Paul DiPlatzi winds up for a discus throw during a recent Northeastern Conference outdoor track meet.

Paul DiPlatzi winds up for a discus throw during a recent Northeastern Conference outdoor track meet.

RHS track girls sprint past Winthrop

The Revere High (RHS) girls track team, despite being shorthanded because of a rescheduled meet during vacation week, won its second straight meet of the season with a runaway 81-46 triumph over Winthrop last Thursday. The victory raised the Revere girls’ record to 2-1 on the season.

“A lot of the girls really stepped up,” said veteran RHS head track coach Peter DiGiulio. “We had a number of girls volunteer for events in which they ordinarily don’t compete in order to get us some points.”

Freshman Briana Scata was a double winner for the Lady Patriots, taking first place in two events to put 10 points onto the Revere side of the scoresheet. Briana remained undefeated this season in the shot put with her toss of 25-9 and then captured the discus with a twirl of 60-6.

Another freshman, Racquel MacDonald, whom DiGiulio labeled “a budding star,” also made a significant contribution to the Revere win with a first place in the high jump of 4-6, running a leg on the winning 4×100 relay team, and taking a second in the 100 meter hurdles in 20.7.

Other winners for Revere were Elizabeth Nutile in the 400 meter hurdles in 1:20.5; Colby Hough in the two mile in 13:51; Tayla Hough in the 800 in 2:38.1, an event in which Tayla is undefeated thus far this season; and Jessica Mack with a javelin toss of 52-3.

The 4×100 quartet of Theresa Santiano McHatton, Amanda Digitale, MacDonald, and Melissa Adreani sped to victory in 56.4.

Second place finishes were garnered by Sara Boukdad in the 400 meter hurdles in 1:26..1; Stephanie Donovan in the two mile in 17:13 and with a javelin throw of 50-7; Santiano McHatton in the 100 meter dash in 12.4 and in the long jump with a leap of 14-9, both of which were personal records (PR) for Theresa; Kassandra Digitale in the mile in 6:42.1; Taren Kershaw with a PR run of 65.9 in the 400 meters; Nutile in the 800 in 2:57.4 and with a triple jump of 28-8; Adreani in the high jump with a leap of 4-4; and Mack with a discus throw of 59-4, a PR.

Third place efforts that added single points to the Revere scoresheet were forwarded by Kershaw in the mile in 7:11.2; Adreani in the 100 hurdles in 21.1 and in the long jump with a 13-9.5 a PR; Amel Derra Chouk in the 200 in 34.1, a PR; and Boukdad in the 400 in 75.8.

“This is a great group of girls who always are looking to cooperate to put the team first,” enthused DiGiulio, who noted that his 2009 squad is composed of only one senior. “Not only are they fine athletes, but the cumulative GPA of this team is 4.15, which really says something about their dedication in the classroom as well.”

DiGiulio and his crew took on Salem this past Monday and will travel to Malden next Monday.

RHS boys track team edges Winthrop

The Revere High boys track team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 64-61 win over Winthrop last Thursday.

Coach Jack Mosco’s squad accomplished three sweeps of the Vikings in the 400 meter hurdles, the mile run, and the two mile run. Kristian Andino led teammates Jon Tran and Ernesto Bonilla to a 1-2-3 finish in the 400 hurdles. Nick DeMarco paced fellow Patriots Anthony Cantone Heinze and Brian Collins across the line in the two mile event, with DeMarco finishing in 12:08, Cantone Heinze close behind in 12:11, and Collins in 12:30.

In the mile, Alan Smajic took first in 5:14, followed by Chris Panzini in 5:26 and Bob Driscoll in 5:30.

Other winners for Revere in their individual events were Victor Galli in the 100 meter hurdles; Bryan Coniglio in the 800 in 2:11.5; Bobby Crowe in the discus with a twirl of 104-3; and the 4×400 relay team of DeMarco, Driscoll, Smajic, and Coniglio.

Earning three points for the Revere score sheet with second place finishes were Panzini in the 400 in 61.1; John Rich in the 200 meter dash; Galli in the triple jump; and freshman Victor Licata with a discus throw of 99-0.

Licata also took third in the shot put, as did Galli in the long jump, Andino in the 400, Rob Camley in the 800, and Michael Duffy in the 100 meter dash.

Mosko and his Patriots are hoping that ace shot putter Manny Velez may be able to return to action by mid May. Velez threw the shot put more than 50 feet in the indoor season this past winter, only the second Patriot ever to reach 50 feet in the shot, and was named to the NEC All-Star team. However, since last January, shoulder surgery has sidelined Velez, who has received a four-year scholarship to Merrimack College, where he’ll play football.

“Manny is a great kid and a great competitor,” said Mosko. “We’re all hoping he gets the medical clearance to compete.”

Mosko and Co. took on Salem this past Monday and will travel to Malden next Monday.

Tennis boys improve to 4-2 on the season

The ever-improving Revere High boys tennis team continued to show that it will be a force to contend with in the Northeastern Conference this past week, as coach Mike Flynn’s crew defeated Salem, 3-2, and then dropped a tight 3-2 match to Peabody.

“The team is really coming along,” said Flynn, whose Patriots now stand at 4-2 on the season in his first year at the helm. “We almost beat Peabody, a team that shut us out last year.”

In the Salem victory, Kristi Kasuli defeated his counterpart at No. 2 singles 6-4, 6-2, and both doubles teams triumphed. John Nguyen and Michael Truong won 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) at first doubles, while the second doubles duo of Carlos Monroy and Francisco Tartaglia were easy winners by a score of 6-1, 6-2.

The Salem match also saw the varsity debut of Joseph Tran, who acquitted himself well at the third singles slot.

In the match with Peabody, Richie Leng, who was back at his usual No. 3 spot, defeated his Peabody rival, as did the second doubles duo of Monroy and Tartaglia.

The match came down to the third and final set in the first singles contest. The duo of Nguyen and Truong had dropped the first set, 5-7, but battled back to take the second set, 6-4. However, they were unable to sustain their momentum into the third set and fell to the Peabody tandem, 6-1.

“Steaven Nguyen continues to play well at first singles,” said Flynn, “but he’s going up against the best player from our opponents in every match.”

Flynn and his crew have a full plate on their schedule this week. The Patriots were set to play against Danvers this past Monday; at Marblehead today (Wednesday); and then host Saugus Friday at Winchester. They then will travel to Swampscott next Monday.

Girls tennis team defeats Salem, 4-1

The Revere High girls tennis team split its matches this past week, defeating Salem 4-1, but then falling to Peabody by the same margin.

“The girls are playing well, especially our doubles teams, and the girls in our singles slots are improving each week,” said RHS head coach Carla Maniscalco.

In the win over Salem, Zerina Dervisevic led the charge with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph at first singles. No. 2 Sabrina Sot likewise enjoyed a straight set victory by a 6-2, 7-5 margin.

The first doubles team of Cleopatra Duque and Victoria Mauro handily disposed of their Salem counterparts by a near shutout, 6-0, 6-1, as did the second Lady Patriots tandem of Carolina Zaneta and Donna Le, 6-, 6-1.

Elma Meskovic almost made it a clean sweep for Revere, but dropped a hardfought battle in a three set match, 4-6, 6-1, 2-6.

In the Peabody contest, the first doubles duo of Duque and Mauro once again were victorious in a hard fought match, 7-6, 7-5. The second doubles team of Zaneta and Le also battled their foes hard, but came up on the short end of a 1-6, 6-1, 0-6 score.

Maniscalco and her crew have a busy week of tennis ahead of them. They took on Danvers on Monday and will host Marblehead today (Wednesday) in Winchester. They will travel to Saugus Friday, host Swampscott Monday, and then go to Beverly next Tuesday.

Poor starts sink RHS softball team

The Revere High softball team fell behind early and rallied, but never quite made it all the way back, in defeats to Salem and Peabody this past week.

“We had a rough inning in each game and that proved to be the difference,” said RHS head coach Joe Nichinello.

In a 7-5 loss at Salem, a five-run fifth inning by the Witches, aided primarily by bases on balls and wild pitches, broke open a 2-0 contest to move Salem into a commanding 7-0 advantage.

However, Nichinello’s charges finally broke through in their half of the seventh, scoring five times to make Salem squirm. Paige Licata led off with a base hit and Kristina Gravallese followed with a walk. A base hit by Kristen DeCandia plated Licata and another base ht by Kelleigh Prince brought in Gravallese and DeCandia. Prince eventually came around on a base hit by Sara Selevitch, and Selevitch scored the fifth and final Revere run on a safety by Jen Carrabino.

However, the big rally proved too little, too late and Salem hung on for the 7-5 triumph. Selevitch started and pitched well until the fatal fifth frame. Kat Prince came on in the sixth and set Salem down 1-2-3.

The encounter with Peabody two days later followed a similar script, with Revere spotting the Lady Tanners a 6-0 lead after two frames. The Lady Patriots once again surged in the later innings with five tallies, but Peabody tacked on another pair of runs in the fourth and one in the sixth to come away with a 9-5 triumph.

Licata had another good day at the plate with two hits, including a double and two RBI.

Carrabino was two for four with a run and two ribbies. Kerri Roach also had a big hit on the day with a pinch hit RBI base hit.

Kat Prince once again showed promise in a relief role, hurling three innings in which she allowed just one run.

Carrabino is leading the Lady Pats offensively with 15 hits in 30 at bats, including a double and two triples, for a nifty .500 batting average. Licata is close behind with 14 hits in 31 official at bats for a .460 average with three doubles and a triple. Kelleigh Prince has eight hits in 18 at bats for a .450 average.

Nichinello and his crew were set to travel to Danvers yesterday (Tuesday) and will host Marblehead today. They will travel to Saugus Friday and host Swampscott Monday.

Patriots drop three games to NEC foes

The Revere High baseball team had a rough week, dropping three contests to Northeastern Conference opponents.

In a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to Salem, the Patriots, who had battled back earlier from a 5-0 deficit, loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with none out, but were unable to push across the tying run.

Revere trailed 5-0 in the early going, but managed to even the score with four runs in the fourth and a solo marker in the fifth. A double by Dom Terenzi (who through last week was ranked as the third leading hitter in the NEC with a .429 average), a base hit by Brian Robichaud, and an RBI base hit by Richie Palladino produced the equalizer in the fifth.

However, Salem notched the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, which proved to be the game winner when the Witches weathered the Revere rally in the bottom of the inning.

Robichaud was three for four on the day, while Palladino was three for three with two RBI and Nick DiMari was two for two with an RBI.

DiMari was the starting pitcher and allowed five runs through three-and-two-thirds innings. Brendan Carter came on in the fourth and pitched well the rest of the way, yielding just one run.

Jonathan Chiarelli got the starting nod Friday at Peabody and pitched reasonably well, allowing six runs in five innings. However, a combination of errors by his teammates in the field and a lack of hitting support eventually resulted in a 13-1 win for the Tanners.

On Monday, the Pats committed some costly fielding miscues early against Danvers and fell into a hole from which they never recovered, eventually falling by a 15-6 margin.

Highlights for coach Joe Ranno’s squad included a three for four effort by Terenzi in which Dom socked a double, a homer, and two RBI; a three for four game from Robichaud; a two RBI base hit by Carter in the DH role; and a two RBI base hit by Chris Adreani.

Ranno and crew will seek to get back on the winning track at Marblehead today (Wednesday). The Pats will host Saugus Friday and travel to Swampscott Monday for a game under the lights starting at 7.

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