If you look at the Everett High School boys and girls track records for what they are, a lack of wins might make it seem like the team isn’t on top of things, but head coach Jehu Cimea isn’t worried about records as much as he is overall effort.
“All our athletes try their best for us each meet we’ve had,” said Cimea, in his third year at the helm for the Tide.
Following Tuesday’s loss to Malden High School, the boys dropped to 1-2 and the girls to 0-3 overall, respectively. The lone win for EHS came last week in a 48-38 triumph over Medford High School.
“Hard work has defined our season so far,” said Cimea, who is choosing to build off effort rather than records with this years team. “Their hard work is paying off. They want to perform their best always and push themselves always,” said Cimea.
Fresh off a 67-52 win over Malden High School Tuesday, Crimson Tide boys basketball is sitting pretty at 6-2 overall and undefeated in the GBL.
The Tide are now just 4 wins away from locking up a playoff spot, and even landed themselves in the Boston Globe’s top 10 HS basketball teams in the state, but head coach Stanley Chamblain isn’t satisfied with just getting his team to where they are currently.
“Our win over Malden was an ugly win,” said a displeased Chamblain, who has taken a Belichick- esque approach to this season in the sense a single win doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to improve upon. “I’ll take it the win, but we weren’t playing the brand of basketball I know we are capable of playing,” said Chamblain of his squads league-leading victory. “There was just a lack of urgency in our play that is uncharacteristic of our basketball team, but the luxury of basketball is you are in a position to quickly to play again within a couple days and correct those mistakes,” he said.
The Lady Tide are rolling right now, getting off to their hottest start to a season ever under the tutelage of head coach Tammy Turner.
In the 13 seasons Turner’s coached Crimson Tide girls basketball, she hasn’t had a team come out on such a fiery start.
In beating GBL rival and formerly undefeated Malden, 70-28, Tuesday night, the Tide upped their win streak to seven games while remaining undefeated. And they are playing some of the best ball in the area, much to the delight of coach Turner.
“[As a coach]it has nothing to do with our record, but just as long as the girls are willing to work hard and are having fun, I love it,” said Turner on how her season has turned out so far. “I have the work horses this year and I love it,” she said.
With another spectacular year of sports in Everett in the record books, join us as we take a look back on 2019 and all there was to remember, including talented Everett boxers, an NFL signee, and protest at the State House.
In February, after battling through five fights in six weeks, Everett boxer Ryan Pietrantonio powered through his competition en route to capturing the 2019 New England Golden Gloves Championship at the Lowell Auditorium. With the victory, Pietrantonio qualified to represent the New England region at the USA Boxing national tournament.
Just two years removed from playing in the Division 1 State Championship, and with another coach at the helm, Crimson Tide boys basketball is still competing at a high level.
Last year, Stanley Chamblain’s first as head coach, the Tide were able to lockup a playoff spot while snagging 14 Ws.
They didn’t make it to the biggest game of the year, but the team competed well enough to keep Everett’s playoff appearance streak alive at 6 consecutive and did it with a team comprised mostly of sophomores.
In their first official action this season, a scrimmage Monday against a tough Lowell High School team, coach Chamblain saw encouraging signs from a young team still developing its identity.
“We lost our scrimmage to Lowell, but our biggest positive from that game is how we showed our energy. We have a lot of kids who can play basketball on this team and they play it with a lot of energy,” said Chamblain.