Lianne O’Hara named new girls basketball coach
By Cary Shuman
Lianne O’Hara, an eighth grade science teacher at the Rumney Marsh Academy, has been named the head coach of the Revere High School girls basketball team.
Frank Shea, Revere director of athletics, made the announcement Tuesday after a selection process that drew three candidates from the school system.
“I think Lianne will bring a lot of positives to the program,” said Shea. “She has the knowledge and the tournament experience and she used to be the [Revere] middle school coach and was very successful in that role.”
O’Hara, who has been an assistant coach at Bishop Fenwick (Peabody) for the past six seasons and is coming off a Division 3 state championship season with the Crusaders, said she is excited to take over the school’s successful basketball program.
“I am excited and nervous at the same time,” said O’Hara. “I know there’s a lot to live up to because Diana [Finn] did such a great job with them.”
Prior to her coaching experience at Fenwick, O’Hara was the coach of the Revere Middle School team for six seasons. She led a Revere contingent to its first undefeated team. That team included Morgan Jenkins, Caitlin Caramello, and Gina Restiano, who went on to excel in the high school program.
O’Hara received a degree in Education from Salem State University in 2001. She has been a teacher in the Revere school system for 15 years, having served as a substitute teacher in Revere during her college years. As a teenager, she received her lifeguard certification in the city and worked in the Revere Aquatics program at the Garfield School.
“Since I’ve been 16, I’ve been working in Revere,” said O’Hara, whose father, Mark, is an RHS graduate. Her uncle, Edward O’Hara, is a former sports great in the city.
Lianne O’Hara said she draws a lot of her coaching philosophy from Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis. “I’m going to look for my players to put heart and hustle in every game and practice,” she said.
RhS sports Roundup
RHS football team
hosts Saugus Friday
The Revere High football team will be shooting for its first victory of the season Friday evening when the Patriots host Saugus under the lights at Harry Della Russo Stadium. Kick off is set for the usual 7:00 p.m.
The Patriots came out on the short end of a 34-14 decision this past Friday night at Gloucester. A scoreless first period foreshadowed the Patriot frustration to come when a Revere drive into the Fishermen’s territory ended with an interception, the first of five Revere turnovers (three INTs, two fumbles) on the evening.
“We couldn’t get anything going offensively, and when we did, we committed too many mistakes and too many turnovers,” said RHS head coach Lou Cicatelli.
A bright spot for the Patriots was the superb performance of senior captain and running back Victor Rivera, who rushed for 140 yards, including a 90 yard scamper on which Victor brought the ball to the Gloucester five yard line. Rivera earned the nod for the TD carry.
The Patriots’ other score came late in the came on a three-yard run by Jonathan Murphy, who also lugged the ball into the end zone for the two-point conversion.
Despite the final showing on the scoreboard, Cicatelli was pleased with the overall performance of his defensive unit, particularly the efforts of senior captains John DeSimone, who led the Pats in tackles with 12 and was all over the field, and Anthony DeStefano.
“We knew there would be a steep learning curve for our younger players, but we are getting better and hopefully we’ll start to get some wins,” said Cicatelli, who is hoping that victory #1 will come this Friday evening.
RHS volleyball team
wins pair, now at 5-3
The Revere High volleyball team is off to a fine 5-3 start to the 2016 season under the direction of new head coach Brenna Suslak. The Lady Patriots most-recent victory was a 3-1 triumph over Salem last Thursday.
“The team is really starting to gel together, despite a recent injury to our setter and head captain, Janine So, who is out with a knee injury,” said Suslak. “However, Janine’s leadership continues to be an integral part of the team as she assumes more of an assistant-coach role.
In addition to So, other captains for the 2016 Lady Patriots are senior Samantha Myrtil, senior Meaghan Gotham, and junior Valentina Pepic.
“I’m very proud of the resilience my team has shown this past week,” said Suslak, whose squad also defeated Swampscott to get above the .500 mark. “We won both games this week, despite losing Janine as a player on Tuesday. Setter Christina Restrepo and setter-right side hitter Joice Oliveira, both juniors, have really stepped up to fill the hole left by Janine.”
Suslak noted some of the other Lady Patriots who have played important roles in the team’s success thus far.
“Sophomore Kiana Napolitano has been added as a libero this season, showing great digging power in the back row,” said Suslak. “Samantha Myrtil’s powerful hits and serves have been crucial for us. Meaghan and Valentina show real skill as our middle hitters, finding the holes and not letting much get past them as blockers.
“Sophomore Emily DiGiulio and senior Hailey Poole have proven themselves as strong members of the team in the outside hitter position,” continued Suslak. “Seniors Arielys Garcia, Crystal Terrazas, and Estefania Velasquez have shown great maturity and leadership in their willingness to try new positions for the good of the team as a whole.
“I am very excited about what the rest of the season has in store for us as we continue to grow and improve as a team,” added the coach.
Suslak and her crew were set to play at Malden this past Monday and will play at Winthrop tonight (Wednesday) in a rivalry game. The Lady Patriots travel to Saugus Friday and will host Northeast Regional Tuesday.
RHS girls cross country
team continues to improve
Although the Revere High girls cross country team came out on the long end of their 20-37 loss to Gloucester Tuesday, RHS head coach Katie Sinnott was pleased with her team’s performance in their first home meet of the season at the 2.89 mile Belle Isle course.
“We came out of it with a loss, but nearly every runner improved their race pace from last week,” said Sinnott. “Returning runners Hannah Fitzpatrick and Monica Posada bested their previous record on the home course and continue to lead the team. Sophomore Leila Cesic, Olivia Novoselsky, and freshman Erika Cheever rounded out our scoring.
“Somaya Laroussi was our most improved runner, with a per-mile pace nearly three minutes faster than last week,” added Sinnott.
Sinnott and her crew are set to trek to Peabody today (Wednesday). They will host Lynn Classical at Belle Isle this coming Tuesday.
Individual results for the Gloucester meet:
Hannah Fitzpatrick – 3rd overall – 19:35
Monica Posada – 5th overall – 21:22
Leila Cesic – 8th overall – 22:08
Erika Cheever – 9th overall – 22:38
Olivia Novoselsky – 12th overall – 26:49
Sara Mejia – 13th overall – 30:13
Somaya Laroussi – 14th overall 30:22
Salome Gezehagn – 15th overall – 32:12
Gisella Fuentes – 16th overall – 32:20
Hawa Barry – 17th overall – 37:40
Nawal Khan – 18th overall – 41:34
Manal Dembri – 19th overall – 41:43
RHS field hockey
team ties Everett
The Revere High field hockey team dueled former Greater Boston League rival Everett to a 0-0 deadlock last Tuesday.
“Sophomore Jessica Vo stepped up for us and had a great game,” said RHS head coach Erin Parker “Sam Karl played well in goal.”
The Lady Patriots played well in a 2-0 loss to Peabody Thursday and then dropped a 5-0 decision to Marblehead Saturday.
“Victoria Correia was explosive on the forward line and helped create some opportunities for us offensively,” noted Parker of Victoria’s performance in the Marblehead contest.
“Although we’re still struggling to put the ball in the net, the girls continue to work hard and improve,” said Parker.
The Lady Patriots were set to take on Beverly this past Monday. They trek to Danvers today (Wednesday) and will entertain Swampscott tomorrow (Thursday).
A day of PRs for RHS
boys cross country
Although the Revere High boys cross country team dropped a 20-35 decision to Gloucester last Tuesday on the Patriots’ home course, almost every boy on the RHS squad achieved a personal record (PR) on the Belle Isle course.
Zach Gentile set a PR with his fourth place finish in 17:45. Abubakir Aldarazy was another PR runner for Revere with a fifth place performance in 17:51.
Senior captain Sebastian Mejia, a four year runner for coach Mike Flynn’s squad, topped his previous fastest run by 12 seconds with a time of 17:54, which was good for seventh spot.
Arthur LaCerda PRd for ninth place with a clocking of 18:37 and Kevin Nguyen, despite battling a cold, rounded out the Revere scoresheet with a 10th place finish in a time of 18:57.
The remaining seven Patriot competitors also achieved PRs on their home course: Jonathan Nushi in 19:23; Bryan Gutierrez in 20:28; Brandon Nguyen in 23:12; Fabio Tran in 23:45; Brendan Christopher in 23:50; James Carpineli in 23:52; and Ryan Sarmanian in 23:53.
“Everybody is working hard and running faster which is a great thing to see,” said Flynn. “We have a lot of new faces this year and it’s exciting to watch them develop week-by-week.”
The Patriots were set to trek to Peabody today (Wednesday) and will be back at Belle Isle to host Lynn Classical Tuesday.
RhS sports Through the Years
10 years ago
October 4, 2006
The RHS football team dropped a 30-15 decision to Somerville despite holding the lead in the fourth quarter Friday night at Harry Della Russo Stadium. Steve Ennamorati tossed a 69 yard TD pass to Andrew Alves for the first Revere TD and Alves rushed for five yards for the second RHS score. The Patriots now are 0-4 on the season.
The RHS golf team won its third straight match, defeating Cambridge 44.5-27.5. Revere was led by No. 1 player Brandon Pezzutto and Matt Leslie at No. 2.
Colby Hough led the RHS girls cross country team to a shutout victory over Lynn Classical. Hough covered the Lynn Woods course in 24:03. Sister Tayla Hough was the next Lady Patriot in 25:44.
Yvonne Rincon scored two goals to lead the RHS girls soccer team to a 2-1 win over Gloucester.
The RHS boys soccer team dueled Classical and Saugus to 0-0 deadlocks this week before dropping a 4-0 decision to Gloucester.
The RHS boys cross country team defeated Salem and Lynn Classical in a tri-meet this week at the Lynn Woods course. Mario Herrera led the Patriots with a time of 18:29.
20 years ago
October 2, 1996
The Revere High football team dropped a 32-0 decision to GBL powerhouse Everett, even though Everett was playing without the services of star running back Omari Easy. The Revere offense managed just 71 total yards.
Stephanie Sorrentino scored three goals to lead the RHS girls soccer team to a 5-1 win over Somerville. Dany Chan and Lisa Ferraro also scored for the Lady Patriots.
The RHS boys cross country team remained undefeated with a shutout victory over Everett and a 24-25 win over Malden. Samnang Ros set the pace for the Patriots in both meets.
The RHS girls cross country team also was victorious over Malden and Everett, led by the blazing pace set by top Lady Patriot runner Jill Accettullo.
A group of 144 golfers participated in the third annual Peter Jordan Memorial Golf Tournament held at the Gannon Golf Course in Lynn this past week.
30 years ago
October 8, 1986
The Revere High football team allowed a 12-0 lead to dissipate in the final minutes and turn into an 18-12 loss at Medford Saturday. Fred Cineli recovered a Medford fumble in the end zone for the first RHS score and Shawn Vetere ran seven yards for the second. Revere’s hopes for victory were sunk by two interceptions, a fumble, and a blocked punt.
Sophomore Jennifer Wells scored a goal in the second half to give the RHS field hockey team a 2-1 victory over Bishop Fenwick, the first victory for the Lady Patriot field hockey program in four years. Diane DiGiovanni scored the first goal and goalie Merrily Galatis made 25 saves for coach Pat Kuzdzal’s squad.
The RHS boys and girls cross country teams defeated Peabody. In the girls’ race, Michele McDonald was the top Revere finisher in third place in 20:31. Paul Fusco topped the field in the boys’ race in 16:26.
More than 200 persons were on hand for a testimonial in honor of long-time Little League coach Paul Pruitt, who has served for 15 years in the local league. Pruitt is the freshman baseball coach at St. John’s Prep.
The Revere High girls soccer team, which is in its inaugural season as a club sport, defeated Melrose, 2-1, in its debut. Lauren MacDonald earned the distinction of scoring the first goal in the new program’s history and Kim Kelley scored the game-winner on a header off a corner kick from McDonald.
40 years ago
September 29, 1976
Despite moving inside the Arlington 20-yard line on six separate occasions, the RHS football team was unable to score and dropped a 6-0 decision to the Spy Ponders The middle of the Revere defensive line, anchored by Richard “Duck” Lagorio, Michael Tracy, and Rocco Iacoviello, played an outstanding game, with Arlington’s only score of the game coming in the final minutes on a long pass play.
The RHS cross country team stands at 3-1 after losing a meet to Chelsea, a powerhouse in the GBL, which has now won 38 meets in a row. In an 18-28 win over Peabody, Cliff Lusso led the Patriots over the 2.4 mile course in a time of 13:54. Larry Welch was second in 14:08, Gary McCarthy third in 14:11, Steve McDonald fourth in 14:18, and David Catrone eighth in 14:52.
The young and inexperienced RHS soccer team has scored only one goal this season in four games. Al Macomber has scored the lone goal for coach Dom Lomanno’s squad.
50 years ago
October 6, 1966
The Revere High football team defeated Quincy, 14-6, Monday in a contest that had been postponed because of Saturday’s nor’easter. Revere quarterback Ron Ferullo tossed a TD pass to Ron Alexander with one second left in the first half and then was on the receiving end of a cross-field pass from Ron Iovanna after Ferullo had lateraled the ball to Iovanna, who was playing halfback. The game originally scheduled for next Friday night at Everett has been moved to Saturday afternoon in the wake of the riot at last week’s Everett game in which two persons were stabbed in the melee that broke out after Somerville had pulled off an upset victory.
Former star RHS quarterback Jim DelGaizo has earned the starting position at quarterback from Syracuse head coach Ben Schwartzwalder after leading the Orangemen to a big win over Maryland last week. DelGaizo, a sophomore, tossed four touchdown passes in the contest. Syracuse had been reeling prior to DelGaizo stepping in, having dropped contests previously to Baylor and UCLA under a different quarterback. Twin brother John DelGaizo, a wide receiver, also played in the Maryland game.
Some 180 boys and their fathers attended the annual Beachmont VFW Fathers and Sons Breakfast Sunday. The guests of honor were Boston Celtics statistician Bill Mokray and Chick Whalen, a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Movies of the 1966 NBA playoffs were shown.
60 years ago
October 4, 1956
The RHS football team defeated Malden Catholic, 7-0, this past weekend. Joe Kelfer ran 32 yards for the lone touchdown of the game. Kelfer also had an 88 yard kickoff return for a touchdown called back because of a penalty. Tony Lavargna, Jerry Jordan, and the rest of the Revere line played well in the victory.
The Immaculate Conception High football team routed St. Clement’s of Somerville, 18-2, this past week. Hooten hit Cassidy for a TD pass and Graf and Hooten scored on short runs.
70 years ago
October 3, 1946
The Revere High football team shellacked Chelsea, 32-0, Sunday afternoon before 10,000 fans at Paul Revere Stadium. RHS quarterback Rocco Cerrone and running back Frank MacDonald proved too much for Chelsea, running roughshod over the Red Devils.