It was a memorable week for the Revere High softball team, which earned one of the biggest victories in the program’s recent history with a 3-1 triumph over perennial Northeastern Conference power Danvers last Monday on the local field.
“We’ve never beaten Danvers since we’ve been in the Northeastern Conference and almost every one of those games has ended early because of the mercy rule,” said RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello. “But the girls came into the game with a lot of confidence and they rose to the challenge.”
First and foremost in the realm of stars of the game for the Revere side was junior pitcher Sabrina Palremo, who yielded just two hits and fanned 12 in what rates as one of the best performances of her career.
Danvers’ lone run came in the third inning and temporarily gave the Lady Falcons a 1-0 lead. However, the fifth frame saw the Lady Patriots parlay some timely hitting and execute “small ball” to perfection for a three-run rally that provided the impetus for the win.
Lauren Hayes led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a ground-out to second by Stephanie Gregorio. With courtesy runner Gabriella Cammarata on the base paths, Noelle MacDonald laid down a bunt that brought Cammarata racing home, just beating the tag on the play at the plate.
Ally Hinojosa then belted a double to left center that delivered MacDonald homeward to give Revere a 2-1 lead. After a passed ball allowed Hinojosa to advance to third, another well-executed safety bunt by Logan DiCarlo brought in teammate Ally with an insurance run.
Palermo took over from there, setting down the Danvers hitters in the final two stanzas for the 3-1 final outcome.
“This was a huge win for our program,” said Ciccarello, whose team struck out only five times against the Danvers pitching. “Everybody did their part — it was a total team victory.”
Two days later the Lady Patriots’ bats erupted for a 16-hit display in an 8-3 triumph at Marblehead. Cassandra DiBella and Hayes went 3-for-4 to pace the Revere offensive barrage. Julianna Cecere, Victoria Russo, DiCarlo, and Kristina Stella all had two hits.
The contest never was in doubt as the Lady Patriots scored in every inning after the first to move out to an 8-1 lead before Marblehead added two meaningless tallies in the final inning.
Palermo was in complete control in the pitcher’s circle once again, allowing just six hits and fanning nine.
However, the Lady Patriots suffered a bit of a letdown Friday against Swampscott, with the result being a 4-3 defeat. “Swampscott’s pitcher was not as strong as the two girls we had faced earlier in the week, but we were overanxious and swinging early at the plate, which caused us to hit a lot of pop ups,” noted Ciccarello.
The Revere defense also was not as sharp, allowing Swampscott to score unearned runs thanks to errors in the fourth and sixth frames that brought in the tying and winning tallies after the Lady Patriots had taken a 3-2 lead in the third.
An RBI base hit by Hinojosa and a double-ribbie hit by DiCarlo accounted for the Revere markers in the third inning rally.
The Lady Patriots, who now stand at 8-3 on the season, took on archival Winthrop this past Monday and will host Beverly today (Wednesday). They will entertain former GBL foe Somerville Friday and travel to Salem Monday and to Lynn Classical next Wednesday.
Boys lacrosse team wins two straight
The Revere High boys lacrosse rolled to two straight victories with wins of 16-5 over Matignon and 7-2 over Winthrop.
In the Matignon contest Saturday at Danehy Park in Cambridge, the Patriots turned in a fundamentally-sound effort at both ends of the field.
“On offense, we have been stressing to our guys that we need to move the ball quicker so that the defense cannot get set, and on defense we have really been stressing better communication,” said RHS head coach MieGuanci. “We put it all together and we played a very solid game. “
Stephen Piazza led the Pats with five goals and an assist. Eddie Sullivan added two goals and an assist; Jay Seigal had three goals and an assist; Steven Noel had a goal; Brian McNitt had two goals and an assist; and Jeff Kingston chipped in a goal.
Doug Zingali continued his stellar play in net and made 11 saves. “Mike Dreeszen played an excellent game at defense and in the transition game,” noted Guanci. “Mike also has been going down and playing offense when we clear, setting picks and feeding players, and he had one great assist. He has really turned into a force for us. I really can’t say enough about how much he has improved since last season.”
On Monday the Pats played at Winthrop and came away with another win, 7-2.
“Winthrop played a tight zone and we had some trouble breaking it, but we kept moving the ball and we found some seams in it,” said Guani.
Piazza found the back of the net for a hat trick to lead the Revere offense. Other goal scorers for Revere were Sullivan, Seigal (two assists), McNitt (one assist), and Kingston.
“Brian McNitt dominated on face-offs and helped us control the time of possession,” said Guanci. “Winthrop scored two nice transition goals, but our six-on-six defense was excellent.”
Zingali made eight saves, and Guanci lauded the defense in front of him of Dreeszen, Matt Roncevich, Ben DiGiulio, Gennaro Cataldo, Ravi Ryland, and John Carnabucci. Dreeszen again was a force in the transition game and on ground balls and contributed another assist.
The two victories were preceded by a 10-4 loss to Cambridge last week. McNitt, Piazza, Noel, and Seigal scored the Revere goals. “Cambridge is a good team and we didn’t execute that well on offense, defense, or in transition, so it was a tough day for us,” said Guanci. “We had two tough losses to them last year, so it was a tough loss.
“We are happy with the way the team is playing, but we think we can get to a higher level,” said Guanci, whose Patriots play Lynn tomorrow (Thursday), Matignon on Saturday, and Salem on Monday. “If we beat Salem and Lynn, we could take second place in the league, so we need to elevate our game.”
Boys track team tops Beverly, 75-56
Tarik Maddrey took first place in four events to pace the Revere High boys track team to a 75-56 victory over Beverly last week. Tarik grabbed five points for each of his first place finishes in the 100 meter dash, the 100 high hurdles, the high jump, and the triple jump for a total of 20 points on the day.
Other Patriots who won their events were Lionel Forbes in the 400 low hurdles, Boulaing Chea in the 400 dash, and Serey Morm in the javelin.
Revere competitors who came through with important second-place finishes that added three points to the Revere scoresheet were: Riyad Douane in the 400 hurdles, John Della Russo in the two mile run, Salah Barhoum in the mile, Thiago Moreiras in the 200 dash, Pedro Pimenta in the long jump, and Jay Mistri in the triple jump.
Third place finishers who added one point for the Revere cause were: Pimenta in the 100 dash, Andy Em in the 100 hurdles, Anthony Berry in the 400 dash, Mejia in the 800 run, Forbes in the high jump, Chea in the long jump, and Della Russo in the triple jump.
Forbes medals in three events at Fr.-So. Meet
Lionel Forbes won medals in three events for the Revere High boys track team at the Northeastern Conference Freshman-Sophomore Meet held Saturday in Lynn.
Lionel took a second in the 400 meter hurdles in a clocking of 63.9 seconds, which was just 0.2 off the winning time. He took a fifth in the high jump with a leap of 5′-2″ and ran a leg on the 4 x 100 relay team that took fourth place in 49.6.
Other members of that relay quartet were Tuyen Tran, Thiago Moreira, and Andy Em.
Sebastian Mejia came up just short of the medal podium with an eighth place finish in the mile in 5:11.3. Thiago Moreira just missed qualifying for the finals of the 100 meter dash with his time of 12.5, good for ninth place in the large field.
In addition to the 4 x 100 relay, Em competed individually in the long jump with a leap of 15′-7.5″ and the 110 high hurdles with a time of 27.8.
Gianni Hill competed in two events for the younger Patriots, the 400 dash (63.8) and the discus (55′-11″). Fernando Aguiluz also was a double-entrant in the long jump (13′-1.5″) and the 200 dash (29.6). Carl Bendeck competed in the mile with a fine run of 6:01.6.
Toglan takes first in 200 dash vs. Beverly
Comfort Toglan sprinted to victory in her specialty, the 200 meter dash, for the Revere High girls track team in their meet with Beverly last week. Comfort’s winning time was 28.5 seconds.
Comfort also took second place in the 100 meter dash in clocking of 13.6. Angeliki Hodaj grabbed a second place in the javelin with a throw of 84′-4″. Teammate Herlinda Fernandez took third in the javelin with her toss of 74′-6″.
“We went into the meet extremely short-handed due to some injuries and illnesses which really showed up in the score,” said RHS head coach Antonio LaBruna. “But this meet allowed us to mix up our lineup a bit and give some kids a look in an event they haven’t competed in before. “
LaBruna noted that there were some breakout performances in the meet from a handful of his sophomores. Una Causevic cleared 4-’6″ in the high jump, which was four inches higher than her previous personal record (PR) of 4′-2″. Jackie Dion (14:30) and Monica Posada (14:35) each ran PRs in the two-mile. Hodaj’s throw of 84′-4″ in the javelin was eight feet further than her previous best.
RHS track girls do well in Fr.-Soph. Meet
A large contingent of the freshmen and sophomore members of the Revere High girls track team competed in Saturday’s Northeastern Conference Freshmen/Sophomore Meet at Manning Field in Lynn.
“The meet could not have gone any better, as every girl who competed either achieved a PR (personal record) or a season PR,” said RHS head coach Antonio LaBruna. “I talked to the girls before the meet about specific numeric goals I wanted them to achieve and almost all of them rose to the occasion. They really competed hard.”
Leading the way for the Lady Patriots were those who earned ribbons for finishing in the top six of their event and thereby scoring points for the Revere side of the scorebook.
Those girls were:
Catherine Elam — 4th place — Triple Jump — 29-’6″ (PR)
Nicole Paddock — 6th place — Shot Put — 23′-4″ (PR)
Angelina Nguyen — 6th place – 100M — 14.3 (PR)
Jessica Cambraia — 5th place — 200M — 29.2 (PR)
Jessica Cambraia, Angelina Nguyen, Angelisa Nguyen, Catherine Elam — 5th place — 4×100 Relay — 56.5; and
Jackie Dion, Monica Posada, Eidiliana DePina, Suellen Guerreiro — 4th place — 4×800 Relay — 12:05.
“All six of our competing triple jumpers achieved PR’s during the meet,” noted LaBruna. In addition to Elam, those other five Lady Patriot triple jumpers were:
Jessica Cambraia — 28′-3 1/2″
Luana Santos — 26′-11 1/2″
Angelina Nguyen — 25′-10″
Eidiliana DePina — 25′-4 1/2″
Angelisa Nguyen — 24-’3″.
All four of the Revere 200 meter sprinters, in addition to Cambraia, also achieved PRs. Catherine Elam — 30.6
Duyen Nguyen — 30.9
Nicole Paddock — 31.9
Both of the RHS 400 meter runners achieved PRs, that duo being Alyssa Silveira in a time of 80.2 and Emily Brawley in 81.5.
The quartet of Lady Patriot milers also enjoyed a fine meet, with all four bettering their best times of the season and two setting a PR.
Suellen Guerreiro — 6:14.3 (PR)
Jaclynne Dion — 6:29 (season best)
Monica Posada — 6:55 (PR)
Joanna Severino — 7:02 (season best).
In addition to Angelina Nguyen in the 100 dash, all of her teammates set PRs in the 100:
Angelisa Nguyen — 14.6
Joseline Argueta — 15.7
Hailey Poole — 16.2
Samantha Rosa — 16.9
Rajaa Belhaouari — 18.0
Sam Eligene — 18.1
Emily Alcantar — 18.1
Sakeenah Saleem — 18.6
Baseball team thumps Winthrop, 12-2
It was a mixed bag for the Revere High baseball team this past week, winning two of its five contests. The most recent outing was a 12-2 victory at Winthrop Monday in which coach Sean Brinkley’s squad put it all together in the field, on the mound, and at the plate to claim the win.
After yielding two runs in the first inning, junior pitcher Noah Jaynes settled in and mowed through the Winthrop lineup over the remaining six frames. “Noah pitched an absolute gem,” said Brinkley. “He really zeroed in after the first inning and Winthrop couldn’t touch him.”
Jaynes ended up with a four-hitter, walking none, and striking out eight opponents.
After tying the contest with two runs in the third, Revere took the lead with two more in the fourth. The Patriots added a solo marker in the fifth before putting the game away with five tallies in the sixth.
A number of Patriots enjoyed a multiple-hit or mutilple-RBI game at the plate. Mike Ciambelli, Dylan Kalloch, and Oscar Zevala each had two ribbies. Steve Selevitch and Dan Murphy had two hits apiece. James Furlong, Max Anderson, and Chris Charido also contributed RBI base hits.
The Patriots’ other victory of the week was a 9-6 triumph over Marblehead. Jaynes was the winning pitcher in that one, with Kalloch, Ciambelli, and Charido providing most of the offense.
Brinkley and his crew, who now stand at 4-8 on the season, were set to host Beverly today (Wednesday) and then will travel to Salem Monday before returning home to host Lynn Classical next Wednesday.
Chrea scores seven goals for RHS girls
Leangcheng Chrea scored seven goals for the RHS girls lacrosse team in a 15-9 loss to Winthrop this past week. The Lady Patriots also dropped an 11-4 decision to Cambridge, but RHS head coach Katelyn Zabel was pleased with her team’s performance.
“It was an awesome game and the girls played really well,” said Zabel, whose Lady Patriots..
Boys tennis team plays well vs. Gloucester
Despite a 4-1 defeat, the RHS boys tennis team played a strong match against Gloucester this past week.
Satyak Som played what RHS head coach Mike Flynn termed “his best match of the season,” triumphing at second singles in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
Ryan Tran, playing at first singles, battled hard in a 6-3, 6-4 loss and Kont Kumaj took his opponent to three sets in a 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2 defeat at third singles.
The second doubles duo of freshmen Nelson Ortiz/David Grujic lost both of their sets in tiebreakers, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3) and at first doubles, the tandem of David Henao/Danton Duque played well in a 6-2, 6-2 outcome.
“We’re getting better every week and our younger players are gaining more and more experience,” said Flynn, whose squad plays at Salem tomorrow (Thursday), hosts Peabody Friday, and travels to Lynn Classical Monday.
Girls tennis team drops three matches
The Revere High girls tennis team dropped its two matches last week. In a contest with Gloucester last Monday, senior Yesenia Mazo played well in the second set in a 6-2, 6-4 loss. At second singles, junior Andrea Rueda fell 6-1, 6-1, and at third singles, Cassidy Hernadez came out on the short end of a 6-0, 6-0 decision.
In the doubles matches, the first doubles duo of juniors Leila Darouey/Alejandra Escobar played well in a 6-2, 7-5 loss. At second doubles, the tandem of sophomores Nicole Muniz/Jocelyn Contreras fell 6-2, 6-1.
In a 5-0 loss to Malden last Friday, Mazo fell at first singles, 6-4, 6-1; Rueda at second singles, 6-1, 6-2; Hernandez at third singles, 6-1, 6-0, Darouey/sophomore Lyba Khan at first doubles, 6-3, 6-1; and Muniz/freshman Hanadi Kobilic at second doubles, 6-2, 6-0.