Everett High senior Hieu Vo-Tran set a new personal record and qualified for the upcoming State Divisional Meet with a leap of 5-10 in the high jump in Sunday’s Last Chance Meet held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.
“Hieu’s performance was the highlight of the day for our team,” said EHS head coach Shelanda of Vo-Tran’s effort, which placed him seventh overall in the competition. “He did a great job. Qualifying for states in the high jump was Hieu’s goal since the beginning of the season and he achieved his goal. Hieu is a hard worker and if there is anyone who deserves it, it’s him.”
On the girls’ side, Elsbeth Colson set a personal record (PR) in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 10.32.
The EHS indoor squads will wrap up their season at the junior varsity GBL Meet Wednesday at Cambridge at 3:30 P.M. and the varsity GBL Meet Saturday at the Lewis Center at 1:00 P.M.
EHS girls hoop drops tough contest with Malden
The Everett High girls basketball team almost came all the way back from a 10 point deficit late in the fourth quarter in their game with Malden, but fell short at the end by a narrow final score of 41-39.
The Lady Crimson Tide had taken a 20-16 advantage into the locker room at the half, but Malden grabbed the momentum after the intermission and soon moved out into a solid lead that the Malden girls built into a 10 point margin with 3:00 minutes to play.
Everett coach Tammy Turner called a timeout in an effort to recharge her troops. Kwanecha Aldridge then provided her teammates with some inspiration when she went flying out of bounds to save a loose ball and went crashing into the stands. Her effort paid off handsomely, flipping the ball to Yemi Okhihan, who in turn passed to Jess Wade for a bucket.
Aldridge’s heroics unleashed the fire that had been missing in her teammates since the end of the first half, though the Everett girls were not quite able to make it all the way back.
“We had regained the momentum and if we’d had just a bit more time, the game would have been ours,” noted Turner.
The key statistic in the game for Everett could be seen in the foul shooting column. The Lady Crimson Tide sank just 11 of their 28 attempts from the charity stripe, compared to Malden’s 10-for-15 foul shooting.
“Malden played a very aggressive and physical game, especially in the second half,”said Turner. “If we’d been able to make our free throws, it would have been a different ballgame.”
Wade and Daphnia Nazaire paced Everett with eight points apiece. Talia Riccioli and Okhihan chipped in with six points each. Aldridge contributed five, followed by Mariana Miranda with three and Savannah Spinney with a free throw.
Turner and her crew, who stand at 2-11 on the season, have a busy stretch this week: They hosted Somerville last night (Tuesday); entertain Medford Friday; trek to Waltham Sunday; and travel to Lynn Classical Monday.
Girls hockey team continues to improve
Although the Everett High girls hockey team dropped both of its contests this past week to two of the top teams in the league, Beverly and Masconomet, EHS head coach Erin Reilly said her team continues to get better and show improvement.
“We played well, especially in the Masco game (a 2-0 loss),” said Reilly. “The team is working hard and giving 100 percent.” The coach cited the fine play of defenseman Meghan McNeil and forward Alea Martinelli in that contest.
In a 6-1 loss to first place Beverly, Rebecca Westgate pocketed the Everett goal, assisted by Martinelli and McNeil.
The Lady Crimson Tide will host Winthrop today (Wednesday) at 3:00 and play at Medford Saturday. They will return to Allied Veterans Rink to entertain Cambridge next Wednesday evening at 8:00.