Of the nine sports at Needham, just two had losing records, with the girls swimming and girls soccer teams winning Bay State Conference championships and the football team tying the school record for most wins in a season.
The Rockets were honored for their accomplishments, with 21 athletes being named as a Bay State Conference first- team All-Star and eight receiving honorable mention.
Leading the way was the girls swim team, who went 9-1, won the Carey Division for a second straight year, were second at the BSC Championships, fourth at Sectionals and eighth at States.
And the most encouraging aspect might be that of the six girls that were honored, all are underclassmen. Sophomore Sydney Dixon, junior Sarah Hooper, freshman Lauren Leskanic, junior Jessica Murphy and freshman Kathryn Santaniello all were selected to the first team (only Framingham had more), and sophomore Sarah DiNatale got honorable mention.
The football team missed out on the playoffs even though it posted a better record than in 2009, but the Rockets did have five BSC first-teamers, including four on the defense. Seniors Max Schaphorts and Rob Timmerman made it as defensive linemen. Junior Mark Riley, who was one of only seven underclassmen on the entire team, was selected as a linebacker.
Senior Kevin Brennan was more well known for his exploits at quarterback, but he was honored as a first-team All-Star as a defensive back. And the only offensive representative was senior Will Stenberg on the offensive line.
The girls cross country team went 9-2, made it all the way to All-States and finished in 15th place. Senior Hannah Alpert was a first-team all star, while junior Alison Pildner received honorable mention.
The boys went 7-4 overall and were led by a pair a trio of seniors in Sean O’Connor, Jeff Okerman and Brendan Boyd. O’Connor and Okerman were on the first team, while Boyd got honorable mention.
The girls soccer team 12-2-3 during the regular season and won the Carey Division before bowing out to Brockton in the state tournament. Senior Danielle Salans was second in the Carey in scoring, and was joined by senior Courtney Steeves on the first team.
Senior Victoria Tarabelli was the top goalie in the Carey and was a first-team selection, while sophomore Alyssa Raskind earned honorable mention.
The boys soccer team qualified for the state tournament with a 9-8-3 record and lost to Franklin. Sophomore Mac Steeves emerged as a top-notch goal scorer this fall, and he and senior midfielder Chris Lynes made the first team. Senior goalie Jessie Kiel made honorable mention.
The volleyball team had a tough season with just two wins and didn’t get any first-team All-Stars, but Shannon Menchin made it on to the second team.
The field hockey team narrowly missed out on a state tournament berth with a 6-8-4 overall record, with Elizabeth Thornton and Emma Cotton making the first team and Ariel Sherry getting honorable mention.
Finally, the golfers went 8-4, came in second place at the Bay State Meet and ninth at Sectionals. A pair of freshmen – Jake Shuman and Mike Barnes – burst on to the scene this fall.
Shuman qualified for the State Division 1 Individual Tournament in Longmeadow and tied for eighth place with a 75. He was named to the BSC’s first team, while Barnes received honorable mention.