RHS sports Roundup
Girls basketball team routs Peabody, is edged by Winthrop
The Revere High girls basketball team, which already has qualified for the post-season state tourney, split its two games this past week, rolling past Peabody Friday evening, 68-41, but coming up short against Winthrop, 40-32.
In Friday’s match with Peabody at the Merullo Fieldhouse, the Lady Patriots were firing on all cylinders in their 27-point victory. Three Lady Patriots reached double-figures, with senior captain Tiphani Harris hitting for 15 points, Adanna Hector striking for 13, and Meaghan Gotham adding 10.
Buckets proved harder to come by at Winthrop however, in a contest that was played Sunday afternoon after the teams’ were snowed-out last Tuesday. The Lady Patriots took an 8-6 lead after the first period, but trailed 19-15 at the intermission. Revere stayed within four, 29-25 after three frames, but could not get closer in the final period against a Winthrop squad that has been known for its tough defense all season.
Harris, who is a top candidate for Most Valuable Player in the league, gave Winthrop fits all game with her variety of moves under the basket. Tiphani scored 16 points, half of her team’s total, including 10 from the free throw line.
The Lady Patriots, who now are 11-2 on the season, have two huge games coming up this week against their two top rivals in the NEC’s North Division. Coach Diana DeCristoforo and her crew will host Salem Friday and then will journey to Beverly Monday to battle with the Lady Panthers, who handed Revere its lone NEC North loss earlier in the year.
RHS boys fall to Peabody
The Revere High boys basketball team came out on the short end of its lone contest in a snow-filled week, dropping an 85-58 decision to Peabody. The Patriots fell behind early, trailing 24-11 after the first period, but had a chance to close the gap to under 10 points in the second frame. However, the Revere counterattack did not fully materialize and the Tanners soon opened the gap to a wide 50-25 score by the intermission.
”Early on it was obvious that Peabody was much more comfortable in their own gym than we were,” said RHS head coach Adam Rizzo. “Throughout the entire first half we were missing open shots, weren’t converting layups that we usually make, and were lost on defense.
“In the second quarter we showed signs of life, but unfortunately the rust followed us to the charity stripe as well, as we shot an abysmal 6-19 for free throws,” continued the coach. “A chance to cut it to eight kept the lead at 10. A few bad defensive possessions by us coupled with some great offense from Peabody ballooned the lead to 25 at the half.”
RHS senior Nermin Ibreljic suffered a hip injury in the first half, leaving Marvin Urdaneta as the only available big man for the Patriots. “We were undersized and got out-rebounded all game long as Peabody’s sophomore big man, Moisse Irizarry, scored a team-high 20 points on us,” noted Rizzo.
“At halftime we harped on defense and how the mindset to get stops just isn’t there,” said Rizzo. ”We were just too passive on everything from on-ball defense to fighting over or through screens to not taking away off-ball cuts. On a lot of Peabody’s possessions, we made it very easy for them to do whatever they wanted. The few times we played good defense, they were knocking down shots with hands in their face. I can applaud the defensive effort even on a made basket, but that type of effort is what is needed on each and every possession to be able to win a basketball game.”
RHS captain Tommy Chea led the Patriots with a 22 points, including four three-pointers. “Our offense lives and dies through Tommy and he continues to be fantastic,” said Rizzo. “He scored a game-high 22 points as well as grabbing nine boards and handing out six assists. The kid does it all and has a real chance to play in college as some coaches have already come to talk to me about him playing next year. When he’s not scoring on his own he is creating for his teammates and giving them chances to convert. He’s the heart and soul of this team.”
Other scorers for the Patriots were Gerald Charles with 11 points, followed by Romeo Thomas with six, Janard Jones and Jovan Salcedo with five each, Marvin Urdaneta with four, Christian Palacios with three, and Brendan Hayes with two.
Rizzo and his crew trek to Salem Friday and host Beverly Monday and entertain Chelsea next Wednesday.
RHS trace teams compete in NEC Met
The Revere High boys and girls indoor track teams competed in this past week’s Northeastern Conference Meet. Daniel Murphy took a fifth place ribbon in the 55 meter dash with a sprint of 6.95 seconds. David Sinatra likewise grabbed fifth pace honors in the 55 meter hurdles with a sterling race of 8.33 seconds. David had moved up from eighth place in the qualifying round with a time of 8.67.
Edi Murjan just missed attaining a ribbon with a seventh place finish in the 300 dash with a time of 39.20, just off the sixth place time of 38.75.
The Revere 4 x 200 relay team took fourth spot and the 4 x 800 quartet took sixth to complete the Patriot scoring on the day.
On the girls’ side, Angelisa Nguyen took sixth place in the 55 dash in 8.04 after having finished eighth in the prelims. “Angelisa was seeded 21st out of 23 competitors in the 55 meter dash, so her finishing sixth was quite a feat,” said RHS head coach Antonio LaBruna. “She ran a personal record (PR) time of 7.95 and just missed out on the state-qualifying time of 7.94. Angelisa is an extremely hard worker and she usually stays after practice is over to work on her block starts, so being the lone individual scorer in the NEC meet for our team couldn’t have happened to a more deserving kid.”
The Lady Patriot 4 x 800 relay foursome of Suellen Guerreiro, Danielle Fortuna, Nadia Lerari, and Jackie Dion also earned a point for their sixth place effort with a clocking of 11:55.19.
Some other Lady Patriots who also attained PRs during the meet were Rachel Shanbar (shot-put 27’-7”), Helen Perez (55 meter hurdles in 11.59), and Jessica Cambraia (300 meter dash in 47.78).
The teams’ final dual meet is tomorrow (Thursday) against Winthrop.
for RHS hockey
The Revere High hockey team was snowed-out of its scheduled games this past week. The Patriots are slated to host Peabody this evening (Wednesday) at Cronin Rink at 5:30 and then will have a home-and-home series with Matignon, playing at Matignon’s rink Saturday at 8:00 and then entertaining Matignon Monday at Cronin at 3:30.
RHS sports Through the Years
10 years ago
February 2, 2005
After a layoff of 10 days because of the winter weather, the RHS hockey team returned to action with a 4-1 loss to Northeast Regional. The Patriots put 29 shots on the Northeast net, but only Anthony Smith lit the lamp for Revere.
Eddie Mahoney scored 16 points and Steve Bagnera added 12 for the RHS boys basketball team in a 57-47 loss to Peabody.
20 years ago
Two-time GBL all-star Karen Jouve reached the 1000-point milestone of her career with 22 points to pace the Revere High girls basketball team to a 64-48 win over Cambridge and 17 points in an 80-57 loss to Peabody. Jouve now joins Patrice Misiano in the exclusive 1000-point club.
The RHS hockey team improved to 8-1-2 and moved into second place in the GBL with wins of 9-3 over Cambridge and 10-2 over Waltham.
The 45-41 win by the RHS indoor track team over Arlington was highlighted by a new school record in the high jump of 6’-5.25” by Chris Eason, erasing the previous mark set by Kerry Leppo that had stood for 21 years.
Revere’s Mike Vieira, a 6’-3” center, has joined the 1000-point club at Suffolk University, one of only 17 Suffolk hoopsters to have achieved that milestone
30 years ago
January 30, 1985
Revere’s John Bruzzese recorded the best time in the GBL this season in the 1000 with a clocking of 2:25.9, but the RHS trace team dropped its first meet of the year, 43-42 to Arlington, which won the final event, the relay, in come-from-behind fashion.
Paul Massa sank a 10-foot jumper with two seconds to play to give the RHS boys basketball team a 58-57 win over first-place Everett. Massa scored 15 points for Revere in the contest. In a 78-58 loss to Peabody, Steve Terrazano led the Pats with 24 points.
Although the RHS girls basketball team dropped a 72-33 decision to Peabody, which is led by Division I player of the year Kim Foley, the Lady Patriots remain in the thick of the chase for a spot in the post-season state tourney thanks to a 54-43 triumph over Everett in which Lisa Orlandello led Revere with 19 points.
40 years ago
January 29, 1975
Pete Edwards set two new RHS indoor track records that had been held by Kerry Leppo as he led Revere to a 70-15 win over Arlington and 43-43 tie with Malden. Edwards who competes in the hurdles and high jump, set new marks for points in a season with 65, topping Leppo’s total of 59, and for points in his career with 130.75, surpassing Leppo’s total of 126.5. The Patriots now stand at 5-1-1 on the season.
50 years ago
February 4, 1965
Young Red Sox star Tony Conigliaro, a Revere native who was a high school star at Swampscott High, will be the guest speaker at the annual Sports Night of the Revere Little League.
60 years ago
February 3, 1955
Coach Bernie Sochat’s Revere High basketeers dropped contests of 65-48 to Chelsea and 75-63 to Medford this past week. Fred Taylor led Revere with 22 points against Chelsea and with 27 against Medford.
Dick Garrett scored the lone goal for coach George Horner’s RHS hockey team in a 1-1 tie with Gloucester. Revere is now 2-3-3 on the season.
Bob McCarrick, whom some describe as the Bob Cousy of the Catholic League, is the main reason why the Immaculate Conception High basketball team in enjoying another fine season with an undefeated record. McCarrick, a natural basketball player who has been with the varsity since he was a freshman, led IC with 23 points in a 73-45 win over St. Patrick’s of Watertown. Steve White added 18 and John Rocha hit for 15.