Sports 01-20-2016

Lincoln students luck out with Celtics, HMH Score program

By Seth Daniel

Lucky the Leprechaun of the Boston Celtics might be one fortunate green guy, but all the luck was on the side of the Lincoln School students last Thursday.

In November 2015, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and the Boston Celtics launched the second installment of the Score with Go Math! Academy challenge. Score is an interactive educational platform that uses examples from the basketball court to illustrate math problems. Using the platform, students could solve problems in order to help their school win a special experience with the Boston Celtics.

Under the leadership of Principal Jodie Gennodie and Math Teacher Lani Cabral-Pini, Lincoln School students schooled the competition – winning the special Celtics experience and having Celtics Center Tyler Zeller, Lucky the Leprechaun and HMH Director of Learning Architecture Tom Hamilton visit the school.

Zeller made an appearance in the Lincoln Library beforehand and worked out math problems with the kids using the Score program. There were addition, multiplication and geometry problems explored on the interactive program.

Fifth graders had a great time talking with Zeller, who was a star player at his high school in Indiana and in college at the University of North Carolina.

He said that although he was a star basketball player, he was also a strong academic performer, finishing third in his class and just short of being the valedictorian.

“It was a freshman English class that kind of set me back,” he said with a laugh, noting he came very close.

He said he feels it’s very important to talk to kids about putting maximum effort into the classroom.

“Any time you get around a bunch of kids, it’s a privilege to help them out,” he said. “It helps you to see them working so hard to get better and trying to go on to bigger things. It brings you back down to Earth…I think academics are very important. I’ve had a lot of teammates over the years, especially in high school, who were top 10 basketball players and didn’t get the right grades and didn’t get to go on and further their basketball career. I’ve had other teammates who suffered injuries and never made it to the next level. Academics should be the most important thing kids do. It’s extremely important, even as a basketball star.”

After the library event, the entire school was treated to an assembly by the Celtics where Zeller and Hamilton talked about how math is used in several professions, even in the scouting reports given to players like Zeller in the NBA.

Hamilton said the technology industry is at a point that there are many jobs coming on line for the future generation, and they’re going to require math.

“The technology sector is so large,” he said. “Almost all of the jobs you have to have a high level of math. To get in the door, you will have to have a great grasp of math or engineering. For little kids, like those we visited today, if you want to be an astronaut, I guarantee you need a lot of math to get there.”

Hamilton pledged to provide the Lincoln with $10,000 in HMH products, which include learning tools to teach fractions, volume and integers.

The Celtics surprised the assembly with tickets for everyone at the Lincoln School to attend a game.

Middle School Basketball Roundup


The 1-1 Revere Middle School Boys played the  Marblehead Magicians at SBA gymnasium on Friday January 8th. Coming off of a stinging loss to Marshall Middle School of Lynn in a game in which they committed 21 turnovers, Coach Erik Maloy’s squad picked right up where they left off by committing more turnovers in the 1st qtr (9) than points scored (6) and trailed 11-6 after the first 8 minutes.

The Jr. Pats continued their careless play in the secnd period and found themselves in an 18-11 hole at halftime.

The second half brought more of the same and our guys lost 48-40 in a game that they could have easily won.

Revere ended up with 30 turnovers for the game (51 over the last two games)

Point scorers for the home team were as follows: Jonathon Murphy (RMA) led his team with 10 points. Josh Vasquez (GMS) hit 2 3’s on the way to an 8 point effort.

Scott Toglan, Johnivee Melendez, and Bobby Kjersgard all chipped in six apiece with Kjersgard burying a pair of treys. Finally the RMA duo of Michael Hayes and Cam Baker both finished with 2 to round out the scoring.

The boys now stand at 1-2 and will have a chance to right the ship on Wednesday 1/15 when they make the long trek to Gloucester to play the Fishermen.

The 2-0 Girls Middle School hoop squad played host to Archrival  Marblehead last Friday and weren’t very hospitable to their guests jumping out to an 11-3 lead after one quarter and a 23-5 advantage at halftime enroute to a 39-20 victory. Traditionally the Magicians are Revere’s most formidable foes, however the Lady Pats struck fast and often in coasting to the lopsided win.

SBA’s Julia Cincinnato was a force in the middle pulling down multiple rebounds and leading the team in scoring with 10 points. Young Alex Iacoviello was next with 6. Frankie D’Angelis continued her steady play by putting up 5 and Erika Cheever chipped in with 4. Nina Cassinello (GMS) went for 3 and five of our girls Taryn Roberts, Chloe Giordano, Katie O’Donnell, Caroline Stasio, and Grace Dow contributed 2 points each. Finally Alana Nelson sank a free throw to round out the scoring.

Coach Parker’s girls remain unbeaten at 3-0 and will take on the Lady Fishermen of Gloucester on January 13.


The Revere Middle School Basketball teams took the long, cold trip to Gloucester last Wednesday 1/13 to take on the Fishermen at O’Maley Middle School.

The boys team, playing with heavy hearts due to the sudden death of Coach Erik Maloy’s father, were coached by former R.H.S. coach Rick Hayes.

The Jr. Pats came out full of energy and jumped to a 4-0 lead only 20 seconds into the game, but suddenly went flat and didn’t score again until late in the 2nd quarter and trailed 10-8 at the half.

Plagued by the turnover bug all season,the good guys coughed it up 11 times in the first half and were lucky to be down by only 2 after 16 minutes.

The teams traded buckets throughout the 2nd half with our Pats staying within striking distance, even tying it with just over a minute left, but 6 fourth quarter miscues allowed Gloucester to go ahead to stay and Revere fell to 1-3 with a heart wrenching 34-30 loss on the road.

Josh Vasquez scored a game high 11 points for the good guys while Scott Toglan and Amara Bockarie struck for 7&6 points respectively. Jonathon Murphy chipped in with 4 and Dillon Day finished up with 2.

Our condolences go out to Coach Erik Maloy on the death of his Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

The unbeaten Lady Patriot Middle School team traveled up to Gloucester and after the long bus ride came out sluggish scoring only 4 first quarter points and found themselves deadlocked at 4 after the first 8 minutes.

They regrouped in Quarter #2 out scoring the Lady Fishermen 10-2 and were up 14-6 at intermission.

Whatever happened in the halftime meeting will remain a mystery, but Erin Parker’s squad came out with fire in their eyes and out scored their hosts 27-14 in the 2nd half to roll to their 4th straight win (despite going 1-12 from the FT line)

by a score of 41-14.

RMA’s Caroline Stasio led all scorers with a game high 10 points. Old reliable SBA student Erika Cheever was right on her tail with 8 markers. Julia Cincinnato continued her hot shooting by dropping 6. Frankie D’Angelis and Grace Dow each went for 4. Eve Lescovitz, Chloe Giordano, Lynzie Anderson, and Nina Cassinello all chimed in with 2 points apiece and Alana Nelson hit a free throw to finish it.

The girls are undefeated at 4-0 and travel to Salem on January 20th to play the Middle School Witches.

RhS sports Roundup


The Revere High girls basketball team dropped its first game of the season last Tuesday, 55-50, at Swampscott, but rebounded in fine fashion with a pair of runaway victories over Medford, 68-29, and Salem, 66-38.

Coach Diana Finn and her Lady Patriots now stand at a sterling 9-1 at exactly the halfway mark of the season. Revere needs just one more victory to qualify for the post-season state tournament.

“Unfortunately, we came out flat against Swampscott in their home gym,” said Finn. “We allowed too many second shots and didn’t execute offensively. It was certainly a step back for us after a strong win against Marblehead the previous Friday.”

Revere had slim leads of 16-13 after the first period and 32-28 at the half, but Swampscott took control after the intermission to move ahead, 46-41, after three frames.

Maritza Scott and Adanna Hector each scored 15 points for Revere. Pamela Gonzalez also reached double figures with 11. Valentina Pepic added nine points, followed by Natasha Iacoviello with four, and Meaghan Gotham with a free throw.

Medford happened to be the unlucky opponent of a Lady Patriot team that was determined to get back on the winning track the following night and the result was a 68-29 romp on the Revere floor.

“I was proud of our composure and the team’s response to our first loss,” said Finn, whose squad defeated Medford in their first meeting two weeks ago, 59-41. “The players hustled and pushed our aggression on defense to hold Medford to under 30 points.

“Offensively, we moved the ball well and each player created opportunities for her teammates,” continued the coach. “We moved well without the ball and finished our layups. I was happy with how our starters worked hard to push the lead to 36-18 by the half. Our bench also stepped up and played well, especially Tatianna Iacoviello, Samantha Woodman, Emily DiGiulio, and Elizabeth Lake.”

Pepic paced Revere in the scoring column with 22 points. Scott (16 points) and Gonzalez (10) also reached double figures.  Tatianna Iacoviello hit for eight, Emily DiGiulio chipped in six, Adanna Hector added four, and Lake scored two.

The Lady Patriots hosted the Witches from Salem Friday evening and strode to a 66-38 triumph.

Pepic poured in 24 points, with the duo of Scott and Gonzalez hitting for 11 each. Hector added nine points, followed by Tatianna Iacoviello with six, Samantha Woodman with four, and Natasha Iacoviello with a free throw.

“We were happy with how we built upon our Medford win against Salem,” said Finn. “Our rebounding effort and defensive toughness made the difference in the game. We focused almost all of our attention at practice on Thursday to defense and rebounding.  And we were proud of the effort we gave to control the boards and keep Salem to under 40 points.

“Offensively, we were committed to getting good looks for high percentage scores and we were looking inside to our post to establish ourselves early,” Finn added. “Thanks to excellent passing by our guards and exceptional finishing by our posts, we were able to go into the half ahead at 35-19. Our full-court man-defense prevented Salem from getting into an offensive flow. We outrebounded Salem which allowed us to control the tempo of the game.”

Finn and her crew were set to meet Winthrop last night (Tuesday) and will host Saugus tomorrow (Thursday) night. They will entertain Gloucester this coming  Tuesday.


The Revere High boys basketball team earned its first victory of the season with a 62-56 triumph over Swampscott last Tuesday at the RHS fieldhouse.

The Patriots jumped out to a 24-10 lead in the opening quarter thanks to a press that forced 10 Swampscott turnovers in the initial eight minutes of play leading to easy points for the Patriots.

“We haven’t had a starting lineup that we have been locked into all season long and didn’t change against Swampscott,” said RHS head coach Adam Rizzo. “We knew we were going to be the superior athletes and wanted to play the game at a faster pace. We started four guards — Marcus Brunson, Gerald Jean-Charles, Janard Jones, and Will Bell — with Josh Flanders being the only non-perimeter player on the floor. All five are good athletes and with their ability to press, run, and shoot, and we figured it would give us an advantage from the get-go.”

The surprise leading scorer in the quarter was Flanders, who had eight points. The senior, who had seen limited minutes in the first five games of the season, has come on to be a starter and a perfect role player for the Patriots.

“His teammates love him,” said Rizzo. “Josh’s energy is contagious. I know the cliche is, ‘Nobody works harder,’ but for this kid it is true. There’s never a moment on the court when he’s taking a break. The game is finally slowing down for him and his defense, rebounding, and shot blocking are much-needed. He’s now gaining confidence to go to the rim looking for his own points.”

The second quarter saw a much more even game and the Big Blue’s shooters started getting hot, narrowing the gap to 38-28 at the intermission. “We failed to close out on shooters a couple times that cost us,” noted Rizzo. “We also got beat on the glass, which is where we knew we would be weak by playing small ball. I also extended a lot of our guards a ton of minutes, so instead of being in good defensive positioning, we were reaching and just putting them on the line a lot.”

The second half proved to be more of a grittier, grind-it-out affair compared to the track meet the teams had played in the game’s first few minutes. There were a lot of fouls called both ways, which meant that both teams had to earn their points on the line, which became crucial as the teams entered the fourth period with the Patriots nursing a slim 46-42 advantage.

“To this point of the season, we had not been a very good free-throw shooting team,” said Rizzo. “For our boys to shake that and hit their free throws, especially down the stretch, was huge. It was the reason we were able to hold on and win this game.”

Revere hit 18 of their 25 free throws on the night (compared to just 16-for-30 by Swampscott) with Bell, Charles, and Marvin Urdaneta combining for 10-for-14 in the fourth quarter alone to seal the deal on their first win of the season.

“This has been a long time coming for our team,” added Rizzo. “We have been in some tough games this season and just didn’t make the plays to get it done. We deserved to win way before tonight, but we played a full 32 minutes to get this one.”

Jean-Charles paced Revere with 17 points. Brunson was next on the point parade with 16, including four three-pointers, and also dished out six assists. Bell added 12 points, followed by Flanders with eight, Urdaneta with six, Janard Jones with two, and Brendan Hayes with a free throw.

Defensively, Jones pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds and the duo of Bell and Brunson each made five steals.

Three nights later the Patriots made the trek northward to take on Salem, which presently is ranked the fourth top team in the state with a 10-0 record.

The Witches cast a spell over the Patriots from the outset, jumping out to a 28-8 advantage after one period and expanding it to 47-16 at the half.

“It was apparent from the start that we were overmatched against a superior team, but losing the game isn’t what bothered the coaching staff the most,” noted Rizzo. “It was the lack of fight and effort once we got down in the first quarter that was really disheartening. We need the kids to understand that nothing in basketball — as in life — comes easy and when things are tough, you have to work even harder to achieve your goals. We didn’t do that and it was apparent at a very early point in the game.”

Brunson hit for nine points, followed by Jones with eight, Urdaneta with six, Bell with four, and the trio of Jean-Charles, Flanders, and Ralph Amaro with three each.

The Patriots were set to meet Winthrop last night and then will make the short trip down Broadway tomorrow evening (Thursday) to face Chelsea in what has become the biggest rivalry for the boys’ basketball squad the past few seasons.

“The Chelsea games are by far the biggest on our schedule,” said Rizzo. “The fans are almost more into it than the players. Going to their gym is a great atmosphere when we show up. They have a student dressed in their mascot costume and have a fake ‘ESPN Chelsea’ booth set up in the front row with two kids pretending to commentate. The best part is a lot of Revere fans make the trip too, and are there to support us in the hostile environment.

“Thursday night should be a lot of fun and we are hoping it is our second win of the season. It would be an emotional lift for this team for sure.”

Rizzo and his crew will make the long journey to Gloucester Tuesday.


The Revere High boys indoor track team lost by the narrowest of margins, 44-42, to Beverly last week. The Patriots held a 42-39 lead going into the final event, the 4 x 400 relay, but the Beverly quartet won the race in 3:56, 10 seconds faster than the Revere foursome, to take all five points to catapult the Panthers to the victory.

The Patriots went 1-2 in two events. Nelson Cevallos won the high jump with a leap of 6’-0’ and teammate Edie Mujan was second with a jump of 5’-10.” David Sinatra captured the 50 yard hurdles in a time of 7.4 seconds and teammate Andy Em was runner-up in 7.8.

In the two-mile run, Revere went 1-3, with Sebastian Mejia winning the race in 11:23 and Arthur Lacerda grabbing third in 12:25.

Other first-place finishers for the Pats were: Dan Murphy, who sped to victory in the 50 yard dash in 5.8; Zach Gentile, who took in the 1000 dash in 2:53.2, edging the Beverly runner by 1.1 seconds; and Zakaria Attioui, who topped the field in the mile in 4:56.3.

Other point scorers for Revere were: Mujan, who took second in the 300 dash in 40.1 to finish as the top Patriot point-getter for the meet with six points; Abubakir Aldarazy, who grabbed a point for his third place finish in the 600 dash in 1:41.3; and Phuc Tran, whose shotput toss of 39’-11” was good for third place.

As with everything else in the sports world, track & field also is a competition of inches and seconds. Tran’s third place toss in the shot was just six inches behind the Beverly second-place finisher. A switch of their places would have given Revere the meet.

In the mile event, Patriot Cristian Acuna finished in fourth spot, in 5:47.9, just 1.5 seconds behind the third-place Beverly runner. A change in their positions would have resulted in a 43-43 tie.

The Patriot tracksters are set to meet Lynn Classical today (Wednesday) at the RHS fieldhouse.


Although the RHS girls indoor track team came out on the short end of a 68-18 decision to Beverly, a number of Lady Patriots turned in strong performances in their events.

Heading the list of Revere achievements was the first place finish by Angelisa Nguyen in the 50 yard dash in a time of 6.5 seconds.

“Angelisa’s time tied a school record which was set two years ago by Comfort Toglan and again last year by her sister, Angelina,” said RHS head coach Antonio LaBruna. “Angelisa is still unbeaten in the dash this season, but faces a tough test next week as she will compete against a girl from Lynn Classical with a season-best time of 6.1. I’m looking forward to that race and I know Angelisa is going to work hard to lower her time.”

Her sister, Angelina, came across in second with a sprint of 6.6 seconds. Other second-place finishers for Revere were: Hannah Fitzpatrick in the two-mile in 13:21; Trisha Cheever in the 1000 dash in 3:41; and Rachel Shanbar with a shotput toss of 29’-1”.

Suellen Guerreiro added a point to the Revere side of the scoresheet with a third-place effort in the mile in 6:23.

“I was very pleased with the times in this meet, particularly from our JV runners,” said LaBruna. “I told the team before the meet that their focus should be on running a PR and the majority of the girls delivered.”

LaBruna and his squad’s next dual meet is set for today (Wednesday) against Lynn Classical.


Two Lady Patriot foursomes, in the 4 x 200 and the 4 x 800, took part in the D-2 State Relay Meet that was held Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center.

The 4 X 200 meter relay quartet, comprised of Jessica Cambraia, Angelisa Nguyen, Angelina Nguyen, and Janine So, ran a 2:01.6.

“This wasn’t what we were hoping for,” noted LaBruna. “The timing of the last exchange from Angelisa to Janine was off, which cost us a few seconds. In order for us to qualify for states we need the passes to be fast and we don’t have the luxury of playing it safe. Unfortunately on Saturday, we got burnt. The girls will get another opportunity to run it in a couple weeks and we hope to shore-up our exchanges in the meantime.”

The 4 X 800 meter relay team of Hannah Fitzpatrick, Suellen Guerreiro, Helen Perez, and Trisha Cheever ran a 10:46.6, which missed the state-qualifying time of 10:45 by a narrow 1.6 seconds.

“This was the highlight of the meet for us, as each of the girls ran much faster legs than I had anticipated and they have now set themselves up for a great opportunity to qualify,” said LaBruna. “We will run it again this weekend at the Coaches Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center and I have little doubt they’ll get in this time around.”


Joe Ristino netted the hat trick to lead a shorthanded Revere High hockey team to a 5-2 victory over Salem last Wednesday.

Anthony Cecca and Chris Anderson also lit the red lamp for the Patriots, who led 2-1 after the first period and 4-1 after the second frame.

Sophomore Mike Giordano was called upon to fill in at the blue line for the Patriots and turned in a fine effort.

However, the Pats did not fare as well Saturday at Cronin Rink against an undefeated Lynn team whose only blemish on their season was a tie with the Patriots in the season-opener for both squads.

After Lynn took a 1-0 lead in the first period, Rick Brianna, assisted by Cecca and Matt Cravotta, lit the lamp for Revere to knot matters at 1-1 in the middle stanza.

However, Lynn erupted for three goals in a four-minute span to skate away with a 4-1 victory.

“We are not deep to begin with and we can’t play good teams shorthanded,” said RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello. “Hopefully, we can get everyone on the ice and give the second half a run and try to qualify for the tournament.”

The Patriots, who now are 5-4-1 at the midpoint of the season, host Gloucester Saturday at Cronin at 5:10 and play at Swampscott Wednesday

Harris named MASCAC Player and Rookie of the Week

Junior guard Monta Connolly (Lynn, Mass.) and freshman forward Tiphani Harris (Revere, Mass.) have been named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Women’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week for the week ending January 17th.

 Connolly averaged 17.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals, two assists and 1.5 blocks while shooting 63 percent from the floor (8.5-13.5) in a 1-1 week for the Rams. She scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block in the 53-40 win over MCLA and 21 points, nine rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks in a 86-77 setback to Westfield State.

 Harris averaged 11 points, 7.5 rebounds, two 2.5 blocks, 2.5 steals and an assist in a 1-1 week for the Rams. The freshman scored 14 points with six rebounds, four blocks, three steals and two assists in the 86-77 setback to Westfield State and eight points, nine rebounds, two steals and a block in the 53-40 win over MCLA.

The Rams return to the court in for non-conference action at Lasell Thursday, January 21st at 7p.m.

REVERE Sports THrough years

10 years ago

January 18, 2006

Five members of the RHS hockey team were suspended by School Supt. Paul Dakin this week after he had received photos from an anonymous source showing that the players were drinking at a party. The boys had posted the photos themselves on the web site MySpace.The five will be suspended for two games.

The RHS hockey team dominated play in both hames, but tough goaltending by the Patriots’ opponents resulted in a 3-2 loss to Marblehead and a 3-3 tie with Cambridge. Rich Mastropietro scored a goal with seven seconds to play to earn the tie with Cambridge.

The RHS girls gymnastics team scored 100 points for the first time this season, but fell to Winthrop. Soph Amy Patterson led Revere in all four events.

The RHS boys gymnastics team dropped a 157.5-131.7 decision to Beverly. Sophomore Veasna Deth Chan scored 40.6 points, the most by a Patriot gymnast in many years.

Courtney Lyons defeated her Lynn Classical and Danvers opponents in the 1000 meter dash in a tri-meet this past week. The Revere girls defeated Classical, but fell to Danvers.

The RHS girls basketball team chalked up its second win of the season, defeating Marblehead, 51-36. Senior point guard Alex DeMattia scored 16 points and was a force on defense. Soph Christina Cavagnaro hit for 15 points.

20 years ago

January 17, 1996

First-place Arlington held off a furious attack by the RHS hockey team to post a 3-2 victory over the Patriots. Scott Mallett and Nick Mosca scored the goals for Revere, which is in second place behind Arlington in the GBL standings.

The RHS boys basketball team suffered a pair of blowout losses, 55-25 to Medford and 57-43 to Malden, to remain winless.

Aisha Milbury scored 11 points to lead the RHS girls basketball team to its fourth straight win, 54-44 over Malden.

30 years ago

January 15, 1986

Despite 24 points from Sal Bottari, the RHS boys basketball team fell to 0-8 for the season with a 43-41 loss to Everett in the final two seconds.

The young and winless RHS hockey team was pummeled by identical scores of 9-0 by Arlington and Waltham.

The RHS boys indoor track team remained undefeated wit a 68-14 win over Chelsea in which Rich Casoli ran a time of 5.8 seconds in the 50 yard dash, the fastest in the GBL this year.

The RHS girls gymnastics team opened the season with an 80-67 win over Arlington. Rachel Costa and Deanne Mantia turned in fine all-around efforts for Coach Ann Montani’s squad.

The RHS boys gymnastics team, which was undefeated last year, dropped a 94.25-93.50 decision to Braintree in the season-opener. The boys were hurt by crippling injuries to captain John Spinelli, who did not compete in the meet, and fellow capt. Paul DeBenedictis and Scott Colameta, both of whom were injured midway through the meet.

40 years ago

January 21, 1976

The RHS hockey team lost its first two games of the season to fall to 4-2-3 with losses of 5-3 to Arlington and 6-4 to Peabody. Mike Gordon, Danny Imperato, and Bruce Piazza scored in the Arlington contest. Steve DiCarlo potted two goals against Peabody.

50 years ago

Jan. 20, 1966

The Immaculate Conception High basketball team defeated Xaverian High of Westwood behind 22 points by Mike Carabba. George Sullivan added 17 points, capt. George Patch hit for 11, and Steve Shea scored 14.

The once-beaten RHS hockey team is tied for first place in the Metropolitan Hockey League after defeating defending league champ Christopher Columbus. Revere’s lone blemish has come against Chelsea. In a 4-2 win over Everett, Louis Mastromarino scored two goals and Charlie Terban added a solo marker.

60 years ago

January 19, 1956

Frank McGovern tossed in 26 points, but the RHS basketball team dropped a 68-61 decision to Quincy. In a 62-40 loss to Somerville, Bob Taylor led the way with 11 points.

The Immaculate Conception basketball team is well on its way to another successful season with a 7-1 record, the lone loss coming by one-point to St. Clement’s. Steve White is the leading scorer for coach Freddie McDonough’s squad with 22 points per game.


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