are seeded #6 in Division 3 South.  They will play #11 Rising Tide at 4 pm.  Michaela Bruno, Ariana Pelletier and Molly Grass will lead the way for the Lady Dogs softball team.


Tennis Team Joins Tournament Qualifiers

The boys’ tennis team came up with a 5-0 win on May 21 over Carver.  With the win they qualified for the post season tournament for the first time in a “long time” according to athletic director, Gary Graziano. The Patriot Ledger reported that it has been 36 years since the boys’ team has qualified for tournament. The team’s record now stands at 8 wins and 3 losses.

The team still has a few matches to go but this was a great way to celebrate “Senior Day” as first year head coach Chris Beatrice congratulated his seniors Tyler Beatrice, John Ellard and Brandon Gallagher before the match. Beatrice won his match today 6-3, and 6-1. Ellard won 6-1, 6-4 and Adam Beatrice completed the singles sweep 6-1, 6-0. The doubles teams of senior Brandon Gallagher/junior Matt Griffin won 6-2, 6-3 and junior Jake Harris/junior Oliver Reera completed the scoring 6-1, 6-2.

The team joins the girls’ tennis team , the girls’ lacrosse team (12-3), the boys’ lacrosse team, and the softball team, (12-3), as teams that have qualified for tournament so far this year. For more information about all the teams’ progress this year, pick up a copy of the Veritas print edition that is available at all lunches this week.

Spring Sports Have Begun

The boys lacrosse team defeated Abington 16-4 on Tuesday, April 2. photo by Courtney Starkey

April 3, 2019  (updated April 4)

The RHS spring sports season has gotten underway this week after two weeks of preseason preparations.

The line-up this year of spring sports teams includes boys and girls tennis, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls track along with baseball and softball.

The lacrosse team got a win on Tuesday, April 2 at Abington. photo by Courtney Starkey

On Tuesday, April 2,  the lacrosse teams both opened up against the Abington Green Wave in Abington and both were successful.  The boys came away with a 16-4 win while the girls outscored Abington 17-10. For the girls Maddie Blonde had six goals and one assist. The lacrosse teams will be back at it on Friday against Archbishop Williams.

Also on Tuesday the baseball team traveled to Pembroke.  They were not as fortunate as the lacrosse teams, losing to Pembroke 3-1. The Dogs got solid pitching from Declan Rogers and Robert Ivil.  Cullen Rogers scored the run with a double and Ricky Glavin’s RBI single.

The softball team traveled to Whitman-Hanson on Thursday after a rain-out on Wednesday.  They came up with the win 9-4. Michaela Bruno went 4 for 4, with a hit and 3 doubles. On the mound she pitched 7 innings, allowing 5hits and striking out 7. Macy Grass went 2 for 3 and Shannon Murphy had a 3 run home run. They will be playing Plymouth-North tomorrow (Friday).

The boys and girls tennis teams went against Randolph on Thursday.  The boys won 5-0 and the girls got the win 4-1. Both teams play Mashpee tomorrow (Friday).

The RHS girls tennis team will be going up against Randolph tomorrow. photo from RHS Girls Tennis twitter.

The track teams will have their first meet next week on Weds. April 10 at Abington against Cohasset/Hull.  The track teams always have to play away because Rockland does not have a suitable track for meets.

Good luck to all the teams as they begin their seasons.  Here’s hoping the weather gets a little warmer!


Triple Threat Gets Nets for Nets Win

The winners, Triple Threat: from left: Chris DeVine, Emily Gray and John Ellard with their championship trophy. photo by Ashley Murphy

March 20, 2019

In their first time competing, Triple Threat, a team made up of guidance counselor Chris DeVine, senior John Ellard, and athletic trainer Emily Gray, captured the 2019 Nets for Nets three-on-three basketball tournament championship.  The tournament, held on March 19, is an annual Student Government sponsored event that raises money for the charity, Nothing But Nets, an organization that provides bed nets for families in Africa.

Sixteen teams competed for the coveted golden basketball trophy with Triple Threat defeating the Kekambas in the finals.  The Kekambas, a team made up of Transitions teacher, Dan Kimball, junior Hannah Murphy, and junior Derek Williams, assured everyone that they would be back next year for the rematch.

Last year’s championship team, Three-Peat, featuring physical education teacher Mike Doyle was unseated partially due to an injury to junior girls basketball all-star, Caroline Elie, that kept her out of playing. Her sister, 7th grader Maggie, did a great job filling in. Also on the squad was Aneuris Quezada.

Losing in the semifinals to the Kekambas was the Bulldogs, that included senior Ashley Murphy, junior Dante Vasquez and Rogers Middle School teacher, Matthew Vincenzi.

Principal John Harrison’s team, the Green Eagles, included junior girls basketball all-star, Hannah Wyllie. They had their very creative t-shirts designed and made by teammate Anthony DiNino.

A complete list of teams follows:

  1. Beatrice Clan: Stephanie, Adam and Lynn Beatrice
  2. Tres Amigos: Eric Barber, Kyle Lenihan, Mrs. Melissa Shaughnessy
  3. The Denominators: Jake Dunham, Michaela Brun and Mr. Nick Liquori
  4. Three-peat: Maggie Elie, Mr. Mike Doyle and Reese Quezada
  5. Elite Crossovers: Alan Wright, Jarius Thomas, Ms. Shelley Coulombe
  6. Nets for Nets Champs: Tyler Beatrice, Antonio Gilstap, Ms. Julia Dicanzio
  7. The Units: Own Shea, Mr. Pete Harrison, Molly Callahan
  8. The Kekambas: Derek Williams, Mr. Dan Kimball, Hannah Murphy
  9. The White Mambas: Bella Seaton, Jake Wells, Mr. Greg Banks
  10. The John bLOCKErs: Maddie Gear, Marissa Smith, Mr. Rich MacAllister
  11. Triple Threat: John Ellard, Mr. Chris DeVine, Emily Gray
  12. The Green Eagles: Principal John Harrison, Hannah Wyllie, Tony DiNino
  13. The Ubiquitin Destroyers: Zach Webb, Matt Bruzzese, Mrs. Angela Armstrong
  14. Deep Treble: Ms. Lindsay Crook, Jordan Cunningham, Kathleen Nee
  15. Los Ballers: Adrian Fuecada, Josiah Durand, Ms. Jacqueline Tabares
  16. Bulldogs: Mr. Matt Vincenzi, Ashley Murphy, Dante Vasquez

It was a fun way to get a little March Madness into the high school scene and also to raise money for a good cause. Each of the sixteen teams contributed  a $15 entry fee.

Joanne White and Jill Delaney, Student Government advisors kept track of the brackets and awarded the golden basketball trophy to the winners.  Junior Katie Buckley, Community Services Committee Chair,  organized the tournament for the SGC.

Ms. White said that she was pleased at the turnout of teams and thought the tournament was a great success.

photos by Veritas photographer, Ashley Murphy





Rockland vs. Abington Unified Basketball

March 13, 2019

When the high school basketball season  ends, it is time for one more game: the annual Unified Basketball game.  In the Unified game Rockland High School players join up with their Pathways teammates to take on arch-rival Abington!

This year once again there was plenty of action, many made and missed shots and even some defense.  But more importantly, there was a lot of fun as Abington and Rockland went back and forth until Abington pulled ahead, getting the win this year.

On hand were RHS athletic director Gary Graziano who emceed the game along with Brenda Folsom, RHS Physical Education Director who organized Rockland’s unified team.  The RHS students and basketball team members who assisted the Pathways players included: Ashley Murphy, Caroline and Julia Elie.  Also assisting were Jenna Burns, Nicole Blonde, Hunter Wardwell, Rashaad Jean, Pierre Comeau, Deiontay Kelley, Pierre Kelley, Antonio Gilstrap, and Patrick Moriarty.   Maggie Elie ran the scoreboard.  Refereeing were Dante Vasquez, Tyler Beatrice and John Ellard.

Rockland’s Pathway players were: Jake Swanson, Justin Pendleton, Nick Cara, Luci Pumphrey, Saige Clauss, Cailin Sullivan, Emily Grandmont, Anthony DiNino, Alex Anzivino, Dillon Doyle, Brianna Conley.

Abington’s players included: Christopher Hagerty, Eddie Holmes, Kim Oberlander, Gretchen Wronski, Dylan Spring and Declan Burns.

Rockland’s varsity girls basketball player, Ashley Murphy explained why she likes to play in the unified games.  “It gives kids the opportunity to participate in a real game. It provides the experience of competing with their friends, and have fun.”

Cheerleaders Roll Along to Another State Championship

The RHS Cheerleaders won the State Championship on March 10. From left, back row: Natalia Roosa, Arianna Dutton, Bella Seaton, Haley Benson, Gianna Gervasi, Riley Taylor and Rebecca Keefe. Middle row: Calin Monett, Liv Campbell, Tori Crowley, Katie Fitzgerald, Lindsay Tsiantoulas, and Katie Keefe. Front: Hallie Molineaux, Bella Burns and Mia Comeau.

March 12, 2019

It was a long day this past Sunday (March 10) at Tantasqua Regional High School but the Rockland High School cheerleaders performed a “flawless routine” according to asst. coach Kim Reardon and came away with another, back to back, MSAA State Championship in Division 4.

On March 3, the cheerleaders had competed in the Division 4 South Regionals in Natick, and to no one’s surprise placed first, giving them another shot at the State Championship on Sunday. For senior Bella Burns, this is her sixth State Championship in four years.

The cheerleaders have been so successful that many forget how hard they work to perfect their routines.

Athletic Director Gary Graziano said that the girls are successful because despite the fact that cheerleading is not considered a “sport,” the girls work as hard as any RHS athletes for their team’s success.

How much do they owe to head coach Jeanine Reardon who has been the coach for nine State Championships since 2012 when she began coaching?  Mr. Graziano said, “She treats them like athletes.” He explained, “They do all kinds of conditioning.  Coach Reardon pushes them hard.”

Coach Reardon said that they do focus on conditioning in addition to practicing their routines. “We do hold them accountable and they train for 10 hours a week.”

Mrs. Reardon also credits the girls’ work ethic, their pride and commitment, and the support they have received from numerous people.  Assistant coaches are Kim Reardon and Krystin Killion with Tyler Lewis’ additional support.

Now it’s on to the New England Championships next Saturday, March 16 at Worcester State University.  They will be competing during the second session.

If you haven’t seen these girls compete maybe you should! You have one more chance!

Nets for Nets Coming on March 19

Caroline Elie, Mr. Doyle and Zach Sharland won the tournament last year.

The Rockland High School Student Government Council will once again be hosting the Nets for Nets tournament.  This year the tournament will be on Tuesday, March 19. The tournament is a popular one that started in 2016.

Nets for Nets is a 3 on 3 basketball tournament comprised of teams made up of teachers and students.  Each team is required to have at least one female player AND one faculty or staff member (a female teacher counts as both).

Last year’s championship team was made up of physical education teacher, Mike Doyle, Zach Sharland and Caroline Elie.  Mr. Doyle and Caroline have won two championships now, the first in 2017 with Andrew Starkey. With Zach’s graduation, Mr. Doyle said, “We picked up Aneurise (Reese) Quezada to replace Zach.  Caroline and I will be going for 3 in a row.”

Sign-ups are being held now.  To sign up you need to get a sheet from Ms. White’s room (205), and sign up your team.

The money raised is donated to Nothing But Nets, an organization that provides bed nets for families in Africa.  The nets keep out mosquitoes that transmit malaria in warm climates. According to the group, every two minutes somewhere in the world, a child dies from malaria. For more about the organization and what they do, go here.

Hurry and sign up to help this worthy cause and have fun at the same time. Slots are filling up fast!

Brian Smith, Aiden Glennon and Danielle O’Brien in last year’s Nets for Nets tournament. Veritas file photo



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