RHS girls tennis opens with win over Salem
The Revere High girls tennis team opened its season with a 4-1 victory over Salem.
Senior Farah Selman, playing at first singles, led the way for the Lady Patriots with a 6-1, 6-0 over her Salem counterpart. Senior Trang Nguyen handily won her match as second singles, 6-0, 6-1, as did senior Luisa Gil at third singles, also by a score of 6-0, 6-1.
The first doubles duo of junior Ayat Zakaria and sophomore Lina Nguyen prevailed in a hard-fought match, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
The second doubles tandem of Nada Abou Hadiba and Malak Oufessa, came up short in a three-set battle, 3-6, 6-2, 3-6.
In a subsequent match with Everett, rain forced the contest to be halted and will be resumed at a later date.
Coach Carla Maniscalco and her squad are scheduled to take on Malden today (Wednesday) and Beverly on Friday. Next week they will face Marblehead on Monday and Everett next Wednesday.
RHS boys track races past Classical
The Revere High boys outdoor track and field team improved to 4-0 with a 111-25 victory over Lynn Classical last week.
Leading the way for the Patriots, as he has throughout the season, was Antony Arias, who won three events and finished second in a fourth to score a team-high 18 points. Antony took first place in the long jump with a leap of 18’-10”, the triple jump (40’), and the 400 hurdles (1:02). He came across the line in second spot in the 400 dash in 56.6.
Fraynel Del Rosario scored 10 points in four events: A first in the 110 high hurdles (16.9), second in the 100 dash (12.2), and thirds in the high jump (5’-4”) and long jump (17’).
Fabio Tran won a tough double-victory, capturing the 800 in 2:15.2 (which led a Revere sweep in that event) and the two mile run in 10:59.3.
Other first-place performers for the Patriots were: Lucas Barbosa in the high jump (5’-4”), Alaa Atoui in the shot put (102’-8”), Cristian Acuna in the javelin (116’), Matthew DeRocha in the 200 dash (24.4), Augusto Goncalves in the 400 dash (55.0), and Jonathan Nushi in the mile (5:01).
A number of Patriots added three points to the Revere cause with second place efforts: Camron Ventura in the triple jump (39’-3”) and 110 hurdles (19.8), Jaryd Benson in the shot put (36’-9.5”), Idriss Taoujni in the high jump (5’-2”), Ricardo Goncalves in the 400 hurdles (1:05.5), Brandon Nguyen in the javelin (90’-2”), Sam Gonzalez in the 800 in 2:16.6, and Christian Madrid in the two-mile run in 11:17.6.
Contributing single points with third place efforts were: Atoui in the shot put (36’-1.5”), Taoujni in the 400 hurdles (1:08.4), Benson in the discus (100’-5”), Barbosa in the javelin (79’-4”), William Ginepra in the 200 dash (25.2), Sebastian Bolivar in the 100 dash (12.3), Brian Perez in the 800 (2:18), Will Martinez in the mile (5:13.7), and James Carpinelli in the two mile (11:36).
The Revere 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams also won their races. The 4 x100 quartet of DaRocha, Ventura, Ginepra, and Bolivar edged their Classical counterparts by a narrow margin of 0.6 of a second (46.4 to 47.0) and the 4 x 400 foursome of Madrid, Taoujni, Nushi, and Augusto Goncalves defeated their rivals by a 10 second spread, 3:59.8-4:09.9.
“It wasn’t our best performance, but we still got the win,” said RHS head coach Sam Ros. “Some guys continue to see improvements with the hard work they have been putting in. Fabio Tran joins Jonathan Nushi in our sub-11, two-mile group, while Jonathan continues to chase the five-minute barrier in the mile.”
Ros and his crew are scheduled to meet Lynn English tomorrow (Thursday) and will travel to Somerville next Tuesday.
RHS boys do well at state relay meet
A large contingent of members of the RHS boys outdoor track and field team competed in the Division 1 State Relays this past weekend.
Two of the Patriot teams earned medals, finishing in fifth place in their events. The triple jump trio of Antony Arias, Cam Ventura, and Augusto Goncalves all turned in personal record (PR) efforts, with Antony coming within 1.5 feet of the RHS school record.
In the javelin, the triad of Cristian Acuna, Lucas Barbosa, and Ryan Doucette also came through with a fifth-place performance. “Cristian is the leader of our jav crew,” said RHS heads coach Sam Ros. “Lucas is still recovering from a hamstring issue he sustained from playing on that injury during football, but he wanted to contribute and picked up javelin this season. Ryan is new to the team and is only a sophomore. He has shown flashes of greatness in this event. He has the team’s furthest throw this season with a toss of 140 feet. Ryan is young and doesn’t realize his potential with the event. He’s only the second person to throw that far in the last 10 years for us.”
Two other Patriot relay teams just missed finishing in the top six to earn a place on the medalists’ podium, with both squads finishing in seventh place, the discus trio of Jaryd Benson, Alaa Atoui, and Rayan Riazi and the shuttle hurdles quartet of of Antony Arias, Fray Del Rosario, Rayan Riazi, and Ricardo
“Alaa had a huge PR with a toss of 114’ and Rayan also had a PR with a toss of 103’,” noted Ros. “The shuttle hurdles team fell short of medaling by less than a second.”
Other Revere boys who competed were:
4×100: Matt DaRocha, Cam Ventura, Fray Del Rosario, and Sebastian Bolivar
4×200: Matt DaRocha, Cam Ventura, Fray Del Rosario, and Augusto Goncalves
4×800: Fabio Tran, Jonathan Nushi, Samuel Gonzalez, and Christian Madrid
4×400: Augusto Goncalves, Michael Adolphus, Idriss Taoujni, and Ricardo Goncalves (all of whom ran PRs and turned in Revere’s fastest time this season)
Long Jump: Antony Arias, Lucas Barbosa, and Idriss Taoujni
RHS softball team splits two contests
It was an up-and-down week for the Revere High softball team, as the Lady Patriots split their two contests.
Revere dropped a 4-3 decision to Medford last Wednesday, but then bounced back the following day to record a 5-0 victory over Somerville.
After a slow start against Medford (which is ranked in the top 20 in the state), in which the Lady Patriots yielded single runs in the first, second, and third innings thanks primarily to lackluster fielding, Revere erupted for three runs in the sixth.
Sophomore catcher Alexis Iacoviello, who has been wielding a hot bat, delivered the big blow of the rally, a two-RBI double, that brought the Lady Patriots back to level at 3-3.
However, a victory was not to be in the cards, as the Lady Mustangs got their lead-off hitter in the seventh on base and eventually moved her around to produce the winning run on a play at the plate after a ground ball.
RHS senior captain and pitcher Olivia McManus was forced to leave the game in the fourth when she was struck on the arm by a line drive. Adriana Fusco came on in relief and did an outstanding job, but the Lady Patriots were unable to forge ahead after overcoming the early three-run deficit.
The next day Revere hosted Somerville and rode the arm of McManus, who declared herself ready to go despite a bruise where she had been hit in the Medford game, to a 5-0 shutout. Olivia was in control all the way, allowing just five hits and striking out eight opponents.
Danielle Dion delivered the key hit for the Revere offense with a two-run double. Iacoviello, Adriana Fusco, Eve Lescovitch, and Julianna Raffa also contributed at the plate.
Raffa, who was making her first start at second base, earned the game ball for her hustle in the field. “Julianna is a scrapper,” said RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello. “She was diving for balls and hustling throughout the game, setting an example for the entire team.”
The Lady Patriots, who now stand at 3-2 on the season, were scheduled to play at Lynn English this past Monday and will host Malden today (Wednesday). They will entertain Beverly Friday and then trek to Marblehead on Monday and to Everett next Wednesday.
RHS girls track edged by Classical
The Revere High girls outdoor track & field team lost a heart-breaker, 69-67, in a meet with Lynn Classical last Tuesday.
The Lady Patriots took first place in five individual events and captured both relays.
First-place finishers for Revere were:
Gianna Mahoney – Javelin (88’-1”)
Chloe Giordano – High Hurdles (17.9)
Carolina Bettero – 400M Hurdles (75.0)
Claritza Vazquez – 100M (13.5)
Erika Cheever – 2 Mile (13:22)
Emily DeMauro, Luana Barbosa, Skyla DeSimone, Jerelys Canales – 4X100M Relay (57.2)
Emily DeMauro, Kathy Umanzor, Giulia Cincinnato, Nubya Filho – 4X400M Relay (4:53.6)
Adding three points to the Revere side of the scoresheet with second-place performances were:
Lorina Tran – High Jump (4’-6”)
Lorina Tran – Triple Jump (29’-7”)
Skyla DeSimone – Shot-Put (26’-6 ½”)
Skyla DeSimone – Discus (74’-2”)
Carolina Bettero – High Hurdles (18.0)
Caroline Stasio – 400M Hurdles (77.0)
Nubya Filho – 400M (71.7)
Third-place finishers for the Lady Patriots were:
Chloe Giordano – 400M Hurdles (78.8)
Chloe Giordano – Triple Jump (29’-7”)
Claritza Vazquez – High Jump (4’-6”)
Claritza Vasquez – Long Jump (15’-1 ¼”)
Claritza Vazquez – 200M (29.4)
Gianna Mahoney – Shot-Put (26’-4 ½”)
Soleil Yuong – Discus (67’-9”)
Maria Torres – Javelin (75’-7”)
Astrid Umanzor – 400M (71.9)
Olivia Novoselsky – 800M (2:51)
Olivia Novoselsky – Mile (6:36.5)
Fatima Hartout – 2 Mile (14:05)
“There were many events that could have gone either way,” said RHS head coach Antonio LaBruna. “But we have to tip our caps to Classical. They were clutch.”
There were a number of individual highlights for the Revere squad. “Chloe Giordano ran a personal record (PR) in both the high hurdles at 17.9 and the 400M hurdles at 78.8,” noted LaBruna. “Erika Cheever ran a PR in the two-mile, winning the race in 13:22. She had a Classical girl on her tail for much of the race, which certainly helped push her to that time.
“Lorina Tran also had a solid meet,” added LaBruna. “She is a freshman and is still learning the sport, but is going to be really good for us in the jumps. She is consistent for us in high-jump and is approaching 30 feet in triple jump, which will score in many meets.”
LaBruna and his crew are scheduled to be back in action tomorrow (Thursday) when they take on Lynn English. They will travel to Somerville next Tuesday.
Busy week ahead for RHS boys tennis
The Revere High boys tennis team has a busy schedule, with six matches scheduled in a 10-day span.
Coach Mike Flynn and his crew were set to take on Lynn English this past Monday, Lynn Classical yesterday (Tuesday), and Malden today (Wednesday). After a day off, they will be back in action at Beverly on Friday and then will host Marblehead on Monday and Everett on Wednesday of next week.
The Patriots dropped a 4-1 decision to Medford in the lone contest that was not postponed on account of rain this past week.
Freshman sensation Ashton Hoang at first singles was the lone winner for Revere, defeating his Medford counterpart 6-2, 7-5. Ashton trailed 2-0 to start the match, but soon made the necessary adjustments to prevail in straight sets.
“Ashton is an incredibly smart player,” said Flynn. “He’s very good at sizing up his opponent and doing what it takes to win. The Medford player is a senior who is one of the top players in the Northeastern Conference — so that made Ashton’s victory all the more impressive.”
David Phan, playing at second singles, dropped his match in a hard-fought, three-set battle, 6-1, 6-7(5-7), 6-1, and Wellan Sok fell at third singles, 6-1, 6-0.
In the doubles contests, the first doubles duo of Ergi Ismahili & Matthew Freitas dropped their contest, 6-3, 6-2, and the second doubles tandem of Michael Marchese & Vincent Nguyen came up short, 6-4, 6-2.