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Girls lax win streak halted by Needham

The Rebels stretched their winning streak to nine games with wins over King Philip last Thursday and Dover-Sherborn on Saturday, but that run game came to a halt Tuesday with a 12-7 loss to unbeaten Needham.

Molly Lanahan had three goals and an assist while Bri Doherty and Meg Sundstrom each had two goals and an assist in the loss to Needham. Walpole (9-2, 4-2) was tied with the Rockets at halftime, and trailed 8-7 in the second half before [...]

Strength on display: Walpole marathoners join 32,000 runners and countless viewers in taking back historic race

Boston Athletics Association member Richard Laronde called this year's marathon boring, something he and many participants and spectators rejoiced in.
Along with other Walpole runners, the B.A.A. organizing committee member said nerves on Boylston Street quickly dissipated as marathoners flooded across the finish line in triumph. After witnessing last year's carnage firsthand, Laronde echoed other Walpole participants' sentiments when he said, "everything went perfectly."
As a record [...]

Boys track wins first

Led by a dominant performance from the sprints all the way through the distance events, the Walpole High boys track team posted its first victory of the year last week with a 94-41 win over Dedham.

The Rebels took 76 of a possible 82 points in winning nine of the 10 track events, including sweeping the 200 and 800 meters and the mile and 2-mile, to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Myles Cofield and Sean [...]

Softball responds after first loss

The Rebels had their win streak to start the season stopped at five by Dedham last Wednesday, but responded with two more victories, a 12-2 rout of Brookline and a 3-2 triumph over Oliver Ames, to improve to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the Bay State Conference.

A strong performance in the circle by Stephanie Sem and some excellent defense were the keys to finishing off a nonleague sweep of the Tigers on Monday.

Pair of wins snap skid for baseball

Losing streaks don’t come around on the diamond very often in Walpole, and the Rebel baseball team made sure the most recent one didn’t linger.

Walpole followed up a 9-2 win over Dedham last Wednesday that snapped a three-game skid with a 4-3 nonleague triumph in extra innings in Mansfield on Monday to improve to 4-3.

The Rebels led 3-1 entering the bottom of the seventh against the Hornets [...]

VIDEO: Locals reflect on the Boston Marathon bombings a year later, in 6 words

We have reporters and photographers all along the Boston Marathon route today. Be sure to visit our special site for updates, photos and videos throughout the day. Follow our coverage and alert us to what's happening on Twitter using #WLMarathon. Follow editor Paul Crocetti on Twitter as he runs the marathon using #PaulRuns. And watch this video of people reflecting on how they feel about the Boston Marathon bombings a year later, in six words. All of our Marathon coverage can be found at [...]

Never stop running: Walpole marathoners show fearless resolve after last year’s tragedy

After the city was left shell-shocked last April, Boston and its surrounding communities banded together in a show of strength. As the next Boston Marathon approaches, Walpole runners say this year they will run with more resolve than ever.
Looking forward to their run next Monday, Walpole marathoners all had the same message: Nothing can stop us. After last year's bombings at the Boston Marathon, runners said they are not afraid this year, only more determined.
When asked if she was [...]

‘Taking it back’: 31 Walpole runners battle through training to run on Marathon Monday

Standing high on the hill in Hopkinton, many emotions and thoughts will swirl through the hearts and minds of the 31 Walpole residents as get set to run into history in the 2014 Boston Marathon.
With the tragedy of the bombings and the turmoil of the following week fully in their minds and hearts, they all say one thing - this year is different.
"This year we are running to take back the finish line," said Ed Finnegan, 51, who will be doing his fourth Boston. "This year, it's not about [...]

Girls Lacrosse Finds Team Identity After Newton North Win

Ideally, a varsity high school sports team consists mostly of upperclassmen with a few juniors and sophomores.  However, this year’s Girls Lacrosse team diverges from the normal line-up, with only four starting seniors.  Despite their youth, the Rebels have stepped up and given themselves a reputable team identity in the […]