Sports 02-10-2016

RhS sports Roundup

Girls basketball team splits two contests

The Revere High girls basketball team split its two contests this past week, defeating Beverly last Monday, but falling to Lynn Classical Saturday in a contest that had been postponed from Friday because of the snowstorm.

This past Monday’s scheduled game at Lynn English also was postponed because of the weather and will be made up next Wednesday.

Last week’s encounter with Beverly saw the Lady Patriots get off to a slow start. Revere mustered only three points in the opening quarter and trailed 9-3 at the first buzzer. However, the Lady Patriots picked up the pace in the second frame, outscoring Beverly 17-9 over the eight-minute stanza, to take a 20-18 advantage into the half.

Revere came out firing on all cylinders after the intermission, putting up 20 points on the board in the third quarter to move out to a commanding 40-26 lead entering the final period. The Lady Patriots did not let up on the offensive end and closed out the game with another 20-point quarter for a 60-46 victory.

Valentina Pepic led Revere with 19 points. Pam Gonzalez also reached double figures with 15. Maritza Scott hit for nine points, Ally Hinojosa added seven, Meaghan Gotham chipped in six, and Natasha Iacoviello sank a free throw.

The Lady Patriots then made the short trip to Lynn Classical Saturday to take on the Lady Rams, a team which Revere had defeated 55-45 in their first meeting six weeks ago.

However, the Lady Patriots did not enjoy the same success in the rematch, dropping a 67-50 decision. The contest was a hard-fought affair in the first half, with LC taking a 14-12 lead after one period, but Revere battling back to knot matters at 25-25 at the half.

However, the Lady Rams seized the initiative after the intermission, outscoring Revere 21-6 over the next eight minutes. The 46-31 deficit proved too much for the Lady Patriots to overcome in the final frame, especially with the Lady Rams staying hot.

Pepic topped the scoring column for Revere with 12 points. The trio of Hinojosa, Gonzalez, and Scott all hit for eight points apiece. Gotham added six points and Natasha I. struck for five.

“We struggled from the first quarter through the remainder of the game on both ends of the court,” said RHS head coach Diana Finn. “Nothing was falling and we were giving up open shots to a Classical team that was hungry and created tough match-ups for us.

“But that’s no excuse,” continued the coach. “If we want to win and compete against the better teams, we have to adjust offensively, finish our free throws and lay-ups, and most importantly, rely on our defense. Although we worked hard, defensively our toughness and quickness need to improve. We cannot give up almost 70 points and think we’re going to compete.”

The Lady Patriots, who now stand at 14-2 for the season, were set to tackle St. Mary’s of Lynn last night. They travel to Peabody tomorrow (Thursday) and then will take part in the Spartan Basketball Tourney at St. Mary’s over the weekend, opening against Billerica Sunday at 3:45.

After next Wednesday’s make-up at Lynn English, Finn and her crew will host St. Mary’s Friday, February 19.

RHS hockey team defeats Salem, 6-0

The Revere High hockey team kept alive its hopes of qualifying for the post-season MIAA tournament with a 6-0 victory over Salem Saturday evening at Cronin Rink.

The Patriots assumed command of the contest from the outset, scoring three goals in the opening period and then putting the game away with more tallies in the middle stanza. Steve Noel and Mike Goroshko scored two goals apiece and teammates Joe Ristino and Rob Stoica lit the lamp once.

The comfortable 6-0 lead allowed RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello to use all of his players in the third period.

Three nights earlier the Patriots dropped a 3-0 decision at Peabody. The teams battled to a 0-0 deadlock after the first period and the Patriots trailed by a sim 1-0 margin after two frames when Peabody scored on a screen shot on a power play.

Revere had some chances to tie matters in the final period, including a breakaway, but a costly mistake allowed Peabody to score an insurance goal. Revere pulled its goalie in the final minute and the Tanners scored an empty-netter for the 3-0 finale.

Despite the loss, Ciccarello was upbeat about his team’s performance. “This was our best game of the year,” said the coach. “Peabody is a very strong team.”

The Patriots need to win three of their final four contests in order to qualify for the tourney. They play at Everett Wednesday and at Northeast Regional Saturday.

RHS boys seek to finish strong

The Revere High boys basketball team will seek to end its season in strong fashion in the final week of the 2016 campaign when the Patriots host arch-rival Chelsea tonight (Wednesday) at the Merullo Fieldhouse. The contest will be highlighted by Senior Night festivities.

The Patriots dropped their three games this past week, the most recent of which was a 71-61 decision to Lynn Classical Sunday morning in a make-up of Friday’s contest that was postponed because of the weather.

The game with the Rams was a tale of two halves. Classical grabbed an 18-9 lead after one quarter and expanded the advantage to 38-22 at the half.

However, the Patriots played better after the intermission, outscoring the Rams 39-33 over the final 16 minutes.

“We didn’t do anything right in the first quarter,” said RHS head coach Adam Rizzo. “Our defense was poor, our offense was even worse, and we must have had more turnovers than shot attempts in the first six minutes. It was as ugly as it could get.”

Matters did not improve in the second frame, as Classical’s guards slashed their way inside, drawing fouls on Revere’s big men. The Rams went to the free throw line 10 times in the second period alone.

“We had to go to a man-defense to try to run them off the three-point line and instead they ended up getting closer looks at the rim,” noted Rizzo. “Our guards struggled keeping them out of the lane, so our big guys had to rotate to help them and were picking up a lot of fouls. It was a bad mix all around.”

However, the Patriots turned things around in the second half. Revere made a run late in the third period and early into the fourth, eventually cutting what had been a 16-point LC bulge to just seven, buoyed by a Patriot defense that adjusted and stepped up tremendously. Revere also was gang-rebounding on the glass to hold Classical to just one shot on offense.

On the other end, the Revere offense was flowing through Gerald Charles, Marcus Brunson, and Marvin Urdaneta. Charles did his damage off the dribble and at the free throw line. Urdaneta was working the post and finishing over and around taller defenders, while Brunson was pouring it in from beyond the arc.

Unfortunately, the comeback effort proved too little, too late and the game got away at the end when Revere started fouling and Classical converted their free throws.

“It was a good effort from our team in the second half, but we can’t expect to spot our opponents double-digit leads every game and just climb out of it time and time again,” noted Rizzo. “If we had played in the first half like we played the second half, the game would have been much different.”

Charles and Brunson (who hit five three-pointers) topped the Revere scoring column with 16 points apiece. Janard Jones and Urdaneta hit for nine points each. Brendan Hayes chipped in five and Mass Joof added four.

Last week the Patriots came out on the short end of a 65-51 decision to Beverly and a 68-51 loss to Saugus.

In the contest last Tuesday with Beverly, which came into the fray needing just one more win to qualify for a state tourney berth, freshman Brunson had a hot hand for the Patriots in the early going, draining a trio of treys in the first half. However, the Panthers held an eight-point edge at the intermission.

“Our focus at the half was to get our two junior big men – Marvin Urdaneta and Mass Joof – some post touches,” said Rizzo. “They were both super-active on the glass as well as on defense, as they combined for quite a few first half blocks. We needed to not only reward them for their effort, but to get higher percentage shots.”

The strategy seemed to work, as Urdaneta was able to score the first three Revere baskets in the third quarter. However, on the defensive end the Patriots were unable to stop Beverly’s perimeter attack. The three-pointers kept falling for the Panthers, eventually resulting in the 65-51 finale.

The following night the Patriots trekked to Saugus for a rescheduled battle with the Sachems. Once again Revere got off to a slow start, while the Patriots’ opponent displayed a hot hand from beyond the arc.

“Our defense wasn’t bad in the first half, but it didn’t look nearly as good since our offense struggled to put up points,” said Rizzo. “Saugus’ zone gave us some problems early and we settled for far too many long jumpers. Once we made an effort to get the ball inside we were able to capitalize, but by that time it was already too late.”

Revere made a run in the third period and cut the Saugus lead to 10, but a Revere and a Saugus player then got tangled up. A technical foul was called on Revere. This took two points off the board for the Patriots on the ensuing layup, gave Saugus two free throws and then possession, which netted them a three-pointer.

“Bad call or not, we need to keep our composure on the floor,” said Rizzo. “I don’t think our kids realize how big of a play that was. We had the lead down to 10 and would have cut it to eight, but instead it became a 15-point lead. That’s a seven point swing and a difference between a comeback and a blowout.”

Revere continued to scrap its way for buckets, but Saugus’ ability to shoot from the perimeter and run in transition proved too much for the Patriots to overcome.

Rizzo and his crew were set to meet Lynn English this past Monday, but the weather forced a postponement. After tonight’s game with Chelsea, the Patriots host Peabody tomorrow (Thursday).

Boys track team runs past Saugus

The Revere High boys indoor track team handily dispatched Saugus, 71-15, in the final meet of the 2016 season.

The Patriots took first place in all nine of the individual events: Nelson Cevallos won the high jump with a leap of 5’10”; Phuc Tran captured the shotput with a toss of 42’-1”; David Sinatra sped to victory in the hurdles in a time of 7.3 seconds; Dan Murphy sprinted to a win in the 50 dash in 6.0; Edi Mujan won the 300 dash in 40.0; Zach Gentile outran the field in the 600 dash in 1:37.6; Sebastian Meia topped the field in the 1000 in 3:03; Zakaria Attioui won the mile in 5:04.3; and Arthur LaCerda cruised to victory in the two-mile run in 12:29.

Second place finishers for the Patriots were: Mujan with a high jump of 5’10”; Nino Chaleumsky in the hurdles in 8.4; Gabriel Felix-Martinez in the 300 in 42,4; Carl Bendeck in the 1000 in 3:20.3; Cristian Acuna in the mile in 5:47.9; and Jonathan Nushi in the two mile in 14:04.

Adding single points to the Revere side of the scoresheet for their third place finishes were: Ryan St. Hilaire in the hurdles in 9.0; Tran in the dash in 6.2; and Dan Torrez in the two-mile in 14:37.

RHS track girls       fall to Saugus

The Revere High girls indoor track team concluded its season last week against Saugus. Although the Lady Patriots came out on the short end of a 51-35 decision, a number of Revere girls turned in fine performances.

Angelisa Nguyen captured the 50 yard dash in a time of 6.7 seconds. Hannah Fitzpatrick added another notch to her fine indoor season with a victory in the mile in 5:51.1. Monica Posada led a Revere sweep in the two-mile run with a clocking of 14:09.

Second-place finishers for Revere who scored three points for the Lady Patriot cause were: Jessica Cambraia in the 300 dash in 48.9; Helen Perez in the 600 dash in 1:54.3; Stephanie Vu in the 1000 dash in 4:01.1; and Joanna Severino in the two-mile in 14:39.

Third-place point scorers for Revere were: Valentina Montoya in the high jump with a leap of 4’-4”; Rachel Shanbar with a shotput toss of 28’-8”; Estefania Velasquez in the 50 hurdles in 8.6; Angelina Nguyen in the 50 dash in 6.9; Tricia Cheever in the 600 in 1:58.3; My Nguyen in the 1000 in 4:32.4; Jaclynne Dion in the mile in 6:24; and Mariana Hincapie in the two-mile in 16:11.

“Saugus has a small, but very talented team so we had to make a lot of changes in our lineup in order to try and manufacture some points,” said RHS head coach Antonio LaBruna. “The girls on our team ran the times they needed to and we performed well in the field events, but they edged us in a few too many of the events that were up for grabs and that was the difference. It was a tough loss for us.

“Estefania Velasquez, a first year junior, had a huge PR in hurdles,” continued LaBruna. “She missed most of the season with a leg injury, but has improved drastically over the past couple of weeks. She ran the hurdles three times this season, dropping her time from a 10.2 to a 9.2 and finished the season with a 8.6.

“Hannah Fitzpatrick (mile) and Monica Posada (two mile) each ended their season with great races,” added LaBruna. “Hannah’s 5:51 mile time is her best on our home track and Monica Posada ran a huge PR in the two-mile as well.”

LaBruna and a contingent of his Lady Patriots will compete in the Division 2 State Meet today (Wednesday). The girls who qualified for meet include Angelisa Nguyen (55 Dash), Angelina Nguyen (55 Dash), Rachel Shanbar (Shot-put), and the girls 4X800M Relay team of Hannah Fitzpatrick, Helen Perez, Suellen Guerreiro, and Trisha Cheever.

RHS sports Through the Years

10 years ago

February 8, 2006

Revere’s outstanding hurdler, Peniel Muteba, finished in fifth place in the 55 meter hurdles event at the State Coaches Meet Saturday. Her time was 9.18 seconds.

The Revere High girls basketball team delighted a large crowd on hand for the Big Sister-Little Sister Night with a 53-52 win over Saugus. Christina Cavagnaro led Revere with 13 points.

The RHS boys basketball team defeated Marblehead, 70-66, led by the 20-point performance by Eddie Mahoney. Dan Broadford added 19 for the Pats.

The RHS hockey team outshot first-place Danvers, 28-22, but came out on the short end of a 7-2 decision. Revere now is 8-5-1 for the season.

20 years ago

Feb. 7, 1996

The RHS hockey team set up a first place showdown with Arlington with wins of 7-2 over Waltham and 13-3 over Cambridge. The Patriots are leading the GBL in scoring with 8.2 goals per game.

The RHS girls basketball team improved to 9-4 with wins of 51-49 over Everett and 72-57 over Arlington. Lauren Fisher scored 18 points vs. Everett and Kristen Mucci hit for 23 against Arlington. In a tough, 51-49 setback to first-place Peabody, Diana DeCristoforo led Revere with 13 points.

30 years ago

February 5, 1986

Kim Kelley scored 11 points to lead the RHS girls basketball team to a 47-44 win over Medford.

The RHS boys track team has set up showdown for the GBL title with similarly-undefeated Arlington with a 53-33 win over Peabody.

The RHS hockey team’s winless streak has stretched to 38 games after a pair of losses this week. The RHS boys basketball team also is winless this season.

The RHS boys gymnastics team remained undefeated at 6-0 with a 98.75-90.560 win over Methuen and a 102.75-90.8 triumph over Reading. The trio of Phi Che, John Spinelli, and Paul DeBenedictis combined to win every event for Revere in the two meets.

40 years ago

Feb. 11, 1976

The RHS hockey team qualified for the state tourney with wins of 6-3 over Medford and 8-1 over Malden. Dan Imperato scored the hat trick against Medford and Steve DiCarlo scored five goals against Malden.


50 years ago

Feb. 10, 1966

The RHS hockey team has captured the Metropolitan League title with an 8-2 win over Don Bosco. Capt. Charlie Terban, the leaue’s leading scorer, scored two goals in the Bosco win. Peter Nuell, Steve DeAngelis, Louis Mastromarino, Michael Gilman, Michael Crowley, and Paul Magno also scored for Revere.

The Immaculate Concption High basketball team improved to 11-4 with its fourth win in a row, 74-67 over Xaverian. George Sullivan scored 26 points for IC, Mike Carabba hit fr 21, and co-captain Charlie Patch added 11.

60 years ago

Feb. 9, 1956

The Immaculate Conception High basketball team defeated St. Charles of Watertown 49-41. Cowan was the leading scorer for IC with 15 points.

The RHS basketball team dropped a 56-50 decision to Quincy. Ketter was high man for Revere with 17 points, while Hanson and McGovern chipped in 12 points each.

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