Sports 01-25-2012

January 26, 2012
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Boys Track Team Runs Past Gloucester

The Revere High boys indoor track team swept the shotput and the 50 yard dash and took six of nine individual events en route to claiming a 47-39 win over Gloucester last week.

Omar Morales led the sweep in the shot with a toss of 43 feet and .75 inches. Teammate Vito Licata was next with a throw of 42-9.75 and Patriot Abdul Hamedeh was third with a heave of 38-10.75, far better than the top Gloucester thrower’s effort of 37-2.

Speedy Joe Ritchie outsprinted the field in the 50 yard dash in 5.8 seconds. He was followed across the line by teammates Younes Hartout (6.0) and Christian Ortez (6.3), who just edged a Gloucester rival.

Other first place finishers for the Patriots were: Karim Sahila in the 50 yard hurdles in 7.1; Robert Rose in the 300 in 39.1; Mike Fitzpatrick in the 600 in 1:27.8; and Rawlings Toglan in the 1000 in 3:06.4.

Adding three points to the Revere score sheet with second place efforts were: Kristi Nushi in the mile in 5:06 and Tarik Maddrey in the high jump with a leap of 5-8.

Patriots who contributed single points with third place performances were: Ricardo Maldonado with a high jump of 5-6; Johnny Lopes in the 300 in 40.7; and John Dellorusso in the two mile in 11:35.7.

“We had great races by Rawlings Toglon, Mike Fitzpatrick, Bobby Rose, the sweep by the 50 yard sprinters (Joe Ritchie, Younes Hartout, and Christian Ortez), and the sweep by the shotputters (Omar Morales, Vito Licata and Abdul Hamedeh),” said RHS head coach Jack Mosko. “The best surprise of the day was the outstanding mile of Kristi Nushi in 5:06, which good for second place and three points.”

Dreeszen’s 3 pointer  sinks Chelsea, 65-64

Sophomore Mike Dreeszen came around a screen by Mike Ciambelli, took a pass from Alex Urena beyond the arc, and swished a three pointer with nine seconds to go to propel the Revere High boys basketball team to a thrilling 65-64 victory at Chelsea last Thursday.

Mike is as cool as a cucumber in the clutch,” said RHS head coach Rick Hayes of his ace sophomore, who had inbounded the ball to Urena, who was at the elbow,  from under the Chelsea basket.

The contest was typical of the closely fought battles the two teams have waged in the past few years since reinstituting their ancient rivalry which dates back almost 100 years when both schools were in the Greater Boston League.

Chris Palladino led the Patriots with 15 points, followed by Urena with 14, Dom Boyce with 10, Geo Gomez with nine, Dreeszen with six on a pair of treys, Tom Sor with five, Mike Ciambelli with four, and Jason Siegal with two.

The contest featured the sidelight of a Siegal father/son match, inasmuch as the Dad, Jay Siegal, is the long time head coach of the Chelsea Red Devil quintet. (And thus, it can be said without exaggeration that son Jason’s two points proved the margin of victory for his Dad’s defeat.)

However, Thursday’s dramatic positive conclusion would prove to be the highlight of the week for the Patriots, who fell by a 68-38 score to Marblehead the following night and then came out on the short end of a 74-64 decision to Chelsea at Revere on Monday.

“We played well for a half against Marblehead even though we came out flat,” said Hayes, noting that his charges trailed by a slim four point margin, 23-19, at the intermission. “But in the second half we didn’t do anything right.” Revere committed 30 turnovers and only hit on 8 of 19 free throws.

Monday’s rematch with Chelsea once again proved to be a hard-fought, up and down affair, but this time the Red Devils emerged on top, 74-64. The Patriots show well from the foul line, converting on 17 of their 22 charity stripe attempts, but were outrebounded by Chelsea, yielding too many second chances via Chelsea offensive rebounds.

Boyce was the leading Patriot in the scoring column with 17 points. Palladino hit for 12, followed by Joseph Aud with eight, Urena with seven, Sor with six, Dreeszen with five, Siegal and Gomez with four each, and Ciambelli with three.

Hayes and his crew, who now stand at 5-8 on the season, travel to Danvers Friday and to Saugus next Tuesday.

RHS hockey team defeats N.E. Voke, 5-4

The Revere High hockey team battled from behind to score two goals in the third period, erasing a 4-3 deficit, to edge the Northeast Regional Vocational School 5-4 last Thursday in Malden.

The contest was a cat and mouse affair al the way until Revere took the lead for the first time with the two unanswered lamplighters in the final stanza.

After Northeast took a 1-0 lead 4:16 into the game, Drew Lauria brought the Pats even with a lamplighter, assisted by Chris Whalen, less than a minute later. Northeast retook the lead at 10:43, only to have Whalen strike back 21 seconds later when he intercepted a pass at the enemy blue lien and skated in alone on the Northeast goalie. However, a marker by Northeast less than a minute after that made it 3-2 at the first horn.

The lone tally of the middle frame came off the stick of junior Shayne Cambria, assisted by Pat Bartol and Peter Marino, leaving the teams deadlocked at 3-3 entering the final period.

Northeast struck early at 0:59, but that would prove to be their last lead of the contest. Marino, assisted by Bartol, evened matters once again at 3:10 and then R.J. Tiorano potted what would be the game winner at 3:57 on an unassisted tally that looked almost like a replay of Whalen’s, with R.J. stealing an errant Northeast pass in the Northeast zone and skating in on the N.E. goalie.

The final 11:03 saw both teams have their chances to score, but Patriot goalie Jon Papasadora held firm the rest of the way to preserve the victory.

The Patriots did not prove to be as successful Saturday night against a Danvers team from the Northeastern Conferences’s North Division that is sporting a 10-2 record.

After Danvers grabbed a 2-0 advantage in the opening period, Tiorano made it a 2-1 affair just 1:09 into the second stanza, assisted by Marco Mazzarelli. But that would prove to be as close as the Pats would get on the night. Danvers lit the lamp before the second period ended to  make it 3-1 and then added two more insurance markers in the final frame for the 5-1 finale.

Papasadora was outstanding in the net for Revere, turning aside 39 Danvers shots.

Palumbo and his crew, who now are 3-6-2 on the season, journey to Peabody on Saturday.

Girls hoop team edges Medford, 40-38

The Revere High girls basketball team turned in a tenacious effort on defense to earn a hard fought 40-38 win over former Greater Boston League rival Medford last week.

The Lady Patriots suffered a crippling blow at the outset of the contest when their all-star point guard, Gena Restiano, was forced to leave the game with a knee injury early in the first quarter.

However, the Revere girls pulled together and upped their defensive intensity against the Lady Mustangs, who came into the encounter ranked 17th in the state. The game down to the final minute, with Revere nursing a two point advantage. Medford got two cracks at notching the equalizer, but the Revere defense held firm, limiting the Lady Mustangs to two bad shots in the final 53 seconds.

“This was a great team effort,” said RHS head coach Katelyn Leonard. “Everyone contributed especially on the defensive end after Gena went down with the knee injury. The team rallied around her and stepped up their game to get the win It was our defense and control of the boards that won this game.”

Caitlin Caramello, who had a monster game in the rebounding department with 15 boards, also led Revere in the scoring column with nine points. Venous Hamza and Jen Fajardo added eight apiece. Amy Rotger hit for five, Michaela Maguire popped in four, and Alex Ambrosino,  Jacquie Noel, and Restiano chipped in with two points each.

The Lady Patriots were without Restiano, who is day to day, three days later when they took on Marblehead.. Revere sprinted to a 23-9 advantage at the intermission, but the affair was a tale of two halves, with the Lady Patriots unable to find the basket in the final two frames and Marblehead’s full court pressure forcing Revere  into 15 turnovers.

“We got into early foul trouble and could never bounce back,” noted Leonard.

Caramello had a nice double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 13 caroms. She was followed in the scoring column by Hamza with nine points, Tiphani Harris (who had eight rebounds) and  Fajardo with four, Rotger with two, and  Noel with one.

Revere boys compete in State Relay Meet

A large contingent of      members of the Revere High boys track team competed in the Division 1 State Coaches Relay Meet Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Sharing honors for the top Patriot finishes were the sprint medley quartet of Mike Fitzpatrick, Robert Rose, Joe Ritchie, and John Lopes and the shotput trio of Omar Morales, Vito Licata, and Abdul Hamedeh, both of whom finished in seventh place in the field.

The threesome of Tarik Maddrey, Ricardo Maldonado, and Rose also came through with a strong effort in the high jump, grabbing 11th place in the meet.

The 4 x 50 yard dash foursome of Ritchie, Christian Ortez, Ricardo Maldonado, and Tarik Maddrey grabbed 16th spot overall. The 4 x 200 team of Rose, Maldonado, Fitzpatrick, and Lopes finished in 18th spot.

The quartet of Karim Sahila, Matt Roncevich, John Carnabucci, and Ortez came across the line in 20th place in the hurdles. In the 4 x 800, the team of Rawlings Toglan, Kristi Nushi, Abel Alcanter, and Sahila finished in 29th place.

Girls track team runs against Gloucester

The Revere High girls indoor track team competed against Gloucester last week. Although the Lady Patriots came out on the short end of a 59-26 decision, a number of the Revere girls turned in fine individual performances.

Lindsay Gurska defeated the field in the 50 yard hurdles, capturing first place in a time of 8.8 seconds. Teammate Noelle MacDonald was next in second place in 9.1.

Angel Gonzalez captured second place in the shotput with a toss of 29 feet and 6.75 inches. Teammate Noelle Galli took the third spot with her throw of 28-.25.

Revere also went 2-3 in the 50 yard dash, with Raychel Adreani in second in 7.0 and Angel Buenaventura right behind in third in 7.1.

The 300 meter dash also saw a strong 2-3 finish for the Lady Patriots, led by Comfort Toglan in 47.9. Mondy Telfort took third in 50.3.

Alanna Pasco added a point to the Revere scoresheet with a third place effort in the 600 in 2:01.4. Danielle Fortuna did likewise in the 1000 in 4:00.6, as did Taylor O’Neil in the mile in 7:15.6.

Maggie DiPlatzi contributed three points to the Revere cause with a second place showing in th two mile in 15:06.4.

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