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Postseason Tournaments Underway

The football team will play tonight (Nov. 8) in Rockland against Ashland. Bundle up and Be There to support the team!!

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 has made it all the way to the Sectional Finals on this Saturday, Nov.9 in New Bedford at 12 p.m. Be sure to support the girls!

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.

The Boys Soccer team had a great year!

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.

Six Inducted into RHS Athletic Hall of Fame

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



Football Team Wins SSL, Mr. Liquori Recognized As Coach of the Week

Andre Tippett, Owen Shea, Mr. Liquori and Dante Vasquez on Oct. 15. photo courtesy of Patriots.

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 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.

Volleyball Team Remains Undefeated

September 30, 2019

The Rockland Girls Volleyball team breezed through their first eight games this year, not even losing a set.  That changed on Monday afternoon as they faced their toughest opponent so far in Hingham.  But in the end, in five exciting sets, the Bulldogs came out with a 3-2 win to make it nine wins in a row this season.

The Lady Dogs began the day with a 26-24 win in the first set. But the second and third sets put them in a bind as they lost both, 25-19 and 25-18.

The girls did not fold, however, and came back to win the fourth set 25-17.  That tied the match at 2-2.

You couldn’t have asked for a more exciting finish as the Lady Dogs got the win in a 17-15  nail-biter in the fifth and final set to remain undefeated.

Senior Hannah Wylie ended with eight kills and seven blocks while senior Caroline Elie had seven kills in the team’s win.

The girls will look to make it ten wins in a row on Wednesday as they go up against Randolph at home.

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!


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