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Needham High grad in Super Bowl

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The New England Patriots might not be playing in the big game, but town residents still have a reason to cheer Sunday night. Steven Hauschka, the place-kicker for the Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks, was a soccer player and trombonist at Needham High, according to school officials. Hauschka played the midfield position on the school’s team, and was such a powerful kicker that coaches would sometimes tease him good-naturedly, said Don Brock, a soccer coach and math teacher. Brock said Hauschka was also in his honors calculus class, noting that the future pro football star “was a very bright kid.” Needham High’s band director, Margaret McLallen, said Hauschka was a talented trombonist who played in the concert band for all four years he was there. Hauschka, among the NFL’s best kickers, made 33 of the 35 field goals he attempted this season for the Seahawks, and made all six of his attempts in the postseason, according to the NFL. The Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

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