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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