Girls Take Six First Places in Salem Meet

Although the Revere High girls track team dropped an 80-56 decision to Salem in the squad’s last dual meet of the season last Tuesday, a number of the Lady Patriots turned in fine performances. The Revere girls took first place in six events in the meet, which marked a bit of an historic occasion inasmuch as it was the first meet on the track at the new Bertram Stadium in Salem.

Brenda Rudecindo took first place in two events, the high jump with a leap of 4′-6″ and the long jump with a personal record (PR) leap of 15′-1″. Brenda also grabbed second place in the 100 meter high hurdles in clocking of 18.3 to finish with 13 points on the day.

Other first place finishers for  Revere were: Comfort Toglan in the 200 meter dash in a time of 27.8 seconds (Comfort also grabbed third in the long jump with a leap of 12′-6.5″; Arianna Licata with a discus toss of 85′-0″ (Arianna also took second in the shotput with a heave of  23′-2″); Jessica Cambraia with a triple jump of 30′-5″ (Jessica also took third in the 200 dash in 29.2); and Nikki Nelson in the mile in 5:51.

Second place finishers were: Jackie Pisano in the 400 meter low hurdles in a PR time of  1:18.4;  Herlinda Fernandez with a javelin toss of 82-‘1″, a PR; Jackie Dion with a PR two mile run of 13:58; and Catherine Elam with a triple jump  of 29′-9.5″. Catherine also took third in the 400 dash in 1:13.1.

Other third place finishers adding points to the Revere score sheet were: Angelina Nguyen in the 100 dash in 14.6;  Suellen Guerreiro in the two mix run in 14:20; Fiona Kerthi with a shotput throw of 23’-0″; and Taylor O’Neil in the mile with a PR clocking of 6:15.

“The seniors really stepped up in this meet and delivered clutch individual performances in what was the final meet of their track career for most of them,” said RHS head coach Antonio LaBruna.

“Taylor O’Neil and Jackie Pisano are two senior captains who don’t score a ton of points, but are huge contributing members and leaders of this team,” continued the coach. “It was great to see them end their track careers with tremendous efforts. This year’s senior class will definitely be missed next season, as they accounted for almost three-fourths of our team’s total points.”

Toglan, Rudecindo named NEC all-stars

Two members of the Revere High girls track team were named Northeastern Conference all-stars at the league’s coaches’ meeting Wednesday night. Comfort Toglan, who holds the Revere High School record in the 200 meter dash, and Brenda Rudecindo, who was the Lady Patriots’ top scorer this past season, were voted to the NEC All-Star squad.

Both girls competed in the Division 1 State Meet held this past weekend at Andover High. Comfort ran a 27.64 in the 200 meters. The 4×100 relay team of Jessica Cambraia, Angie Buenaventura, Rudecindo, and Toglan were DQ’d for an exchange that took place out of the zone.

RHS boys lacrosse team looks back on good season

Although the Revere High boys lacrosse team came out on the short end of a 27-1 decision to Westford Academy in the opening round of the Division 1 North state tournament last week, RHS head coach Mike Guanci said the early exit from the tourney did not detract from his team’s fine season.

“Going into the game, we knew we were going up against an extremely talented team, so we told our guys that we wanted to keep it close for the first six minutes, and they did a good job with that,” said Guanci, whose Patriots, seeded 15th in the D-1 North with a 9-7 record, were going up against second-seeded Westford with a 15-2 mark. “We actually hit the post three times in the first three minutes, but we couldn’t get one to go in the net. Westford has a great team and two of the top three scorers in the state, so we’ve got to really credit them with being a quality team.

“Our goal for the season was to make the playoffs, and we accomplished that goal, so as coaches, we are pretty happy with that,” continued Guanci. “When I look back on this season, I think of it as a success. On the field we won some tough games and we lost some that we thought we could have won. As coaches, we preach that the kids have to play with effort and play as a team, and they did that every game. We are still just a second-year program, but we beat a lot of established teams.

“The program is growing, and we now have a youth program in the city, so we are looking forward to even more success in the future,” added Guanci. “We had an extremely strong senior class this year with 13 seniors, and we are going to miss all of them: captains Doug Zingali, Adam Comeau, Mike Dreeszen, and Ben DiGiulio; and Brian McNitt, Stephen Piazza, Jeff Kingston, Matt Roncevich, Jay Seigal, Ravi Ryland, John Carnabucci, Kevin Madrigal, and Gennaro Cataldo. These guys were great leaders on and off the field. My assistant coach, Nik Pundit, and I always tell the guys that the team is like a family, and the players take it very seriously. Everyone got along great, and they took in the new players and really ingratiated them into the family. We had a very fun year, and we are definitely going to miss those seniors.”

RHS baseball team wraps up season well

The Revere High baseball team, and senior captain Tom Portrait in particular, saved arguably their best performance of the season for last, taking a top-ranked Peabody,  squad, the number one seed in the Division 1 North state tournament, into extra innings in the concluding contest of the season before falling by a score of 2-1.

Portrait tossed a gem in the final game of his fine RHS baseball career, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning before yielding a solo run in the sixth and then the game-winning tally in the eighth.

“Tommy pitched a fantastic game,” said RHS head coach Sean Brinkley. “He seems to feed off the intensity of a big game and it fuels his intensity because he always delivers for us.”

The Patriots’ lone tally came in the third frame. Chris Charido singled, but was erased from the basepaths on a  fielder’s choice by Brett Deukmejian. However, Oscar Sevala belted a triple to let field that brought around Deukmejian for the Revere run.

The Revere defense shone behind Portrait, highlighted by a double-play turned by third baseman James Furlong, who snared a line drive and doubled-up a Peabody runner off second, and by the three Peabody runners thrown out by RHS catcher Dylan Kalloch on steal attempts.

The Patriots held a break-up party the following night at the high school at which the seniors were honored for their contributions to the RHS baseball program.

“We had some tough losses this year. If we had caught a couple of breaks, we could have qualified for the tourney,” noted Brinkley, whose team finished at 7-11 on the season. “This senior class has laid the groundwork for the future success of baseball at Revere High and they will be missed.”

Kalloch named to NEC All-Conference

Revere High catcher Dylan Kalloch, a senior, was named to the All-Conference All-Star team of the Northeastern Conference as voted by the league’s coaches.

Two Patriot teammates, Daniel Murphy, a sophomore outfielder, and Chris Charido, a senior first baseman, received Honorable Mention recognition.

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