EHS Boys Track Defeats Medford

The Everett High boys track team concluded its 2013 dual meet season with a victory over Greater Boston League rival Medford last week.

Leading the way for coach Shelanda Irish’s squad was the duo of Hieu Vo-Tran and Jason Hansen, both of whom won two individual events.

Hieu captured the 400 meter intermediate hurdles in a clocking of 74.6 and the high jump with a leap of 5-8, while Jason won the 400 meter dash in 57.9 and the triple jump with a distance of 32-10.

Tuan Vo also was a big point scorer for the Crimson Tide, earning points in three events: a first in the 800 meter run in 2:13; a second in the 200 meter dash in 25.3; and a third in the high jump with a leap of 5-0.

Other first place finishers for Everett were: Jefrey Perez in the two mile run in 12:01; Kenny Phan in the 100 dash in 12.2; Alex Burgos in the mile in 5:29.2; Lorentz Etienne with a long jump of 18-2; and the 4×100 relay quartet of Tony Tran, Kenny Phan, Edwin Gonzalez, and Lorentz Etienne in a time of 48.1.

Crimson Tide trackmen who added three points to the Everett scoresheet with second place performances were: Stephen Carlin in the 400 hurdles in 78.6; Trevor Freeman in the 100 high hurdles in 19.5; Tony Tran in the 100 dash in 12.4; Anthony Garcia-Gomez in the mile in 5:32.5; Edwin Gonzalez in the long jump with a leap of 16-1; and Justin Gabriel with a discus toss of 90-10.

Contributing single points to the Everett cause with third pace efforts were: Mike Traill in the two mile in 13:12; Fritzbert Jonathas in the 800 in 2:24.3; Hassan Harris with a discus spin of 76-7; Gonzalez in the 400 dash in 59.3; Etienne in the 200 dash in 26.1; Ricky Phan with a shotput heave of 32-2.75; Carlin in the 100 hurdles in 19.9;  Freeman in the 400 hurdles in 82.0 and the triple jump in 32-6; Perez in the mile in 5:47.8; and Gabriel with a javelin throw of 123-8.

Colson wins three events to pace girls track

The Everett High girls outdoor track team ended its dual-season schedule on a winning note with a victory over Medford last week.

Leading the way for coach Shelanda Irish’s Lady Crimson Tide was Elspeth Colson, who won three individual events to contribute 15 points to the Everett side of the scoresheet. Elspeth blazed to victory in the 100 high hurdles in 18.5; triumphed in the 400 low hurdles in 83.2; and took the triple jump with a hop, skip, and jump of 26-11.

Yarina Pineda Ramirez was a double winner for the Lady Crimson Tide, winning the shotput with a toss of 25- 3.75 and the javelin with a throw of 42-11. Emila Ponikiewski also was a double-victor, taking the 800 in 2:55.6 and discus with a toss of 50-0. Emila also added a point to the Everett cause with a third place throw of 29-8 in the javelin.

Djenny Lorjuste was another major contributor to the Everett triumph, scoring 9.25 points. Djenny sped past the field in the 200 meter dash in 28.5; grabbed a second in the long jump with a leap of 13-8; and ran the first leg of the winning Everett 4 x 100 relay, which clocked a time of 54.5.

Other first place finishers for Everett who also scored points in other events were Megan Eugene, who won the long jump with a leap of 13-9 and ran the anchor leg of the 4 x 100, and Kathy Pham, who won the high jump by clearing the bar at 4-2 and who also ran with the 4 x 100 crew.

Lena Nguyen took seconds in both hurdles events, the 400 in 84.5 and the 100 in 19.2.  Kayla Mangan likewise brought home two second place finishes in the two mile in 13:59.7 and the mile in 7:17.3.

Other second place finishers for Everett were: Sheryl Steeves in the 100 dash in 14.1 (Sheryl also ran a leg in the 4 x 100 relay); Wendy Ralon in the 800 in 3:01; Lauryns Joseph in the 400 dash in 68.2; Sharyn Gladstone in the 200 dash in 30.3; Ariana Ross with a shotput throw of 20-6.5; and Melissa D’Haiti with a discus twirl of 49-4.

Girls who added single points with third place finishes were: Vesna Imsirovic in the 400 hurdles in 85.1; Gladstone in the 100 dash in 14.5; Rishika Joshi in the 800 in 3:27; Victoria Thistle in the 400 dash in 1:15; Jennifer Nguyen in the mile in 8:30.8; Lindsey Ducheine in the 200 dash in 31.9; D’Haiti with a shotput throw of 20-3; Pham with a long jump of 13-5;  Thistle with a  triple jump of  22-10; Ross with a discus spin of  40-3; and Caitlyn Winsor with a javelin throw of 39-10.

“Overall, it was a great team effort for both the girl and boys,” said Irish. “We had a lot of  personal records at this meet and this is the time in the season where we expect to see those PRs. This was our last dual meet of the season and it was nice to end with a win on our side.”

EHS softball team edges Medford, 6-5

The Everett High softball team improved to 9-4 on the season and kept alive its hopes for a share of a Greater Boston League title with a dramatic 6-5 victory over Medford Monday.

Lady Crimson Tide pitcher Frankie Perreault went all seven innings, allowing six hits and four earned runs while striking out seven enemy hitters. However, the outcome of contest was in doubt right to the very end, as Medford had the tying run on third in the seventh and final frame. However, Perreault reached back and fanned the last Medford batter of the day to notch the big  victory for the Lady Crimson Tide.

The contest was of the must-win variety for Everett, which now is one game behind Medford in the GBL standings and tied with Malden for second place with two losses apiece. If Malden should beat Medford in their encounter-to-come, it would create a three way tie for the top spot in the GBL.

Everett jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the opening inning.  Lead-off hitter supreme Alea Martinelli singled, stole second, moved to third on a base hit by Janyne Sierra, and then came home on passed ball for a quick 1-0 Everett lead.. Sierra then scored on double by Talia Mirra to make it 2-0.

Medford struck back to tie matters with a pair of markers in the third, but the Lady Crimson Tide regained the momentum with three tallies in their half of the inning on a three run homer by Sierra with teammates Martinelli (who had tripled) and  Samantha Batres (who had bunted safely) aboard.

Medford closed the gap to 5-3 in the fifth, but the Lady Crimson Tide got that back when Batres and Sierra singled, Mirra sacrificed both over a base, and Batres scooted home on an overthrow by the Medford catcher on a pick-off attempt.

Medford then made it a nailbiter, scoring two in the sixth to make it a 6-5 affair and getting a runner (who had reached on an error) to third with two outs in the seventh. But Perreault made sure of the “W” with a big K to end the game.

“We played well and disciplined,” said EHS head coach Stacy Poste. “We would have liked to have seen more hits, but they counted when we did hit. Defensively a few errors hurt us, but we were able to bounce back in the end and make the outs. Frankie pitched through some pain she was feeling in her shoulder and we were very happy with her performance.”

Prior to the Medford win, the Lady Crimson Tide played unevenly in their contests last week. Everett easily handled Whittier Tech, 13-1, in a contest halted after five innings because of the mercy rule, but then dropped successive games to Westford Academy and Malden.

In the Whittier tilt, Perreault tossed all five frames, allowing just three hits to earn the victory.

Whittier scored its one and only run of the contest in the top of the first, but Everett got it back immediately in its half of the inning. Samantha Batres singled, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored on a fielder’s choice

The Lady Crimson Tide took a lead they never would relinquish with two tallies in the second. After Perreault singled to open the frame (and then yielded her place on the base paths to courtesy runner Angelo Cataldo), a succession of fielder’s choices and passed balls allowed both Cataldo and Sophia Marchant to scoot home.

However, it was not until the fourth stanza that the Lady Crimson Tide’s bats came alive. Everett pounded Whittier pitching for eight runs to move out to commanding 11-1 advantage. Big hits in the uprising included a triple by Janyne Sierra to knock in two runs which then was followed by a home run by the next batter, Talia Mirra, for two more RBI.

Everett made it an official rout with two markers in the fifth when Kylie Jepson singled, Alea Martinelli tripled her home, and Batres singled to rescue Martinelli to end the game by the mercy rule.

In a 16-8 loss to Westford, Westford scored four runs in each of the first two innings and three in the third to move out to an 11-4 midway through the contest. Jess Wade accounted for three of the Everett runs, belting a solo roundtripper in the second, delivering an RBI base hit in the third (to score Mirra), and then coming home herself on a passed ball.

A two run homer by Martinelli in the fourth (with Talia Riccioli, who had singled, aboard) cut the gap to 11-6, but Everett would get no closer as Westford had an answer for every Everett bid to get back into the game. The Lady Crimson Tide’s final two tallies came in the sixth when Martinelli bunted safely and Batres socked a homer.

“Unfortunately, we did not have a good game,” said EHS head coach Stacy Poste. “Mistakes on both defense and offense hurt us.  Westford hit the ball well, but we also allowed them to score more runs than they should have.”

The next contest was a disappointing 7-0 loss to Malden, a team whom Everett had defeated in their initial encounter two weeks previously.

The Lady Crimson Tide’s bats were silent in the rematch, with only three hits, two of which came from Sierra.

“We just could not hit,” noted Poste. “We had 10 hits in our last game with Malden, but had only three this time. This is not the team of girls whom I know can hit.  We are so much better than what we showed in this game.”

Poste and her crew have a very busy week on tap to end their season. They were set to play at Whittier Tech (yesterday) and then play a stretch of six games in seven days starting with a doubleheader on Friday, hosting GBL rival Somerville at 3:45 and then entertaining Swampscott at 6:00.

Sunday evening the girls will play Marblehead at 6:00. Monday they will host Cambridge and Tuesday they’ll entertain Lexington. They will wrap up their season next Thursday when they travel to Swampscott.

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