RHS football team falls short in playoff quest
The Revere High football team played well in its Division 3 Northeast playoff encounter against Danvers Friday evening, but despite a fine overall effort, the Patriots came up just short, dropping a 7-0 decision to the host Falcons at Bishop Fenwick’s Donaldson Stadium, which has served as Danvers’ home field this year while its own Deering Stadium is being rebuilt.
“We had our opportunities to win,” said RHS head coach Lou Cicatelli, whose Patriots twice moved deep into Danvers territory, only to come up empty-handed. “But give Danvers credit, because they made the plays on defense when they needed to do so.”
As the final score would indicate, the contest was a defensive struggle. The Patriot defensive corps turned in a superb performance, as it has throughout a season in which the Revere “D” has limited opponents to just 9.5 points per game, a statistic that rates the Patriots as the best in that department in the Northeastern Conference and 10th in Eastern Mass.
The lone Revere defensive lapse occurred late in the first half when a 40 yard pass play to a Danvers halfback brought the ball to the Revere 20, from where the Falcons went in to score the only points of the evening.
“Our defense was all over them throughout the game,” said Cicatelli, who lauded in particular the performances of Jake Noftle, Anthony DeStefano, Pho Tran, and Steve Noel. “We made only one mistake and it cost us, but overall our defense did a tremendous job.”
The Patriot offense also had its moments, launching long drives in each half, led by quarterback Dan Murphy, running back Victor Rivera, and receivers Oscar Lopez and Noftle.
However, both of those marches deep into enemy territory turned out to be frustrating experiences, particularly the foray midway through the fourth period when the Patriots undertook a final effort in an attempt to tie the game. Revere got as far as the Danvers 20 when, on third-and-five, a pass interference call in the end zone was made by the ref against the Danvers’ defender, which would have given Revere a first down at the Danvers’ one.
However, another ref in the Revere backfield had dropped his yellow flag for a holding call against the Patriots. The offsetting penalties resulted in playing the down over, but Revere ultimately was unable to convert the first down and turned the ball over to Danvers.
“We played a great game and I’m very proud of the effort the entire team turned in,” said Cicatelli, whose squad was supported by a large number of Revere grid fans who made the trek northward up Routes 1 and 128. “The team gave it everything they had and put us in a position to win, which is all that any coach can ask for.”
The Patriots now will host a very strong Beverly squad Friday evening at Harry Della Russo Stadium. “We may have been eliminated from the playoffs, but now we’re playing to finish at 9-2 and end up with the best record by a Revere team since the Super Bowl team of 1972,” said Cicatelli.
Kick-off is slated for 7:00.PM
Boys soccer team set to host tourney foe Friday at 4:00PM
The Revere High boys soccer team, which completed the best season in the program’s history with a sterling 14-2-2 record, will open play in the Division 1 North sectional of the MIAA boys state soccer tournament Friday afternoon on the Revere High turf field.
The Patriots, who are seeded second in the D-1 North behind only a 16-1-0 East Boston squad, will host the winner of the preliminary round contest between 15th-seeded Haverhill and 18th-seeded Chelmsford.
Kick-off time is slated for 4:00PM.
RHS volleyball team qualifies for tourney
The Revere High volleyball team qualified for the Division 1 North sectional of the MIAA girls state volleyball tournament with a 3-0 victory (25-13, 25-16, 25-13) at Lynn English last Monday.
The victory assured the Lady Patriots of a winning record, boosting their season mark at the time to 9-6. Leading the way for Revere were Ally Hinojosa, who served 12 aces at her Lady Bulldog opponents; Meaghan Gotham, who smacked seven kills; and Vanessa Leone, who made 22 defense passes.
Two days later the Lady Patriots battled Peabody to a five-set duel, before succumbing in the fifth set by a narrow three-point margin, 15-12.
The Lady Patriots had captured the first two sets, 28-26 and 25-14, but allowed Peabody to get back into the match by taking the next two sets, 25-7 and 25-11, thus setting the stage for the deciding fifth set.
Valentina Pepic paced the Revere offensive effort with 14 kills, while Leone was a stalwart on defense with 11 digs. Captains Hinojosa and Natasha Iacoviello combined for 11 kills and 16 digs.
In the season finale Friday at Malden, the champion of the Greater Boston League, the Lady Patriots came out on the short end of a 3-1 decision, 19-25, 26-24, 23-25, 19-25. Meaghan Gotham smashed 15 kills at her Lady Golden Tornado foes on the other side of the net and Hinojosa added nine kills.
The Lady Patriots were down nine points in the second game, but came back to win to even the match at 1-1. Janine So served five aces in a row that helped the Lady Patriots to mount their comeback.
Revere then almost overcame a 15 point deficit in the third game, but just fell short. “Meaghan Gotham and Valentina Pepic were strong blockers for us throughout the third game,” said RHS head coach Jaime Imbracsio, who also praised the play of Tatiana Iacoviello, who made her varsity debut as a setter and contributed immensely to Revere’s comebacks in both sets. “Tatiana played hard defense and set well to her hitters,” noted Imbracsio.
“This was our fifth away game in a row, so despite being exhausted, the girls never gave up and fought hard the entire match,” added the coach.
The Lady Patriots, whose final record showed them standing at 9-8, now will begin state tourney play this week. Revere’s tournament seeding and first round opponent had not been released by the Journal’s press time.
RHS girls run
in all-NEC Meet
The Revere High girls cross country team competed in the Northeastern Conference League Meet at Bradley Palmer State Park Saturday.
“It was a cool, crisp morning, but a perfect day for running,” said RHS head coach Katie Sinnott. “The course is challenging and the overall field of athletes was extremely strong.”
The Lady Patriot varsity team members showed major improvements over their times from last year on this same course, and with these times they not only beat all of the teams whom they had defeated in the regular season, but also outraced Winthrop and Danvers, two opponents they did not face in the regular season, as well.
Hannah Fitzpatrick – 19th overall – 21:48
Monica Posada – 31st overall – 23:16
Suellen Guerreiro- 33rd overall – 23:21
Leila Cesic – 37th overall – 23:28
Trisha Cheever – 46th overall – 24:22
Vanessa Puopolo- 51st overall – 24:48
Jaclynne Dion – 53rd overall – 25:24
Junior Varsity results:
Joanna Severino Perez – 36th overall – 26:28
Helen Perez – 38th overall – 26:42
Lani Stevens – 46th overall – 27:48
Cindy Peraza- 54th overall – 29:07
Jessica Ventura – 65th overall – 30:36
Jasmine Martinez – 68th overall – 30:58
Angelina Nguyen – 75th overall – 32:35
Leslie Constancia- 76th overall – 35:36
Sabrina Elouardi – 77th overall – 35:56
Hawa Barry – 78th overall – 39:06
Catherine Monroy – 79th overall – 40:05
Meloee Nazaire – 80th overall – 40:40
This Saturday the Lady Patriot team members who have met the qualifying times will participate in the State Coach’s Invitational Meet in Wrentham. The following Saturday the top seven girls on the team will participate in the MIAA Eastern Mass Divisional race, also in Wrentham.
Boys cross country
team races in NEC Meet
The Revere High boys cross country team competed in the Northeastern Conference League Meet Saturday over the 3.1 (5K) course at Bradley Palmer State Park.
Sebastian Mejia, whom RHS head coach Mike Flynn described as running “a great race,” was the first Patriot across the line in a time of 18:51, which was good for 28th place overall.
Zack Gentile was the next Revere runner with a clocking of 20:47, followed by Arthur LaCerda in 21:00, Hassan Barhoum in 22:33, Fernando Aguiluz in 23:14, and Jonathan Nushi in 24:30.
The Patriots were without the services of their top runner this season, Zakaria Attiou, who has been sidelined for the past two weeks with a concussion.
Dom Crespo competed in the junior varsity ace and came across in a time of 28:00.
“I was very proud of the team’s effort and performance,” said Flynn. “They’ve worked hard this season and they’ve been a great group to coach.”
Flynn and his crew next will run in the state divisional meet in two weeks at the Wrentham training facility.
Last field hockey
games for RHS senior trio
The Revere High field hockey team concluded its season last week with losses to Peabody, 4-0, and Gloucester, 5-0.
The contests marked the final games in an RHS uniform for Lady Patriot seniors Adanna Hector, Julia Freni, and Joanna Pineda, who were honored at Senior Night festivities in the Gloucester match for their contributions to the RHS field hockey program.
RHS sports Through the Years
10 years ago
November 2, 2005
The Revere High football team dropped a 34-10 decision to an 8-0 Danvers squad Friday night at Deering Stadium. The Patriots now are 3-5. Emilio Digitale, who rushed for 119 yards on 21 carries, scored the Revere TD in the fourth quarter on a 15 yard run.
The RHS volleyball team fell just short of qualifying for the state tourney, finishing with a 5-7 record after losing in five sets to Somerville, 3-2, in the season finale. Coach Samantha Meier praised the play of Peniel Muteba, Ta Hou, Carline Moreira, Tiffany Flaherty, Monica Eller, Nayara DaSilva, and Misha Distri.
The RHS boys soccer team played well in a 4-3 loss to Swampscott, the first place team in the NEC South. Luis DaCunha, Juan Nino, and Andre Perera scored the goals for coach Cesar Salazar’s squad.
John Cacaviello was the top runner for the RHS boys cross country team, finishing in a time of 19:28 over the 3.1 mile Bradley Palmer State Park course at the all-NEC Meet Saturday. Cacaviello finished in 30th place overall. Mario Hererra was the next Patriot in 19:57.
Ariana Coniglio was the top RHS girls runner at the NEC Meet with a time of 23:18, good for 25th place.
20 years ago
November 1, 1995
The Revere High football team proved no match for a powerful Everett squad, dropping a 32-0 decision to the undefeated Crimson Tide.
Coach Dom Finelli’s girls cross country team defeated Everett, 19-43, to end its season at 3-5. Jill Accettullo led Revere with a personal record time of 22:45 on Revere’s home course. Gina Carey was second for Revere in 23:44. Maggie Atanasov was next in 23:53 and Crystal Harding was fourth in 24:15.
RHS golfers Kevin Gilchrist, who shot an 85, Mike Christoforo (86), and Brian Misch (91) finished ninth, 10th, and 16th for the RHS golf team at the recent GBL league meet which featured the top three golfers from each school.
The RHS boys cross country team finished second to Cambridge in the GBL All-League Meet. Samnang Ros was the top Revere runner in eighth place. Rong Samrit was 10th, Mike Pepe 11th, Fred O’Connor 12th, and Kris Van Herp 21st.
The RHS field hockey team defeated Everett 2-1, in the season finale. Aisha Millbury scored on a pass from Lauren Fisher and Jennifer Malone scored her first goal of the season for the game-winner. Millbury and Fisher were named to the GBL all-star team.
The RHS girls soccer team almost pulled off the upset of the season in the GBL, but dropped a 2-1 decision to Arlington, with the game-winning goal coming with one second left to play.
30 years ago
October 30, 1985
The RHS football team rolled to a 29-8 win over former GBL rival Quincy. Sophomore halfback Clark Jones rushed for 79 yards on nine carries and scored two touchdowns. Dan Drover returned a fumble recovery 56 yards and John Spinelli ran for a five-yard score.
The RHS girls cross country team capped the most successful season in the program’s history with a 20-37 win over Somerville to finish at 6-1 on the season. The victory gave the Lady Patriots sole possession of second place in the GBL, ahead of Somerville, which also came into the meet with only one loss. Stacey Chamberlin led the way for Revere with a time of 17:05 over the 2.7 mile course.
The RHS boys cross country team also concluded its season with a win ver Somerville, 15-46, to finish its season at 6-1. Dave DeMattia won the race in a time of 13:33, followed by John Bruzzese in 13:55, Paul Fusco in 14:15, Al Fiore in 15:37, and Brian Chapman in 15:38.
The young Revere High soccer team fell to 3-11-2 on the season with identical 2-0 losses to Chelsea and Everett.
The RHS field hockey team battled Brookline to another 0-0 tie. Linda Ruggiero played an outstanding game for the Lady Patriots with two shots on goal and making 20 steals. Also playing well for Revere were Diane DiGiovanni and Lynn Livick.
40 years ago
October 29, 1975
Medford maintained its undefeated record and first place in the GBL with an easy 25-0 victory over the Revere High football team Saturday.
50 years ago
November 4, 1965
The RHS football team suffered its first loss of the season to a powerful and undefeated Malden Catholic squad, 22-0, in a non-league contest for the Patriots.
60 years ago
November 3, 1955
The Revere High football team had an easy time Saturday with a 12-0 win over Rindge Tech before 4000 fans to even its record at 2-2. The victory marked the first time in years that an RHS grid team has won two games in a row. Gaff and Meoli scored the Revere touchdowns.
70 years ago
November 1, 1945
Jerry Sarno scored all 19 points for the RHS football team in a 19-0 win over Immaculate Conception High in the annual battle between the schools for the city championship. One of the largest crowds of the season was on hand for the contest at Paul Revere Stadium.