The Revere High hockey team opened its season on a winning note with a 4-0 blanking of Salem Saturday evening at Cronin Rink.
Marco Mazzarelli earned the honor of lighting the lamp for the first time of the 2013-14 campaign with a goal in the first period, assisted by Steve Noel. Marco also scored in the middle frame as did Cam Whalen, who was assisted by Joe Ristaino. Noel added the icing to the Patriot victory cake with a goal in the final stanza, deflecting home a blast from the point by Brandon Mastropietro.
RHS netminder Adam Comeau earned the shutout, turning aside everything Salem threw at him. Adam received stellar defensive work from the Revere blue line pairings of Mastropietro & Kevin Chiles and Michael Martorelli & Anthony Matos.
“It was a nice way to start the season,” said RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello, whose team outshot their opponents by a solid 35-13 margin in winning their first season-opener in four years. “We carried the play at both ends of the ice. However, we need to become mentally tougher. We picked up some unnecessary penalties and that’s something we have to work on.”
The Revere offense featured three lines with Mazzarelli at center between Noel and Rick Pollignone; Ristaino centering Whalen and John Galatis; and freshman Anthony Cecca at center between wings Mike D’Angelo and Damand Khat.
Cicarello and his crew host Swampscott tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30 and entertain Lynn Saturday evening for a 5:10 face-off. They travel to Everett Monday in a non-league encounter.
RHS girls track team fights hard in season-opener
Although the Revere High girls track team came up on the short end of a 47-36 decision to Swampscott in their season-opener last week, a number of Lady Patriots turned in winning performances for first-year head coach Antonio LaBruna.
Brenda Rudecindo was the top point-scorer for Revere with victories in two events. Brenda won the high jump with a leap of 4-2 and outraced the field in the 55 meter hurdles in a time of 9.9.
Other first place finishers for Revere were senior captain Nikki Nelson in the mile in 5:49; Janice DeStefano with a toss of 33-3.5 in the shotput that already has qualified Janice for the Division 2 State Meet; and Comfort Toglan with a dash of 45.2 in the 300, an event in which Comfort holds the RHS school record.
Second-place finishers for Revere were Lauren Hayes with a shotput throw of 27-2 and Suellen Guerreiro in the two mile with a clocking of 14:37.
Adding points to the Revere score sheet with third place efforts were: Noelle MacDonald with a 10.7 dash in the 55 hurdles; Crisleydi Lithgow in the 55 dash in 8.4, which was Crisleydi’s first-ever race; Jaclynn Dion in the two mile in 14:37.8; and Danielle Fortuna in the 600 in 2:04.5.
LaBruna and his squad were set to host Lynn English this evening (Wednesday) at the Merullo Fieldhouse at 6:00. A number of the Lady Patriots will compete at the Winter Festival this Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Boys hoop team drops opener, 67-62
The Revere High boys basketball team started fast, but early foul trouble proved a formidable obstacle that the Patriots were unable to overcome, with a resulting 67-62 loss at non-league rival Bedford in their season opener Friday evening.
The Patriots came out firing on all cylinders for new head coach Adam Rizzo, jumping out to a 17-10 lead at the first horn. However, four Patriot starters, Jason Seigal, Michael Dreeszen, Doug Zingali and Michael Ciambelli, were saddled with two fouls each shortly into the start of the second frame, necessitating their departure to the bench for most of that period. Bedford took full advantage of the situation and Revere saw its seven point advantage turn into a two-point edge for Bedford, 29-27, at the half.
The Patriots were unable to regain their early momentum after the intermission as Bedford lengthened its lead to 44-37 after three periods. However, the Patriots regrouped for the start of the final quarter and soon began to cut into the Bedford lead as both teams shook off their shooting doldrums and lit up the scoreboard with some offensive fireworks.
The chief pyrotechnician for Revere was senior Mike Ciambelli, who pumped in 11 of his 17 points in the frenetic final frame. The Patriots moved within two points with four minutes to play, but could not get over the proverbial hump. The Revere foul situation took its toll, allowing Bedford to maintain its lead down the stretch with some sharp free-throw shooting.
“Between fouls (33) and turnovers (22), we really beat ourselves and that’s the worst way to lose,” said Rizzo. “We look forward to getting a chance to play Bedford again in two weeks in Revere.”
Ciambelli led the Pats with 17 points (on 6-for-10 from the field and 5-for-6 from the charity stripe) and pulled down eight rebounds despite his limited action. Ravi Ryland (who connected on 3-of-5 three-point attempts that kept the game close in the first half) and Zingali added nine points each. Dreeszen and Dante Lauria hit for six points apiece, followed by Ben DiGiulio with four points, Tommy Chea with three points, and Dylan Kalloch, Camilo Gomez, and Nermin Ibreljic chipping in two points each.
The Patriots host Lynn Classical Friday and travel to Salem Monday.
Maddrey, Hartout win for RHS boys track team
Tarik Maddrey and Younes Hartout earned first-place finishes for the Revere High boys track team in the Patriots’ season-opening meet against Swampscott last week.
Tarik outleapt the field in the high jump, crossing the bar at 6-2. He also took a third place in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 9.3. Younes dashed to victory in the 55 meter sprint with a clocking of 6.6.
A host of Patriots earned second place points for Coach Sam Ros’s squad: Bryan Carbonell in the 300 dash in 41.9; Richard Damiano in the 600 in 1:41.1; Frank Davidson in the 1000 in 3:07.8; John Dellarusso in the mile in 5:22.6 (a race in which John was just 0.2 of a second behind the winner); and Salah Barhoum in the two mile in 11:32.4.
Third place finishers for Revere were: Daniel Murphy in the 300 dash in 42.1; John Simonini in the mile in 5:46.5; and Jay Mistri in the two mile in 12:08.5.
Swampscott was disqualified in the relay and Revere grabbed the five points for a final tally of 52-34 in Swampscott’s favor.
“Tarik Maddrey should contend for the best high jumper in the conference and Younes Hartout should be in the hunt to be one of the fastest sprinters,” said Ros. “However, it is definitely a rebuilding year. We lost many fast runners to graduation. We have a handful of promising young athletes whom we can build off for the future.”