RhS sports Roundup
Girls track team defeats Saugus, 90-44
The Revere High girls track team was racing on all cylinders last week, defeating Saugus, 90-44.
Helen Perez and Rachel Shanbar paced the Lady Patriots to the victory with wins in two individual events apiece. Helen captured the 400 hurdles in a time of 73.6 and the 400 dash in a clocking of 69.6.
“Helen missed qualifying for the D-1 state meet by just six-tenths of a second in the 400 hurdles,” said RHS head coach Antonio LaBruna. “She got a real push from her Saugus counterpart, whom she ended up outkicking down the straightaway. That push led her to a huge PR and a near-berth in the state meet.”
Shanbar took first in the shotput with a toss of 30’-4” and the discus with a throw of 83’-2”. “Rachel threw over 30 feet for the first time in the shot-put,” said LaBruna. “She finished third in the shotput against Saugus during the winter season, so she got some revenge.”
Other first-place finishers for Revere were: Leila Cesic (2 mile) in 14:39; Estefania Velasquez (high hurdles) in 18.2; Trisha Cheever (800M) in 2:44.9; Suellen Guerreiro (mile) in 5:53.2; and Valentina Montoya (high jump) with a leap of 4’-4”.
“Suellen Guerreiro broke 6:00 minutes in the mile for the first time,” added LaBruna. “Suellen ran an incredibly fast last lap and I couldn’t be happier for her. She never has a bad race.”
Both relay teams also brought home first place finishes. The 4X100 quartet (Claritza Vasquez, Angelina Nguyen, Catherine Elam, Janine So) finished in a time of 55.7 and the 4X400 foursome (Amanda Edmunds, Monica Posada, Leila Cesic, Stephanie Vu) came across in 5:17.
Second-place finishers for Revere were: Amanda Edmunds (High Hurdles) in 21.5; Monica Posada (2 Mile) in 14:51; Catherine Elam (400M) in 72.2; Hannah Fitzpatrick (800M) in 2:46 and the mile in 5:53.3; Catherine Elam (Triple Jump) with a landing of 28’-11” and the long jump with a leap of 13’-4”; Mariana Montoya (High Jump) with a leap of 4’-2”; and Janine So (Javelin) 85’3”.
Third-place finishers were: Estefania Velasquez (400M Hurdles) in 78.2; Joanna Severino (2 Mile) in 16:08; Amanda Edmunds (400M) in 78.6; Suellen Guerreiro (800M) in 2:53; Arielys Garcia (Javelin) with a toss of 75’-4”; Claritza Vasquez (Long Jump) with her leap of 13’-1”; Angelina Nguyen (Triple Jump) with a distance of 28’-2.5”.
“Our team really stepped up against Saugus,” added LaBruna. “The times in all of the running events were fast and our throwers had huge days as well. It was a well-deserved first win.”
LaBruna and his squad are set to take on Lynn Classical today (Wednesday) at Manning Field in Lynn. “They beat us last spring and we tied this winter, so it should be a very competitive meet,” said the coach. “Classical is really strong in the sprints, jumps, and hurdles, so we’ll have to scrape up a few points in those events and clean up in the mid-distance, distance, and throwing events in order to win.”
RHS boys tennis team nets three wins
The Revere High boys tennis team enjoyed a superb week, winning three of its four matches and almost winning the fourth.
Junior Mateo Lopez, the top Patriot player in the number one singles slot, was a perfect 4-for-4, all in straight set victories, against his counterparts from Lynn English, Gloucester, Medford, and Peabody. Mateo defeated his English rival 6-0, 6-2; his Gloucester foe 6-2, 6-4; his Medford opponent 6-4, 6-0; and his Peabody rival, 6-1, 6-1. All together, Mateo won all eight sets by a combined score of 48-14, a dominating performance by any measure.
Fellow junior Davd Grujic, who plays in the second singles spot, also defeated all four of his rivals: 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) vs. English; 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 vs. Gloucester; 6-0, 6-3 vs. Medford; and 6-0, 6-0 vs. Peabody.
Revere’s third singles player, junior Andrea Shehaj, split 2-2 for the week. He defeated his Medford (6-4, 6-0) and Peabody (6-0, 6-0) opponents, but fell to his English (2-6, 5-7) and Gloucester (1-6, 2-6) counterparts.
The first doubles duo of juniors Naveed Jabar and Josh Preciado won their matches in three sets each against English (6-4, 5-7, 6-4) and Medford (6-2, 4-6,7-6).
In the Gloucester contest, Jabbar and junior Ralph Corbelle lost at first doubles, 1-6, 1-6. In the Peabody match, Jabbar teamed with David Henao for a 6-3, 6-0 triumph.
The second doubles tandem of sophomore Josue Martinez and Corbelle defeated their English counterparts, 6-2, 7-6 (7-0). In the Gloucester match, the duo of Martinez and Henao lost 0-6, 2-6. Medford and Peabody did not have a second doubles team.
The final tallies showed Revere defeating English, 4-1; Medford, 4-0; and Peabody, 4-0; but falling to Gloucester, 3-2.
Coach Mike Flynn and his crew, who now are 3-3 on the season, were scheduled to play at Salem this past Monday and then host Marblehead Wednesday, Beverly Thursday, and Swampscott this coming Monday. They will play at Winthrop this coming Tuesday.
RHS softball team splits two contests
The Revere High softball team split a pair of contests during the latter part of the vacation week.
Last Wednesday, the Lady Patriots walked their way — literally and figuratively — to a 25-2 win over Lynn English. The Lady Ram pitchers issued bases-on-balls to no fewer than 20 Revere batters and the contest ended after five innings because of the mercy rule.
When Lady Patriot batters were not strolling to first, their offense was led by Juliana Cecere with three hits and Victoria Correia with two hits.
Sophomore Gia Santinello handled the pitching duties and fanned eight English opponents. Gia yielded both of the Ram tallies early in the contest, but settled down to toss shutout ball the rest of the way.
Revere trekked to Peabody Friday and returned home with the first loss of the season, 7-4. Revere grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a triple by Ally Hinojosa and successful suicide squeeze by Santinello.
However, what to this point in the season has been some uncharacteristic Revere fielding miscues allowed Peabody to score an unearned run in the bottom of the first and add three more of the unearned variety in the third to make it 4-1.
The Lady Patriots rallied in the sixth for three runs to deadlock matters at 4-4. Alina Giuliano and Cheyanne Fullen delivered key base hits in the Revere rally.
However, Peabody counterpunched for three runs of their own in their half of the frame, one of which was unearned.
Freshman Olivia McManus, though lacking her best stuff, pitched well enough to win, but six Revere errors that led to five unearned Peabody runs proved fatal to the Revere cause.
“We know we have to be MUCH sharper to compete and win,” said RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello. ”We are a three-phase team, pitching, defense, and offense. If one of the three are not sharp, we will have a tough time winning against anybody. The first five games we certainly were and that’s why we won. Then we weren’t, and we didn’t — simple.”
The Lady Patriots were set to trek to Gloucester this past Monday and will host Saugus today (Wednesday) and Salem on Friday at Ambrose Field, which is the Lady Patriots’ temporary home diamond. All games are at 4:30.
Next week they play at Marblehead Monday and at Swampscott Wednesday.
RHS girls lax fighting hard
The young Revere High girls lacrosse team showed some promising signs in hard-fought contests this past week.
Although the Lady Patriots ended up on the short end of a 10-7 decision to Salem, they held a 5-4 lead at the half.
“Our defense and goaltending (seven saves) came up big for us,” said RHS head coach Karen Atkinson. “We worked together well, and had minor breakdowns which Salem capitalized on.”
Freshman Emily DiGiulio scored two goals and notched one assist and fellow freshman Kiana Napolitano scored four goals with one assist. Senior captain Amina Mansouri scored one goal and had one assist. Marina Robinson had two assists for the game.
“We have been struggling to control the game play, but do well capitalizing when we have a chance to score,” said Atkinson. “We are hoping that as the season continues to progress, we will be able to do better at controlling the pace of the game.”
The Lady Patriots then battled Gloucester fiercely two days later before dropping a 12-9 decision. Kiana Napolitano scored six goals and had one assist. Emily DiGiulio and Amina Mansouri each scored one goal and one assist. Marina Robinson scored one goal and Jenna Wells added an assist.
“We had minor breakdowns during the Gloucester game,” noted Atkinson. “Ground balls were a true struggle for us the entire game, as well as winning possession off the draw.”
Defensively, goalie Shateya Travis came up huge in the second half, allowing Gloucester to score only four goals. Shateya recorded 15 saves in the contest.
In a game with Wakefield last week, a 17-3 loss, DiGiulio scored off a fast break from midfield when she got behind the Wakefield defense and was able to capitalize on the opportunity.
Napolitano notched a goal and an assist and Robinson scored a goal off the crease.
“This game was a great learning experience for our young team,” said RHS head coach Karen Atkinson. “Wakefield was able to take advantage of our defense and controlled the majority of the game play in our defensive zone off the draw. We are definitely looking forward to our next game against them in hopes to be more prepared on defense, as well as have an offensive push.
“I am excited to see what the rest of the season holds for us defensively and offensively,” added Atkinson.
The Lady Patriots were scheduled to host Peabody yesterday (Tuesday); trek to Marblehead Friday; journey to Malden Monday; and entertain Beverly next Wednesday.
Kobilic wins two matches for RHS girls
Junior Hanadi Kobilic, Revere’s number one girls’ tennis player, won two matches this past week in contests against Peabody and Gloucester.
Hanadi scored the lone point for Revere in a 4-1 loss to Peabody last Monday, defeating her Lady Tanner counterpart at No. 1 in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Two days later against Gloucester, Kobilic triumphed in straight sets, 7-6, 7-5.
“Hannah played very well in both matches,” said RHS head coach Carla Maniscalco.
The second doubles duo of juniors Katherine Guzman and Lariza Haro also won their match against Gloucester, overcoming their opponents in three hard-fought sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. “That was a nice comeback win for Lariza and Kathrine,” noted Maniscalco.
Freshman Farah Selman in the second singles slot almost pulled out a victory against her Gloucester foe that would have given Revere the match, but fell in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 2-6.
Lady Patriot senior captain Lyba Khan, playing at third singles, came through with a strong second set in a 1-6, 4-6 defeat. The first doubles tandem of juniors Alondra Esparza and Victoria Mom also fell in two sets, 3-6, 2-6.
Maniscalco and her squad were set to meet Salem this past Monday and trek to Marblehead today (Wednesday). They go to Beverly tomorrow, host Saugus Friday, play at Swampscott Monday, and entertain Winthrop Tuesday. Gurska earns NEWMAC softball weekly award
The WPI softball battery of senior pitcher Clare Doolin (Newton, Mass.) and junior catcher Lindsay Gurska (Revere, Mass.) have been named the NEWMAC Pitcher and Co-Player of the Week for their performances the week ending Sunday, April 17. Gurska shares the accolade with senior Tori Jensen (Holliston, Mass.) from league-leading MIT.
Doolin won the first game of all four of WPI’s doubleheaders last week to help the Engineers post a 7-1 record, including a 6-0 mark versus NEWMAC opponents. The senior captain hurled 21 innings, yielding just three runs, 15 hits and three walks while striking out 23. Doolin bookended her week with complete games, beginning with a 10 strikeout performance against Coast Guard and ending with a three-hit shutout versus Wellesley.
Gurska continued her outstanding season by record a hit and a run in all eight of the Engineers games last week. The junior batted .500 (11-for-22) with eight runs scored, and nine batted in. Gurska, who is in the top three in all three of the triple crown categories, belted homers in victories against Worcester State and Smith and caught all 41 innings without an error.
The Engineers (27-5), who are currently second in the NEWMAC standings, return to action Wednesday when the team welcomes Westfield State to Rooftop Field for a 4pm non-conference set. WPI then heads to MIT for a crucial 3pm twinbill Friday before returning home for Senior Day on Saturday versus Babson at noon.
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RHS sports Through the Years
10 years ago
April 26, 2006
Christina Polsonetti allowed just four hits and fanned three, but the RHS softball team provided no run support for her fine effort in a 2-0 loss to Marblehead. In a 19-1 win over Madison Park, Lauren Forgione tossed a no-hitter in the contest, which was halted after five innings because of the mercy rule. Amanda Morash socked a home run; Christina Polsonetti was 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI; and Lisa Polsonetti was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Traditional Opening Day ceremonies for the 54th season of Revere Little League are set for Sunday.
20 years ago
April 24, 1996
The young RHS baseball team finally opened its season this week, splitting its first four games. One of the wins was a stunning 7-3 upset of sixth-ranked Andover. Kevin Gilberti and Anthony Virgilio were both 3-for-4 for coach Al Blasi’s squad.
The RHS softball team opened its season with a 2-1 mark. Wins of 17-11 over Somerville and 11-6 over Waltham were sandwiched around a 12-1 loss to Everett. Lady Patriot sophomore shortstop Gina Addonizio swatted a two-run homer vs. Somerville. Michelle DeCuir had two doubles and six RBI against Waltham.
30 years ago
April 23, 1986
Senior right-hander Joe DeLuca pitched well enough to win, but received no support from his teammates in a 1-0 loss to Newton North. However, coach Al Blasi’s Patriots bounced back with wins of 10-4 over No. Quincy and 5-4 over Quincy. In the No. Quincy victory, Bobby Scott had two hits, including a double and two RBI. In the Quincy triumph, freshman Brian Bright blasted a 400-foot homer and had four RBI.
40 years ago
April 21, 1976
Sophomore southpaw Stephen Cushing hurled a seven-hit, 10-strikeout pitching effort against Arlington to lead the RHS baseball team to a 4-2 victory. Senior co-captain Tom Canaruzza collected a double, single, and walk to lead Revere offensively for coach Al Blasi’s team.
The RHS boys tennis team, which now is a varsity sport, has opened the season with a 3-3 record. First singles Frank Bocchino led the way for Revere in triumphs over Winthrop and Everett.