June 14, 2024

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Rockets Report

Take an in-depth look at the Needham Rockets in this TNC Sports Production. We feature players, coaches and teams past and present—and sometimes have a bit too much fun doing so!

Episode Guide:


Episode 16

March 2024

In this edition of Rockets Report, we take a tour of the new McLeod Field, set to be the home of NHS Softball this spring. We also chat with the head coach of Boys Swim and Dive, along with the 2X Division One diving champ, Vann Hotckhiss. Rounding out the episode is a feature on the cheerleading team, who completed their best season in over a decade. Plus, you'll get to hear from the new varsity baseball coach! Theres lots to cover before spring sports begin, so let's get started!

Episode 15

May 2023

Mike Levin talks with the captains and head coach of the Needham Boys Ultimate Frisbee team, then gets a lesson in all of the basics courtesy of his nephew, Nick Levin! Then Kristen met up with the head coaches and captains of the Girls Rugby Squad, which is officially varsity sport in 2023!

Episode 14

January 2023

Kristen sits down with Dina Hannigan, who received national recognition for her work in Needham Field Hockey. We also check in with Hannah Carroll, the new girls basketball head coach, and get a deeper look into Girl's Swim and Dive.

Episode 13

August 2022

Sports Producer, Kristen Connors takes a look back on the past four Needham Volleyball State Championships for the girls and boys.

Episode 12

May 2022

We talked to two Needham Sports families, the Johnsons and Pisanos on what their collective sports meant to their family bond.

Episode 11

October 2021

We're back! Kristen Connors brings you the latest from the Rockets camp. Included in this episode is a look at Needham High School sports in the Age of COVID, as we chat with Athletic Director Dan Lee. We also catch up with Needham Channel and Rocket alum Radley Theolian as he signs on to Unified Soccer at a whole new level! Finally, we catch up with the Girls Volleyball team after they defended their title earlier this year.

Episode 10

July 2020

Chris takes a look back at the groundbreaking Boys Volleyball State Championship of 2015. He catches up with the players and coaching staff and gets walked through their season and its impact on their lives.

Episode 9

February 2020

Chris gets bold and challenges Needham Girls Basketball superstar, Kiki McIntyre, to a game of HORSE. Plus, Needham HS is honored as a National Unified Champion School by the Special Olympics.

Episode 8

December 2019

Chris and Kristen play some pickup with the 2019 State Champion Girls Volleyball team, and discover the team's secret to success that led them to the program's first ever state title.

Episode 7

October 2019

Chris is joined by co-host Kristen Connors as three NHS fall sports teams all participate in various fundraising events for cancer research. We check out the events and find out more from each team to find out how exactly they got involved.

Episode 6

April 2019

Chris sits down with Needham's Assistant AD, Mike Jackson, to discuss his 19 years of coaching college basketball, transition into athletic administration, and friendship with former NBA star, Chris Webber. Plus, find out how the Needham HS Water Polo team got started, and why students are racing to the pool to try it. Finally, Girls Lacrosse has a senior-laden team, including three captains who are 4-year starters.

Episode 5

December 2018

Needham High School Girls Basketball is profiled as they gear up for what could be a special season. The NHS Wrestling program continues to ascend - thanks in part to a growing middle school program. Plus, we look at this year's National Letter of Intent Ceremony.

Episode 4

October 2018

Chris profiles NHS Football star Matt Smith and tours the renovated "A" Gym with Athletic Director, Dan Lee. Also, the Girls Volleyball team is spotlighted, as they continue to climb the ranks from playoff team to legitimate state title contender.

Episode 3

July 2018

In this special Rockets Report, we chat with several members of the State Champion NHS Baseball team to get a deeper look into their historic season and tournament run. What was the turning point to their season? How did the team's duck theme start? Plus, much more.

Insight from Danny Demayo, Jordan Gold, Alex Luscher, Charlie Roberts, Alec Sharton, and Charlie Sumner.

Episode 2

July 2018

In the second installment of Rockets Report, we catch up with NHS Girls Lacrosse Head Coach, Paula Kelley, to talk about her first year back leading the program. We take a look at the annual NHS Boosters Celebrity Basketball game, and profile Boys Tennis star, Kevin Chao.

Episode 1

May 2018

In this first episode, he talks with Rocket Softball coach Steph Magni about running the Boston Marathon, profiles the new NHS Unified Track team, and speaks with Boys Volleyball coach Dave Powell about his 200th career victory.