• January 4 2019,  Revere,  Revere Sports,  Sports

    Basketball Pats begin 2019 with overtime win over rival Chelsea

    By Joe McConnell   The Revere High School boys’ basketball team (1-2 in the Northeastern Conference, 2-4 overall) started 2019 with a close competitive overtime win over rival Chelsea on Wednesday night, Jan. 2, 49-45. The Patriots closed out the old year playing in the Malden Golden Tornado Holiday Tournament, where they lost to the host team, 56-48, in the opener. They then dropped the consolation contest to Medford, 57-45. The win over Chelsea couldn’t have come at a better time for coach Dave Leary’s squad, as they hope to begin this New Year with renewed hope to turn this season around in a positive direction. “As always, there was…

  • December 28 2018,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  Sports

    Saugus cheerleaders will perform at Patriots preseason game in August 2019

    Saugus cheerleaders will perform at Patriots preseason game in August 2019     (Editor’s Note: The following story is based on a press release submitted by the Dan-Farber Cancer Institute). The Saugus Sachems cheerleading team has won the right to showcase a cheer routine prior to 2019 a New England Patriots preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The Saugus Sachems cheerleaders also qualified to attend a special cheer clinic run by the Patriots Cheerleaders on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The Saugus Sachems raised $3,145 to support patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the annual Cheer for Dana-Farber®fundraising program. Since its launch in 2013, Cheer for Dana-Farber has…

  • December 28 2018,  Revere,  Revere Sports,  Sports

    Basketball Pats ready to take that next step back to the postseason

    By Joe McConnell   The Revere High School boys’ basketball team (1-2), under the direction of David Leary, went through the usual growing pains of a rebuilding team, and it showed in the final 3-17 record. Coach Leary expects to see more improvement this season. “The expectations heading into this year are to compete hard every night and give ourselves a chance to qualify for the state tournament,” he said. The season started off on a positive note with a 73-68 triumph over the Peabody Tanners on Dec. 14. Junior guard E.J. Leone paced the offensive attack with 19 points to go along with five rebounds. Senior forward Omar Bendjahene…

  • December 28 2018,  Revere,  Revere Sports,  Sports

    Navigators unveil first two players on 2019 roster

    LYNN — Another summer of North Shore Navigators baseball drew a little bit closer on Thursday as Columbia University infielder Tyler MacGregor, a Peabody native, and pitcher Saajan May were officially unveiled as the first two members of the team’s roster for the upcoming Futures Collegiate Baseball League season. Director of Player Procurement Joe Gill made the announcement. “Our 2019 roster includes a ton of Division 1 talent. We’re excited to have Tyler and Saajan join us from a program that has provided us with some great local players in the past,” said Gill. “Both are coming off impressive high school careers, and we look forward to watching them compete…

  • December 28 2018,  Malden,  Malden Sports,  Sports

    The Sports Wire

    THE SPORTS WIRE  By Steve Freker   How about these names, which clearly come from the “Blast from the Past” file: Jay Sweeney, Nick Papas, Dennis McHugh, John DiBiaso … Well, maybe not the last guy, He’s still around, just not coaching basketball anymore. Those were the coaches of the four teams that participated in the first-ever Golden Tornadoes Christmas Basketball Tournament, which was held in December 1985 at Malden High School. At the time, such an idea – a four-team, set-aside basketball tournament – was a novelty. Can’t say for sure if this was the first of its kind, but it is safe to say this was one of…

  • December 28 2018,  Malden,  Malden Sports,  Sports

    Malden boys’ basketball team falls in squeaker to Peabody, 68-66

     By Steve Freker   Last-minute wins are commonplace in high school sports; so are last-second victories. On Friday, Peabody delivered a big, old lump of coal in Malden High boys’ basketball’s stocking with a whole different category: a win featuring the winning basket scored with under one second left to play in the game. That’s right. With just 0.7 seconds left on the clock and the score tied at 66-all, Peabody’s Chris Canela found himself with a wide-open baseline and an easy layup as time expired, and when the horn blew, the Tanners had a 68-66 victory on the books. With the loss Malden went to 1-3 overall (0-2 Northeastern…

  • December 21 2018,  Revere,  Revere Sports,  Sports

    Patriots girls’ basketball fall to Peabody in season opener

    By Greg Phipps Despite a strong start, the RHS Patriots basketball team fell behind a 16-0 run by Peabody in the season opener last Friday, ultimately falling 38-38 to their Northeastern Conference (NEC) foe. Peabody fell behind by a 9-2 margin early in the first quarter but outscored the visitors, 9-1, over the remainder of the stanza to pull in front, 11-10. Peabody Freshmen Oluchi Okananwa’s steal and layup gave the Tanners the lead. With the contest still close at 19-18 late in the second quarter, Peabody went on a 16-0 tear that carried into the third. By the time the surge ended, the Tanners owned a comfortable 35-18 lead…

  • December 21 2018,  Peabody,  Peabody Sports,  Sports

    Tanners girls’ basketball team takes down Revere in opener

    By Greg Phipps After a slow start, the Peabody High School (PHS) girls’ basketball team used a key 16-0 run to notch a 48-38 victory in its season opener against Northeastern Conference (NEC) foe Revere last Friday night at the PHS Gym. Peabody fell behind by a 9-2 margin early in the first quarter but outscored the visitors, 9-1, over the remainder of the stanza to pull in front, 11-10. Freshmen Oluchi Okananwa’s steal and layup gave the Tanners the lead. With the contest still close at 19-18 late in the second quarter, Peabody went on a 16-0 tear that carried into the third. By the time the surge ended,…

  • December 21 2018,  Malden,  Malden Sports,  Sports

    The Sports Wire

    THE SPORTS WIRE By Steve Freker The “C” still looks good of the guy with three of them in his last name. Most people who follow Saugus High School (SHS) sports call him the best overall athlete to wear a Sachem uniform this decade and they are right. Dan Cacciola was a throwback student-athlete if there ever was one in his years at SHS, a three-sport standout from 2011, his first football season as a Sachem, to June 2015, his final baseball season. In-between there were, count ’em, 11 seasons where he played varsity sports: three seasons in baseball and four each in football and basketball. Cacciola was also a…

  • December 21 2018,  Peabody,  Peabody Sports,  Sports

    Tanners boys’ hockey team scraps to 2-2 deadlock with Danvers

    By Greg Phipps In a penalty-riddled contest, the Peabody boys’ hockey team earned its first point in nearly two years by scrapping to a 2-2 tie against the Northeastern Conference (NEC) rival Danvers Falcons on Saturday afternoon at Endicott College’s Raymond Bourque Arena in Beverly. It was the eighth annual Mike Clifford Memorial Game, played in memory of the late Clifford, who served as an assistant coach for both schools. The arena was packed and the contest was full of intensity, as 25 penalties were whistled over the final two periods. In fact, there were very few instances over the final 30 minutes when both squads were at full strength.…