Everett Boys Volleyball Wins Third Straight Match
The Everett High boys’ volleyball team hosted its first-ever home game at the high school last Wednesday, and the home crowd fans were treated to an intense, highly-competitive match that saw the Crimson Tide overcome a 2-0 deficit before taking the next three sets to claim a 3-2 victory.
The triumph marked the third, fifth-set tiebreaker that Everett has won this year, but all three wins developed differently.
In this one, Medford took the first two sets, capitalizing on Everett’s mistakes.
“We mostly played well, but there were spurts of sloppiness,” said EHS head coach Mike Fineran. “In the first set, it was a 6-4 game until we missed a serve and it felt like 30 seconds later we were down 16-9. In the second set, it was 8-7 and then it was 15-8.” Serving runs by seniors Caio Santos and Derrick Sands helped Everett climb back into both sets, before eventually dropping them by scores of 25-20 and 25-17.
Fineran lauded his team’s resolve. “One good thing about our team is that we don’t quit,” said the coach. “We’ve been in tight matches all year, so there was no panic.”
Everett was also confident that they had the firepower to come back. Senior middle hitter Marcilio Melo had seven kills in the first two sets, and senior outside hitter Brandon Ho notched another four. In the third set, Everett cleaned up their passing mistakes. Melo and Ho combined for six more kills, and junior Said Soaib stepped in as a middle and made an immediate impact, with a block on his first play.
Junior Dimitar Dimitrov served four in a row to put Everett up, 9-3, and sophomore Hyan Soares DeCasto served four as well, as Everett took their first set of the day, 25-19.
“Dimitar was an unsung hero of the game,” said Fineran. “He was solid up front and he set up a lot of our kills with clean passes from the back row.”
Everett cruised in the fourth set, 25-18, powered by Ho’s four kills, two each from Melo and Soaib, and serving aces from Santos, Ho, and Sands.
The fifth set — which is a short set to 15 points — was tight the whole way. Santos aced the first two points and freshman Henrique Franca’s third kill of the match put the Tide up early, 5-1, but Medford quickly tied it up.
Ho followed up a kill with three service points to give Everett an 11-7 cushion, but Medford clawed back, eventually tying the match at 14-14 on Everett’s missed serve. After a sideout, DeCasto served in, and solid defense forced a hitting error by Medford that sealed the win for Everett, 16-14.
“You can’t get any closer than that. You have to battle the other team, your own nerves, and the crowd noise,” said Fineran. “I’m proud of the way they stepped up and played hard through to the end.”
Fineran and his crew, who stand at 3-0 on the season, were off for the vacation week. They will entertain Somerville on Monday.
EHS Baseball Team Knocks Off Chelsea
The Everett High baseball team earned its second win of the young season last week with a 13-0 victory over Greater Boston League (GBL) rival Chelsea.
A crew of Crimson Tide pitchers combined to toss a no-hitter: Alex Velasco spun two hitless innings, followed by JJ Costa, Enrico Vega, and Omar Marshall each doing the same.
Everett was led offensively by senior captains Brian Gibbs, Frankie Velasquez, and junior Matt Turilli with two hits each. Omar Marshall and Justin Longmore also had a hit and two RBI each.
However, the Tide did not have as much luck in an 11-1 loss to GBL foe Lynn Classical.
Everett grabbed an early 1-0 lead on a Classical miscue in the field, but then immediately gave it back in the bottom half of the inning.
The score remained deadlocked until the fourth frame when Classical took a 2-1 lead on a couple of Everett fielding miscues. The Rams then broke the game open in the fifth inning when Everett dipped into their bullpen, scoring nine runs in the bottom half to end the game early via the mercy rule.
“The final score was not indicative of how we played in the first four innings,” said EHS head coach Joel Levine. “We got great pitching from Matt Turilli, but were unable to get anything going offensively. Three-game weeks and the state’s pitch count rules can put a clamp on your pitching staff and that’s what we saw vs. Classical.”
Levine and his crew are scheduled to play at GBL foe Revere today (Wednesday) and will host GBL rivals Medford on Monday and Malden next Wednesday.
Boys Track Tops Medford, 75-61
The Everett High boys outdoor track and field team won eight of the 14 individual events and took second place in nine events en route to a 75-61 victory over Greater Boston League rival Medford last Tuesday.
The first-place finishers for coach Jehu Cimea’s Crimson Tide squad were: Adam Penaflor in the 400 hurdles in a time of 1:07.4; Moses Seide in the 100 meter dash with a sprint of 11.7; Samuel Desir-Mafouana in the mile with a clocking of 5:37.6; Shinay Aristhene in the 110 hurdles in 19.1; Lilian Pochot in the long jump with a flight of 19’-0”; Adail Costa Fernandes in the triple jump with a final landing of 35’-10”; Joseph Murillo in the shot-put with a throw of 38’-6.5”); and Donovan Gaskins in the discus with a spin of 106’-0”.
Adding three points to the Everett side of the scoresheet with second-place performances were: Aristhene in the 400 hurdles (1:08.6); Wensley Mompremier in the two-mile (11:52.5); Jayden Clerveaux in the 100 dash (12.0); Patrick Bien Aime in the 400 dash (59.7); Nicholas Freitas in the 800 (2:37.9); Pochot in the 200 dash (24.3); Angel Torres in the long jump (17’-5”); Gaskins in the shot-put (37’-4”); and Penaflor in the javelin (83’-3/4”).
Contributing single points with the third-place finishes that put Everett over the top were: Cam Mohamed in the 100 dash (12.1); Marvin Aviles in the mile (5:48.8); Penaflor in the 100 hurdles (20.6); Reklov Lageroy in the 400 dash (60.3); Aadit Manandhar in the 800 (2:41); Darryl Monvil in the 200 dash (24.5); Khang Nguyen inthe high jump (5’-0”); and Murillo in the discus (83’-1”).
Cimea and his crew are scheduled to face GBL foes Malden tomorrow (Thursday) and Chelsea next Thursday.
Girls Track Cruises Past Medford, 88-35
The Everett High girls outdoor track and field team received a total team performance to cruise to an 88-35 victory over Greater Boston League (GBL) rival Medford last week.
The Lady Crimson Tide captured first place in 10 of the 14 individual events and won the 4 x 100 relay. Three Everett girls were double winners for coach Jehu Cimea’s squad: Sophomore Malaica Guillaume captured the 400 hurdles in a clocking of 1:27.4 and the triple jump with landing of 28’-5”; Alyssa Hurley took first in the shot-put with a toss of 24’-7” and the javelin with a throw of 59’-6”; and senior Lakisha Kirnon won the 110 high hurdles with a personal record (PR) time of 18.8 seconds and the long jump with a flight of 14’-9.5”.
Additional first-place finishers for Everett were: junior Jessica Desouza in the discus with a spin of 64’-3”; sophomore Nicole Brandao in the high jump with a leap of 4’-2”; senior Gigi Boyce in the 200 dash in a clocking of 29.0; and junior Nyla Crowder in the 100 dash with a sprint of 13.8.
The winning 4 x 100 relay quartet of junior Ida Bittaye, Crowder, freshman Yelsa Garcia, and Boyce came across the line in 55.6, which was 6.7 seconds faster than their Medford counterparts.
Scoring three points with second-place performances were: sophomore Suzanne Maharjan in the two-mile run (18:12.5); senior Datchene Elysse in the 100 dash (14.2); Bittaye in the 100 hurdles (24.9); freshman Alisha Lafontat in the 400 dash (1:14.6); junior Selma Moutaoukkil in the 200 dash (30.2); sophomore Takisha Alexandre in the shot-put (19’-4”); sophomore Darrynn Demareaux in the discus (48’-2”); and sophomore Tiana Allen in the javelin(59’-5”).
Contributing single points to the Everett cause with third-place efforts were: Allen in the shot-put (19’-4”); Brandao in the long jump (14’-3.5”); sophomore Victoria Macao in the javelin (50’-4”); freshman Zyelle Cannon in the 200 dash (31.6); junior Luca Jean Noel in the 800 (3:30.3) and the mile (7:35.1); sophomore Laneya Smith in the 400 dash (1:20.9); sophomore Taisha Alexandre in the 100 hurdles (24.9); and freshman Jossycah Emmanuel in the 400 hurdles (1:35.3).
The Lady Crimson Tide will take on GBL opponents Malden today (Wednesday) and Chelsea next Thursday.
Boys Tennis Team Continues to Work Hard
Although the Everett High boys tennis team came up on the short end of its matches with Greater Boston League opponents Lynn Classical, Revere, and Lynn English this past week, EHS head coach Greg Bluestein has been seeing some positive signs from his squad.
The doubles tandem of Shishir Pokrhel and Carlos Mungia won their match against Lynn English. Dat Vu pushed his first singles match to a very close score as well, losing in straight sets, 3-6 and then 4-6.
The Crimson Tide are scheduled to travel to Revere today (Wednesday) and trek to Medford on Tuesday. They will host Malden at Rossetti Park next Wednesday.