Sports 04-20-2017

CHS Roundup

CHS track teams top Greater Lawrence

Both the Chelsea High boys and girls track & field teams earned impressive victories over Greater Lawrence last week.

The Lady Red Devils cruised to a 95-39 triumph over their Greater Lawrence counterparts, capturing every individual event except the high jump.

Junior Martine Simon continued to roll past her opponents, winning four events, two of which set new CHS school records.  Martine won the long jump (16’-4”), triple jump (33’-9.5”), 100 dash (in a new CHS mark of 12.56), and 200 dash (a new school record of 26.53).

“It was a great day for Martine and she looks ready to have an amazing season,” marveled CHS heads coach Mark Martineau.

Also winning multiple events was senior Sylvia Agyeiwaa in the 400 hurdles (74.44) and the 100 hurdles in a new school record time of 16.60.

Sophomore Amanda Dias was once again a double winner in the tough combination of the mile (6:21) and two mile (15:13).

“It has been a hard couple of weeks for Amanda,” said Martineau. “We have asked her to run both races as we are very thin in the distance events right now.  As we get healthier as a team, she will be able to focus on just one to get ready for the championship meets later in the season.”

Other individual winners for Chelsea included: Owliyo Mohamud in the 400 dash (63.22), Jocelyn Poste in the 800 (2:48), Alex Martinez in the shotput (27’-11”), Masireh Ceesay in the discus (83’-8”), and first-time winner sophomore Jessica Martinez in the javelin (55’-9”).

The Lady Red Devils were set to have a big early season matchup this past Tuesday vs. Essex Tech & Shawsheen, with the winner having a leg up in the chase for the 2017 Commonwealth Athletic Conference championship.

Shawsheen finished second last year and Essex Tech is the reigning cross country champion.

On the boys’ side, the Chelsea squads emerged victorious in a back-and-forth affair, pulling out a 72-64 win in the last couple of events.

Senior Adriel Cedano led the way for Chelsea, winning four events (100 dash in 11.34; the 400 dash in 54.57, the triple jump in 39’-3”, and the high jump in 5’-6”).  “Adriel is off to a great start this season,” said Martineau. “In addition to the triple jump, Adriel is looking to perform well at the state meet in either the 200 or the 400. That decision will be made as the season progresses.”

Red Devil senior Nick Ieng was a triple winner (200 dash in 23.8, javelin with a toss of 123’,  and the shot-put with a heave of 37’-9.5”).

“ Nick is so versatile, he is a pleasure to have on the team,” noted Martineau. “It seems that no matter what event you put him in, he wins.”

Jose Leclerc was again a double-winner in the two-mile run (11:58) and the 800 (2:18).  “With our boys team being so short-handed this season, Jose has been unable to run his best event, the one mile. He will get his first crack at it next Thursday in a meet at Salem.”

Other winners for Chelsea included Walid El Mellouki in the mile (5:23) and Nelson Hernandez in the discus (102’-4”).

The boys also were set to travel to Essex Tech this past Tuesday to take on Shawsheen and Essex Tech. “

CHS baseball team defeats St. Clement

The Chelsea High baseball team earned a 7-5 triumph over St. Clement’s on the holiday this past Monday at Carter Park.

Luis Jimenez was the offensive star for the Red Devils. Luis went 2-for-2 with two walks, scoring three runs, delivering an RBI, and stealing three bases.

Eduardo Nunez and Manny Ortiz each had RBI triples and each scored a run. Carlos Mieses also contributed with an RBI single.

Rafael Otero got the win after pitching two innings in relief, yielding only one run and striking out four.  Ortiz tossed the first five innings for Chelsea, striking out 11 enemy batters.

The Red Devils did not fare as well in their other three contests this past week. In a 15-0 loss to Mystic Valley, Eduardo Nunez and Rafael Otero shared the pitching duties and performed well, allowing only seven hits between them, but poor defense and a lack of offense sealed Chelsea’s fate.

Chelsea dropped a 20-5 decision at Lynn Tech last Friday in which the Red Devils grabbed a 5-0 lead through the middle of the second inning.

However, Red Devil walks and errors allowed Tech to overcome the deficit and pull away for the win. Highlights for Chelsea came from: Jimenez, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI; Otero, who had a hit, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored; and Manny Ortiz, who was 2-for-2 with two RBI.

This past Tuesday, Chelsea fell by an 18-1 score to Northeast Regional in another contest in which fielding woes plagued the Red Devils.

Otero had a base hit and scored the lone CHS tally. Nunez and Ortiz chipped in with a single apiece.

Coach Alan Beausoleil and his squad, who now stand at 2-3 at the quarter pole of the season, were set to trek to Greater Lowell yesterday (Wednesday) morning. The Red Devils are off until next Wednesday, when they will host Maimonides under the lights at 7:00. They then will entertain Minuteman Regional the following day at 4:00.

CHS track to hold car wash fundraiser Sat.

The Chelsea High track program will hold a car wash fundraiser this

Saturday morning, April 22,  from 10-1, on the Everett Ave. side of the high school.

This is a great opportunity to wash all that winter salt off your car for a good cause!

Bruins Beat

by Bob Morello

Bruins Need to Execute a Plan

Results of Wednesday’s Game 4  of the Stanley Cup playoff series between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators will be known before Record readers see the ‘Bruins Beat’ column. If the Bruins were victorious, there will be high-fives all around. Should Ottawa have beaten Boston, the mood would be somber as the Sens would then have a 3-1 series lead, leaving the Bs with their backs against the wall. A win by the Bruins on Wednesday would even the series at two games apiece, making the series a best of three, with Game 5 scheduled for Friday in Ottawa (4/21 @ 7:30pm).

Nothing much will have changed regarding Bs injuries before Wednesday’s contest, other than the possibility of Colin Miller returning to the lineup, and the Boston blue line. Sorely missed are blueliners Brandon Carlo, Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid. While the possibility of any of the three defenseman returning for Wednesday is unlikely, stranger things have happened. If the Bruins fans were to look for a silver lining to Monday night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Senators, it would have to be the way Boston responded in the second period of the game, as they showed their resiliency by scoring three goals to tie the game at 3-3. The overtime power play that was awarded to the Sens was ridiculous, but must be accepted as part of the game. Riley Nash was the ‘victim’ in that call, but the best method is to move on from the call and perform your game plan in the best way possible.

Regarding Boston’s game plan, it is relatively simple to explain what would work best – i.e. First of all, find a way to stop Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson from performing his magic from anywhere on the ice. The way to do that is complex, the Swedish star has a bag full of tricks, many of which he has already displayed, entering Wednesday night’s game with four assists in three games – Norris Trophy-worthy , which explains why he has already earned two Norris’. Karlsson is usually on the ice for almost half the game, and he is equally as good, from start of the game to finish. In order for Boston to be effective they need to come out of the gate flying, posting the first goal of the game to avoid having to chase the score… not always easy to do, especially with Karlsson’s effectiveness. A solid strategy would have Boston being more physical with him… of course they’d need to catch the speedy Swede in order to hit him. Also eye-opening is the way the Senators have found a way to basically shut Brad Marchand down following the first game in which he scored, as he’s been a no-show since.

The disappearance of effective penalty killing is also confusing, the team to date has given up three power-play goals in the opposition’s ten chances, and that’s surprising since they owned the NHL’s top spot in the regular season. Going from being number one to the 15th spot of the 16-playoff teams, is unacceptable. Among the stalled scoring motors on Boston, both David Backes and David Pastrnak finally found their scoring touch in Monday night’s loss – the Bs need that and more from them. John Michael Liles showed good effort also, putting up two assists. Back in the lineup on Monday, David Krejci had a little bit of jump, but he needs to step up and display his playoff prowess.

Finally, the lack of discipline has hurt Boston in this series, and they need to find a way to curb their enthusiasm following the solid hits they’ve been absorbing from the determined Senators. The Bruins now they will have to make adjustments and win Game 5 if they hope to bring the series back to Boston for a Game 6 (if necessary) on Sunday (4/23), and extend the series to seven games if needed, to emerge victorious and move on to the second round.

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