EBHS volleyball team is prepping for
tourney after compiling 14-2 record
By Cary Shuman
The East Boston High School girls volleyball team completed one of its best seasons ever and it now awaits the pairings for the State Tournament.
The Lady Jets finished their regular season with a 14-2 record and qualified for the City Championships, falling to O’Bryant in the semifinal.
“This has been my best team,” said sixth-year head coach Vanessa Bigby, who a paraprofessional at the high school. “It’s been an excellent season. We’re looking forward to the State Tournament.”
Seniors Natalia Preciado, Lauren Reyes, and Brenda Velasquez have been solid four-year varsity players in Bigby’s program. Preciado and Reyes are serving as team captains and have excelled in starting roles while Velasquez brings a powerful serve in key situations.
The other starting players are juniors Ava Salvi and Angela Portallo and sophomores Sabrina Rizzo and Nicole Oliveira. Junior Nicole Frangolini has been an “awesome” server, according to Bigby.
The Lady Jets’ two losses were to Latin Academy. They put together a four-game winning streak and a seven-game winning streak before the Lady Dragons derailed the Jets on two occasions.
“We had a good chance to beat Latin,” said Bigby, who is assisted by Carmen Pittella. “The games were really close.”
East Boston will be playing in Division 2 in the State Tournament. Because of its superior record and high seed, East Boston will have a home game in the tournament.
Eastie football team opens
playoffs vs. Lowell Catholic
By Cary Shuman
Riding a four-game winning streak, the East Boston High School football team will open the Division 5 North playoffs against Lowell Catholic Friday at 6 p.m. at East Boston Stadium.
On paper, the game looks to be a high-scoring contest. Both teams average 26 points a game. Eastie is 4-3, 3-1 in Boston North where it finished second behind Brighton, the city’s lone unbeaten tem. The Jets are coming off a convincing 34-20 victory over previously undefeated Dorchester.
Lowell Catholic has a 5-2 record out of the Catholic Central League Small Division. After winning its first four games, LC dropped successive games to John Paul II High School of Hyannis (54-20) and Cathedral (32-24) before defeating Matignon (24-6) in the finale.
“Lowell Catholic is a very good team,” said Eastie head coach John Parziale. “They have a very good quarterback and they like to throw the ball.”
Parziale said his team has to contain the Lowell quarterback and play mistake-free football. “They’re very explosive offensively. Our defense has to step up this week.”
East Boston will be making its first appearance in the playoff since 2011.
“It’s always nice for the kids to compete in the playoffs,” said Parziale. “We’ve won four in a row and the players are happy. We’re excited to be in the playoffs.”
East Boston, Brighton, and Madison Park are representing the city in Division 5 North. The remaining Boston City League playoff teams are competing in Division 6 North.
EBHS Soccer to play in City Final
They are champions of the North and today (Wednesday) they will seek the crown of Boston city champion.
The Jets earned their ticket to the final of the City Championships with an impressive 5-1 victory over O’Bryant Monday, setting up a winner-take-all game for the trophy versus three-time defending champion Madison Park at Boston English’s home field.
Sebastian Toro powered the Jets in to the final with one goal and two assists. Hugo Vega was also an offensive standout with one goal and two assists.
Goalkeeper Lozano Argenis played very well for the Jets, who led 3-1 at the break and added two second-half goals.
“We dominated pretty much the whole game,” said head coach Lorenzo DiBenedetto. “It was a much different game than when we played them the first time and they beat us, 3-1. We were very focused and goal oriented and it was a motivational game for us because they were the only team in the league to defeat us during the season.”
DiBenedetto is expecting a difficult test from Madison Park, traditionally one of the best teams in area.
“Madison is a very tough, physical and skilled team. We expect this game to be a real battle. I think it may come down to penalty kicks or extra time.”
East Boston will compete in Division 1 North in the State Tournament.
JC Detailing alone at the top of the EBMHL
With 7 weeks in the books already in the EBMHL, 1st year squad JC Detailing has catapulted into 1st place with their hard fought wins and gritty style of play. Joey Salvadore has led the way for JC with his 11 goals and 3 assists, while the line of Shawn Smith, Darrell Interbartolo, and Steven Dixon have been getting the job done week in week out. Goaltender Ryan Farrell has also been a major bright spot for JC as he stands on his head week after week. D man Sam Schatz, a newcomer to the EBMHL, has played fantastic on the blue line for JC.
Tailing close behind JC Detailing is Milano’s Deli, who behind the fantastic play of Peter Hanlon, Nick Clewer, and Matt Clewer have held their own quite nicely. EBYC, once again, has been led by its captain Charlie Daniels and his line mate Yano Amara. Jay Powers has pitched in nicely as well on the 2nd line for EBYC. Team Rep. Carlo Basile has shown lots of firepower, but have been lacking manpower as of late with captain David Berardinelli carrying the load as he sits atop the scoring charts with Daniels of the EBYC with 13 goals and 14 assists. Daniels currently has 14 goals and 13 assists. Preston Properties currently sits in 5th, with Mike Russo, Mike Mondello, Marc Lanzilli and Jeff Kasper leading the way for their squad. Brad Watkins has played exceptional for Preston. The Mosca Squad currently in 6th place after a few sub par performances, but will be sure to make their run when the time is right. Captain Dominic DiMarzo, a defending champion, knows how to right the ship and will be sure to get his club rolling shortly. Andrew MacCormack has been a tremendous surprise as he has led the way for Mosca with 10 goals and 8 assists. After some time ff the past few years it’s like MacCormack never left the ice as he is a weekly scoring threat for Mosca. Fernando Fernandez has done a fine job on the blueline so far this young season.
Week 7 Scores:
MILANOS 6, MOSCA 4
MIL: Hanlon 1 G, 3 A, N. Clewer 2 G, 1 A, Rob Bulla 1 G, 1 A, Dave Natola, Brendan Bonito G, Brian Fraser A
MOSCA: DiMarzo 2 G, Carl Fiantago 2 A, Frank Loconte, Frank DiMarzo goal each, Shawn Velez, MacCormack assist each
EBYC 12, BASILE 6
EBYC: C. Daniels 5 G, 2 A, Ralph Guarino 2 G, 2 A, Jeff Arinella 2 A, Dante Arinella, John Lloyd 1 G, 1 A each, Amara 2 G, 1 A, Ray Khan 1 G, Powers, Rod Griffith assist
BASILE: Berardinelli 1 G, 2 A, Jeff Delpidio 2 G, 2 A, Jon Casey, Chris Prew 1 G, 1 A each, Mike Demodena G
JC 3, PRESTON 2 FINAL/SHOOTOUT
JC: Salvadore 1 G, 1 A, Matt Armata G, Smith A
PP: Mondello 2 G, Nick Chrissis, Lanzilli A each
Armata shootout winner