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
Boys basketball — With a 56-48 win over Snowden in the BABC MLK Classic on Monday, the boys improved to 8-2 overall. They hit the hardwood again at EHS Wednesday (Jan.22 @7pm) against 9-1 Chelsea High School. Look for the height advantage of the Crimson Tide to help propel them past a skillful but undersized Red Devils squad. With two more wins, EHS will qualify for the division 1 tournament.
Undefeated Everett boxer Shayna Foppiano is set to enter the ring for the fourth fight of her career, and if you asked her how she feels going into the bout, she’d tell you her third win is on the horizon.
“After the win, the plan is to get maybe one more fight under me and then following that go after the New England title,” said a confident Foppiano (2-0-1, 1 KO), who is finding true value in her work ethic and preparedness. “[The plan] is to beat all the good local girls and expand to fighting around the country,” said Foppiano.
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.