Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Dan Rafuse shines as an athlete and a student.
Dan Rafuse, a senior at Norton High School, was selected as the recipient of the MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month Award for December 2012. A member of the Norton High School basketball and outdoor track teams, the 18-year-old serves as a captain of both squads. He is the leading scorer on the basketball team and top defensive player. As a starter during his junior year, Rafuse helped lead the Norton basketball team to its first ever Tri-Valley League Championship and first boys’ basketball league championship in 24 seasons. During his first year on the outdoor track team as a junior, Rafuse became the Tri-Valley League champion in the triple jump and helped lead the Lancers to an undefeated season and first ever Tri-Valley League …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Norton continues on in the "big dance."
Saturday, November 3, 2012
By Dan Rafuse The Norton High School boys soccer team qualified for the Massachusetts state tournament last week. This tournament bid was a reward for all the hard work they put in during the regular season. They drew the Sharon Eagles in the first round, playing them to a 5-0 blowout win yesterday afternoon at Norton High. With both teams finishing with winning percentages at .500, the matchup was sure to be an even one. Norton, however, started the game out strong and never took their foot off the gas. Two early goals from freshmen stand out Jonathon Lach put the Lancers up 2-0 in the first half. The goals allowed Norton to go into the second half feeling confident but the offensive attack wouldn’t stop there. The Lancers often …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Schools are broken into six divisions for high school football, starting in 2013, after a MIAA vote was taken Friday.
This could be the last year of regional champions in high school football after the MIAA member schools voted 161-131 in favor of a new playoff format, which would crown state champions, starting with the 2013 season, according to the Boston Herald. The plan was previously approved by the MIAA Football Committee and Tournament Management Committee, but needed a vote of approval from the general assembly, which took place Friday morning at Assabet Valley Regional in Marlboro. After two years of the pilot program, the plan will be reviewed. Highlights of the plan include: What it means locally: A copy of the MIAA proposal and a full breakdown of divisions are posted in the media galery.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
New Testament Knights enter State Tournament, winning in playoff against Innovation Academy.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
By Dan Rafuse and Lisa Carvalho The New Testament Knights boy’s soccer team is on its way to the State Tournament for the first time in 10 years. The boys took on the Innovation Academy of Tyngsboro last Friday and won 3-2 in a thriller. The game started off slowly as both teams were getting a feel for each other, with most of the first 10 minutes being spent at midfield. About half-way through the first half, the visiting team scored on a quick-scoring opportunity, giving them an early lead. This seemed to spark the Knights as they suddenly became more aggressive, and scored an answering goal 2 minutes later. The Knights then kept up the pressure and scored a second goal on a free kick by Brendan P. Jones from 50 yards out. The Knights …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Will play against Archbishop Williams June 1.
Norton High School's 17th seed varsity baseball team will take on 16th seed Archbishop Williams 4 p.m. June 1 in Braintree in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association South Division 3 Tournament. The winner of this game will play against 1st seed Coyle & Cassidy High School June 2 at 3 p.m. Bracket Notes: 1. Coyle & Cassidy (17-3) .850 2. Bellingham (16-4) .800 3. East Bridgewater (14-4) .778 4. Wareham (14-6) .700 5. Middleboro (14-6) .700 6. Dover Sherborn (14-6) .700 7. Bishop Stang (14-6) .700 8. Apponequet (11-5) .688 9. Rockland (13-7) .650 10. Seekonk (11-7) .611 11. Martha's Vineyard (12-8) .600 12. Medfield (12-8) .600 13. Westwood (12-8) .600 14. Diman Reg. (12-8) .600 15. Fairhaven (10-10) .500 16. Archbishop …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Paige Almeida score a goal in the losing effort as Dedham ends the Lancers' season.
Sometimes a slow start can be the undoing of a team. Despite playing well against a tough Dedham Marauders team, a rough opening 12 minutes saw the Norton High girls' team give up two-goals to Dedham in their first round match in the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional Tournament. The Lancers were unable to fully recover as their season ended with a 3-1 loss to the Marauders. The Lancers fell behind in the seventh minute when Libby Masalsky banged one in for Dedham to take a 1-0 lead. The Marauders were not done as a shot from Jenna Savi from 25 yards out found the back of the net in the 12th minute of play. With two goals within five minutes of each other, the Lancers were forced to take a time out and try to regroup. “We knew we had to score…
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Megan Elliott scored two goals in the win against Millis.
It may have taken a few extra goals than usual but Norton found a way to get the job done. With one game to go before the tournament, the Lancers found a way to get the win, but not without some dramatics. “It was a tough one. Millis played well and they usually do. It was their senior night so I think they played with a little extra motivation,” said Lancers coach Todd Kefor. With a goal in the 78th minute, the Lancers walked away with a 4-3 win over the Mohawks in the final game of the regular season. The Mohawks quickly got on the board early in the first half off a corner kick. Jen Foley scored off a pass from Maddie Brosley in the 4th minute of play to put the Mohawks up 1-0. The Lancers came back shortly after when Paige Almeida …
In a game where both teams needed a win to qualify for the playoffs, the Stallions beat the Lancers 3-0.
An entire season came down to one game for Norton and Medway. Both with 16 points to their record, the final game of the year was a de facto play in game for the MIAA soccer tournament. A win meant they were in while anything else meant the end of the season. The strong effort early by the Lancers slowly turned into a Medway victory as the Mustangs outscored the Lances 3-0 en route to a tournament birth. Despite a couple of early chances that saw Kevin Rogers just miss the top of the net in the 13th minute and Kevin O’Leary’s top shelf shot tipped over the net in the 14th minute, it was Medway that got on the board first. An attempted clear went wrong as the ball deflected off of Matt Coakley’s leg near the goal and into the Norton goal in…
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Lancers open camp on Thursday looking for continued success this fall.
Over the next few weeks, between practice sessions and scrimmages, the Norton High girls’ soccer team will certainly be prepared for the upcoming 2011 season. Under the watchful eyes of Norton head coach Todd Kefor and assistant coach Nicole Nunes, a total of 44 student-athletes, an increased number from a year ago, began practice on Thursday on the lower fields at Norton Middle School, hoping to contribute to the success of the Lancers this coming fall. “We separate the first two weeks into two sections,” said Todd Kefor, who is beginning his fourth full season and fifth overall with the Lancer varsity team. “The first part is the tryouts. We give the kids the opportunity to showcase their abilities. We want to see how they respond to …
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Lancers earn best team finish ever during divisional meet on Friday in North Reading.
In this, the most successful campaign in the history of the Norton High boys’ outdoor track team, the Lancers set yet another mark on Friday, registering their best team placement ever during the MIAA Eastern Mass. Division 4 Meet in North Reading. The Norton boys finished in seventh place overall with 36 points, surpassing their previous best finish of ninth, which occurred two years ago. Facing a very strong field, Old Rochester won the team competition on Friday with 72.5 points, while Newburyport was second with 68. Rockland placed third with 61.5 points and East Bridgewater was fourth with 43.5. Seekonk took the fifth spot with 42 points, followed by Weston with 39 and Norton with 36. Host North Reading had 32 points for eighth place…