The Chelsea High boys soccer team won both of its contests this past week to remain undefeated wth an 8-0-2 record.
The Red Devils cruised past Northeast Regional, its traditional rival in the Large Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference, with a 5-1 victory this past Tuesday.
Chelsea jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 11 minutes of the contest and never looked back. Senior Gabriel Contreras started the party for the Red Devils with a goal at 4:00 when he took a long pass from his brother, center back Angel Contreras, at the top of the box, settled the ball nicely with one touch, and then drilled a shot past the Northeast keeper.
Four minutes later, Gabriel Contreras assisted on the next Chelsea goal, delivering a corner kick that was headed into the back of the net by Chelsea’s other center back, captain Jose Gutierrez.
Delmer Romero, Chelsea’s leading scorer with 18 goals on the season, then delivered what amounted to a knockout blow three minutes after that when he made a nice move at the top of the box and launched a bomb that cleanly beat the beleaguered Northeast keeper.
Chelsea took its 3-0 edge into the intermission and added to its advantage midway through the second half when Eric Barahona delivered a rocket from 30 yards out that caught the NE keeper slightly off his line. The teams traded goals in the final 20 minutes, with Romero scoring off a nice through ball from Gerson Hernandez.
“We came out flying,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “We got the big lead and never were threatened after that.”
The Red Devils handily took the measure of Nashoba Tech last Thursday, 7-1. Gabriel Contreras, assisted by Carlos Lopez, and senior Carlos Ayala, assisted by Gabriel Garcia, gave Chelsea a 2-0 lead in the opening half.
The Delmer Romero Show then took center stage, as the Red Devils’ top goal producer reached the back of the Nashoba net four times. Gabe Contreras potted his second of the game for the 7-1 finale.
Head coach Mick Milutinovic and his crew will seek to clinch a CAC Large title when they travel to Shawsheen today (Thursday). The Red Devils will trek to Presentation of Mary next Tuesday and then host Greater Lowell next Thursday.
CHS BOYS, GIRLS RUN PAST GR. LOWELL
Last Wednesday, senior captains Yarid Deras and Justin Turner had impressive wins to lead their respective teams to victory over Greater Lowell.
On the boys’ side, senior captain Julio Valladares came across the line in second place, 47 seconds behind Turner. Greater Lowell finished in the next two spots, but Chelsea grabbed the next three places to seal the meet.
Junior Jazmany Reyes, senior Wuilfido Hernandez, and sophomore Oscar Amaya finished fifth, sixth, and seventh respectively. Red Devil Limilson Tavares also contributed to the scoring by displacing Gr. Lowell’s fourth and fifth runners for a final score of 21-36.
“We ran a lot tougher than last week,” said CHS head coach Don Fay of his boys’ squad, which now stands at 6-1 on the season. The Red Devils were set to host Northeast Regional and Medford yesterday (Wednesday) at Admirals Hill in a tri-meet.
For the Lady Red Devils, senior captain Jocelyn Poste was the next Chelsea girl to cross the line after Deras, taking fourth place. She was followed by Yarelis Torres in fifth and Sarei Carreto in sixth.
Junior Karina Avalos secured the victory with a ninth place finish for a final score of 25-30.
The triumph improves the Lady Red Devils’ record to 6-1. They were scheduled to host Notre Dame of Tyngsboro and Northeast Regional yesterday (Wednesday) at Admiral’s Hill.
CHS GIRLS SOCCER WINS TWO OF THREE CONTESTS
The Chelsea High girls soccer team enjoyed a successful week, winning two of its three contests with victories over Greater Lawrence and Nashoba Tech.
In a 5-3 win over Greater Lawrence last Monday, the Lady Red Devils were paced by Nancy Galdamez and Damaris Erazo, who scored two goals apiece. Elena Ruiz added a solo tally and was credited with two assists. Kimberlyn Larios also earned an assist.
Three days later, the Chelsea girls edged Nashoba Tech, 3-2. Galdamez, Chelsea’s leading scorer, once again reached the back of the opponent’s net for two goals. Gitu Degefa struck for a single goal. Erazo assisted on two of the markers and Ruiz was credited with one assist.
Sandwiched between the twin wins was the Lady Red Devils’ lone setback of the week, a 2-0 loss to Whittier Tech last Tuesday.
“The group is finding its rhythm and we are looking forward to our upcoming games,” said CHS head coach Randy Grajal, whose squad now stands at 3-6-1 overall and 3-5-1 in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference.
Grajal and his crew are scheduled to host Notre Dame Academy today (Thursday) and entertain Presentation of Mary Academy next Tuesday.
CHS FOOTBALL TEAM FACES MINUTEMAN TONIGHT
It was a short week of practice for the Chelsea High football team, which will take on Minuteman Regional today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at the Woburn High field.
The Red Devils dropped a 32-6 decision at Whittier Tech this past Saturday afternoon.
The principal highlight for the Chelsea gridmen was a 67 yard touchdown pass from Edward Escobar to Walter Gonzalez in the third period. Escobar came on in the second quarter in place of starting quarterback Matt Singh-Carranza, who had to leave the game with an injury.
Whittier capitalized on special teams opportunities to move out to a 26-0 lead at the half. The Red Devils made adjustments on defense after the intermission and yielded only a touchdown in the fourth quarter when the junior varsity players from both teams were on the field.
“This is our growing-pain season,” said CHS head coach Rasi Chau. “Our kids continue to keep getting better every week and I am proud of every single one of them and I’m proud of my staff, who continue to keep coaching these kids up every week.”
by Bob Morello
Bruins pick up the pace
Tonight (Thursday), the Bruins will host the Edmonton Oilers, led by the ‘master on ice,’ Connor McDavid, and former Bruin Milan Lucic. The Oilers come to TD Garden well rested, having opened the 2018-19 season at home last Saturday, October 6th. In that game the Oilers absorbed a 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, putting their early record at 0-1-0, and four days off between games. The Bruins on the other hand have posted a 2-1-0 record with recent wins over both the Buffalo Sabres, and most recently their 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday, to start their current three-game homestand.
For Boston, Head Coach Bruce Cassidy admits that he is still sorting out his roster despite their two-game win streak. It may be that the China trip has factored in his being able to solidify his roster, although early in the season is the time to juggle the lineup to solidly identify the best combination of forwards, and the most comfortable defensive pairings. In reference to the China trip, the fact that half the preseason had one half of the team playing a pair of games in China, while the other half performed and practiced locally – might not be an issue, but time will answer that question.
The Boston performance versus the Senators once again was a glaring display of just how important Patrice Bergeron is to this Bruins team. His hat trick on Monday boosted his goals scored to four in three games. The Bs top line with Bergeron and wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, continues to be described by many as…the best line in the NHL – and with good reason as the three posted 11 points in the win over the Sens, and their combined point total in the three games to date, shines with a cumulative 18 points.
In Cassidy’s postgame interview, he sounded impressed with the play of Anders Bjork, the progress on Danton Heinen, as well as the play of newbies to the team, Chris Wagner who scored his first goal as a Bruin, and John Moore. Charlie McAvoy continues to play a strong, steady game, earning a trio of assists in the Senators’ game, with Noel Acciara and Sean Kuraly performing to fairly high standards to this point.
Following tonight’s Oilers invasion, the Bruins will next host the Detroit Red Wings on Garden ice (Saturday 3:00pm), before hitting the road for four games in seven nights, including three games on the West Coast, to face the Calgary Flames (Wednesday 10/17 @ 9:30pm), a stop in Edmonton (Thursday 10/18 @ 9:00pm), and a night with the Vancouver Canucks (Saturday 10/20 @ 10:00pm), finishing up their four-game road trip with a final stop in Ottawa on Tuesday, 10/23 @ 7:30 p.m..
CHELSEA RESIDENTS GRADUATE FROM NORTHEAST METRO TECH
School Committee Chairman Deborah Davis and Principal Carla Scuzzarella are pleased to announce the graduation of 292 students from Northeast Metro Tech.
On Friday, June 1, graduates from 15 different vocations were celebrated and received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony at Breakheart Stadium.
Superintendent David DiBarri encouraged students to seek out leadership opportunities as they grow in their professional and personal lives — by pursuing management roles, joining their trade’s union or becoming a coach of their favorite sport.
“The United States is still the greatest country on earth but it is up to you and future generations to ensure that we continue to get better and better,” Superintendent DiBarri said. “Please remember that you will always be a member of the Northeast family. It is our hope that in the years to come that all of you will have some connection to Northeast.”
Graduating students from Chelsea include:
Eduard Ajtum Caal
Luis Barillas Natareno
Mathias Bermudez Galeano
Samuel Cantor Hernandez
Katerin Contreras Artica
Jaylene Coreas Carballo
Christian DeJesus Franco
Juleann Diniz Gomes
Genesis G. Escalante Rosales
Maryanne Funes Martinez
Roberto Funes Martinez
Lindsey Garcia Gallegos
Allan Garza Romero
Sarai Hernandez Martinez
Yorick Jimenez Zelaya
Jose Lopreto Hernandez
Madeline Martinez Fajardo
Emerson Meda Vasquez
Corey J. O’Neil
Jacqueline Pablo Lopez
Diego O. Rivera-Molina
Adiarys Rojas Hernandez
Diego Roque Romero
Jerry Ruiz Manzano
Trang T. Tran
Salutatorian Raymond Borden, of Winthrop, spoke in rhymes about his time at Northeast, paying tribute to a fellow salutatorian, Dr. Seuss.
“You’re sad that you’re leaving, it’s a shame you have to go, but no more home work or classwork, how could you say no?” Borden said to his peers. “…You did it, and whether by stumble or stride, you’ll do what you have to to get by. The brain is not for getting A’s and B’s, but for seizing lifetime opportunities. That’s my knowledge I impart to you, and with my final rhyme, I bid thee adieu.”
Class President Rebecca Corbett, of Revere, thanked everyone — from students’ families, to their teachers and staff, to her classmates — for making the last four years at Northeast so successful.
“This is it — this is the beginning of what we want to make our future,” Corbett concluded. “Whether you are going to further your education, or work in your trade, I believe that each and every one of you will do great things and be great people. Keep taking care of each other like family, and as a reminder, this is not goodbye, it’s see you later.”
LOCAL STUDENT WINS AWARD
Lucy Platero-Martinez, from Chelsea and a student at Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2018 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., on June 27-28. More than 6,300 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.4 million square feet, equivalent to 20 football fields or 25 acres. Students were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 102 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. Industry leaders from 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers. Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at over $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. More than 1,900 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year. Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 72 occupational and leadership areas to students who met a predetermined threshold score in their competition, as defined by industry. The Skill Point Certificate is a component of SkillsUSA’s assessment program for career and technical education.
Platero-Martinez was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Esthetics. “More than 6,300 students from every state in the nation participated in the 2018 SkillsUSA Championships,” said SkillsUSA executive director Tim Lawrence. “This showcase of career and technical education demonstrates our SkillsUSA partnership at its finest. Our students, instructors and industry partners work together to ensure that every student excels. This program expands learning and career opportunities for our members.” The SkillsUSA Championships event is held annually for students in middle school, high school or college/postsecondary programs as part of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. More than 360,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 53 state and territorial associations.
LOCAL STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM MGH INSTITUTE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS IN BOSTON
The following students received a degree from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston.
* Yovianna García Alvarado, who lives in Chelsea, received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
* Eva Wong Trinh, who lives in Chelsea, received a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree.
* Joshua Merson, who grew up in Chelsea, received a Master of Science in Health Professions Education degree.
Flor Amaya, who grew up in Chelsea, received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
* Mariolino Fernandes, who grew up in Chelsea , received a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.
They were among the 583 students in the Class of 2018 who graduated from the Boston health sciences graduate school in May. The MGH Institute has educated more than 7,700 health care professionals since its 1977 founding. About MGH Institute of Health Professions Team-based care, delivered by clinicians skilled in collaboration and communication, leads to better outcomes for patients and clients. That’s why MGH Institute of Health Professions makes interprofessional learning a cornerstone of all its programs. Approximately 1,600 students at its Charlestown Navy Yard campus in Boston learn and collaborate in teams across disciplines as they pursue post-baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, speech-language pathology, health professions education, and a PhD in rehabilitation sciences. The interprofessional learning module extends to hundreds of hospital, clinical, community, and educational sites throughout Greater Boston and beyond. The MGH Institute, which has graduated more than 7,700 students since it was founded in 1977, is the only degree-granting affiliate of Partners HealthCare, New England’s largest health provider. It is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Several programs are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report. For the past four years, the IHP has been named to the Honor Roll in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great College to Work For” annual survey, and has been named a Great College for eight consecutive years.
CHELSEA STUDENTS ON DEAN’S LIST AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Two Chelsea residents have recently been named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the Spring semester.
Students recognized for this honor include: Sara Beqo, Lia C. Ring.
Each school and college at Boston University has their own criterion for the Dean’s List, but students generally must attain a 3.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), or be in the top 30 percent of their class, as well as a full course load as a full time student.
LOCAL STUDENTS RECEIVE DEGREE FROM SIMMONS COLLEGE
The following local students recently earned a degree from Simmons College in Boston.
* Meta Partenheimer, of Chelsea, earned a Master of Science in Library and Information Science (Archives Management).
* Kirsten Goodman, of Chelsea , earned a Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner).
* Maria Pelosi, of Chelsea , earned a Master of Social Work
Simmons College ( www.simmons.edu ) is a nationally recognized private college located in the heart of Boston. Founded in 1899, Simmons is the only undergraduate women’s college in Boston, and maintains a history of visionary thinking and a focus on social responsibility. Follow Simmons on Twitter at @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.
ROMERO NAMED TO SIMMONS COLLEGE DEAN’S LIST
Dariela Lizbeth Romero, Chelsea was named to the 2018 spring semester dean’s list at Simmons College in Boston.
Simmons College ( www.simmons.edu ) is a nationally recognized private college located in the heart of Boston. Founded in 1899, Simmons is the only undergraduate women’s college in Boston, and maintains a history of visionary thinking and a focus on social responsibility. Follow Simmons on Twitter at @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.
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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The Chelsea High football team will be shooting for its first victory of the season Friday evening when the Red Devils host Northeast Regional Vocational School at Chelsea Stadium. Kick-off time is set for 7:00.
Coach Jack Halas’s squad opened its 2016 campaign last Thursday evening at Lynn Tech and came up on the short end of a 34-0 decision.
The contest started inauspiciously for the Red Devils, who were flagged for two false-start penalties to open the game that would prove to be an indication of Chelsea’s frustrations to come.
Tech controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, with the Tech offense piling up 293 yards on the ground.
Senior quarterback and captain T.J. Patterson accounted for the bulk of the CHS offense, rushing for 40 yards on 14 carries and completing five-of-13 pass attempts for 64 yards in the air. Chelsea had opportunities to score on some deep balls, but the Devils were unable to secure the catch.
Senior wide receiver and captain Nick Ieng hauled in two passes for 23 yards and picked up 25 yards on the ground.
“Hats off to Lynn Tech,” said Halas. “They outplayed us start to finish. We are very young and inexperienced on the O-line and the D-line. No excuse, but I understand why we struggled. Only two players on our O-line have varsity experience. One D-lineman has varsity experience and we have to start two freshmen.
“The positive is we have a solid group of linemen in this freshmen class. If we can keep them together, they’ll be a tough group as juniors and seniors,” added the coach. “We were down 28-0 at halftime, but I was proud that our kids did not quit or lose their spirit. But we need some serious work to improve.”
Boys soccer team
earns 2-2 tie with NE.
The Chelsea High boys soccer team scored two goals in the final four minutes to come away with a 2-2 tie against perennial Commonwealth Athletic Conference archrival Northeast Regional last Thursday at Chelsea Stadium.
Northeast grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the first half and enlarged its margin to 2-0 with a goal with 15 minutes left in the contest. The Red Devils had been controlling possession up to that point, but Chelsea was unable to find the right combination in the offensive third of the field.
“Overall, we were playing well,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki, “but we could not figure out how to break down the Northeast defense.”
However, with four minutes to play and the Red Devils pressing, Northeast was called for a foul in the box, giving Chelsea a penalty kick opportunity.
Kevin Umanzor-Torrez made good his shot, but the ref blew the ball dead, apparently for the infraction of a Chelsea player entering the box before Umanzor-Torres struck the ball.
That meant that Kevin had to retake the shot, and once again he drilled it to the back of the Northeast net to close the gap to 2-1.
The Red Devils resumed their attack ever more ferociously after the PK, and their hard work paid off with 90 seconds remaining in the game when a poor Northeast clear from the box was trapped and controlled by senior Humberto Suarez just outside the 18-yard line. Humberto then delivered a powerful strike that beat the NE keeper (who had played a superb game) to bring the Devils to level at 2-2.
“This by far was not our best game,” said Protasowicki, “but it showed that we’re capable of fighting back. We never gave up and our determination paid off for us.”
The Red Devils next hosted Everett, their former ancient foe from Chelsea’s days in the Greater Boston League, Monday evening. Although the fierce battles with their opponent from across the Parkway are only a distant memory for CHS fans over the age of 40, the schools have revived their rivalry on the soccer pitch in recent years, with the CHS-EHS games drawing the largest and most vocal fan attendance of the season for both teams.
The schools have engaged in hard-fought and evenly-matched contests in recent years, but Monday’s contest saw Everett power to a 6-0 victory before a vocal crowd of partisans.
The match was evenly-played through the first 40 minutes, with the Crimson Tide taking a 1-0 lead at the half. However, with Chelsea’s top defender, Carlos Cartagena, forced to the sidelines with a groin pull shortly into the second half, Everett soon began to take control, eventually striking for five goals in the final 25 minutes of the game.
“Everett is a very good team that is almost exclusively comprised of seniors,” noted Protasowicki. “We already were missing two of our key players in Carlos Garcia and Carlos Cruz, so when Carlos Cartagena was injured, it left us pretty thin and Everett took full advantage.
“Despite the loss, we had a lot of positives from the game,” said Protasowicki. “We have a number of new and young players, and we’re still trying to figure some things out. Hopefully, we’ll hit our stride sooner rather than later.”
Head coach Mick Milutinovic and his crew, who now stand at 1-1-1 on the season, were set to host Whittier yesterday (Wednesday) and will trek to Lynn Tech tomorrow (Friday). The Red Devils are then off until next Friday.
Girls cross country
teams defeats Everett
The Chelsea High boys and girls cross country teams opened their 2016 season against Parkway rival Everett last Wednesday on a hot, muggy day at the Admiral’s Hill course.
The Lady Red Devils shut out their Lady Crimson Tide counterparts, 15-50, while the boys came up on the short end of a 19-36 decision.
Sophomore Yarid Monzon Deras won the girls’ race in a personal record (PR) time of 23:30 over the 3.1 mile course. “Yarid has had a great summer of training and it’s something you can’t hide,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “Either you ran over the summer or you didn’t. I wish everyone had the same intensity for their training that Yarid does. “
Finishing in second place was senior captain Melanie Nguyen in 26:18. Sophomore Jocelyn Poste took third spot in 27:19, followed by freshman teammates Sandra Tun in fourth place, Anna Bernal in fifth, and Karina Avalos in sixth.
“We have a very young girls team and we’re hoping to build on our first win
of the year,” noted Fay. The girls were set to compete yesterday at home (Wednesday) in a tri-meet with Presentation of Mary Academy and Whittier.
On the boys’ side, Everett claimed the first three places, while Chelsea claimed five of the next seven spots. Freshman Demitrius Martinez was the
first Chelsea runner across the line. “Demetrius ran very well for
his first race,” said Fay of the freshman’s 20:59 clocking. “He stayed in control and ran a very steady, consistent race.”
Alex Pedrero, who also was running his first cross country race, took sixth place in 22:35. Senior captain Adriel Cedano was eighth, running 22:48, followed by teammate Abraham Barrientos in ninth in 25:05 and senior captain Issac
Concord in 10th in 25:50.
“The boys also are a pretty young team and hopefully in the next meet or two we will have everyone back and ready to run strong,” noted Fay.
by Bob Morello
Bruins introduce Warrior Arena
When the Bruins unveiled ‘Warrior Ice Arena,’ their new practice facility at Boston Landing in the Brighton/Allston , it marked a new era, especially for the Boston players. The state-of-the-art facility shines both inside and out, featuring a well-lit arena that smacks of Bruins history. Beginning with the 68-foot Warrior hockey stick on the side of the facility, and pretty much everything else is Bruins. Prominent over the practice ice are the ten miniature banners honoring the retired Bruins players’ jerseys, while on the walls are the reproductions painted of the six Stanley Cup banners. An impressive display features the Bruins Stanley Cup with small statues, one for each of the six championships, encased in plexi-glass. Several motivational messages were painted on the walls, one stated, “You Must Be Willing To Sacrifice, As Few People Have The Will To Win.”
Bruins President Cam Neely took the media on a grand tour of the new grounds, stating “With this facility, the guys are very excited about it. The players that have been in here already are very excited about being in this space a lot more.” There wasn’t much not to like as the tour continued with a view of the players’ locker room, their personal relaxation area complete with a team logo ping pong table, a much improved workout facility, updated media workspace, and even an indoor track. Neely went on to explain his surprise that the Bruins were able to find space so close to TD Garden, let alone such a complete facility that would allow New Balance to accommodate the team’s multitude of needs.
New Balance Managing Director Jim Halliday glowed when explaining the growing pains, and finally the reward, after two years of construction. Another plus will be the benefit to the community, with 75 percent of ice time already booked. Many youth hockey programs will also have the chance to skate on the Bruins logo-marked ice, certainly a thrill for youngsters of any age. Halliday went on to confirm that the Boston Celtics are also in the process of constructing their practice facility nearby Warrior. It confirms that the Bruins have certainly made a good decision to build in Boston Landing, as it appears to be a major sports development area. Halliday continued to explain that the MBTA is committed to building a commuter rail stop in the near future, making it a bit easier for fans all over to come and enjoy the exciting atmosphere of a Bruins practice.
Asked why the Bruins logo was placed on the ceiling in the Bruins’ dressing room, as opposed to the floor rug at the Garden dressing room, Neely took great pleasure in explaining, “I could never understand why the logo was on the floor at the Garden, I wouldn’t even put my Bruins jersey on the floor, it just didn’t seem right, so it was decided that the ceiling was the better choice.” That brought a laugh from the media attending, as it was always a challenge when interviewing players at the Garden, that one had to be very careful to not step on the spoked-B, and be the recipient of a reprimand from staff!
After touring the new facility it was obvious that the Bruins want even their new practice facility to be one that was comfortable for the players, and even more important, a place for conditioning that would keep them in the best shape possible. It appears that Bruins management have met that criteria head on, as the remarks from the players who’ve had the chance to inspect the facility agreed, it is one impressive building for both the players and the fans!
The Chelsea High girls track & field team continued its winning ways with a pair of dominating victories over Northeast Regional, 96-38, and Lynn Tech, 106-24, this past week. The Lady Red Devils now stand at 9-0 on the season.
Individual Lady Red Devil winners in the Northeast meet included: Amanda Dias in the two-mile race (13:41); Sylvia Martin in the 100 hurdles (18.38); Martin Simon in the 100 (13.22), 200 (27.39), and the triple jump (34’); Yarid Deras in the mile (6:37); Katherine Cabral in the 400 (62.67) (Katherine also finished second in the 100 [13.4] as well as third in the high jump [4’2”]); Alex Martinez in the Javelin (59’); Jazmin Castellon in the shot put (28’11”); Xiana Herasme in the discus (72’10”); and Jocelyn Post in the 800 (2:44), as well as a second in the 400 hurdles (75.62).
Other point-scorers included Melanie Nguyen, who was third in the 400 hurdles (80.09), third in the 100 hurdles (20.32), and third in the triple jump (25’6”). Wendy Becerra was second in the two mile (14:04). Cynthia Guzman was second in the mile (7:03) and Jessica Ponce was third (7:34). Owliyo Mohamud was second in the 400 (63.4) and Awa Bajinka was third (72.26). Emily Burgos was second in the 800 (2:59). Ana Davies was third in the 200 (29.81).
Similarly in the Lynn Tech meet, Chelsea’s team depth was evident as the Red Devils swept or went first and second in all but four events. Further,
Chelsea took first place in every event with the exception of the discus and high Jump. Individual winners included: Jocelyn Poste in the 400 hurdles (75.9) and the 800 (2:41.3); Yarid Deras in the 2 mile (14:03); Sylvia Martin in the 100 hurdles (19.7); Katherine Cabral in the 100 (13.3), 400 (61.9), and the triple jump (29’6”); Owliyo Mohamud in the 200 (28.1); Martin Simon in the long jump (16’10.5”); and Alex Martinez in the Shot Put 29’4” and in the Javelin 66’10”.
“Most of our girls are peaking at the right time,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau. “If we can stay healthy this last week, we should be able to put ourselves in a position to win the CAC dual meet title (which was on the line this past Tuesday with a meet at Greater Lowell) and fight for the CAC league meet title Saturday at Essex Tech.”
Lady Red Devils do well at State Coaches Meet
This past Saturday was the State Coaches Invitational at Acton-Boxboro Regional High School. The meet is open to schools from all divisions throughout the state and is a preview of the state meets to come.
A number of members of the CHS girls track team competed in the meet. Owliyo Mohamud finished 20th among a field of 60 competitors who qualified in the 400. Owliyo’s time was 62.84.
Katherine Cabral finished 26th out of 60 athletes in the 100 (13.51); 27th out of 45 in the 200 (27.03); and 21st in the long jump (15’4”).
Martin Simon continues to shine at the state level. Martin finished 10th in the triple jump (33’3”) and took sixth in the long jump (16’2″).
CHS boys track team tops N.E. Voke
Last week the Chelsea High boys track team defeated Northeast Regional, 86-49. Bryan Rivas was a double-winner in the 400 hurdles (64.62) and the 400 (59.47). He also finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 37’7″. Adriel Cedano was also a double-winner in the 100 (11.44) and the triple jump (39’6″). Adriel added a second place in the high jump (5’2″).
Senior Jose Aguiar returned from a nagging injury to win the 800 (2:20). Sophomore Luqman Shariff scored his first victory of the season in the long jump (17’7″). In the throws, senior Luka Braga was a double winner in the shot put (37’11″) and the discus (98’10”). Finishing second in both the shot and the disc was sophomore teammate Nelson Hernandez (35’4″ in shot & 95’8″ in the disc). Scoring two second-place performances was junior Nick Ieng in the 200 (24.07) and Javelin (109’).
Sophomore Alex Pedrero had a good day, taking third in the 400 hurdles ( 71.71) and second in the 110 high hurdles (19.08). Rounding out the scorning was sophomore Jose Leclerc, finishing second in the mile (5:17).
On Friday the boys traveled to meet a much-improved Lynn Tech team and dropped a 94-54 decision. Top point-getters for Chelsea were Luka Braga, who won the shot put (39’2”) and Nelson Hernandez, who captured the discus (104’1”). The only other individual winner was Jose Leclerc in the mile (5:19). Jose also finished third in the 800 (2:16).
Bryan Rivas was second in the 400 hurdles (64.3) and in the 400 (57.0). Senior Captain Johnny Gomez was second in the two mile (12:25). Alex Pedrero was second in the 110 high hurdles (19.1). Jose Aguiar finished second in the 800 (2:15).
“Lynn Tech has come a long way in the past couple of years,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau. “Their squad is well-coached and has the reigning New England champion in the high jump.”
The CHS boys’ record now stands at 5 – 3 as they head into their last week of league competition. Martineau and his crew were set to travel to undefeated Greater Lowell this past Tuesday and on Saturday they are off to the CAC championship meet at Essex Tech.
CHS baseball wraps up season this week
The Chelsea High baseball team will conclude its season in the coming week with five games in a 10 day stretch.
The Red Devils were set to face Shawsheen Tech this past Tuesday and will play a doubleheader at Essex Tech today (Thursday). They will host Notre Dame/Cristo Rey Tuesday and travel to Greater Lowell next Friday for the season finale.
In their games this past week, the Red Devils dropped a 7-4 decision to Minuteman Regional. Luis Jimenez turned in an outstanding all-around performance for Chelsea. At the plate, Luis went 2-for-4, scored a run, and stole four bases. He also delivered in a superb effort on the pitcher’s mound, tossing a complete game and giving up only two earned runs with four strikeouts.
Eduardo Nunez also shone for Chelsea. Eduardo went 1-for-2, scored a run, stole two bases, walked once, and was hit by a pitch.
In a 15-11 free-for-all with Lynn Tech, Tom Melanson went 1-for-3 with a triple, three RBI, two runs scored, a walk, and a stolen base. Andony Turcios was 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.
In a 10-3 setback at Lynn Tech, Jimenez had a hit, a run scored, a walk, and two stolen bases. Manny Ortiz went 1-for-3 with a two-RBI single, a walk, and a run scored.
The Chelsea Red Devils boys soccer team is on a tear this season, being undefeated with two ties (14-0-2). The team has had a tremendous year needless to say, and continued its winning ways on Monday in a home game versus Northeast Metro Tech, winning 3-1. Here, Derilson Barros De Pina gets his head into the game with a midfield shot.
The Chelsea High boys soccer team swept aside three more rivals this past week to increase their record of perfection to 8-0 as the Red Devils approach the halfway mark of the season.
Coach Mick Milutinovic’s Red Devils opened the week with a 4-1 triumph over Shawsheen Tech on the Chelsea High field Friday afternoon. Carlos Cruz got Chelsea on the scoreboard with a goal at the 10-minute mark of the first half, assisted by Yefferson Padilla. Shawsheen brought the contest to level with a goal at 28 minutes, but the Red Devils unleveled matters just three minutes later when Humberto Suarez converted a nice crossing pass from Hector Andino-Garcia to take a 2-1 lead at the intermission.
Carlos Cartagena gave Chelsea some breathing room with a goal midway through the second half, assisted by Melvin Godoy, and Suarez notched his second goal of the day, assisted by Derilson DePina, with 14 minutes to play for some added insurance.
The Red Devils next took the measure of non-league foe New Mission High, 3-0, in a rematch of the teams’ season-opening contest. The outcome was not as close as the final score might indicate. Chelsea controlled play throughout and Milutinovic liberally used all of the players on his squad.
Still, it took the Red Devils a while to get rolling, but when they finally did, they struck with sudden quickness to break the game open. Cruz provided the lethality for Chelsea, striking for a pair of markers at 32 and 35 minutes of the opening half. Bryan Chirinos and Andino-Garcia earned the assists.
The Red Devils tacked on one more marker in the second half, with freshman Dan Sabu reaching the back of the New Mission net, assisted by Derilson DePina, with about five minutes left in the game.
“We had a lot of opportunities, but couldn’t finish,” noted CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “It was good to give everybody a lot of playing time, because as we get into the latter part of October, we know that injuries and other factors will play a role and everybody on our bench will be needed.”
Keeper Cruz Barrientos earned the shutout in goal for the Red & Black.
Chelsea made the trek Tuesday to Northeast Regional Vocational School, typically Chelsea’s biggest rival in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference, and came home with an uncharacteristically easy 4-1 triumph.
Captain Eric DePina gave Chelsea an early lead at the 12 minute mark when he trapped a clearing ball by Northeast just outside the box, settled it with a touch, and drilled a perfect shot that cleanly beat the NE keeper.
“Eric plays defense for us, but both he and fellow defender Hector Andino-Garcia push the ball forward so well, and that gives the opposition a lot to deal with,” said Protasowicki. “They both have great speed and stamina, so they have the capability to get back on ‘D’ after making an offensive push.”
Derilson DePina gave Chelsea a 2-0 advantage when he headed home a crossing pass from Kevin Umanzor, who had taken a short corner kick from Padilla and sent a perfect ball into the middle of the box.
“Derilson and Kevin worked that set piece beautifully,” noted Protasowicki. “They recognized the opportunity to take a short corner and they made it happen.”
Cartagena, who was being marked closely by Northeast all game, finally found some space early in the second half and broke free to create his own shot that upped the count to 3-0. Although Northeast was awarded — and converted — a penalty kick (PK), the Red Devils got the lead back to three goals when Eric DePina notched his second goal of the day for the 4-1 finale.
Keeper Angel Figueroa provided the solid play for Chelsea in goal. Figueroa, Barrientos, and the Chelsea defense have yielded only five goals in the eight games, of which three have come via PKs.
Milutinovic and his crew were set to travel to Whittier today (Thursday) and will host Lynn Tech Monday. The Red Devils then will make the short trip across the Parkway Wednesday evening to take on Everett under the lights at Everett Stadium.
Becerra finishes first for CHS girls vs. Whitter
Chelsea High senior captain Wendy Becerra came across the line in first place in a time of 22:45 over the 3.1 mile course at Admiral’s Hill to lead the Lady Red Devil cross-country team to a 24-31 victory over Whittier last week.
Sophomore Clarissa Sosa was the next Chelsea runner, taking fourth place in 24:02. She was followed by teammate Melanie Nguyen in fifth place in 24:51, which was a personal record (PR) for the junior. Freshman Jocelyn Poste also turned in a PR clocking (by more than four minutes) with a time of 25:31 for sixth place in what CHS head coach Don Fay termed a “gutsy” effort.
That set the stage for senior Cynthia Guzman to clinch the meet for Chelsea, which Cynthia accomplished with an eighth place finish in 25:57, which was a PR mark for Cynthia.
“Coming into this meet, we knew it would be a very competitive race,” said Fay. “We finished strong in most of our races and most of the girls had a significant personal best. Whittier is a good barometer for us and hopefully we can continue to get stronger and faster.”
On the boys’ side, which was a tri-meet with Whittier and Lynn Tech, the Red Devils ran well, but came up short to both opponents, falling to Whittier, 23-33, and being nipped by Tech, 26-29.
CHS senior Jose Aguiar ran a PR of 19:21 to finish second overall in the tri-meet. Senior captain Johnny Gomez finished fifth overall with a PR of 20:05. After this point, three Lynn Tech and three Whittier Tech runners finished before the next Chelsea runner, ultimately leading to defeat for Chelsea.
Jansel Claudio was 12th overall in a PR of 20:42. Jose Cintron was 13th in 20:51 and Adriel Cedano was 15th in a PR clocking of 21:17.
“We ran much better than last week and I was very happy with the effort that we put out there,” said Fay. “As a team though, we need to run and stay together as a pack to win these close races. That is something that we have been woking on in practice.”
The Red Devils were set to host Northeast Regional and Minuteman yesterday (Wednesday) at Admiral’s Hill. They will trek to Essex next Wednesday for a tri-meet with the host team and Mystic Valley.
Red Devil gridmen host Gr. Lowell Friday night
The Chelsea High football team, which had a bye last week, will return to action when they host Greater Lowell in a Friday Night Lights encounter at Chelsea Stadium. The Red Devils (0-2) will be seeking their first win of the season against Greater Lowell, which stands at 2-1.
Northeast Metro Tech’s Early Childhood Education program has collected more than 50 bedtime essentials for children in need.
“It is an important cause to all of us and as a school community,” says senior Yesenia Montijo.
Earlier this semester, students and teachers at the Wakefield school gathered books and pairs of pajamas as part of the “1 Million Good Nights Pajama Program,” a national non-profit organization. The Metro Tech—a regional vocational high school drawing students from Chelsea, Malden, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Saugus, Stoneham, Wakefield, Winchester, Winthrop, and Woburn—has sent the items to the Counsel of Social Concern for distribution to needy families in Massachusetts.
Students in the Early Education program made this effort a success by hosting a pajama drive at the school to raise awareness of the cause. The students created posters and placed them around the school and set up boxes where donations were collected.
“We learned how advertising can help raise awareness and hope to advertise even more next year,” says senior Kailee Andrews.
This effort, conducted under the supervision and guidance of Metro Tech instructors Barbara Peary and Sarah Scott, will make a difference in many children’s lives.
It is not surprising that these local vocational students would be so attuned to the needs of young people in the community because the Early Childhood Program at the Metro Tech is a fully functioning preschool, which caters to children ages two years and nine months to five years old. The preschool services surrounding communities and has open enrollment all year long. High school students in the program are working towards their preschool teacher license under the supervision of two vocational instructors.
As a force for public service, as well as in its everyday role as a literacy-based pre-school with great teacher-student ratios, Northeast Metro Tech’s Early Childhood program is proving to be a great community resource.
The Chelsea High football team will seek to get on the winning track this week when the Red Devils host Essex Tech for a Friday Night Lights encounter at Chelsea Stadium tomorrow evening. Kick-off time is 7:00.
The Red Devils fell to 0-2 on the season with a 42-12 loss at perennial Commonwealth Athletic Conference power Northeast Regional Vocational School Saturday afternoon. After the Golden Knights moved out to an early 12-0 lead in the opening period, Chelsea fought back with a 60 yard drive on nine plays that was capped by a touchdown burst by senior Sammy Rivera, slicing the NE margin in half to 12-6.
The Golden Knights struck back with a score to make it 20-6, but the Red Devils put another TD on the board before the half ended. A fumble recovery by senior Moises Casado put Chelsea in business at the NE 35, from where the Red Devils reached paydirt in five plays, the TD coming on a 12 yard pass from junior quarterback Michael Rowan to senior wide receiver Ely Lobo.
So as the teams headed into the locker room at the intermission, the Red Devils appeared to have the momentum and trailed by only eight, 20-12. However, the final two quarters saw Northeast tally 22 unanswered points to post the decisive victory.
Among the Red Devils who earned plaudits from CHS head coach Mke Stellato were Rivera, who gained 85 yards on 10 carries to go along with his TD, and quarterback Rowan. On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore linebacker Javier St. Leger and senior linebacker Casado were the standouts for Chelsea.
Boys soccer team wins two, ties one
The Chelsea High boys’ soccer team strung a together a trio of fine efforts this past week, all of which were long-distance road games, to earn two wins and a tie against rivals from the Commonwealth Athletic Conference.
Tuesday saw the Red Devils trek to Billerica and come away with a 2-0 win over Shawsheen Tech, which perennially is a tough CAC foe for Chelsea. Freshman Carlos Cartagena, who was moved from his usual defensive spot to the forward line by CHS head coach Mick Milutinovic in hopes of providing some offensive spark for the Red Devils, did indeed deliver in that department, scoring one goal and assisting on the other CHS tally.
Sophomore Yefferson Padlilla gave Chelsea a 1-0 lead when he took a nice through-ball from Cartagena and capitalized on the scoring opportunity. Cartagena made it 2-0 when he headed in a corner kick that was delivered by Jonathan Vazquez. Carlos then returned to his usual defensive spot in the second half for the balance of the contest.
“Carlos has some height and gives us a presence and a nice target up-front,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “He’s only a freshman and has been a nice addition to our team this season.”
Last Thursday the Red Devils journeyed northward to take on Greater Lawrence and brought home a 4-0 victory. Alan Garcia, assisted by Padilla, who made a nice crossing pass, scored a goal in the opening half. Alan then made it 2-0 early into the second half when he converted a rebound from a shot by Wilber Tejada,
Tejada found the back of the Gr. Lawrence net, assisted by Javier Mendez, to increase the CHS lead to 3-0 and Elias Sahile put the icing on the Chelsea victory cake when he took a nice through-ball from Tejada. Tejada ended up with a goal and two assists on the day.
Freshman keeper Angel Molina-Figueroa earned the shutouts in both contests. “Angel is really coming into his own,” said Protasowicki. “He clearly has the physical skills, and he’s getting better and better each week with his positioning and other aspects of the game.”
Chelsea began their week with a hard-fought 2-2 tie at Greater Lowell last Wednesday. “Greater Lowell always plays us very physically.” said Protasowicki, “and this one was no exception.” The Red Devils struck first on a tally by sophomore Derilson DePina, who played on the junior varsity squad last year and who has been a solid addition to the Red Devils this season. After Gr. Lowell evened the count, Padilla delivered a superb and powerful shot from about 25 yards out that reached the back of the GL net to boost Chelsea back into the lead before the intermission. However, Gr. Lowell tied matters again at about 10 minutes into the second half, from where the teams battled to a standoff the rest of the way.
“We played some of our best soccer of the season this past week,” said Protasowicki. “We have a young team and it will take them some time to come together. Hopefully, we built some momentum this week that we can carry into the coming weeks.”
The Red Devils have a key stretch of contests — all at home — this week, starting yesterday (Wednesday) against Lynn Tech. Milutinovic and his crew then will host Northeast Regional, always a tough foe, tomorrow (Friday) and Whittier this coming Tuesday. Kick-off time for all games is 4:00.
Red Devils cross country teams nipped
The Chelsea High boys and girls cross country teams both lost by the narrowest possible margin, 27-28, in their meets with Whittier last week.
For the girls’ side, Wendy Becerra won the race in a time of 22:53. Teammate Katherine Cabral was third overall, running 23:17. Clarissa Sosa finished in fifth place for the Lady Devils. However, the next three spots went to Whittier which ultimately gave them the victory. Sophomores Melanie Nuguyen, Tiana Jurisic, and Owliyo Mohamud finished ninth, 10th, and 11th for the Lady Red Devils.
“We have talked about the importance of running people down in the last half mile and also being able to hold your position late in the race,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “Unfortunately, twice already this season we have been on the wrong side of a meet with a one point difference.”
For the boys, Jeffrey Estrada ran a personal best of 19:11 to finish first overall. Brian Horn finished fourth for Chelsea and Eric Orellana was fifth. Next up was freshman Josue Vargas who finished in eighth position. The meet was dead even at this time and the fifth runner would decide the meet. Unfortunately for the Red Devils, a Whittier runner was two seconds in front of Jonathan Gomez, who had an amazing personal best by over 10 minutes. “The boys ran hard and were aggressive early on in the race,” said Fay. “They knew it was going to be very close and they gave it their all.”
Both the boys and girls teams were scheduled to trek to Greater Lawrence yesterday (Wednesday).
The Chelsea High football team will take part in the MIAA’s new football playoff format when the Red Devils travel to Dilboy Stadium in Somerville Saturday evening to take on St. Clement’s, the champion of the Small Division of the Catholic Conference. Kick off time is set for 7:00 p.m.
The Red Devils qualified for the first-ever Mass. high school football tourney by virtue of their second place finish in the Small Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference. Chelsea tied with Minuteman in the standings, but earned the nod thanks to their victory over the Minutemen during the season.
Chelsea concluded their pre-playoff schedule Friday night, dropping a 13-6 contest to Lynn Tech under the lights at Chelsea Stadium. The Red Devils took the opening kickoff and drove to the Tech 10 yard line, only to be foiled on fourth down. However, two series later, Chelsea was back in business when Lucas DeOliveira pounced on a Tech fumble at the Tech 15. Five plays after that, Kalvin Durant went in from two yards out to give the Red Devils 6-0 lead.
Chelsea threatened to put some more points up on the board near the end of the quarter with another drive deep into Tech territory, but a field goal attempt came up short. That would prove to be the apogee of the Red Devils’ evening as their failure to capitalize on those early scoring opportunities would come back to haunt the Chelsea crew.
Tech scored just before the intermission to take a 7-6 lead into the locker room. The Techmen then received the opening kickoff of the second half and chewed up 10:43 of the clock in the third period on a 17 play scoring drive to move out to a 13-6 advantage.
Chelsea threatened to score late in the game, but the Devils’ final offensive possession ended at the Tech 40 with 1:37 to play.
“We had opportunities in the first quarter that we wish we had back that we didn’t capitalize on,” said CHS head coach Mike Stellato. “The third quarter was huge with us not having a possession and Tech scoring. Give Tech credit for that.”
The coach cited the fine defensive line play of junior defensive tackle Adrial Rodriguez, senior defensive tackle Luis Valles, and senior defensive tackle Yardley Lemus.
With their regular season behind them, the Red Devils now will concentrate on St. Clement’s, its first round foe in the football state tourney. “We need to move forward and prepare for a very good St Clement’s team,” said Stellato. The team shared a common opponent in the 2013 campaign in Mystic Valley. St. Clem’s pummeled MV, 53-16, in the first game of the season for both, while Chelsea posted a 19-0 shutout midway through the year. Given that St. Clement’s has scored 40 or more points in four of its contests, it is fair to say that the CHS defense will be tested when the teams line up for the opening kickoff at 7:00 Saturday night.
The winner will advance in the tourney, while the loser will face a foe from the loser’s side of the bracket. Those opponents and locations will not be known until Sunday night.
Red Devil soccer team awaits tourney opponent
The Chelsea High boys soccer team, which punched its ticket for a Journey to the Tourney early in the season, was awaiting word of its seeding and first round opponent in the Division 2 North Sectional of the MIAA state soccer tournament this week. Announcement of the tourney pairings was expected to come yesterday (Wednesday) or today.
The Red Devils prepped for the tourney with their final regular season contest against non-league rival Hudson, which made the long trek from Central Mass. to Chelsea Stadium Monday.
“We didn’t know much about them, but they were a big, strong, and physical team of the sort we’re likely to face in the tournament,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “It was good test for us and good preparation for the tournament.”
The contest ended in a nil-nil deadlock. The teams battled evenly in the opening half, but the Red Devils had the better of the play over the second 40-minute span. Chelsea’s Anthony Ortiz had a clear chance in the final minute to score the potential winning goal, but the Hudson keeper made a superb save to preserve the tie.
In their final CAC contest of the season, the Red Devils came out on the short end of a 3-1 decision with archrival Northeast Regional Vocational School last week. Chelsea, which had topped Northeast in their first meeting this year, already had clinched the CAC Large Division crown, with Northeast the second place finisher.
But with the Red Devils coming out flat — perhaps because of the lack of incentive — and Northeast fired up, the final 3-1 score in Northeast’s favor was not all that surprising. “We had a good week of practice, but our heads just were not in it,” said Protasowicki. “Northeast is a good team and we couldn’t get into a rhythm.”
Sophomore Julio Molina scored the lone Chelsea goal late in the second half to break the Northeast shutout bid. However, beyond the loss, the contest proved a costly one for the Red Devils in the injury department. Senior fullback Jaime Barahina injured his knee and is on crutches; senior midfielder Thoai Nguyen injured his shoulder which caused him to miss the Hudson game; and junior defender Josue Ramirez was forced from the game with an injury, though he did play against Hudson. They join star senior halfback Michael Kottu, who has been out of action for the past month with a separated shoulder, on the sidelines, though Michael possibly may play in the tourney.
With their superb overall record of 12-2-4, head coach Mick Milutinovic and his crew undoubtedly will have a high seeding and a home game in the first round of the tourney and maybe more if they advance.
Cruz is Player of Year; four named CAC all-stars
Post-season accolades poured in for the Chelsea High boys soccer team this week, headed by senior captain Luis Cruz, who earned an All-Scholastic nod from the Boston Herald. Cruz was the leading scorer in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference this season and also was named the league’s Most Valuable Player.
Cruz was joined on the CAC all-star team by four teammates: Fellow senior captain Jaime Barahona, a fullback; senior Michael Kottu, a halfback; junior Josue Ramirez, a fullback; and junior captain Wilbur Tejada, a halfback.
Becerra earns all-star nod at CAC Meet
Lady Red Devil Wendy Becerra finished 11th overall in the Large School race of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference All-League Cross Country Meet that was held Saturday at Greater Lowell and was awarded all-star status for her effort. Becerra’s time of 22:58 over the 5K course (3.1 miles) was more than four minutes faster than her clocking at last year’s league meet.
“Wendy is a tough, gritty runner,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “She doesn’t have a long stride or much speed, but what she lacks, she makes up in hard work and tenacity.” Becerra will be running the weekend of November 9th in the Division 2 state class meet in Wrentham.
Teammate Eva Hernandez finished in 33rd place in 25:29, followed by senior captain Yessenia Motta in 37th spot in 26:27, Melanie Nguyen in 39th in 26:28, and senior captain Katherine Villagran, who finished the scoring for the Lady Red Devils in 54th position. The CHS girls finished in sixth place with 149 points.
On the boys’ side, senior Biruk Mulaw was the top finisher, coming across the line in 15th place in 19:13. Jay Pedrero was 18th in 19:27, followed by Sam Hernandez (21st) in 19:35, Brian Horn (22nd) in 19:41, and Luis Maradiago two spots behind in 19:44. Elvin Rivera in 29th place and Jeffrey Estrada in 30th finished up the scoring for the Red Devils.
The Red Devils finished in fifth place with 100 points. “We had a really close pack today, with our first five runners within 31 seconds of each other,” noted Fay. “Our goal for next year is to be 30-45 seconds quicker individually so that we can compete for a league title.”
All of the Red Devils, along with Joseph Chirinos (who was seventh in the JV race in 19:47) will be running at Wrentham on November 9th in the D-2 state meet.