Senior Captian Sean Reilly drives to the cage / Credit: Josh Cianciolo

Two Needham High School teams remain in contention in the MIAA Division 1 state tournaments.

The boys volleyball team is on track for its fourth straight state title after defeating No. 17 Andover in straight sets, 25-14, 25-14, 25-12 on Wednesday. That boosted the Rockets to the quarterfinals — the Elite 8 — where they will host eighth-seeded Brookline on Friday at 5 p.m.

After drawing a preliminary round bye, coach Dave Powell’s Rockets defeated Weymouth 3-0 on Saturday in the Round of 32.

Needham has a record of 22-2. Brookline is 15-7. The Rockets have already defeated them twice this year, 3-0 and 3-2.

Tickets for Friday’s game will be required to enter the gym and can be bought only at the GoFan site. See the Needham HS Athletics page on X, formerly Twitter, for details. No money will be accepted at the door.

In boys lacrosse, the seventh-seeded Rockets will face No. 2 seed Lincoln-Sudbury in the Elite 8. Game time is 5 p.m. Friday at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury.

Senior Avery Kalish spikes the ball / Credit: Patti Cloonan

Coach Dave Wainwright’s Rockets got to the Elite 8 by beating Shrewsbury (No. 26) 11-5 in the Round of 32 on Saturday and No. 10 Winchester, 9-6, in the Round of 16 on Tuesday. Both wins came at home.

The two teams met earlier this year. On April 6, the Warriors defeated the Rockets, 11-8, in Needham. After losing four of their first seven games, Needham brings a 15-5 record into Friday’s game. Lincoln-Sudbury is 13-6.

Again, tickets must be purchased online in advance.


The girls lacrosse team, a No. 11 seed, defeated No. 22 Boston Latin, 16-8, in the Round of 32 on May 30, with Lily Schmalz scoring nine goals for the Rockets. In the Round of 16 on Tuesday, Needham fell to No. 6 North Andover, 12-9, to wind up with a record of 11-8.


In baseball, after knocking off No. 39 seed Milton, 8-4, in Saturday’s preliminary round game, No. 26 Needham lost to seventh-seeded St. John’s Prep, 8-3, in the Round of 32 on Monday. The Rockets finished with a record of 7-13.


The softball team, seeded No. 10, defeated No. 23 Andover, 9-2, in Round of 32 action on Saturday before being shut out, 12-0, by No. 7 Saint Paul Diocesan in the Round of 16 on Tuesday. The Rockets finished 12-8. 


The girls tennis team, a No. 16 seed, defeated No. 17 Algonquin Regional, 4-1, in the Round of 32 on May 29. Alas, Needham drew top-seeded and undefeated Lexington in the Round of 16 on Monday and lost 5-0. Needham’s record in the season: 11-8. 


In boys tennis, No. 13 Needham fell to No. 20 Cambridge Rindge & Latin, 3-2, in a first-round match on May 28. Like the girls, the boys finished with a record of 11-8.

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