Sports 04-26-2018

CHS Roundup

Chelsea shows well at invitational meet

Last Thursday the Chelsea High boys and girls track teams traveled to Foxboro to compete in the Warrior Invitational that featured teams from all divisions across the state.

There were many standout performances despite the terrible weather.  For the boys, Ronny Lopez finished 7th in the 800 with a time of 2:19.98.  Jose Leclerc finished 5th in the mile with a time of 4:56.88.  Senior Alex Pedrero finished 6th in the 110 hurdles with a time of 19.60.

On the girls’ side, sophomore Stephanie Simon had another standout day as a double winner, finishing 1st in the 100 hurdles in a time of 17.61, 1st in the high jump with a jump of 5’0″, and 3rd in the 200 with a time of 27.68.

Senior Martine Simon also took a first in the 100 in a time of 13.19 and second in the long jump with a jump of 15’1″.

Junior Jocelyn Poste finished 4th in the 400 in a time of 1:10.45.  Fellow Junior Yarid Deras finished 6th in the mile in a time of 2:44.32.

Three from CHS compete in pentathlon

Three members of the Chelsea High girls track team, Jocelyn Poste, Martine Simon, and Stephanie Simon, competed at the MSTCA State Individual Pentathlon meet this past Saturday.

Each of the girls competed in five events: the high jump, long jump, shot put, 100 high hurdles, and 800. The meet consisted of multi-event athletes from all over the state and all divisions.

Chelsea had a strong showing, with sophomore Stephanie Simon placing sixth overall.  She was followed closely by her sister, senior Martine, who finished seventh overall.

“It was a great showing for Chelsea, with no other school placing two girls in the top 10,” said CHS track coach Mark Martineau.

Bruins Beat

by Bob Morello

Bruins decisive game 7

The Record went to press last night (Wednesday), before the Bruins were playing the final game of the first round playoff. Game 7 is always a pressure-packed finale that can make or break a season for any team. For Boston, that meant that they had to win Game 7, for their fans to consider this a successful season. The 2017-18 season certainly was productive, 112 points, 50 wins, and five points out of first place, fourth overall in NHL standing, and most importantly, a home ice record of 28-8-5! Of course this wouldn’t guarantee a Game 7 automatic win, but could bolster their chances and confidence when playing on home ice.

By the time you have the Record in your hands today (Thursday), the decisive game will have been played, and if victorious, the Bruins will be making plans for Round Two, and preparing to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second playoff round. A loss means that they would be preparing to clean out their lockers. Fans naturally are looking for a win, and advancement to Round Two. In order for that to have happened Boston would have had to find a way to finish their chances in a more timely fashion in the all-important Game 7. In their most recent games during Toronto’s resurgence, the Bruins showed good puck control management, created many scoring chances, multiple shots on goal, but also the inability to put the puck behind Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen.

Andersen’s play was a strong reason for Toronto being able to rebound twice in elimination games to bring this series to a Game 7, but the Bs had their chances and were unable to finish. The Bruins’ first line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak somehow lost the ability to finish their plays, something they displayed in the first two games of Round 1, when they garnered 20 points as a line in Games 1 and 2 – for a total of 23 points in Boston’s three wins. Following that spurt, they now have put up zero points in games 3, 5 and 6 (all losses). Possibly Bergeron’s recovery from injury, is not 100%? Or have they suddenly become snake-bitten, with shots ringing off posts, an ineffective power play, and multiple missed opportunities…and of course Andersen’s outstanding netminding, stoning them on several occasions.

Prior to the start of Game 7, head coach Bruce Cassidy was faced with several heavy decisions… would he make lineup changes, and maybe find a spot for rookie Ryan Donato to fit in? When asked about that possible change at a recent practice, Cassidy replied, “We’ve considered it, certainly. He played a game earlier. He was OK, he wasn’t bad, he wasn’t great, he was somewhere in between. Whatever you decide tomorrow, it’s not set in stone today. We looked at some things today. There is a certain level of trust you have in your players that have gotten you this far. Ryan is in consideration. We’re going to try to play the best 12 forwards and see how the pieces fit, win a hockey game. He may or may not be a part of that.” Another thought was what could be done to make Boston’s defense a stronger? From this vantage point is appears that Charlie McAvoy also may not be 100% since returning from his knee injury, and the possibility of Cassidy changing his pairings is always there. Whatever decisions he makes, it will all come down to player execution. If they get it all together in time – prepare a more potent power play and play the way they played to get to the playoffs, a victory was possible.

Please keep in mind this column was written before the Bruins-Toronto faced off for Wednesday night’s Game 7. Today, all of the above was just speculation, it didn’t matter what happened in the previous six games, all that mattered is what happened in Wednesday night’s Game 7…the decisive game that has already been played, and the Bruins will have to live with the outcome – and the consequences!


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