The Revere High boys basketball team broke into the win column over the holiday vacation week with a 62-32 victory over Trinity Catholic last Tuesday in the consolation game of the Pope John XXIII Christmas Tournament.
Kyle Gotham, who was named to the tournament all star team, turned in a solid all around performance, scoring six points, but more importantly, pulling down 17 rebounds. Kyle’s strong play off the boards was crucial with the absence of the Patriots’ big man, Chris Palladino.
Alex Urena led Revere in the scoring column, pumping in 17 points, 10 of which came in the first period when the Pats jumped out to a 19-8 lead. Revere never relinquished their advantage and led at all of the junctures, 39-20 at the half and 46-23 after three frames.
Geo Gomez was next on the point parade with 12 points, including a three pointer. Mike Dreeszen added six points, Chris Hinojosa chipped in five, Mike Ciambelli and John Leone contributed four each, Joseph Aut scored three, Jason Siegal and Dom Boyce added two points, and Tom Sor sank a free throw.
“We rebounded well and ran the floor for a lot of fast break points,” said RHS head coach Rick Hayes.
The Patriots played well in the opening round of the tourney Monday against Lynnfield, but came out on the short end of a 66-56 decision. The contest was a close encounter through three periods, with Revere pulling within two points, 50-48, after trailing 20-16 after the first quarter and 39-33 at the intermission.
However, the Patriots’ offense sputtered in the final eight minutes, allowing Lynnfield to pull away for the win. Ciambelli was a force, hitting for 16 points (including 8 of 10 from the free throw line) and hauling in nine rebounds. Gotham also came close to a double-double with nine points and nine boards.
Urena reached double figures with 10 points, Boyce chipped in with nine, and Dreeszen added six.
The Pats were set to be back in action last night (Tuesday) hosting Peabody and then will entertain Gloucester on Friday and Swampscott next Tuesday.
RHS skaters to play at Frozen Fenway Monday
Coach Jim Palumbo and his Revere High hockey team will experience the thrill of a lifetime for any hockey player when they take to the ice at Frozen Fenway this Monday evening (January 9) at 9:00 for an hour long scrimmage with Norwood High.
The Patriots learned of the opportunity to skate on the hallowed Fenway Park field at their pre-season kickoff banquet when Mass. Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo announced that he had been able to make arrangements for the scrimmage.
“The players were jubilant when they heard the news and they are very excited at the prospect of playing at Frozen Fenway,” said Palumbo. “This is the sort of thing all hockey players dream about, but which very few get to experience.”
Admission is free and is open to the public. However, for the Norwood team, the event will be a fundraiser for Matt Brown, the Norwood High hockey player who tragically was paralyzed from the neck down in a freak collision among a group of players while playing a game in January, 2010, as a sophomore.
Boys track team runs past Winthrop
The Revere High boys indoor track team had an easy time of it last week against Winthrop, a school whose boys’ indoor track team (and track as a sport in general) has dissipated over the past few years thanks to the combination of a hefty athletic user fee and a complete lack of facilities.
The Patriots took 82 of the possible 86 points in the meet as Winthrop fielded no participants in many of the events.
Revere swept the high jump, led by Tarik Maddrey with a leap of 5-2, followed by teammates Ricardo Maldonado (also 5-2, but with more misses) and Robert Rose (5-0). The Pats took all three scoring honors in the shotput, with Omar Morales’s toss of 44-0 setting the pace, followed by Vito LiCata (41-2) and Abdul Hamedeh (34-9.25). Abdul edged a Winthrop rival ever so slightly to take that third place point.
Revere went 1-2-3 in the 300 dash, with Johnny Lopes taking the top spot in 41.5, followed by Younes Hartout (42.3) and Walid Halty (43.7). In the 600, the trio of Mike Fitzpatrick (1:48.6), Andrew Estrada (1:48.9), and Ben Graciani (1:49.1) took all nine available points in that event.
Christian Arboleda won the 1000 in 3:17.1, followed by Diego Mancia in 3:24.1 and Luis Morales in 3:25.7, with Luis edging Winthrop’s best runner by 1.4 seconds to claim third place. The mile was captured by Mohamed Bensadok in 5:29.7. Brian Collins was second in 5:38.6 and William Truong was third in 5:47.8. John DelloRusso took home the gold in the two mile run in 11:53. Neris Aguilar (13:38) and Jay Mistri (14:21) completed the Revere sweep in that event.
The lone non-sweeps for Revere occurred in the 55 hurdles and 55 dash. Karim Sahila took first in the hurdles in 8.4 and Bryan Carbonelli earned a point with a third in 10.5. In the dash, Joe Ritchie sped to victory in 8.4 and Duong Nguyen took second in 7.2.
Revere also ran the mile relay to account for the final five points of the meet, with the Patriot quartet finishing in 4:05.9.
Revere boys finish third in NEC Fr.-Soph. Meet
A contingent of Revere High freshmen and sophomore tracksters turned in one of the most impressive team performances in recent Patriot history with an outstanding third place finish among the 12 schools of the Northeastern Conference Saturday at the NEC’s Freshmen/Sophomore Meet held in Gloucester.
Tarik Maddrey and Ricardo Maldonado accounted for more than half of their team’s 38 points on the day with top six finishes in the high jump and 50 yard dash. Tarik took second in the high jump with a leap of 5-8 and tied for fifth in the dash in 6.1 seconds. Ricardo’s high jump of 5-6 earned him third place honors in that event and he grabbed third in the dash in 6.1. The duo also each ran a leg of the mile relay team that won a fourth place ribbon.
Younes Hartout put eight points on the board for Revere with a second place effort in the 300 dash in 28.5. John Dellorusso earned four points with a fourth place finish in the two mile run in 11:30.4 and Abel Alcantar brought home a sixth place ribbon in the 1000 in 3:12.3.
The mile relay quartet of Maldonado, Hartout, Maddrey, and Chea Bourlaing finished in fourth place in 4:08 to contribute four points to the Patriot cause. Merza Liskovica also performed well, almost earning a ribbon in the shotput, but his toss of 32-3 was shy by just a few inches of moving into sixth spot.
Heartbreaking loss for RHS hockey team
For 44 minutes and 45 seconds of their contest Saturday at Salem State University, the Revere and Marblehead High hockey teams battled each other about as evenly as could be possible.
Both teams started out slowly, drawing to a 0-0 deadlock after the first 15 minutes of play.
However, the skaters on both sides began to pick up the pace in the middle stanza. Their passes started connecting and each team lit the red lamp once, with the host Magicians scoring at 2:36 and Revere knotting matters four minutes later on a goal by Marco Mazzarelli, assisted by R.J. Tiorano and Cam Whalen.
The action continued up and down the ice through almost the entire final frame, with the goaltenders on each side, Jon Papasadora for Revere and his Magician counterpart, stopping whatever rubber came their way. As the game entered the final minute of play, the evenly matched nature of the contest was reflected in the shots on goal statistic, 23 for Marblehead and 22 for Revere as well as the 1-1 score showing on the scoreboard.
But it’s never over ‘til it’s over, as the time-worn cliche goes. Revere had the puck in the Marblehead end with less than 30 seconds to play, but a Marblehead skater intercepted a pass and brought the puck up ice. He was thwarted however, and the Pats got the puck back. But an errant pass landed on the stick of a Magician about 20 feet in front of the Revere net and what should have been a 1-1 tie ended up in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss for the Pats.
“We made a mistake and it just came at the wrong moment,” said RHS head coach Jim Palumbo. “We played well throughout the game and it certainly was tough to see things change at the very end,” added the coach, who praised the play of his first line of Mazzarelli, Tiorano, and Cam Whalen, the defensive duo of Chris Whalen and Drew Lauria, and the goaltending of Papasadora.
Three days earlier the Pats fell by a 5-2 decision to former GBL rival Somerville, a team that is on the rise with many returning players. After spotting Somerville a 2-0 lead in the first period, Mazzarelli, assisted by Tiorano, made it a 2-1 contest early in the second period. However, Somerville counterpunched a minute later to reassert its two goal lead.
Another Somerville marker before the second frame ended made it 4-1. Peter Marino, assisted by Brandon Mastropietro, scored midway through the third stanza to give some life to Revere, but the final lamplighter of the day by Somerville with five minutes to go put the game on ice.
Papasadora turned in a stellar game for the Pats, stopping 30 Somerville shots.
The Pats, who now are 1-3-1 on the season, will be back in action tonight (Wednesday) hosting Salem at 6:30 at Cronin and then will travel to Gloucester Saturday evening. Revere will return home next Wednesday to entertain Winthrop at the ususal 6:30 starting time.
Four girls take first in meet with Winthrop
The Revere High girls indoor track team put up a good fight, but came out on the short end of a 50-36 decision to Winthrop last week.
Four Lady Patriots won their individual events against their Lady Viking counterparts: Raquel Macdonald remained undefeated on the season with a victory in the 55 meter hurdles in a time of 9.4 seconds;. Comfort Toglan sped to victory in the 300 meter dash in 49.7; Alanna Pasco claimed a victory in the 600 in 1:56.5; and Nikki Nelson topped the field in the two mile run in 13:32.
Fine second place efforts were recorded by: MacDonald in the high jump with a leap of 4-6; Angel Gonzalez with a shotput toss of 28-6; Raychel Adreani in the 55 meter dash in 8.2; and Daniella Fortuna in the 1000 run in 3:58.8.
Third place performances that added single points to the Revere scoresheet were contributed by: Noelle Galli in the shotput with a heave of 26-7; Noelle MacDonald in the hurdles in 11.1; Angeli Buenaventura in the 55 dash in 8.8; and Maggie DiPlatzi in the mile in 7:08.4.
In Saturday’s NEC Freshman/Sophomore Meet, ribbons were won by Noelle MacDonald with a fifth place effort in the hurdles in 8.9 and Toglan with a sixth in the 300 in 49.1. Daniella Fortuna ran a strong race in the 600, finishing eighth in a time of 2:03.1