EHS Softball Locks up Tourney Spot,Celebrates Seniors

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The EHS softball team honors their seniors as they are called out to receive flowers during the team’s Senior night celebration. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

For the second consecutive year – and the 20th time over the past 21 seasons – Everett High School softball will compete for a state championship in the division 1 MIAA tournament.

The Lady Tide (11-6) picked up their 10th win, the magic number to clinch a playoff berth, with a, 14-0, thrashing of Waltham on Friday. They followed that triumph up on Saturday in Salem, coming out on top, 9-6, behind timely hitting (10 hits in the second inning) and a strong performance on the mound.

Friday’s victory over Waltham was the cherry on top for a small group of seniors that were honored before the game as part of the team’s Senior Night celebration at Glendale Park. Included in the group of graduating athletes were four-year starter Kaylee Nearen, Yalixa Colon, Rachel Zullo and Sidney Hennessey.

The bullpen combination of Ariana Garay (7-0, 1.83 ERA), who picked up her second shutout in the win over Waltham, and Celeste Fuccillo, who fanned 9 batters against Salem and leads the team with 50 Ks, proved to be the driving forces in both wins.

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Amen to two great sports heroes

For those of us old enough to recall the great days of Bill Russel and the Boston Celtics, of Red Auerbach and John Havlicek, well, it didn’t get any better than that.

Havlicek died two weeks ago. He died as he lived and played, that is, with nearly everyone who knew him, who watched him, who loved him for his sports theatrics when life was very different than it is today recalling what a great guy he was.

He was humble. He was talented. He went off into the sunset after his career never looking back.

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Thirty Days to a New City

There is about one month remaining before Everett becomes the stepchild of the casino, which will rule in local circles once it gets its doors open.

Everything that was once about the city will become something dominated and controlled by the casino. The casino will come to dominate life in the city.

It is very, very large. It has a life force of its own.

It will be open for business 24/7 everyday of the year.

The mayor becomes a second class citizen when the doors open.

We all become prisoners of the casino and what it is likely to bring – a traffic hassle never before seen in Greater Boston.

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Superintendent hunt sputtering

School Committee Chairman Attorney Thomas Abruzzese is finding it difficult to attract community members willing to serve on the superintendent search committee.

In fact, he has so far found no one willing to be on the committee, putting the search into a new place.

He is extending the time allowed for stragglers to sign up, if there are any out there who are interested.

The school committee had hoped to have a robust input from the Everett community before making a choice of new superintendent.

The desire, as expressed by Abruzzese, was to enlist all kinds of parents and interested parties to participate in what he called a “nationwide” search.

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