By Julian Cardillo
Revere’s Joe Ciccarello is getting set to turn in his hockey jersey for a ball cap, as he does every year. The Patriots’ softball coach is looking forward to the new season, which starts on April 5 at home against Chelmsford.
Revere has built a strong program over the years, and Ciccarello has shown he can get players up to speed quickly, which will be necessary in 2018 given that nine varsity players have matriculated. “It’s an inexperienced, young team, but I’m excited to start fresh with a new program,” Ciccarello said. “We’ve had a lot of success over the last eight years; we’ve built an athletic group. Sometimes inexperience got to us, but if we take care of the basics, we’ll do fine.”
One of the few returning players is junior pitcher Olivia McManus, who ate up countless innings for Revere last year. “It starts with her,” Ciccarello said. “She’s had two years of varsity experience. She’s been to the tournament and knows what needs to be done at this level to make the tournament again.”
Additionally, Victoria Correia is back to play third from last year’s 13-7 team. “We’ve got some experience coming back, but it’s going to be mixed in with some inexperience from the younger kids and new faces,” Ciccarello said.
Revere Alumnus plans Walkathon for Martin Richard Foundation
A Revere High School student-athlete alumnus is looking to her community to support the Martin Richard Foundation. Ariana Coniglio is a former Patriots cross-country and track runner who set school records. She is organizing a walkathon for Saturday, April 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Harry Della Russo Stadium. Her goal is to raise $15,000 for Team MR8 via her walkathon.
Coniglio is running the Boston Marathon this year; she was at the finish line during the marathon bombing in 2013.