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Everett’s Giantonio celebrates league win with Division 1 title

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Everett native Julian Giantonio is excelling as a hockey coach and just completed his third year leading the University of Delaware’s Division 1 team. Giantonio, who graduated from Everett High School in 2001, just won this year’s league title, his best overall achievement, which includes another coaching stint with North Dakota.

“It’s funny because I thought that we were young this year, we’d be rebuilding a bit because we graduated so many, but I really tried to scout hard and find the right players,” said Giantonio in a phone interview. “I asked our players who they thought the right fits were … there’s no better scout than a current player.”

Scouting is just one part of Giantonio’s repertoire. This last campaign showed just how seasoned the Everett native is getting at managing players and teaching hockey.

First, some context. The league title came down to the final game of the regular season. Stony Brook had beaten Liberty University in their final game of the season and was in first place in the standings by one point. Delaware played the University of Rhode Island in their final game; it was tied 2-2 after regulation, and penalties ensued. Max Freeman, a sophomore who had been having an off game, got the nod from Giantonio to take Delaware’s third penalty.

“He was having a really crummy day, his head was down,” Giantonio said. “I actually benched him for a few shifts … But I remembered that in practice he’s a competitive kid. He excels in those situations, those shootouts. I wanted to show him I still believed in him.”

Freeman took the ice, knowing a goal from him would deliver Delaware the league title. He skated toward the net, drew the goaltender out and then rifled a shot into the upper corner of the net to win the game.

That moment showed that Giantonio understands not only his players, but the athletic psyche. He credits his father for exposing him to hockey from all vantage points. Growing up, Giantonio was a forward. But his father made him look at hockey from a goalie’s perspective.

“I read Vladislav Trediak’s book – the goaltender from the Soviet Union,” said Giantonio. “I really learned what goalies were looking for: how they played, how they approached shots. And it helped my hockey … That’s something I bring into coaching. You obviously want to build a team from the goalie up. But even beyond that, that approach my dad gave me helped give me insight into always looking into what’s next … new drills, new tactics, new coaching materials … You can say that hockey isn’t as organic as it used to be. We’re not using projectors or using chalkboards to draw up plays, but instead now you’re looking for the latest coaching app or something like that. But it’s about keeping up with the times, the changes in technology, the changes in the game.”

That approach is paying dividends for Giantonio. For now, though, he remains proud of his Delaware team and what they were able to accomplish this season, even though he’s looking for the next step up in coaching. “I’d like to strike while the iron is hot,” Giantonio said. “I’ve had a lot of great experiences and I want to coach at a more elite level, the NCAA level.”

 

Timely hitting sends Tide baseball team past Marblehead

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The Crimson Tide baseball team has been waiting for one big hit to break a game open. Their offense has been clicking all season, even though that’s only been enough to win about one third of their games.

So when sophomore Greg Reed stepped up to the plate and hammered a bases-clearing RBI in the third inning of Wednesday night’s 12-2 victory over Marblehead at Glendale Park, Everett coach Joe Lento let out a sigh of relief. All season long, he’s known that the ability to come up with big hits was there. Finally, his team proved it.

“We’ve been waiting all year to get that big hit with guys in scoring position,” said Lento. “We’re 4-9; it hurts me to say that out loud … But that’s a little snippet of what our season has looked like. Guys on base haven’t come up with the big hit to break a game open.”

Everett pummeled Marblehead by scoring 10 runs in the third inning. The Crimson Tide scored once in the first inning and scored in the sixth on a passed ball. The monster third was obviously the difference.

Bryan Bessler had two hits and two RBIs in the third. Mony Mack had an RBI single. Thirteen batters stepped to the plate.

“After Greg’s hit we were able to feed off the momentum,” said Lento. “Instead of going down we finished the game. It’s been our biggest issue all year – timely hitting.”

Pitcher Jalil Marinez went five innings, giving up two runs. The fielding behind Marinez was mostly spot-on, too.

“It was a welcome sight to see him back in form, he’s been struggling a bit and he hasn’t been where I think he can be,” Lento added. “We need him if we’re to run off some games.”

That said, Lento was most pleased with his bats. They easily handled Marblehead, a 7-3 team, after leaving 18 men on base and losing to one run against top-ranked Danvers the game before.

“A couple more hits and we’d be sitting with a different record,” Lento said. “We’ve had guys on base, we just didn’t get the big hit … Finally, we got the momentum in our favor. One hit and it’s a different game – timely hitting.”

Everett’s next game is Saturday against Bishop Fenwick. Jason Hennessey is on the mound.

“They’re a good program,” Lento said. “They always play us in tough games. We just want to keep the ball rolling and keep pushing in the right direction.”

   

Friends of Rep. Paul Donato

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Everett was well-represented at a reception in honor of Rep. Paul Donato (D-Medford, Malden) with invited guests, former State Rep. and current Councillor-at-Large Wayne A. Matewsky, local businessman Sal Sacro and his wife, Patricia, and former Mayor and present Councillor-at-Large John Hanlon. The event was a huge success with hundreds of people who packed the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham.

 

   

Colametas Celebtrate 60th

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Joseph and Marion Colameta, lifelong residents of Everett, recently celebrated their 60th anniversary at a gala party with family and friends. Top photo shows Mayor DeMaria and his wife, Stacy, presenting the loving couple with an official City of Everett citation of congratulations. The Colametas have five children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

 

   

Mayor submits proposal for Urban Renewal Plan

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Will highlight the City’s vision for Everett Square

On Monday, May 8, the DeMaria administration submitted a $125,000 proposal to the City Council to develop an Urban Renewal Plan (URP) for Everett Square. The anticipated Everett URP will examine the area located near Broadway (Route 99) and extending from Revere Beach Parkway and Sweetser Circle to the Parlin School. The study area is a mix of commercial buildings, civic institutions and residences. Municipal buildings in the area include City Hall, Central Fire Station, Parlin Memorial Library and the Everett Post Office.

Mayor Carlo DeMaria stated, “My administration will work with our city officials and community stakeholders to develop a viable strategy that builds upon past work, including the recently completed Everett Square Study. The plan will highlight our ambitious future vision for the area, and identify implementation tools for the realization of that vision.”

Acting through the Everett Redevelopment Authority (ERA), the administration proposes to implement steps to revitalize the URP area by integrating land use and infrastructure planning to create market demand and address the issues hindering redevelopment. The Everett Square URP will examine a balance of land use and public realm initiatives to foster the study area’s development as a destination for residents, workers and businesses, and create a sense of place within Everett. The purpose of the URP is to formulate a blueprint that adapts to challenging conditions the general economic and physical landscape.

The URP will also integrate market considerations at the local level and will include a greater emphasis on traffic circulation, infrastructure improvements, zoning, land use, and redevelopment opportunities.

The proposal was referred to the City Council’s Committee on Ways and Means.

 

   

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