RhS sports Roundup
RHS football team smashes Saugus
The Revere High football team burst into the win column in a big way with a 30-13 victory over Saugus Friday evening at Harry Della Russo Stadium.
“The team played well in every phase of the game,” said a delighted RHS head coach Lou Cicatelli. “The boys have worked hard all season. We could have had a better outcome in two of our previous games if we hadn’t had some bad breaks.
“But Friday’s win was a decisive one. We had a great week of practice and it shows the team what they are capable of doing every week,” added the coach, who noted that his Patriots were turnover-free for the entire contest.
Senior captain Victor Rivera enjoyed a monster day from his tailback position, rushing for 230 yards and scoring two touchdowns, including an electrifying 85 yard ramble that gave Revere an early lead. Victor also ripped off a 75 yard jaunt and scored his second TD of the game on a 26 yard burst in the third period. Fellow senior captain Anthony DeStefano scored a touchdown from the fullback slot from three yards out and the final Patriot score came on a perfect, 80-yard connection between quarterback Eddie Sullivan and senior captain John DeSimone on a fade route.
In addition, Revere place kicker Badr Haou kicked a huge field goal as time expired in the first half to give the Pats a 10-0 lead at the intermission. Badr also successfully converted on 3-of-4 PAT attempts.
Although Cicatelli praised his entire defensive unit, which allowed Saugus to score meaninglessly in the fourth quarter, he singled out linebackers Jimmy Kiousis and DeSimone for their superlative play in helping to stifle the Saugus offense.
“Saugus uses a triple-option offense, so your defense has to play assignment-football — watch your guy — and everyone did their job,” said Cicatelli.
The victory propels the Patriots into the thick of the race for first place in the Northeastern Conference’s South Division. Cicatelli and his crew will face a stern test Saturday at Swampscott. Kick-off time at Blocksidge Field is set for 2:00, which is a bit later than usual because it is a college testing day.
RHS golf team defeats English
The Revere High golf team earned its second win of the season with a 45.5-26.5 triumph over Lynn English last Monday on the Patriots’ home course at Cedar Glen.
Leading the way for head coach Brandon Pezzuto’s squad was junior Austin Villalobos, playing at No. 5, who defeated his English counterpart in convincing fashion, 7.5-1.5. Freshman Dante Raffa, playing at No. 8, also was a big winner, topping his English for, 7-2. Four Patriots, junior James O’Donnell at No. 3, senior Vincenzo Degregorio at No.4, junior Robert Stoica at No. 6, and sophomore Matt Cravotta at No. 7, all won their matches with 6.5 points.
Senior captain Cam O’Neil, who is Revere’s top player at No. 1, and fellow senior captain Chris Anderson, who plays in the No. 2 slot, contributed 2.0 and 2.5 points respectively to their team’s winning effort.
On Tuesday the team traveled to Salem Green to take on the Witches on their home links. Villalobos, playing at No. 4, was the top Patriot point-getter with five points. Anderson at No. 2 halved match to pencil 4.5 points onto the Revere side of the scorecard.
O’Donnell scored 3.5 points at No 3; O’Neill added 2.5 points at No. 1; ; DeGregorio tallied 2.5 points at No. 5; Raffa tallied 2.0 points at No. 7; and Cravotta scored 1.5 points at No. 6, as did senior Nick Smith at No. 8.
Two days later at Peabody, Villalabos at No. 4 was the top scorer for Revere with four points.
“The team is working hard and the younger players have been developing and learning,” said Pezzuto, a former RHS golfer himself who is in his third year at the helm of the Patriot golf program.
The Patriots were set to face Lynn Classical yesterday (Tuesday) and will trek to Beverly tomorrow (Thursday). They will host a tri-match with Malden and Saugus Monday and will play at Marblehead Tuesday in their final regular season contest.
Fitzpatrick third in race with Peabody
Although the Revere High girl cross country team dropped an 18-43 decision to Peabody last Wednesday, many Lady Patriots turned in strong performances.
“Even with the loss, there were some positive takeaways,” said RHS head coach Katie Sinnott “The girls were able to race even in the face of a rushed warm-up and a few poorly tied shoes. The newer runners are continuing to show perserverance, many of whom got lost, but pushed on and continued the race.”
The Lady Patriots were led by their top runner, Hannah Fitzpoatrick, who cracked the top-5, with a strong third-place performance in a time of 19:44, which bettered her time on the same course two years ago. Teammates Monica Posada and Lani Stevens also ran faster races than they did in 2014.
In addition, other Lady Patriots came across the line with times that were 10-15 minutes faster than expected. Both Hawa Barry and Gabrielle O’Brien suffered injuries and pushed themselves across the finish line in pain.
Sinnott and her crew were set to face Lynn Classical on the Lady Pats’ Belle Isle home course yesterday (Tuesday) and will host Salem at the Belle Isle route this coming Tuesday.
Hannah Fitzpatrick – 19:44, 3rd
Monica Posada – 20:43, 7th
Leila Cesic – 21:05, 10th
Erika Cheever – 22:53, 16th
Olivia Novoselsky – 25:35, 23rd
Lani Stevens – 25:45, 24th
Nawal Khan – 32:02, 27th
Manal Dembri – 32:37, 28th
Gabrielle O’Brien – 33:47, 29th
Somaya Laroussi – 44:40, 30th
Salome Gezehagn – 45:50, 31st
Hawa Barry – 46:15, 32nd
RhS sports Through the Years
10 years ago
October 11, 2006
The Revere High football team came out on the short end of a 40-0 drubbing to Swampscott Saturday. The Patriots trailed 33-0 at the half and never were in it. The Patriots, who are winless, will meet Lynn Classical Friday night on the turf at the new Manning Field.
It was a tough week for RHS sports, with the girls soccer team losing three games by shutout scores; the field hockey team dropping two contests in shutout fashion; and the boys soccer team scoring only one goal in its two losses.
20 years ago
October 9, 1996
The RHS football team posted its first win of the season in a big way after successive shutouts with a 36-7 rout of Somerville. Senior tailback Marc Silvestri rushed for 258 yards on just 18 carries and scored four touchdowns, and additionally scoring a two-point conversion. Silvestri also had an 87 yard punt return for a TD called back for a penalty.
The RHS golf team improved to 5-1 with a 37-35 win over Peabody on the Pats’ home course at Cedar Glen Thursday. One more victory will clinch a state tourney spot for coach Ron Ferullo’s squad for the third year in a row. Mike Cristoforo, the top Patriot player, is sporting a 3-1-1 record against his No. 1 counterparts. The other top members of the team are Kevin Gilchrist at No. 2, Bryan Misci at No. 3, and Pater Gatji at No. 4.
The RHS cross country team improved to 4-0 with wins over Medford and Waltham in a tri-meet. Samnang Ros was the top Revere runner in 16:40, defeating by three seconds the Medford runner who is the defending GBL champ. RHS captain Fred O’Connor was sixth in 18:04, followed by Guy Kozowyk in 18:25, Rong Samrit in 18:36, and Shane Weiner in 18:55 on the Medford course.
A goal by Walter Rincon with less than 30 seconds to play gave the RHS boys soccer team a 2-1 win over Everett. The Patriots now are 2-6-1 on the season.
30 years ago
October 15, 1986
The RHS football team remained winless at 0-4 with a 28-6 defeat to Somerville Saturday afternoon at Harry Della Russo Stadium. Tony Rizzo scored the lone Patriot TD on a one-yard plunge.
Coach Frank Galivan earned his 100th career coaching victory with the Revere High boys cross country team, dating back to 1969, with a 22-33 triumph. Paul Fusco, who is undefeated this year, won the race in a time of 16:53. Sophomore Brett Peroni was second in 17:23 and senior co-captain John Marino was third in 17:36. Robert Caragnini was fourth in 18:47 and Kevin Colannino was fifth in 19:39. Both the boys and girls teams competed in the Manhattan Invitational over the weekend.
The RHS field hockey team won its second game of the season, 1-0 over Brookline. Sophomore Jennifer Wells scored her second game-winning goal of the season, assisted by Roberta Taglieri.
The RHS boys soccer team ended its seven game losing streak with wins of 4-2 over Peabody and 3-0 over Somerville. Joe Santinello and Matt Ianello both scored two goals in the Peabody win and a goal apiece in the Somerville contest. Mike Harty also scored against Somerville.
40 years ago
October 6, 1976
Revere halfback Bobby DeNofrio ran 45 yards around right end on the first series of Saturday’s game with Quincy to set the pace for a 39-18 drubbing by the Patriots on a muddy field for the Patriots’ first win of the season. Patriots stars included John Festa, who ran for 121 yards and a TD; quarterback Mike Lentz, who scampered 91 yards for a TD and tossed a 16-yard pass to Michael Lake for another; and Steve Castaldo, who scooted 60 yards on a punt return and 90 yards on a kickoff return for a pair of touchdowns. This was the most points by an RHS grid team since the 1972 season when the Patriots scored 42 against Medford.
Teachers Two defeated Reardon’s Lounge in the finals of the Revere Girls Softball League to capture the 1976 crown. Members of the winning team are: Patrice Ranno, Joann D’Orsi, Marie Cacciola, Mary Misci, Roseanne Cerbone, Lisa Kriensky, Pam Ventola, Cheryl Hill, Adrienne Sacco, Sue Alvino, Kathy Brunelle, Debbie Lochiatto, Joyce Hittinger, Nancy Solomon, and manager Bob DiPasquale.
50 years ago
October 13, 1966
The RHS football team claimed its second straight win with a 22-0 victory over Chelsea. Tony DiLisio scored touchdowns on runs of one and 18 yards and Charles Imbrescia scored on a four-yard rush. RHS quarterback Ron Ferullo, playing both ways, intercepted three Chelsea passes.
60 years ago
October 11, 1956
The Revere High football team dropped its first game of the season to fall to 2-1 with a 26-7 loss to Chelsea Sunday. Revere fumbled the ball six times and was assessed 150 yards in penalties. Blue & White quarterback Joe Merullo connected with Jerry Jordan for a 12 yard TD pass for Revere’s lone score of the day.
Coach Ronnie Corbett’s Immaculate Conception High football team rolled to its second league victory with a 31-0 romp over Don Bosco Sunday afternoon. IC fullback Kevin Hegarty rushed for one TD and grabbed a pass for another.
70 years ago
October 10, 1946
The Revere High football team suffered its first loss of the season, 13-0, to Peabody in a game played at the Manning Bowl in Lynn on Sunday.
The Immaculate Conception High football team remained undefeated with a 32-0 win over St. Patrick’s of Stoneham before 1500 fans Sunday afternoon. Ronnie Bennett scored three touchdowns for IC.