Athlete Bio

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Sheila Watts

Class of 1983

A three-sport captain and DCL All-Star who was part of six DCL and two state championship teams in her high school athletic career, Sheila Watts went on to a decorated soccer and lacrosse career at Boston College.

Watts grew up near Thoreau school in an athletics family, the fourth of five children who all played varsity sports at CCHS, and attended Thoreau and then Sanborn before entering CCHS in the fall of 1979. She made an immediate impact on some of the great soccer teams of that era under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Dave Castelline, and was part of four consecutive DCL championships. A four-year varsity player, Watts was part of back-to-back state titles as a freshman and sophomore, playing alongside a host of Hall of Famers including Heidi Comeau, Christine Taggart, Tracy Brooks and Ann Breitenwischer. The Patriots also reached the Eastern Massachusetts title game her junior year. As a senior captain, Watts was a DCL all-star and lead the league in scoring with 20 goals and 10 assists, and was recognized as a second team All-Scholastic by the Boston Globe.

Watts also flourished in basketball, playing three years on the varsity under the direction of legendary coach Dick DiMare. The Patriots were building a dynasty at the time, winning DCL titles in Watts' sophomore and junior years, and she was a two-time DCL all-star and senior captain.

In the spring, Watts was part of some of the early and successful years of girl's lacrosse at CCHS under a variety of coaches, leading the Patriots to a pair of DCL titles at a time when there was no formal Massachusetts state tournament. A three-year varsity player under coach Nancy Kavanagh, Watts was a two-time DCL all-star. As a senior, she captained the Patriots and was honored as a Boston Globe Al-Scholastic.

"My memories of playing sports at CCHS are really about competing with my teammates and feeling proud to be a Patriot," said Watts. "Playing for great coaches like Mr. Castelline and Mr. DiMare, feeling supported by our Athletics Director, Dooley Thorpe, and winning in all three sports made it a great experience. I feel very lucky to have played at a time when women's athletics were starting to grow, and we were given the coaching and resources to succeed at such a high level. I remember those teams and teammates with great fondness."

Following CCHS, Watts attended Boston College, playing both soccer and lacrosse for the Eagles. In soccer, she was a key member of teams that played in four NCAA Tournaments and were ranked in the Top 20 nationally. In lacrosse, Watts was a captain and two-time All-American.

Now an avid golfer, Watts currently lives in Maynard, MA and has worked for several years as a commercial loan officer at Middlesex Savings Bank in Concord.