USA Boxing New England Championship at Chelsea High School Hosted by John Ruiz and Quietman Sports
The second round of the 130th annual USA Boxing New England Championships, hosted by Quietman Sports Gym, will be held this Saturday night (5 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. first match) at Chelsea High School.
Quietman Sports Gym, located in Medford (MA), is owned and operated by two-time world heavyweight boxing champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz, the first and only world heavyweight champion of Hispanic heritage.
Winners in the open and novice divisions will qualify for the championship finals Saturday, Nov. 28 at Plymouth Memorial Hall (5 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. first match). The 2015 USA Boxing N.E. champions in each weight class will advance to the USA National Championships
Tickets are priced at $55.00 (ringside), $22.00 (reserved seats) and $12.00 (general admission) are available by going to www.quietmansportsgym.com (click on New England Championship page) or at the door.
During the past 50 years, USA Boxing New England champions have included world champions such as Brockton (MA) middleweight “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler (1973) and Providence (RI) welterweight Demetrious “Boo Boo” Andrade (2005-2006), as well as U.S. Olympians Andrade and Providence super heavyweight Jason “Big Six” Estrada (2001-2002-2003), and Providence middleweight/heavyweight Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (2000 & 2004), Worcester (MA) middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (2008), and Framingham (MA) welterweight Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor.
CHS boys soccer team falls in state tourney
The Chelsea High boys soccer team ran up against a strong squad from Masconomet and came out on the short end of a 3-0 decision in a quarterfinal contest in the Division 2 North Sectional of the MIAA Boys State Soccer Tournament Monday evening on the CHS field.
“Masco is a solid team with a tough defense,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “They also had a lot of height, so they controlled the game in the air. But they also had excellent foot skills and kept us penned-up in our end of the field for most of the game.”
The Red Devils, who entered the tourney as the top-seeded team in the D-2 North with a 15-1-2 regular season record, battled Masco (the ninth seed with a 13-4-3 mark) evenly through the first half, with the scoreboard showing a ni-nil standoff after the first 40 minutes.
However, Masco broke the deadlock shortly after the intermission on a free kick from 40 yards out on which a Masco player volleyed the delivery. Masco then made it 2-0 just five minutes later on another set-play off a corner kick.
With the Masco defense proving impenetrable, the Red Devils were unable to mount a comeback effort.
“We never were able to get into a rhythm,” said Protasowicki. “It seemed as though we were on our heels for most of the game.”
Coach Mick Milutinovic’s Red Devils had opened tourney play with a 3-1 victory Friday evening over Woburn on the local turf. Derilson DePina gave Chelsea a lead it never would relinquish halfway through the first half when he made a superb play after breaking past the Woburn defenders to grab a pass over the top of the Woburn defense from Eric DePina. Derilson then beat the Woburn keeper to the bouncing ball, headed it over the keeper, and continued on past the keeper to put the ball into the open net.
“It was an amazing play by Derilson,” marveled Protasowicki. “He always is so calm and cool under pressure.”
Carlos Cruz upped the CHS advantage to 2-0 10 minutes before the intermission when he gathered-in a loose ball off a corner kick that had been delivered by Kevin Umanzor-Torres. The ball made it through the gaggle of players assembled in front of the Woburn goal, but Cruz was on the far side of the goal-mouth to put home the loose ball.
Woburn closed the gap to 2-1 with a marker 10 minutes after the intermission, but Carlos sealed the CHS win with his second goal of the contest with 15 minutes to play when he made a brilliant individual effort to get past a Woburn defender at the end line and then beat the Woburn keeper to the near post.
Although the Red Devils were the top seed in the D-2 North, that ranking ironically worked against them in terms of scheduling. Chelsea had to wait until Saturday to play the winner of the Woburn-Greater Lowell preliminary round tilt and then had to come back with just one day’s rest to play Masconomet Monday. By contrast, Masco played its first tourney game Friday (a 2-0 win over eighth-seeded Danvers) and had two full days of rest before the Chelsea game.
Despite the loss in the tourney, the Red Devils can look back on a hugely-successful season. They captured the Large School Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference and were undefeated in league play. Chelsea also defeated (and tied) their arch-rival, non-league foe Everett, a Division 1 team that knocked off East Boston, the number one-seed of the D-1 North Sectional, in their state tourney contest Friday.
DePina is CAC MVP; four others named all-stars
The Chelsea High boys soccer team received numerous accolades at the recent meeting of coaches of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference.
Junior Derilson DePina was named the league’s Most Valuable Player and teammates Carlos Cartagena, Kevin Umanzor-Torres, Eric DePina, and Wilber Alfaro-Castro were selected to the CAC all-star team.
Red Devils win second straight
The Chelsea High football team won its second straight game, defeating West Roxbury 20-16, Friday evening at West Roxbury.
Coach Jack Halas and his squad now will host Latin Academy this Friday evening under the lights at the CHS field.
Red Devil Turkey Trot set for Nov. 21
The Chelsea High boys and girls track programs announce the first-ever Red Devil Turkey Trot to be held Saturday, November 21, at 10 a.m. at Admiral’s Hill.
The Turkey Trot will consist of a 5K (3.1 miles) road race and a 3K walk around Admiral’s Hill. The entry fee is $25.00 and includes a race T-shirt (while supplies last).
All are welcome and even if you cannot run yourself, sponsor a student! Let your friends and family know as well. Dogs and babies are welcome too!
To register (or sponsor) click the link: http://goo.gl/forms/UICF9AwmqP.