CHS cross country teams open with wins
Th Chelsea High boys and girls cross-country teams opened their seasons wth a pair of impressive victories apiece in a tri-meet with Whittier Tech and Presentation of Mary Academy last Wednesday on their home course at Admiral’s Hill.
The Chelsea boys defeated both opponents in convincing fashion, Whittier, 20-37, and PMA, 15-45. The Whittier boys came into the meet as the two-time defending Commonwealth Athletic Conference champions and had won 23 straight dual meets before the Red Devils snapped their winning streak.
CHS senior captain Justin Tucker was the overall winner in a time of 19:05. Senior co-captain Julio Valladares unleashed a furious kick to overtake a Whittier runner in the last 100 yards to finish second. Raphael Castillo finished in fourth place while Oscar Amaya was one second back in fifth place. Jazmany Reyes and Limilson Tavares finished eighth and ninth to finish the scoring and clinch the meet for Chelsea.
“We were sort of under the radar last year,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “We had four losses during the regular season and didn’t run well team-wise in those meets. Not that we would have won them all, but we didn’t have a good team meet until the league meet when we finished second, seven points behind Whittier.
“This meet will definitely give us confidence for the upcoming season,” Fay added.
On the girls’ side, the defending CAC champion Lady Red Devils entered the 2018 campaign with some question marks in the lineup beyond their top two runners, senior captains YaridDeras and Jocelyn Poste.
Yarid romped to an impressive opening season victory in 22:59, while Jocelyn came across the line in third-place overall.
Newcomer SailaCarrento finished in a strong sixth place. Junior Karina Avalos was 10th and Yarelis Torres was right behind in 11th. Yarelis’s twin sister Nicole grabbed 13th spot and FrehiwotTachbele finished 22nd overall.
“We didn’t know what to expect from the girls, but they came through with two victories,” said Fay. “After Yarid and Jocelyn, we are pretty inexperienced. We are improving daily though, and will get better.”
Both teams were set to travel to Malden yesterday (Wednesday) to take on host Mystic Valley. They will trek to Greater Lawrence next Wednesday for a quad-meet with the host team, Nashoba, and Minuteman.
CHS volleyball team earns two victories
The Chelsea High volleyball team earned a pair of impressive victories this past week defeating Lynn Tech, 3-1, and blanking Northeast Regional, 3-0.
In the triumph over the Tech Lady Tigers, the Lady Red Devils won the first game, 25-18 and then dropped the next game, 25-23, before taking the next two games, 28-26 and 25-13, to clinch the triumph.
Leading the way for coach Serena Wadsworth’s squad were captains Jessica Martinez (11 service aces, two kills, and 17 assists) and Masireh Creasy (10 aces, three kills, and one dig).
Also making nice contributions to the CHS winning effort were:
Elizabeth Del Rosario — 3 kills, 1 ace, 1 dig;
Iveth Rodriguez — 1 ace;
Briana Maldonado — 1 kill, 4 aces, 1 dig;
Kerstin Sabillion — 3 kills, 1 block;
Ana Severino — 8 kills, 2 aces; and
Alex Arroyo — 4 aces, 1 dig.
In the victory over Northeast, the Lady Red Devils once again earned hard-fought victories in the first two games, 26-24 and 25-23, before breathing a bit easier in the third game, 25-16.
The dynamic duo of captains Martinez (11 aces, nine assists, and one kill) and Creasy (11 aces, nine assists, and one kill) once again paced the Chelsea triumph.
Lady Red Devil teammates who also figured in the stat sheet included:
Iveth Rodriguez — 1 ace;
Briana Maldonado — 3 aces, 1 dig;
Kerstin Saubillion — 2 blocks;
Ana Severino — 3 kills, 4 aces, 2 blocks;
Alex Arroyo — 4 aces;
Deanna Christmas — 1 kill; and
Nayelhi Pineda — 2 aces.
Chelsea’s winning streak came to an end with a 3-0 loss to Mystic Valley this past Tuesday. Despite the loss, Wadsworth noted that there were many highlights for her squad including:
Capt. Jessica Martinez — 6 aces, 7 assists;
Capt. Masireh Creasy — 3 kills, 2 aces, 1 dig;
Elizabeth Del Rosario — 1 kill, 1 block;
Iveth Rodriguez — 1 ace;
Briana Maldonado — 1 ace, 1 dig;
Kerstin Sabillion — 1 kill, 1 block;
Ana Severino — 2 kills, 1 ace, 5 blocks;
Alex Arroyo — 3 aces, 1 dig; and
Rym El Mahil — 1 dig.
Wadsworth and her crew were set to trek to Presentation of Mary Academy today (Thursday) and make the short journey to Pope John XXIII of Everett on Monday.
CHS football team
plays KIPP Saturday
The Chelsea High football team will be seeking its first win of the season when the Red Devils take on KIPP Academy Saturday afternoon at Manning Field in Lynn.
Chelsea fell to 0-2 with a loss to a powerful Nashoba Valley Tech squad last Friday evening.
Despite the defeat, there were some highlights for the Red Devils, led by freshman quarterback Matt Singh, who tossed an 85 yard touchdown pass to Daps Olunboson in the first quarter. “Matt did a great job directing our offense,” said CHS head coach RasiChau.
The Red Devils added another touchdown in the fourth quarter on a four yard run by Jabes Escalante, who also added the two-point conversion.
CHS captain Ivan Soto-Heyer led the Chelsea defensive effort with five solo and six assisted tackles from his linebacker spot.
“Nashoba is a very good team,” noted Chau. “I am proud of my guys because they never gave up — a lot of guys go both ways, so most of them were gassed by the end of the game — and they continue to grow everyday.”
Two deadlocks for
CHS boys soccer team
The Chelsea High boys soccer team was all tied up in knots this past week, deadlocking Greater Lowell, 2-2, and Lynn Tech, 1-1, last Thursday and Friday.
The Red Devils appeared to have things going their way at Greater Lowell, taking a 1-0 lead at the intermission and making it a 2-0 advantage midway through the second half.
However, a successful penalty kick breathed some life into the Greater Lowell squad and the hosts brought matters back to level a few minutes later when the Chelsea defense was unable to clear the ball from inside its 18.
Senior forward Gabriel Contreras scored his first goal of the season with a nice strike from the vicinity of the 18 in the first half. Delmer Romero reached the back of the GL net when he took a pass from Carlos Lopez, made a move past the GL defender, and then tucked a shot past the GL keeper just as he was approaching the end line.
The Red Devils were back on the pitch the following day at Highland Park, hosting Lynn Tech. After a scoreless first half, Chelsea took the lead midway through the second half hanks to a powerful strike from 25 yards out by sophomore Angel Contreras, who managed to get off the blast despite the presence of a trio of Tech defenders in his vicinity.
However, Tech struck back with five minutes to go in the game to bring the contest back to level, where it remained at the ref’s final series of whistles.
Coach Mick Milutinovic and his crew, who now stand at 2-0-2 on the season, were set to travel to Essex Tech today (Thursday) and will entertain Greater Lawrence on Tuesday. They will host Minuteman next Thursday.
Bruins Beatby Bob Morello
Bruins leave China, Head Home
The Boston Bruins wrapped up their China road trip with the final road preseason game verses the Calgary Flames played Wednesday morning. The Bs without Charlie McAvoy in the lineup (a bit under the weather) earned a 3-1 victory that gave the locals a sweep in their two-game China meeting with the Flames. With the remainder of preseason games for the Bruins being played stateside, those players who played Wednesday’s game in China, will likely be held out of the lineup on Saturday, and a full roster is expected for Monday’s matchup, following the teams extensive flight home. Exceptions for Saturday’s game could be McAvoy, and the two healthy scratches: Peter Cehlarik and Martin Bakos. The Bruins’ next preseason game is scheduled for Saturday (7 p.m.), hosted by the Detroit Red Wings, (Little Caesar’s Arena). The Philadelphia Flyers will host the Bruins Monday (7 p.m.), in Boston’s final preseason game at the Wells Fargo Center.
Boston will finish up their preseason schedule on TD Garden ice with a pair of games, beginning on Wednesday (7:00pm), as they face the Detroit Red Wings in the second game of their home-and-home series. The final preseason matchup will have the Bs taking on the Philadelphia Flyers in game two of their home-and-home series, Saturday (5 p.m.). Including their China schedule, the Bruins are currently a perfect 4-0 in preseason play. The China experience has proved beneficial, especially for the new, younger players, who got the chance to show what they could do on the ice, along with giving them the a valuable bonding experience with the veterans. High on the players’ list of wonders was their opportunity to visit The Great Wall of China.
The Bruins continue to prepare for their rapidly approaching regular season opener versus the current Stanley Cup Champion, Washington Capitals on Wednesday, Oct. 3.