RHS Sports Roundup

RHS Hockey Team Wins Opener, 5-2

The Revere High hockey team opened its 2021 season on a winning note with a 5-2 triumph over Greater Boston League opponent Lynn this past Sunday.

After spotting Lynn a 1-0 lead, the Patriots brought the contest back to level with a goal by junior Alexio Trichilo, assisted by Nick Summers.

However, Lynn regained the lead before the half ended — the GBL teams are playing two halves of 22:30 in this pandemic season instead of the usual three periods of 15 minutes — to take a 2-1 advantage at the horn.

However, the Patriots soon assumed control of the contest after the intermission. Jared Sorenson put home a rebound out front to even the count at 2-2 at the three-minute mark, and three minutes later, defenseman Santiago Delrio finished off an end-to-end rush to give Revere its first lead of the contest, 3-2.

Summers then put the game on ice with a pair of goals, the first with an assist from James Marini, for the 5-2 finale.

“We told the team at the half that they needed to increase their intensity and to focus on getting to loose pucks,” said RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello. “The team responded well after being down. It was nice to start the season with a win.”

Ciccarello and his crew will face a stern test Saturday when they take on perennial GBL power Medford. They will meet Everett next Tuesday.

RHS Swim Team Battles in Meet with Malden

The Revere High swim team opened its 2021 winter season with a meet against Greater Boston League rival Malden this past Monday.

Although the Patriots came up short by the narrowest of margins, 86-84, RHS head coach Chris Hill was impressed with his team’s performance.

“The meet went very well,” said Hill. “It was so very different from the types of meets we’re used to having.  With the COVID-19 restrictions, we only have 23 students on the team this year. Last year we had around 60.

“The meet was virtual; we swam here and Malden swam at their school,” continued Hill. “Everyone had to wear masks except when they were in the water swimming. No cheering is allowed and everyone has to sit six feet apart.  Despite all of these changes, the kids did a great job. They supported each other with applause, banging on benches, and virtual high fives.”

The meet was highlighted for Revere by Senior Day presentations at which the members of the Class of 2021 were honored for their years with the RHS swim program.

“We opted to do Senior Night on our first meet to make sure the seniors got one,” Hill said. “I didn’t want to risk them losing out on it if the season gets shut down in the next couple of weeks.”

The team’s four seniors, all of whom have been members of the team for four seasons and who also are the captains for this year’s squad, are Alexandra Burke, Reked Caushaj, David Del Rio, and Isabella Veraldi, and all four were duly recognized for their contributions to the Patriot swimming team.

As for the meet itself, Caushaj, Del Rio, junior Ashton Hoang, and freshman Alem Cesic took 1st place in the 200 medley relay.

In the 400 free relay, junior Victor Pelatere teamed with Caushaj, Del Rio, and Hoang for 1st place.

Del Rio took 1st in the 100 back and 2nd in the 200 IM, while Caushaj took 1st in the 50 free and 2nd in the back.

Junior Mohammed Benzerdjeb, freshman Matt Terrell, and junior Miguel Leonarte placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in both the 200 free and the 100 free.

Cesic scored a 3rd place finish in the 200 IM and a 2nd in the 100 fly. “This was Alem’s first time swimming both of these very difficult events in competition,” noted Hill.

Hoang had a solid meet with a 2nd place finish in the 500 free and 3rd in the 100 breast.  Pelatere placed 2nd in the 50 free and 2nd in the 100 breast.  Victor also anchored the 2nd place 200 free relay team with Benzerdjeb, Veraldi, and Terrell. Hill and his crew have their next meet this coming Monday against Lynn English.

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