CHS Girls Basketball Continues to Improve
The Chelsea High girls basketball team continues to show strong improvement as the Lady Red Devils progress through the 2023 season.
In a 58-32 loss to Greater Boston League rival Everett last Thursday, freshmen Monica Cespedes and Melize Siliro both sank a trio of three-pointers to lead Chelsea with nine points each.
Also making contributions in the scoring column were junior Keara Chevez and senior Maria Gracias with four points apiece and senior captain Joselinne Moran with three points.
In a 49-31 loss to non-league rival Mt. Alvernia on Monday, Cespedes struck for 15 points and dished out an assist. Senior capt. Edissa Ndayikeza, who was returning to action after being sidelined for six weeks with an injury, turned in a strong effort with eight points, two rebounds, and two steals.
Moran was a force on the boards, snaring 14 rebounds, while also making three steals and earning an assist. Chevez had a nice stat line with four points, seven rebounds, three steals, and a blocked shot. Gracias chipped in four points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and made two steals. Siliro added a steal and two rebounds.
This past Tuesday the Lady Red Devils came out on the short end of a 51-32 decision to Malden.
Cespedes once again was a dynamo for Chelsea. The freshman struck for 19 points to go with five rebounds and four steals.
Chevez grabbed nine rebounds and dished five assists and made two steals. Ndayikeza hit for five points with two rebounds and two steals; Siliro contributed six points, four rebounds, and a steal; Moran snared six caroms and made two steals; and Gracias grabbed seven rebounds, scored two points, and blocked a shot.
“We aren’t losing — we are learning,” said first-year CHS head coach Leslie Santiago. “These girls work very hard and we have a young team. We’re building — one game and one practice at a time. We are very proud of our girls and their great attitudes.”
Santiago and her crew host Revere today (Thursday) and will travel to Medford next Tuesday.
CHS Track Teams to Compete in GBL Meet Friday
The Chelsea High girls and boys indoor track and field teams will complete their Greater Boston League (GBL) schedule this week when coach Cesar Hernandez’s squads compete in the GBL championship meet that is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Roxbury.
Last Friday, the girls dropped a 53-33 decision to GBL foe Medford.
Gizelle Rodriguez took first place in the 600 dash with a clocking of 1:53.4 and scored a point with a third place finish in the high jump with a leap of 4’-2”.
Chelsea swept the shot-put led by Lamari Davis, who took first place with a toss of 29’-2.5”, Dhalia Christmas, who grabbed second with a toss of 28’-1.5”, and Kiara Ramirez, who took third with a distance of 25’-7.5”.
In the 50 yard dash, Chelsea went 1-2 behind Thania Simon with a sprint of 8.2 and Marcaylla Louis-Jean with a dash of 8.5.
Lauren Nadow added three points with a second-place effort in the 50 yard hurdles with a clocking of 11.1 seconds. Rosalinda Rojas finished second in the mile with a time of 6:57.2.
Darily Sanchez took third in the 300 in a clocking of 50.6, Giselle Olivar grabbed third in the 1000 in 3:55.6, and Reina Moreira finished third in the two-mile in 15:54.2.
The Chelsea girls won the 4 x 400 relay with a time of 4:56.8, edging their Medford counterparts by 1.4 seconds.
On the boys’ side, the Red Devils won the 4 x 400 relay with a clocking of 4:13.3, which was 5.1 seconds faster than their Mustang rivals.
Second-place finishers for Chelsea were: Nate Nadow, who scored three points with a second-place performance in the 600 dash in a time of 1:34.5; Ali Warsame, who added three points with a second place in the 300 dash in 43.8; Alex Flores, who took second in the mile in 5:34.3 for three points; Emerson Melga, who finished second in the shot-put with a toss of 34’-11; and Alexander Cano, who grabbed second place in the 50 yard hurdles in 10.6.
Greandoll Oliva added a point with a third place in the shot with his throw of 34’-1.5”.
CHS Boys at Revere Tonight
Round 2 of the Battle of Broadway between the Chelsea and Revere High boys basketball teams is set for this evening (Thursday) when CHS head coach Cesar Castro and his Red Devils make the short trek under the Parkway overpass to take on their archrival Patriot foes.
The opening tip is set for 7:00.
Castro and crew will return home next Tuesday to host Medford for a 6:00 tip-off.