Pope John’s volleyball team continued its quest for a state tournament berth with three games last week. On Tuesday, St. Clement visited Pope John in a CCS match-up; the Tigers were a bit sloppy early and dropped the first game. However, the Tigers roared back and won the next three sets to clinch the match, 3-1. On Thursday, Pope John traveled to Cathedral who had handed the Tigers a 3-2 loss last month. Despite the absence of senior Dina Bahoul (a force at the net), Pope John avenged its earlier defeat by stinging Cathedral 3-0.
Coach Fineran commented: “It was a terrific team victory; everybody pitched in and we earned it. To make it a little sweeter, the jv squad prevailed, as well.” Things looked rosy for Pope John the next day as the Tigers jumped to a quick 2-0 lead vs. Everett. The bloom fell from the rose in a hurry as Everett rallied to overtake the Tigers, 3-2. Fineran: “This is the second time in two weeks that we squandered a 2-0 lead. That concerns me. Still, we did take 2 of 3 matches this week.” The Tigers stand at 8-5 overall and 6-2 in the league.
Boys soccer traveled to Rockport to compete in a non-league match on Monday. Rockport was a rude host, and handed the boys a 9-0 defeat. Although the boys played an excellent second half, they are still searching for their first victory of the season.
Girls soccer played a second game with non-league opponent Chelsea on Monday. Although Pope John had ample scoring chances, only Kim Tran found the back of the net for the Tigers. Late in the first half, Chelsea scored on a deflected ball to knot the score at one. Despite a number of golden opportunities in the second half, Pope John couldn’t connect. The tie (the 2nd with Chelsea) leaves the Tigers with a 3-2-3 overall record, 3-1-1 in the Catholic Central Small.
The Pope John football team journeyed to Framingham to play league opponent Marian on Saturday. The Tigers were dominant,44-0. It was the Tigers first road win of the year. Jr. WR Malcolm Brown opened the scoring on a 35 yard TD pass from QB Malcolm Brown-Simpson. Jr. QB Brown-Simpson then scampered 55 yards for a score. The second quarter featured a 10 yard TD run by jr. Cam Selfridge and a 49 yd. interception return for a TD by soph. Jude Josephat. Jr. RB Jevon Brown- Simpson added two point conversions and junior WR Rob McMaster threw for another two pointer. McMaster rushed for two after another Brown TD reception in the third quarter; Brown scored on a 10 yd. pass to complete the scoring. Pope John is now 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the league. The Tigers take on Dorchester in a non-league tilt on Saturday at 1 p.m. in White Stadium.