EHS Roundup

EHS Field Hockey Team Tops Revere, 2-0

The Everett High field hockey team defeated Greater Boston League (GBL) rival Revere, 2-0, last Wednesday at 7-Acre Park. Cephas Orleus and Jonathan Scoletti scored the goals for coach Sabrina Wright’s squad, while goalie Willins Julien, who was named the Crimson Tide’s MVP, earned the shutout.

“It can be argued that Willins is the MVP every game because he’s out there saving 20-30 shots a game,” said Wright. “But I wanted to wait for the perfect game to be able to name him MVP and it was this game, a win and his first shutout. I was so happy for him. It was so well-deserved.”

The Crimson Tide’s victory came after Wright made some adjustments to her line-up from the day before (a 3-0 loss to Peabody).

“After our loss on Tuesday I switched up the line-up and the formation of the field and it was probably one of my best coaching decisions all season,” said Wright. “This was a beautifully-played game and everyone was doing the right things.”

In the hard-fought contest at Peabody last Tuesday, the Crimson Tide’s MVP was Ricky Contreras. 

“Ricky is our junior captain and he was hungry for a goal and was working so hard to get it,” noted Wright. “He didn’t end up getting one, but I could feel the energy from the sideline.”

Wright and her crew are scheduled to play at GBL foe Malden today (Wednesday) in a key contest. “We’re hoping to keep the momentum going,” said Wright.  They will travel to Greater Lowell next Monday and will host Northeast Regional next Wednesday in a contest that will feature Senior Day festivities.

Boys Cross Country Edges Revere, 28-30

The Everett High boys cross country team edged Greater Boston League (GBL) rival Revere by the narrowest of margins, 28-30, last Wednesday on the latter’s home course.

“Revere was stronger up front, but we won based on better depth,” said RHS head coach Brendan Hahesy.

After the Patriots grabbed the top two spots, the Crimson Tide crossed the line to grab six of the next seven places, led by Nischal Tamang with a time of 18:44. Nischal was followed by teammates Dawens Germain (fourth in 19:27), Anthony Whitlow (sixth in 20:34), Lucas Nunez (seventh in 20:34), David Huezo (eighth in 21:10), Jeremy Whitlow (ninth in 21:15), Harry Guevara (11th in 24:48), and Dominico Dell Rose (12th in 24:49).

On the girls’ side, Suzanne Maharjan crossed the line in fifth place with a clocking of 25:56 and Camile Camilo took seventh in 30:11.

EHS Girls Volleyball Stands at .500 Mark

The Everett High girls volleyball team returned to the .500 mark after dropping its three matches this past week, bringing the Lady Crimson Tide’s record to 6-6 with six games remaining in the season. Coach Mike Fineran’s squad needs three wins in its final six matches to achieve the .500 record needed to qualify for the state tournament.

“We knew it would be a tough week,” said Fineran. “We had squeezed out a fifth set win in Malden earlier in the year, and we knew they’d be looking for revenge in the rematch. Chelsea and Lynn Classical are the top two teams in the league, which meant we would have to play our best. While we showed flashes in all three matches, we did not do enough on a consistent basis to get the job done.”

In last Monday’s match at home against Malden, the Tide overcame a slow start to tie the first set 15-15, thanks to five points from senior captain Nicole Brandao. Junior hitter Tanessa Duvilaire had a block and an ace, and junior Trinh Dang served three times to tie the game at 21, but Everett fell 25-22. 

“We hit five serves out in the set and only had two kills, which is not a winning formula,” noted Fineran. 

Unfortunately for Everett, that trend continued in the second set. The Tide hit four serves out and killed twice en route to a 25-17 loss. Everett’s defense held up fairly well, with digs from juniors Emilly Nogueira and Victoria Rodrigues, who also had two aces.

In the third set, however, Everett’s offense woke up. Seniors Darrynn Desrameaux and Kaesta Sandy combined for seven kills, with sophomore Juliette Romboli and Brandao scoring as well. Senior co-captain Yasmine Laabadla was seven-for-seven serving in the set, and junior libero Sonia FLores added two aces as Everett won the set, 25-18.

In the fourth set, the Tide missed two of their first four serves and four of their first 10. However, Everett refused to give up. Sandy had four kills, and the team found their groove on serves, with Nogueira serving four in a row to give the Tide a 23-22 lead. Everett served with the game tied 24-24, but hit it out, and then had another chance to serve tied at 25-25, but dropped the next two points and the match.

On Wednesday Everett traveled to Chelsea, who had lost only one GBL match on the season. The Lady Red Devils’ combination of powerful serving and tenacious defense are two main reasons for their success, and both were on display. Everett had five players taly kills in the first set, yet still fell behind 10-2 and 22-10. A run of serves from Rodrigues and two back-to-back aces by Romboli made the final score a more respectable 25-18. 

There would be no quasi-comeback in the second set, which Chelsea dominated 25-10. Laabadla had a pair of digs and Sandy had a block and two kills, but the bright spots were few and far between in that set.

“We played with a lot more pride and poise in the third set,” said Fineran, thanks to another pair of kills and two blocks from Sandy, and kills from Desrameaux and Rodrigues. Brandao had two aces in a run of five serves to give Everett an 11-9 lead. Two points from Desrameaux made the game 17-15, but Chelsea had too much firepower and closed out the set and the match.

“I was hoping to see us put up more of a fight at home Friday against Lynn Classical, our league’s undefeated top seed. We knew they would be strong, but when we play at our best, we can compete with anyone,” said Fineran. “I was encouraged early on by our back row defense. Junior Kayleigh McMahon played one of her best games after sitting out most of Wednesday’s match with a bruised thumb. Laabadla and Flores handled much of Classical’s attack and helped set up our own offense.” 

Duvilaire had a block and a dig from the front row, Sandy had two kills, and Brandao had a pair of kills, a pair of blocks, and a dig. Laabadla had nine serves in the set (and served a team-high 96% for the week), but Classical prevailed, 25-21.

“We knew that we had better volleyball in us, and we showed that in the second set,” Fineran noted.. Flores served five times for an early 5-1 lead. Sandy had five kills. Nogueira earned three digs on one play and served an ace to give Everett a 23-21 lead. Brandao had four digs and a kill, and Rodrigues served the final two points in a 28-26 win.

“But while we showed that we can hang with any team, we also know that when we don’t play well, any team can beat us. Winning or losing a previous game or set has no bearing on the next one,” said Fineran. “So it was disappointing but not shocking to find ourselves down 11-3 early in pivotal game three.”

Strong serving from Duvilaire cut down the Classical lead to 16-12, but the Tide managed only three kills and dropped the set, 25-15.

“Our defense was better in the fourth set, but our serving was not. We hit four out, and Brandao had the lone kill in a 25-16 loss,” said Fineran. “We knew these matches would make for a tough week, but I think we are still in good shape to reach our goal of playing in November. 

“We know what we need to do to win,” the veteran Everett mentor continued. “We know we have the talent to do it. We also know that we will have to fight for everything, and that there is no such thing as an easy win. If nothing else, the next two weeks should be exciting.”

Fineran and his crew were scheduled to play at Lynn English yesterday (Tuesday) and will host Somerville today (Wednesday). They will travel to non-league opponent New Mission on Saturday before returning home to host Medford for Senior Night next Monday (October 16) and New Mission next Tuesday. The Tide will wrap up their season next Friday (October 20) at Saugus.

EHS Girls Soccer Battles Well

Although the Everett High girls soccer team came up short in its contests this past week with Greater Boston League rivals Medford and Malden, there were a number of highlights for coach Domenick Persuitte’s squad.

In a 4-1 loss to Medford last Tuesday, Yelsa Garcia, assisted by Layla Cardona, reached the back of the Lady Mustangs’ net for a second half goal. On defense, “Emilia Maria-Babcock played ‘lights out’ in her newly-appointed role on the defensive side, controlling the ball in every aspect of the game,” said Persuitte. “Laura Sanchez played her final game as goalkeeper as she sustained a broken thumb during the match.  Despite the injury, she played phenomenally, turning away at least 10 shots and only conceding the four.  Laura also stopped one of two penalty kicks.”

A 2-1 loss to Malden last Thursday was “a typical Everett-Malden rivalry,” noted Persuitte.

The contest was a back-and-forth battle from the opening kick-off. Malden struck first, though the Lady Crimson Tide had a few missed opportunities at the beginning of the half that could have changed the momentum in their favor.

Everett’s lone goal came from Emilia Maria-Babcock off a shot from Garica, who hit the crossbar. The ball landed at Emillia’s foot from where she put it into the back of the Lady Golden Tornado net. 

“The entire defense put out a solid effort, from newly-appointed goalkeeper Kaylee Velasques to veterans Aldrona Flores and captains Shyann Amberlys, Yelsa Garcia, and Layla Cardona,” said Persuitte. “The defense really stood out with Shyann leading the way alongside Casey Martinez, Glediy Tejada, and Sofia Arana-Quintanilla. In addition, newly-added freshman Kayla Andrade played well for her second time playing at the varsity level on the wing.”

Persuitte and his crew were scheduled to play at Chelsea yesterday (Tuesday) and at Revere tomorrow (Thursday). They will host Reading next Monday and trek to Lynn English next Tuesday.

EHS Golf Team Continues to Improve

Although the Everett High golf team came up short in its matches with Somerville, Salem, and Malden/Revere this past week, EHS head coach Steve Gallagher has been pleased with his team’s continuing progress.

“Despite the scores, we are playing better golf,” said Gallagher. “One of our returning golfers from last year, Andrew Crasco, has just resumed play after missing most of the season because of shoulder surgery in the spring. He won both of his matches this week, 6-3 and 5.5-3.5. 

“We only have one match this week, so it is a welcome break from our typical three-match weeks,” added Gallagher. “We’re hoping we can find a few things out on the practice range that we can carry into the last three matches of the season.”

Boys Soccer Looks To Get Back on Track

The Everett High boys soccer team, which came up just short in its matches this past week with Medford (3-1), Malden (2-1), and Greater Lowell (2-1), were looking to get back on the winning track when coach Pedro Blas and his crew took on Greater Boston League (GBL) archrival Chelsea yesterday (Tuesday). They will host GBL foe Revere tomorrow (Thursday) and travel to non-league rival Belmont on Saturday. They will entertain GBL opponent Lynn English next Tuesday.

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