Category Archives: Athletics

Spring Sports Challenged by Weather Conditions

Spring is here, and April showers (and snow) are testing our patience. We truly appreciate your understanding and flexibility adapting to the ever-changing weather. Newton grass fields are still closed due to the field conditions and the impossibility of making them safe to play at this time. Please check Twitter and the Athletics page for announcements of last-minute changes. As of today (Friday, April 6), we had to shift our JV and Varsity Baseball games to Cambridge in the hopes of playing the games. The Freshman game has been postponed to a later date. Tomorrow (Saturday, April 7) the Varsity and JV Softball games will be played at West Roxbury High School–Varsity at 11am, followed by JV. The Lacrosse and Track schedules have not been modified. Students should come prepared for all kinds of weather, and it’s a good idea to bring a large trash bag so they can keep their belongings dry.

Spring Season Extended by MIAA

The MIAA has extended the regular-season cut-off date to allow for rescheduling due to bad weather at the beginning of the season. We will do our best to keep the open dates as they are now, but it’s not always possible. The cut-off days have been extended one week past Memorial Day, which mean that when teams qualify for States, the first rounds will be around graduation and other celebrations. MIAA coordinates between the graduation dates of all schools involved. We may be playing on days that we don’t usually play, like Sundays. We’ll give you as much heads up as we can so you can plan accordingly. Just remember that Newton South doesn’t have total control of the schedule.

Parking Reminders

With the Spring season comes a reminder to all athletes, coaches, and spectators that no parking is allowed on the road between the Baseball field and the Brandeis turf field. That access road is for the use of emergency vehicles. Parking on both sides doesn’t allow for maneuvers of the ambulances and the fire trucks. There are no-parking signs all along the road. Please respect them. For your convenience we have installed another access gate to Brandeis field close to Brandeis Road, where you can park and walk a short distance to the field. With the addition of the Unified Track team to our Spring offerings, it’s even more imperative that the access road stay free of traffic, since the athletes and their aides will use that road to access the stadium. We appreciate your help keeping everyone safe.

Health and Wellness during Spring Sports

All athletes whose teams practice outside should dress in layers. Wearing long pants and dressing in layers keep muscles warm and protected from injuries. Athletes should bring their own water bottles and not share them to keep everyone healthy. Finally, please follow our campus trash policy: Carry in-carry out. Thank you for keeping our fields and gyms free of trash.

Thanks to Volleyball Team

The Volleyball season is well underway, and we thank the players and coaches for their flexibility sharing the Field House with other sport teams, even on game days. Working together we are one team!

Locks for Lockers

Students who need a lock for their lockers should see Coach Dalicandro for a lock and combination. Please give him the number of the locker you’ll be using, and remember not to share your lock combination with other people—you are responsible for the contents of the locker issued to you. Please don’t leave your belongings in an open locker.

Fitness Center Use

We’re pleased to see that our Fitness Center is very active with many athletes using it at once. Coaches Ryan and Isack are very knowledgeable and will work with all students. It is very important that the students respect their time, follow the room rules, and leave the area once they have finished their workouts so that others have a chance to work out. Thank you for your cooperation.

Informational Meeting for Fall Cheerleading

The informational meeting for students interested in Cheerleading next fall will take place on Wednesday, April 25, at 3:30pm in the Wellness classroom. Information about summer clinics, new uniforms, and schedules will be shared by Mrs. Sinanian. Eighth-graders are also invited to attend this meeting. We’re eager to restart the Cheer program and take advantage of the new tumbling floor. The Cheer squad cheers at Football games and competes in the DCL championship. Come to the meeting, and bring a friend!

MIAA Inclusion Symposium Results in Creation of Unified Track Team

In early January a group of Newton South students took part in the first MIAA Inclusion Symposium hosted at the College of the Holy Cross. Our students returned to South with ideas to create a more inclusive program with opportunities for all students in our school. As a result of their proposal, a new team was created. The Unified Track team had its first practices this week. Seventeen athletes coached by Mr. Alex Strongin and Mr. Kevin Flynn are making history as the first Varsity Unified team at Newton South. You can see them in action on our Twitter and Instagram accounts. Registration for this program is still open in FamilyID. Join the team, and make our core values come to life!

Spring Sports Night Wrap-Up

Thank you to the families and athletes who attended the Spring sports night last Monday (March 26). Important information about the work that our coaches are doing to develop character, skills, and team values was shared with the attendees. Parents and students had the opportunity to ask questions about the season. These pre-season meetings are a fundamental base for the successful experience of your child.