CHS Sports Roundup

CHS Football to Host KIPP Academy Friday

The Chelsea High football team will host KIPP Academy this Friday evening under the lights at Chelsea Stadium. The opening kickoff for the CHS edition of Friday Night Lights is set for 7:00.

The Red Devils dropped their season-opener this past weekend at Shawsheen Academy in Billerica by a score of 49-6. 

“Mistakes and penalties killed us,” said CHS head coach Rasi Chau. “Every time we drove down to their side of the field, we kept shooting ourselves in the foot. We can’t make mistakes and have penalties against a good team like Shawsheen, because they will capitalize on your mistakes.”

Quarterback Joshua Sosa turned in an overall productive day for the Red Devil offense. Joshua went 3-for-10 for 99 yards in the passing department. His longest was a 28 yarder to Carlos Pesante-Ortega. Sosa also rushed for 31 yards, including a nine-yard burst for the Chelsea touchdown.

Pesante-Ortega ran for 69 yards and Erick Flores rushed for 31 yards.   

“We play KIPP Academy this Friday and we will need a good week of practice in all three phases of the game,” said Chau. “We can’t beat ourselves if we want to win.”

CHS Boys Soccer Improves to 2-0-2

The Chelsea High boys soccer team enjoyed a successful week, winning two of its three contests and tying the third.

The Red Devils easily handled Greater Lowell last Tuesday by a score of 7-0.

Delmer Romero and Jordon Pena led the Chelsea offense with two goals apiece. Brayan Ramonez, Gabriel Garcia, and Alex Uceda also reached the back of the GL net. 

This past Tuesday, the Red Devils hosted Shawsheen Tech and came away with a 3-1 triumph.

Eric Barahona, assisted by Andy Martinez, gave Chelsea an early lead and Jordon Sosa, assisted by Romero, made it  2-0 in Chelsea’s favor at the intermission.

Romero gave Chelsea an extra cushion with his fifth goal of the season, assisted by Gabriel Garcia, to make it 3-0. Shawsheen averted a shutout with a goal with 50 seconds left on the clock.

In between the victories, the Red Devils battled to a 2-2 deadlock with Lynn Tech last Friday. Romero put the Red Devils on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal at 23:17, Tech, with great pressure on the counterattack, brought the game back to level on a direct kick at 31:32.

The Red Devils wasted little time in regaining the advantage, with Henry Vasquez heading home a corner kick by Andy Martinez at 36:00 to take a 2-1 edge into the half.

However, the Red Devils were unable to reach the back of the Tech net after the intermission, allowing the Tigers to stay in the game. Tech took advantage of the opportunity, netting the equalizer at 68:11 for the 2-2 finale.

Coach Mick Milutinovic and his crew are set to make the long trek to Essex Aggie today (Thursday) and will host Minuteman Tech on Monday afternoon. They will travel to Greater Lawrence on Tuesday.

CHS boys defeat two foes in tri-meet

The Chelsea High boys and girls cross country teams kicked off their 2019 season with a tri-meet against Whittier Tech and Presentation of Mary at Admiral’s Hill on a stiflingly-hot afternoon last Wednesday.

The Red Devil boys’ squad, the defending Commonwealth Athletic Conference champions, escaped against Whittier with a 26-29 victory and easily handled the third team in the meet, Presentation of Mary Academy, by the score of 16-43. 

Junior Oscar Amaya, who pushed the pace the entire race, finished in second place overall in the meet.  Senior Jazmany Reyes crossed the line in fourth place overall, followed by newcomers Alex Estrada in fifth and Johnny Maldonado in sixth, who passed two Whittier runners in the last 1000 meters to secure the win for Chelsea. 

Joseph Tervel was the fifth finisher for the Red Devils, clinching the double victories.

“It was a great start to the season,” said veteran CHS head coach Don Fay. “It was hot out there, but the boys were aggressive and tough when they needed to be.”

On the girls’ side, the Lady Red Devils were unable to field the minimum number of five runners to have a team because of low numbers and injuries. However, the three CHS girls who competed turned in impressive performances.

Captain Percy Melgar was the winner against Whittier and took second against PMA with a time that was 1:40 faster than her previous personal record.

Senior Ana Chang, running in her first cross-country meet, finished just 13 seconds behind Melgar to finish in third place overall. Sophomore Gabby Rivas, who also was competing in her first cross-country meet, came across the line in fifth place overall.

“It was unfortunate for the girls that they did not have an opportunity to win this meet as a team, but they did well individually,” said Fay. “Hopefully next week we will have five runners competing.”

Fay and his teams were set to host Mystic Valley at Admiral’s Hill yesterday (Wednesday). They will entertain Minuteman Tech next Wednesday, September 25.

CHS Girls Soccer Wins Two Contests

The Chelsea High girls soccer team enjoyed a successful week, winning two of its three matches, culminating with a 3-2 win over Notre Dame Academy in which Chelsea overcame a 2-0 deficit in the second half.

Last Monday the Lady Red Devils earned a 2-0 shutout victory at Lynn Tech. Elena Ruiz and Stefany Castillo scored the goals for Chelsea.

Three days later coach Randy Grajal’s squad made the long trek to Tyngsboro to take on NDA and came home with their most exciting victory of the season.

The Lady Red Devils trailed 2-0 at the half, but refused to give up and scored three goals after the intermission to earn the big win. Nancy Galdamez scored two goals and Damaris Erazo reached the back of the NDA net once to lead the CHS scoring attack.

“We have a good group of girls who worked together to be able to overcome the deficit,” said Grajal.

In between the twin wins, Chelsea dropped a 5-1 decision to Greater Lowell in which Ruiz scored the CHS goal.

The Lady Red Devils played at Shawsheen this past Tuesday and will host Essex Tech today (Thursday). They will entertain Minuteman Regional at Highland Park on Monday and make the short trek to Medford on Tuesday.

CHS Volleyball Team Falls to Lynn Tech

The Chelsea High volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Lynn Tech this past Monday.

Hailey Nolan led the Lady Red Devils at the net with nine kills and four blocks. Steph Turcios delivered nine service aces at the Lady Tigers and dished out nine assists to her teammates.

Gloria Rodriguez was a standout on defense, recording 13 digs.

Coach Gabriel Morales and his squad took on Northeast Regional yesterday (Wednesday) and will play at Mystic Valley tomorrow (Friday). They will host PMA on Tuesday.

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