Tide basketball team set to host Saugus
By Julian Cardillo
The Everett High School basketball team is on the precipice of two eras. This winter sports season will be the last one for Crimson Tide basketball coach John DiBiaso, who is also the Crimson Tide football coach and athletic director. But the Everett hoops team will hope that DiBiaso can deliver some more end of career magic, similarly to what he did with his football team, which won the Super Bowl for the second year in a row two weeks ago.
The Everett basketball team has been here before – five straight times now, in fact – but that doesn’t make it any easier. It actually might make it worse. Everett lost in the Division 1 north semifinals for the fifth straight time last season. They came close to making the finals, only losing, 68-65, to Central Catholic at North Andover. That said, the team was still able to secure the final Greater Boston League title.
Everett hosts Saugus tonight. The Sachems are a division 3 outfit that barely scraped into the post-season last year.
Kainen, Tide hockey team look forward to Revere clash
By Julian Cardillo
The Everett High School hockey team opens the season tonight against Revere. Second-year coach Eric Kainen is hoping to see his squad improve every day and for his players to buy into the team culture.
No one will captain the Crimson Tide exclusively this season; the team voted in a leadership group of five people, all seniors, and the “C” will rotate among Jason Cardinale, Nathan Johnson and Brendan Calderon. “We want kids to have the experience of leading the team when they’ve earned the right based on what they do on and off the ice,” Kainen said. “We want to compete hard every day and learn from our mistakes. As coaches, we also want to help each player get better every day.”
Kainen said he is behind his team’s new approach to leadership. “The leadership group leads by example,” Kainen added. “Talk is cheap. Anyone can do it. These guys walk the walk, and that’s what matters.”
Kainen is expecting a stiff test tonight against Revere, who narrowly missed out on the post-season last year. “Very good opponent – gritty,” Kainen said. “It’s always a rivalry game. I expect it to be emotional, tough and physical. We want the guys to take care of their shift and let the game take care of itself.”
Everett alumni hockey event on December 27
Kainen is calling on all Everett High School hockey alumni to attend the annual alumni game and party on Wednesday, December 27 at Allied Veterans Rink. “All are invited,” Kainen said. “We don’t want our family to forget where they came from. We want our alumni to connect with current players. For the current crop, they belong to a long line of Everett players. It will be a fun night.”