Sports 10-19-2017

CHS Roundup

CHS boys soccer team moves into first place

The Chelsea High boys soccer team moved into first place in the Large School Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference, thanks to the combination of a 10-1 victory over Minuteman and a pair of losses by the former first-place school, Northeast Regional.

After spotting Minuteman an early 1-0 lead in the opening minutes, thanks to some careless play in their defensive end, the Red Devils soon took control of the contest, reaching the back of the Minutemen’s net six times before the ref’s whistle ended the first half.

Sophomore Eric Barahona brought Chelsea back to level within a few minutes of the Minuteman score and Delmer Romero scored a pair of tallies to make it a 3-1 affair.

Kevin Umanzor-Torres, freshman Andy Martinez (the kid brother of former CHS star Carlos Martinez), and sophomore Suman Lepchu, a native of Nepal, upped the count to 6-1 at the intermission.

Lepchu, Martinez, and freshman Alejandro Caldron-Arana (two goals) padded the CHS lead with markers in the second half of the match in which CHS head coach Mick Milutinovic utilized all of his players.

The Red Devils were set to travel to Greater Lowell today (Thursday) and will host Greater Lawrence Tuesday. They will wrap up their regular season campaign with non-league contests at Natick on Wednesday and at home against Salem next Friday.

CHS boys cross  country victorious

Last Wednesday, the Chelsea High boys cross-country team ran to an easy victory over Minuteman and Northeast Tech in a tri-meet held at Breakheart Reservation.

Nine Red Devils crossed the finish line before Northeast’s first runner and 11 came home before Minuteman’s. Both final scores were 15-50 for Chelsea.

CHS senior co-captain Jose Leclerc won by over two minutes, and is undefeated going into the final dual meet of the year.  Wuilfido Hernandez was second and Demetrius Martinez was third, followed by Alex Pedrero and Rafaela Castillo. They all finished in the same time of 19:14.

In sixth place was Limilson Tavares and seventh was Ronny Lopez. Jazmany Reyes took eighth spot and Yosef Rubin came across the line in ninth.

“We have a strong, deep team that is getting better and more competitive each week,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “We have a quad-meet next week and we have a chance to finish 8-2 on the year.”

Leclerc wins medal at Bay State Invitational

The CHS boys cross-country team competed at the Bay State Invitational that was held in Wrentham this past Saturday.

“We had 11 boys qualify for this meet, which is the most I have had who have run under 21 minutes for 3.1 miles,” said CHS head coach Don Fay.

Red Devil top runner Jose Leclerc finished 13th and received a medal, running a personal record (PR) of 16:47.  Alex Pedrero ran 18:53 and had a PR by over 40 seconds.  Demetrius Martinez ran 19:00 flat and Yosef Rubin ran a PR of 19:14.

CHS girls team remains undefeated

The Chelsea High girls cross country team ran its record to 8-0 with two convincing victories over Minuteman and Northeast Regional in a tri-meet this past week.

Junior co-captains Yarid Deras and Jocelyn Poste finished 1-2 in the race. Junior Amanda Dias finished third while Cynthia Mancia was sixth overall.  Marissa Rivera clinched the meet for the Lady Red Devils by finishing ninth.

The final tally on the scoring sheet showed the Chelsea girls defeating Minuteman, 17-46, and topping Northeast, 17-44.

The girls were set to travel to Essex Tech in Danvers yesterday (Wednesday) to face undefeated Shawsheen Tech and Essex Tech for the CAC large school championship.

Four CHS girls compete in meet

Four members of the Chelsea High girls cross-country team competed on Saturday in Wrentham in the Bay State Invitational.

Yarid Deras ran a season best of 21:45 over the 3.1 mile course.  Amanda Dias ran 22:23, while Joselyn Poste finished in 23:04 and Cynthia Mancia crossed the line in 23:38.

Bruins Beat

by Bob Morello

Bruins Comings and Goings

The benefit of having a three-day layoff when players are hurt is always a benefit. For the Bruins, it was a blessing as it allowed both David Backes and Patrice Bergeron some much-needed time to heal. Both veteran players returned to practice ice earlier this week, and although Bergeron wore a no-contact red jersey, he has made considerable progress, and the possibility of both Backes and Bergeron returning to game action tonight (Thursday) versus Vancouver (7 p.m.) is being considered.

Backes’ bout with the effects of diverticulitis is an illness that is not an easy one to overcome, but he has healed to the point that he is now chomping at the bit to see his first 2017-18 shift, after missing the first five games of the season. While not able to get involved in any physical activity for almost a week while the team was away, Backes worked with the team’s medical staff and the skating coach to keep himself in the best condition possible. As for hitting TD Garden ice tonight to face the Canucks, that is in the hands of Boston’s medical staff to make a decision.

Another important part that has been missing in making the Bruins more effective on the ice is Bergeron. He has indicated that he is feeling stronger and more comfortable on the ice, and he, as well is anxiously looking forward to getting in some game action under his belt. At this point in the season the Bruins want to be sure that Bergeron is close to 100 percent before hitting the ice, and not letting him return too soon. With players returning from injuries, it means that room has to be made on the roster. Affected by the return of Bergeron and Backes, were Danton Heinen and Austin Czarnik. Both players were returned to Providence on Tuesday. Heinen made the most of his opportunity, posting three assists while on a line with Sean Kuraly and Tim Schaller. At press time, Coach Bruce Cassidy is waiting word on the condition of Adam McQuaid who took a Colin Miller shot off his knee, and Ryan Spooner with a lower body injury, both casualties in the Vegas Knights game on Sunday.

Due to the mounting list of injured players, the swinging door continues to move, as General Manager Don Sweeney on Wednesday recalled forwards Kenny Agostino and Peter Cehlarik from the Providence Bruins. Both were expected to join the team for Wednesday’s practice. Agostino leads Providence with two goals and five assists for seven points (tied for third in AHL) with a plus-four rating in three games this season. Cehlarik is second on the team with two goals and three assists for five points with a plus-three rating in three games with Providence this season.

Tonight (Thursday 10/19) is Hockey Fights Cancer Night, and is presented by Lahey Health. Local cancer patients and survivors will receive donated tickets for the game. The B’s will wear their customized lavender Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys during their pre-game skate with Vancouver, in support of those affected by cancer. Boston Bruins Foundation will also hold a silent auction and raffle on October 19th and 21, for the players’ warm-up worn lavender jerseys with proceeds benefitting the BBF, and Mystery autographed lavender pucks ($20) will be available for purchase.

The remainder of the Bruins October schedule has the team playing on Garden ice during a four-game homestand. Following tonight’s matchup with the Canucks, Boston will take to the ice on Saturday to host the Buffalo Sabres and Jack Eichel (7 p.m.). Next week will also feature Thursday and Saturday games, starting with Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks (7 p.m.), ending the four-game homestand against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, also with a 7 p.m. start.

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