RhS sports Roundup
Boys tennis team wins first two matches
The Revere High boys tennis team won its opening matches of the 2017 season with victories over Malden and Somerville, a pair of former long-time opponents from the Greater Boston League who have joined the Northeastern Conference this spring after the GBL disbanded.
In a 4-1 victory over Malden, the Patriot’s top player, David Grujic, defeated his Golden Tornado counterpart at first singles in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
Josh Preciado defeated his Malden rival in the third singles slot, 6-4, 6-2, and both of the Revere doubles pairings topped their Malden opponents. The duo of Naveed Jabbar & Josue Martinez won their match at first doubles 7-6 (5), 6-2 and the tandem of Sid Men & Eric Meza took their match at second doubles, 6-3, 6-3.
In the Somerville match, Revere won by a narrower margin, 3-2. Preciado was the lone Patriot winner in the singles matches, capturing his hard-fought battle at third singles, 7-6 (5), 7-5.
Naveed Jabbar & Ralph Corbelle were victorious at first doubles 6-4, 7-5 and Josue Martinez & Eric Meza triumphed at second doubles, 6-4, 6-3.
Coach Mike Flynn and his Patriots took on Marblehead this past Monday and were scheduled to play at Lynn Classical today (Wednesday). They will trek to Winthrop tomorrow and then host Swampscott this Monday and entertain Lynn English next Wednesday.
Girls lacrosse team wins two of three matches
The Revere High girls lacrosse team enjoyed a successful week, winning two of its three matches. The Lady Patriots cruised past Winthrop last Tuesday, 15-2, and shut out Malden (a rarity in lacrosse), 9-0, on Friday.
Sandwiched between the twin wins was the Lady Patriots’ lone setback, a 17-5 decision to Woburn in a non-league match.
A key to the victory over Winthrop was Revere’s ability to control the draw. Jenna Wells and Taylor Sujko both won five draws and Kiana Napolitano was credited with four draw controls.
“This has been a major focus of ours and we are trying our best to gain possession in the midfield,” said RHS head coach Karen Atkinson.
Another positive aspect for the Lady Patriots was that there were assists on nine of the 15 goals they scored against Winthrop, an indication that the Revere girls are working together to generate their offense, rather than relying on individual drives to the goal.
“This also has been a priority of ours this season,” noted Atkinson.
Point-scorers for Revere in the win over the Lady Vikings were: sophomores Lily DelloIacono with one goal, Jenna Wells with two goals and one assist, Emily DiGiulio with two goals and two assists, Kiana Napolitano with five goals and two assists, Taylor Sujko with one goal and one assist; juniors Marina Robinson and Taylor Giuffre-Catalano with one assist each; and seniors Cindy Murphy with three goals and one assist and Jennifer Correa with one goal.
In the 9-0 victory over Malden, the Revere scoring attack once again was spread out. Wells had one goal and one assist, Kiana Napolitano had three goals, Marina Robinson had one goal, Taylor Sujko had two goals and two assists, and Jessica Haggerty had two goals and one assist.
“Malden played aggressively and it flustered us,” said Atkinson. “Although we came out with the win, they had an aggressive ride that was impressive.”
The Revere defense was solid, with the team recording many interceptions. The Lady Patriots who accounted for the interceptions were Marina Robinson, Danela Ortez, Jenna Wells (two), Lily DelloIacono, and Gabby DeLorenzo.
“Although Danela Ortez recorded only one interception, she played very well in our defensive zone, which helped us transition the ball and push our offense, noted Atkinson.
As for the Woburn outcome, Atkinson was pleased with her team’s effort despite the loss.
“We worked hard the entire time, “ said the coach. “We struggled with gaining possession off the draw. We had five total draw controls, which equated the number of our goals.”
Jenna Wells controlled two draws, Emily DiGiulio had a huge draw control when Kiana Napolitano pulled the ball back behind the restraining line, and Kiana Napolitano two recorded draw controls.
Point-scorers were Jenna Wells with two assists, Jessica Haggerty with one goal and one assist, and Kiana Napolitano with four goals.
“We struggled with transitioning the ball from our defensive zone into our offensive zone due to Woburn’s ride,” added Atkinson. “Offensively I believe we were a bit flustered and rushed our opportunities. We had 10 shots on goal, but we only capitalized on five of them. Although this game was tough for us, it hopefully will help as we continue throughout our season.”
Atkinson and her crew, who now stand at 3-4 for the year, trek to Salem Friday; host Wakefield Monday; and travel to Saugus next Wednesday.
Girls javelin, shot-put teams win at NEC Relays
The Revere High girls outdoor track and field team claimed two titles in Saturday’s Northeastern Conference Relays with victories in the javelin and the shot-put.
In the shot-put, the trio of Rachel Shanbar, Sam Myrtil, and Arielys Garcia combined their throws for a distance 85’-4”, handily defeating the runner-up team, Saugus, by five feet.
The Lady Patriot javelin trio comprised of Janine So, Arielys Garcia, and Sam Myrtil struggled individually, but still managed to beat second-place Swampscott by two feet.
“We have a small group of throwers, but talent-wise they are among the best in the league,” said RHS head coach Antonio LaBruna. “This meet was meant to get the girls ready for this Saturday’s D-1 State Relay Meet, where I am expecting our girls to do well in the throwing events.”
Last Thursday, the Lady Patriots dropped a 95-41 decision to Malden in a dual meet.
“We outscored them in the six field events, but they are a fast team and they have tons of depth,” said LaBruna. “We also were without our junior captain and top runner, Hannah Fitzpatrick, who suffered a knee sprain last week against Marblehead. Hannah is recovering well, but will likely miss our next meet against Peabody.”
Claritza Vasquez enjoyed an outstanding meet for Revere, taking first place in the long jump with a leap of 14’-9” and the triple jump with a distance of 29’-7”. Claritza also ran the opening leg of the winning 4 x 100 relay quartet (along with teammates Marie Bernier, Jessica Vo, and Majiadah Louis) and took a second in the 200 dash with a clocking of 29.7 seconds. Altogether, Clartitza accumulated a team-high of 14.25 points for the meet.
“Claritza had a tremendous meet for us, scoring in all four events she took part in and winning three of them,” noted LaBruna. “We’ve been working on her triple jump the past couple of weeks in practice and she finally got a chance to show what she can do in a competitive setting. I think that this might be her best event once we clean up the technical stuff and she gains more confidence in performing the jump.”
Other first-place finishers for Revere were Shanbar with a discus throw of 78’-3” (Rachel also grabbed second in the shot-put with a heave of 31’-6”) and So with a javelin toss of 75’11 tied that tied Janine for first place.
Other second-place finishers for Revere were Elizabeth Hurley in the high jump (4’-2”) and Monica Posada in the mile (6:20).
Third place finishers were:
Majiadah Louis (100M) 14.7
Marie Bernier (200M) 31.1
Pamela Gonzalez (800M) 2:49.8
Arielys Garcia (Javelin) 75’-1”
Pamela Gonzalez (Long Jump) 12’-7”
The Lady Patriots were scheduled to take on Peabody this past Monday and will host Gloucester this coming Monday.
Lady Patriots drop close match to Saugus
The Revere High girls tennis team dropped its first match of the season in a close encounter with Saugus, 3-2.
Sophomore Farah Selman won her match at second singles in a tough, three-set battle that featured a tiebreaker in the decisive third set, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6. The other Revere point came from the second doubles duo of Katherine Guzman and Victoria Mom, who topped their Saugus counterparts in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.
Unsuccessful in their matches were Revere’s top player at first singles, Hanadi Kobilic; Trang Nguyen at third singles; and the tandem of Maria Hernandez & Luisa Gil at first doubles, who fell in two close sets, 6-7, 5-7.
“Overall the team played well,” said RHS head coach Carla Maniscalco, whose Lady Patriots now stand at 3-1 on the season. “It was a very close match.”
The Lady Patriots took on Marblehead this past Monday and were scheduled to host Lynn Classical today (Wednesday) and Winthrop tomorrow (Thursday).
They will trek to Swampscott Monday and to Lynn English next Wednesday.