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God’s Children: A Speedball Dynasty

Julian Tarpey, Veritas Staff

6-14-17

God's Children win

God’s Children and the Quirks at the end of the tournament. courtesy photo

The third annual Jared Lewis Quirk Memorial speedball tournament ended with a blow-out on Saturday, June 10. God’s Children faced off against the Thunder Donkeys in the final game and won 8-2. Thunder Donkeys wore white and God’s Children wore red. The MVP of the tournament was Justin Nugyen of God’s Children.  Even more impressive than the six goal victory margin is the fact that the tournament raised $4,280 for the Jared Lewis Quirk “Good Guy” Memorial Scholarship.  Fifteen teams competed in the three day event.

Justin Nguyen is awarded the MVP trophy. photo by Julian Tarpey

Here’s a link to all the action pictures taken by Julian Tarpey and team photos supplied by Ms. Walsh

Boys Lacrosse Makes MIAA Tournament For First Time!

The lacrosse team qualified for tournament with a 14-1 win over Norton on May 25. photo courtesy of Mr. Harrison

John MacDonald, Veritas Staff

Lacrosse is a newly found sport for Rockland High within the last four years. Back then no one really knew much about the sport, it was still so new. However, now lax is on the rise. The team’s growth has progressed each year since it started four years ago.

Sophomore Mark Spragues stated, “Since last year our team’s numbers have noticeably grown, from the incoming freshmen. Also, students that just now decided to pick up the sport helped grow the team.”

This year’s team is confident that they are going to put Rockland lacrosse on the map. Kev Fennell claimed, “We are ready to take the South Shore League by storm this year.” Fennell is a junior who has played lax for all three years of his high school life. He’s very passionate about the sport and is very confident about how the team will do this year.

Being the young team in the league, other teams are definitely looking to beat the Rockland team.

Junior Will Breadmore stated, “From what I have seen the past two years since I’ve been on the team, Mashpee and Pembroke are our two biggest rivals. We know going into that game they are going to be chippy. We just gotta keep our heads and play our game.”

Breadmore knows that teams are going to be tough, but he says he will not shy away. He will keep his head up and try to help his team in any way that he can.

The team qualified for tournament with a convincing 14-1 win over Norton on May 25.  This will be the lacrosse team’s first tournament appearance in its short history, showing the steady progress that the team has made since its beginning.

Coach Dave Taylor has been the coach from the beginning and is certainly pleased with the record this year of 10 wins and 8 losses.

The MIAA released tournament pairings on Saturday.  Rockland, with a record of 9-9  got the 17th seed and will play a preliminary game against #16 Sturgis East at Simpkins Field on Tuesday, May 30 at 5 pm.  The winner will play #1 seed Hanover on Thursday, June 1 at Hanover. Twenty teams qualified for the Division 3 South play-offs.  Like Rockland, Sturgis is a new program, having only competed at the varsity level for two years.  They qualified for tournament last year.

Girls Lacrosse Team Earns First Ever Postseason Spot

A happy lacrosse team celebrates their first ever tournament qualification. photo courtesy of RHS girls lacrosse.

May 28, 2017

The girls lacrosse team qualified for the postseason with a 16-1 win over South Shore Vo-Tech on May 24.

The lacrosse team had never qualified since this is only their second year competing as a varsity sport. It is also only the fourth year there has been a lacrosse team.  The girls did it at home on senior day!

For more on their historic win go here.

Update on tournament:  The girls with a 9-8-1 record were ranked 17th in Division 2 South and will play a preliminary round game against Nantucket on Tuesday, May 30 in Nantucket at 4:30 p.m.  The winner of this game will play #1 seed, Cohasset in Cohasset on  Wednesday or Thursday.

A big senior day for six lacrosse players! From left: Isabel Pica, Colleen Burke, Kaylee Patten, Emily Beatrice, Taylor Gallagher, and Sydney Ferguson.

Softball team qualifies for tournament

The seniors got their wish yesterday as the softball team qualified for tournament, the first spring team to do so, with a win over Middleboro. Veritas photo

The girls varsity softball team met their goal of making the tournament yesterday, May 18 with a 4-0 win over Middleboro at home.

Erin Buckley was the winning pitcher giving up no runs, 4 hits, 4 walks. She had 5 strikeouts.  Shortstop Maddie Olsen was 2-3 with a 2 run HR in the first inning.

The girls record is now 10 wins and 5 losses.

Their last regular season home game will be May 26.

For more on the team and their season, see the next issue of the Veritas due out on May 23.

 

Baseball Team Honors Ten Seniors

May 9, 2017

The Abington baseball team spoiled Rockland’s senior night, winning a close game 3-2 at Rockland’s Veterans Memorial Stadium last night.  The Dogs had hoped to continue their two game winning streak, but fell short.  Junior Sam Gray pitched a good game and the Dogs had their chances.  They will continue in their quest to make tournament today at Randolph.

The ten seniors were honored along with their parents before the game.  Photo gallery is below.

Track teams ready to compete

Track coaches: from left: Patrick Finn, Randal Grimmett, Robert Murphy and Mark Killinger. photo by Erin Kearns

Erin Kearns, Veritas Staff

The track teams this year are hoping to have a successful season, especially with the large turn-out they had.

Last year both the boys and girls teams finished the season with three wins and five losses.

The coaches this year are Robert Murphy, Randal Grimmett, Mark Killinger, and Patrick Finn.

“I’m really excited about this year’s team. We have almost fifty girls signed up so far, which is a lot more than we’ve ever had before. We also have a good number of returning athletes, so I expect that we will be very competitive in the South Shore League,” says Mr. Grimmett.

Mr. Murphy has similar expectations for this year. “I always have high expectations for our Rockland teams. This year especially, we had over forty students sign up for boys’ track, with a large number being freshmen, and many upperclassmen returning from last year’s team. This is very encouraging.”

Erika Ochenduszko, a returning track runner and one of the team’s top scorers explained, “I think it’s great that there were ninety people that showed up to the track meeting. It’s better to have more numbers because it gives us a better chance of winning the meets.”

She continued, “What I’m worried about is how long the meets are going to have to be because of how many people are doing it.”

With the large turn-out, the coaches’ task in finding the right events for everyone could be a little more difficult.

Mr. Grimmett explained that when judging potential the most important thing he looks for is a good work ethic, explaining, “I’d have to say that the most important characteristic we look for is a willingness to work hard and continually strive to get better.”

He continued, “We all have our individual aptitudes, but what we do with the natural talent we possess depends upon our willingness to work hard. For the athletes who are new to track, I try not to judge their potential and just wait and see how they progress as athletes. One of the best things about coaching track is seeing the athletes get better.”

Mr. Murphy has similar thoughts about an athlete’s potential saying, “Potential to me is based on dedication, desire and hard work.” he explained, “The more effort an athlete exhibits, the greater the potential he or she has to succeed.”

Lily Matson, one of the team’s top scorers and a returning runner says, “Track is a mental sport. You’re constantly fighting the part of yourself that wants to stop, and the biggest challenge is pushing through that, even though it hurts. It takes a lot of mental toughness and discipline, and it’s awesome to see the team push through the tough days together.”

To anyone unsure about coming out for track Mr. Murphy would encourage them to join.  Mr. Grimmett adds, “Track is a lot of fun, and there are so many events that almost anyone can find an event that they like.”

Girls Lacrosse Team Focuses on Improving Every Day

Kaylee Patten (left) and Emily Beatrice are co-captains of the lacrosse team. courtesy photo/yearbook

Julian Tarpey, Veritas Staff

Lauren Rizzotti is in her fourth year as the coach of the girls’ lacrosse team at Rockland High School. That is exactly how long there has been a girls’ lacrosse team at RHS.

`In four years they have come a long way. The first year they were a club team, and the squad has only been a varsity team for two years.

Ms. Rizzotti, who also teaches math at RHS, says, “It has been amazing seeing these girls grow over the years. I just find it really cool to see the girls improve over the years and really compete.”

Two of those girls are senior captains, Emily Beatrice and Kaylee Patten. Ms. Rizzotti says she is happy to have them leading the team. “They are two of the strongest players on the team, but also the most dedicated.”

In addition to the two senior captains, Ms. Rizzotti says, “There are several returning players from last year that I am counting on to hold this team together because we have several fairly new players.”

Despite their youth and lack of experience, the coach enjoys her team and says that they enjoy playing.

From left: Emily Beatrice, Jenna Burns and Natalie Draicchio take a break from indoor practice. Veritas photo

“The strength of the team is how much they all truly enjoy playing. They aren’t playing because they have to, or they are getting in shape for another sport, they are playing because they find it fun,” says Coach Rizzotti.

Their inexperience does show, however, and the hardest part is playing against teams that have established programs from the youth leagues up to the high school level.

“We are playing against teams who have been playing for years, and they play during their off-seasons. My players are brand new a few years ago, and any new players coming in are learning from scratch as well. It makes it very hard to keep up with the other teams,” says Ms. Rizzotti.

The girls lacrosse team work on fundamentals in the gym in early season practices. Veritas photo

But the girls have goals and one of them is to improve every day.

“Every practice we focus on improving one more thing and to continue to work on the basics such as catching and passing in order to really compete,” explained the coach.

And with that goal comes the most important one for the team.

“The number one goal this season is to leave everything on the field each game,” says the coach, who explained how they lost several games last year by only a few points.

“Those are the hardest to walk away from, so this year we are looking to get those games back.”

The girls opened the season on Monday, April 3 at Southeastern Regional High School and came away with a 17-4 victory.

Their next game will be on Monday, April 24 against Silver Lake at home.  They will then be at Abington in the first game of a doubleheader with the boys’ team.  The girls will be going on at 5:00 and the boys will follow at 6:30.

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