Sports 09-10-2015

CHS Roundup

CHS football team opens season Friday

It will be a real-life version of “Friday Night Lights” for the Chelsea High football team and its fans when the Red Devils kick off their 2015 season Friday evening at 7:00 at Chelsea Stadium, hosting Lynn Tech, under the direction of new head coach Jack Halas.

Chelsea will be led in the 2015 campaign by a quartet of captains: Senior Dennys Hernandez, who is a two-way lineman; senior Petherson Braga, another two-way lineman; junior Nick Ieng, a wide receiver and defensive back; and junior Javier St. Leger, a wide receiver and outside linebacker.

Chelsea prepped for its opener with a scrimmage Saturday against Boston English in a 10 plays-on-offense/10 plays-on-defense format, with each team getting in four sets on each side of the ball.

“We’re happy to have escaped without any injuries,” said Halas “Overall, our level of play was decent for our first live, competitive scrimmage against an opponent. We still have a lot of work to do in order to play near a level we are capable of, but any errors we made are all coachable mistakes.”

Among the Red Devils cited by Halas for their strong play against English were captains Hernandez and Ieng, quarterback Mike Rowan, and offensive lineman Christian Carceres.

“We just need to tighten down some of the nuts and bolts on both sides of the football,” added Halas. “We’ll be ready Friday for our opener against Lynn Tech.”

Fall sports teams swing into action; boys soccer opens with 5-0 victory

The fall season for the Chelsea High athletic program swings into high gear with all of the Red Devil sports teams opening their seasons in the coming week.

The CHS boys soccer team, which is led by senior captain Wilber Alfaro-Castro, kicked off its 2015 campaign on a winning note Tuesday with a 5-0 win at non-league opponent New Mission. Sophomore Carlos Cartagena scored two goals in the opening half, one of which was assisted by sophomore Oscar Murillo, to get coach Mick Milutinovic’s crew off and running on the right foot.

Sophomore forward Humberto Suarez added a pair of tallies after the intermission and sophomore Carlos Cruz also reached the back of the New Mission net to wrap up the CHS scoring. Cartagena, Melvin Godoy, and Eric DePina earned assists on the three goals.

Sophomore keeper Angel Figueroa and senior keeper Cruz Barrientos shared the shutout in the CHS net.

“We’re excited for the coming season,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “We have most of our team returning from last year and have more depth than we’ve perhaps ever had.”

The Red Devils entertain Minuteman Regional today (Thursday) at 4:00 and trek to Lynn Tech Monday.

The CHS cross-country teams host Somerville of the Greater Boston League Monday and then travel Wednesday to Notre Dame of Tyngsboro for a quad-meet with the host school, Presentation of Mary Academy (PMA) , and Lynn Tech.

The Lady Red Devil soccer team opened its season Tuesday against Lynn Tech and travel to Minuteman today. The girls then have a busy week ahead, hosting Cristo Rey Monday, traveling to Pope John Tuesday, and trekking to Notre Dame Wednesday.

The Lady Red Devil volleyball team played at Lynn Tech yesterday (Wednesday) and will host Greater Lawrence tomorrow at 4:00. They will travel to Pope John Monday and to PMA Wednesday.

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