Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The Reading High School girls basketball head coach has her team in the North Division 2 semifinal round during her final season on the sidelines.
After 15 years on the sidelines for the Reading High School girls basketball team, head coach Kim Penney is stepping aside following the current postseason. And Penney is hoping to go out on top. Penney will take a break from coaching to tend to her family and business, but first she hopes to cap off a second straight undefeated season with a state championship. The Lady Rockets take on Wilmington Thursday in the North Division 2 semifinal round. Are you a big fan of the Rockets? You'll also want to see:
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Soon-to-be senior Olivia Healy will take her talents to the University of Richmond to play Division I basketball. Healy led the Rockets to a State title as a junior last year.
Olivia Healy walked through the doors of Reading High school knowing she would make an impact for the Varsity Girls basketball team. That may be an understatement. And now, she has decided to play college ball for the University of Richmond. Healy’s freshman year averaged 14 points while being awarded All-League, Daily Times Chronicle Player of the Year as well as a Middlesex League champion. In her sophomore season, Healy averaged 17 points while being named the Most Valuable Player of the Middlesex League. She was named All-Scholastic for the Boston Globe and Herald and she was named All-League, Daily Times Chronicle Player of the Year for the second time in as many years. In 2012, her junior season, Healy averaged an impressive 21 …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Reading Memorial High School Basketball Coach Penney will be awarded by the MIAA on May 30.
Reading Memorial High School Basketball Coach Kim Penney won the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Coach of the Year award. She will be awarded at the MIAA Headquarters on May 30. Penney found out that she won the award a couple of months ago, and it is an honor, she said. "This is a big one, and this is my first one," Penney said. She credits the award to her assistant coaches and players, saying that her assistant Jim DeBenedictis has been her "right arm" and that her staff is "unbelievable". It also has a lot to do with the characters and sportsmanship of the kids in the program, she said. She is grateful to Athletic Director Phil Vaccaro for nominating her and having confidence in her. It is "an award won by the…
Sunday, March 18, 2012
For the first time in school history, the girls basketball team will be raising a state championship banner in Hawkes Field House.
The Lady Rockets shot past the CMass Champion Tyngsboro Tigers in the second half to earn a 48-27 victory in the Massachusetts Division II State Championship Game Saturday at Worcester’s DCU Center. The RMHS ladies completed a perfect 25-0 season and return home as champions—the first girls basketball team in the history of the school to do so. “This means everything,” said Olivia Healy about Reading’s title. “We’re a family, and to know that we got this far together, it’s unbelievable. We all are collective in this, and just to stand here and look at this trophy and these medals, is the biggest accomplishment for all of us and our hard work.” For 14-year Reading head coach Kim Penney, the emotion of the moment was unable to be hidden. “…
Sunday, March 11, 2012
The Reading High girls basketball team won a trip to the state semifinals at TD Garden on Tuesday.
Six years ago, the Lady Rockets played in a Division II North final at Tsongas Center. In the crowd that night, faces painted and all, were current Reading Memorial High School standouts Morgan O’Brien and Olivia Healy. After watching the Lady Rockets lose that game, both juniors vowed they would win on this stage someday and send the Reading High girls basketball team to the first state semifinal game in program history. Saturday afternoon, they made good on that promise. The Lady Rockets (23-0) played the closest game they have seen all season, and thanks to a great team effort all around, defeated defending state champions Arlington Catholic, 49-46, at Tsongas Center to capture the Division II North Sectional Championship. Reading will …
Monday, January 30, 2012
The Reading girls basketball team is a perfect 12-0, and junior guard Olivia Healy looks a good bet to retain the Middlesex League MVP award.
With the stands bristling with college scouts and coaches, and the Woburn Tanners up double digits in the second quarter of a league game at Hawkes Field House on Jan. 19, Reading’s leading scorer and tri-captain, Olivia Healy sat on the bench, saddled with foul trouble. An issue which would plague her all evening. Undaunted, the junior guard—the reigning Middlesex League MVP and odds-on favorite to retain that honor this season—displayed a new facet of her game, something which, by her own admission, was perhaps lacking last year. “We were down and I was on the bench,” said Healy. “I couldn’t be sulking, like I would have in years past, so I knew I had to step up verbally and keep our team together.” After averaging 18.4 points per game …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Girls' varsity basketball head coach Kim Penney won her 200th game on Jan. 3, beating the Winchester Sachems, 72-25.
Fourteen years ago, Kim Penney joined the Reading Girls basketball program. She has led them to three Middlesex League championships (2009, 2010 and 2011) and before 2009, the team had not won a Middlesex League title in 30 years. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Penney notched her 200th win as head coach of the Reading High girls varsity basketball team with a 72-25 win at Winchester. Penney praised her players as well as the program in Reading for her outstanding accomplishment. “This 200th milestone is great for our Reading girls basketball program,” Penney said. “It is a culmination of all the preparation and hard work that all of our present and past players contributed on a daily basis. I consider it a milestone for our program, not a personal …