RhS sports Roundup
Boys lacrosse team wins NEC South title
The Revere High boys lacrosse defeated Winthrop, 17-10, to win the championship of the Northeastern Conference South Division this past Thursday.
“We had a great comeback in the second half,” said RHS head coach Austin Powers, whose crew now stands at 15-2 for the season.
Over the last week, Eric Bua and Eddie Sullivan both scored their 100th point for the season, and Eddie scored his career point of 302 which is the most in the RHS boys lax program’s history.
Powers and his crew were set to wrap their regular season this week, taking on Northeast Regional Vocational School this past Monday and traveling to Mystic Valley Charter School tomorrow (Thursday).
The Patriots then will await word of their seeding and opening round opponent in the MIAA Division 1 State Lacrosse Tournament.
Eight Patriots named NEC all-stars; Mazza Defensive Player of the Year
Eight members of the Northeastern Conference South Division champion Revere High boys lacrosse team have been named to the all-star team.
First team selections are: Eddie Sullivan, Julian Giraldo, Cam Mazza, and Eric Bua.
Second team all stars are: Matt Stasio, Jimmy Kioussis, Rickie Briana, and Nick Sujko.
In addition, Mazza was named both the Goalie of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year.
Sam Myrtil is NEC champion in the javelin
Revere High senior Samantha Myrtil unleashed an awesome throw of 115’-6” — which was more than 10 feet (that’s feet, not inches) further than her closest competitor — to win the Northeastern Conference championship in the javelin at the NEC Meet held this past Saturday at Peabody High School.
Samantha’s throw far exceeded her previous personal record (PR) of 108’-4” that she had achieved just last week. In the process, she also established a new RHS school record, shattering the previous mark of 108’-9” that had been set by Kim Hyland and that had stood for more than 25 years.
“Sam’s first throw was her best one,” said RHS head coach Antonio LaBruna. “It came out of her hand straight and she got good height on it. She was laser- focused on winning the event and left little doubt after her first throw.”
Although Myrtil’s NEC title was the highlight of the meet for the Lady Patriots, a number of other Revere girls brought home some hardware at the meet at which all 16 schools in the Northeastern Conference participated.
Rachel Shanbar won two medals, capturing fifth place in the discus with a spin of 88’-6” and sixth place in the shot-put with a toss of 31’-9”.
Sophomore Claritza Vazquez also medaled in two events with a fifth in the long jump with a leap of 16’-2.75” (Claritza was just 3.5 inches off the second-place finisher) and a sixth in the 200 dash in a clocking of 27.92.
Claritza’s long jump of 16’-2.75” broke the RHS school record of 16’-1.5”. That jump also qualified Claritza for the D-1 State Meet this Saturday.
The Revere 4 x 400 relay quartet also brought home a ribbon, taking fifth place in a time of 4:29.55. The foursome of Vasquez, Helen Perez, Monica Posada, and Hannah Fitzpatrick ran a 4:29.4, which also shattered the RHS school record time of 4:38.7 set in 2015. Perez and Fitzpatrick were part of that 2015 relay team.
Other Lady Patriot competitors who did well and who just missed the medalist platform (points are awarded to the top six competitors in each event) with top-10 performances in their individual events were: Fitzpatrick in the 800 with a time of 2:32.77 (two seconds off the sixth-place finisher); Perez with an eighth place in the 400 hurdles in 1:13.37; and Posada with a 10th place in the mile in 5:58.06.
“The meet couldn’t have gone much better,” said RHS coach Antonio LaBruna. “There were lots of PRs, three school records, and some individual-season goals.”
This Saturday a trio of Lady Patriots will be we competing in the D-1 State Meet in Lowell. Myrtil in the javelin, Shanbar in both the shot-put and discus, and Vasquez in the long jump.
“We still need to work on Sam’s approach, but if she throws 115’ or higher, she should finish in the top three and advance to the All-State Meet,” added LaBruna.
RHS girls lacrosse wins two more games
The Revere High girls lacrosse team improved its record to 10-7 with a pair of victories this past week.
Coach Karen Atkinson’s Lady Patriots took the measure of non-league rival Wilmington in a non-league contest last Monday in a defensive duel, 6-3.
Kiana Napolitano paced the Revere offense with three goals and an assist. Emily DiGiulio, Jannel Mercado, and Jenna Wells reached the back of the Wilmington net for one goal apiece.
Wells was credited with five draw controls as was Taylor Sujko, who also contributed an assist.
Three days later the Lady Patriots won another defensive battle, this time defeating Northeastern Conference South Division foe Salem, 6-4.
Napolitano once again was was the top goal-scorer for Revere with four goals. Lily Delloiacono and Sujko scored one goal each.
DiGiulio was credited with two assists and teammates Marina Robinson and Mercado earned one assist each.
RHS goalie Shateya Travis had a big game in goal, recording 10 saves on the
Atkinson and her crew will wrap up their regular season this week, playing at Winthrop today (Wednesday) and at Swampscott tomorrow.
Close encounter for RHS baseball
The Revere High baseball team came oh-so-close to posting its first win of the season — but close only counts in horseshoes, as the saying goes — and the Patriots came up on the short end of a 4-3 decision to Beverly Friday.
The Revere defense turned in a solid effort behind starting pitcher Frank Sims. Sims fanned only one Panther batter, but the Patriots committed no errors and made the big plays as needed when Beverly had runners on base (the Panthers stranded 11 men in the contest).
Sims yielded only seven hits in his five innings of work against a Panther team that is 12-3 overall and boasts the third-best record in the 16-team Northeastern Conference. However, Frank issued five bases on balls and hit a batter, of whom two scored and another played a role in a rally when Beverly took a 1-0 in the fourth.
The Panthers added another marker in the fifth to make it a 2-0 contest, but the Patriots rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth.
Revere clean-up man Matt Cravotta (2-for-4 on the day) led off with a base hit, which was followed by another single by James O’Donnell. Kevin DePaula then laid down a sacrifice bunt on which all runners were safe, filling the sacks with Pats.
John Murphy followed with another hit, bringing across Cravotta and leaving the bases loaded. However, Beverly cut down O’Donnell at the plate on a bouncer back to the pitcher by Revere’s next hitter, Zack Furlong.
With the bases still loaded, Cal Capozzi drew a walk — his third base-on-balls of the game — forcing in DePaula. With RHS lead-off man John DeSimone (2-for-4 on the day) at the plate, a wild pitch sent Anthony Cecca, who had come in as a courtesy runner for Murphy, scooting homeward with the go-ahead tally.
However, the Pats were unable to do any more damage. Furlong was tagged out at the plate on a grounder by DeSimone and David Guillamo flied out to right to end the RHS rally.
Sims started the sixth by hitting a batter and allowing a base hit, by which point he had thrown 94 pitches. RHS coach Ron Jordan made a pitching change, bringing in Joey Gendreau. A sacrifice bunt back to Gendreau left him only with a play at first, advancing both runners. Two base hits then produced the tying and go-ahead tallies and Jordan brought O’Donnell onto the mound to end the inning.
Jordan and his Patriots were set to wrap their season this week. They hosted non-league foe Woburn this past Monday and trek to Danvers today (Wednesday). They will play in the Wilmington Tournament on Saturday and Sunday of the holiday weekend.