The 2019-2020 winter sports season at Everett High School was one of the best on record.
Although none of EHS’ teams won a division or state title, three made it to the MIAA postseason and two earned league championships for stellar play during the regular season.
In any case, all three teams showed major improvements from a year ago.
Boys’ hockey, led by second-year head coach Alex Naumann, had the most glaring improvement. After missing out on the postseason for consecutive years, Naumann finally had the team playing up to its potential. They picked up 7 more wins than they did a season ago and earned a playoff bid for the first time in four years. They finished overall 12-8-1 (lost 12-0 to Boston Latin in first round of playoffs), a vast improvement from a 5-14-1 record last year. The winning season does more than the record could project, too. The confidence from a playoff berth might’ve set the foundation for more wins moving forward.
At the start of the week, Everett High School had three teams entering the MIAA playoffs. By Wednesday morning, only two remained.
Basketball – Crimson Tide boys basketball handled their opening round playoff test with thorough besting of Methuen High School, moving past the first round with a 66-34 victory. They will host Cambridge Rindge and Latin in the quarter finals at EHS on Friday (2/28) at 7PM.
The Lady Tide will tip-off against Reading in the first round of the playoffs. The game is scheduled for 7PM Wednesday (2/26)at EHS. Hockey – In their first playoff appearance in four years, the Crimson Tide failed to make it out of the first round, falling to Boston Latin, 12-0.
Crimson Tide starting defenseman Kaleigh Snook comes from a long line of EHS hockey alumni, and though she’s the only female on the list, she’s just one of the guys when on the ice.
“I first started at about 2-3 years old and evolved from there,” said EHS junior Kaleigh Snook on where this playing hockey thing all started for her.
Her father, Chris Snook, is a class of 86’ alumni who played hockey for the Tide. His brother, John Snook, a class of 77’ alumni, was a former hockey all-star at EHS. Kaleigh’s two brothers, Ryan (17’) and Nick (19’) also played defenseman for the Tide. So It’s safe to say Kaleigh’s had ice running in her veins since she was born.
“Hockey has been in the family,” said Chris Snook, who coached all three of his children during the developmental youth league years and is proud that hockey has become synonymous with Snook in Everett.
Everett High School girls basketball is having one of its best years on record.
With a 72-64 win over Somerville Monday, they improve to 15-2 overall.
The number 15 means a lot, in this instance.
It means the Lady Tide not only clinched the Greater Boston League championship, but it means one of the best records in school history and it means the most wins in Head Coach Tammy Turner’s long coaching career.
Turner has been a coach for 13 years and her best season before clinching the GBL title against longtime rival Somerville was a 14-win campaign.
The record so far shows a season like no other for her and the Tide, but it’s being a part of a special team that has made living between the numbers a success for Turner this season.
“I have a lot of confidence in this team. It’s such a great group of kids who are very athletic, who don’t give up,” said Turner of her senior-led squad this year. “It’s been a lot of fun,” said Turner.
The senior duo of Carolanne Cardinale and Maddy Duraes, who were honored prior to the Somerville game, are spark plugs in a season that has epitomized what it means to grow from one season to the next. Cardinale has led the team all year in rebounds and Duraes has provided instant energy on offense and defense when its needed most.
It’s been a long four years since Everett High School put a team on the ice in the postseason.
And now, a win or a draw away from clinching a tournament berth, there’s no one better to tell the tale of how the Crimson Tide have turned it around than senior captain and goalie, DJ Schovanec.
“I know it sounds crazy to think about [EHS in the playoffs] because when you hear Everett you don’t really think about hockey, ” said Schovanec, who was semi-part of the last team to make the postseason four years ago as an eighth grader that participated in practices for the junior varsity.
He was watching that game from the stands four years ago, and his recollections tell him he’s got to make sure he changes how he remembers things.
“[The playoff loss] wasn’t even pretty, as an eighth grader watching I could see that we were getting blown out of the water,” recalled Schovanec, who is 9-4-1 overall in net this season and looking to change Everett hockey’s fortunes for the better this time around. Continue reading EHS hockey a draw away from postseason