RHS girls tennis team reaches tourney
The Revere High (RHS) girls tennis team won three of its five matches in a very busy week of play to finish the season with a 9-9 record and qualify for the state tournament, marking the first time in quite a while that a Lady Patriot tennis squad has achieved that feat.
“This is quite an accomplishment for our program,” said RHS head coach Carla Maniscalco. “I’m very happy for the girls who have worked very hard to get to the tourney. It’s very exciting for the entire team.”
All three of the Lady Patriots’ victories, over Salem, Saugus, and Malden, came via 5-0 shutouts, with all three singles players, Zerina Dervisevic at first singles, Sabrina Sot at second, and Elam Meskovic at third, and the two doubles tandems, Cleopatra Duque and Victoria Mauro at first doubles and Donna Le and Carolina Zaneta, triumphing over their rivals in each match.
Maniscalco and her crew now await the announcement by the MIAA of the tourney seedings and pairings which are expected to come out today (Wednesday).
Boys tennis team makes Journey to the Tourney
The Revere High boys tennis team finished in second place in the Northeastern Conference Large School Division with a division mark of 8-2 to claim a berth in the postseason state tournament.
Coach Mike Flynn’s squad assured themselves of a Journey to the Tourney with a 4-1 win over Salem last week.
All three of the Patriot singles players, Steaven Nguyen at No. 1, Kristi Kasuli at No. 2, and Richie Leng at No. 3, were victorious, as was the second doubles duo of Carlos Monroy and Francesco Tartaglia.
Although the first doubles tandem of Michael Truong and John Nguyen lost their match in the Salem contest, they were the lone victors in a 4-1 loss to Malden a few days later.
“The team really has come a long way in the past three years,” said Flynn, who noted that the Patriots were 1-17 in 2007 and 5-13 in 2008. “I’m especially proud of the seniors who are enjoying this success.”
Flynn and his Patriots will await the announcement of their seeding and first round foe, which is scheduled to be released today (Wednesday) by the MIAA.
RHS track girls conclude season
Revere High girls track coach Peter DiGiulio has been around for awhile, but even he wasn’t sure initially whether the 4:37.6 clocking by the 4×400 relay team that won the Lady Patriots’ meet with Lynn Classical recently was a new school record.
So DiGiulio went back to the record books and discovered that the foursome of Lisa Rizzo, Joy Galvin, Leslie Eydenberg, and Meusette Saad had set the previous mark of 4:41.5 in 1987, which meant, indeed, that the quartet of Colby Hough, Tayla Hough, Kassandra Digitale, and Taren Kershaw had established a new Revere High School mark.
The new standard was the third record-setting performance by the Lady Patriots this season. Tayla Hough broke her own 800 record with a 2:32.6 effort and Kershaw topped the former 400 record of 65.5, which had stood since 1983, with a 65.3 clocking and then shattered her own mark with a 63.7 run.
Although the Lady Patriots finished with a 3-5 record in their dual meet encounters, DiGiulio said he was hopeful about the future.
“We have a great group of girls, all of whom are coming back next year,” said the veteran mentor. “We have a lot of young members of the team who worked very hard and showed a lot of heart. If they can stay dedicated to the track program, I’m very optimistic about the future.”
Galli takes third in conference meet; DiPlatzi sets discus mark
Victor Galli brought home a third place ribbon for the Revere High boys track team in the 110 high hurdles at Saturday’s Northeastern Conference Meet.
Victor’s clocking of 16.1 seconds was a personal record and was the highest finish of the day for coach Jack Mosco’s Patriots, who set 10 personal records (PR) at the meet.
Brian Coniglio earned a ribbon with his sixth place finish in the 800 in 2:04.6, as did the 4×100 quartet of John Rich, Kristian Andino, Galli, and Mike Duffy in a time of 47.1, which also was good for sixth place.
Revere concluded its dual meet season earlier in the week against NEC powerhouse Peabody. The highlight of that meet was the setting of a new school record by Paul DiPlatzi in the discus with a toss of 141-7. The previous mark had stood since 1994 when Greg Mucci threw the discus 141-3.
DiPlatzi’s effort earned him a first place against Peabody. Other Patriots who turned in first place finishes were Robert Driscoll in the two mile in a PR time of 11:29; Galli in the 100 hurdles in 16.4; and John Rich in the 200 dash in 24.5. The 4×100 relay team also took first place in 47.2.
Other Patriots, who amassed 16 PRs in the meet to add points to the Revere score sheet were Duffy, with a third in the 100 dash in a PR of 12.0; Jeff Chaay, with a third in the 400 in a PR of 57.0; Coniglio, with a second in the 800 in 2:04.7; Rob Morales, with a third in the shot put; DiPlatzi, with a second in the javelin with a throw of 124-7; Vin DiChiara, with a third in the javelin with a toss of 131-2.5; and Bobby Crowe, with a second in the discus.
DiPlatzi was the high scorer for the 2009 Patriots with 68 points. Galli was next with 52.5 points.