CHS Sports Roundup

CHS Boys to Play at TD Garden Sunday

The Chelsea High boys basketball team will get to experience the thrill of every basketball player when coach Cesar Castro and his Red Devils take to the fabled parquet floor of the TD Boston Garden this Sunday afternoon at 4:00 to meet Cambridge Rindge and Latin.

The contest is part of the annual Andrew James Lawson Invitational tournament in which boys and girls high school teams will be competing all day, starting in the morning and continuing through the evening. Tickets may be purchased with the promotional code CHELSEAB  on the tournament website. The tournament is a fundraiser for the Andrew James Lawson not-for-profit organization established in Andrew’s memory by his family to advance and improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by funding, developing, and promoting  programs, projects, and individual scholarships that encourage and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and help foster inclusion in their community.

Chelsea needed to sell 400 tickets, but more than 500 CHS fans already have purchased tickets. “We achieved our goal of selling 400 tickets at the Garden,” said Castro. “It’s not too late to buy tickets if you haven’t already. We’re expecting over 500 people from Chelsea to show their support. I want to give a big shout-out and thank you to Dr. Almudena Abeyta, Mr. Adam Deleidi, Amanda Alpert, Michael Sullivan, Laurie Giardella, and Monica Lamboy for their amazing support and advocacy for the Chelsea High boys basketball team. We couldn’t have done it without them. We can’t wait to see everyone on Sunday.”

CHS Girls Track Tops Lynn English

The Chelsea High girls indoor track and field team earned a split in its tri-meet last week with Greater Boston League (GBL) rivals Lynn English and Revere that was held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

Coach Cesar Hernandez’s squad defeated English, 64-27, but fell to Revere, 58-41.

Among the top performers for the Lady Red Devils was freshman sprint sensation Thania Simon, who took first place against both opponents with a 55 meter dash of 7.88, a clocking that was the fastest among all competitors from the eight GBL teams who were competing at the Reggie.

Gizelle Rodriguez was another double-winner for the Lady Red Devils in the 1000 event with a time of 3:46.82, which was the third fastest time of the day among all of the GBL competitors.

Chelsea swept the two mile run against both English and Revere, led by Alma Alla with a clocking of 16:17.04 (the second-fastest time on the oval that day), and followed by teammates Reina Moreira (16:24.83) and Rosalinda Rojas (16:25.85) who were third and fourth among all GBL entrants.

In the shot-out, the duo of Lamari Davis with a toss of 29′-.0.75″ and Kiara Ramirez (28′-6″) went 1-2 vs. both Revere and English and were third and fourth among all GBL opponents. Teammate Anais Artica’s throw of 24′-0″ placed third vs. Revere and was eighth-best among all GBL rivals.

The other point-scorers for the Lady Red Devils in the other events were:

— 55H: Giselle Olivar, 2nd vs Revere, 1st vs LE (Giselle’s time of 9.86 was the second-fastest among all GBL competitors and was just 0.02 behind Revere’s Liv Yuong, the top hurdler on the day);  Lauren Nadow, 3rd vs LE.

— 300: Marcaylla Louis-Jean, 3rd vs Revere, 2nd vs LE; Meleny Rodriguez, 3rd vs LE

— 600: Rosalinda Rojas, 1st vs LE, 2nd vs Revere; Hazel Hatleberg, 3rd vs R, 2nd vs LE

— 1000: Jada Amezquita, 2nd vs LE; Katherine Benitez, 3rd vs LE

— 1 Mile: Lyssis Henderson, 2nd vs Revere, 1st vs LE; Angely Mejia, 3rd vs both

— Long jump: Thania Simon, 2nd vs LE, 3rd vs Revere; Faith Dunbar, 3rd vs LE

— 4×400: Win vs LE (Gizelle Rodriguez, Giselle Olivar, Iyssis Henderson, and Hazel Hatleberg)

Hernandez and his Lady Red Devil crew were set to be back at the Reggie yesterday (Wednesday) for another GBL tri-meet with Medford and Somerville.

Boys Track Defeats English, Falls to Revere

The Chelsea High boys indoor track and field team came away from their tri-meet last week at the Reggie Lewis Center with a split, defeating Lynn English, 72-15, but falling to Revere, 59-32.

Senior Alex Flores turned in the most impressive performance of the day for coach Jehu Cimea’s Red Devil squad with victories in the two distance events. Alex won both the mile against both rivals with a clocking of 5:08.1 and the two-mile with a time of 11:16.19. His mile time was fourth-best (and just three seconds behind the top time) among all of the GBL entries at the Reggie (all eight of the GBL schools were competing in meets that day) and his two-mile clocking was third-best, just four seconds off the fastest time.

The Chelsea shot-put duo of Ariel Aracena and Theo Joseph-Seale also turned in highlight-level performances. Ariel’s toss of 46′-1″ was the top shot-put throw of the day in the Reggie infield by a whopping five and one-half feet, while Theo’s toss of 45′-3.5″ was the second-best overall.

In the other events, the point-scorers for Chelsea in the tri-meet were:

— 55m dash: Gregory Ulloa, 3rd vs LE

— 55 hurdles: Sherwin Kim, 1st vs LE

— 300: Alejandro Zepeda,  1st vs LE; Luis Hidalgo, 2nd vs LE

— 600: Sherwin Kim, 2nd vs both; Austin Freeman, 3rd vs both

— 1000: Bryan Amaya, 1st vs LE, 2nd vs Revere; Xavier Guzman, 2nd vs LE; Ivan Irias, 3rd vs LE

— 1 Mile: Kyle Leong, 2nd vs both; Sebastian Molina-Regil, 3rd vs LE

— 2 Mile: Jose Amaya, 2nd vs LE,; Jefri Catsro, 3rd vs LE

— Long jump: Joao Cassim, 2nd vs Revere, 1st vs LE; Leeandro Castro, 2nd vs LE; Gregory Ulloa, 3rd vs LE

— 4 x 200: Win vs LE (Luis Hidalgo, Sherwin Kim, Gregory Ulloa, Xavier Guzman)

— 4 x 400: Win vs LE (Austin Freeman, Ivan Irias, Kyle Leong, Alejandro Zepeda)

Hernandez and his crew were set to return to the Reggie (where all of the GBL meets are being held this season) yesterday (Wednesday) for another tri-meet with GBL foes Medford and Somerville.

CHS Boys Hoop Looks To Get Back on Track

The Chelsea High boys basketball team will be looking to get back on the winning track when the Red Devils travel to Greater Boston League rival Somerville this evening (Thursday).

Coach Cesar Castro and his crew came up short in their contests this past week with a trio of GBL rivals. In a match against Medford last Tuesday, Chelsea fell by a score of 68-61.

“We started off slowly in the first half and found ourselves down by 24 points,” said Castro. “We managed to make a comeback and cut the lead down to three, but couldn’t quite get over the hump.”

Two nights later, the Red Devils engaged in what Castro termed “a real battle” with perennial powerhouse Lynn English. “The refs let us play and it was a physical game with both teams going back and forth,” said the coach. “At halftime, we were down by three points, but in the third quarter Lynn English made their run and went up by about 10-12 points. We had our own run and cut it down to six points, but we ran out of gas in the end and lost 78-62. The score doesn’t really reflect how intense the game was. Rebounding was a big issue for us, as they out-rebounded us 55-23. It’s tough to win games when that happens. We need to focus on boxing out and limiting turnovers to improve.”

This past Tuesday, a shorthanded Red Devil squad came up short, 52-44, to Lynn Classical.  “We were without two of our starters,” noted Castro. “We had a ‘next man up’ mentality, but unfortunately, we didn’t perform as well as we hoped. We had a lot of careless turnovers and missed layups. The good news is that these are fixable things and we’ll work on them in practice. Our upcoming game against Somerville on Thursday won’t be easy since they’re on a two-game winning streak, but we’ll come ready to play.”

After the Somerville game, Chelsea meets non-league foe Cambridge Rindge and Latin in the TD Garden on Sunday at 4:00 (see accompanying story for game details), Castro and his crew will make the short trip across the Parkway to meet GBL rival Everett next Tuesday at 7:00 and then will entertain GBL opponent Malden in the CHS gym next Thursday for a 6:00 opening tip.

CHS Girls to Host Somerville, Everett

The Chelsea High girls basketball team will host a pair of Greater Boston League rivals in the coming week. Coach Ben Jette and his crew will entertain Somerville this evening (Thursday) and Everett next Tuesday. The opening tip for both contests is set for 5:30. They will travel to GBL foe Malden next Thursday.

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