Boudreau, Day to Captain RHS Boys Basketball Team
The Revere High boys basketball team announced their captains on a Zoom meeting last week in the hope that the team might have a season.
Head coach David Leary and assistant coaches John Leone and Bob Sullivan have been conducting these meetings every couple of weeks throughout this time off — it has been a full year since the group has been able to meet in person as a team because of Covid-19 — in order to keep the team’s camaraderie and morale upbeat.
“Obviously, this has been tough on everybody, administrators, teachers, coaches, and most importantly, the kids,” said Leary. “Nothing about this has been normal, but we wanted to vote captains and be prepared if we are lucky enough to play.”
Thirteen returning players and the three coaches cast their votes and the results were basically unanimous that Class of 2021 seniors Dillan Day and Calvin Boudreau will be the team captains.
The honor for both Dillan and Calvin came as no surprise to Leone, the program’s JV coach and the Revere Recreation Department’s sports director. “These two guys have been leaders since I have been around them, and this group of seniors have been winners as a group throughout that time,” said Leone, who has been coaching the tandem since fourth grade in the travel program and who noted that as eighth graders, they won the prominent Shamrock Tournament in 2017 with Day and Boudreau as their leaders.
Day, a four-year varsity player in the program, was honored by the nomination by his teammates.
“I just want to thank you guys for believing in me as one of our leaders,” Dillan said. “This is probably one of the best things that’s happened to me in sports.”
Boudreau will be a two-year varsity basketball player and, with this selection, has now been voted captain for three sports, football, basketball, and baseball, by his peers.
“It is a great feeling that my friends and teammates have so much trust in me,” said Boudreau. “It’s an honor to be chosen.”
All of the Revere High students and athletes were waiting anxiously to hear the results from the School Committee meeting that was set to take place this past Monday to decide how and when in-person learning and athletics can safely return.
“I think from Mayor Arrigo on down, the City of Revere has done all they can to try to keep our community safe,” said Leary. “A lot of people have sacrificed a lot this past year, but I think there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I really hope we can give these kids a season. I am very happy and proud for Dillan and Calvin, and if they give us the go-ahead for a GBL season, we will certainly be ready.”