RHS sports Roundup
RHS hockey team
wins one, ties two in
final week of season
The Revere High hockey team ended its season on an upbeat note with a win and two ties this past week.
“It’s always a goal that you want your team to be playing its best hockey in February, and that’s what we’ve been doing,” said RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello. “It’s too bad that we lost so many close games earlier in the year, because if we had taken some points in those games, we could have been contending for a place in the state tourney. We left a lot of points on the table and you can never get them back,” added the coach, referring to the seven games — more than a third of their schedule — that the Patriots lost by a goal earlier in the year.
The Patriots’ victory came against Northeastern Conference South Division rival Swampscott, a team that had defeated Revere 2-1 in their first encounter this season and that will be playing in the state tourney.
A pair of goals by Joe Ristaino in the first and second periods, with Steve Noel and Rich Polignone assisting on both tallies, gave the Patriots a 2-1 lead after two frames. Polignone then lit the lamp with an empty-netter, assisted by an unselfish pass from Ristaino, for the insurance marker.
The Patriots earlier in the week had tied former Greater Boston League foe Medford, another tourney-bound team, 2-2, on Senior Night at Cronin Rink. Polignone deflected home a shot from the point by Dan Valente for the first Revere goal and Anthony Cecca scored the tying marker with 10 minutes to go, assisted by Jim Pandolfo. RHS netminder Maxx Anderson turned in another one of his stellar efforts, turning aside 55 Medford shots. The Patriot defense, while allowing shots from outside, did an outstanding job in clearing the puck from in front of Anderson and preventing Medford forwards from getting their sticks on rebounds.
The Patriots concluded their season at Lowell with a 4-4 tie. After falling behind 3-0, Revere stormed back with three unanswered tallies to knot matters at 3-3 after two periods. Polignone, who put home a rebound of a shot from the point by Kevin Chiles; Noel, assisted by a nice pass from Polignone; and Cecca, who stuffed home a loose puck in front, took turns lighting the lamp for the Patriots.
Lowell took the lead to start the final period, by Ristaino, assisted by Noel, notched the equalizer for the 4-4 finale.
“This team was playing for nothing but pride,” said Ciccarello. “They gave it everything they had in the last three weeks of our season and I could not have asked for anything more from them.”
RHS sports Through the Years
10 years ago
February 23, 2005
Revere’s Merzudin Ibric captured the Division 2 state championship Friday at the Reggie Lewis Center with a meet record of 35.18 in the 300 meter dash. Ibric now will seek to win an overall state title in the all-state meet this coming week.
The RHS hockey team, which is awaiting word of its seeding in the upcoming state tournament, battled to a 2-2 tie against a Beverly team that is 13-3-1. Anthony Morico scored a goal with 58 seconds to go on nice pass from Dino Mazzarelli to earn the tie. Rick Mastropietro scored the first Revere goal. Coach Jim Palumbo’s squad now is 10-5-2 with two games to play.
Eddie Mahoney scored 15 points for the RHS boys basketball team in a 57-47 loss to Masconomet.
20 years ago
February 22, 1995
RHS girls basketball stars Karen Jouve and Kelli Hyland have been named to the GBL all-star team. This is Jouve’s third time being named a league all-star.
The RHS boys track team took fifth place in the GBL all-league meet. Chris Eason set a new GBL record in the high jump with a leap of 6’-6 and 1/4” and then finished in fifth place in the State Class B Meet a few days later at Harvard with a jump of 6’-4”. Frank Candela took fourth in the GBL Meet in the 60 yard dash in 6.77.
In the girls’ GBL meet, Lady Patriot Nicole Coppola took first place in the high jump with a leap of 5’-0”, which broke her own RHS school record.
30 years ago
February 20, 1985
RHS boys basketball coach Kevin McCann has been named the GBL Coach of the Year. Revere finished with a 5-9 mark in the GBL, but was 4-3 in the second half of the season. Patriot co-captain Steve Terrazano was named to the GBL all-star team and fellow co-captain Jim Diaz was named an Honorable Mention.
Coach Dave Montani’s RHS boys gymnastics team took first place in the league meet this past week. The Patriots were led by Rich Healey, who won the rings; Phi Che, who won the floor exercises; Joe Berk, who took second in the vault; and Paul DiBenedictis, who took third in the horizontal bar.
In a 6-4 loss for the RHS hockey team to Somerville, Revere goals were scored by Ralph DeLeo, Frank Osgood, Mike Gualtieri, and Mark Kearney. After losing 10-2 to Medford, the Patriots remain winless for the season.
40 years ago
February 19, 1975
Revere High star runner Dom Finelli won the Class B state championship in the two mile with a time of 9:28. Teammate Frank Mucci captured the Class B 300 dash in 34.2, thereby marking the first time that two Revere boys have won a state title in the same season. Kerry Leppo won two state titles in the high jump and hurdles two years ago.
The 13-3-1 RHS hockey team dropped its third game in a row, 5-3 to Malden, a team that Revere had beaten 4-0 in their first meeting.
The RHS basketball team wrapped up its season with losses to GBL rivals Haverhill, 72-48; Medford, 86-43; and Malden, 80-49, to conclude the year at 2-14 in the GBL. Dan Schneiderman was the top scorer for Revere in all three contests, including a 23 point effort against Malden.
50 years ago
February 25, 1965
For the second time within three years, the RHS hockey team has secured a berth in the state hockey tournament with a thrilling 5-3 win over Malden to improve to 11-2 on the season. Bill Vigliotti scored two goals and teammates Chuck Terban, Bob White, and Bill White scored a goal apiece for coach Gerry Moschella’s squad, which now is just one point behind Christopher Columbus for first place.
60 years ago
February 24, 1955
The Immaculate Conception High basketball team, the Suburban Catholic League champion, will seek to defend its Class B New England Catholic title when the invitational tourney gets underway in Lawrence this weekend.