Friday, March 29, 2013
Guard Avery Bradley hosted a clinic in Waltham, and eight YMCA players from Reading were among the participants in the session.
Eight young Reading basketball players got the pro treatment on Thursday as they traveled to Waltham to participate in a clinic hosted by young Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley and former Celtic Dana Barros. The clinic, sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts, took place at the Celtics' practice facility and focused on defensive skills. Bradley is known for his defensive prowess, establishing himself as one of the top defensive guards in the NBA. Tyler Gonick, Ryland Fiscus, Jeremy Rosh, Yazmine Gnanaratnam, Vithuli Rajadurai, Josh Klages, Keith Richmond, and Ryan Rose Hatch were the members of the Burbank YMCA who were selected to participate in the camp. In addition to the basketball lessons, Barros and Bradley told the children the importance of …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Reading High School senior Olivia Healy was recently named Massachusetts Player of the Year by Gatorade.
The 2012-13 girls basketball season didn't end with the hardware Reading High School players had hoped. But one Lady Rocket didn't leave her final season empty handed. While the locals fell to Medfield in the state semifinal, suffering their first and only loss of the year, senior standout Olivia Healy was recently named the Massachusetts girls basketball Gatorade Player of the Year. According to a press release from Gatorade, Healy is the first player from the school to receive the award. The senior will attend Richmond University this fall, and closed out her high school career averaging a jaw dropping 27.8 points per game to go along with 11 rebounds, 5.3 steals, 3.8 assists and 2 blocks per contest. In addition, Healy managed a 3.27 …
Friday, March 15, 2013
During a strong Reading High School wrestling season, the junior was among the top performers with a fifth place result in New Englands.
Nick Makrys is always thinking about his next move. The Reading High School junior was among the leaders of the rejuvinated Rockets on the mat this year, wrestling to a second place state finish at 126 pounds, fourth place finish in all-states and eventually a fifth place result among New England competitors last month. Reaching New Englands this year was something he planned on a full year prior when he fell short. "You think about it every day when you work out," said Makrys. "I set my goal of placing in New Englands last year as soon as I was unable to even qualify for the meet." Makrys said the key to his success on the mat has been his offseason training program as he wrestles in Wakefield outside of the varsity season. He works out …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Reading High School toppled North Andover to win the North Division 2 sectional title on Saturday morning in Lowell.
It was business as usual for the Reading High School girls basketball team. The Lady Rockets topped North Andover on Saturday at the Tsongas Center in Lowell to earn a spot in the state semifinal, hoping to take the next step in earning a second straight undefeated state championship. Thanks to Saturday's win, head coach Kim Penney's charges will take on Medfield at 6 p.m. on the parquet of TD Garden. Can't make the game? No worries. Patch will be in attendance live chatting with up to the second updates throughout the contest. "It's awesome," said Penney, wrapping up her final season as Reading coach. "Everyone was there last year except for the two freshmen, so it's exciting for them, and for all of us. We're excited." Are you a big fan …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
With their 50-33 victory on Saturday, the Rockets advanced to play on Monday at TD Garden.
Reading High School's quest for back-to-back undefeated girls basketball seasons lives on. Though North Andover sliced the Rockets' lead into single digits in the third quarter, Reading was in command throughout and cruised to a 50-33 victory in the North Division 2 final at Lowell's Tsongas Center. With Olivia Healy shut down for much of the game, Reading was able to rely on 19 points from Sarah Haase. Following the victory, the Rockets move on to play on Monday on the parquet of TD Garden. "It's great to get a win, but we can't get ahead of ourselves," said Haase, a junior. "We're going into the Garden and it's going to be another big game." Check back on Monday for photos, video and reaction from Saturday's game. And in the mean time, …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Reading pulled away late after nearly blowing a 16-point second half lead. With the win, the Rockets will play for the North Division 2 title on Saturday morning.
Wilmington High School head coach, and just about every other coach who's come across Olivia Healy for that matter, is thrilled to see the Reading High School senior leave the state after this season. That means Healy is doing something right. On Thursday night, she did just about everything right. Healy poured home 36 points to help the Rockets stave off a frantic Wildcat comeback. Reading pulled away late and earned a 63-51 victory in the North Division 2 semifinal. "I think the whole league is, the whole state is," said Keane with a laugh. "Once the ball gets in her hands, it's tough to tell where it's going. That's why she's a Division 1 player on the best team in the state." Keane's charges nearly erased a 16-point deficit, clawing …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Cougars toppled Reading High School in the quarterfinal series of Super 8 play, finishing off the sweep with a 1-0 victory on Wednesday night.
It was a play that summed up Reading High School's Super 8 series against in town foe Austin Prep. Close, but not quite enough. With four seconds remaining in the third period, trailing 1-0, the Rockets finally beat Cougar sophomore goalie Elijah Harris for a split second. The puck fluttered over his head and came to a stop - right over the cross bar and on top of the net. Austin Prep dodged the bullet, and eventually the Rockets on Wednesday night, winning 1-0 to sweep its quarterfinal Super 8 boys hockey series and advance to face either St. John's Prep or Central Catholic. "We left it on the ice. It was terrific," said Reading head coach Mark Doherty. "I just think we weren't thrilled with our first game, quite honestly. But that's the…
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, March 5, 2013
Members of the Reading High School basketball team regularly sign autographs for their young fans.
It's a scene you don't see at too many high school basketball games. But at Reading High School, it's just another day on the hardwood. Following Saturday's girls basketball playoff victory over Burlington, Rockets players were greeted by throngs of young girls seeking autographs from their favorite players and coaches, something that has become a tradition at Reading games. Head coach Kim Penney said the team invites the young players to games as "super fans" and added that she enjoys the experience because her current star players were excited young fans like that at one point themselves. Are you a big fan of the Rockets? You'll also want to see:
Monday, March 4, 2013
The Rockets led by just four points at halftime but pulled away for a 62-40 victory over the Red Devils.
It took a two quarters of play. But the Reading High School girls basketball team finally found their postseason form. The undefeated No. 1 seed Rockets led upstart No. 8 seed Burlington by just four points at halftime of Sunday's North Division 2 quarterfinal game. Having not played in more than a week, the Rockets shook off the rust and found their form in the second half, cruising to a 62-40 victory. "It took us longer than I would have liked to get back in the swing of things," said head coach Kim Penney. "The third period was more like what we are capable of." Following the victory, Reading advanced to the semifinal round where they will face Wilmington in hopes of moving on to play for the sectional title. The tilt against the …