RhS sports Roundup
Patriots host Lynn English Friday evening
The Revere High football team will host Lynn English Friday evening at 7:00 under the lights at Harry Della Russo Stadium.
The Patriots dropped a 41-13 decision to a strong Beverly squad this past week in a contest that was much closer than the final score would indicate in a Friday Night Lights affair at HDR.
The teams traded touchdowns on their initial possessions of the game, with Beverly drawing first blood, but the Patriots responding with a drive that was capped by a beautiful 40 yard pass play from Dan Murphy to Jake Noftle on which Jake made a superb catch for the TD.
Although the visiting Panthers reached the end zone on two more occasions before the half ended, Revere likewise made two forays of their own deep into Beverly territory, only to see their efforts go for naught, dying at the Beverly five and 20 yard lines.
“We had our scoring chances, but we could not finish them,” said RHS head coach Lou Cicatelli, “and against a good team like Beverly, you can’t leave points on the field.”
However, Revere made good on its first offensive drive to start the second half, with halfback Victor Rivera scampering 40 yards to paydirt. The successful point-after kick by Steve Noel drew the Pats within 20-13 with eight minutes still remaining in the third period.
However, that would prove to be as close as the Patriots would get the rest of the way. The fired-up Revere defense forced Beverly into a three-and-out on the next Panther possession, but the Beverly punt rolled dead all the way to the Revere two yard line. The Patriots soon were forced to punt, but Beverly took over inside the Revere 40, from where the Panthers went in for a score that put the contest beyond the Patriots’ reach.
“Beverly is the best team we’ve played,” said Cicatelli. “We made too many mistakes and they took full advantage of them.”
Pho Tran received his coach’s praise “for being a stalwart on defense” throughout the battle.
Cicatelli and his crew now stand at 6-3 as they prepare to host English and look to get back on the winning track under the lights Friday night.
RHS volleyball team
drops tourney heartbreaker
The Revere High volleyball team turned in a superb performance in its opening- round contest in the MIAA Central-East Division 1 Sectional of the state volleyball tournament, but came up just short in a hard-fought, 3-2 loss to Needham.
The Lady Patriots, who entered the tourney as the 10th seed in the 12-team Central-East sectional with a 9-8 record, won the opening set in overtime, 30-28 (a set, or game, is won by the first team to reach 25 points, but it must win by at least two points).
However, Needham, the seventh seed with an 11-6 record, captured the next two sets, 25-15 and 25-14, to take what appeared to be a commanding 2-1 lead.
However, the Lady Patriots refused to quit and rebounded ferociously in the fourth set to win the game, 26-24, and even the match at 2-2.
The fifth and deciding set is determined by the first team to reach 15 points and Needham got there first, 15-11, to take the match.
“It was a great match,” said RHS head coach Jaime Imbracsio. “In the first game the girls were down by six points and fought back. We went point-for-point to the end of the game and we finally hit the ball to win it.
“In the next two games, the girls started to fall apart and stopped playing as a team. I told them that this is it, this could be their last match if they don’t come together and start playing as a team.”
Imbracsio delivered the message, “Get out there and have fun. It’s just volleyball, the game you love to play,” and the Lady Patriots responded.
“With that, they got out there and had fun,” said Imbracsio. “There was no one player who won the fourth game for us. We didn’t have a weak spot. Everyone carried the team and contributed to the win.”
Valentina Pepic and Meaghan Gotham each contributed three huge blocks for Revere in the winning fourth set.
“Each point was a rally and a fight and the girls never stopped fighting,” noted Imbracsio. “Our NEC All Stars, Ally Hinojosa and Natasha Iacoviello, were key contributors in all our points. They kept the girls in good spirits and with their hits and tips kept us in the match. Coaches Award recipient Vanessa Leone made big defensive plays in the back row. There weren’t many hits that she wasn’t able to dig.”
Revere took a brief lead in the fifth and deciding set, but Needham delivered some well-placed kills to pull ahead.
“It was a great, competitive match to end our season,” said Imbracsio. “It would have been nice to win, but this was the first time that a Revere volleyball team went 3-2 in a tournament game, making strides for the program.”
RHS boys soccer
beats Haverhill, falls
to Brookline in tourney
The Revere High boys soccer team, which completed the most successful season in RHS history with a 14-2-2 record, defeated Haverhill last week, 4-1, in an opening round contest of the MIAA Division 1 North Sectional of the state soccer tournament at Revere Friday.
The Patriots entered the tourney as the second seed in he 18-team North Sectional, while Haverhill was the 15th seed. Haverhill had defeated Chelmsord, 2-1, in a preliminary encounter.
The Pats then took on Brookline, the seventh seed in the D-1 North, and came out on the short end of a 2-1 decision in overtime Sunday afternoon on the high school field.
RHS girls cross country
team at Coaches Invitational
The Revere High girls cross country team traveled to Wrentham and participated in the State Coaches Invitational Races Saturday.
“It was a great day for running and this venue is very spectator-friendly,” said RHS head coach Katie Sinnott. “You can see the runners several times over the course. This allows for opportunities to cheer them on as we’ll as offer words of encouragement. These races pose very challenging fields. The qualifying times and the participants are the best on their teams. This race gives us an opportunity to see where we stack up against the rest of the state.
“We had several highlights,” noted Sinnott. “Hannah Fitzpatrick placed 19th in the sophomore race and won a medal, while Leila Cesic posted a personal best pace in the freshman race. Trisha Cheever, Suellen Guerreiro, Jaclynne Dion, and Monica Posada all bettered their 2014 times in the junior/senior race. I was extremely proud of all of the girls.”
Sinnott and her squad will travel to Wrentham again this week to participate in the Eastern Mass. Divisional Races.
Freshman race results (3k race)
Leila Cesic – 13:34 – 65th overall
Sophomore race (5k)
Hannah Fitzpatrick – 21:45 – 19th overall (medal winner)
Junior/Senior race (5k)
Suellen Guerreiro – 22:57 – 132nd overall
Monica Posada – 23:48 – 177th overall
Trisha Cheever – 23:48 – 178th overall
Vanessa Puopolo – 24:23 – 201st overall
Jaclynne Dion – 24:37 – 218th overall
Local family of referees work
MIAA tourney game together
Special to the Journal
On Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015, three referees stepped on the court in the Massachusetts State Basketball Tournament to officiate a Division II game.
That’s a pretty normal thing for most high school basketball tilts, but this crew was uniquely different as they were all related.
The Margossian family of Revere, David Margossian (Board 130), Beth McCarthy (Board 130), and Christa Margossian (Board 27) were the crew of three assigned to that game – a very rare and significant achievement for the father-daughters combination.
Father David, and daughters, Beth and Christa, explained that it was the first time the three of them had been assigned to the same. All members of IAABO, David (14 years), Beth (10 years), and Christa (5 years) had worked together in two-person crews many times and also worked many volunteer (Bay State Games, Agganis Games, scrimmages, and pre-season jamborees) games together as a three-person crew – at every opportunity preparing for a day they thought would never come. Beth and Christa have each worked the MIAA Quarter Finals or North Sectionals at the Tsongas Center and are very accomplished officials. David is a familiar official in the early rounds of the tourney.
And so, though they had come close to all working the same game, until last year it had not occurred.
Working a formal three-person contest was a dream often mentioned by David which Beth and Christa shared. All, however, felt it would never occur.
That’s because the opportunity to work three-person is limited in Massachusetts and assignments are either State Tournament, Holiday Tournaments or a few select games near the end of the season. Normally, each year when the assignments arrive, the family is surprised and supportive of each other when any member receives a game. The family ritual is to send a brief note “I’ve got mail” and everyone knows someone received a prestigious tournament assignment. This year it was different, the family ritual didn’t occur, as Beth saw the assignment first and shared the news with David and Christa. It would have been a big surprise if two of the family shared an assignment, but when the call came for all three, let’s just say there was some extreme excitement within the family.
As the tip-off approached, Beth (the R or lead official) held a thorough pre-game, cautioned dad and sis that this was about the players and not the family business. Make sure we all know our PCA (Primary Coverage Area) and get the calls right.
“It’s a great thing for the family and we’ll all enjoy it later, but tonight, let’s get the calls right and keep our emotions in check,” David recalled Beth saying.
Ever the professionals, Beth and Christa kept dad levelheaded and the game went on with very few of the fans in attendance knowing it was a family crew.
“It was a successful night as we worked the game of a lifetime, got through it, and no one was the wiser,” said David.
That was the case until the tournament was over, which is why they didn’t share the milestone until after the season had concluded.
The family would like to acknowledge a few members of the IAABO who mentored and guided them over the years, either by providing opportunities for betterment, mentoring, and of course, for assigning them the game of a lifetime.
Thank yous go out to: Larry McIntire, Mike Muchmore, Dan Picard, Rich Antonelli, Don Grimes, Dennis Kelly (former IAABO Board27 and recently retired NCAA official).
David said it will probably be the one and only time that the family gets to referee a game.
While he and Christa are preparing to referee another season starting next month, Beth has taken the season off as she is expecting a child.
“For the three of us, that probably means last February’s game may have been our one and only opportunity to referee together as I’m not getting any younger,” he said. “That only adds to the significance of that game for our family.”
RHS sports Through the Years
10 years ago
November 9, 2005
Senior running back Emilio Digitale turned in one of the best performances ever by a Patriot runner, gaining 276 yards on 35 carries and scoring all three Revere touchdowns to lead Revere to a 20-14 win over Marblehead Friday night.
20 years ago
November 8, 1995
A sensational performance by junior tailback Marc Silvestri, who rushed for 289 yards and three touchdowns, powered the RHS football team to a 20-15 win over a 1-8 Medford team. Revere is now 3-4-1 on the season.
30 years ago
November 6, 1985
Malden exploded past the RHS football team for a 34-6 win Friday night. The Golden Tornadoes now have outscored the Patriots by a wide margin of 115-12 over the past four years. John Spinelli scored the lone Revere TD on a one yard run.
The RHS field hockey team dropped a 2-0 decision to Everett in the season finale. Although the Lady Patriots tied four games this season, they did not score a goal all year.
David DeMattia and John Bruzzese were named to the GBL boys cross country all star team. Stacey Chamberlin was named to the girls’ squad.
40 years ago
November 5, 1975
The RHS football team gave first place Everett a run for its money before falling by a 14-0 decision Saturday. Ed Riley, John Festa, Ken LaMalfa, and Al Bruzzese all play key roles for the Patriot defense.
50 years ago
November 11, 1965
The RHS football team rebounded from its first loss of the season last week, 22-0 to Malden Catholic, to post a 29-14 belting of North Quincy before 4500 cheering fans at Paul Revere Stadium. The contest was highlighted by the unveiling of a sensational new quarterback for Revere, junior Ron Ferullo, who took the helm for the injured Ron Iovanna. Ferullo, a southpaw, completed 12 of 16 passes for 175 yards and one touchdown.