Supt. Mary Bourque explaining CHS’s five-year vision during a panel discussion and visit from Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration last Weds., Sept. 5. Baker came to CHS to review and hear about Chelsea’s innovative college credit program in association with Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC).
In a world where every threat to a school has to be taken seriously, that played out on Monday morning at Chelsea High when the schools were put on alert by a social media threat to “CHS” that turned out to be a month old and referring to a school in New Mexico.
Supt. Mary Bourque said around 7:15 a.m. Monday, Officer Dan Delaney was alerted to a threat observed on social media by a parent, a threat that indicated the person was “going to shoot up CHS.”
Bourque said it was unfortunate, but it was something that’s going to happen more often.
“It turns out it was a month old and was referring to a school in New Mexico,” she said. “Every threat has to be taken seriously. We can’t afford to not take threats seriously. At the same time, this is going to be what it’s like in the times we live in…It’s a sign of the times these weekly incidents for schools will be happening. It’s happening around the nation and we’re no different.”
The high school was functioning normally shortly after the threat was investigated.
They would often discuss at family gatherings who was the better all-around athlete, the uncle, Donald Curtis Robinson, or the nephew, Reggie Wilkerson.
Donald Curtis Robinson
Donald was a three-sport standout and All-Star running back for the Red Devils in the 1960s. Reggie was an All-Scholastic quarterback and talented hoopster in the late 1980s.
Donald’s teams twice beat archrival Everett High on Thanksgiving. Reggie led Chelsea to within one victory of a berth in the Super Bowl.
The issue was never resolved but it made for good, healthy laughter among family members young and old. This week Reggie spoke about his beloved uncle Donald and the wonderful example he set for the entire family at the memorial observance.
Mr. Robinson died on Feb. 6 at the age of 68. He was a member of the Chelsea High School Class of 1967.
Donald was not only a star athlete who achieved on the field but a fine student who went on to earn his degree from Northeastern University and enjoy a successful career working for Digital and US West.
Teammates have great memories of the young, humble Donald Robinson who had a magnetic personality and let his actions speak for themselves on the playing field. His talents at the Carter School were known throughout the city even before he first put on the CHS football uniform in 1964.
Dr. Howard Glazer, the quarterback of the 1966 Red Devil team that defeated Everett, 23-8, in the final game of their CHS football careers, remembered his teammate “as a truly wonderful human being.”
“I am terribly saddened by the passing of Donald Robinson, my classmate and sensational football teammate,” said Glazer. “Robbie,” as I affectionately called him, was a great two-way football player.”
Glazer said Robinson was a gifted defensive back and a speedy halfback who could both run and catch with the best.
“Donald was one of the best two-way football players that I had the privilege of playing with at CHS,” said Glazer. “Donald was a true star on the field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate and a truly wonderful human being.”
Glazer remembers Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23, 1966, when Chelsea stunned heavily favored Everett.
“That was the highlight of both our careers,” said Glazer. “In the first we ran a play that we had perfected during the season. It was a screen pass to Donald in the right flank. With great blocking in front of him, Donald ran 70 yards for a touchdown, with the 12,000 fans at Chelsea Memorial Stadium all on their feet going crazy!
“To this day, I can visualize Donald running with his great speed and cutting ability to avoid defender the entire run after the catch,” added Glazer.
The Robinson brothers, Latimer Society Co-Director Ronald Robinson, and Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson, competed on CHS teams with Donald and on Williams School teams against Donald, who attended Carter School. Donald’s younger brother, Jimmy, would later star on the basketball court at Carter School.
“Before we got to Chelsea High, I remember Donald being a phenomenal athlete,” said Ronald. “It was so heartwarming to here Reggie talk about his uncle at the funeral service and his athletic prowess. Reggie said he used to tell his uncle he was better, but the reality was Reggie was a great athlete, but Donald was special.”
Donald was not a large man by football playing standards, but he had speed to burn and seemed to understand football, according to Ronald.
Donald went on to play at Northeastern University but what Ronald the most about the former Red Devil great was how he used athletics to gain an education and make a path toward a successful life.
“Donald used sports as a way to receive a great college education and make a life for himself and I think he did that,” said Donald. “Donald married a local woman and they had a daughter, who was a beautiful person and pursued higher education with the passion that he did.”
Ronald said many of his teammates paid tribute to Donald Robinson this week.
“So many of our teammates, like Kenny Lava and Dale Johnson, and others said farewell to a great man who set a terrific example for his family,” said Ronald.
Leo Robinson was also profuse in his praise and admiration for Donald Robinson.
“He was just a wonderful person who touched so many people in a positive way,” said Leo. “He had a close-knit family who took great pride in his accomplishments and his success.”
The councillor-at-large said he will call for a moment of silent tribute for Donald Robinson at the next meeting of the Chelsea City Council.
“Chelsea has lost a true sports legend,” said Leo Robinson.
The Chelsea High boys soccer team turned in what CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki termed “our best game of the season” to earn a 2-1 victory over Northeast Regional Vocational School last Thursday on the turf at Chelsea Stadium.
“We played a full 80 minutes against an excellent Northeast team,” said Protasowicki of the Red Devils’ performance, for which a large crowd of Chelsea supporters were on hand for the battle with the Red Devils’ perennial archival.
The Chelsea victory avenged an earlier loss to Northeast at the beginning of the season and gives the Red Devils a good chance of capturing the championship of the Large School Division of the Commonwealth Conference.
Chelsea drew first blood 10 minutes into the game when senior defenseman Carlos Arevalo made a nice run up the left sideline, dribbling past a Northeast player and keeping the ball just inbounds along the sideline.
Carlos then delivered a nice cross into the box, where sophomore midfielder Eric
Barahona one-timed a perfect shot into the back of the Northeast net.
The teams battled evenly over the rest of the half, leaving matters at 1-0 in Chelsea’s favor at the intermission. The scoreboard remained locked-in at that reading through most of the second half, until Northeast finally broke through with 11 minutes to play to bring the contest back to level, 1-1.
“We knew that a tie with Northeast would not be good enough for us,” said Protasowicki. “We had to win if were were going to catch them in the standings, so we went all-out to try to pull ahead.”
The Red Devils launched a furious offensive effort which paid off when Delmer Romero carried the ball into the box on the left side, worked his way into the Northeast defense, and then let go what Protasowicki described as a “perfect shot” that landed into the lower right of the Northeast net.
“Delmer had a small window from a tough angle, but he made it,” said Protasowicki. Romero’s goal, coming with just three minutes remaining in the contest, caused the CHS bench and fans, the largest crowd of the season, to erupt with joy.
CHS keeper Bryan Armas, who made some nice saves throughout the contest, earned the victory in net.
The big victory was followed by a disappointing 1-1 tie this past Tuesday with always-tough rival Lynn Tech. Romero scored the lone CHS goal just two minutes after the opening kickoff when he buried a rebound from a shot by Jephte Marcellus, who had made some nice moves past the defense to draw close to the Tech keeper.
However, despite many opportunities throughout the game, the Red Devils were unable to dent the Tech net over the remaining 78 minutes of play.
Tech brought the contest to level three minutes into the second half, where matters remained until the final whistle.
The tie means that Chelsea still needs some help if the Red Devils are to claim another CAC Large title. Northeast is one point ahead of Chelsea in the standings, but still has to play undefeated Mystic Valley, which sits atop the standings in the CAC Small Division.
The Red Devils are set to host Minuteman Regional today (Thursday) and will travel to Greater Lowell next Thursday.
CHS boys outrun Greater Lowell, 23-38; Leclerc sets course mark
The Chelsea High boys cross country team improved its record to 3-2 with a solid 23-38 victory over Gr. Lowell last Wednesday on the Red Devils’ home course at Admiral’s Hill.
“It’s been a number of years since we have beaten Gr. Lowell, so this felt good,” said CHS head coach Don Fay.
Senior captain Jose Leclerc crushed his previous course record by more than 30 seconds to outdistance all competitors with a clocking of 17:31.
Gr. Lowell runners finished second and third, but Chelsea took the next eight places to win going away. Wuilfido Hernandez came across in fourth place in a personal record (PR) time of 18:48. Demitrius Martinez finished fifth in a season-best of 19:34.
Senior captain Alex Pedrero also had a PR time, finishing sixth, and Raphael Castillo was seventh overall in 20:01.
Limilson Tavares and Jazmany Reyes were one second apart, 20:09 and 20:10 respectively. Yosef Ruben and Justin Turner ran 20:12 and 20:16 to finish 10th and 11th.
“We had eight runners finishing within 90 seconds of each other,” noted Fay. “That is what we have been looking for all year. If we can continue to race like this, then we have a chance at the league meet title.
The boys were set to travel to Wakefield yesterday (Wednesday) to compete against Northeast and Minuteman Tech.
This coming Wednesday they will journey to Essex Tech for a quad-meet with Essex Tech, Shawsheen, and Lynn Tech.
CHS girls run record to 6-0
The Chelsea High girls cross-country team remained undefeated with a convincing 22-38 victory over Greater Lowell last week on the Admiral’s Hill course. The triumph improves the Lady Red Devils’ record to a perfect 6-0.
CHS junior captain Yarid Deras cruised to a first-place finish coming across the line 40 seconds faster than the rest of the field in her season’s best time of 22:15.
Fellow junior captain Jocelyn Poste was about a minute behind in third place. After a Gr. Lowell girl came across in fourth, the Lady Red Devils clinched the victory by grabbing the next four spots and seven of the next eight.
Junior Amanda Dias took fifth place in 24:29, followed closely by teammates Cynthia Mancia in 24:30 and freshman Kathy Lopez in 24:31.
Marissa Rivera was eighth in 26:04 and teammates Karina Avalos, Carla Romero and Stephanie Rodriguez came home in 10th, 11th, and 12th positions to complete the scoring for Chelsea.
“We had a great pack today and we ran well as a team,” said CHS head coach Don Fay.
The Lady Red Devils were set to race yesterday (Wednesday) against Northeast and Minuteman Tech.
“If we get by those two teams then we will have a showdown for the large-school dual meet title the next week at Essex Tech versus Essex Tech, Shawsheen, and Lynn Tech,” said Fay.
CHS football team plays at Mystic Valley
The Chelsea high football team, which earned its first victory of the season this past week, 22-0 over Minuteman Regional, travels to play Mystic Valley this Friday evening.
Kick-off under the lights at Malden Catholic Stadium is set for 7:00.
by Bob Morello
Bruins take to the road
With Monday’s holiday matchup with the Colorado Avalanche, a 4-0 loss, already in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look forward and prepare for Boston’s three-game road trip, which began last night (Wednesday, 9:30pm) in Colorado. Coach Bruce Cassidy will be looking for his team’s resiliency, especially from the youngsters in the lineup who did not display the tenacity and drive they displayed in the regular season home opener versus the Nashville Predators. The Bruins trip to Colorado affords them the opportunity in this second game of the home-and-home series, to extract some revenge after the Avalanche buried them on Garden ice last Monday.
While Cassidy did not point fingers, or name names, he did stress his common litany of, “we win as a team, we lose as a team.” There were many factors in Monday’s loss which proved surprising, such as their unimpressive start which found them in a hole quickly, when Rask allowed a couple of goals that could accurately be described as ‘soft,’ the play of the youngsters who had looked so solid just three days earlier, was totally the opposite. The work of Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk, and Ander Bjork, fell short on many of their shifts. Bad choices on offense and defense by the youngsters, hurt the team, offense and defense, as they created mere chaos with busted plays that resulted in missed chances and a loss.
The much needed offense of Brad Marchand was nowhere to be found in Monday’s contest, as he roamed the ice, often looking lost, and again showed the effect of not having the injured Patrice Bergeron on the ice to help him create the much needed offense. In these two games without Bergeron, Marchand has recorded two shots on net, and to make matters worse, Bergeron hasn’t skated full contact as yet, meaning his return to the ice could possibly be as early as the weekend, but likely longer, as he continues to suffer from an unexplained lower-body injury incurred during training camp. Torey Krug did return to the ice, but obviously will still need time to find his strength and rhythm. Adding the loss of Bergy to an injury list that already includes, David Backes and Noel Acciari, and you can cut the team some slack, but this is where other players need to step up and fill in.
Following the Wednesday (last night) game with the Avalanche, the Bruins’ weekend will consist of road contests with the Arizona Coyotes, Saturday at 9:00pm, and on Sunday in their first meeting with the newest NHL franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights in a 7:00pm start, before returning to TD Garden ice to host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00pm.
THE TRADITION – Mark your calendars as The Sports Museum offers up one of its signature events on Tuesday, November 28, at the TD Garden when they present their 16th Annual The Tradition. The lineup of honorees for 2017’s The Tradition, include Bruins legend and Lady Byng Trophy winner (1982), Rick “Nifty” Middleton, former Celtic, and two-time NBA Champion (1973-74, 1975-76), Dave Cowens, New England Patriot linebacker and three-time Super Bowl Champion (2001, 2003, 2004), Willie McGinest, tennis superstar Martina Navratilova, winner of the Wimbledon title nine times between the years of 1978 to 1990, and former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, whose achievements include two Word Series championships (2004, 2007), Gold Glove winner (2005), and a Silver Slugger Award (2005).
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CHS football team kicks off 2017 season Friday night
The Chelsea High football team will open its 2017 season Friday evening when Coach Jack Halas and his Red Devils host Lynn Tech under the lights at Chelsea Stadium.
The first kick-off of the new campaign is set for 7:00.
Leading the way for the Red Devils will be a quartet of senior captains, Zach Leo, Tony Bui, David Bui, and Nelson Hernandez, who are among a group of 10 seniors on the varsity squad.
“This is an excellent group of seniors who provide a good example to our younger guys,” said Halas. “These seniors have led the way in our off-season conditioning program. They were begging to get into our weight room the Monday following Thanksgiving.
“We have had our best off-season yet since I’ve been coaching at Chelsea High,” continued the coach. “We have seen some solid gains in strength across the board. We even started a 1,000 Lbs. Club, which is the one-rep max combined of bench press, squat, and deadlift, and both Tony Bui and Zach Leo made the club.
“In addition to our dedication in the weight room, we were fortunate that our Athletic Director, Amanda Alpert, secured us a grant to upgrade our weight room,” added Halas. “We now have a beautiful weight room supplied by the Gronkowski Fitness Company. All the same equipment that is in the Gronk Zones in the Boston Sports Clubs is now in the Chelsea High weight room.”
The Red Devils engaged in a pair of pre-season scrimmages, taking on Latin Academy August 26 and Saugus this past Friday.
“Latin Academy had a strong running game and we played them decently,” said Halas. “Overall, we played fairly well for our first time out. Early on in pre-season, our numbers were so low that we couldn’t hold any live team periods in practice, so Latin Academy was our first live experience.
“Saugus threw the ball about 75% of the time, which is rare at the high school level. We fell behind early 21-0 but showed a lot of fight by clawing our way back into the game,” said Halas. “We had some faulty lighting issues at the stadium that cut the game short in the middle of the third quarter when we were trailing, 27-21. I was very pleased with our offense, especially our offensive line. We had multiple 12-plus play drives resulting in touchdowns, which is exactly how we want to play.”
As for the season-opener against visiting Lynn Tech, Halas expects a stern challenge for his squad.
“Lynn Tech returns two all-conference running backs, so it will serve as a tough first test for us,” said Halas. “We expect a physical football game.”
Looking ahead to the fall season, Halas expressed confidence in his 2017 edition of the Red Devils.
“The senior leadership, combined with our offensive line and front seven on defense, are the strengths of our team,” noted Halas. “I expect big years out of senior captains Zach Leo and David Bui. These two should be able to replace the loss of graduated captain Nick Ieng, who is attending Westfield State on a football scholarship.”
The one drawback thus far for Chelsea has been the low turnout. “Our numbers are very low with only 34 kids in uniform,” noted Halas.
After the Lynn Tech contest, Halas and his crew will travel to Northeast Regional Vocational School next Friday.
CHS boys soccer team opens with 4-0 victory
The names may change, but the result stays the same for the Chelsea High boys soccer team, which opened its 2017 season with a 4-0 victory over Shawsheen Tech Tuesday afternoon at Chelsea Stadium.
“For a variety of reasons, this has been the biggest turnover for our team in terms of personnel in many years,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “We have a very young team with a lot of new faces.”
Among the newcomers to the CHS program is senior transfer students Jephte Marcellus, who provided some instant punch for the Red Devils, assisting on three goals in his first appearance in a Chelsea uniform.
Sophomore Delmer Romero, another newcomer to the varsity squad, scored the first two Red Devil goals, the initial one coming just 30 seconds into the game on Chelsea’s first offensive push forward of the season.
“I think we caught Shawsheen a bit flat-footed at the start of the game,” said Protasowicki. Senior captain Kevin Umanzor-Torres delivered a through-ball to Marcellus, who chipped it past the oncoming Shawsheen keeper, setting up Romero for an easy tap into the open goal.
The Marcellus-Romero connection bookended the half with a goal with only a minute to go before intermission when a shot by Marcellus was deflected by a Shawsheen defender in the box. Romero gathered-in the loose ball, made a move on a Shawsheen defender, and then delivered a nice strike from a difficult angle Senior Kevin Valle, who has been recovering from a knee injury he suffered over the summer, went into the game for a brief stretch to start the second half and made the most of his appearance, scoring his first goal of the season to increase the CHS lead to 3-0. Marcellus sent a nice through-pass to Valle, who made a fine finish amidst heavy traffic.
Five minutes later at 54:00, Romero earned his third point of the game with a corner kick delivery that was headed into the back of the Shawsheen net by senior defenseman Carlos Arevala.
“Carlos made a hie run and finish,” noted Protasowicki.
The 4-0 lead gave CHS head coach Mick Milutinovic an opportunity to use a number of his freshmen to close out the game. Senior keeper Bryan Armas and junior keeper Diego Granados split the chores in net to share the shutout.
“It was a nice way to start the season,” noted Protasowicki, “but we still have a lot of work to do.”
Milutinovic and his crew were set to trek to Northeast Regional Vocational School this afternoon (Thursday). Northeast has been the chief rival to the Red Devils’ supremacy in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference in the past few seasons and this year should prove no exception.
Chelsea will journey to Haverhill to face Whittier Tech Tuesday and will return home next Thursday to host Lynn Tech.
by Bob Morello
Bruins rookies ready to hit the ice
Boston Bruins hockey is back on track, beginning with Rookie training camp opening September 8. Included are Bruins prospects who participated in last year’s tournament and also played in at least one regular season game with Boston in 2016-17), along with several invitees, and is scheduled to run through September 11, at HarborCenter in Buffalo. Players who participated in last year’s tournament and also played in at least one regular season game with Boston in 2016-17, include forwards Anton Blidh, Peter Cehlarik (not participating due to shoulder surgery), Danton Heinen, Sean Kuraly, defensemen Brandon Carlo, Matt Grzelcyk, Rob O’Gara and goaltender Zane McIntyre.
This will be the third consecutive year the Bruins will have participated in the Prospects Challenge. The Bruins’ rookies will compete against the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils rookies in the round-robin challenge featuring prospects from each of those teams. The participating teams will each play three games during the course of the event, which is being held entirely at HarborCenter.
Currently Boston’s Challenge roster includes: Forwards: Anders Bjork, Jake DeBrusk, Ryan Fitzgerald, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Jesse Gabrielle, Danton Heinen, Justin Hickman, Joona Koppanen, Sean Kuraly, Cedric Pare, Zach Senyshyn, and Oskar Steen, with rookie camp invitees Shawn Boudrias, Alex Gacek, and James Hamblin. Defensemen: Victor Berglund, Brandon Carlo, Matt Grzelcyk, Emil Johansson, Jeremy Lauzon, Charlie McAvoy, Rob O’Gara, and Jakub Zboril, plus invitees Connor Clifton, Own Headrick, and Ethan Sakowich. Invited goaltenders are Kyle Keyser and Luke Richardson.
Schedule for the tournament will have the Bruins taking on Pittsburgh’s rookies (Friday, September 8 at 3:30pm); Saturday, Saturday, September 9 vs. Buffalo at 7:00pm;
Followed by a practice day, and their final game will be on Monday, September 11 vs. New Jersey at noon.
Single Game Tickets for the 2017-18 season will go on sale today (Thursday, September 7, at 11:00am. Purchase tickets on BostonBruins.com/SingleGameTickets, through the official mobile app of the Boston Bruins, by phone by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or at the TD Garden Box Office.
The Bruins will open the season against the Nashville Predators at TD Garden on Thursday, October 5 at 7:00pm. The Bruins will enjoy a season-long, six-game home stand beginning in February and ending in March, with games against the Carolina Hurricanes (2/27), Pittsburgh Penguins (3/1), Montreal Canadiens (3/3), Detroit Red Wings (3/6), Philadelphia Flyers (3/8) and the Chicago Blackhawks (3/10) at TD Garden.
For games played at TD Garden, tickets will range from $30.00-$453.00. In addition to seat location, ticket prices will vary depending on opponent and date of game. Ticket prices are subject to change and there is an eight-ticket limit per game.
Although full-season ticket packages are sold out, Bruins fans can join the Season Ticket Waiting List to score priority access for when full- season ticket packages become available. To join the Season Ticket Waiting List, fans should contact the Bruins at 617-624-2327, option 1. Additionally, a limited number of partial and full season memberships are available in the Premium Club at the TD Garden. Fans interested in Premium Club memberships can contact the Bruins at 617-624-2582.
2017-18 Game Plans are also on sale. Each plan offers big discounts with an average savings of $600 off of box office prices with no facility fee. With a Game Plan, fans are granted access to a Legends Membership and the ability to purchase 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs® tickets before the general public.
Supt. Mary Bourque called on faculty and staff from around the district at her annual breakfast on Monday, Aug. 28, to lead students, families and the district to social justice.
“We are a district committed to ongoing improvement on behalf of our students and as such we have four schools implementing Turnaround Plans this year and five schools implementing Accelerated Improvement Plans,” she said. “We believe we can do better for our students and these plans are a reflection of where we will work to do a better job in the coming year. This is social justice… Our profession of education is one of leadership and service—service to young people and service to the next generation. Our work is about building the future. Our profession of ‘urban’ education is one of social justice. We open the doors of opportunity for our students.”
Her comments come one year after unveiling a new five-year plan for the district at last year’s breakfast.
A good part of her speech detailed some of the goals that have been met.
One major accomplishment laid out last year was the ability to get computers in the hands of students and to use them to focus on the new trend of student-centered learning. This year, she said a major part of that goal of getting computers – or one-to-one technology – has been accomplished.
“We expanded our technology initiative and proudly boast that we now have one-to-one devices in grades 2-12,” said Bourque.
Other initiatives achieved and pointed out in the plan included:
We expanded our Caminos dual enrollment program at the ELC and will continue to expand annually.
We continue to build the internal and external pipelines and career ladders for future teachers and administrators with our partnerships with Lesley, Endicott, and Harvard Colleges to name a few.
At Chelsea High School (CHS) the district successfully initiated the biliteracy credential and 11 graduating seniors received the award upon graduation in June.
At CHS, Advance Placement scores show a 4 percent increase in qualifying scores of 3, 4, or 5 from 32 percent last year to 36 percent of AP tests administered this year.
Another major achievement she pointed out was the growth in the dual enrollment program with Bunker Hill Community College.
She said in 2017, CHS graduates earned 1,162 college credits equaling 385 courses during their years at CHS and while working on their high school diploma.
“That was a savings of over $200,000 on college tuition and fees and over $50,000 on books,” she said. “Does anyone doubt that we will be offering a pathway for students to complete their Associate’s Degree at the same time they are receiving their high school diploma from Chelsea High by June 30, 2021? Let us be the first high school in the State to offer this pathway.”
Going back to her theme of social justice, Bourque said the times are very uncertain, and with teachers and staff in the Chelsea Schools leading on a social justice mission, they are also leading in accordance with the district’s mission.
“Our foundational beliefs center around our mission statement: ‘We welcome and educate ALL students,’” she said. “This is social justice in action, to welcome and educate– inclusive of all– to seek equity in educational opportunities for career and college success for each and every student…
“As a school system, our goal remains to ensure all of our students graduate with the skills, confidence, and habits of mind they need to be successful in college, career, and life,” she continued. “We have no misplaced compassion for our students. We hold them to the same standards of excellence as all other students in our State of Massachusetts are held to. This is Chelsea Public Schools’ social justice.”
Frank DePatto and the position of Chelsea High School director of athletics were a perfect fit for 28 years.
DePatto was a Chelsea guy, the CHS class of 1957 president and a student-athlete. He had been a lifelong advocate for Chelsea sports, from the time he had sponsored and coached a team in the local summer basketball league to the countless Chelsea High School games he had attended as a fan.
DePatto succeeded Saul Nechtem as head of the entire CHS athletic program in 1988. No one had to tell DePatto how prestigious it was to be at the helm of a high school athletic program in the vaunted Greater Boston League. And no one had to tell DePatto about the legendary figure he was succeeding as director of athletics.
In fact, it was Frank DePatto who recommended that the gymnasium inside the new Chelsea High School be named the “Saul Nechtem Gymnasium,” which it was.
DePatto’s superb reign as the leader of Chelsea High boys and girls sports ended on July 1 when he retired from the position.
“After 28 years as the AD at my alma mater, there are many people to thank, especially State Senator and School Committee member, the late Andrew P. Quigley and School Committee member, the late Morris Seigal – they were my mentors,” said DePatto. I also want to thank the many superintendents and principals who supported me along the way.
“It has a been a pleasure to serve the youth of the city of Chelsea, a city I truly love.”
One of DePatto’s closest friends and supporters through the years was former city manager Jay Ash, who played college basketball at Clark University. Ash is the State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development.
“I’m proud that I’ve been one of Jay Ash’s mentors,” he said.
DePatto said his first immersion in to the fabric of the Chelsea sports community came when he organized and sponsored a very successful men’s and women’s summer basketball league. He coached the Chelsea Record and Salon 312 teams in the men’s league that drew sizable crowds to the old Merritt Park courts. One of the opposing teams, Charles Lee Disposal, featured none other than Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson, a former CHS hoop player, at point guard.
DePatto also coached semi-professional basketball with many college stars on the roster including Jay Ash, Rudy Williams, Jerry Scott, Stu Primus, Danny O’Callaghan, John Miller, and Eddie Thurman.
From summer basketball, DePatto made the jump to the Chelsea High athletic program as its director in 1988.
“Replacing the great Saul Nechtem upon his retirement – it was a job made from heaven,” said DePatto.
Very early in his tenure DePatto made a monumental decision: he recommended that the Chelsea-Everett Thanksgiving football series be discontinued after the 1989 contest in which Everett prevailed by a dominating 32-0 score. Chelsea hasn’t played Everett in football since that blowout.
“Everett was always just too good with many more skilled players than Chelsea and the score mostly always favored Everett,” related DePatto about his decision to end the century-old rivalry. “As someone who played in the Chelsea-Everett game in the mid-1950s, it was a hard decision to make, especially when we drew 10,000-12,000 fans for some of the Thanksgiving games. Times were changing and it was time to move on.”
DePatto hired Joe Gaff as head football coach in 1993 and two years later he led the Red Devils to their only Super Bowl championship, defeating Old Colony for the title.
Around the same time DePatto brought Ramona Foster on board as the new Chelsea High girls basketball coach and Foster “turned the program around.”
DePatto made it a point during his directorship to recognize those individuals who contributed much to CHS athletics. It was DePatto who recommended that the press box at Chelsea Memorial Stadium be named in memory of the late Arnold Goodman, a beloved teacher, player and coach.
DePatto helped launch the Stop & Shop High School Basketball Tournament, bringing the best teams in New England to Chelsea. Teaming up with Leo Papile of the BABC and philanthropist Herbie Kupersmith, DePatto raised more than $55,000 for Chelsea scholarships. Teams from as far away as Hawaii and Florida played in the tournament “and we were the talk of the basketball universe for 15 years.”
When Boston hosted the NBA Summer League, the Philadelphia (76ers) and Indiana (Pacers) teams held their practices at Chelsea High.
DePatto said his proudest accomplishment was sending many CHS athletes on to compete at the college level. DePatto was instrumental in former soccer star Michael Bustamante’s matriculation at Boston University. Bustamante later continued his career for the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer (MLS), a professional league in the United States.
DePatto always stood up for Chelsea High athletes, once packing the Aldermanic Chambers for a School Committee meeting at City Hall to help change a rule that brought Chelsea’s academic eligibility requirements for athletes in line with MIAA requirements.
He re-instituted the indoor and outdoor track programs that are now producing championship teams. He organized the first Chelsea High Annual Awards Assembly 26 years ago. He also launched the girls soccer program.
During his time as AD, DePatto returned to the sidelines as an assistant coach on Jack Niven’s boys basketball staff. He served as the head coach for three seasons before Jay Seigal succeeded him.
Last year, DePatto was selected to represent the Commonwealth Athletic Conference at the National Athletic Directors Conference. He received numerous awards in recognition of his outstanding service at Chelsea High.
“I made many friends as athletic director – a job that I loved,” said DePatto. “I am a former player, a former coach, and now a former AD, and I will always be –a No. 1 fan of the Red Devils. I’m proud to have followed Saul Nechtem and a great line of coaches and athletic directors.”
DePatto made it a point to wish new director of athletics Amanda Alpert “success in her endeavors.”
“I’m going to miss Chelsea greatly,” said DePatto, who finished out the 2015-16 school year at the request of Supt. of Schools Dr. Mary Bourque, who wanted him to be part of the transition process. “There will be a void in my life. This job truly has been a labor of love.”
CHS softball team to host tourney game this Saturday
The Chelsea High softball team, which completed a fine 12-4 season, will host a first round game of the Division 3 North Sectional of the MIAA state softball tournament Saturday.
The Lady Red Devils, who are the eighth seed among the 24 teams in the D-3 North sectional, will play the winner of today’s preliminary round contest between Mystic Valley and Winthrop.
The first pitch for Saturday’s encounter is set for 4:00.
Best finish ever for CHS girls at state track event
It was a big day for Chelsea High School girls track at the Eastern Mass. Division 2 championship meet this past Sunday at Norwell High School.
The Lady Red Devils racked up 15 points to place 17th in D-2, Chelsea’s highest-ever finish.
The outstanding performer of the day for Chelsea was senior Mariama Kamara who took second place in the 100 dash with a time of 12.88. Mariama narrowly was defeated by indoor state champion Ally Isley of Wellesley.
“The Chelsea girls’ team never has had a girl finish this high in any event,” said CHS coach Mark Martineau. “This is an amazing achievement for a senior who was battling injuries most of the season. She has come back at the right time and does not seem to have missed a step.”
By finishing second, Mariama now will participate in the All-State championship this coming Saturday at Westfield State University to compete against the best sprinters from all the divisions throughout Massachusetts.
Another outstanding performance was turned in by sophomore Martin Simon. Martin brought home sixth place medals in two events, the long jump with a leap of 16’-7.5” and the triple jump with a distance of 34’-11.25”. Simon’s triple jump was both a personal and a new CHS school record.
“Martin has been improving every week as the season has gone on,” said Martineau. “A special thanks goes to her jumps coach, Kanku Kabongo, who has been instrumental in the amazing performances that Martin and the rest of the jumping team has accomplished this season.”
Martin will have to wait to hear (as the Record was going to press) whether she has qualified for the All-State meet.
Also scoring points for the Chelsea girls was the 4 x 100 relay team of Kamara, Simon, Katherine Cabral, and Owliyo Mohamud. The foursome finished eighth with a clocking of 51.45.
Cabral also competed in the 100m (30th, 13.78) and the 400m (10th, 61.64) and Mohamud also competed in the 400 (18th, 63.53).
For the boys’ side, the sole Red Devil qualifier for the state competition was junior Adriel Cedano, who finished 13th (among a field of 35 competitors) in the triple jump with a personal record distance of 40’-3.5”.
CHS baseball team wraps up season
The Chelsea High baseball team concluded its 2016 season this past week, dropping a 10-2 decision at Greater Lowell.
Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-2 for the Red Devils with a double, two walks, a stolen base, and an RBI. Estarlin Martinez was 1-for-3 with an RBI single.
Luis Jiminez was chosen to the Commonwealth Athletic Conference All-Star team at the recent meeting of the league’s coaches. Luis led the Red Devils with 13 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 18 games. Jiminez also recorded two of the three Chelsea victories on the pitching mound.
by Bob Morello
Bruins announce camps and preseason
Fans looking for a bit of local hockey flavor during this long off-season break can savor the announcement from the Boston Bruins revealing the club’s seven-game 2016 preseason schedule, which will begin on Monday, September 26 (7:00pm) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden. The Bruins will remain on Garden ice for their Wednesday, September 28 matchup with the Detroit Red Wings (7:00pm), in a home-and-home series that will take them to Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena on Friday, September 30 (7:00pm). The road trip will continue with a stop at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, October 1 (7:00pm) to take on the Flyers, followed by a trip north of the border to Quebec City, Canada, to face the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, October 4 (7:00pm). Quebec City is currently among those vying for an NHL expansion team to replace their former Nordiques who played in the NHL from 1979-95.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will host Boston at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, October 6 (7:00pm), with the Bruins finishing off their preseason schedule on Garden ice, with their seventh and final game on Saturday, October 8 versus the Philadelphia Flyers in a rare 5:00 pm start. With three games on Garden ice, fans will get a good look at what they can expect from this season’s roster.
The team also announced the preliminary schedule for their 2016 Rookie Camp, which begins on Thursday, September 15, and their 2016 Training Camp, which begins on Thursday, September 22. The full rookie camp and training camp rosters will be announced at a later date.
Final rosters for the World Cup of Hockey (September 17 to October 1) to be played in Toronto, have been released. Bruins players participating include: Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand (Team Canada); Tuukka Rask (Team Finland); David Krejci and David Pastrnak (Team Czech Republic); Loui Eriksson (Team Sweden); Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg (Team Europe). Also named as assistant coach for Team Canada is Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien.
When Amanda Alpert takes office on July 1 as athle
New Chelsea High School director of athletics Amanda Alpert is pictured adjacent to the school sign. Alpert will take office July 1 as the leader of the athletic program
tic director (AD) at Chelsea High School, she will be the first woman to serve in the prestigious position.
Alpert’s official title is coordinator of physical education, comprehensive health, and athletics for the Chelsea school district but it’s those two letters – AD – that all will recognize for being the person in charge of all CHS sports programs.
The late Saul Nechtem held the position for a half century before Frank DePatto succeeded Nechtem in 1989. DePatto is stepping down this year after a sterling 27-year career.
Supt. of Schools Dr. Mary Bourque appointed Alpert to the new position that also includes overseeing physical education and health classes in all local schools. Alpert is a guidance counselor at CHS but has begun the transition to her new office.
“I’m excited about my new position and putting my thoughts in to action,” said the 32-year-old Alpert.
She is currently a CHS boys and girls assistant track coach and she previously served as an assistant coach on Mike Stellato’s football staff.
Alpert has made a name for herself as a women’s professional tackle football player, having won all-league honors as an offensive lineman 11 times. She has played on three Super Bowl championship teams and is still active as a player for the Boston Renegades, who play their home games at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville. This weekend, Alpert and her team will fly to Pittsburgh for a professional game that will be televised by the local Pittsburgh station.
Alpert played tennis and competed in indoor and outdoor track at Saugus High and went on to compete in track at Endicott College. She holds a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Suffolk University and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration.
She was a teacher at Malden High School before becoming a guidance counselor at CHS in 2009. Alpert is now poised to build on the success of the CHS athletic program that competes in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference.
Alpert feels that CHS athletes should be receiving more recognition for their accomplishments.
“I would like to see the community more involved in the athletic program,” said Alpert. “I think the accomplishments of our athletes need to be publicized. Some of our athletes are amazing scholars and I want the community to know about them and where they’re going to college. I want our student-athletes to focus more on their studies and be more serious about their education.”
She will also stress sportsmanship to the CHS student-athletes. “I would love to say that winning a championship for every team is my goal but realistically it’s not. I think what’s more important is what the students are learning through playing sports.”
Alpert intends to meet with Chelsea parents to discuss the school’s expectations for student-athletes. She will also reach out to the leaders of Chelsea youth sports programs.
She thanked Dr. Bourque for the opportunity and said the schools’ top administrator has been very helpful to her in her new role. “Dr. Bourque has been super supportive through this whole process and I’m very lucky to have someone like her involved in this transition.”
Amanda Alpert has been immersed in Chelsea for much of her life. She is a member of a well-known philanthropic Chelsea family. Her father, Allan, is the city’s emergency management director and the esteemed toastmaster general for local social events. Her grandfather, Norman Alpert, played sports at Chelsea High and was a CHS teacher, while his brother, Julius Alpert, was also a standout athlete at Chelsea High School.
She is grateful to her parents, Allan and Laraine Alpert, for their support and encouragement throughout her athletic and professional career.
“When I told my parents that athletic administration was a field I wanted to pursue, they were 100 percent supportive,” said Alpert. “Whether it’s been women’s pro football games or coming to track meets or tennis matches in high school, they would come by to watch me compete. I think my father has missed one only one home football game in my playing career. They’ve been great through everything. They’re excited for me and I think my dad is really excited for me to be so involved in sports in Chelsea because they were really important to his dad. I think he’s proud that I found a love for Chelsea that he has and that his father had.”
The Boston Bruins season is over, but they still remain active news wise. The team released information related to three regulars who have undergone successful surgery. Included were forward Matt Beleskey (left hand), forward David Krejci (left hip) and defenseman Torey Krug (right shoulder), all have undergone surgery and are expected to make full recoveries. Beleskey’s surgery on his left hand was performed at Newton-Wellesley Hospital (April 14). His recovery time is expected to be six weeks. Surgery on Krejci’s left hip was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY (April 25). His recovery time is expected to be five months. Defenseman Krug’s surgery on his right shoulder was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital (April 21). His recovery time is expected to be six months.
On the plus side, the good news had Bruins center Patrice Bergeron being named one of three finalists for the 2016 Selke Trophy. Bergeron is no newcomer to this award, having been the recipient of the Selke Trophy for two consecutive seasons, and three in all (2011-12), giving him a chance to earn it for the fourth time. “Being named a finalist for the Selke Trophy is a tremendous honor and one I am very grateful for,” said Bergeron. “While it is an individual award, my teammates and coaches deserve a lot of credit as well. Ryan and Anze are two elite players who both had great seasons and it is a privilege to be a finalist alongside them.” A win by Bergeron would tie him with former Canadian Bob Gainey who is the only four-time winner of the Selke, having won four consecutive years (1977-1981). Joining Bergeron in the attempt to become the NHL’s best defensive forward are Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings), and Ryan Kesler (Anaheim Ducks). NHL Awards will be presented on June 22 in Las Vegas.
Joining Bergeron in Las Vegas will be Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson who was named a finalist for the 2016 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. The Lady Byng Trophy is awarded annually “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” The other nominees are Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings) and Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers). “It is a great honor to be considered for the Lady Byng Trophy, an award that has been won by some of the best players of all time,” said Eriksson. “There are many deserving candidates so to be named one of the finalists with Anze Kopitar and Aleksander Barkov is very exciting for me. Thank you to my teammates and the coaching staff and I appreciate all those who voted.” The last Bruin to win the Lady Byng Trophy was Rick Middleton in 1981-82.
With the recent naming of Bruins forward Frank Vatrano to the U.S. men’s national hockey team for the World Championships which begin tomorrow (Friday), that brings the number of Bruins competing to three. In addition to Vatrano, Brad Marchand will participate with Canada, and David Pastrnak will represent the Czech Republic. The IIHF Men’s Ice Hockey World Championship will be held in Russia, and runs through May 22nd. Happy Cinco de Mayo!
CHS girls track team
cruises past Whittier
The Chelsea High girls outdoor track & field team improved to 2-0 on the season with an 87-47 victory over Whittier Tech this past Friday.
Sophomore Martine Simon was a triple-winner for the Lady Red Devils. Martine won both dashes, the 100 (13.34) and 200 (28.50), and the triple jump (33’-7”).
Jazmin Castellon won two throwing events, the shot put (27’-2”) and the discus (70’-9”). Yarid Deras took the mile (6:36), Owliyo Mohamud captured the 400 dash (65.12), Jocelyn Poste won the 800 (2:53), and Amanda Dias took first spot in the two mile in new CHS school record time of 13:30.
The Lady Red Devil 4 x 400 relay team of Mohamud, Awa Bajinka, Dias, and Emely Burgos also triumphed.
Other point scorers for Chelsea included: Poste with a second in the 400 hurdles (79.87); Mel Nguyen with a third in the 400 hurdles (83.4), a second in the high jump (3’-10”), and a third in the triple jump (25’6); Alex Martinez with second in the shot (25’6”); Masireh Ceesay with a third in the shot (25’4); Sylvia Marins with a second in the 100 hurdles (19.84); Gitu Defaga with a third in the hurdles (21.04); Cynthia Guzman with a third in the mile (7:08); Awa Bajinka with a second in the 400 (68.79); Ana Davies with a second in the 200 (29.78); Xiana Herasme with a second in the discus (66’-11”); and Tracy Flores with a third in the discus (61’-10”).
“This girls team is very deep with point-scorers spanning all four classes,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau.
The Lady Red Devils were set to face one of their toughest tests of the season Tuesday when they hosted Notre Dame of Tyngsboro. Mystic Valley also was set to compete in the tri-meet.
CHS boys track
falls to Whittier
The Chelsea High boys track & field team dropped its first meet of the season, coming out on the short end of an 86-50 decision Whittier Tech, the defending Commonwealth Athletic Conference champion.
Top performances for the Red Devils included first-place finishes by Bryan Rivas in the 400 hurdles (62.18), Adriel Cedano in the triple jump (38’), Jose Leclerc in the mile (5:24), and a pair of wins by sophomore Nelson Hernandez in the shot put (33-’9”) and discus (88’-6”).
Also scoring points for the Red Devils were: Johny Gomez, third in the two-mile (12:24); Alex Pedrero, second in the 110 hurdles (19.86); Isaac Colcord, third in the 110 hurdles (20.6) and second in the discus (85’2”); Cedano, second in the 100 (11.66); Rivas, second in the 400 dash (56.58); Leclerc, second in the 800 (2:22); Nick Ing, second in the 200 (24.6), second in the javelin (117’9”), and third in the shot put (32’-8”); and Leo DeAlmedia, third in the triple jump (36’4”).
“Every member of the team contributes in one way or another,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau. “These boys work really hard. Whittier is just a really tough team.”
CHS trio takes third
in Div. 2 relay meet
This past Saturday a contingent of Lady Red Devil track team members traveled to Marshfield High School for the state Division 2 relay meet. The highlight of the meet for Chelsea was the fourth place finish in the girls’ long jump by the trio of Mariama Kamara, Katherine Cabral, and Martine Simon.
Both Kamara and Cabral had jumps over 15 feet and Simon jumped over 16. Their fourth place ribbon was the best finish for the CHS girls program at a state relay meet, which features the top competitors from throughout the state.
Red Devils defeat
Pope John, 7-3
The Chelsea High baseball team earned its second win of the season with a 7-3 triumph over Pope John High this past Friday on the CHS ball field.
Luis Jimenez pitched a complete game for his first victory of the year. Luis helped his own cause at the plate, walking twice, scoring a run, and stealing four bases.
Tom Melanson contributed to the CHS offense with a walk and a base hit and scored two runs.
The day before, the Red Devils dropped a 10-0 decision to Greater Lawrence. Luis Jimenez, Eduardo Nunez, and Manny Ortiz all had singles for Chelsea.
CHS head coach Alan Beausoleil and his crew were set to hit the road for their next four games: at Essex Tech this past Tuesday; at Mystic Valley yesterday (Wednesday); at Greater Lowell tomorrow; and at Notre Dame/Cristo Rey Monday. They return home next Wednesday to meet Minuteman and next Thursday to host Lynn Tech. All games are at 4:00.