Thursday, December 29, 2011
Marco Coppola may be the best player in the college's history, WPI coach told the Worcester Telegram.
Watertown's Marco Coppola has continued his excellence on the basketball court as a freshman at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he leads the team in scoring in his freshman year. WPI coach Chris Bartley told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that Coppola may be the best player in the college's history. “I know it’s a lot of pressure to put on him, but he’s got something special in him. I think he’s a player you can build a program around," Bartley told the Telegram. "As a freshman, that’s a lot on his shoulders, but he can handle it.” In the first 10 games, Coppola has averaged a team-best 17.3 points for the Engineers, who are No. 17 in NCAA Div. III. Last year, Coppola helped the Raiders reach the Div. 3 state final, and led …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The senior guard was one of several Watertown athletes to earn all-league honors this winter.
Watertown’s Marco Coppola, who led the Raiders to the MIAA Div. 3 state final, has been named Div. 3 player of the year by the Boston Globe and to the Boston Herald’s Dream Team. The guard has gathered a number of honors this season, including the Middlesex League’s most valuable player award. He was also the leading scorer in Eastern Massachusetts. He also committed to play for WPI next year, the Herald reports. Coppola’s coach, Steve Harrington, told Watertown Patch the NCAA Div. III school in Worcester was Coppola’s top choice after the state final on March 19. Coppola was one of several Watertown athletes honored with all-league selections this winter by the Boston Globe (Watertown High School unless noted): Boys’ Basketball: Marco …
Sunday, March 20, 2011
See images of the MIAA Div. 3 boys' basketball final in Worcester.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Watertown's boys' basketball team's season ended one win short of taking the school's third state title. The Raiders lost 42-36 to Whitinsville Christian at the DCU Center.
The Watertown boys' basketball team fell to the Crusaders 42-36 in the MIAA Div. 3 state final.
WORCESTER – Winning the state title proved to be a feat too tall for the 2011 Watertown boys’ basketball team, as they fell 42-36 to Whitinsville Christian Saturday at the DCU Center. A large obstacle, in the form of the Crusaders’ 6-9 center Hans Miersma, prevented the Raiders from getting their offense on track, but Watertown’s outside shooting and tenacious defense kept the game close to the end. Early in the game, it looked like Watertown’s outside game might be enough, as the Raiders took a 9-2 lead in the first quarter thanks to three bombs from senior Cory Donohue. Whitinsville Christian head coach Jeff Bajema changed up his defense for Watertown after seeing their speed and ability to penetrate on tape. Rather than go with a man-on…
Saturday, March 19, 2011
The Raiders fell to the Crusaders in the game played at the DCU Center in Worcester.
Watertown got close late, but could not overcome Whitinsville Christian. The Crusaders won the MIAA Div. 3 boys' basketball final 42-36 Saturday.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Watertown's boys' basketball team has ripped off four tournament wins after going 4-5 to end the regular season. Saturday the Raiders play for the state championship.
The Raiders jumped out to a fast start, rolling over their first 11 opponents, but Watertown’s boys’ basketball team went 4-5 down the stretch, which may have been just what the team needed. The Raiders are preparing to take on Whitinsville Christian in the MIAA Div. 3 state final Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the DCU Center in Worcester. After dropping their final two contests to Belmont at home and on the road at South Boston (teams they beat earlier in the year), Watertown has ripped off four tournament wins by an average margin of 22.25 points. Senior guard Marco Coppola said the losses at the end of the regular season helped the Raiders focus. “Down the stretch I think those two losses helped us. They showed us our strengths and our …
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The Raiders defeated Cardinal Spellman to move on to the Div. 3 state final.
Watertown cruised past Cardinal Spellman 56-36 at TD Garden Tuesday afternoon. Senior Marco Coppola scored 26 points in the win. The Raiders will play Saturday in the MIAA Div. 3 state final in Worcester.
Watertown's boys' basketball team beat Cardinal Spellman at the TD Garden to earn the seniors a shot at a second state title.
BOSTON – After missing the first few shots from the parquet floor of the TD Garden, Tuesday afternoon, members of the Watertown boys’ basketball squad got the hoop in their crosshairs and cruised to a 56-36 win over Cardinal Spellman in the Div. 3 state semifinal The Raiders (19-5) used their swarming defense and a hot hand from behind the three-point arc to book a trip to the MIAA Div. 3 state final in Worcester on Saturday. The Cardinals (19-5) jumped to a 5-0 lead, but the Raider’s senior leader, Marco Coppola, quickly closed the gap by hitting a layup while being fouled. Despite missing the shot from the line, Coppola grabbed the rebound and scored another two, on the way to a game high 26 points. “I think we were a little giddy out …
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Watertown and will now play Tuesday at TD Garden for the chance to play for their third state championship in five years.
LOWELL – If defense wins championships, then the Watertown boys' basketball team can start making room in the trophy case for another title very soon. At Tsongas Center in front of a ruckus Watertown crowd equipped with native American head wear, fake tomahawks and a sea of black clothing, the boys hoops team rolled over Newburyport 55-31 with a dominating defensive effort, and clinched the MIAA Div. 3 North Section championship. The Raiders now have a date with South Section champ Cardinal Spellman on the Garden's parquet floor Tuesday at 4:15 p.m., with the winner advancing to the state title game Saturday. The Raiders have now held all three teams in the tournament they've played to point totals in the 30s, while getting offensive …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The Falcons kept pace with the Raiders for the first half, and made a fourth quarter run before falling 52-35.
Watertown boy’s basketball team may never play a tougher 17-point victory than Tuesday’s win over Danvers in the MIAA Div. 3 North Section semifinal in Woburn. The final score was 52-35, but the No. 7 seed Falcons gave the Raiders all they could handle in the first half of the game, which ended 23-23. Though the teams hail from different leagues, the coaches are very familiar with each other. Last year, Danvers first year head coach John Walsh served as an assistant on Watertown head coach Steve Harrington’s staff. Everything appeared to be going Danvers’ way at the end of the first quarter when by junior Jon Amico picked up a missed shot by senior Sean Mahegan and used a scooped it backward into the hoop for a 14-9 Falcons’ lead. The …