Boys and girls cross country teams open with wins over Revere
The Chelsea High girls and boys cross country teams started their 2022 season on the right foot (no pun intended) with victories over Greater Boston League rival Revere last Wednesday on their home course at Admiral’s Hill.
The twin wins provided new CHS head coach Reegan von Wildenradt with a perfect start for her head coaching debut.
Gizelle Rodriguez was the top performer for the Lady Red Devils, finishing far ahead of the field to win the race in a time of 22:36 over the 5K course.
Gizelle was followed by teammates Darily Sanchez Vargas in second place in 24:58, Giselle Olivar Arevelo in third place in 25:18, Rosalinda Rojas in sixth in 27:5, Holly Hatleberg in seventh in 28:33, and Reina Moreira in eighth in 29:49.
The final tally showed the Lady Red Devils winning by a score of 15-50.
The boys also triumphed by a score of 15-50. Alejandro Zepeda won the race in a clocking of 20 minutes flat. Teammate Kevin Flores Chavarria was right on his heels with a time of 20:03.
Nate Nadow took third in 21:29, followed by Kyle Leong in sixth in 23:59, Jose Amaya Raudales in eighth in 24:52, and Austin Freeman in 11th in 25:24.
“We (assistant coaches Allison Aupperle and Sam Fogel and myself) were really happy with the season opener,” said von Wildrenradt. “Everyone raced hard and did what they were supposed to do, which is all we can really ask for. We loved how Alejandro (Zepeda) and Kevin (Flores) worked together at the front to comfortably grab 1-2.
“Nate (Nadow) also had a solid showing,” the coach added. “He worked hard to hold the third spot, and is looking stronger in practice every day.
“For the girls, Gizelle (Rodriguez) held a commanding lead for the girls the entire race, and we’re excited for where she’s heading this season. Darily (Sanchez) ran a lifetime best in her first meet,” von Wildenradt continued. “She put a ton of work in over the summer and it’s showing. Gigi (Olivar) was just shy of the 25 minute mark, and similar to Nate on the boy’s side, is looking stronger and stronger every single day. She raced well and did a great job grabbing that third spot.
“Overall, we couldn’t ask for much more from the team for the opener,” von Wildenradt concluded.
Both the boys and girls squads were set to host Somervlle yesterday (Wednesday) and are scheduled to make the short trip to face Everett next Wednesday.
CHS volleyball team tops Lynn Classical
The Chelsea High girls volleyball team won its home opener last Thursday with an impressive 3-1 victory over Lynn Classical.
The Lady Red Devils were led by captain Jasmine Varela, who served an impressive six aces and delivered five kills. Teammate Yareliz Gonzalez Falcon added five aces. Libero Guidaysis Castro Santiago served four aces and made an impressive 13 digs.
Coach Gabriel Morales and his crew have a busy week ahead: They took on Somerville this past Monday and made the short trip to Everett yesterday (Wednesday). They will entertain Malden tomorrow (Friday) and Revere on Monday before hitting the road to Medford next Wednesday.
Boys soccer falls 3-0 to Somerville
The Chelsea High boys soccer team came up on the short end of a 3-0 decision to Greater Boston League rival Somerville this past Tuesday afternoon.
“We started off well with some early chances that went straight to the Somerville keeper’s hands,” said CHS assistant coach William Esteada. “Those missed chances came back to haunt us later when Somerville scored, allowing them to end the first half up 1-0.
“We went into the second half in search of a comeback like we did last week,” Estrada continued, “but little mistakes in the second half allowed Somerville to score twice more, ending the game 3-0 in their favor. Second half injuries to two of our starting squad members didn’t help us either.”
Head coach Mick Milutinovic and his crew will host archrival Everett today (Thursday), trek to Lynn English next Tuesday, and travel to Revere next Thursday.
CHS girls soccer readying for season
As the regular season was fast approaching, the CHS girls soccer team was busy working hard to get ready for the season ahead. “The pre-season went smoothly and we had a big turnout this year,” said CHS head coach Randy Grajal. “This year we will have a varsity and a junior varsity squad, which is exciting because all the players will get plenty of playing time in games to develop their skills in a real game scenario.” The varsity team includes nine returning seniors from last year: Katie Arias, Dariana Lopez-Lobo, Rusby Santizo, Naomi Centeno Yax, Erica Mendoza. Maybelin Ramirez Cea, Dania Pacas, Ashley Navarro Castro, and Joselyn Moreira. The captains, who were chosen by the players, are: Katie Arias (Senior – Goalkeeper), Rusby Santizo (Senior – Defender), Dariana Lopez-Lobo (Senior – Defender), and Lauren Naedo – (Sophomore – Defender). “I am really excited for this team to start competing,” said Grajal ahead of the season opening week. “The captains are providing the leadership needed to all the new members of the team. The group of athletes is excited to continue working and improving as the season progresses.” Grajal and his crew are scheduled to play at Everett today (Thursday) and then will entertain Lynn English next Tuesday and Revere next Thursday.