The following was submitted by the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School:
Led by sophomore guard Meghan Foley the Mystic Valley girls’ varsity basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the MIAA Tournament with a 68-61 win over Maimonides on Saturday night.
A packed house was in attendance for the Saturday night game. Maimonides started the game strong taking a nine point lead behind some lights out shooting. The Eagles did not quit and mounted a comeback led by Jessica Phinney and Meghan Foley towards the end of the first half. The third quarter was a back and forth affair that ended with the teams dead locked heading into the final 8 minutes.
The Eagles had a scare midway through the quarter when senior center Tania Fabo went down with a shoulder injury. She missed the rest of the quarter but her spot on defense was effectively filled by Sarina Charles, Ngosu Ndiwane, Paulina Petras and Bailey Chiccuarelli.
Mystic Valley set the tone for the final quarter by scoring the first 8 points of the quarter. They would never trail again. Maimonides would not quit and kept closing the gap but aided in large part by clutch free throws throughout the quarter the girls were able to hang on. The Eagles could not breathe easy until sophomore Sarina Charles drained a 15 foot baseline jumper while getting fouled and then completed the three point play by hitting her free throw and putting the game out of reach with just over a minute to play.
The MVP (confirmed by the crowd’s chants) of the game for Mystic Valley was definitely Foley who had 33 of the team’s 68 points including 23 in the second half. She played all 32 minutes of the game racing up, down and across the court giving the Maimonides defense fits and frequently bringing the crowd to its’ feet with behind the back dribbles and an array of shots from all possible angles and directions that kept finding the bottom of the net. In addition to the 33 points she had 12 rebounds and only two turnovers.
After the game Coach Jay Cantwell was thrilled with his team’s performance: “Meghan and Jessica were outstanding tonight. They handled the basketball 99% of the time and we had a team season low of just 8 turnovers. Sophomores Bailey Chiccuarelli and Sarina Charles were huge off the bench. Bailey was the biggest reason for the improvement of our defense in the second half, and Sarina scored 3 huge baskets, none bigger than the 3 point play to seal the game. I can’t say enough about the way Jessica played tonight and Meghan’s play spoke for itself.”
The team will now play two time defending state champ and tournament 1 seed Fenway on Tuesday night at 7:00 at Chelsea High School in the semifinal round.
City of Malden
The following was submitted by the City of Malden:
With members of the Malden City Council looking on, Mayor Gary Christenson signed a Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) with Jefferson Apartment Group Development Company LLC (JAG) for the sale of the 200 Pleasant Street, Government Center site on Thursday evening, Feb. 20.
The city will receive $9.8 million for the 2.2-acre site. Jefferson is responsible for demolishing the existing buildings and reconnecting Pleasant Street, which is currently blocked by the Government Center site.
The execution of the LDA is a significant milestone in the city's efforts to revitalize Malden Square by demolishing the Government Center Building and Police Station to reopen Pleasant Street to through traffic.
The project includes 245 units of housing, 17,250 square feet of commercial space, and 314 parking spaces subject to refinements as the project moves forward into more advanced design and development. In accordance with the LDA, the city must be off the site by Dec. 31, 2015.
If more than 245 units are sought and the higher number is agreed to by the city, Jefferson will pay an additional $40,000 per unit. All apartments in the development will be rented at market rate.
A five-member subcommittee of the City Council has been formed to oversee this project that includes Councilors Neil Kinnon, Barbara Murphy, James Nestor, John Matheson, and Craig Spadafora. Assisting this subcommittee is an internal team that includes Deborah Burke, Executive Director of the Malden Redevelopment Authority; Charles Ranaghan, City Controller; Ron Hogan, Strategic Planning Analyst; and Kevin Duffy, Business Development Officer.
“This historical day has been a long time coming!” said Mayor Christenson. “The City Council and I are enthusiastically moving forward on the community’s goal of revitalizing the downtown.”