Sports 01-06-2016

EHS Roundup

EHS girls basketball

team stands at 3-2

The Everett High girls basketball team stands at 3-2 at the quarter-mark of their 20-game regular season.

The Lady Crimson Tide enjoyed a three-game winning streak recently, defeating Lawrence, Triton, and Salem before falling to Lynn Classical last Wednesday.

In the 57-43 triumph over Lawrence, Nyomi Dottin turned in a superb effort with a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds to pace the Lady Crimson Tide. “Nyomi was immense,” said RHS head coach Tammy Turner of the junior forward, who has been the team’s top rebounder this season.

Senior captain Talia Riccioli and sophomore Yasmeen Guerreir also reached double figures with 15 and 14 points respectively.

A 42-37 victory against Triton was a tale of two halves. Everett dominated the first and fourth quarters, pitching a shutout in the first period to take a 13-0 lead and outscoring the Lady Vikings 13-2 over the final eight minutes. If you add them together, the Lady Crimson Tide enjoyed a sizable 26-2 advantage in those two frames.

However, Triton battled back in the second stanza to close to within 18-14 by halftime and then seized the lead after the intermission, 35-29, by the third buzzer.

“Triton had a hot shooter who was dropping in threes from long-range,” said Turner. “We finally went to a box-and-one and used sophomore Kiana Wilkerson to deny her the ball. Kiana did a great job and it turned the game back in our favor.”

Riccioli also enjoyed an outstanding offensive night, hitting for 21 points, representing half of Everett’s scoring output. Guerreir was next on the point chart with eight.

Last Monday the Lady Crimson Tide handed Salem a 57-52 defeat. The contest was a hard-fought, see-saw encounter all the way. Everett held a slim 8-6 lead after one period, trailed 19-18 at the half, and led 41-36 after three quarters. Salem battled back to retake a two-point lead in the final frame, but the Lady Crimson Tide displayed true grit down the stretch to pull out the win.

“We shot well from the free throw line and that made all the difference,” said Turner, whose squad was 10-for-15 from the charity stripe on the night and was especially clutch in the closing minutes.

Guerreir scored a career-high 23 points, while Dottin struck for 15 and Wilkerson contributed eight. The Lady Crimson Tide played without the services of captain Riccioli, who was on the sidelines with a mild concussion.

“We missed Talia’s presence, but the other girls really stepped up,” noted Turner.

Last Wednesday the Lady Crimson Tide came up short against Lynn Classical, 61-49. Everett grabbed a 14-11 lead after the first period, but was outscored 22-9 in the second stanza to allow the Lady Rams to take a 33-23 advantage into the locker room at the half.

Classical expanded its margin to 25 points in the third period, but Everett managed to make a charge in the final frame to get within 10 points. However, the Everett surge proved to be too little, too late.

Guerreir once again was high scorer with 19 points. Dottin added 10 and Jasmine Harding struck for eight. Riccioli once again was a spectator pending her clearance from the concussion protocol.

The Lady Crimson Tide will engage with a rematch at Classical tonight (Wednesday) and then will begin their Greater Boston League schedule, traveling to Medford Friday and hosting Malden Tuesday.

EHS hockey team

drops two contests

The Everett High hockey team dropped a pair of contests recently, falling to Swampscott, 5-1, and Northeast Regional, 5-4.

Ray Suppa scored the lone Crimson Tide tally in the Swampscott encounter and also lit the lamp against Northeast. Marc Faia and J.J. McLaughlin also tallied against Northeast.

“The team is working extremely hard,” said EHS head coach Jason Lawrence. “We just need to find a way to win games.”

The Crimson Tide opened their Greater Boston League schedule this past Monday against Medford.

A Legend Among Icons

Castinetti is a star in the world of sports collectibles

By Cary Shuman

Phil Castinetti is celebrating his 30th year as the owner of Sportsworld with a move to a new location at 87 Broadway, Route 1 South in Saugus.

Considered the foremost collector of sports memorabilia in New England, the 59-year-old Castinetti hosted former NBA star Ricky Mahorn for an autograph session Tuesday at the spacious new store.

An avid sports fan and Revere High School hockey goaltender who graduated in 1974, Castinetti launched Sportworld in 1986 in a 400-square-foot space on Broadway, Everett. In 1989, Castinetti moved his business to Everett Square adjacent to the former Everett Square Sporting Goods store.

In 2006, Castinetti relocated his store to Saugus, taking a space underneath the Out of Asia restaurant. He took his shop further down Route 1 next to Harrow’s Chicken Pies and then opened in Peabody before deciding on his new location near Suntaug Estates.

“This is my final move,” promised Castinetti. “We have twice as much square footage as our previous store and it’s a beautiful, state-of-the-art memorabilia showroom with plenty of parking.”

The store is a treasure chest for sports fans young and old. From large bobbleheads and trading cards of current Boston sports superstars Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and David Ortiz to autographed photos of legends Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski – Castinetti has it in stock. Name a major sporting event – whether it be the Super Bowl, All-Star Game, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals or NCAA Final Four – and there’s a souvenir game program available at Sportsworld.

Castinetti said the memorabilia industry has changed a lot over the past 30 years.

“It’s tough. The players are making so much money they don’t want to do appearances any more. And if they do, it’s huge money. No one can afford to buy autographs any more. And Brady’s getting $600 an autograph.”

A frequent guest on Mike Adams’s “Planet Mikey” show on WEEI-FM, Castinetti enjoys being a leader and trendsetter in the business.

“After all these years I still like doing it. It’s different every day so it’s fun.”

He invites collectors to view his impressive showroom and bring in their items for appraisal.

“By all means we want our customers to bring their collections here – that way, they’ll know what they have and what it’s worth and it’s a lot easier to sell it to me than to piece it out on ebay.”

Castinetti resides in Lynnfield with his wife, Maria, daughter, Hailey, 16, and son, Cory, 14, who both compete in sports at the high school.

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