By Jerry DiStefano
The Revere High Patriots girls’ basketball team continues to roll, and the Patriots boys’ hockey team begins to turn a corner at the end of the season.
The Revere girls’ basketball team was able to dismantle NEC rival Beverly, 52–37, at home last week.
The Lady Patriots wasted no time and jumped on the Panthers early: They opened the game on a 9–0 run. The closest the Panthers would get at any point in the game was within 10 points, early in the second half.
Leading the way for Revere was Caitlin Caramello, who recorded a monster double-double 15 points and 17 rebounds. Babson-bound Gena Restiano scored a game high 17 points for the Patriots. Amy Rotger chipped in with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Revere Head Coach Katelyn Leonard is ecstatic with how well her team is playing late in the season. “We clinched a spot in the states a while ago now, and my girls keep progressing,” Leonard said
Gena Restiano was named the most valuable player in the Northeastern Conference North girls basketball all-star voting.
“Restiano has been our rock all season long,” Coach Leonard said. She added, “Day in and day out she has performed tremendously. She has given 100 percent every day, and she really has earned this honor.”
The Lady Patriots have improved their record to 12–6 and have two games left in the season.
The Revere High Boys hockey team was able to spoil the chances of the Lynn Jets making it to the states, because the Patriots defeated the Jets (2–0).
Senior Shane Cambria gave the Patriots the only goal they needed at 13:37 in the first period, with an assist from Cam Whelan. Whelan scored the insurance goal at 12:06 in the third period, with Marco Mazzarelli and Joe Ristino assisting. Patriot senior goalie John Papasodora took care of the rest, recording his second shutout of the season.
For Revere, this is a new beginning. After a tough season during which Revere Head Coach Joe Ciccarello has admitted, on a few occasions, that it took some time for the players and coaching staff to get used to each other, It all seems to be coming together at the end. The Patriots have now won two of the last three games.
“For us,” Ciccarello said, “finishing like this is really a big boost for next year. We now know the level we have to play at to contend in the NEC. Lynn beat us (7–1) just a month ago, so it’s a good indication as to how far we’ve come as a team.”
Revere will look to keep their momentum rolling for the rest of the 2012–13 season.