EHS Boys Track Runs Past Three GBL Foes To Improve to 6–0
The Everett High boys outdoor track and field team defeated a trio of Greater Boston League (GBL) rivals, Lynn English, Lynn Classical, and Malden, to improve to 6-0 last Tuesday.
Coach Jehu Cimea’s Crimson Tide squad was scheduled to take on similarly undefeated GBL rival Somerville yesterday (Tuesday) in a meet that will decide the 2023 GBL title.
“The boys have been looking forward all season for the Somerville meet and they can’t wait to go against Somerville,” said Cimea ahead of the showdown.
Everett handily defeated all three GBL foes in last week’s unusual quad-meet. The Crimson Tide topped Malden by a score of 83-53, English by a score of 97-32, and Classical by a score of 100-35.
The Everett 4 x 100 relay quartet of freshman Kayshaun Eveillard, junior Jeremiah Jeanlouis, junior captain Jalen Jones, and junior captain Jayden Prophete outsprinted all three rivals in a time of 45.8, edging Classical (46.0), Malden (46.9), and English (49.7).
Among the top individual performers for Everett were:
— Jayden Prophete, who was the top high jumper on the day with a leap of 5’-6” and who took first vs. English and Malden and second vs. Classical in the 100 dash;
— Shane MacKenzie, who defeated all competitors in the shot-put with a throw of 38’-5” amd was first vs. English and Classical and second vs. Malden in the discus with a personal record throw of 114’-0:
— Donald Michel, who was first overall in the 400 hurdles with a clocking of 1:08.3; third in the high jump vs. English and Classical; and first vs. Classical and second vs.English and Malden in the 110 hurdles;
— Jalen Jones, who was second overall in the high jump; second vs. English and Malden and third vs. Classical in the long jump; and first vs. Classical and English and second vs. Malden in the 200 dash;
— Kayshaun Eveillard, who was the fastest 400 dash runner with a clocking of 53.7;
— Math Telson, who took first vs. Malden and Classical and second vs. English in the 800;
— Adail Costa Fernandes, who was first vs. English and Malden and second vs. Classical in the triple jump with a final landing of 38’-0” and who took first vs. Malden and English and second vs. Classical in the long jump with a flight of 17’-10”;
— Jason Stark, who was second vs. Classical and Malden and third vs. English in the shot-put with a toss of 35’-5” and first vs. Classical and English and second vs. Malden in the javelin with a personal record throw of 102’-11”.
— Senior captain Samuel Desir-Mafouana, who finished first vs. Malden and Classical and second vs. English in the mile; and
— Anthony Cooper, who took first vs. Classical and English and second vs. Malden in the two-mile;
Other members of the Crimson Tide who contributed points to the winning effort were:
— Fludjy Moise, who was the second fastest overall in the 400 dash;
— David Huezo-Erazo, who took second vs. Classical and third vs. English in the two-mile;
— Khang Nguyen, who was third in the triple jump vs. English and Malden;
— Fabrice Michaud, who was third vs. Classical in the shot-put and second in the discus vs. Classical and English;
— Matthew LaMonica, who was second vs. Classical and English and third vs. Malden in the javelin;
— Jonathan Goes, who was third vs. Classical and English in the javelin;
— Elijah Lassiter, who was second overall in the 400 hurdles and third vs. English and Classical in the 110 hurdles;
— Jeremiah Jean Louis, who was second vs. English and third vs. Malden and Classical in the 100 dash;
— Kervens Joseph, who grabbed second vs. Classical and third vs. English in the 800; and
— Sundjimar Oscar, who took third in the 800 vs. English.
After yesterday’s final dual meet of the season with Somerville, Cimea and his squad will compete in the GBL Championship Meet on Monday.
EHS Softball Team Continues To Roll Along
The Everett High softball team chalked up three more victories this past week to improve to a sterling 16-1 on the season and in the process clinched a share of the 2023 championship of the Greater Boston League (GBL).
Last Wednesday, coach Stacy Poste-Schiavo’s crew dispatched GBL rival Somerville, 14-2, in a contest that was called after five innings because of the mercy rule.
EHS starting pitcher Kristi Skane earned the victory in the pitcher’s circle, tossing all five innings in which Kristi allowed just three hits and no earned runs, while fanning five Lady Highlander batters and walking only one.
Somerville threatened to get on the board in the top of the first, lacing runners at the corners with one out. However, Skane responded to the challenge, getting the second out on a pop-up to first baseman Bryanna Mason and then striking out the next Lady Highlander hitter.
“These last two outs were big ones because they kept the runners from scoring,” noted Poste-Schiavo.
The Lady Crimson Tide then wasted little time in taking control of the contest, erupting for five runs in the bottom of the inning.
After Emma Longmore and Skane drew walks, both advanced on a passed ball. The next hitter, Kaley Rossi, reached base on a dropped third strike to load the bases. Another passed ball allowed Longmore to score.
Rossi stole second, but that became moot when Ashley Seward drew another base-on-balls to reload the bases. Gianna Masucci drew yet another walk to force in Skane and, after a force out at the plate, another passed ball brought in Seward to make it 3-0.
Mason then delivered a double for two RBI to leave matters at 5-0 after one.
Somerville struck back for two runs in the second thanks to some uncharacteristic miscues by the Everett defense.
“We allowed them in the game with these errors,” said Poste-Schiavo. “These were routine plays for us that just should not happen that early in the game. But this was the last inning we made an error and buckled down to keep runners off the bases.”
The contest remained at 5-2 through the bottom of the fourth, when the Lady Crimson Tide put the game away with a six-run outburst. Three successive base hits by Skane, Rossi, and Seward produced the first run, followed by a two-RBI double by Masucci down the third base line.
Mason delivered another RBI base hit and Arabella Cvitkusic (after showing a bunt that allowed two Everett runners to work a double-steal) rapped a double for two more runs to cap the big inning.
The Lady Crimson Tide then put up three more markers in the fifth to invoke the mercy rule.
“A lot of our runs were scored by walks, but the girls were patient at the plate. The umpire really was not calling strikes unless it was down the middle for both teams,” said Poste-Schiavo. “However, we gave a pep talk about getting up to the plate and being patient and waiting on the ball. The girls adjusted and started to make contact. We came out a little late with the bats, but in the fourth inning we knew we had to take more of a lead. Somerville had just beaten Medford (which had been tied for first place in the GBL with Everett until this past week), so I knew they could potentially come back and we did not want to chance it.”
Last Friday, the Lady Crimson Tide blanked non-league opponent O’Bryant, 5-0 and then on Monday, Everett celebrated Senior Day in appropriate fashion, overwhelming GBL foe Revere, 16-2.
In the Revere game, after surrendering a run in the top of the first, the Tide essentially put the game away with a nine-run rally in the bottom of the inning. Key hits were a bases-loaded single by Rossi for two runs, another bases-loaded hit for two runs by Seward, and two-run doubles by Longmore and Skane.
“This was a huge inning for us,” said Poste-Schiavo. “Even with the walks, we were able to get the hits when we needed them. Revere had beaten Medford and we knew we needed to get the score up and keep the hits going.”
Another two-RBI two-bagger by Longmore made it 11-1 in the second and the Tide tacked on five more in the third thanks to a plethora of walks and passed balls for the 16-2 finale.
Skane pitched all five innings, striking out 10 Revere batters, while walking none and allowing six base hits.
“This was such a great feeling on Senior Night to get this win,” said Poste-Schiavo. “The girls knew they had to beat Revere to have another win under their belt. We knew they (Revere) beat Medford, which helped us stay in first place, and knew they were coming out to beat us. We came out with important hits when we needed them. We have been leaving too many runners on base lately and this time we needed to get the hits.”
Poste-Schiavo and her crew were scheduled to take on Medford yesterday (Tuesday) in their GBL finale. Although the Lady Mustangs now have three losses and have dropped from contention for the GBL title, they still could play the spoiler role for Everett’s bid for an undisputed GBL crown. Medford handed the Lady Crimson Tide their only loss this season and, with Lynn Classical one game behind Everett in the standings, a victory by the Lady Mustangs would leave Everett sharing the GBL crown with Classical for the second year in a row.
On the other hand, a win by Everett would give the Tide a 13-1 GBL mark and the undisputed 2023 championship.
The Lady Crimson Tide will wrap up their regular season with contests against non-league foes Minuteman Tech next Monday and Cambridge next Wednesday at 4:30 at Glendale.
Girls Track Tops Two Foes, Ties Another in Quad-Meet
The Everett High girls outdoor track and field team improved to 3-1-2 on the season thanks to wins over Greater Boston League (GBL) rivals Lynn Classical (80-47) and Lynn English (81-53) and a tie with Malden (68-68) in a quad-meet held last Tuesday in Lynn.
The outcome of the meet with Malden came down to the final event, the 4 x 400 relay. The Lady Crimson Tide quartet of junior Kaesra Sandy, junior Malaica Guillaume, senior Selma Moutaouakkil, and senior captain Luca Jean Noel turned in a time of 5:04.7 to cross the line well ahead of their Malden counterparts, who finished in a time of 5:21.5.
Coach Jehu Cimea’s squad also turned in a host of outstanding individual performances:
— Darrynn Desrameaux was the best in the discus with a spin of 86’-0” and was second vs. Classical and Malden and third vs. English in the shot-put;
— Junior captain Layla Betancur Cardona was tops among the competition in the shot-put with a throw of 29’-8.5”;
— Junior Tiana Allen was first overall in the javelin with a personal record throw of 75’-0” and second vs. Classical and English and third vs. Malden in the discus;
— Senior captain Nyla Crowder took first vs. Classical and second vs. English in the high jump and first vs. Malden and second vs. Classical and English in the 100 dash with a personal record sprint of 13.0;
— Nicole Brandao took second vs. English and third vs. Classical in the long jump and first vs. English and Classical and second vs. Malden in the 110 hurdles;
— Senior captain Ida Bittaya took first vs. Classical and English and second vs. Malden in the long jump with a personal record leap of 14’-2.5” and also grabbed a third vs. Classical in the 110 hurdles;
— Malaica Guillaume took first vs. English and Classical and third vs. Malden in the triple jump and first vs. English, second vs. Classical, and third vs. Malden in the 400 hurdles;
— Junior captain Suzanne Maharjan finished first vs. English and second vs. Classical and Malden in the two-mile;
— Yelsa Garcia snared first vs. Malden and second vs. Classical and English in the 200 dash;
— Victoria Macao was second overall in the javelin with a throw of 72’-9” and third vs. Malden in the 200 dash;
— Jossycah Emmanuel took third vs. English and Classical in the 400 hurdles and second vs. Classical and English and third vs. Malden in the 110 hurdles;
— Milena Antonio finished first vs. English and second vs. Malden and Classical in the 800;
— Senior captain Luca Jean Noel finished second vs. Classical and English and third vs. Malden in the mile;
— Isabella Pimenta took second vs. Malden and third vs. Classical and English in the 200 dash;
— Selma Moutaouakkil took first vs. Malden, second vs. English, and third vs. Classical in the 400 dash;
— Kaesta Sandy finished second vs. Malden and third vs. English in the 400 dash;
— Sonia Flores finished third vs. all three foes in the 800;
— Tiffany Escobar finished third in the mile vs. Classical and English;
— Jacqueline Machado was third vs. Classical and Malden in the javelin.
— Taisha Alexandre was third vs. Classical and English in the discus.
— Lamiah Wyzard was third in the shot-put vs. Classical; and
— Zyelle Cannon-Mathais took third vs. Malden in the 100 dash.
EHS Baseball Tops Salem Academy, 11-0
The Everett High baseball team earned an 11-0 victory over Salem Academy last Friday.
The Crimson Tide jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Enrico Vega led the way with two hits, a run scored, and an RBI. Omar Marshall, Alex Velasco, David Saia, Alex Lara, Albert Santana, and Matt Turilli all had a base hit apiece. Marshall chalked up the win on the mound.
“It was a nice way to wrap up a tough week for us,” noted EHS head coach Joel Levine, whose squad improved to 6-8 on the season with the win. “After a game that we gave away to English, and then a tough loss to Somerville, it was nice to get one in the win column.”
Levine was referring to the Tide’s contests earlier in the week with Greater Boston League rivals Lynn English and Somerville.
In their battle with English last Monday, the Crimson Tide held a 7-4 advantage over the Bulldogs with two outs and no one on in the top of the sixth inning. But then — in a scenario reminiscent of the fateful Red Sox-Mets World Series Game 6 in 1986 — things fell apart for Everett.
English rallied for five runs to take a 9-7 lead in the sixth and then broke the game open with five more in the seventh.
Alex Velasco, Nordeivy Santana, and Alex Lara had multi-hit games, with Omar Marshall and Albert Santana chipping in with a hit apiece. Nordeivy Santana suffered the loss in the defeat.
“You can’t surrender 23 walks and expect to win a baseball game,” Levine noted. “However, we were right there. Over the course of the past few seasons we have lost in a multitude of ways, but surrendering 23 bases-on-balls was one that I had not envisioned.”
By contrast, the Tide’s encounter two days later with Somerville was an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel on the Highlanders’ Trum Field.
The Tide’s Matt Turilli and Highlander counterpart Kevin Clarke mowed down mostly everyone in their path. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the seventh when Somerville loaded the bases on an infield single, an error, and a bunt single, before blooping a game-winning hit over a drawn-in Everett infield.
Turilli suffered the hard-luck loss, going 6+ innings, allowing no earned runs on five hits while striking out seven opponents. The Tide’s offense was led by Alex Lara (2-2) and Alex Velasco (1-2).
“This was a really well-pitched and well-played game by both sides,” said Levine. “Matt was fantastic, the best game he has pitched in three seasons for us. He didn’t get into a single three-ball count, and after what happened on Monday vs. English, that was really refreshing to see.”
Levne and his crew host Charlestown Friday at Glendale at 4:00. They will engage with Greater Lawrence in a home-and-home series on Monday at Glendale and at GL next Wednesday.
EHS Boys Volleyball Blanks English 3-0
The Everett High boys volleyball team cruised to a straight set win over Lynn English last Monday, but then was officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 16-14 fifth set loss to Somerville last Wednesday. The first-year varsity squad is 5-9 with three games remaining.
“Monday’s win over the Bulldogs was our team’s most complete win,” said EHS head coach Mike Fineran. “Everyone contributed; we played with focus and purpose for the three sets, and we eliminated the serving runs that have doomed us in other matches.”
The match started out strong for the Crimson Tide, with sophomore setter Dantae Bauer hitting three straight aces. Sophomore Jefferson Umana had five kills and the final two serves in a 25-8 win.
In the second set, senior captain Dimitar Dimitrov had six service points and a kill, junior middle Andrew Linhares had two blocks and three kills, and sophomore Henrique Franca had six kills, including the game winner as Everett won, 25-16.
In the third set, Linhares had three more kills and three aces in a run of nine serves. Junior Kalleb Miranda had four of his seven kills and a block in the set, which Everett won 25-16.
On Wednesday, Everett traveled to Somerville hoping to keep the momentum going, but a couple of bad breaks saw Everett drop game one 29-27. Umana had three kills, Linhares had four, and Franca had seven in the set, but the Tide were playing catch up most of the time.
Everett took its first lead, 25-24, and served again for the set up 26-25, but could not put the point away.
“That loss deflated us and our offense kept misfiring in the second set,” noted Fineran, whose squad came up short, 25-18. “But we’ve been in that situation before, and we responded well.”
In the third set, Umana served seven in a row to help build a 9-3 lead and Linhares and Franca combined for six kills as Everett took the set, 25-19. In the fourth set, the Tide tallied 14 kills from seven different players, including junior Dawens Germain, seeing his first action in a month after an elbow injury. Dawens’s serves put Everett up 21-17, and Bauer’s serves pushed the lead to 24-20. When Somerville missed their serve, that brought the gteams to a fifth and deciding set.
In the race to 15, Franca had three kills, Germain had two, and Bauer had a block and a kill. “We were up 9-7, and tied at 14, but the final bounces did not go our way,” said Fineran. “That’s been the story of our season: we play well at times, and we have chances to put away the game, but a couple plays here and there will keep us out of the state tournament.”
Fineran and his crew close out the season on the road against Pioneer Charter Academy on Friday.
EHS Girls Tennis Plays Well vs. LE
The Everett High girls tennis put up a spirited battle in their match with Lynn English last week, but came up just short by a score of short 3-2.
“Overall it was a great match, where we stepped up and played to our potential,” said EHS head coach Courtney Meninger.
Junior captain Yasmine Laabadla came up with her first win of the season, losing her first set 4-6, but winning her second set to force a third-set, 10-point tiebreaker with her opponent. Yasmine won the tie-breaker, 10-3, to bring home the “W” in her match at third singles.
At first singles, senior captain Luisa DaSilva came out on top with a victory, winning her match 7-5, 6-2. At second singles, senior BrookeLynn Acevado played a fierce match against her opponent, forcing both of her sets into 7-point tie breakers. Her first set went to 6-6 and she came up a little short in that tie breaker, 3-7. Her next set also went to 6-6, forcing that into a tie breaker as well. BrookeLynn fought hard all the way to the end, but fell a little short in the tie-breaker 5-7.
Everett also received some solid performances from the doubles tandems of Tracy Pham and Nga Ho (4-6, 4-6) and Rebecca Hickey and Kirtsy Hall (2-6, 5-7) .
“All four of those doubles have really stepped it up this season,” said Meninger.
In their next match with a very tough Boston Latin Academy team, the Lady Crimson Tide dropped a 4-1 decision.
“While we came up short, I couldn’t be more proud of how they played against them,” said Meninger. “Yasmine Laabadla came through with her second victory of the week, beating her opponent 8-2. Luisa, BrookeLynn, Nga, Tracy, Aline and Becca also did an amazing job playing against Boston Latin Academy.”
Meninger and her crew were scheduled to wrap up their season last night (Tuesday) against Medford on Senior Day.