The MVRCS swim team hosted and raced against Minuteman High School last week. The team had a very successful day, tallying 100 points to Minuteman’s 73.
There were several standout performances in the pool Wednesday evening. On the boys’ side Christian Antonucci placed first in the 100-yard freestyle with a lifetime best time of 56.45, and in the 50 freestyle, seniors Jeremy Cheng and Armando Indresano completed a 1-2 finish, both with state qualifying times of 22.91 and 23.18. Jason Yan finished first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.61), a lifetime best. Yan touched in first again in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.93. Freshmen Jaden Anthony and Dylan Phan were in the pool for the 500 freestyle, and they did not disappoint. Both shaved off 20+ seconds from their lifetime bests to come in with another Eagles 1-2 finish.
For the girls, the medley relay team of Tia Anthony, Miriam Johannes, Nicole Kelso and Makda Johannes came in for a 1-2 finish. Lana Albuquerque finished second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 58.88, and Isabella Cirame completed the 200 freestyle in third with a time of 2:11.99. Isabelle Pennachio rounded out the Eagles 200 freestyle scorers with a lifetime best of 2:36.43.
After a successful start of their season, the swim team took a short break from racing over the week and was back in action on December 21 against Northeast.
Dalton Kinnon led Eagles in 68-42 win over Nashoba
In its first conference game of the regular season, Mystic Valley Regional Charter School defeated Nashoba Valley Technical High School, 68-42, on Friday at Eastern Avenue. Sophomore guard Dalton Kinnon led Mystic Valley in scoring with 28 points. Others contributing to the points parade column were senior guard Giovanni Soto (18), senior guard Michael Tayag (8), sophomore forward Carl Damas (8), sophomore guard Jack Mangone (3), junior guard Matt Banwait (2) and senior center Gui Silva (1).
The balanced Eagles saw seven different players score in the game as MVRCS got the 2022-23 season off to a flying start before a spirited home crowd in Malden. The Eagles started the game on all cylinders, jumping out to a 9-1 lead. Several fast break layups and key outside shots helped the maroon and gold capture a 28-14 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, the Eagles did a much better job of sharing the ball, which led to buckets from both inside the paint and around the periphery. The home team also elevated its defensive intensity and rebounding prowess during the final two quarters. MVRCS’s defense held Nashoba for the remainder of the game and went on to open the season on a high note, with a thrilling triumph.
“It was a huge win for us to start the season from a confidence standpoint,” said Eagles’ Head Coach Tony Ferullo, who is in his 19th season (26 overall) at the helm of the Mystic Valley hoopsters. “I’m so proud of our team because they played hard and together with a lot of energy from start to finish.”
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MVRCS Eagles boys swimming dominates Concord-Carlisle
The Mystic Valley Boys’ Varsity Swimming Team kicked off the 2022-2023 season by traveling to Concord-Carlisle High School to compete at the Beede Center. The Concord-Carlisle boys are considered one of the top teams in the state – coming out of the always strong Dual County League. The Mystic Valley Eagles were up to the challenge though, as a strong mix of upper classmen and freshman led to a dominant Mystic Valley victory of 100-78.
The boys’ team started the meet off very similarly to last year with dominance in the 200 Medley relays. The group of Jeremy Cheng, Jason Yan, Aiden Acuna-Rosa and Jaden Anthony won the event in a state cut of 1:43.76. Coming in to a close finish with the Concord A team was the boys B team of Ramy Elaafer, Christian Antonucci, Kevin Sodeyama-Cardoso and Armando Indresano.
In the 200 freestyle, senior Aiden Acuna-Rosa put up one of the fastest times in the state with a 1:48.66 besting the rest of the competition by more than 10 seconds. Freshman Dylan Phan came in a close third in 1:59.45, missing second place by .03 seconds. In the 200 IM, Jason Yan kept the momentum going with a winning time of 2:08.45, good for another state cut. Freshman Christian Antonucci contributed with a third place finish in 2:19.01, and senior Ramy Elaafer placed fourth in 2:22.84.
Next up in the 50 freestyle, Armando Indresano and Jaden Anthony completed a 1-2 finish in 22.96 and 24.49, respectively. After the break Jeremy Cheng continued his butterfly dominance within the state as he finished in 52.30 for another state cut and one of the fastest times in the state in this early season.
In the 100 freestyle, Armando Indresano and Jaden Anthony combined for a 1-3 finish this time to further the Eagles’ lead. In the 500 freestyle, Aiden Acuna Rosa continued a historic first meet as he led the way by almost a full minute, finishing in 4:54.62; the next closest finish was Kevin Sodeyama-Cardoso in second place. Newcomer Henry Cao contributed with a fourth place finish in 5:49.91.
Three of the spectacular freshmen paired with veteran Armando Indresano for another win in the 200 freestyle relay. Jaden Anthony, Dylan Phan and Kevin Sodeyama-Cardoso completed one of their first state cuts in the swim. In the 100 backstroke, Jason Yan notched his second state cut of the meet in a time of 58.30. To round out the individual swims, Jeremy Cheng completed a sweep of the Eagles winning every individual event as he took the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.27.