RhS sports Roundup
RHS football team
drops 21-18 contest
The Revere High football team learned the hard truth of the long-held sports axiom that close only counts in horseshoes after the Patriots dropped a heart-breaking 21-18 decision to Lynn Classical Friday evening under the lights at a glistening Harry Della Russo Stadium.
Revere had taken the lead, after trailing for the entire game, late in the third period when tailback Victor Rivera (who turned in a superb performance on the night with 140 yards rushing) bolted 31 yards for a touchdown. The score gave the Patriots an 18-14 advantage.
However, as had occurred after Revere’s previous TDs, the Patriots were unable to convert on their two-point conversion attempt, a night-long failing that ultimately would prove to be a fatal shortcoming on the scoreboard.
The Revere defense to that point had played superlatively. After a Classical drive off the opening kickoff had given the Rams an early 7-0 lead, the Patriot defense had held firm, yielding Classical’s only other touchdown after the Rams had picked off a Revere pass deep in Patriot territory in the second period.
“Our defense had been tough all game,” said RHS head coach Lou Cicatelli, citing in particular the stalwart play of sophomore defensive end Eddie Ballou, senior defensive end Gianni Hill, strong safety Bader Hao, junior linebackers Jim Kiosius and Anthony Scoppetullo, senior captain and linebacker Anthony DeStefano, linebacker Oscar Lopez. “Up until Classical’s final drive, this had been our best game of the season defensively.”
However, with Classical taking over at its own nine yard line midway through the fourth quarter, the Rams proceeded to march the length of the field to score the winning TD with 39 seconds showing on the clock. “We stopped tackling,” noted Cicatelli. “But give Classical credit. They made the big plays to keep their final drive alive.”
Revere also played well offensively. The combo of quarterback Eddie Sullivan and top receiver Lopez connected for a pair of touchdowns on tosses of 16 and 20 yards in the first half, the latter TD coming with just 56 seconds remaining in the second period to leave matters at 14-12 in Classical’s favor at the intermission.
However, on three other occasions, the Patriots made forays into the red zone only to come up empty-handed. In addition, the inability to score on all three of their two-point PAT attempts highlighted Revere’s frustration when deep inside enemy territory.
“There were a lot of areas of our game in which we could have done better and on which we will need to improve, but overall I was pleased with our effort despite the defeat,” said Cicatelli. “A lot of our younger players showed that they are learning the system and are getting better with every game.”
Cicatelli and his crew, who just as easily could be standing at 2-1 instead of 0-3, face a tough challenge this week when they make the long trek to perennial NEC power Gloucester Friday evening.
Girls cross country
team defeats English
The Revere High girls cross country team finally got a chance to open their season this past week, trekking to the Lynn Woods Reservation for a tri-meet with Lynn English and Beverly last Tuesday. Coach Katie Sinnott and her Lady Patriots had been scheduled to open their season the week before against Saugus, but with Saugus being unable to field a cross-country team, the opener was delayed for a week.
The tri-meet truly was a tale of two opponents from the perspective of the Revere team, which easily handled English by a score of 17-42, but fell by an almost-identical score of 16-47 to perennial Northeastern Conference powerhouse Beverly.
“The Lynn Woods course, while very scenic, is tough and ever-challenging; the terrain is uneven and the hills are steep,” said Sinnott. “But in the end, the girls were able to come out of the meet with a win.”
Lady Patriot Hannah Fitzpatrick was the top finisher for Revere, coming across the line in fifth place overall and first in the race with Lynn English.
“Hannah ran extremely well,” noted Sinnott. “Her fifth place finish allowed us to avoid a shutout against Beverly for the first time since we joined the NEC.”
The individual results and times for the Revere girls were as follows:
Hannah Fitzpatrick — 5th overall 22:13
Monica Posada — 11th overall 24:38
Leila Cesic — 15th overall 24:43
Erika Cheever — 20th overall 25:42
Lani Stevens — 30th overall 29:05
Olivia Novoselsky — 31st overall 29:18
Megan Erwin — 34th overall 31:13
Shea Spolsino — 36th overall 32:38
Gabrielle O’Brien — 37th overall 33:21
Adela Mendoza — 38th overall 33:26
Salome Gezehagn — 41st overall 38:22
Sara Mejia — 42nd overall 38:24
Somaya Laroussi — 43rd overall 40:15
Yerilynn Monterosso — 44th overall 44:40
Hawa Barry — 45th overall 45:47
Nawal Khan — 46th overall 46:11
Manal Dembri — 47th overall 48:21
Sinnott and her crew were set to host Gloucester yesterday (Tuesday) on the Belle Isle course and will trek to Peabody next Wednesday.
RHS boys defeat
English in tri-meet
After waiting for a week to get their season underway because their scheduled season-opening opponent, Saugus, was unable to field a cross country team, the Revere High boys cross country squad opened its season at Lynn Woods with a tri-meet against Lynn English and Beverly last Tuesday.
The Patriots came home with half a loaf, defeating English narrowly by a close score of 25-30 and falling to Beverly, 15-50.
Junior Abubakir Aldarazy, competing in his first cross-country meet, was the first Revere runner across the line in a time of 20:24 over the three mile course that was good for third place in the competition with Lynn English.
Senior teammate and captain Sebastian Mejia was close behind with s clocking of 24:25, followed by fellow senior captain Zach Gentile, sophomore newcomer Kevin Nguyen, and returning veteran Arthur Lacerda.
The Patriots took places 3-4-5-6-7 to finish ahead of the remaining English runners and clinch the victory.
“Assistant coach Charles Willis and I were very pleased with our team’s effort,” said RHS head coach Mike Flynn. “We only have three boys with varsity experience and we were very proud of how they responded in their first race.”
Other Patriots who competed in the meet were Jonathan Nushi, Bryan Gutierrez, Brandon Nguyen, Brendan Christopher, James Carpinelli, Ryan Sarmanian, and Fabian Tran.
David Phan also started the race, but hurt his ankle along the course.
The Patriots were set to host Gloucester yesterday (Tuesday) on the Belle Isle course and will trek to Peabody next Wednesday.
RHS girls soccer
team ties English
The Revere High girls soccer team took on Lynn Classical and Lynn English last week, earning a 1-1 tie at English, but dropping a 2-1 decision at Classical.
The battle with Lynn Classical was a tough, hard-fought contest up to the ref’s final whistles. Susan DeLeon scored the Revere goal on a penalty klick after she had been taken down by a Lady Ram defender in the box and was awarded the PK.
“Our senior leadership from our captains, Luana Santos, Samantha Harrington, and Katherine Ramos, kept the girls going hard until the last whistle,” said RHS head coach Megan O’Donnell. “We lost a junior mid-fielder, Gabby Melendez, to a knee injury, but the girls are sending Gabby well-wishes for a speedy recovery.”
Last Thursday’s tie with Lynn English was a true team effort by the Lady Patriots. “We had great goal-keeping by Hanadi Kobilic and great midfield play by Latifa Khalil and Sabrina Maldonado,” said O’Donnell. “Sabrina has been the key to our midfield all season by moving the ball up to our forwards, Dooa Halty and Susan DeLeon.”
Maldonado scored Revere’s goal late in the second half with the assist from Harrington and Vanessa Rodriguez. O’Donnell also lauded the play of her team’s solid defense with Nicole Paddock, Santos, Ramos, Madison Cunningham, and Sari Saint-Hilaire providing strong support in front of Kobilic.
The Lady Patriots were set to take on Peabody this past Monday and trek to Marblehead today (Wednesday). They host Swampscott Friday and journey to Salem Thursday.
RHS field hockey
team working hard
After opening its season with a 9-0 rout of Malden, the Revere High field hockey team has dropped its past four games to Beverly (7-0), Danvers (4-0), Marblehead (3-0), and Saugus (4-0).
“Despite the losses, we have been working hard and improving as a team,” said RHS head coach Erin Parker. “This is the most talented group I have coached at Revere and when we turn it up offensively, I am confident we can compete with any team.”
The Lady Patriots are led this year by a trio of senior captains, Sam Woodman, Emily Brawley, and Cindy Murphy, and junior captain Natalie Maggioli.
Parker and her crew were set to play at Everett yesterday (Tuesday) and will trek to Peabody tomorrow. They will host Marblehead Saturday afternoon at 3:00 and entertain Beverly Monday before hitting the road to Danvers next Wednesday.
RHS sports Through the Years
10 years ago
September 27, 2006
The RHS football team fell to 0-3 with a 21-2 loss to Lynn English Saturday afternoon at rainy Harry Della Russo Stadium.. The Patriots took an early 2-0 lead on a safety, but English forced a safety of its own minutes later and then scored three TDs to come away with the win. Revere got inside the English five yard line on two occasions, but was unable to score. Sophomore Matt Gasparini ran for 74 yards on 17 carries for the Patriots.
The RHS boys soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Beverly. Asley Barrios scored the Patriot goal on a free kick.
The RHS boys cross country team shut out Saugus, 15-50. Senior co-captain Mario Herrera led the way for the Pats over their 2.73-mile home course in 16:26. John Cacaviello was next across the line in 16:34, followed by Anthony Hanslin and Kevin Swindle in 16:53 each and Maurizio Turco in 17:29.
The RHS golf team defeated two NEC opponents in convincing fashion, defeating Winthrop, 50.5-21.5, and Lynn English, 41-31. Brandon Pezzutto led the way for the Patriots in the No. 1 spot, shooting a one-under par 34, which included sinking a 35-foot putt on the fifth hole. Captain Matt Leslie defeated his Winthrop counterpart at No. 2, 8-1. Matt Robichaud triumphed at No. 3, 6-3, and Chistina Cavagnaro remained undefeated at No. 4 with an 8-1 victory. Kerri Roche also dominated her Winthrop foe at No. 8 with an 8-1 triumph.
The RHS field hockey team played well, but dropped contests to Marblehead and Swampscott, two of the top teams in the NEC, by hard-fought scores of 4-0 and 3-1. Stephanie Bruno scored the Revere goal in the Swampscott contest.
RHS volleyball coach Samantha Meier has stepped down from position after being promoted to the post of Dean of Students. The teachers’ contract forbids administrators from also serving as coaches. JV coach Stacey Grillo will move up to the head varsity slot.
20 years ago
September 25, 1996
The Revere High football team turned in a strong effort, but dropped a 14-0 decision to Wakefield in the season-opener Friday evening under the lights at Harry Della Russo Stadium. Wakefield scored two touchdowns just 39 seconds apart in the fourth quarter. Coach Mike Cella’s Patriots made three trips to the red zone, but came up empty-handed.
The RHS girls soccer team dropped a 5-3 decision to Malden. Lisa Ferrara, Danielle D’Alelio, and Dany Chan scored the goals for Revere.
The RHS field hockey team dropped to 1-5 on the season with three losses this week, two by shutout scores, to GBL rivals.
30 years ago
October 1, 1986
Despite a strong effort once again from the defense, the RHS football team was unable to generate any offense and was shut out for the second straight week in a 13-0 loss to Waltham under the lights Friday evening at Harry Della Russo Stadium. The contest was the first meeting between the schools in 47 years.
Ronnie’s Carpet won the city softball championship in the Men’s A Division, defeating the Ciambelli/Pagliuca Club three games to two in the championship series at Hill Park. In the B Division, the S&M team defeated Clothing & Sneaker Outlet in the title series.
40 years ago
September 22, 1976
Bobby DeNofrio rushed for 62 yards and scored the lone TD of the day in a 6-3 overtime victory for the RHS football team in the season-opener against Haverhill Saturday. Haverhill had the first possession in the overtime, but did not advance beyond the 10 yard line thanks to a staunch effort by the Revere defense, which held Haverhill to zero yards in four plays. Haverhill then kicked a field goal. Revere won the game on its possession when DeNofrio went over from two yards out on fourth down.
50 years ago
September 29, 1966
An inexperienced and porous line proved the downfall for coach Silvio Cella’s RHS football team in a 22-16 loss to North Quincy, a newcomer to the GBL, in the season-opening contest for both teams. Ron Ferullo tossed a four-yard TD pass to Ron Iovanna and fullback Frank LeMoure went over from one yard out to account for the Revere touchdowns.
Mike Carabba, a returning All-Catholic Conference all-star, ran for one touchdown and tossed TD passes of 19 and 10 yards to Jim Fahey to lead the Immaculate Conception High football team to a 32-8 victory over St. Mary’s of Brookline in the season-opener Sunday at Paul Revere Stadium. IC extended its winning a streak against Catholic Suburban League opponents to 17 games.
60 years ago
September 27, 1956
Joe Merullo ran four yards for one touchdown, ran back an interception for another, and tossed a 35 yard TD pass to Jerry Jordan to lead the RHS football team to an 18-7 win over Saugus in the season-opener Saturday afternoon at Paul Revere Stadium.
70 years ago
September 26, 1946
The Revere High football team opened its season in fine style with an 18-6 triumph over Lawrence High Sunday. Coach George M. Kenneally’s squad used its heavy line to smash Lawrence wide-open before a crowd of 6000 fans. Rocco Cerrone and Frank MacDonald were the big guns for the Revere offense.
The Immaculate Conception High football team took on a squad of Alumni in a pre-season contest Saturday. Coach Tony Comerford’s boys fell to the Alumni team by a score of 12-7 before 1500 fans.