The Chelsea High boys soccer team remains undefeated after taking the measure of two more opponents this past week. Coach Mick Milutinovic’s squad now stands at a lofty 15-0-2 for the season with one game remaining. The Red Devils will seek to conclude an undefeated season when they host Winchester today (Thursday) at 4:00.
After the previous week’s encounters with some of the toughest opponents on its schedule, Chelsea suffered a letdown in its contest last Thursday on its home turf against Mystic Valley. Derilson DePina gave the Red Devils an early 1-0 lead, but MV struck back for two goals before the first half ended to take a 2-1 lead, an uncharacteristic position for the Red Devils, who not only were trailing. but also for allowing two goals in a game (Chelsea entered the contest with just 13 goals-against in its previous 15 matches).
However, after some timely words from Milutinovic at the half, the Red Devils revved up their offensive engines and soon took control. Carlos Cruz, assisted by Yefferson Padlla, brought Chelsea back to level shortly after the intermission.
DePina, assisted by Padilla, and then unassisted, reached the back of the net twice, giving himself a hat trick and his team both the lead and some insurance.
“We came out flat,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki, “but we got it together in the second half and dominated from there.”
This past Tuesday the Red Devils hosted Northeast Regional Vocational, a Commonwealth Athletic Conference rival for whom Chelsea never needs to get motivated to play.
Although Chelsea controlled the action, they managed only one goal in the opening 40 minutes, that coming from captain Wilber Tejada. The goal was set up when a header by Kevin Umanzor-Torres off a nice crossing pass just went wide of the goal. However, Tejada, who was breaking down the wing, saved the ball from going out and then beat the NE keeper.
“It was a true hustle play by Wilber,” said Protasowicki. “It was only his second goal of the season, but it was a big one.”
The Red Devils continued to dominate the play after the intermission and soon enlarged their lead, with Carlos Cartagena breaking away on a through pass from Derilson DePina and then DePina blasting a shot into the upper corner from about 20 yards out.
For Derilson, the tally marked his eighth goal in three games. “Derilson has been amazing for us,” said Protasowicki. “He seems to have a sense for where the keeper is at all times and makes these shots that seem to come out of nowhere, but which always find the mark.”
After the Winchester encounter today, Milutinovic and his crew will await word of their seeding and first round opponent in the Division 2 North Sectional of the state tourney. A win or tie with Winchester will all but assure the Red Devils of the top seed in the D-2 North.
teams defeat Everett
The Chelsea High boys and girls cross country teams took on two former, long-time rivals from the Greater Boston League last week with both teams beating Everett, but narrowly losing to Medford.
In the Everett race, the girls took the first six spots to win the meet, 15-50. Senior captain Wendy Becerra outraced all competitors in her final meet on the CHS home course in a time of 22:20, which was just three seconds off Wendy’s personal record (PR).
Freshman Jocelyn Poste was second overall, running 23:53 and bettering her previous PR by 1:27. Junior Melanie Nguyen was third, also turning in a PR by seven seconds with a clocking of 24:02.
Senior Cynthia Guzman was fourth with a 46-second PR. In fifth place was Yarid Deras, who ran 25:17 to knock 1:40 off her previous PR. Sophomore Jennifer Navarro ran her best race of the year, finishing in sixth place with a PR of 25:28, over a two-minute improvement from her previous best.
In the Medford meet the girls lost by the closest of margins, 27-28. Once again Wendy Becerra was the overall winner and Jocelyn Poste finished in second place. However five of the next six spots went to Medford. Melanie Nguyen ran a very gutsy race and passed two Medford girls in the last quarter mile of the race to finish sixth, but it was not quite enough. Cynthia Guzman and Jennifer Navarro finished in ninth and 10th respectively to complete the scoring for Chelsea.
“We had a very tight meet and we ran as well as we could,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “Unfortunately, we just came up on the short end.”
The Lady Red Devils ended their regular season with a 7-3 record in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference and 8-5 overll. “Three of our losses were very competitive,” noted Fay. “We have done very well for a small team and are running really strong going into the league meet Saturday on the 31st.”
Last Saturday the girls also competed at the first annual John Kent relays, which is named in honor of the former cross country coach who passed away over the summer. The Chelsea team, consisting of Jocelyn Poste, Melanie Nguyen, and Wendy Becerra, finished second as a team behind Greater Lawrence. Each leg was approximately 1.4 miles that each girl ran on the Gr. Lowell course.
On the boys’ side, last Monday the Red Devils raced to a 22-36 victory over Everett in their last home meet of the year. Senior Jose Aguiar ran a 58-second PR to secure the victory at 18:23, beating the Everett runner in the last half mile. Jansel Claudio finished third and also set a PR by over a minute in 19:27. Senior captain Johnny Gomez was right behind in 19:31 with a 34-second PR. Jose Cintron finished in sixth place in a time of 20:10. Diego Estrada and Adriel Cedano finished in the same time at 20:22. Diego’s effort was a PR by 1:28 and Adriel’s clocking was a 27 second improvement over his previous PR.
“The boys ran very well and most everyone had a significant improvement on their time,” said Fay. “We are getting near the end of the season and are beginning to peak and reap the benefits of all our hard work this season.”
Against Medford the Red Devils lost a very close contest by the score of 26-29.
“It was a little disappointing because we did have a good chance against them,” noted Fay. “We let a couple of close races get away from us at the end.”
Jose Aguiar once again won in a close battle to the finish, winning in a time of 14:48, beating Medford’s top runner by two seconds. Johnny Gomez and Jansel Claudio finished fourth and fifth for the Red Devils. However, the next three spots went to Medford. Sophomore Diego Estrada was ninth for Chelsea and Adriel Cedano was 10th to finalize the scoring for Chelsea.
The boys finished 5-5 in the CAC and 6-7 overall. They will be traveling Saturday to Gr. Lawrence to run the league meet. Aguiar will be seeking to crack the top nine to earn all-conference at the league meet.
Bruins Beat by Bob Morello
Bruins playing with confidence
Boston fans celebrated an early Thanksgiving on Tuesday night with an abundance of goals – six in all, on their way to posting an impressive 6-0 shutout win against the Arizona Coyotes. Impressive in the fact they showed consistency! in all three zones, and, for a full 60 minutes. The apostrophe on the word ‘consistency,’ evidenced by their scoring – one goal in the first period, two in the second, and three in the third, in dismantling a slow, obviously tired Coyotes team playing their fifth game in eight days.
Starting with a steady performance in net from Tuukka Rask who faced a total of 24 Coyote shots, on a night he really wasn’t tested much, while posting his 27th career shutout, tying him with Ed Johnston for 4th all-time team history. The B’s defense was able to provide Rask with strong support, forcing the Coyotes to execute their attack with low-percentage scoring chances. The defense stepped up despite the loss of blue liner Kevan Miller who did not play in the third period due to injury. The five remaining defensemen shared the minutes, with Zdeno Chara (24:57), Torey Krug (22:05), Adam McQuaid (20:57, with Joe Morrow and Colin Miller both picking up just under 19 minutes each.
Some stats of note include: the 23-man roster shows 19 players with points, while the goal scoring efforts are shared by 14 different players. That’s a nice balance through the first eight games of 2015-16. The score sheet stats jump out with the steady work of David Krejci, who currently sits near the top of NHL Scoring Leaders with 14 points (7-7), and an eight-game scoring streak. Jimmy Hayes put up three points against the Coyotes (1-2), joined by Matt Beleskey and Loui Eriksson with a pair of goals each, plus a goal and an assist for Brad Marchand, and Joe Morrow notching his first NHL goal, as Brett Connolly continues to score with his third. As always, confidence creates consistency, and the team’s performance on Tuesday night was a bright sign of what is possible for this team’s future, now having taken nine of the last ten points available.
Boston has a two-game road trip with back-to-back games against the Florida Panthers (Friday, 10/30 at 7:30pm), and Tampa Bay Lightning (Saturday, 10/31 at 7:00pm), before returning to Garden ice to face the streaking Dallas Stars – currently 7-2-0 in their last nine games, led by Jamie Benn (8-7=15) and former Bruin Tyler Seguin (4-9=13).
DRESSING FOR VICTORY:
The Boston Bruins have unveiled their 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic uniform. To celebrate this historic rivalry matchup, Reebok designers looked to the early days of the Bruins franchise. The inspiration for the design of the full uniform and the crest generally came from the first uniform ever worn by the Bruins during their inaugural season in 1924, under legendary coach Art Ross.
The striping pattern recalls this uniform, but has been updated in the Bruins current identity colors of Black & Gold, connecting the past and current Bruins color identity. A unique crewneck collar was developed for this uniform reflecting a more literal interpretation of the “sweaters” worn from that era. With the Boston word mark arched over an illustrated bear and Bruins, the crest varies only slightly in layout from the 1924 original.
The crest colors celebrate both the beginning and modern day color palette of this historic franchise, and are executed in felt and chenille materials, similar to the original crest. The number system was developed to mimic numbers worn in these early days of the franchise. A new version of the spoked “B” was developed to better connect with the aesthetic of the historic crest.
Fans can pre-order the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic jersey at the ProShop powered by Reebok at TD Garden (bostonproshop.com) add the code ‘Winter 10 thru 11/15) and receive a 10% discount. Fans will receive free shipping if ordered before 11/30. All NHL Winter Classic jerseys pre-ordered through the ProShop will come adorned with the official NHL Winter Classic shoulder patch and will arrive in a commemorative jersey box.
PASSING OF FORMER BRUIN:
Sad to hear of the passing of Fleming Mackell (1929 – 2015), the former Boston Bruin and Toronto Maple Leafs star passed away peacefully October 19, 2015 at the age of 86. Fleming was a fierce competitor. In his thirteen-year NHL career (3 with Toronto, 10 with Boston – 1951-1960), he won two Stanley Cups with the Leafs (1949 and 1951) and was named first team center All Star in the 1952-1953 season with the Bruins. He was the youngest player to play on an NHL All Star team at 18 in his rookie season with Toronto.
Barbara L. (Clark) Bruce of Chelsea passed away on October 26 at the Hancock Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Quincy where she was receiving supportive care as her illness progressed. She was 79 years old.
Born in Boston, she spent her first 24 years in Roxbury, and was a graduate of Roxbury Memorial School for Girls. She went on to attain an Associates Degree from Boston Business School and after graduation went to work for the Garland Knitting Mills as Executive Secretary.
After her marriage to Robert and settling in Chelsea, she became very active in her Parish of St. Rose. For over 34 years, until her retirement in 2003, she worked as a teacher and secretary at St. Rose School. A member and former President of the St. Rose Woman’s Club, she was also active in the choir as well was a member of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Devoted to her family, she loved Broadway Shows, playing piano, reading books and was a huge Red Sox Fan.
She was the devoted wife of the late Robert H. Bruce, Jr. ; beloved mother of Robert H. Bruce, III of Andover and Susan M. Bruce-McGrath and her husband, John F. of Methuen; daughter of the late Frank Harry Clark and Frances (Lawlor) Burke and step daughter of the late Charles Burke; dear sister of Frank Clark and his late wife, Elizabeth of Norwood, Loretta Carter and her husband, William of Quincy, Eugene Clark and his wife, Shirley of Foxboro and the late Patricia Dello Russo and her surviving husband, Edward of Florida and the late John Clark; cherished grandmother of Christopher, Robert IV, Derek and Stephanie and is also lovingly survived by her cousins, Joan Lyons and Alice Hanson as well as by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, October 30 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be today, Thursday, from 3 to 7 p.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in Barbara’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 or to Children of Haiti Project, 110 Breed’s Hill Rd. #2, Hyannis, MA 02601. To send a message of condolence to Barbara’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Long time Chelsea resident
Mae (Yale) Milley passed away on October 19 at the Aurora Senior Living in Derry, NH. She was 95 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Wardle) Yale, Mae attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1938. She resided in this city for most of her life until she moved to the Aurora Senior Living Center in 2011. Mae was a retired transcription clerk for John Hancock Life Insurance Company in Boston. She dedicated 10 years of service before retiring in 1985.
She was the wife of the late Leslie Milley; the devoted mother of Linda M. Bjorkman and Lorine Buzderewicz; dear sister of Eileen Kozak and the late George, Charles and John Yale and Hylda Marley and is also lovingly survived by four grandchildren: Joseph Buzderewicz, Kirk Bjorkman, Brian Bjorkman and Brenda Buzderewicz, and three great grandchildren: Mackenzie Buzderewicz, Brian Bjorkman, Jr. and Noah Bjorkman.
A Memorial Service was celebrated at the First Congregational Church, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Donations in Mae’s memory may be made to the First Congregational Church Memorial Fund 26 County Rd. Chelsea, MA 02150. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.
The Chelsea Soldier’s Home water tower – an iconic symbol for Chelsea and seen by thousands along Rt. 1 – received a paint job on the upper portions of the tower last week. The red-and-white tower had been vandalized some time earlier this year, with vandals climbing trees and scaling fences to get at an entrance to the tower. Graffiti on the tower was a thorn in the side of Supt. Cheryl Poppe, and last week she announced that not only was the graffiti gone, but the tower was getting a spruce up. In addition, an apostrophe will be added to the wording of the ‘Soldier’s Home,’ which for decades has apparently been grammatically incorrect. “The tower is an iconic symbol for Chelsea, but it is a real icon for our Home up here on the hill,” said Poppe. “Many people see it every day and we are glad we were able to refresh it. I know it will reflect well on us and on the City.”
Eileen Manning and her father, George Ostler, Curator, with Alve Erickson at the head table during the 4th Annual Harvest Supper at the Bellingham-Cary House on Saturday night, Oct. 17. The unique candlelight fundraiser looks to recreate what a dinner might have been like when the home was built in the 1600s.
After about a year of visiting homes, commercial buildings and apartment buildings all over Chelsea, the City’s Assessing Department has finished it’s comprehensive property value assessment and it appears that values are way up and tax bills will be too.
City Manager Tom Ambrosino made an elaborate presentation to the City Council on Monday night prior to the regular meeting to explain the property tax system and the most recent numbers that are coming in for Chelsea this year.
The good news is that the values are set, the bad news is that it’s going to be costly for residential property owners.
“Residential values have increased much faster than commercial/industrial values and there’s going to be a large shift from commercial/industrial taxpayers to the residential taxpayers,” he said. “Residential taxpayers are going to pick up more of the burden than they did last year. That’s what’s happening out there. A similar scenario took place in the early 2000s. It was very painful for the residential taxpayers. I fear we’re in that same cycle. Anyone trying to sell a property in Chelsea will tell you it isn’t on the market long. That’s reflected here in these numbers…This is not good news for the residential property owner in Chelsea.”
Three-family homes are likely to be hit the hardest.
There are 951 three-family homes in Chelsea and their bills will increase by an average of $636 over last year – to about $4,289.
Single-families are next hardest hit, with 842 single-family homes with an average increase of $431 over last year – for a total of $2,918.
There are 1,201 two-family homes and they will see an average increase of $325 over last year, with a bill of $3,690. Condo owners will be hit the least hardest, with an average increase of $107 over last year and a bill of $1,715.
The residential tax rate, which won’t be set until November, is expected to be $14.25 per $1,000 of value, down from last year’s $14.40 rate. The commercial/industrial rate is expected to be $32.22 per $1,000 of value, down from last year’s $33.45 rate.
The new assessed value increases are as follows (averages):
Single-Family, +16.8 percent
Condo, +8.9 percent
Two-Family, +10.9 percent
Three-Family, +17.3 percent
4-8 Family, +5.8 percent
9-plus Family, +7.8 percent
Commercial, +1.8 percent
Industrial, +9.2 percent
Per state law, the Board of Assessors have to update property values every year based on similar sales from the previous year. Every three years, they have to certify their values with the state Department of Revenue. However, every nine years, they have to do a full revaluation that includes inspecting every property in the City to the extent possible.
For the past year, that’s what the Assessors have been working on, and they have inspected about 5,000 properties.
Residents who live in their properties will again qualify for the 20 percent residential owner-occupant exemption.
While most taxpayers will have to grin and bear the increases, Ambrosino is calling for several pieces of relief to be approved by the City Council for the elderly, widowed and disabled who qualify for state exemptions.
For example, he said one clause allows for a $175 exemption, but Chelsea has never adjusted that exemption for inflation – which state law allows.
“The rate of inflation was just never adopted in Chelsea and it has been at $175 forever,” he said. “Other municipalities that have adopted it and have adjusted it for inflation have an exemption that is well over $200.”
Other areas suggested include reducing the timeframe for ownership to five years, and changing the asset limit for mean’s testing.
For another piece of help to the same group of people, he suggested doubling a $500 circuit breaker exemption to $1,000 and reducing the qualifying age to 65 – as well as increasing the qualifying income and asset limits.
“The bottom line is more seniors will be able to qualify and get the most out of these exemptions,” he said. “I am going to propose you do these things.”
Councillor Matt Frank was concerned about the cost of implementing all of the savings, and asked if there was a dollar figure.
Ambrosino said he could not tell how much it would cost, but he is anticipating that the $48,000 in exemptions claimed last year would double.
“In total, there were $48,000 in exemptions for these folks granted last year,” he said. “I’m figuring that would double, but even if it triples that’s insignificant in a $168 million budget. If they quadrupled, it won’t be that much for us, but it will make a tremendous impact for these people.”
For next year, Ambrosino also proposed that the Council put into the State Legislature for a Home Rule Petition that would increase the residential owner-occupant exemption from 20 percent to 35 percent. He also has proposed to increase the senior citizen work-off program at City Hall from $500 to $1,000.
A hearing on the tax rate will take place on Nov. 9 before the City Council.
The Chelsea Record and the Chelsea Collaborative have agreed this week to sponsor a candidates’ forum at the Burke Complex auditorium on Monday, Oct. 26, for City Council and School Committee candidates.
The forum will seek to include all candidates and to ask questions of candidates in contested races. The goal is to familiarize the public with the candidates and their stances in one of the most hotly contested elections in some time.
The forum is open to the public and will be broadcast on Chelsea Cable TV as well. Parking is available in the school parking lot.
“We are pleased to co-sponsor this forum with the Chelsea Collaborative so that the voters in Chelsea can learn more about the candidates and their positions on the issues,” said Stephen Quigley, president of the Independent Newspaper Group. “Civic engagement is necessary as Chelsea moves forward under new leadership.”
Collaborative Executive Director Gladys Vega said forums are important in order to have voters who can hold their representatives accountable.
“I think we as community residents need to gather information from our candidates because when there is information, there is justification and hope,” said Vega. “If we don’t talk about the issues we are not acknowledging the responsibility we all have to built a better Chelsea. By holding these forums we are providing more information about the candidates to the voters, we are not only empowering our voters but also our residents. We all need to share the responsibility of keeping political officials accountable so they don’t abuse their power.”
The School Committee portion of the forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
After an introduction, all candidates will answer a first question that will serve as an opening statement, and will have one minute to do so. Those participating will be candidates in contested and non-contested races.
There are three contested races on School Committee.
Following that, two questions on the issues will be asked of only those candidates in contested races. Those same candidates will also be afforded a 30 second closing statement.
Then at 6:30 p.m., a 90-minute City Council forum will begin.Once again, after a brief introduction, all Council candidates – including district and at-large candidates in both contested and non-contested races- will answer the first question, which will act as an opening statement.
Following that, only candidates in contested races will participate in the questioning.
Only three district seats are uncontested.
There will be three rounds of questions asked.
The first two rounds will have questions asked by the panel, with candidates getting one minute to answer.
The third round will include a “lightening round” of questions – where candidates get only 30 seconds to answer questions.
For the at-large race, each candidate will get a different question.
For the district races, there will be one question per district so that answers can be compared.
Finally, each candidate in a contested race will get a 30 second closing statement.
None of the candidates will have the questions in advance, and a representative from the Record and from the Collaborative will ask the questions.
The forum is expected to conclude at 8 p.m.
The forum owes a debt of gratitude to the Chelsea Public Schools for allowing the use of the school, and to Chelsea Cable for broadcasting the program.
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City councillors unanimously passed an order Monday night proposed by Council President Leo Robinson calling for an entire Master Planning process for Chelsea.
The call comes on the heels of the 692-unit, two-building apartment complex being approved on Everett Avenue in the space where Chelsea Clock once existed. Developer William Thibeault was approved for a special permit at the Zoning Board last week, though he still needs to get a Site Plan approval from the Planning Board.
“The last Master Plan to my knowledge was done in 1971,” said Robinson. “I feel we have a lot of different development and we need to get a handle on what is progress and what is not progress. We need to decide as a community what residents want and the City wants in terms of development. I disagree entirely with the 692-unit proposal across from Chelsea High School. The fact that we’re going to allow the Chelsea Clock building – part of Chelsea’s history – to be bulldozed down instead of being re-used for retail space is a travesty…If we have a plan, these things may not happen to us.”
Councillor Paula Barton also agreed.
“I am frequently disappointed when I attend planning or zoning meetings,” she said. “Everything passes with conditions. They’re coming to us because they don’t meet our guidelines and yet everything passes. The first one I’ve seen in a long time that didn’t pass was the cabaret club on Beacham Street. That’s the only one.”
Councillor Matt Frank said he also agreed that it was time to think about planning for development – something he experienced first-hand last year during the proposal for affordable housing on the old French Club site.
“I agree with the call for a Master Plan,” he said. “I would emphasize we need more communication. It’s not that we need more development or less development, but that we need to all be on board.”
Councillor Calvin Brown said part of the Master Plan should be early community involvement.
“We need to know what’s going on in the early stages so we can all have input,” he said. “If we sit down and figure out priorities and target spots to develop, that could really help…I also hope we look at the large amount of three-families that are being bought and converted to condos. That’s another thing we have to look at within this.”
Councillor Giovanni Recupero said he believes a plan can be done.
“You can’t put 12 ounces in an eight ounce can,” he said. “We’re a 1.8 square mile community and how much more can we squeeze in. We need to also make sure these developments coming in have affordable housing. We don’t have a say. They just shove it down our throats and we have to vote on it.”
Councillor Joe Perlatonda also indicated he supported the call for a Master Plan.
City Manager Tom Ambrosino said earlier in the summer that he believes a Master Plan might be a worthy pursuit and he plans to act on Robinson’s call.
City Manager Tom Ambrosino said this week that he believes it’s time for the City to invest in everything from Broadway infrastructure to more firefighters.
Ambrosino said the City has been very conservative in its financial approach over the years, and thus, the finances are in tremendous shape. Now, he said, it might be time to use some money to enhance resident services and beautify the City.
“I agree (that the City has been conservative) and it probably is time that the City start spending on services,” he said. “I think the infrastructure on the Broadway business corridor should be done. I think we could probably spend more in our departments. I’m thinking in particular DPW and the Fire Department. They probably could use a few more individuals.”
In particular, Ambrosino said he has been taken by the potential of City Hall, Bellingham Square and the Broadway business corridor.
He has asked the Planning Department and The Neighborhood Developers to put a fresh set of eyes on the streetscape and on reconfiguring the Square.
“I think Broadway could require some significant investment to improve its aesthetics in the Bellingham Square and Broadway, down the business corridor… I think we need to make it ‘pop’ a little. It has big bones. It has the people and it has the businesses. It has the right mix of residential above the businesses. Again, it has the bones of being something special, but it really needs some attention.”
The Chelsea High boys soccer team emerged from its toughest stretch of the season with its undefeated record intact, winning two of three contests and tying another. The Red Devils now stand at 13-0-2 on the season with three contests remaining on their schedule.
Coach Mick Milutinovic’s squad opened the week with a 5-0 victory last Wednesday at Essex/No. Shore Tech. Five Red Devils reached the back of the Essex net: Derilson DePina on a nice cross from Eric DePina; Eric DePina with an assist from Carlos Cruz; Yefferson Padilla, assisted by Derilson DePina; Carlos Cartagena from Padilla; and freshman Dan Sabu with an unassisted tally on a nice shot from the vicinity of the 18.
Milutiniovic and his crew then made the long trek to Greater Lowell to face a GL squad that is known for its “physical style” of play (a euphemism for yellow card-worthy aggression).
The teams battled to a nil-nil deadlock after 80 minutes (plus stoppage time) of soccer on GL’s grass field, one of only two grass surfaces the Red Devils play on all season.
“Greater Lowell always is a tough opponent, especially on their home field,” noted CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “Playing on a grass field is an adjustment for us. We had a lot of chances, but we were too tentative. It would have been nice to win the game, but we were not unhappy to come home with a tie.”
The Red Devils then trekked to Billerica Tuesday for a battle with first place on the line in the CAC Large against a Shawsheen Tech squad whose only loss came at the hands (or, more appropriately, feet) of the Red Devils earlier this season.
Shawsheen came out pumped and ready for battle and stunned the Red Devils with a goal just 23 second into the match. Moreover, with Chelsea missing three starters because of illness and work obligations, the quick start by Shawsheen appeared to provide the home team with an insurmountable degree of momentum.
However, as is the case with Bill Belichick’s Patriots, Milutinovic has trained his personnel to step in where needed. Elias Sahil, Francisco Velasquez, and Hector Garcia-Andino, all of whom already have roles for the Red Devils, stepped into the breach and assumed an even greater degree of responsibility. Kevin Umanzor-Torrres, normally midfielder, moved to the back-line where he did a superb job.
In addition, Derilson DePina turned in one of the greatest-ever individual efforts in CHS soccer history, scoring four goals and assisting on the fifth to lead Chelsea to an eventual 5-2 victory.
“Derilson was amazing,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “He was so calm throughout the game under pressure. He volleyed two goals beautifully and headed another (on a crossing pass by Eric DePina), He also was taken down in the box and made the PK.”
Carlos Cruz applied the frosting to the CHS victory cake with a goal late in the game on a superb individual move after receiving a pass from Derilson DePina.
The goalkeeping duo of Angel Figueroa and Daniel Benitez shared the duties between the pipes.
With a CAC Large title all but assured, the Red Devils will wrap up their season starting today (Thursday) when they host Mystic Valley. They entertain Northeast Regional Tuesday and then host Winchester next Thursday.
CHS cross country teams engage in quad-meet
The Chelsea High boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Andover to face Greater Lawrence, Greater Lowell, and Shawsheen Tech at Greater Lawrence’s campus.
In the girls’ meet, the Lady Red Devils defeated two of their three opponents, beating Greater Lowell, 21-34, and narrowly edging Shawsheen, 27-28. However, they came up short against Greater Lawrence, 23-36. The Lady Red Devils ended their Commonwealth Athletic Conference regular season with a 7-3 record.
“The girls had a tremendous meet,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “We had only five girls running, the bare minimum for a cross country meet, because of an injury and attendance issues. If one of the girls had failed to finish the race, we automatically would have forfeited all three of the races.”
CHS senior captain Wendy Becerra was the overall winner of the race with a thrilling, come-from-behind victory. Wendy was in third place for most of the race, but in the final 600 meters she caught the lead runner from Gr. Lawrence and beat her by two seconds, running 21:37 for the 3.1 miles.
Freshman Jocelyn Poste was the second Chelsea runner and seventh overall, running a time of 22:52. Next for Chelsea was Melanie Nguyen in 11th place in 23:50. Freshman Yarid Deras and Cynthia Guzman finished 18th and 19th respectively to round out the scoring for Chelsea.
“We ran tough, strong, and aggressively,” noted Fay. “Some of the girls are still finding their ceiling. The good news is that we are back on this same course in two weeks for the league meet.”
On the boys’ side, Chelsea was on the losing end against three rivals who came into the meet with undefeated records. The Red Devils ended their CAC regular season at 5-5.
“These three teams have won the league nine out of the last 10 years, other than when we (Chelsea) won it in 2010,” noted Fay.
Jose Aguiar, who is running his first season of cross country, ran what Fay termed “a gutsy race” to finish 10th overall. “Jose went out real fast and ran out of gas at the end,” said Fay. “This was a learning curve for Jose. When we face these teams in two weeks (in the CAC league meet), he will have a better idea where he stands in this race and how to run it a little smarter.”
Next for Chelsea were Jansel Claudio in 18th, Johnny Gomez in 19th, Adriel Cedano in 22nd, and Diego Estrada in 25th.
“We are a pretty small team this year, but we are running well as a team and improving each week,” noted Fay.
Both the boys and girls teams are running against Everett and Medford this week and are also participating in the Gr. Lowell relay race this Saturday.
Bruins Beat by Bob Morello
Bruins finding their way
Going into yesterday’s (Wednesday) game against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Bruins had earned a record of two wins and three losses. The upside is that those two wins came in their last two contests, on the road, and against the Colorado Avalanche and the Arizona Coyotes. Not an impressive record for Boston with just four points in their first five games, but coming off their previous two victories, there is a ray of hope after opening the season with three consecutive losses. Riding a two-game win streak coming into the Flyers matchup, the B’s are looking to extend it to a three game win streak.
In their two games on the road the team displayed a much more cohesive effort. An effort that showed strong signs that the defense and offense were working better with each other, and can hold their own, something that was missing in the three losses they’ve endured. The team has managed an effective power play with a very strong first power play team hitting the ice and capitalizing, while the second team is still struggling a bit on the man advantage.
Boston’s upcoming schedule features a tic-tac-toe effect with one game on home ice, followed by one game on the road. The B’s will be hosted tomorrow night Friday 10-23 @ 7:30pm, by the current leader in the Metropolitan Division, the New York Islanders, and returning to Garden ice for a Tuesday, 10-27 @ 7:00pm game with the Arizona Coyotes who are a single point from the top of the Central Division. Then it is back on the road for a pair of games as the Bruins take on the Florida Panthers, Friday 10-30 @ 7:30pm, and end the month of October by facing the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, 10-31 @ 7:00pm.
At press time, the Montreal Canadiens are the hottest team in the National Hockey League, posting a perfect 7-0-0 record while amassing a total of 14 points. The Dallas Stars follow, led by annual MVP candidate Jamie Benn (6-4=10), and former Bruin Tyler Seguin, also with 10 points (4-6). Dallas, along with the Nashville Predators, each team has played six games and boast matching 5-1-0 records.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien continues to juggle a few lines, still looking for the right combinations that will make his team click both offensively and defensively. In goal, Jonas Gustavsson gives the impression that he can be the solid backup to Tuukka Rask that Julien has been seeking. As the ever-changing defensive pairings continue, several players who’ve received considerable ice time are becoming very comfortable on the ice. Not to be lost in the discussion is the steady play on the blue line by former Boston College standout Tommy Cross, and the consistent play of Colin Miller.
While it is still very early in the 2015-16 season, with just five games played, fans have to feel a slight bit more confident in seeing the Bruins’ turnaround in just over a week. The new guys are beginning to settle in to their roles, while the core veterans are stepping up to provide some stability.
‘EPIX PRESENTS ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC’
Premium TV network EPIX and the National Hockey League (NHL) have announced that EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Winter Classic™ will be returning to the channel and will make its U.S. television premiere Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 10pm Eastern Standard time. The weekly series, consisting of four one-hour episodes, will focus on the heated rivalry between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens, as they prepare for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on New Year’s Day 2016.
‘Road To the NHL Winter Classic’ provides viewers with exclusive access to the players and coaches – in their professional and personal settings, capturing all the action, camaraderie, drama, humor, heartaches and triumphs as they unfold. The Bruins will be making their second appearance in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® while this is the first NHL Winter Classic appearance for the Canadiens.