Bobby Goss, Eddie Richard, Richard Bradley
Steve DePaulo, Katrina Hill, Drenda Carroll, Nicole Hancock and the late
Anthony “Chubby” Tiro” are among the best to ever compete in the Chelsea High
Stephanie Simon has joined that illustrious group – and she’s only a junior.
Simon completed her indoor track campaign
with an unprecedented accomplishment: winning the long jump championship in the
Emerging Elite Division at the 2019 New Balance Nationals that was held in New
Simon soared to victory with a career-best
jump of 18 feet, 10.75 inches, remarkably eclipsing her previous best by seven
CHS track coach Cesar Hernandez was not
surprised by Simon’s victory or the dramatic way in which she achieved it.
“Stephanie had jumped 17-9 as her best in
her first three attempts,” said Hernandez. “In the final, she took off to
18-10. I knew she had it in her.”
Hernandez and CHS Director of Athletics
Amanda Alpert watched the drama unfold at the Nationals.
“It was exciting to watch the long jump
competition,” said Hernandez. “It feels good to coach a national champion.”
Alpert, who has won national championships
as a women’s professional football player and coach, said the whole scene at
Nationals was “amazing.”
“To hear and see the number that Stephanie
posted was amazing,” said Alpert. “It was just about her hitting the board
right and she did.”
Alpert said Simon’s competitiveness and work
ethic set the foundation to victory.
“Stephanie is a rarely seen combination of
hard work, dedication and pure talent,” said Alpert. “She has put in so much
time in to making herself better both physically and mentally. Her dedication
to the sport and her craft is amazing, but a lot of that comes from the Chelsea
track coaching staff. They work to instill the importance of hard work and
dedication because that is what is more important and will help you succeed
after high school.”
Alpert expounded on the Chelsea coaches’
contributions to the Stephanie Simon success story.
“We have an incredible coaching staff that
has played a part in the team and Stephanie’s success,” said Alpert. “We are
fortunate to have Cesar Hernandez, who is a Red Devil himself and competed on
the collegiate level as jumper and has helped bring Stephanie to the next level.
“While Mark Martineau and Adam Aronson (both
collegiate-level track athletes) are no longer coaching, Mark laid the mental
frameworks for what it means to be a student athlete, and Adam had taken a lot
of time to teach the athletes how to be lifters and work their way around a
Simon and her teammates will begin their outdoor track schedule in April. There is no doubt that Stephanie Simon is on the radar of college colleges nationwide.
At a certain point, it would be wise to just leave the Chelsea High record books in girls’ track blank until junior Stephanie Simon graduates.
Chelsea High junior Stephanie Simon is putting together another outstanding indoor track season this year, and will head to the National Championship meet in New York this weekend. When she’s not on the track, though, one might find her weaving in and out of the streets on her skateboard.
The champion jumper, runner and hurdler
tends to break most school records, and then break her own records time and
time again. At a certain point, her coaches say, they will probably fill it all
in after she graduates.
Simon, 16, comes from a strong athletic
family – and her sister, Martine – is the only runner to have ever beat her in
a meet. Now, she has focused in on jumping events and has put together a string
of wins during the indoor season this winter.
Recently, she took first place in the
Division 2 state long jump, and took second place in the New England Championship
meet. Earlier this year, at the multi-state Dartmouth Relays, she took first in
the long jump and high jump.
This weekend, she will travel to New York
City for the second year in a row to compete in the National Championship
But back in Chelsea, if you see a young lady
cutting it up on a skateboard, that might be Stephanie Simon.
“When I’m not training or practicing, I like
to ride a penny board,” she said. “I ride it everywhere, even to school. I
think that’s why I can jump. I think that’s something every jumper has to have
to be successful and that is being able to take a risk. You have to be willing
to take a risk to throw yourself in a pit of sand or give it everything you
have to flop up and over the high jump bar. It’s the adrenaline I like.”
Simon was born in Chelsea to Hubert and
Mathilde Simon, who originally came from Haiti. Her older brother, Norbert, was
also a track standout, as was her sister, Martine, who graduated last year. She
said her younger brother, Emanuel, has potential in the 200 sprint.
She attended the Early Learning Center, the
Berkowitz School, the Clark Avenue Middle School and has settled in at Chelsea
High – where she keeps a 3.4 grade point average and is active in academics.
But her cool demeanor likely comes from
having to contain herself on the track. Unlike with the sprints – where she
also has great success within the conference meets – she said she has learned
that a jumper (whether high jump, long jump or triple jump) needs to stay in
“Adrenaline is good for running, but for
jumping you have to kind of put it in a bottle and use it to motivate you and
counter it with technique,” she said. “For jumping and sprints, unlike distance
running, it’s half mental and half physical.”
It will be a very important quality when she
arrives at the New York City Armory this weekend with her coach, Cesar
Hernandez. Last year was her first indoor national meet, and she said it was
“Last year, stepping into that building was
so overwhelming,” she said, noting that there hasn’t been another Chelsea
runner since Bobby Goss decades ago to go to nationals. “Every runner there was
working hard and wanted to win. I didn’t do so well, but it made me even more
determined to do better at the national outdoor meet in North Carolina last
spring and I did.”
When she went to the Dartmouth Relays
earlier this year, she said that same New York feeling came upon her, but she
was able to shake it off, which is something she said she will do when she goes
back to New York this week.
“I told myself it’s the same events and the
same sand,” she said. “I was able to recover and move on.”
Amazingly, Simon was never a runner until
she got to high school, unlike many top runners who have been at it since grade
“My freshman year I didn’t even run that
first season,” she said. “I liked soccer. I was able to make varsity my
freshman year. In the winter, I played basketball. Then I did outdoor track and
I was really good at it. In track, there was so much support and it was like a
big family. My freshman year I was trying to figure everything out. Everyone
kept telling me I had more potential in track. I listened to them and I’m glad
Simon credited Coach Hernandez with helping
her take bigger and bigger steps as a runner and, especially, as a jumper. As a
raw athlete, she had talent, but she said Hernandez helped her to develop
technique and pushed her not to just rely on athleticism.
“If he wasn’t my coach, I would not be doing
what I’m doing,” she said. “He fits the kind of coach I need.”
She also credited her teammates for being a
great support system.
She also credited her family, who she said
has been very proud of her academically and in sports.
“In our family,
everyone has their thing they are best at,” she said. “I guarantee I win at
Stephanie Simon takes second place in the long jump at all-state meet
Chelsea High track star Stephanie Simon
captured second place in the long jump at last Saturday’s All-State Meet that
was held at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Simon was in third place approaching her
third and final jump of the day, but her leap of 18′-2.25″, which was five
inches better than her top jump to that point, propelled her into the second
spot, behind only Jada Johnson of Sharon, who had the best jump of the day at
Stephanie had advanced to the all-states by
taking first place the previous week in the Division 2 meet with a jump of
17′-9″. Thanks to her second-place finish at the all-state meet, Simon now
will compete in the All-New England Meet this Saturday.
competed in the 55 meter dash on Saturday, finishing in 16th place with a
clocking of 7.48 seconds. Stephanie had grabbed third place in the D-2 Meet the
week before to advance to the all-states.
There is no stopping Chelsea High track star
Simon continued her spectacular junior
season by winning the Division 2 state long jump title Saturday at the Reggie
Lewis Track Center in Roxbury.
Designated as the No. 1 seed in the competition based on her performance this season, Simon jumped 17 feet, 9 inches to claim the first-place medal.
Simon, who was undefeated this season in the
Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC), became the first female athlete in
school history to win a divisional state indoor track title.
Chelsea High girls track coach Cesar
Hernandez said Simon had an outstanding day, putting the 17-9 jump on the
scoreboard on one of her first jumps.
“I was very excited to see her win the
Division 2 state championship,” said Hernandez, a 2010 CHS graduate who
competed in the Red Devils’ boys track program.
reigned over the CAC indoor track circuit this winter as a champion in the long
jump, 55-meter dash, and 55-meter hurdles.
The talented 5-foot-5-inch athlete will compete in the All-State Championships this Saturday. Simon is the No. 3 seed in the event.“Stephanie is working hard and I think she has put herself is in great position to contend for the title,” said Hernandez
CHS Sports Roundup
CHS TRACK TEAMS DROP FIRST CONTESTS
The Chelsea High boys and girls indoor track
teams dropped their first meets of the season last week to Greater Lawrence.
The outcome of the Lady Red Devils’ contest
came down to the final race, the 4 x 400 relay. Chelsea held a 41-40 lead
entering the relay, but Greater Lawrence won the race to win the meet by a
score of 45-41.
Highlights from girls meet included:
1st and third in the high hurdles: Stephanie
Simon, Sandra Tun
1st and third in the 50 yard dash: Stephanie
Simon, Sandra Tun
1st in the 300: Ana Chang
1st in the 600: Yarelis Torres Diaz
1st in the High Jump: Stephanie Simon
1st in the mile: Yarid Deras
On the boys’ side, the Red Devils came up
short by a score of 54-31. The highlights for Chelsea were:
1st in Shot Put: Rigo Flores
1st in the 600: Jazmany Reyes
1st, 2nd, 3rd in mile: Jazmany Reyes, Oscar
Amaya, Ian Padilla
1st, 2nd in 1000: Justin Turner, Limilson
SIMON WINS LONG JUMP AT
Chelsea High track star Stephanie Simon
captured the long jump event at this past weekend’s State Coaches Meet, an
event that features the top athletes in Division 1, with a leap of
18′-0.75″, a distance that qualified Stephanie for the nationals.
Teammate Ana Chang turned in a strong
performance in the 300 dash, finishing in 20th place among a field of 58
For the boys, Red Devil Justin Turner improved
his two-mile school record from 10:18 to 10:13.36.
by Bob Morello
Bruins active in the news
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.
CHS boys hoop
wins two contests
The Chelsea High boys basketball team enjoyed a successful week, defeating two opponents, Lynn Tech and Whittier Tech.
Friday’s 65-34 triumph over Lynn Tech never was in doubt. The Red Devils grabbed the lead from the outset and never looked back as they built a commanding 35-9 advantage at the half.
The Red Devils continued to add to their margin after the intermission, allowing CHS head coach Jay Seigal to use all of his players starting in the third period.
Jahro Marshall forwarded a big game for the Red Devils with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Jahro also added three blocks to his repertoire for the evening.
Ralph Otero played a strong game and reached double figures with 10 points. Other scorers for the Red Devils were Chris Torrez with eight points, the trio of Werner Mazariegos, Angel Alvarez, and Guillermo Zelata with six points apiece, Mohamed Ghell with five, Jaime Celorio with four, and the duo of Steve Lacey and Cobi Molina with two each.
“We came out at the start with a lot of energy,” said Seigal. “We played strong defense and controlled the boards to get out on the fast break.”
Monday evening the Red Devils made their long ride to Whittier Tech in Haverhill a worthwhile trip with a 69-55 triumph.
Although Chelsea struggled a bit on the offensive end to start the game, the Red Devils displayed the same level of intensity as they had shown against Lynn Tech. A 35-30 CHS halftime edge expanded to a 57-43 bulge at the third buzzer, from where the Red Devils cruised to the win.
A well-balanced CHS scoring attack featured Lacey and Marshall with nine points each; Alvarez and Torrez with eight apiece; the trio of Zelata, Mazariegos, and Otero hitting for seven; Balmeiro Daveiga with four; and Molina with two.
“Our practices have been going well and that has been translating into playing well in our games,” said Seigal. “We’ve been getting better with every game and hopefully that is a trend that will continue.”
The Red Devils now stand at 8-6 overall and 5-2 in the Commonwealth. They need two more wins in their final six contests in order to qualify for the post-season state tourney. They begin that quest Friday evening when they host Mystic Valley (which features a 6’-7” center). They travel to Shawsheen Tech Tuesday and then make the short ride down Broadway Wednesday evening for the Battle of Broadway II with archrival Revere.
CHS track teams
turn in strong
showings at GBL
Both the Chelsea High girls and boys indoor track teams finished the season with solid showings at the Greater Boston League Championship Meet held last Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Boston.
The Lady Red Devils came through with an outstanding performance, finishing third in the team rankings behind only Division 1 powerhouses Somerville and Malden.
Senior Katherine Cabral had an amazing day, finishing first in the long jump (15’-13”), second in the 300 (43.59), and anchoring the first place 4 x 400 relay squad (4:29.1).
Sophomore Martine Simon also had a great day, finishing second in the long jump (14-’8”), 7th in the 55 meter dash (7.88), and leading off the winning 4 x 400 quartet.
Also part of the 4 x 400 foursome were sophomore Awa Bajinka and freshman Jocelyn Poste. It was in Poste’s third leg of the relay that Chelsea took control of the race. Jocelyn also had a great performance in the 1000, finishing second in a close race.
Senior Wendy Becerra was the iron-woman of the day, competing in the two-mile (second place, 13:36.78), one mile (seventh, 6:35.21), and anchoring the fifth place 4 x 800 relay.
Senior Mariama Kamara competed injured and finished third in the 55 dash (7.54). “Had Mariama run the time in the final race that she ran in the trials, she would have won,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau.
Freshman Masireh Ceesay finished fourth in the shotput with a toss of 27’-4″. Freshman Yarid Deras ran a tough race in the mile, finishing sixth with a personal best time of 6:32.23.
“Just about every girl who ran had a personal best,” said Martineau. “It was a great way to finish the GBL season.”
The boys also had a good day, finishing fourth behind Somerville, Malden, and Everett. As was the case with the girls, almost every Red Devil competitor turned in a personal record (PR).
The long jump was the best event for the Red Devils, with three of the six places going to Chelsea athletes. Junior Adriel Cedano finished second with a jump of 19’-3”; Junior Leonardo DeAlmedia came out of nowhere to finish fourth with a jump of 18’-9”; and senior Alezio DaSilva finished sixth with a jump of 18’-0”
Other Red Devils who contributed points to the CHS scoring column included: Jose Aguiar in the 600 (third, 1:30.44); Adriel Cedano in the 55 dash (fifth, 7.01); DeAlmedia in the 300 (sixth, 39.66); and Johnny Gomez in the two mile (sixth, 12:16.65).
Chelsea also picked up more points in the relays with the 4 x 400 squad (Cedano, DaSliva, DeAlmedia, Aguiar) finishing third in a time of 3:44.15. The 4 x 200 team (Nick Ieng, Isaac Colcord, Luis Jimenez, Bryan Rivas) finished fourth.
“The boys fought for every point they got,” said Martineau. “As coaches we could not be prouder of the performance they delivered. What makes our team performances, girls and boys, even more impressive is that we compete against schools that all have over 100 athletes, combined girls and boys. This season we finished with just under 40 athletes. Every member of our team is a major contributor. We are so proud of the teams who competed this season.”
A number of CHS performers have qualified for the State Meet and will be competing in that meet are February 10th.
On the girls’ side are: Cabral in the 300m and long jump, Kamara and Simon in the 55m, and the 4 x 200m relay team of Kamara, Simon, Bajinka, and Cabral.
The boys are sending two relay teams: The 4 x 200 (Ieng, Cedano, DeSilva, Aguiar) and the 4 x 400m of (Cedano, DeSilva, DeAlmedia, Aguiar).
Bruins Beat by Bob Morello
Bruins seek stability
The Bruins find themselves right back in the mode of inconsistent play following Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto. The fact remains that when this team ends up in a 3-on-3 overtime, they just can’t find a way to dig down deep and notch that game-winning goal. One needs to look no further than in the six games in which they’ve been in 3-on-3 situation, and they’ve lost five or the six times.
With the standings as tight as they are, points are crucial at this time… for example, a two-point win last night would have moved the Bs into second place in the Atlantic Division, jumping them over Tampa Bay and Detroit. Instead they remain in fourth place in the division. More importantly, they could’ve jumped into a tie with the New York Rangers for third spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Boston’s problem continues to be the inability to hold a lead in the third period, as they did on Tuesday versus Toronto. Up by two goals early in the third period, they allowed the Maple Leafs to tie the game on tip-in goals, and finally let the additional point disappear with Toronto’s overtime winner. The winning goal was scored on a power play in the overtime, with David Krejci in the box serving a penalty for holding. The Leafs’ P.A. Parenteau gathered a rebound, and was able to find the back of the net at 3:06 of the overtime, to end the game. Coach Claude Julien explained, “We go out there in the third, and determined to win. We score two goals, and then we turn around and we get sloppy again. So I don’t know if it’s relaxing, or losing focus, but certainly not good enough right now for our hockey team to think that we can contend if we keep making those kind of mistakes.”
Boston’s loss spoiled a solid two-goal effort from Brad Marchand who has now scored a total of seven goals in the last seven games, and wasted a 31 save performance from Tuukka Rask. In Rask’s defense, all three Toronto goals in regulation came via tip-ins. “It was poor coverage, all three goals were tipped 10-15 feet from our net,” stated Julien, “The slot area was not covered very well.”
Now, it is ‘on to Buffalo’ for a home-and-home series to face the lowly Sabres who are members of the ‘bottom six,’ clustered at the base of the league standings, with Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and Columbus currently in possession of last place overall in the National Hockey League. The Sabres host the Bruins tonight (Thursday 2/4), before the Bs return to Garden ice for Saturday’s (2/6) second half of the home-and-home series, with both games beginning at 7:00pm. The Los Angeles Kings will complete Boston’s two-game homestand on Tuesday (2/9 @ 7:00pm), before the Bruins head out on an extended, six-game, 10-day road trip that includes stops in Winnipeg, Minnesota, Detroit, Columbus, Nashville and ending in Dallas.
for CHS indoor track teams
Members of the Chelsea High boys and girls indoor track teams competed this past week in three meets, the Greater Boston League Freshman/Sophomore meet, the Speed Classic at the Reggie Lewis Center, and the state Freshman/Sophomore meet, also at Reggie Lewis.
At the GBL frosh/soph meet at Somerville, the Chelsea squad came through with a good showing, led by Hector Garcia, Chelsea’s sole winner who took first place in the mile with a time of 5:46.
“Hector is only a sophomore and is coming off foot injuries to start the season,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau. “We still have no idea how good he can be.”
Freshman Yarid Dera also turned in a strong performance in the mile with a time of 6:39.
At the MSTCA Speed Classic, Chelsea runners also performed well. The top finisher for Chelsea was senior Mariama Kamara, who finished fifth among a field of 128 competitors in the 55 meter dash with a time of 7.55.
“Mariama has been working hard and this time ties her personal best from last year,” said Martineau.
Also doing well in the dash was sophomore Martin Simon, finishing 14th, also with a personal best of 8.00. Martin also finished 16th in the long jump with a personal-best leap of of 14’-10.25”, a distance that is just off the qualifying mark for the state meet.
Freshman Jocelyn Poste finished 20th out of 125 competitors in the 600 — an event Jocelyn usually does not run — with a time of 1:51.69. The girls 4 x 400 relay of Kamara, Simon, Poste, and Awa Bajinka just missed qualifying for the state meet with a fifth place finish in a time of 4:40.58.
On the boys’ side, senior Jose Aguiar finished 17th in the 300 (out of 135 competitors) with a time of 39.31. Also finishing well in the 300 were Alezio DaSilva (25th, 39.92), and Leonardo DeAlmedia (40th, 40.82). Chelsea’s top performer in the 55 meter dash was junior Adriel Cedano in a time of 7.19. The highlight of the day for the boys was the 4 x 200 relay crew of Aguiar, DaSilva, Cedano, and Junior Nick Ieng, who finished 10th with a time of 1:38.10.
This past Saturday the top CHS freshmen and sophomores competed in the State Freshman/Sophomore meet at Reggie Lewis. Sophomore Martin Simon finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 14’-7.25”. Simon also finished 22nd in the 55 dash in a time of 8.11. Freshman Jocelyn Poste finished 24th in the 1000 with a time of 3:35. Freshman Yarid Deras ran a personal best time of 6:36 in the mile. Freshman Masireh Ceesay finished 22nd in the shotput.
“It is great to bring our younger athletes to meets of this caliber,” noted Martineau. “By competing on the state-wide level this early in their careers, they will get used to the ‘bright lights’ and be able to focus on competing, not adjusting to their surroundings.”
The entire CHS boys and girls squads will compete in a dual meet today (Thursday) against Medford.
by Bob Morello
Bruins skating on thin ice
As the saying goes, ‘A win is a win is a win,’ the alternative being ‘A loss is a loss is a loss!’ That being said, despite a pretty good effort by the Bruins in Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to the league-leading Washington Capitals, it was costly, not only in the missed points in the standings, but also the loss due to injury to Adam McQuaid. The Bruins defenseman took a major hit from behind, courtesy of Washington’s Zach Sill early in the second period, driving his head into the glass. McQuaid needed assistance leaving the ice, and did not return, a definitive report was not available following the game. In a happier note for McQuaid, following a review by the NHL of Boston’s only goal scored in the recent 2016 NHL Winter Classic, originally credited to Matt Beleskey, the change now awards the goal to McQuaid – his first of the season, with assists to Ryan Spooner and Jimmy Hayes.
Washington’s 3-2 victory on Tuesday, allowed Braden Holtby to continue his mastery over the Bruins, boosting his numbers to 9-2-0 in 11 games against the Bruins, including three shutouts. On the other side of the ledger, Tuukka Rask’s record fell to 1-8-3 in 11-career games versus the Capitals, as the Caps improved their league-leading road record to 14-4-2. Eluding the Bruins again on Tuesday night was the chance for Boston to reach a milestone with a victory, which would have raised their lifetime record to 3,000 regular-season victories. Having lost five of their last six games, after not bearing a regulation loss in the previous six games, the Bs are beginning to appear as a cyclical team with a Jekyll/Hyde makeup.
Beginning tomorrow (Friday) night, Boston will embark on a schedule of five road games in eight nights, before returning to Garden ice, Saturday night (1/16) to host the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 7:00pm faceoff. The Bruins five road games will include facing the New Jersey Devils (Friday 1/8 at 7:00pm), the Ottawa Senators (Saturday 1/9 at 7:00pm), the New York Rangers (Monday 1/11 at 7:00pm), the Philadelphia Flyers (Wednesday 1/13 at 8:00pm), and the Buffalo Sabres on Friday 1/15 at 7:00pm.
At press time (Wednesday), the Bruins were precariously holding onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, tied with Ottawa (Bs with 2 games in hand), the Pittsburgh Penguins played the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night and were one-point behind Boston (Bs with one game in hand), and Tampa Bay Lightning two points back (Bs with 2 games in hand). Presently three games shy of hitting the mid-point of regular season play, the Bruins need to put together another winning streak to create some space between themselves and the rapidly approaching rest of the pack.
Bruins winger Brad Marchand will sit out the New Jersey Devils game on Friday, completing his three-game suspension for his December 29th hit on Ottawa’s Mark Borowieki. With the question of the severity of the injury to McQuaid, and the prolonged absence of David Krejci presently on injured reserve, Boston can’t afford many more holes in their lineup.