CHS girls track team knocks off NDA
The Chelsea High girls track team earned one of the biggest wins in the program’s history with a 70-65 triumph at Notre Dame Academy of Tyngsboro Tuesday afternoon, marking the first victory for Chelsea over an NDA team since the latter joined the Commonwealth Athletic Conference.
“This was a really big win for us,” said CHS head coach Amanda Alpert. “The girls were extremely excited and it made for a happy bus ride home.”
Red Devil star Mariama Kamara once again was a force for Chelsea, taking first in three events to tally 15 points for the CHS side of the scoresheet. Mariama won the 100 dash in 12.7 seconds, the 200 dash in 27.9, and the long jump with a leap of 15’-5”.
Katherine Cabral took first in the triple jump with a landing of 30’-7”, second in the long jump with a leap of 14’-10”, and a second in the 400 meter dash in 65.3 to post 11 points for Chelsea.
Jasmin Castello ruled the day in both the discus with a toss of 80’-5” and the shot-put with a throw of 27’-0” to add 10 points for Chelsea.
Martine Simon enjoyed a terrific day, scoring eight points in four events with a third in the 100 dash in 13.7, a second in the 200 dash in 28.9, a third in the long jump with a leap of 14’-0”, and a second in the triple jump in 30’-0”.
Norell Campos sped to victory in the 100 high hurdles in 19.5 and Owliyo Mohamud took first in the 400 dash in 64.9.
Alexandra Martinez took second ion the discus with a toss of 72’-4” and a third in the javelin with a throw of 59’-7”. Deysany DaSilva took second place in the high jump, clearing the bar at 4’-2”.
Adding key third place points, which are crucial in a close meet, were Emely Burgos in the 800 in 3:04; Wendy Becerra in a grueling double, the mile in 6:40 and the two mile in 14:01; Melanie Nguyen in the 100 high hurdles in 21.8; and Animata Ky in the discus with a spin of 68’-5”.
Alpert and her crew, who now are 4-0 on the season, will face Whittier Tech and Presentation of Mary Academy today (Thursday). On Saturday, Anna Davies, Alexandra Martinez, Owliyo Mohamud, and Martine Simon will compete in the State Freshmen/Sophomore meet at Oliver Ames High School.
Red Devil baseball drops two contests
The Chelsea High baseball team dropped both of its contests this past week to Whittier Tech and Essex Tech.
The Red Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first in their encounter at Whittier Tech last Thursday. Tom Melanson doubled home George Hernandez and Luis Jiminez, both of whom had walked, for a 2-0 Chelsea lead. Melanson then scored when he advanced to third on a passed ball and came home on a ground out by Andony Turcios.
Whittier responded with six runs in the bottom of the first in which two CHS errors played a key role, and upped the count to 9-3 with three more in the second frame. The Red Devils continued to battle however, scoring a run in the third when Turcios singled and eventually came around on a bases-loaded walk to Eduardo Nunez. Chelsea got two more back in the fourth when George Gomez and Turcios, both of whom had walked, scored on bases-loaded, free passes to Luis Rodriguez and Nunez.
That made the contest a 9-6 affair, but Essex broke matters open with six markers in the fourth and then four more in the fifth for a 19-6 finale.
In a 10-0 loss to Essex Tech Friday, the lone CHS base hit came from the bat of Rodriguez.
“The team has been battling hard in every game,” said CHS head coach Alan Beausoleil. “However, our defense and pitching need improvement.”
Beausoleil and his crew have a busy stretch this week and next with six games in eight days. They were set to play at Notre Dame/Cristo Rey yesterday (Wednesday) and travel to Lynn Tech today (Thursday). They host Greater Lawrence tomorrow (Friday), Mystic Valley Monday, and Cathedral Tuesday before returning to the road to Greater Lowell Wednesday.
DA Conley’s 7th Basketball Tourney
makes the Grade at UMass Boston
Kids and teens from across Boston and Revere came together at UMass Boston last Wednesday, April 22, with prosecutors, victim advocates, and celebrity coaches – including the Independent News Group’s editor Cary Shuman – at District Attorney Dan Conley’s seventh annual Basketball for Peace tournament.
“So many times when we hear about violent crime in Boston, we hear about this neighborhood fighting with that neighborhood, or this street fighting with that one, or even one block against another,” Conley said to the assembled group of about 100 kids between 12 and 15. “But the truth is, most young people in this city aren’t fighting. You’re going to school. You’re playing sports. You’re hanging out with your friends. And every one of you deserves the opportunity to do that safely, with the support of those of us in law enforcement.”
Conley organized the annual games seven years ago to supplement the Soccer for Peace tournament he’s hosted each summer since taking office. The goal is to bring kids together with each other and with the law enforcement professionals who protect them, building bridges between individuals and forging bonds with prosecutors. Conley’s assistant district attorneys, victim advocates, civilian investigators, and support staff all turned out in force to referee, distribute uniforms, serve food, and otherwise assist in the games.
The games were held this year at UMass Boston – a school, Conley said, that has turned out political leaders, visionaries in science and technology, and countless successful men and women who sought a world-class education in the heart of Boston.
As in prior years, Conley named a handful of public figures as honorary captains and role models for the kids: Steve Burton, sports director for WBZ-TV news; Michael Holley, legendary sports reporter and current WEEI radio host; Brian Salmand, anchor for FOX-25 news; Cary Shuman, editor in chief of the Independent Newspaper Group; and Jermaine Wiggins, former New England Patriots player and current Hot 96.7 radio personality.
Former Boston Celtics power forward and current Boston Celtics consultant Leon Powe was the day’s featured guest speaker.
As a special gift, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate pledged a free VIP tour for every young player who attended.
The youngsters represented teams from the Blackstone Community Center; the Bromley Heath Tenant Management Corporation; St. Peter’s Teen Center; the New Academy Estates; Codman Academy Charter High School; Project RIGHT Inc.; the Revere Police Athletics League; and the South Boston Community Center.