Championship Boxing at Encore a Success; Round two Coming Next

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Everett’s first champion, Richie “The Mountain” Lamontagne, gave a well-deserved speech welcoming professional boxing to Everett during Murphys Boxing’s first ever fight night at Encore Casino. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

Best way to describe Encore Boston Harbor’s first live-action event: Like Las Vegas descended on Everett, MA.

The lights and glamor of a first-class setup proved to be the perfect setting for for an event that was a knockout success.

Hosted by Murphys Boxing in collaboration with Encore, the sold out event saw more than 2,100 guest from all over the area show up for a night of championship boxing that did not disappoint.

The fanfare and local celebrities at the event was proof boxing will be a thing at Encore for the foreseeable future.

Some of the notables included Restaurateurs Nick Verano and Frank DePasquale, retired boxer Kevin McBride (who of course bested the mighty Mike Tyson), former boxing champion Peter Manfredo Jr, legendary boxing referee Steve Smoger, and two of Massachusetts’ greatest boxers and icons, Micky Ward and Tony DeMarco.

The event even called for well-known Boston Bruins singer, Todd Angilly, to do his signature rendition of our national anthem mid ring prior to the championship title fight that saw Stoneham’s Greg Vendetti win the vacant IBA junior middleweight title in a 12-round thriller against New Jersey’s Michael Anderson.

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EHS Sports Roundup

by Lorenzo Recupero

The Everett High School graduating class of 2019 brought a close to their careers last week and with it the official end of the HS sports season.

It’s always a bit bitter sweet this time of year, though.

Summer is always welcomed, of course, but sports in Everett is a nearly year-round phenomenon affording every resident the chance to catch a game of their choosing that will most certainly include a local star athlete ready to show his/her talents.

In Everett – and in the surrounding area, really – everyone knows the accolades of the mighty Crimson Tide sports program.

The saying goes something like ‘Everett Sports is Everett Pride’. And the programs never disappoint, really.

Across the board, sports teams at EHS tend to excel, especially around playoff time.

This year, the football, basketball, baseball, and softball teams all made the playoffs.

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EHS SPORTS ROUNDUP

by Lorenzo Recupero

The Crimson Tide’s postseason slate included the baseball and softball teams, but both went down in defeat during the first round of the MIAA D.1 north tournament last week.

The dual loss brings a close to the 2019 spring sports season at Everett High School.

Softball

The Lady Tide (12-9) had a fantastic year on the mound behind the starting duo of freshman Celeste Fuccillo and junior Ariana Garay, but a lack of hitting in vital situations led the team to falter during the postseason as they fell, 9-2, to Woburn High School in the first round of the playoffs.

“We got our bats on the ball, but just hit it directly to people,” said EHS head coach Stacy Schiavo after being bounced from the playoffs by Woburn HS. “We had ups and downs this season, but I will say I’m proud of all our girls for their accomplishments this season both on and off the field,” said Schiavo as her season came to a close.

The good news for the Lady Tide: They graduate just one starter, senior captain Kaylee Nearen.

The lack of a roster turnover allows the team to pick up right where they left off next season. Another year of experience for a playoff roster should bode well for the team next year.

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Playoff Worthy

By Lorenzo Recupero

The Crimson Tide baseball team found themselves in a playoff situation before the postseason ever started, as they competed in a win-or-go-home scenario at Glendale Park on Monday against Winchester.

They didn’t make it easy on themselves, either. A fielder’s choice by Greg Reed in the bottom of the seventh inning clinched the, 3-2, win and the team’s first visit to the postseason in three years.

Assistant coach Joe Lento Sr. could only describe picking up the victory in one word.

“Lucky,” said Lento, who admitted his team “just could not get anything going” when up to bat. Inconsistencies in the bullpen and at the plate led to a seesaw like season that was filled with plenty highs and lows, but in the end the Tide were able to pick up the must-win game against Winchester for their 10th victory, the exact number to clinch an MIAA division 1 playoff berth.

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Pocket Aces

 

Pitchers Celeste Fuccillo and Ariana Garay
Everett pitchers Celeste Fuccillo (#9) and Ariana Garay. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

Prior to Monday’s regular season showdown with Salem (3-2, loss), the Lady Tide had already locked up a postseason berth. The team’s winning recipe throughout the season featured three key ingredients: a lockdown defense and two aces in the bullpen.

“Defensively they have been strong behind the pitching,” said head coach Stacy Schiavo of her team’s 12-8 regular season. “If opposing teams hit against our pitchers, I know the defense will back them up,” said Schiavo, making it clear offensive struggles are mostly to blame for the team’s losses as total error numbers defensively dipped significantly compared to last season.

“We need to hit [to get a playoff win] and when we have runners on we need to get them in and score some runs” said Schiavo, who is calling on her batters to help support the defense and whomever is on the mound. Sophomore Madison Smith currently leads the team with a .589 batting average and .621 slugging percentage.

Senior captain and catcher Kaylee Nearen, along with junior shortstop Maddy Duraes and junior infielder Victoria Bento have powered the resurgent defense for the Crimson Tide.

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