Sports 04-20-2016

RhS sports Roundup

RHS softball team wins three, now 4-0

Although our mid-spring weather has been chilly, the Revere High softball team is off to a sizzling start. The Lady Patriots went 3-for-3 this past week, including victories over a pair of traditional Northeastern Conference powerhouses, Danvers and Lynn Classical, to raise their record to a perfect 4-0 to start the season.

“I think we’ve surprised a lot of people thus far,” said RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello. “We’ve been receiving some great pitching, getting offensive production throughout our lineup, and our defense has been superb. All in all, the girls have been playing solid softball.”

The big story in Revere’s early-season access has been the 1-2 punch of the the pitching duo of freshman Olivia McManus and sophomore Gia Santinello.

McManus turned in a pair of route-going efforts in the wins over Danvers (7-2) last Wednesday and Lynn Classical (5-0) Monday morning.

In the Danvers contest, Olivia spun a four-hitter, while walking only one, fanning five, and allowing just one earned run. She then tossed an eight-hit shutout against Classical, which came into the early-season showdown with Revere sporting a 3-0 record.

“Olivia is a strong pitcher who has shown great poise for a freshman,” said Ciccarello. “Classical had a lot of runners on base against her, but she stood up to the pressure and our defense played superbly behind her.”

Santinello also pitched a complete game in the 6-1 victory Saturday over non-league foe Everett, yielding just four hits against a strong-hitting opponent.

Sophomore first baseman Alina Giuliano has been a force at the plate for the Lady Patriots. Alina swatted a two-run homer in the Danvers contest; went 3-for-4 with two RBI against Danvers; and went 2-for-3 against Classical.

Senior captains Ally Hinojosa (2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI vs. Classical) and Julianna Cecere (3-for-4 with two RBI vs. Everett) also have swung some heavy metal for Revere.

However, Ciccarello is quick to point out that his entire lineup has been a factor in the team’s early success. The Lady Patriots smacked 10 hits in the Classical win and the winning rally, a three-run fifth, was jump-started by lead-off base hits from Vanessa Puopolo and Cheyenne Fullen, the eighth and ninth hitters in the RHS order.

Defensively, the Revere squad has been outstanding across the diamond, with Ciccarello citing in particular the outstanding play of senior Gabby Cammarata at second base.

The Lady Patriots — who presently do not have a home field — will seek to keep it going today (Wednesday) at Lynn English, followed by contests Friday at Peabody and Monday at Gloucester.

Girls relay teams win in Peabody meet

Both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams came through with winning performances for the Revere High girls track team in the Lady Patriots’ meet against Peabody last week.

The 4 X 100 quartet of Claritza Vasquez, Angelina Nguyen, Catherine Elam, and Janine So sped to victory in a time of 55.5, which qualified Revere for the Division 1 State Meet, an impressive feat so early in the season.

“This was the first time this combination of girls has run a relay together, but their timing was close to perfect and their hand-offs were clean,” said RHS head coach Antonio LaBruna. “This was definitely the highlight of the meet for our team.”

As for the 4 X 400 foursome of Trisha Cheever, Suellen Guerreiro, Amanda Edmunds, and Stephanie Vu, they completed their four laps in a clocking of 5:12.9 en route to defeating their Peabody counterparts.

In the individual events, two Lady Patriots captured first place. Claritza Vasquez dashed to victory in the 200M in 29.6 and Catherine Elam took first in the triple jump, outdistancing the field with a final landing of 30’-3.5”.

Second-place efforts were turned in by Janine So in the 100 dash in 14.6; Valentina Montoya with a high jump of 4’-6” (a personal record for Valentina after finishing the indoor season stuck at a height of 4’-4”); and Rachel Shanbar with a discus toss of 83’-4”.

Adding one point to the Revere cause with third place finishes were: Shanbar with a shot-put throw of 28’-9”; So in the javelin with a toss of 77’-9”; Angelina Nguyen with a triple jump of 29’-1”; Monica Posada in the 800M in 3:01; Estefania Velasquez in the high hurdles in 18.8; and Suellen Guerreiro in the mile with a clocking of 6:04.

“We were much better in the field events than we were against Beverly in our first meet of the season last week,” said LaBruna. “We scored in five of the six events against Peabody.

“Janine So had a great meet, scoring in three different events,” added the coach. “She has the versatility and willingness to compete in every field event and any running event up to the 400 meters. She can jump, throw, and is getting faster in the sprints. She’s a tremendous asset to our team.”

The contest marked the first home meet for the RHS track teams at the new Harry Della Russo Stadium.

LaBruna and his crew are set to meet Saugus today (Wednesday) in what should be a hard-fought battle. “Saugus is a small team, but they are loaded with talent,” said LaBruna. “I expect it to be a very close meet.”

Girls tennis team seeking first victory

Although the Revere High girls tennis team still is in search of its first victory, coach Carla Maniscalco’s squad showed improvement in its third match of the season against former Greater Boston League rival Medford this past week.

Junior Hanadi Kobilic earned the team’s first individual match victory with a straight set triumph, 6-4, 6-4, over her Medford counterpart at first singles. “Hanadi played very well,” noted Maniscalco.

In the other singles matches, freshman Farah Selman fell at second singles, 1-6, 1-6, and senior captain Lyba Khan battled her opponent fiercely at third singles before falling, 2-6, 4-6. “Lyba played a strong second set,” said Maniscalco.

In the doubles contests, the first doubles duo of juniors Yolani Alvarez and Victoria Mom came out on the short end of an 0-6, 3-6 decision.

Maniscalco and her crew were set to play at Peabody this past Monday, at Gloucester today (Wednesday), and at Lynn Classical tomorrow. They will host Salem Monday and trek to Marblehead next Wednesday.

RHS baseball team seeks winning formula

After a tough start to the season, the Revere High baseball team will be seeking its first victory with a busy schedule in the coming week in which the Patriots will be playing seven games in 10 days.

“We’ve been hitting the ball well, but our defense and pitching have not been up to par,” said RHS head coach Shawn Brinkley.

In this past Monday’s game with Lynn Classical, the Patriots’ bats struck for eight hits, including RBI base hits by Matt Cravotta, Oscar Zevala, and Hector Zevala. Nick Castellarin doubled and teammates Dan Murphy, John DeSimone and James Furlong all contributed hit safely.

In a loss to Danvers last week, senior captain Murphy, the Pats’ lead-off man, went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Fellow captains Maxx Anderson and DeSimone had two hits apiece, with Cravotta and Hector Zevala contributing base hits.

Brinkley and his crew are set to host Lynn English today (Wednesday) and then will participate in the Christy Serino Tournament in East Boston Friday and Saturday. The Pats will face the host East Boston team Friday at 10:00 and then will meet either Saugus or Madison Park Saturday.

Revere will entertain Gloucester Monday, trek to Everett Tuesday evening, travel to Saugus Wednesday, and then journey to Salem next Friday.

RHS sports Through the Years

10 years ago

April 19, 2006

Christina Polsonetti went 4-for-6 with a home run, triple, and three RBI to lead the RHS softball team to a 15-5 rout of Somerville. Polsonetti, a senior, also turned in a strong pitching performance, allowing three hits in the opening inning and then pitching no-hit ball the rest of the way. Amanda Morash, Marissa Cavallo, and Lauren Forgione all had two hits.

Despite a big offensive effort, the RHS baseball team dropped a 13-10 decision to Malden. Marc Addesa delivered a bases-loaded double and Dan Broadford, Brian Hartman, Rick Cincotti, and Owen Lyons had two hits apiece.

20 years ago

April 17, 1996

The Revere School Committee has approved a proposal to rename the baseball field behind Revere High School as the Tony Conigliaro Diamond at Veteran’s Field. The late Red Sox star was a native of Revere whose family moved to Swampscott when he was a youth. He played baseball as a youngster at nearby Ambrose Field.

30 years ago

April 16, 1986

Paul Massa tossed a five hitter and Mike Bright delivered a double and a single, but the RHS baseball team dropped its season-opener to Cambridge, 3-0, in a non-league contest.

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