RhS sports Roundup
RHS lacrosse teams fall in tourney openers
The Revere High boys and girls lacrosse teams came out on the short end of their contests in the opening round of the Division 1 North sectionals of the MIAA state lacrosse tourney last week. Coincidentally, both teams played North Andover.
On the boys’ side, the 10th-seeded Patriots dropped a 19-2 decision last Wednesday at #7 No. Andover. For the 16th seeded RHS girls, the end of their season came the day before at No. Andover, the top seed in the D-1 North, by a score of 17-1.
“Although it was a tough loss, it was a great experience for RHS girls lacrosse,” said Lady Patriot head coach Karen Atkinson. “Though we finished our season 8-12 overall, we were tri-champions of the South Division of the NEC with Salem and Gloucester, which advanced us to the tournament. This was a first in many respects for our program.
“It was a season full of ups and downs, but the good outweighed the bad,” added Atkinson. “I am sad to see our six seniors go, but am quite excited to see what the future holds for Revere girls lacrosse. I genuinely believe that with experience, we will continue to grow and become more seasoned lacrosse players. The girls understand what it takes to take our game to the next level and are beginning to do those things.”
Four Lady Patriots earned post-season accolades. Freshman Kiana Napolitano was name to the NEC All-Conference team and three teammates were named all-stars, senior captain Amina Mansouri, sophomore Marina Robinson, and freshman Jenna Wells.
RHS tennis teams wrap up seasons
The Revere High girls and boys tennis team completed their 2016 seasons recently.
On the girls’ side, the Lady Patriots’ efforts were highlighted by a 3-2 victory over Everett. Winning their matches for Revere were Alondra Esparza at third singles, 7-5, 7-6, and both doubles teams. At first doubles, Victoria Mom and Maria Hernandez triumphed, 6-4, 6-4. At second doubles, Tammy Munore and Tam Nhu Le defeated their Everett counterparts, 7-5, 6-1.
Farah Selman dropped her contest at first singles,as did Lyba Khan at second singles, the latter by a score of 2-6, 5-7.
In a 4-1 loss to Peabody, top Lady Patriot player Selman was the lone victor in her match at first singles in a gutsy three-set win, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. The second double tandem of Munore and Lariza Haro also fought hard against their Peabody rivals in two close sets, 6-7, 4-6.
“We are losing our senior, Lyba Khan ,who has been an excellent role model for the team,” said RHS head coach Carla Maniscalco, “but we are looking forward to next year. Hopefully, many juniors are coming back, as well as many new freshman and sophomores who showed a great deal of promise.”
On the boys’ side, the Patriots are losing departing seniors David Henao and Ibraham Danguir, but are returning nine of their 10 top players, including singles players Mateo Lopez, David Grujic, and Andreas Shehaj.
“Mateo was named to the Northeastern Conference North Division All-Star team, David was our most consistent player all season, and Andreas was among our most improved,” said RHS head coach Mike Flynn.
On the doubles squads, the duo of Naveed Jabbar, whom Flynn also labeled as among the most improved Patriots, and Josh Preciado will be back, as will Ralph Corbelle, with Henao the lone starter who will be departing.
“We have a lot of young players, such as Josue Martinez, Alejandro Zuleta, Riaz Butt-Garcia, Eric Meza, David Phan, Aaron Rondon, Christian Rios, Andy Peraza, and Sidarong Mon, who are ready to step up,” said Flynn. “All of the boys worked hard this past season and hopefully will play a lot this summer. If they do so, next year should be a good one for us.”