Friday, May 3, 2013
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association voted in January to drop boys' gymnastics from its roster for sponsored sports.
The Newton North and Newton South boys' gymnastics teams may have a chance at another official season. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) recently voted 7-2 to reconsider its decision to drop boys' gymnastics as an official high school sport, according to a report in the Boston.com High School Sports Blog. Citing low participation numbers, the MIAA voted on January 16 to end sanctioned competition for the seven boys' gymnastics teams in the state. The seven schools with boys' gymnastics teams include: Newton North, Newton South, Braintree, Burlington, Lowell, Attleboro and Andover. Richard Ellis, coach of the Braintree High School boys gymnastics team, and Braintree Athletic Director Michael Denise, presented …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Olympian gymnast Aly Raisman, disappointed at dropping of boys' gymnastics official competitions in Massachusetts, tweets: "There is absolutely no such thing as a 'girl sport.' Is she right?
Aly Raisman had heard about plans to drop competitive boys' gymnastics in Massachusetts and she was not pleased. "Extremely disappointing that boys gymnastics is being dropped by MIAA. This quote upsets me," the gold-medaling gymnast from Needham tweeted on Sunday. Then she posted the quote from the Boston Globe story from Massachusetts interscholastic Athletic Association spokesman Paul Wetzel to which she was referring: "It’s a girls’ sport," said Wetzel, referring to the lopsided [gymnastics] participation rates. "When was the last time you watched boys’ gymnastics? They don’t get on the cover of the Wheaties box. They don’t get the endorsements." Raisman's next tweet: There is absolutely no such thing as a "girl sport" #ridiculous …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Both Newton North and Newton South high schools have boys' gymnastics teams.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) decided this week to drop boys' gymnastics from the official MIAA competition starting next year. Coaches and athletes at the seven schools that offer the sport are "furious" with the decision, My Fox Boston reported this week, arguing that some programs will dissolve completely without MIAA recognition. Both Newton North and Newton South high schools offer a boys' gymnastics program. The five other schools with a program are Braintree, Burlington, Lowell, Attleboro and Andover. According to a report earlier this week on Braintree Patch, the National Federation of State High School Associations declined to write new rules for boys' gymnastics, citing a lack of participation by …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Newton North girls' volleyball team continued their winning streak last night.
In what has been a nearly perfect season thus far, the Newton North girls' volleyball team is hoping to bring their winning ways to the state Division 1 championships. The Tigers defeated Andover last night 3-0 in the state Div. 1 semifinals, giving them a seat in the Division 1 finals. The state Division 1 championship game will take place this Saturday, Nov. 17 at Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett St., Northborough. Game time is 6 p.m. Newton North will face the winner of the other state Div. 1 semifinal match, which will be played tonight between Central/West champion Lincoln-Sudbury and South champion Barnstable. The Tigers -- who are now 22-1 on the season -- started the postseason ranked No. 1 in the Central/East Div. 1 …
Monday, November 12, 2012
The Tigers faced King Philip in the Central/East Div. 1 finals on Saturday.
After the championship slipped out from their hands last season, the Newton North girls' volleyball team held on this season to bring home the Central/East Div. 1 title. The Tigers swept King Philip High School Saturday night at Babson College to take the sectional championship with a 3-0 victory. Similar to last season, the Tigers entered the playoffs in the No. 1 spot and moved through the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds with two 3-0 victories. But last year, the No. 3 Brookline High stopped Newton North's playoff momentum and took the sectional title. This year, though, the Tigers pounced early with a 25-9 victory in the first set. Later in the second set, King Philip kept it close again early on, taking a 5-3 lead a one point, but…
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Newton North loses to Mansfield, 48-46 in the South Div. 1 finals.
The upset was there to be had, but in the end, the Newton North boys basketball team just could not finish. With an eight-point fourth quarter lead, the seventh-seeded Tigers controlled their destiny. But Newton North hit a cold streak allowing No. 1 Mansfield to gain the upper hand, and eventually, take the 48-46 victory in the Div. 1 South Sectional final last night at the TD Garden in Boston. “I’m devastated,” said Newton North head coach Paul Connolly. “We were so close. We battled all-year long. We’ve come together. We made some big plays in the game. We stretched the lead a little bit and then we stopped scoring.” With the defeat, the Tigers' season ends at 19-7. The Hornets, meanwhile, improve to 24-2 and advance to the state semi-…
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Newton South ends a historic 21-2 season with a 47-45 loss to Mansfield.
For most Lion players, the tears commenced as time expired and it continued to flow as they streamed out of the locker room one by one after the coach spoke. This was a heartbreaking loss for the Newton South girls basketball team. The third-seeded Lions appeared to be in control of the Div. 1 South Sectional semi-final game after tallying a 19-point advantage at halftime. But Newton South could only muster four third-quarter points in what turned out to be an abysmal offensive half leading to a 47-45 loss to No. 2 Mansfield. “I could have made a few adjustments,” said Lions head coach Sam Doner. “I’m sure when I get home I won’t sleep tonight and think about what I could have done differently. One possession, two possessions, would have …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Newton North beats New Bedford to advance to the Div. 1 South finals.
To the TD Garden they go. The No. 7 Newton North boys basketball team used a momentum-shifting third quarter to defeat No. 3 New Bedford, 67-44, Tuesday night, which catapulted the Tigers to the Div. 1 South Sectional final to be held at the Garden. “This is the best game of the season,” said Tiger senior captain Avi Adler-Cohen. “We were locked in. We came in with a game plan. We knew what we had to do to execute it.” With the triumph at the University of Massachusetts’ Clark Athletic Center, Newton North improves its record to 19-6. The Tigers will now battle No. 1 Mansfield, which knocked them out of the tournament last season, for the Div. 1 South title Friday. The time has not been determined. Notwithstanding the Newton North’s potent…
Sunday, March 6, 2011
The Newton North boys basketball team beat Weymouth yesterday 54-45.
Add one more Newton basketball team to the list of semi-final teams in the South Div. 1 Sectional Tournament. The No. 7-ranked Newton North boys basketball team beat No. 2 Weymouth yesterday in a quarterfinal match 54-45. The Tigers (now 18-6) will move on to face No. 3 New Bedford (18-3) in a semi-final match Tuesday evening at UMass Boston. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. After a win Friday night, the No. 3 Newton South girls basketball team slid into a semi-final spot after taking down Taunton. They will face Mansfield Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. at Massasoit Community College.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Newton South defeats Taunton, 64-57, to advance to the semi-finals.
For the second March night, the Newton South girls basketball team’s playoff life hinged on the three-point shot. And once again, the clutch shooter was Sophie Bikofsky, who netted four fourth-quarter three-pointers en route to the Lions 64-57 win over No. 11 Taunton in the Div. 1 South Sectional tournament. “She is one of the best shooters I’ve ever seen in New England,” said Newton South head coach Sam Doner. “I’ve been training a lot of kids in my life and I’ve seen a lot of great shooters. Shooters keep shooting—open, if you’re not open, shoot the ball. She started losing confidence in the first half, starting gaining it in the second half.” The third-seeded Lions (21-1) now advance to the semi-finals where they will play No. 2 …