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GLOBE SCHOLASTIC AWARDS

Needham leads the way in Globe Scholastic Awards

It was a banner year for Needham High’s sports teams.
Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
It was a banner year for Needham High’s sports teams.

Micah Hauben doesn’t need a scoreboard to know that things are going well at Needham High School.

But you couldn’t fault Hauben, who is entering his eighth year as the Rockets’ athletic director, for stealing a glance every now and then.

Whether it’s the undefeated girls’ soccer team, the boys’ basketball team that finished 17-3, or the girls’ lacrosse team that went 18-2, the scoreboard usually favors Needham.

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Still, it’s not the measuring stick of choice for Hauben when he looks over the school’s 34 varsity sports and 13 club sports.

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“At Needham High School, we’ve taken a step away from the scoreboard and outcome results, and focused on the building of the culture of the programs,” said Hauben. “Winning is not about the end result.”

Needham is one of 10 divisional winners in the 44th Globe Scholastic Awards.

The Rockets won 70.50 percent of their games competing in Dalton Division 1 to earn their second straight Scholastic Award. The award is named after Ernie Dalton, the Globe’s high school sports editor from 1938-70. Defending champion Franklin was second.

The awards rank schools based on their win-loss percentage for regular-season play. Scores are compiled and updated daily during the season. Complete results are available on bostonglobe.com/schools.

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The numbers tell only part of Needham’s story. Individual games might be won with a last-second shot, but program success requires more.

“I really think that it isn’t something that just happens in a given year or season,” said Hauben, a graduate of Newton South High School and George Washington University. “It’s all the time and energy that goes into building the overall athletic culture.

“The root of the success we’ve had is really a credit to the grassroots level. Needham as a community has put a lot of time and energy into the youth programs. Students coming into ninth grade had a great understanding of what it means to be a part of a team.”

Needham High athletic director Micah Hauben sees more than wins and losses.
Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
Needham High athletic director Micah Hauben sees more than wins and losses.

And when they join a team, they’ll hear about more than just game strategy.

Each team, through the coaching staff, has three tiers to success. First is the outcome goal, the end result, which could be as high as a state championship or as simple as a tournament berth. Second is the process goals, set by the team, which could include things like 100 percent effort at practice, sportsmanship, bonding and chemistry, or diet. And finally, there are individual goals, set by the coach and the student-athletes.

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In the fall of 2013, the Needham girls’ cross-country team established its goals. They included winning the All-State title, 100 percent effort at practice, and a team motto: “My attitude is my choice, my attitude is contagious.” The result has been three straight MIAA Division 1 state titles, led by senior Globe All-Scholastics Margie Cullen and Sarah Armstrong.

“With the culture building we’ve done, there’s also credit to the community and the families,” said Hauben.

Through the Field of Dreams project, Needham now has three turf fields, available to the entire community.

“The town of Needham came together and made it happen,” said Hauben.

With close to 1,700 students, “leadership from the top” as Hauben calls it, has been another key component, including coaches and captains.

“We’ve also taken a very hands-on approach with our coaches and team captains,” said Hauben.

“Every year or two, we identify a different area we’re going to focus on. Most recently we had two years of cultural proficiency training to better understand differences, understand the cultures.”

Better understanding, community support, strong leadership, and goals for on and off the field fuel Needham’s success.

“It has allowed a number of our teams to get to the next level and be successful,” said Hauben.

Add in some talented athletes and it leads to this: a division-best 258 wins and the 2015-16 Dalton Trophy.

There were other winners:

Ames Division 2 — Wellesley won its second title in three years, finishing with a winning percentage of 70.12. Led by teams such as girls’ tennis, which finished 18-0, the Raiders had more wins (275) than any other school in Eastern Massachusetts. Hingham was second.

Dalton Division 3 — Marblehead won its third Scholastic Award but first since 1985, finishing with a winning percentage of 70.24. Spring teams led the way for the Magicians, with girls’ tennis and girls’ lacrosse each going 19-1. North Reading finished second.

Ames Division 4 — Hanover won its second Scholastic title and first since 1998. The Indians finished with a 70.30 winning percentage, led by its winter programs, including a 20-0 girls’ basketball team and a 16-3-1 boys’ hockey team. Nantucket was second.

Nason Division 1 — Fenway came out on top in the Boston City League with a 64.79 winning percentage, led by the 17-3 girls’ basketball team. East Boston was second.

Nason Division 2 — BC High ended St. John’s Prep’s win streak at 19 years in a row and won the Scholastic title for the first time since 1996. The Eagles finished with a 70.62 winning percentage and were the No. 1 seed in back-to-back Super 8 seasons, first in hockey and then in baseball. Prep was second.

Nason Division 3 — No one had a better year than Bishop Feehan, which finished with a winning percentage of 80.14. The Shamrocks excelled in the winter with a record of 62-7-2, led by the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, each of which finished 19-1. St. John Paul II was second.

Singelais Division — Notre Dame of Hingham took first place, with a winning percentage of 73.82. The Cougars started the school year with a volleyball team that went 17-1 and finished with a lacrosse team that went 17-3 in the spring. Fontbonne was second.

Markham Division 1 — Shawsheen won the vocational school large Scholastic title for the first time since 2013. The Rams won 63.22 percent of their games, led by a 14-6 baseball team and a 17-3 girls’ volleyball team. Bristol-Plymouth was second.

Markham Division 2 — In its second year of existence, Essex won its first Scholastic award, finishing with a winning percentage of 54.85. Essex was led by its 17-3 baseball team and 14-3-1 girls’ soccer team. Defending champion McCann was second.

About the awards

DIVISIONAL ALIGNMENTS

Dalton Division 1 is for schools with enrollments of 1,400 and up, Ames Division 2 is 1,000-1,399, Dalton Division 3 is 700-999, and Ames Division 4 is 699 and under. Nason Division 1 is for Boston Public Schools, Nason Division 2 is for Catholic boys’ schools, and Nason Division 3 is for Catholic coed schools. The Singelais Division is for Catholic girls’ schools. The Markham Divisions are for vocational schools. The enrollment totals reflect students in Grades 9-12; enrollment figures are supplied by MIAA member schools.

THE NAMES

ERNEST DALTON: Dalton was the Globe’s high school sports editor from 1938-70. He died in 1971.

JERRY NASON: Nason was the former executive sports editor of the Globe. He died in 1986.

NEIL SINGELAIS: Singelais was the Globe’s high school sports editor from 1970-79. He died in 2002.

LARRY AMES: Ames was assistant sports editor/schools at the Globe from 1979-94.

WALTER MARKHAM: Born and educated in Lowell, Markham was president and treasurer of the American Vocational Association for four years and was responsible for initiating the concept of regional vocational and technical high schools in the state.

Past winners

DALTON

1973

Catholic Memorial

1974

Brockton

1975

Division 1 — Brockton

Division 2 —Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 3 —Westwood

1976

Division 1 — Brockton

Division 2 — Concord-Carlisle

Division 3 — Westwood

1977

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Concord-Carlisle

Division 3 — Holliston

1978

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Andover

Division 3 — Westwood

1979

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Methuen

Division 3 — Westwood

1980

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Methuen

Division 3 — Westwood

1981

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Methuen

Division 3 — Duxbury

1982

Division 1 — Winchester

Division 2 — Acton-Boxboro

Division 3 — Duxbury

1983

Division 1 — Chelmsford

Division 2 — Beverly

Division 3 — Seekonk

1984

Division 1 — Chelmsford

Division 2 — Marblehead

Division 3 — Westwood

1985

Division 1— Chelmsford

Division 2 — Marblehead

Division 3 — Duxbury

1986

Division 1 — Chelmsford

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 3 — Duxbury

1987

Division 1 — Chelmsford

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 3 — Holliston

1988

Division 1 — Chelmsford

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 3 — Duxbury

1989

Division 1 — Chelmsford

Division 2 — Acton-Boxboro

Division 3 — Holliston

1990

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 3 —Holliston

1991

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 3 — Holliston

Division 4 — Weston

1992

Division 1 — Andover

Division 2 — Beverly

Division 3 — Holliston

Division 4 — Weston

1993

Division 1 — New Bedford

Division 2 — Masconomet

Division 3 — Holliston

Division 4 — Norwell

1994

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Walpole

Division 3 — Holliston

Division 4 —Norwell

1995

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Burlington

Division 3 — Old Rochester

Division 4 — Norwell

1996

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Holliston

Division 3 — Scituate

Division 4 — Weston

1997

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Holliston

Division 3 — Medfield

Division 4 — Weston

1998

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Masconomet

Division 3 — Hanover

Division 4 — Weston

1999

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Masconomet

Division 3 — Norwell

Division 4 — Tyngsboro

2000

Division 1 — Andover

Division 2 — Dighton-Rehoboth

Division 3 — Medfield

Division 4 — Tyngsboro

2001

Division 1 — Lexington

Division 2 — Arlington

Division 3 — Duxbury

Division 4 — Harwich

2002

Division 1 — Peabody

Division 2 — Danvers

Division 3 — Dighton-Rehoboth

Division 4 — Abington

2003

Division 1 — Peabody

Division 3 — Hopkinton

2004

Division 1 — Peabody

Division 3 — Duxbury

2005

Division 1 — Andover

Division 3 — Duxbury

2006

Division 1 — Andover

Division 3 — Duxbury

2007

Division 1 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 3 — Old Rochester

2008

Division 1 — Acton-Boxboro

Division 3 — Winchester

2009

Division 1 — Lexington

Division 3 — Duxbury

2010

Division 1 — North Andover

Division 3 — Medfield

2011

Division 1 — Mansfield

Division 3 — Medfield

2012

Division 1 — Franklin

Division 3 — Hopkinton

2013

Division 1 — Masconomet

Division 3 — Medfield

2014

Division 1 — Masconomet

Division 3 — Duxbury

2015

Division 1 — Franklin

Division 3 — Old Rochester

2016

Division 1 — Needham

Division 3 — Marblehead

AMES AWARD

2003

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 4 — Medfield

2004

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 4 — Medfield

2005

Division 2 — North Andover

Division 4 — Cohasset

2006

Division 2 — North Andover

Division 4 — Cohasset

2007

Division 2 — Reading

Division 4 — Norwell

2008

Division 2 — Reading

Division 4 — Westport

2009

Division 2 — North Andover

Division 4 — East Bridgewater

2010

Division 2 — Reading

Division 4 — Norwell

2011

Division 2 — North Andover

Division 4 — Norwell

2012

Division 2 — North Andover

Division 4 — East Bridgewater

2013

Division 2 — Beverly

Division 4 — West Bridgewater

2014

Division 2 — Wellesley

Division 4 — West Bridgewater

2015

Division 2 — Needham

Division 4 — Cohasset

2016

Division 2 — Wellesley

Division 4 — Hanover

NASON AWARD

1981

Division 1 — Boston English

Division 2 — Matignon

1982

Division 1 — Boston Latin

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 —Bishop Fenwick

1983

Division 1 — No winner

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Fenwick

1984

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — Xaverian

Division 3 — Bishop Fenwick

1985

Division 1 — Dorchester

Division 2 — Xaverian

Division 3 — Abp. Williams

1986

Division 1 — Boston Tech

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Fenwick

1987

Division 1 — Boston Tech

Division 2 — BC High

Division 3 — Bishop Fenwick

1988

Division 1 — Boston Tech

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Fenwick

1989

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Fenwick

1990

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — BC High

Division 3 — Bishop Fenwick

1991

Division 1 — Boston Tech

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Fenwick

1992

Division 1 — South Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Fenwick

1993

Division 1 — West Roxbury

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Fenwick

1994

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Fenwick

1995

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Fenwick

1996

Division 1 — South Boston

Division 2 — BC High

Division 3 — Bishop Fenwick

1997

Division 1 — South Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Fenwick

1998

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

1999

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2000

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2001

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2002

Division 1 — Charlestown

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2003

Division 1 — Madison Park

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2004

Division 1 — O’Bryant

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2005

Division 1 — Charlestown

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2006

Division 1 — O’Bryant

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2007

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2008

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2009

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2010

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2011

Division 1 — Madison Park

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2012

Division 1 — Brighton

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Cardinal Spellman

2013

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2014

Division 1 — New Mission

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2015

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2016

Division 1 — Fenway

Division 2 — BC High

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

SINGELAIS AWARD

1988

Notre Dame of Tyngsboro

1989

Notre Dame of Hingham

1990

Notre Dame of Hingham

1991

Notre Dame of Tyngsboro

1992

Notre Dame of Hingham

1993

Notre Dame of Tyngsboro

1994

Notre Dame of Hingham

1995

Notre Dame of Hingham

1996

Notre Dame of Hingham

1997

Notre Dame of Hingham

1998

Notre Dame of Hingham

1999

Notre Dame of Hingham

2000

Notre Dame of Hingham

2001

Notre Dame of Hingham

2002

Ursuline Academy

2003

Notre Dame of Hingham

2004

Ursuline Academy

2005

Mt. Alvernia

2006

Notre Dame of Hingham

2007

Notre Dame of Hingham

2008

Notre Dame of Hingham

2009

Notre Dame of Hingham

2010

Notre Dame of Hingham

2011

Notre Dame of Hingham

2012

Notre Dame of Hingham

2013

Notre Dame of Tyngsboro

2014

Notre Dame of Hingham

2015

Notre Dame of Hingham

2016

Notre Dame of Hingham

MARKHAM AWARD

1997

Shawsheen

1998

Greater Lowell

1999

Greater Lowell

2000

Keefe Tech

2001

Keefe Tech

2002

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Norfolk

2003

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Norfolk

2004

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Norfolk

2005

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Blue Hills

2006

Division 1 — Greater Lowell

Division 2 — Blue Hills

2007

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Blackstone Valley

2008

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Blackstone Valley

2009

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Blackstone Valley

2010

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Blue Hills

2011

Shawsheen

2012

Shawsheen

2013

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Norfolk Aggie

2014

Division 1 — Blackstone Valley

Division 2 — McCann Tech

2015

Division 1 — Blackstone Valley

Division 2 — McCann Tech

2016

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Essex Tech