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.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.