When Suffolk plays Framingham State, Revere wins
By Joe Prezioso
This past Saturday, three former Revere High School (RHS) basketball players faced each other for their respective college teams during a game between Suffolk University and Framingham State at Suffolk’s home court in Boston.
“It was a tough game,” stated Caitlyn Caramello about her match up between her school Suffolk and Framingham State this past Saturday, Dec. 3.
The varsity women’s basketball game placed Revere High School Alumnae Caitlyn Caramello (24, Suffolk), Gina Restiano (1,Suffolk) and Tiphani Harris (21, Framingham State) back on the court together. The rival match had an audience of Revere parents and the RHS girls’ varsity basketball team as well.
“It’s something to be really proud of,” said RHS Girls Basketball Coach Lianne O’Hara. “They work hard and play with heart, that’s all you can ask for. It makes my heart feel warm.”
O’Hara’s current team watched the game with their eyes locked on the Revere alumnae. Every time someone scored the audience applauded or booed.
Tiphani Harris and her Framingham State team defeated Caramello and Restiano, 61-50.
“I thought we played hard,” said Caramello. “We had a lot of turnovers and I think that killed us in the end, but overall we stuck together and played hard. They are a tough team.”
Suffolk fought hard, but fell behind in the first half. It was only in the second half where they were able to hold their own.
“We played really well,” said Tiphani Harris. “We didn’t really play our game but we got the W (win) and we worked hard. We had it.”
Caramello and Harris started for their teams, but Restiano came into the mix after halftime.
“I came off the bench trying to bring some energy to the team,” said Gina Restiano.
Restiano brought the game back to Suffolk, giving them some new blood and a chance.
“My job is to bring energy off the bench, come off looking to score and set people up. If they need a spark of energy off the bench or some defense they usually throw me in there and hope to God it turns the game around or the flow of things,” said Restiano.
Although all three played together Saturday, they shared some time on the court in Revere, in middle school and high school.
“I was a junior when she (Tiphani Harris) was a freshman,” said Caramello.
“I played with Tiphani for two years,” said Restiano. “It’s great to see another Revere girl make it at the college level.”
Unlike in middle school or high school, the players stated that college play is much faster and tougher.
With Restiano and Caramello getting ready to graduate from college, Harris will be alone for a few seasons until she can play in non-college adult leagues.
“I have torn three ACLs (in my knee) and never plan to give it up,” said Restiano, who plans to continue to play after college wherever she can.
“Caitlyn and Gina have been terrific,” said Suffolk Coach Ed Leyden, a Revere math teacher. “They work hard, play hard. It’s great to be associated with people like that.
“We held the team to 61, we guarded like them well,” he continued. “We fought them.”
Even though Suffolk was defeated, Revere wins according to Tiphani Harris, “It’s just like old times playing together, but now we are rivals. Revere wins.”
RhS sports Roundup
New coach, new season,and high hopes for Revere High boys basketball team
The Revere High boys basketball team will be sporting a new look this season with the addition of a new head coach, David Leary.
“The team has worked extremely hard in the off-season to improve and it is nice for a first-year coaching staff to have so many players who have varsity experience,” said Leary, whose squad has completed its first full week of practice.
The 2016-17 Patriot varsity squad will consist of seniors Gerald Jean-Charles, John DiGregorio, Brendan Hayes, Marvin Urdaneta, Mass Joof, Vincenzo DeGregorio, Curtis High, and Giovanni Mercado; juniors George Quintana, Devon Avery, and Abdullahi Jama; and sophomores Marcus Brunson-Perez, Donato Calarossi, Scott Montefusco, and Sebastian Vanegas.
The Patriots have been impressive in their pre-season scrimmages to date. This past Friday they scrimmaged for six quarters against East Boston and outscored their Jet opponents, 69-39. Leary and his crew trekked to Burlington Sunday for a jamboree where they topped Arlington Catholic, 35-20, and Burlington, 26-23, in contests consisting of two quarters apiece.
Revere’s final pre-season tune-up was set for last night (Tuesday) at Lynn Tech.
Among the key players for the Patriots this season will be guards Gerald Jean-Charles, Curtis High, and Marcus Brunson-Perez and forwards Brendan Hayes, Marvin Urdaneta, and Mass Joof, all of whom figure to be strong performers on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.
Leary said he will be counting upon reserve guards John DiGregorio, Donato Calarossi, George Quintana, Vincenzo DeGregorio, and Scott Montefusco “to provide energy and three-point shooting capability off the bench.”
The coach also said he will be looking for forwards Devon Avery, Abdullahi Jama, and Giovanni Mercado “to give us toughness and rebounding throughout the season,” while Sebastian Vanegas “will supply great defensive pressure on the other team’s primary ball handlers.
“Our team goals are to improve every day and to work as hard as we can to qualify for the state tournament,” said Leary.
The Patriots will open their season next Friday (December 16) at Beverly.
RHS hockey team readying for season opener next Wednesday
The Revere High hockey team will open its 2016-17 season next Wednesday evening (December 14) when the Patriots host East Boston at Cronin Rink. The opening face-off is set for 6:30.
“Things are going well,” said veteran coach Joe Ciccarello. “We only have 21 boys in the program, but they are earnest and eager to work hard and improve.”
Among the key returnees from last year’s 9-9-2 squad that qualified for the state tournament are senior captain Chris Anderson, who will be counted upon to anchor an otherwise young defensive corps, and seniors Anthony Cecca and Jim Pandolfo and juniors Michael Giordano and Mike Goroshko, who figure to be the team’s top offensive threats on the front lines.
The goaltending chores will be handled by junior Ken Uminski and sophomore Trevor Ristaino.
Ciccarello and his crew competed in a jamboree Sunday at Salem State College and skated to a 4-2 victory over Beverly. The win marked the first time that Revere has defeated its opponent in the jamboree. Giordano scored three of the Patriot goals and Robert Stoica lit the lamp for another marker.
Revere will be competing in the South Division of the Northeastern Conference with Lynn, Swampscott, and Gloucester. Salem, which had been a member of the division, does not have a hockey team this season.
“We have a lot of young players whom we’ll be counting upon to step into varsity roles,” said Ciccarello, who graduated a number of seniors, including four who were four-year starters, from last year’s squad.
The Patriots were set to host Matignon this evening (Wednesday) at 4:30 at Cronin in their final pre-season encounter.
RhS sports Through the Years
20 years ago
December 4, 1996
The Revere High football team dropped a 22-0 decision to Winthrop on Thanksgiving Day at Harry Della Russo Stadium. The contest was marred by a brawl in the stands in the closing seconds of the game. The Patriots ended the season with a 4-6 mark and Winthrop at 9-2. Revere star running back Marc Silvestri rushed for 72 yards on 14 carries, adding to his school records for most yards in a season with 1414; career rushing yards with 2641; total offensive yards in a season with 1467; and most career carries with 449.
The Revere PowderPuff football team dropped a 34-0 decision to No. Reading in the second annual PowderPuff encounter between the schools. Revere triumphed 8-6 last year. Katie Maloney tossed a 30-yard TD pass to Amy Gennaco for the Revere score.
40 years ago
December 1, 1976
The RHS football team was unable to mount any offense in a 12-0 loss to Winthrop on a chilly Thanksgiving Day morning at Harry Della Russo Stadium before 8000 fans. Revere moved the ball to the Winthrop five yard line behind the running of John Festa early in the contest, but a delay of game penalty, followed by a personal foul penalty, pushed the Patriots back to the Winthrop 25 and killed the threat. The teams battled to a scoreless first half, but Winthrop scored TDs in the third and fourth periods. Another Revere drive inside the Winthrop 20 in the third period was stymied by a holding call. The loss marked the first in a holiday game at home for the Patriots since they dropped a 14-0 decision to St. Mary’s of Lynn, who Revere played on Turkey Day prior to resuming the annual holiday contest with Winthrop. Winthrop finished the year at 8-2, while coach Silvio Cella’s Revere squad ended at 6-4.
60 years ago
December 6, 1956
RHS head football coach Art Statuto reportedly is reconsidering his previously-announced resignation which he had turned into the School Committee after he had pulled his team from the Manning Bowl Field in the third quarter after objecting to what Statuto felt were one-sided calls by the referees in the game.
with Lynn English.
70 years ago
December 5, 1946
Led by the hard-running of Revere star Rocco Cerrone, the RHS football team completed a fine 7-2-1 season with a 26-6 drubbing of winless Winthrop on the holiday before 10,000 fans at Paul Revere Stadium. Cerrone scored two touchdowns, including one on a 51-yard rumble, and also tossed a TD pass to Lagorio. Cerrone also returned a kick-off 80 yards to set up another Revere score.
This marks the last game in the schools’ traditional rivalry after Winthrop’s decision to end athletic relations between the schools because of the brawl that ensued after last year’s game when a favored Revere squad was upset by Winthrop and a Winthrop player suffered a head injury after being kicked by a Revere player. A near-riot then ensued after the contest involving fans from both sides.