RhS sports Roundup
RHS football team beats Chelsea in romp; at Lynn Classical Friday
The Revere High football team rolled to its second victory in as many outings with a 41-0 triumph over Chelsea Friday evening at Harry Della Russo Stadium.
It was a perfect night for a Friday Night Lights football game between the two former and ancient archrivals in what the large crowd of 1000 partisans from both sides proclaimed as the Battle of Broadway. But for the host Patriots and their followers, the contest proved to be a proverbial stroll in the park.
Revere controlled both sides of the ball in every respect from the outset. After forcing Chelsea into a three-and-out on the opening possession of the game, Patriot senior captain and quarterback Dan Murphy called his own number on Revere’s first play and proceeded up the middle on a scamper that covered 80 yards for an electrifying touchdown.
Before the first quarter ended, Revere tailback Victor Rivera ripped off a pair of TD jaunts of 70 and 45 yards to enlarge the Patriot advantage to 21-0.
Revere continued to have its way in the second period. Steve Noel (who successfully booted five of six PAT attempts on the night) increased the margin to 28-0 with a 35 yard run and Frank Antrim hauled in a 10 yard pass from Murphy before the half ended to leave matters at 35-0 at the intermission.
Rivera then put an exclamation point on the night for Revere with an 85 yard return for a TD on the kickoff after the intermission to account for the 41-zip final score.
RHS head coach Lou Cicatelli then emptied his bench and gave his reserves a healthy dose of playing time to close out the contest.
Rivera accumulated 150 yards rushing and had three touchdowns, with Murphy also running for 150 yards, scoring once, and passing for another.
“We did a great job on both sides of the ball,” noted Cicatelli, who lauded in particular the defensive performances of lineman Pho Tran and linebackers Noel and John DeSimone. “It was a great effort and everybody contributed.”
Next up for Cicatelli and his crew, who (similar to their NFL namesakes) now stand at 2-0 on the season, will be a short trip north to face what Cicatelli termed a “dangerous” Lynn Classical team. “They may be 0-2, but they’ll be very hungry,” said Cicatelli. “This is a game that can turn their season around.”
Kickoff time Friday evening at the Manning Bowl in Lynn will be 7:00.
RHS volleyball team captures three matches
The Revere High volleyball team earned its third win of the season with a 3-0 shutout of Lynn English this past Thursday. The Lady Patriots won all three sets in relatively comfortable fashion by scores of 25-18, 25-17, and 25-16.
“The girls played really well together,” said RHS head coach Jaime Imbracsio.
Meaghan Gotham served five aces, Ally Hinojosa smacked three kills and added two aces and Natasha Iacoviello smashed five kills to pace the Revere attack.
Vanessa Leone led the Lady Patriots in defense, passing 25 balls in the back row. “The girls were playing as a team and were able to pick each other up if they ever lost the lead,” noted Imbracsio.
After opening the season with a 3-0 loss to Danvers September 8, the Lady Patriots posted a pair of “Ws” with a 3-1 triumph over Beverly and a 3-0 blanking of Lynn Classical.
“We worked out the kinks after the Danvers match,” noted Imbracsio. “In both of our wins, the girls came together and played as a team, which is the most important part in volleyball.”
Samantha Myrtil served 10 aces against Beverly. In the Classical victory, Iacivello smacked 10 kills at her Lady Ram opponents, while Gotham (six kills), Pepic (six kills), and Hinojosa (five kills) all played key roles in the triumph.
The Lady Patriots’ three-match winning streak came to a halt Friday with a 3-1 loss to Malden, 19-25, 25-22, 20-25, and 22-25, in hard-fought battle against their former rival from the Greater Boston League.
“We had a tough time coming together,” said Imbracsio. “We need to work on covering each other.” Among the highlights for the Lady Patriots were Hinojosa with three kills and two aces and Natasha Iacivello with four kills.
“We have some new girls who joined the team this season,” said Imbracsio. “Junior Meaghan Gotham and sophomore Valentina Pepic are new at middle and Samantha Myrtile is our new setter.”
Returning players are senior captain Ally Hinojosa, senior captain Natasha Iacivello, senior Vanessa Leone, senior Gabrielle Cammarata, and Cheyanne Fullen.
Also joining the RHS varsity squad this season are senior Alicia Barry, senior Marianne DiAndrade, senior Courtney DiMarzo, junior Janine So, and sophomore Tatiana Iacivello.
The Lady Patriots, who stand at 3-2 on the season, have a busy week ahead. They host Peabody tomorrow (Thursday) and entertain Marblehead Friday. They trek to Swampscott Tuesday and to N.E. Vocational Wednesday before returning home next Thursday against Salem.
RHS girls cross-country
team opens 2015 season
The Revere High girls cross-country team opened its season last Tuesday at Swampscott on a bright but warm day for a cross-country meet. Although the Lady Patriots came out on the short end of a 15-50 decision, RHS head coach Katie Sinnott saw some encouraging signs from her squad.
“We were without a few key runners because of illness and the heat proved to be a bit of a challenge,” noted Sinnott, “but I was still proud of the girls for giving their top effort in the loss.”
Among the highlights for Revere were freshman Leila Cesic, who looks to be a strong addition to the Lady Patriots after finishing a strong fifth for Revere in her first high school-distance cross country race (Leila ran for the middle school cross-country team, which races significantly shorter distances), and junior Monica Posada, who had a great run, scoring for the team for the first time in her cross country career.
Hannah Fitzpatrick led Revere with a sixth place effort in 20:45 She was followed by Suellen Guerreiro (seventh overall) in 21:19, Trisha Cheever (ninth overall in 22:03), Posada (10th overall in 22:17), and Cesic (12th overall in 23:17) to complete the Revere scoring.
Other Lady Patriots who competed were:
Nicole Paddock — 13th overall — 23:48
Lani Stevens — 22nd overall — 27:11
Joela Goga — 23rd overall — 27:24
Judy Tran — 24th overall — 27:27
Megan Erwin — 25th overall — 30:12
Cindy Peraza — 27th overall — 31:24
Jessica Ventura — 28th overall — 31:25
Taif Halabi — 29th overall — 32:58
Sabrina Elouradi — 31st overall — 37:25
Meloee Nazaire — 32nd overall — 38:51
Sinnott and her crew were set to face always-strong Beverly and Lynn English in a tri-meet yesterday (Tuesday) and will travel to Marblehead next Thursday, October 1.
Attiou, Mejia pace
RHS boys cross-country
The Revere High boys cross country team received outstanding performances from senior captain Zakaria Attiou and junior captain Sebastian Mejia in the Patriots’ season-opening meet last week at Swampscott.
Attiou, who is running cross-country for the first time this season, turned in a sterling second-place finish in a time of 16:08, just off the winning pace of 15:51. Mejia came across the line in third place in 17:07.
Junior Arthur LaCerda was the next Revere finisher in 20:06, followed by teammates Andres Ramirez in 22:51, Jonathan Nushi in 23:44, Ralph Corbelle in 26:20, and Dominic Crespo in 26:45.
The final score showed Swampscott prevailing, 23-38.
“We have a lot of boys who are new to the sport,” said veteran RHS head coach Mike Flynn. “We have 17 team members altogether and they are working hard and improving.”
Flynn and his squad were set to face Beverly and Lynn English in a tri-meet yesterday (Tuesday) and will travel to Marblehead next Thursday, October 1.
Concussion Awareness Week underway; to educate players and parents
The ThinkTaylor Foundation begins a new initiative with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) to help raise awareness and better educate players, parents, coaches and trainers on concussion injuries and proper treatment through special in-game features at high school varsity soccer games across the state.
ThinkTaylor’s Concussion Awareness Week will feature many supportive orange items, the foundation’s awareness color. These items include ThinkTaylor/INARIA soccer balls, ThinkTaylor/INARIA wristbands, scarves, a concussion awareness pledge, and Bag Tags for players at MIAA boy’s and girl’s high school varsity soccer games beginning, September 21.
“When our youth and parents are more educated (about concussions), their decisions will reflect that, and that is our main objective here at ThinkTaylor,” said ThinkTaylor’s founder, former New England Revolution/U.S. National Soccer Team star and current ESPN lead soccer analyst Taylor Twellman. “Concussion Awareness Week is an idea that we’ve had since the moment ThinkTaylor was started, and I can’t tell you how proud I am that it starts here in Massachusetts.” “There’s no doubt in my mind that it will spread beyond Massachusetts and beyond the sport of soccer, and we can’t wait to truly make a difference in the world of traumatic brain injuries.”
The ThinkTaylor Pledge, promoted through social media as #TTPledge, encourages students to better understand this injury, take it seriously and understand that on occasion a concussion can require time away from competition.
Schools and athletic directors have received the orange soccer balls, wristbands and other items in early September. In addition, sponsors INARIA and Gatorade will reward the high school which exhibits the most ‘Orange Awareness’ and spirit on social media. INARIA will award the winning team with a set of custom uniforms for both boy’s and girl’s varsity soccer teams. Gatorade will be awarding the winning school with Sideline Packages and G Week, a three day experience where every in-season athlete at the school get the sports fuel to help them perform. The school will receive free equipment and 3-days of product to enable every athlete to experience the full G Series lineup.
Middle School Cross Country opens season
By Peter DiGiulio
The Revere Boys and Girls Middle School Cross Country teams traveled to the Lynn Woods last Wednesday to open their season against Pickering Middle School of Lynn.
The Lady Pats ran first and led by SBA 8th grade phenom Grace Dow, who conquered the 1.6-mile course in a time of 11.45. The team beat the Lady Mustangs by a score of 16-47. Revere girls grabbed nine of the first 10 en route to the victory.
Erika Cheever (SBA) took second with time of 12.34, followed by Frankie DeAngelis and Caroline Stasio (both RMA) who finished arm and arm at 14.18. Rounding out the top 10 finishers were Fatima Hartout, Lynzie Anderson, Soleil Young, Reiley Giordano, and Chloe Giordano.
Also something worthy of note: RMA’s Erica Anderson stopped in the middle of her race to assist a handicapped Pickering runner who became lost on the course which winds through the woods.
A great act of sportsmanship.
The boys were up next and captured the top eight spots (and nine out of 10) on the way to beating the Pickering boys 15-50.
RMA’s Sal Giuliano led from start to finish to win with a time of 10.35. Marco Cerbone (SBA) came in a close second with a time of 10.56 and one second back in 3rd was Victor Pelatere.
The rest of the top 10 finishers were as follows: Matt Gallego, Mohammed Benzerdjeb, Matt DaRocha, Yacine Mansouri, Dante D’Ambrosio, and Sean Hennessey.
Coaches Sam Ros and Mary Feeney were obviously elated with the results and will prepare their troops to take on Swampscott Middle School at home at The Belle Isle Marsh on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m.