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Malden/East Boston Mites win Valley Championship

March 25, 2014 09:10 AM


The following was submitted by Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey:

The Malden/East Boston Mites skated to a 3-2 overtime victory over Methuen in the Valley Championship in Haverhill.

MEB spotted Methuen the first two goals before mounting a great come from behind victory.

Jake Simpson had the first two goals with an assist to John Summers. Chris Cecca sent the boys home happy with a beautiful wrist shot 2 minutes into overtime that beat the Methuen goalie and sent the MEB skaters, coaches, and family members into a frenzy.

Chris Hanifan was spectacular in net making 20 saves and helped shut down Methuen for the final two periods and overtime.

The tone of the game changed on a Jonathan Monge checking penalty that seemed to send a message to Methuen that MEB should not be fooled with on this day. A strong defensive effort by Will Fosdick, Cristian Monge, Ryan Thomas, and Summers kept the Methuen forwards back. The backchecking and pressure of Anthony Messina, Ryan Jones, Joe Hurley, Lukas Deguire, and Chad Robertson kept Methuen on their toes all game.

The Mites were coached by Jon Fosdick, Bill Hanifan, Joe Hurley, and Tom Robertson.


Mystic Valley 5th & 6th grade girls win tournament championship

March 21, 2014 10:00 AM
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The following was submitted by the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School:

The Mystic Valley 5&6th grade girls’ basketball team won the North Shore Travel League Tournament for the third straight year winning the championship game Saturday night against Newburyport 30-18. Newburyport was held to only 10 points from the floor by the stifling Eagles defense which controlled the game from start to finish.

Mystic Valley was led on offense by the strong play of Lauren Carlino (10), and Kate Story (5) who scored half of the Eagles’ points while controlling the ball from the guard position. Camryn Ryan had a strong game scoring her 3rd 3 pointer of the playoffs. Mystic Valley had 10 girls in the scoring column: Ashley O’Rourke and Saige Brutus 2, Isabel Ospina , Emily Zibell  and Deirdre Flanagan each scored 1 point. Daniella Weldon played her strongest game of the season scoring 3 points and hustling and diving for every loose ball. Saige Brutus, Jaden Granderson and Mary Eileen d’Entremont played lock down defense on the Newburyport point guard. The pressure that put on her caused her to foul out of the game early in the second half.  

After the game, Eagles coach, Jane Brunelli, had much to say about her players: “Natalie Lorusso, played solid minutes at guard giving Lauren Carlino a nice breather. Madison Sullivan continued to play well with the ball in her hands. Madison has a great sense of the game and can read the court well. Heather DiGiovanni was again relentless on the boards at both ends of the court and always looking for the open teammate. Daniela D’Alleva, plays at top speed all game long, she hustles and finds the open girl on defense every time. She also scored the last basket of the season with a running jump shot.” 

The girls added to the Eagles’ unbeaten playoff runs in their last two championships seasons by going 3-0 making it 10 wins no loses in the playoffs. The girls are undefeated in 2014 having gone on a tear winning 16 in a row to close out the year. Their last loss was on December 22, 2013. They averaged 33 points per game while only allowing 17 points per game.  

The team was helped along to victory Saturday by a big crowd of Mystic Valley supporters.  The support led Coach Brunelli to state after the game: “Thanks to all those that came out (especially Mrs. Mullen for her support throughout the season) for cheering us on Saturday. Bryanna Cimeti and Bailey Chiccuarelli have been a cornerstone of the 5&6th grade girls team for the past 3 seasons. They handle our scorebook and run the clock. They travel to our away games and I appreciate their dedication to the team.

A special thanks to all the parents for allowing me to be a small part of their daughters’ time at Mystic Valley. We also had a strong student section and our former champions made posters and came to cheer the team on. I would like to thank my assistant coach, Mike Bessler, for helping me this season. Jess Phinney was a big help as well during tryouts and many nights staying after her practice to help us with practice. Varsity coach Jason Cantwell was also a constant positive presence throughout the season. The family atmosphere at Mystic Valley is constantly present but to feel it during a 5&6th grade basketball game is truly a wonderful experience”.

Mystic Valley second quarter honor roll

March 20, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School:

The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School recently announced the names of students named to the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the second quarter. To be on the Honor Roll a student needs to finish the quarter with no grade lower than a B- , to be on the High Honor Roll a student needs to finish the quarter with no grade lower than an A-.

7th Grade- High Honors
Jimmy Arneil, Christina Bibilos, Samanthy Chan, Michela Correale, Jonah Crain, Joshua Cram, Michael DiFiore, Cole Feely, Stephen Flanagan, Tyler Gilson, Eric He, Shermarie Hyppolite, Romish Khatri, Arya Kurian, Alex Maher, Matthew Mail, Talia Mamayek, Seamus McAvoy, Savanna Moy, Amy Ngan, Steve Nguyen, Ethan Nguyen, Colby Orton, Faith Pan, Megan Ribaudo, Dominic Sacramone, Annika Schaad, Joshua Silva, Lily Spero, Allan St. Clair, Tyler Story, Thuy-Tam Vo, Kristopher Vu, Jake Williams, Zachary Zhao, Joanna Zhou 
7th Grade- Honors 
Veisha Bordenave, Anjilique Brady, John Carlino, Kevin Chen, Kedisha Clerger, Brittany Cockell, Kelsey Cook, Mya Cook, Lucas Dascoli, Maria DeSimone, Grace Dias, Miriam Dorcelus, Lauren Fennelly, Tara Foley, Kayla Fraser, Chiara Kinnon, Tiara Kirkman, Aaron Li, Loren Madureira, Ricky Madureira, Joseph Mullen,  Brianna Nogueira, Ameera Omar, Eberechi Onye-Franklin, Nzube Opara, Gianluca Panza, Julie Pereira, Raymond Pho, Lily Rhuda, Anthony Russo-Penta, Muneeb Sheikh, Ben Soto, Luwam Tewelde, Baron Tran, Arune Vickneswaran, MacKenzie Wentzell, Rachel Wronski 

8th Grade High Honors
Omar Alani, Phyllis Brady, Tommy Callanan, Courtney Cheng, Hannah DiGiovanni, Taylor Gibson, Jason He, Ethan Lam, Menel Lamadzema, Ben Li, Lauren Maher, Samantha McGlynn, Karen Mortimer, Tina Nguyen, Julian Ospina, Jolie Powell, Harun Sinanovic, Hannah Stewart, Ashley Sullivan, Andrew Tran (20)

8th Grade Honors
Kamari Adamson, Youssef Asrih, Anthony Campana, Barry Chen, Connie Cheung, Tama Coelin, Robert Cunningham, Nico D’Alleva, Michael Daly, Emily DaPonta, Sarah Elkouram, Raniyah Fanchaouy, Maggie Finn, Philippe Guerrier, Andrew Howard, Ashley Hynes, Marvin Josaphat, Meredith Lane, Jacob Leary, Ian Libby, Jeffrey Mei, Alex Morisset, Molli Motroni, Vivian Nguyen, Lindsay Notarangeli, Sydnie Pezzarossi, Cristiana Rong, Frederick Russell, Emma Sacco, Lindsay Storace, Jordan Towle-Jackson, Rebecca Webb

9th Grade High Honors
Elana Bibilos, Kevin Chau, Haley David, Veronica Drahos, Gaelle  Gourdet, Emily Nguyen and Nancy Nguyen.
9th Grade Honors 
Isabella Addison,  Vikram Alagappan, Nadeline Alexandre, Bianca Augeri, Kiara Awunti, Jocelyn Brissette, Michael Carlino, Demetris Christodoulides, Joshua Chu, Alex Ciampa, Talia Cutulle,, Sarah DeSantis,  Dante Goss,  Andrew Hogan, Matthew Hogan, Claire Inzerillo, Kassandra  Julce,Ryehan Kaba,  Ryan Kinnon, Joseph LoRusso, Janai Matthews, Amanda MacKensie,  Sydney Mercurio, Teya Nigro,  Ozem  Onye-Franklin, Jesse Orton, Julia Passanisi, Kristopher Porzio, Christopher  Poulos,  Julia Powers, Ashley Sacco, Gabriella Ssewankambo, Julia Thistle, Lorenzo Miguel Tolete, and Kelsey Vu.

10th Grade High Honors 
Elizabeth  Callahan, Carmen Chen, Bailey Chiccuarelli, Sarah Di, Sean Flanagan, Kimberly Huynh, Victoria Mail, Amy Nguyen, Haley Pezzarossi, Louis Piper Carson,  Jessica Soper, Visnavy Vickneswaran, Emmaline Willis and Aya Zeabi.
10th Grade Honors 
Gabriella Bucci, Sara Calautti, Rita Cook, Patrick Daly, Eliana Destin, Emmaline Dillon, Fabiola Falaise, Jordan Ferrari, Kerri Foley, Meghan Foley, Mary Gallagher, Sydney Guerrier, Karina Hanson, Ashley Jean-Pierre, Christian Kinnon, Asha Kurian, Jessica Lieu, Brandon Loesch, Monica Lombardi, Colleen McGlynn, Aliza Merchant, Sergio Morales-Villalobos, Ngosu Ndiwane, Scott Nguyen,  Matthew O'Connor, Timothy O’Donnell, Gaetano Panza, Taylor Sa, Bailey Saponaro, Makayla Selden,James Sickler III, Cameron Sullivan, Vincent Tham,  Nicole Tran, Louise Wilensky and Caroline Williams 

11th Grade High Honors 
Erika Furtado, Brian Lai, Brittany Lin, Patrick McPherson, Chloe Statho, Sarah Terrazano and Hildy Wen.
11th Grade Honors 
Tarek Alkedeh, Ava Asai-Sarris, Trevor Bonaccorsi, Matthew Brown, Robert Cummings, Fayrouz Farhane,  Timothy Flaherty, Rachel Hynes, Emily Kelly, Mairin King, Christopher Le, Tony Le,  Visakha Le-Nguyen, Thomas Lin, Vanessa LoChirco, Emily Luu, Cameron McKenna, Nina Mirzakashani, Maroune Missbabah el Idrissi, Karla Morales, Adam Moran, Paulina Petras, Jessica Phinney, Samantha Rizzo, Shannon Roseen, Erica Sacramone,  Camila Silva, Rico St. Paul, Chelsea Sutherland, Melinda Taylor, Jordan Tirrell and Wolfgang Wentzell.

12th Grade High Honors 
Nicolette Cerundolo, Jenna Dion, Megan Grossi, Alexis Martino, Hannah McCurdy, Emily Mui, Congtin Nguyen and Elise Sheehan.
12th Grade Honors 
Brittany Afonso, Saja Alani, Natalie Arbouet, Dylan Barrett, Anthony Bockley, Sydney Carlino, Alexandria Cimetti, Kelsey Cossette, Joseph Dailey, Tania Fabo,  Jonessa Guarino, Michael Hooley,  Connie Lam, Jessica Lee,  Virginia Ng, Jack Nguyen, Karina Porzio, Breann Powell, Allison Proto, Justin Rizzo, Selma Sinanovic,  Sophia Smail, Raphael Stigliano, Joseph Swain,  Amanda Valenti, Ashley Valme and Isabel Waller.

May 2 banquet to fete MHS alumni Hall of Fame

March 20, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Malden High School Alumni Association:

An induction ceremony and banquet to honor the first seven graduates selected to the Malden High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame will be held May 2. Reservation forms are now available on the MHSAA website, The banquet will be at Anthony’s Function Hall, 105 Canal St., Malden, at 6 p.m., Friday, May 2.

The inaugural Hall of Famers are rock singer/song writer Gary Cherone, Class of ’79; Boston Globe columnist and author Kevin Cullen, Class of 77; television journalist Heather Kahn Braver, Class of ’85; Cartoonist Keith Knight, Class of ’84; Professor emeritus of linguistics James Matisoff, Class of ’54; International  war crimes Judge Phillip Weiner, Class of ’72; and (posthumously) pioneer female Judge Emma Fall Schofield, Class of ’02. The event costs $40 per person, and reservations are requested by April 14.

For further information contact Joanne Iovino, 781-321-3568 or, or Diane Lind, 781-944-1368 or

Malden Catholic wins fourth straight Super 8 title

March 16, 2014 07:07 PM


Malden Catholic celebrated its Super 8 hockey championship win over Austin Prep Sunday at TD Garden. (Aram Boghosian / For the Boston Globe)

The Super 8 trophy will take a familiar route home after Malden Catholic clinched its fourth-consecutive Div. 1A title with a 5-3 win over Austin Prep at TD Garden Sunday afternoon.

The game was a rematch of the 2013 Super 8 final that the Lancers claimed by a score of 3-2.

Austin Prep (16-5-4) put the Lancers on their heels with an aggressive, up-tempo style of play in the first period, but Malden Catholic (20-4-0) would not be denied. Senior Tyler Sifferlen netted his first of the afternoon with 51 seconds left in the first period when he streaked through the left circle and tucked an offering past Austin Prep netminder Elijah Harris (23 saves).

The floodgates opened on Austin Prep early in the second as the potent Malden Catholic offense potted three goals in the span of 2:50. Ara Nazarian got things started when he flicked a goal past Harris from between the hash marks 35 seconds into the middle frame.

Following an Austin Prep penalty, senior defenseman Nick Rolli sent a blistering slap shot from atop the left wing circle into the far corner of the net. A goal from Matt Filipe on a 2-on-1 50 seconds later put the Lancers up 4-0.

Austin Prep responded 14 seconds later as junior Cam Russo chipped a rebound past Lancer goaltender Alex Reissis (20 saves), cutting the deficit to three. However, Sifferlen’s second goal of the game at 13:04 of the second, reestablishing a four-goal lead heading into the final period.

Robert Carpenter helped carry Austin Prep back into contention in the third as he scored a pair of goals at 4:39 and 9:38 respectively, but Malden Catholic ensured that would be as close as the Cougars would get.

With the win, Malden Catholic became the first team to win four state titles in a row since Catholic Memorial won four-straight Super 8 crowns from 1998-2001.


Austin Prep (16-5-4) – 0 1 2
Malden Catholic (20-4-0) – 1 4 0


Tyler Sifferlen (Chris Hopkins, Ara Nazarian), 14:09
Ara Nazarian (Nick Rolli, Jake Witkowski), 0:35
Nick Rolli (John McLean, Jake Witkowski), PPG, 2:35
Matt Filipe (Brian Cameron), 3:25
Cam Russo (Anthony Cieri), 3:39
Tyler Sifferlen (Jake Witkowski, Ara Nazarian), 13:04
Robert Carpenter (Andrew Cross), PPG, 4:39
Robert Carpenter (Mike Eagan, Jake McKenelley), 9:38

Saves: Elijah Harris, Austin Prep (23); Alex Reissis, Malden Catholic (20).

Originally published on the blog The High School Sports Blog.

Mystic Valley purchases Maplewood Baptist Church

March 13, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School:

The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School (MVRCS) has purchased the Maplewood Baptist Church located at 729 Salem Street, Malden.  

Mystic Valley Chairman of the Board Neil Kinnon said of the purchase “I am happy to have been a conduit between the Maplewood Baptist Church and Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in coming to an agreement which I believe is a win-win proposition. This agreement will allow Maplewood Baptist, an important institution in the neighborhood, to continue its vital mission and at the same time allow Mystic Valley to solidify its long term use of the building in partnership with the church as it has done for many years now.”    

Executive Director, Martin Trice considers this a rare opportunity.  “Large facilities like Maplewood Baptist are few in the Maplewood Square area.  To find one that is so close in proximity to our lower school made the opportunity too good to let pass by.  

Although the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has yet to grant our enrollment cap increase, we knew that additional space for our Lower School students was needed regardless. When we are eventually granted an increase, we will be assured of having the capacity to accommodate our growth.” 

Maplewood Baptist Church Pastor Gary McClenthen said of the sale: “We believe that this week brings us to the culmination of many years of intense prayer and unified reflection. For some time, we have been considering numerous ways to strengthen and streamline our work as a church.

One such idea, among many considered, was to approach the leadership of the Mystic Valley Charter School and ask if our building and property would be of value to them. 
Our desire all along, even before considering the sale of our building, has been to have a greater presence in the community; to be less building-based and more integrated in the life of the Maplewood neighborhood and the city of Malden.

I have always believed that a city, even as it becomes more “urban” by the day, as Malden seems to be doing, can continue to be an attractive place for folks from all walks of life to call home. Contributing to the stability of any safe and forward moving city are good schools and good churches (and other faith-based communities and ministries). 

The Mystic Valley Charter School has been good for our city and has been a good neighbor to our church. The Maplewood Baptist Church has been a positive influence in Maplewood Square for more than 140 years. It is reassuring to know that this transaction today allows a strong and positive academic institution to move forward, and at the same time allows a vibrant and impacting faith community to continue to be an influence for “good” in the city we all love.

Our desire is to remain in the Maplewood Square neighborhood and to exist for the Maplewood Square neighborhood.  We want nothing but the best for the future of the MVCS in their mission to provide the very best education to the children of Malden and the surrounding communities. I believe that for both institutions today is a good day!”

For more information about the Maplewood Baptist Church, Pastor Gary McClenthen can be reached directly at 781-322-2636 or via email at or visit the website at

Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey looks towards playoffs

March 13, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey:

Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey Round Up for week 21 of the regular season. It’s a frantic time of year where make-up games pile on top of the end of the regular season. Playoffs are right around the corner. Don’t miss your chance to win $10,000 in the MEB 10K Raffle and Dinner, March 21st at the Malden Moose. Only 200 tickets will be sold. See for details and ticket form.

MITE K (5-8 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 3, Concord Carlisle 5
The Edge, Bedford MA

Jake Simpson had 2 goals, Chad Robertson 1 goal, and John Summers picked up an assist. Chris Hanifan kept the game close making 12 saves.

Malden/East Boston 6, Concord Carlisle 2
Valley Rink, Malden MA

The Mites were back in action on Sunday defending the Malden rink with a 6-2 victory over the same team that had beaten them 24 hours earlier. Jake Simpson had 4 goals, Chad Robertson had a goal, and Will Fosdick picked up the last goal. The defensive corps of Fosdick, Cristian Monge, John Summers, Ryan Thomas, Chris Cecca, and Lukas Deguire kept the puck out of the MEB end of the ice for most of the game.

SQUIRT (9-10 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 7, Natick 5
Valley Rink, Malden MA

Malden/East Boston 6, Newton 4
Cronin Arena, Revere MA

Malden/East Boston 6, Stoneham 0
Allied Rink, Everett MA

PEEWEE (11-12 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 2, Masco 7
Ranger Rink, Methuen MA

BANTAM AA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 4, Lynn 1
Valley Rink, Malden MA
Malden/East Boston 6, Arlington 1
Valley Rink, Malden MA
MIDGET (15-18 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 6, Arlington 1
Valley Rink, Malden MA
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Malden Little League is now accepting online registrations

March 13, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Malden Little League: 

Malden Little League Opening Day is around the corner and the final days to register for the 2014 season are now!  The final opportunity to register in person is Saturday, March 15th from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Salemwood School.  The good news is that you don’t have to wait until Saturday to sign up.  Malden Little League is NOW accepting online registrations for the 2014 season.  Registering online can be completed in a few minutes.   

Visit our website at www.eteamz/com/maldenlittleleague to register your Little Leaguer today.   Online registration for minor and major division age players (ages 9 – 12) will close on Tuesday, March 18th. Online registration for tee-ball and farm division age players (ages 4 – 8) will remain open. 

Malden Little League will hold two tryout dates for all players ages 7 – 12.  Tryouts will be held on Thursday, March 20th and Saturday, March 22nd at the Salemwood School Gym.   Players who are already assigned to a major division team are not required to try out.  All other players, league age 10, 11, or 12, who want to play in the major division are required to attend at least one tryout.   All players should bring a glove and wear sneakers.   The schedule for 2014 tryouts is:

Thursday, March 20th @ Salemwood School Gym
League Age 7 & 8:   6:00 pm
League Age 9:           6:30 pm
League Age 10:         7:15 pm
League Age 11           8:00 pm
League Age 12   8:00 pm

Saturday, March 22nd @ Salemwood School Gym
League Age 7 & 8:   3:30 pm
League Age 9           4:00 pm
League Age 10:   4:45 pm
League Age 11:   5:30 pm
League Age 12:   5:30 pm

 Registration forms along with other useful information about Malden Little League may also be found at www.eteamz/maldenlittleleague

Plans for the traditional opening day event to take place on April 12th, including the annual parade, are already underway.  More than 300 girls and boys took part in Malden Little League’s Tee Ball, Farm, Minor, Major and Challenger divisions last season. Join us for another great season of Little League baseball! 

Mystic Valley basketball wins two tourney games last week

March 13, 2014 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Mystic Valley Regional Charter School:

The crowd was huge and loud and this helped them get fired up. The Eagles started slow and sluggish but the girls came on strong starting at the midway point of the first half and allowed only 4 points in the second half. 

Coach Jane Brunelli was very happy with her team’s efforts “as a team we play solidly and each game has had a different leader. Lauren Carlino who has been playing sick for the last couple of games was really not feeling great but played hard. Giving her a much needed break was the stellar play of Kate Story, playing like her brother Tyler, she dominated at the point slashing her way to the basket and finding her team mates for some easy looks. Her defense was also instrumental in the win.”

The Eagles’ scoring was very balanced with 9 players contributing. Kate Story had a game high 8 followed by Ashley O’Rourke 6, Lauren Carlino , Madison Sullivan, and Camryn Ryan with 5 each. Camryn Ryan had a sweet three to start the game. Jaden Granderson, Mary Eileen d’Entremont and Natalie LoRusso had 2 points each. Heather DiGiovanni played an excellent game, she was fighting a stomach bug but she was fierce on both ends of the court also scoring 2 points. Saige Brutus, Daniella, D’Alleva, Emily Zibell and Danille Weldon were a constant presence on the floor diving for all the loose balls and playing lock down defense, Saige Brutus came back from hurting her ankle and did not miss a step returning to the game to race up and down both ends of the court. Isabel Ospina played solid minutes gathering rebounds and passing up the court.

After the game coach Brunelli added:  Deirdre Flanagan was very strong at point guard. She did a tremendous job on a night when we really needed a 3rd point guard. Deidre plays extremely solid and focused every game. The four, fabulous fifth graders have stepped up their game and are playing poised and confident while improving their games. This team is so unselfish and supportive of each other it amazing to watch. Injured player Alyssa Dagle was again on our bench offering encouragement to her team mates.” 

Later in the evening, the Mystic Valley 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball team was able to survive a tough Swampscott team at home and win in thrilling fashion 44-43. The Eagles were paced offensively again by big man Hunter Kreis with 15 points. Late in the game the Eagles found themselves down by 1 with less than 30 seconds on the clock when Jimmy Arneil (7 points) hit a clutch shot to put the Eagles ahead for good. It was the first time in almost 6 weeks that the Eagles have had their full roster back and while there was some rust early on, the return of Isaiah Granderson, who had 6 big 2nd half points, proved to be a huge lift for the home team. Julian Ospina was a huge spark off the bench for the Eagles providing 6 points and Ethan Nguyen and Frederick Mardy chipped in with great defense and rebounding as well. 

After the game Coach Turner said “I’m extremely proud of these boys 1-15. Everyone did something to help pull this one out. We’ve lost all the close ones all year and it was good to see the boys make the plays at the end to pull it out.” The Eagles will have to refocus after last night’s big victory as the road doesn’t get much easier. On Saturday they will be visiting #1 seed Winthrop at 4:00 pm

Mystic Valley 5th & 6th grade girls advance to championship

March 13, 2014 10:00 AM

The following was submitted by the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School:

The Mystic Valley 5th & 6th grade girls’ basketball team will be going for the “Threepeat” when they play in their league championship game Saturday, March 15th at Governor Drummer Academy in Byfield at 5:45. Their opponent will not be known until Wednesday night.

The girls made it to the finals with after a 33-18 win over Newburyport. The win was a very solid team effort as Newburyport did a very good job of taking Mystic Valley’s top scorer, Lauren Carlino, out of the game getting her into early foul trouble(3) in the first half and limiting her minutes.  Adding to Mystic Valley’s troubles, guard Kate Story was hobbled by a sprained ankle and could only play in the first half. 

The team really stepped up with point guard duties being covered by Deirdre Flanagan, Madison Sullivan and a great all- around game from Isabel Ospina. The Eagles’ defense was outstanding even with the foul trouble (Newburyport made 10 out of 23 foul shots to Mystic Valley’s 2 out of 4). The Eagles defense held Newburyport to only 4 points from the floor!

The Mystic Valley offense was spread out between 8 players: Camryn Ryan who had 7 points including her second straight game with a 3 point shot to rally her team; Heather DiGiovanni who scored 7 points despite being limited with foul trouble; Isabel Ospina (6) plus stellar ball handling when the team needed it; Ashley O’Rourke and Saige Brutus each had 4; Natalie LoRusso and Madison Sullivan had 2 each and Daniella D’Alleva had 1. 

The Eagles defense and team speed gave Newburyport trouble all game long. Leading the way on defense was Daniella Weldon who fights for every ball on the court causing coach Brunelli to say “She gives such good solid minutes on both sides of the ball. Daniella plays her heart out every game and every practice, her work ethic is fantastic”. Coach Brunelli continued to praise her team “Mary Eileen d’Entremont was injured for this game but hopefully will be in top form for the championship game. 

Emily Zibell was assigned to defend Newburyport’s best player and she did a great job. She was aggressive and really made the girl work hard. Jaden Granderson is so fast on the court, her defense has been great and she is becoming so much more confident in looking for her shot, more importantly she is taking shots. The player that was unstoppable for us was Camryn Ryan, her rebounding, offense and defense was remarkable, however her leadership on and off the court yesterday kept everyone together. 

We have grown fundamentally and athletically since the start of the season, this team continues to impress me with their heart and desire. They are a great bunch of girls and enjoy being around each other. “

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