Sports 05-10-2017

May 12, 2017
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RhS sports Roundup

RHS softball team edges Lynn English, 5-4

Elizabeth Lake delivered a clutch double in the bottom of the sixth inning that brought in two teammates to propel the Revere High softball team to a 5-4 triumph over Lynn English this past Thursday.

“This is the second time this season that Elizabeth has come through with a game-winning hit that overcame a lead by the other team,” noted RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello.

The victory enabled the Lady Patriots to remain over the .500 mark with a 6-4 record as they reached the halfway mark of the season.

Revere was cruising along behind pitcher Olivia McManus with a 3-0 lead through three innings, but some costly miscues in the field allowed the Lady Bulldogs to push across four runs, three of which were unearned, in the fourth frame.

“We became a bit complacent in the field in that inning,” noted Ciccarello. “Olivia throws strikes, but does not strike out a lot of hitters, so we have to make the plays behind her if we are going to be successful.”

In a contest two days earlier against top-rated Swamscott, the Lady Patriots overall played well two days earlier, but fielding errors proved fatal to the Revere effort.

“We hit the ball well against Swampscott’s pitcher, Hannah Leahy, who is the returning Division 2 Player of the Year,” said Ciccarello. “For a team to score five runs off her is quite an accomplishment. But when you play against a team like Swampscott,  there is no room for error. We need to get better in the field if we are to compete against the top teams in our league.”

The Lady Patriots fought back throughout the contest, closing the gap three times after falling behind 2-0. Revere made the score 2-1, and when the Lady Big Blue made it 4-1, Revere rallied to draw within 4-3. Swampscott added to their lead for a 5-3 edge, but the Lady Patriots counterattacked to make it a 5-4 contest.

However, three more markers by Swampscott proved an insurmountable obstacle for Revere to overcome, though the Lady Pats another run for the 8-5 finale.

“We never gave up against them,” noted Ciccarello, whose offensive stars for the game were Joli Giuliano (two doubles), Victoria Correia, and Vanessa Puopolo. “We kept fighting back, but could never quite overcome their early lead.”

The Lady Patriots have a busy week ahead. They were scheduled to play at Salem this past Monday; host Gloucester today (Wednesday); travel to Waltham Friday; trek to Medford this coming Monday; and entertain Beverly next Wednesday.

 

RHS girls tennis team defeats English

The Revere High girls tennis team maintained its record at the .500 mark with a 4-1 victory over Lynn English last week.

Farah Selman won her second singles contest in straight sets over her Lady Bulldog opponent, 7-6, 6-0. Trang Nguyen, playing at third singles, did likewise in a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

In the doubles matches, the first doubles tandem of  Maria Hernandez and Luisa Gil defeated their English rivals, 6-4, 7-5. The duo of Victoria Mom and Katherine Guzman also won their second doubles match handily in straight sets , 6-1, 6-1.

Revere’s top player, Hanadi Kobilic, dropped her match in the first singles slot, 1-6, 4-6.

Coach Carla Maniscalco and her crew, who now stand at 4-4 on the season, were set to take on Salem this past Monday and make the long trek to Gloucester today (Wednesday). They will entertain Medford this coming Monday and journey to Beverly next Wednesday.

 

Boys tennis team defeats English, 4-1

The Revere High boys tennis team split its two matches this past week, defeating Lynn English 4-1 on Wednesday and dropping a 5-0 decision to Swampscott last Monday.

The Patriots’ number one player, David Grujic, led the way in the English victory with a 6-2, 6-0 decision over his counterpart at the No. 1 slot.

Josh Preciado defeated his English counterpart in straight sets at third singles, 6-2, 6-4.

In the doubles matches, Revere’s first doubles duo of Naveed Jabbar and Ralph Corbelle won their match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. The Patriots’ second doubles tandem of Alejandro Zuleta and Josue Martinez dispatched their English foes in shutout fashion, 6-0, 6-0.

The lone setback for Revere came at second singles, with Andrea Shehaz coming up short in three sets in a hard-fought battle, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6. “Andrea played his heart out,” noted RHS head coach Mike Flynn, “but his English opponent made some nice shots in that final set to eke out the match.”

In junior varsity action, Riaz Butt defeated his English rival in a singles match, 6-0, 6-1. In a doubles contest, the combo of Wellan Sok and David Phan worked well together for a 6-1 victory.

In the contest two days earlier with Swampscott, the second doubles team of Martinez and Eric Meza played well in a 5-7, 3-6 defeat. Preciado, playing at third singles, also fought fiercely in a 3-6, 3-6 outcome.

Flynn and his crew, who stand at 3-3 on the season, have a busy week ahead. They were set to travel to Salem this past Monday; host Gloucester today (Wednesday); entertain Everett tomorrow (Thursday); trek to Medford this coming Monday; and host Beverly next Wednesday.

 

RHS girls lacrosse defeats Saugus, 10-2

 

The Revere High girls lacrosse team remained undefeated and in first place in the South Division of the Northeastern Conference with a 10-2 victory over Saugus last week.

Kiana Napolitano paced the Lady Patriot scoring attack with five goals. Other goal-scorers for Revere included Crystal Valente, Jannel Mercado, Jenna Wells, and Taylor Sujko. Earning assists were Mercado, Wells, Sujko, Emily DiGiulio (two), and Lily DelloIacono.

Sujko paced Revere on the draw with five draw controls. Napolitano won three draws and Wells had one.

In the defensive department, RHS head coach Karen Atkinson noted the fine play of Marina Robinson. “Marina had a huge interception which changed the game play and pushed us back up on offense,” noted Atkinson.

RHS goalie Shateya Travis made eight saves for the game.

Atkinson and her squad, who stand at 6-6 overall, hosted North Reading in a non-league contest this past Monday. They entertain Malden today (Wednesday) and then hit the road to Swampscott tomorrow (Thursday) and to Gloucester Friday. They journey to Wilmington this coming Monday.

 

RHS boys lacrosse defeats Swampscott

 

The Revere High boys lacrosse team put it all together to come away with a huge, 14-4 victory at Swampscott this past Monday evening.

“We received a big game from Cam Mazza, who hasn’t let up more than five goals in the last four games,” said RHS head coach Austin Powers. “We also received big games from the attack and our middies and our defense has been lockdown.”

The Patriots are scheduled to host Saugus today (Wednesday) and will trek to Salem on Monday. They will make the short trip to Winthrop next Thursday.

 

RHS girls track drops close meet

 

The Revere High girls track & field team battled well, but came up just short in a 72-64 loss to Gloucester this past Thursday evening.

“Gloucester matches up really well against us,” said RHS head coach Antonio LaBruna. “They had answers for every event that we usually score in and won six of the 10 running events.”

Claritza Vasquez and Rachel Shanbar both won two events for the Lady Patriots. Claritza captured the triple jump with a distance of 30′-8″ and the 200 dash in a time of 28.0, while Rachel took the shot-put with a toss of 30′-11″ and the discus with a throw of 85′-8″.

Other first place finishers for the Lady Patriots were Helen Perez in the 400 hurdles (73.8), Arielys Garcia in the javelin (80’-10″), and Monica Posada in the mile (6:06).

The Revere 4 X 400 relay quartet of Monica, Latifa Khalil, Nadia Lerari, and Stephanie Vu also defeated their Gloucester rivals.

Earning three points with second place finishes for Revere were Perez in the 400 dash (70.1), Olivia Novoselsky in the 800 (2:58.7), Janine So in the javelin (65’’-1″) and the discus (65′-2″), and Garcia in the shot-put (27’-1″).

Adding single points to the Revere side of the scoresheet with third-place finishes were: Luana Barbosa in the high hurdles (20.4); Vasquez in the long jump (14’-10″) and 100 dash (13.8); Nubya Filho in the 400 dash (73.8); Betshina Bernier in the 800 (3:11); Hannah Fitzpatrick in the mile (6:33); Liza Gonzalez in the javelin (54’-8″); and Anela Demir in the shot-put (20’-8″) and discus (58’-4″).

“Hannah Fitzpatrick, our junior captain and leading scorer from this past winter, has been battling a knee injury that she suffered while warming up for the triple jump before our second meet,” noted LaBruna. “She missed three straight meets and is still not close to 100%. Hannah has been a tremendous leader for us during this time, working with the younger athletes and it is killing her to not be healthy enough to compete at full effort. She went out and attempted a triple jump and ran a 6:33 mile on a bad leg, which in my eyes was the highlight of the meet.”

LaBruna and his crew were set to be back in action when they host Beverly tomorrow (Thursday).

 

Lady Patriots earn points at NEC Fr/So

 

A contingent of Revere High girls competed in Saturday’s Northeastern Conference Freshmen/Sophomore meet that was held at Harry Della Russo Stadium.

The top finisher and point-scorer for the Lady Patriots was Claritza Vasquez, who earned a third-place medal in the triple jump with a final landing of 30’-2″ and a sixth-place ribbon in the 200 dash with a time of 28.7.

Leila Cesic won a fifth place medal in the two-mile run in 13:48. The Revere 4 X 800 relay quartet of Erika Cheever, Olivia Novoselsky, Gabby O’Brien, and Cesic brought home a sixth-place ribbon with a clocking of 12:51.2.

“It was a great meet overall for our team,” said RHS head coach Antonio LaBruna. “We had a ton of personal records, especially from our distance runners. This is one of my favorite meets of the year because we get a sneak peek at the future of the league. Our team was well-represented and performed well in all of the events.”

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