Mystic Valley Football Falls in Championship Game
In big games between evenly matched games the difference is often special teams is an age old truism that is often repeated. Cathedral showed why on Saturday when they used two special team touchdowns to beat the Mystic Valley Eagles 29-16 and win the MIAA Division Six North Tournament.
Saturday was a beautiful day for football, bright and sunny, chilly but not cold. The teams were evenly matched coming into the game with identical 8-1 records. The stands were packed with fans there to cheer their team on to victory.
The Eagles took the opening kickoff and controlled the momentum at the start of the game but could not score. Cathedral broke through with 4:45 left in the first quarter when they scored on a 63 yard pass play. The PAT run attempt failed and the score was 6-0. The Eagles’ next drive was a quick 3 and out and they were forced to punt. Cathedral capitalized immediately taking the punt back down the sideline all the way to the end zone for a touchdown. This time their PAT run was good and Cathedral had a 14-0 first quarter lead.
At the start of the second quarter the teams went back and forth without any scoring. On one drive the Eagles’ defense had Cathedral stopped fourth and five in their own end but Cathedral came up with another big special teams play running a fake punt up the middle for a first down. Soon after that they broke a big 55 yard touchdown run up the middle of the field. They made the PAT kick and were up 21-0. The Eagles didn’t quit and were able to march down towards the goal as the half wound down. They came up just short of scoring as their drive stalled at the Cathedral 9 yard line and the half ended with the score 21-0 Cathedral.
Even though they were down three touchdowns the Eagles kept fighting hard. James LoChirco had a big 88 yard run from scrimmage and played an incredible game on defense. It seemed to observers that he was in on every tackle and he made numerous big hits. Also playing standout defense were Jethro Charles and Sydney Guerrier who were team leaders all year long and continued to play that role on Saturday.
The Eagles got on the board with 3:37 left in the third when quarterback Devin Pierce saw Jeremiah Timothee behind the Cathedral defense and hit him with a perfect pass and Timothee raced to the end zone for a 63 yard TD. Pierce ran in the PAT and the score was 21-8 at the end of the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter the Eagles defense had Cathedral pinned deep in their own end forcing them to punt from their own end zone. When the punter took the snap Mystic Valley’s Wolfgang Wentzell broke through the line and blocked the punt. James LoChirco pounced on the ball and the Eagles had the ball on the one yard line. A moment later LoChirco took a handoff and dove into the end zone for a touchdown. Pierce threw to Guerrier for the PAT and the score was now 21-16 and the Eagles had all of the momentum squarely on their side.
Cathedral would not back down that easy however and on the ensuing kickoff they returned the ball all the way to the end zone for a touchdown followed by a PAT run that made the score 29-16 with 7:17 left. The Eagles kept battling the rest of the way but couldn’t get another score and Cathedral went on to win.
After the game coach Craig Turner was disappointed in the result of the game but very proud of his players and the season: “I'm very proud of this group. They accomplished things that no one but the people in our locker would have believed to be possible at the start of the year. We talked all week about not being satisfied with just getting there so this one obviously stings a little. Cathedral is a seasoned experienced team that has been here multiple times. We start two 9th graders along with five sophomores and countless juniors so I believe this experience gained sets us up for hopefully an even deeper run next season. We're really going to miss our senior group and their tremendous leadership. What they brought to this program far exceeds the things we see on the field. They taught our younger guys the importance of off season work and about showing up every day and working hard. The tone that they set every day will be missed. We still have a week and a half left as a team and we're going to spend that time together, having fun and focusing on trying to honor our seniors with a Thanksgiving Day win.”
The Eagles will finish their season with a game at Minuteman Thanksgiving morning at 10:30.
Mystic Valley Cheerleaders Competing in Championships
The Mystic Valley cheerleading squad will be competing in the MIAA/MSSAA North Regional Cheer Championships on November 16, 2014 being held at Lowell High School.
The team reached the Regional Round when they won the Division 4 All Girl competition at the Commonwealth Athletic Conference meet on November 2nd.
The team captains are Erica Sacramone and Chloe Statho and they are coached by Melanie Philbrook and Katie Pietrzak.
Football Plays for Regional Championship
Mystic Valley's football team will play for the MIAA Division 6 North Regional Championship on Saturday afternoon against Cathedral. The game will be played at 1:00 at Boston English High School's field located at 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain. The teams each had 6-1 regular season records. Cathedral was the tourney 3 seed and Mystic Valley was the 5 seed. Mystic Valley knocked off the top-seeded Dorchester High to get to the final game. Mystic Valley's quarterback Devin Pierce was the subject of this week's "Hot Shot" segment with the Boston Herald's Danny Ventura http://bostonherald.com/sports/high_school/hot_shots/2014/11/hot_shots_devin_pierce_sparks_mystic_valley
Mystic Valley Cross Country Competes in Regional Meet
The Mystic Valley Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country teams raced in the Eastern Massachusetts State Regional Meet in Wrentham, MA on Saturday morning. The boys’ race contained 30 teams with over 200 runners while the girls’ race contained 24 teams with over 160 runners. The Boys team (Senior Patrick McPherson, Senior Charif Elmoussaoui, Senior Tyler Cronin, Senior Kevin McGovern, Junior Sean Flanagan, Junior Vincent Tham, and Freshman Jeffrey Mei) finished in 16th place out of 30 while the Girls team (Senior Vanessa LoChirco, Junior Karina Hanson, Junior Mary Elizabeth Gallagher, 8th grader Deanna Cook, and 8th grader Mya Cook) finished in 17th place out of 24.
The meets were highlighted by Seniors Patrick McPherson and Vanessa LoChirco, who both advanced to the Massachusetts All-State meet next Saturday at Franklin Park. Patrick and Vanessa both qualified as individual runners based on their place in the Regional Meet.
Patrick finished in 23rd place overall (out of 206) with a personal best time of 17 minutes 47 seconds (that’s a 5:44 mile pace!). Vanessa finished in 14th overall (out of 164) with a time of 20 minutes 23 seconds.
After the race coach Jon Bush said: “Congratulations to both teams for their achievements not only at the state meet but also throughout the entire regular season and league meet. Both teams worked extremely hard and I’m glad to see their efforts pay off in tangible ways. I am especially proud and excited for Seniors Patrick McPherson and Vanessa LoChirco for advancing to the All State meet. Both of these runners have put in a lot of work over the last few years and I am glad to be able to see achieve this level of success before they finish their high school careers.”
Mystic Valley Football Tops Dorchester Will Play for Championship
The Mystic Valley football team beat Dorchester 24-22 on Friday night. The Eagles were led by QB Devin Pierce who scored two touchdowns and ran in two PATs for 16 total points. Pierce dove for the end zone pylon to score on an 11 yard touchdown run to tie the game and then ran in the winning two point conversion for the win.
The Eagles had to play on the road for the sixth time in nine games this season but were accompanied by a hardy and loud group of fans that were warmly dressed for the cold and windy November evening, the exceptions being head coach Craig Turner and his assistants Charlie Turner and Mike Bessler who defied the weather and wore shorts as is their custom.
As has been the case for the Eagles as of late, they started out on the wrong foot as the defense allowed Dorchester to take the opening kickoff and methodically drive down the field for a seven minute drive that ended with a touchdown and a successful PAT run for two points. The score was 8-0 before the Eagles got the ball. As has also been the case lately, the Eagles were not rattled and responded with a drive of their own. They looked like they were going to come up short on their first drive but Jeremiah Timothee made a big fourth down catch and brought the ball down to the Dorchester 4 yard line. Quarterback Devin Pierce called a quarterback draw and ran up the middle for a touchdown followed up by a successful PAT run and the score was tied at 8-8.
The teams went back and forth for most of the second quarter with no one scoring until late in the first half when Dorchester, aided by a 30 yard run that brought them deep into Eagles’ territory, was able to score on an 8 yard touchdown run. The PAT run failed and the score was 14-8 Dorchester at the half.
Throughout the game Dorchester’s defensive strategy focused on stopping Mystic Valley’s powerhouse running back James LoChirco. The strategy worked for much of the game but not on the second play of the second half. That is when the Eagles handed off to LoChirco and sent him towards the left side of the field. It appeared that Dorchester was going to stop him for a loss but he powered through the defenders, turned the corner and rumbled for 65 yards down the sideline and into the end zone. Sydney Guerrier ran the ball in for the two point conversion and the Eagles had the momentum and the lead 16-14.
The lead held for the rest of the third quarter but was lost with 9:25 in the game when Dorchester scored on a 3 yard run and followed up with a successful two point conversion run. Things looked bleak for the Eagles when Dorchester followed up their touchdown by recovering an onside kick. Dorchester pushed the ball down towards the Eagles’ goal line while eating up precious time on the clock. The game appeared to be lost when Dorchester had the ball 4th and 1 inside the Eagles’ 20. They ran up the middle and looked to have the first down but the ball popped out and Mystic Valley’s Sydney Guerrier jumped on it to give possession to the Eagles on their own 14 yard line with just over five minutes left to play.
Balls out!! Mystic Valley will recover this fumble on their 14 yard line
Pierce marched the Eagles up the field expertly using passes to Robbie Cummings and passes to and runs by Jayden Jean. The Eagles made several big third and long plays as they marched downfield with ever growing urgency as time ticked away. The Eagles reached pay dirt when Pierce ran a quarterback keeper and raced to the corner of the field diving for the end zone pylon just ahead of the Dorchester defender tying the game. Pierce’s number was called again on the conversion and he took the ball hard into the middle of the line and just made it over the goal line to give the Eagles the lead.
Mystic Valley QB Devin Pierce leading the winning drive
Dorchester tried to mount a last minute drive of their own but had difficulty throwing long passes in the very windy conditions. The game effectively ended when on fourth and four Mystic Valley’s defense rose up and dropped Dorchester’s quarterback for a loss. All that was left was to run out the clock and celebrate the first MIAA Semi-final win in the history of Mystic Valley athletics.
After the game Head Coach was very happy with his team’s performance citing the outstanding play of Robbie Cummings, Trevor Bonaccorsi, Sydney Guerrier and Jethro Charles on defense. “They were spectacular!” He went on to say that this was: “A great win for our program and the school community. Quitting is just not in these kids’ DNA. There was ample opportunity for them to chalk it up as not being their day and to pack it in and be proud of their season but they really refused to go away. I can't tell you how privileged I feel to coach a group like this. To stop a big physical team like Dorchester on 4th and inches and then drive the field for a last minute score to win just shows the type of poise and resolve the kids have, I couldn't be happier for them. They deserve all the credit in the world.”
Mystic Valley Boys’ Soccer Advances to Semi-finals
The Mystic Valley boys’ varsity soccer team had an intense but exciting 1-0 quarter-final win over Matignon High School on Thursday afternoon. Defense ruled the day as neither team could make good on their scoring opportunities.
The game’s lone goal came when the Eagles’ Marouane Missbah el Idrissi jumped high above the Matignon defense to head a Dino Goranovic cross downward into the net. This first-half goal turned out to be the game winner.
Michael Russo-Penta had a pair of amazing double reflex saves as the Warriors amped up the pressure in the second half. Russo-Penta had nine saves on the game. The defensive unit of Christopher Poulos, Gaetano Panza, John Lopes, Harun Sinanovic and Timothy Flaherty did a great job. Mystic Valley’s frontline: Michael Carlino, Scott Nguyen, Nicholas Antonucci, Andrew Schofield, Jonathan Powell, Yassine Farhane and Julian Ospina kept the Matignon defenders under constant pressure to preserve the win.
The win propelled the Eagles into the semi-final round for the first time in the school’s history. Next up is the semi- final match-up on Wednesday, November 12th at 7 pm at Woburn High School against Manchester. Manchester finished the year 7-5-6 and is the tournament 7 seed. Mystic Valley is the 6 seed having finished the year 9-3-6. The winner plays for the Championship on Sunday, November 16th at 4:15 at the Manning Bowl.
Mystic Valley Football Tops Dorchester
Congratulations to the Mystic Valley Football team on beating Dorchester 24-22! The Eagles were led by QB Devin Pierce who scored two touchdowns and ran in two PATs for 16 total points. Pierce dove for the end zone pylon to score on an 11 yard touchdown run to tie the game and then ran in the winning two point conversion for the win. The Eagles will play for the Regional Championship next Friday night against Cathedral. Cathedral was the tourney 3 seed finishing with a 6-1 regular season record. Mystic Valley was also 6-1 and was the tourney 5 seed. Game time and place is TBD.
Girls' Soccer and Volleyball Lose In Semi -Final Round
Both the Mystic Valley girls' soccer and volleyball team advanced to the semi -final round of the MIAA Tourney. Unfortunately the was as far as either team got as the volleyball team lost to the eventual regional champion Lynnfield in straight sets. The girls' soccer team lost a close 2-1 game to St. Josephs.
Mystic Valley Boys Soccer Beats Marian in Tourney Round One
The Mystic Valley boys’ soccer team kept the ball rolling for the school’s very impressive tournament run. All four Mystic Valley fall sports teams (football boys’ and girls’ soccer and volleyball) made the MIAA Tournament this year. This is the first time the school has ever accomplished that feat. All four teams won their first game.
The boys’ soccer team beat Marian 2-1 on Tuesday night in what Coach Jean DuPont described as an “edge of your seat affair." Senior Nicholas Antonucci started the scoring with a header into the net. Andrew Schofield had the assist delivering a cross from the left side of the field. It remained 1-0 for most of the first half but Marian got back into the game on a shot that wrong footed the Eagles’ goalkeeper and barely trickled over the goal line as it deflected off of Mystic Valley’s defenders.
The second half was intense as both teams went all out in search of the win. Mystic Valley dominated the play in the second half but couldn’t get the ball in the net. The deadlock was finally broken when Senior Timothy John Flaherty sent in a diagonal cross to the back of Marian's defense. Scott Nguyen darted in behind the defense received the cross and popped the ball over the goalie’s head into the top right hand corner of the goal.
Mystic Valley goaltender Michael Russo-Penta had a great game in the net highlighted by two back to back saves from point blank range three quarters of the way through the first half.
Next up is a quarterfinal game on Thursday, November 6th against the 3 seed Matignon High School at Matignon’s home field Danehy Soccer Field #4, 198 New Street, Cambridge. Matignon finished the regular season 14-4. Mystic Valley finished the regular season 9-3-6, they were the Commonwealth Athletic Conference Small Division Champions for the first time in school history and are the 6 seed.
Mystic Valley Girls Soccer Tops PMA in Tourney
The Mystic Valley girls’ soccer team had an impressive first round win over PMA on Monday. The girls won 6-1 to move to the quarterfinal round.
Teya Nigro led the way on offense scoring 2 goals and adding an assist. Following Nigro in the Eagles’ relentless offensive attack were Sam Rizzo who had a goal; Meghan Foley who scored a goal and had 2 assists; Vanessa Kreis scored a goal and Karen Mortimer had a goal and an assist.
After the game, Coach Mike Kenney said: “I thought our team played really aggressively throughout the game despite playing against boys (PMA fielded a co-ed team). They did a great job sticking to our game plan and executing the plays we worked on. Bryanna Cimmetti had 4 saves and was an anchor in the back all game long directing the defense. Meghan Foley was a beast again in the middle. We are at our best when she gets free and sets people up.”
Mystic Valley Volleyball Advances to Semi -Final Round
The Mystic Valley volleyball team advanced to the semi -final round of the MIAA Tourney with a 3-1 win over Winthrop on Monday.
Mystic Valley put in an amazing team effort to win their first playoff match against a tough Winthrop team. The Eagles combined for a 45.7% kill percentage, a 26% ace percentage, and had 33 digs.
Senior Shannon Roseen had a tremendous night - she had 23 of the team's 43 kills with a 62% kill percentage. She also led the team in aces with 10 and a 42% ace percentage (92% serve percentage). Roseen also had a solo block and 5 digs on the night. Senior Camila Silva led the team with 8 digs, and senior Jess Phinney had 29 assists for the match.
The Eagles will face perennial volleyball powerhouse Lynnfield in the semi-finals on Wednesday at home. Lynnfield is the tournament 3 seed having finished the season with a 15-3 record. Mystic Valley is the 2 seed having finished the season with a 16-3 record. Game time is 6:00pm.
Shannon Roseen getting one of her 23 kills
Pierce Leads Mystic Valley to First Ever Playoff Win
Mystic Valley quarterback Devin Pierce led the Eagles to their first ever playoff victory with a Halloween night romp over Boston English. Pierce ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more as the Eagles punched their ticket to the MIAA Tournament semi-finals.
The night did not start well for the Eagles who allowed English to take the opening possession and march down the field for a touchdown. The PAT rush failed and the Eagles were down 6-0. Pierce and the Eagles responded immediately when Pierce hit Jeremiah Timothee for a 58 yard scoring pass followed up by a James LoChirco two point conversion run. The Eagles were up 8-6 and would not trail again.
Pierce was far from done as he scored another touchdown on a 3 yard run before the end of the quarter. The Eagles led 14-6 after one.
The Eagles kept it going in the second quarter scoring two more touchdowns on another Pierce to Timothee touchdown this time for 34 yards and a one yard Pierce touchdown run. Pierce also scored a two point after conversion on the first touchdown. He had 14 points on the game. The teams entered halftime with the score 30-6 Eagles and the game effectively over. Boston English was able to score a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to make the final 30-4.
Coach Turner was pleased with his team’s effort: “It was good to bounce back after losing last week. It was hard not to be concerned about how we might respond after that but the kids really executed our game plan well and played with tremendous effort all night. Boston English is a great team and it took quite a bit of preparation to play this well. I'm very proud of our kids.” Asked about being the coach of the first Mystic Valley football team to win a tournament game he said: “To be the first team in a playoff game and to be the first team to win a playoff game here at Mystic Valley is very special. It's certainly not lost on me or my coaching staff. I've heard from countless former players and coaches the last couple weeks, people that put a lot of time and effort into this program over the years and I'll tell you it's a big credit to those people who helped build the program up over the years. It wasn't built in a day, it was a long road but I wouldn't have had it any other way. “
The Eagles will now play Dorchester High in the semi-final round at Dorchester High at a time to be announced. Dorchester High, like Mystic Valley, finished the season 6-1. They are the number one seed in the tournament. The winner will play for the Regional Championship on Friday November 14th.
Mystic Valley Boys Win CAC Cross Country Championship
The Mystic Valley Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country teams competed in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference League Championship Race at Greater Lowell Technical High School on the morning of Saturday, October 25th.
The boys’ team won 1st place in their divisional race which included 37 runners from 6 different teams. The Varsity roster consisted of Senior Patrick McPherson (1st place overall, 18:25), Junior Sean Flanagan (4th place, 19:27), Senior Charif Elmoussaoui (8th place, 20:04), Senior Tyler Cronin (9th place, 20:10), Sophomore Andrew Hogan (12th place, 20:33), Junior Vincent Tham (14th place, 20:54), and Sophomore Danny Riley (18th place, 21:31).
The girls’ team finished in 3rd place in their race which consisted of 50 different runners from 7 different teams. The raced was highlighted by Mystic Valley runners Senior Vanessa LoChirco and Sophomore Karina Hanson taking 1st place (with a time of 20:17) and 2nd place (21:39) respectively. The roster also included 8th grader Maya Cook (15th place, 24:52), Senior Ava Asai-Sarris (20th place, 25:50), Junior Helen Chan (25th place, 27:49), 8th grader Deanna Cook (32nd place, 30:04), and Junior Mary Elizabeth Gallagher (39th place, 33:06).
Coach Jon Bush was very pleased with the results stating after the race: “We have had a very successful season in terms of both team and individual successes. I am very happy for and proud the boys team as they went undefeated in all races this season while capturing the 2014 Dual Meet and League Meet Championships. The core group of senior runners will be missed both for their ability and leadership. The girls team should be proud of their accomplishments this season as they competed as a true unit in order to win some close races. We still have two more weeks of training before the State Regional Meet and I look forward to the continued improvement.”
Mystic Valley Football’s Unbeaten Streak Ends
Mystic Valley football’s unbeaten streak came to an end on Friday night when they lost 25-6 to Essex Tech. The win gave Essex Tech the Commonwealth Athletic Conference Small Division Championship. By virtue of placing second in their conference with a 6-1 record Mystic Valley qualified for the MIAA Tourney for the first time in school history. They will play in the quarterfinal round Friday night against Boston English at a place and time TBD.
Essex Tech scored on their first drive of the game and converted their PAT kick to make the score 7-0. The Eagles did not back down and responded by putting together a long sustained drive that ended with a 20 yard touchdown pass to Robbie Cummings who made a nice catch cutting across the middle of the field. The PAT run failed and the score was 7-6.
The second quarter was a defensive stalemate as neither team could get on the board against the other’s hard hitting defense. Essex Tech had a chance to score as time was running out in the half but Robbie Cummings saved a touchdown with an interception on Mystic Valley’s one yard line. The teams entered halftime with the score 7-6 Essex Tech.
On Essex Tech’s first series of the second half Mystic Valley’s defense had them stopped at midfield fourth and one. Essex Tech decided to go for it and blasted through the Mystic Valley line for a touchdown. The PAT kick missed and the score was 13-6. Mystic Valley got the ball back but was forced to punt. Essex Tech scored again on a long touchdown run and failed on the PAT run. The score was 19-6 at the end of the third quarter.
Mystic Valley’s offense could not move against the Essex Tech defense in the fourth quarter. Essex Tech scored their final touchdown with two minutes left in the game to run the final score to 25-6.
Mystic Valley Volleyball Wins 7th Straight
The Mystic Valley volleyball team continued to dominate opponents winning their 7th straight game this time over Whittier. For the twelfth time they won in straight sets (25-21, 25-21 and 25-17). They are we are now 14-2 overall and 7-2 in the league.
The Eagles combined for a 43.5% kill percentage and had 3 players hitting above a 50%.The team also combined for 33 digs on the night.
Senior Paulina Petras had a 56% kill percentage (9 kills on 16 attempts with 1 error), Senior Shannon Roseen had a 52% kill percentage (13 kills on 25 attempts with 3 errors), Senior Jess Phinney had a 50% kill percentage (8 kills on 16 attempts with 2 errors). Senior Mairin King led the team in aces with a 36% ace percentage (5 aces on 14 attempts with 1 error). King also had 2 solo blocks.
Mystic Valley Volleyball Wins 6th Straight
The Mystic Valley volleyball team won their sixth straight Tuesday night over Lowell, going to 5 sets for the first time this season (25-8, 23-25, 25-17, 21-25, 15-12). The Eagles are now 13-2 overall.
The team combined for a 36% kill percentage, 4 blocks and 58 digs against a tough Lowell team.
Senior Paulina Petras had an outstanding night with 14 kills on 33 attempts and only 2 errors (42.4% kill percentage). She also led the team in aces with 4 (19% ace percentage) and had an 85.7% serve percentage. Petras also had 4 digs and a solo block. Senior Shannon Roseen had a double-double with 10 digs and 14 kills (54% kill percentage). Roseen also had 2 solo blocks and 3 assists. Junior Bailey Chiccurelli led the team in digs with 19, and Senior Jess Phinney had 30 assists on the night.
Mystic Valley Football Wins Again, Now 6-0!!
The Mystic Valley varsity football team won their sixth straight game on Saturday afternoon. This time the win came over Commonwealth Athletic Conference rival Lynn Tech by a score of 27-6. The win earned the Eagles a playoff berth for the first time in school history. They will take their undefeated 6-0 record to the league championship game on Friday night when they travel to play Essex Tech.
Things did not start right for the Eagles when Lynn Tech marched all the way downfield on their first possession and scored a touchdown on a 2 yard run. That was the last time that Lynn scored as the Eagles’ defense put the clamps down for the rest of the game.
James LoChirco tied the game up for Mystic Valley in the second quarter when he ran in for a 6 yard touchdown run. The PAT attempt failed and the teams were tied at the half.
The second half started with a bang for the Eagles when they recovered an onside kick coming out to start the half. The offense took over and Joey LoRusso capped the drive with a 12 yard Touchdown run followed by a two point conversion pass from Devin Pierce to Jeremiah Timothee. The Eagles scored again in the quarter when Jayden Jean grabbed a pass from Pierce and ran 85 yards for a touchdown. Jean caught four passes in the game for 128 yards. Hunter Kreis kicked the extra point and the Eagles were up 21-6 after three.
Mystic Valley iced the game with another Devin Pierce to Jayden Jean touchdown pass this time for fourteen yards to make the score 27-6 Mystic Valley. The defense would handle it from there as a relentless pass rush from the defensive line and Linebackera including Wolfgang Wentzell, Jethro Charles, David Barthelemy, Kyle Larson, Hunter Kreis and Billy Callinan.
Coach Craig Turner was very pleased with his team's efforts post game. "The kids answered the bell after a slow start. They've done everything I've asked of them. I couldn't possibly be prouder of a group of kids. They just play every day with a relentless enthusiasm that makes it enjoyable to come to practice." "This week should be no different. Friday night we get to play for a championship against the best team in the league at their place. I think everyone is excited for that opportunity."
Mystic Valley Students Run FOOGI 5K
Several members of the Mystic Valley cross country team ran in the annual Malden FOOGI 5K this weekend. The Friends of Oak Grove Inc. race is an annual Malden event that raises money for local causes.
The students did well. Sean Flanagan came in 2nd place overall, 1st place males 15-18, time 20:52 followed by: Tyler Cronin (8th place overall, 2nd place males 15-18, time 22:59); Richie Nguyen (23rd overall, time 26:12) and Brian Lai (58th place overall, time 32:27).
Ava Asai-Sarris won the first place females 15-18 prize with a time of 26:25, finishing 24th overall followed up by Helen Chan (32nd place overall, 2nd place females 15-18, time 28:07.
Mystic Valley Volleyball Wins Fifth Straight
The Mystic Valley varsity volleyball team won their fifth straight game on Friday. The girls beat Austin Prep in straight sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-15) moving to 12-2 overall. All twelve of the team’s wins have been in straight sets!
The Eagles found their groove on serve receive, only allowing 3 aces from the Cougars. The Eagles also only had 5 missed serves, combining for a 93% serve percentage and had a team 33.7% kill percentage for the night.
Senior Jess Phinney had a double-double in the match - 18 digs and 20 assists. She also had a 91% serve percentage and a 28% kill percentage. Senior Mairin King also had a stand out night with a 50% kill percentage (10 kills on 20 attempts, 2 errors), a team high 38% ace percentage (94% serve percentage), and had 5 digs, 1 assist, 2 solo blocks and an assisted block.
Mystic Valley plays non-league opponent Lowell at home Tuesday, October 28th. JV plays at 5, Varsity plays at 6.
Mystic Valley Cross Country Sweeps Essex Aggie
The Mystic Valley Varsity boys and girls cross country teams completed a sweep of Essex Aggie Technical High School on Wednesday afternoon.
The boys’ team swept their race, taking the first 5 overall places while winning by a score of 15-48. They were once again led by Senior Patrick McPherson who took 1st place overall with a time of 19:34. He was followed by Junior Sean Flanagan (2nd place, 20:34), Senior Charif Elmoussaoui (3rd place, 20:58), Senior Tyler Cronin (4th place, 21:08), and Sophomore Andrew Hogan (5th place, 21:09).
The girls’ race was much closer, as Mystic Valley pulled a narrow victory by a score of 27-30. They were led by Senior Vanessa LoChirco who took 1st place overall with a time of 20:52. She was followed by Junior Karina Hanson (2nd place, 22:54), and Senior Ava Asai-Sarris (5th place, 26:45).
After the meet, Coach Jon Bush said: Congratulations to both teams for their performance this afternoon. The Girls race was very close and it displayed the importance of each individual on the team. The Boys team remains focused on their goal of finishing the regular season with an undefeated record and both teams are looking forward to the CAC League Meet next weekend.
The Boys team improved their record to 4-0 in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference while the Girls are now 3-1. Both teams will complete their regular season when they race against Minuteman High School next Wednesday at Pine Banks Park in Melrose.
Mystic Volleyball Sweeps Two More Qualifies for States
The Mystic Valley volleyball team won two more 3-0 matches and in the process qualified for the state tourney. Their record is now 11-2 overall and 5-2 in the league. They have swept all eleven of their wins.
The first win was over St. Clements on Monday by set scores of 25-8, 25-27 and 25-4. This is the win that qualified them for the playoffs. The Eagles only had 3 hitting errors on the night and had a team 60% kill percentage.
Freshman Emily DaPonta had a stand out night - when the Eagles fell behind in the 2nd set, DaPonta went back and served 7 points in a row to get the Eagles rolling again. She also had a 91% serve percentage (only 1 error on 11 attempts), had a kill, 3 digs and 2 assists. Senior Shannon Roseen was on fire at the net with an 89% kill percentage (16 kills on 18 attempts, only 1 error) and a solo block. Roseen also had 2 digs and 2 assists.
They were back on the court Tuesday when they took on Chelsea and won 25-7, 25-4 and 25-9.
The team only had 3 hitting errors to combine for a 55% kill percentage and only 4 serving errors, combining for a team 95% serve percentage and 40% ace percentage.
Senior Paulina Petras had a perfect night tonight with no hitting or serving errors. She led the team in kills with 7 (on 9 attempts) for a 78% kill percentage. Petras also led the team in aces with 8 (on 18 attempts) for a 44.4% ace percentage.
The Eagles next play at Austin Prep on Friday, JV plays at 4 followed by Varsity at 5.
Mystic Valley Wins in OT, Now 5-0
Mystic Valley’s football team had to go to overtime but they were able to prevail beating Chelsea 26-20 and running their record to a perfect 5-0 on Saturday night.
The stands were packed with fans on Saturday night when the unbeaten Mystic Valley Eagles squared off against Chelsea High, a team who they had never beaten. Those in attendance were hoping for a good game and they were not disappointed.
Mystic Valley started off strong taking the opening kickoff and methodically driving downfield. The opening drive was capped by an 8 yard James LoChirco touchdown run. LoChirco would run for 73 yards on the game. The teams went back and forth for the rest of the quarter but no one was able to score and the quarter ended with the Eagles up 6-0.
The Eagles would score next at the beginning of the second quarter when quarterback Devin Pierce threw long to Jeremiah Timothee down the left side of the field. When the ball came down it appeared that the defender was going to intercept but somehow Timothee came down with the ball and then raced to the end zone for a 63 yard touchdown. James LoChirco ran in the 2 point conversion and things looked good for the Eagles up 14-0.
Chelsea was in no mood to give up so easily and scored two second quarter touchdowns of their own, missing both conversion attempts, and the teams went into halftime with the Eagles up 14-12.
Jayden Jean scored the only points of the third quarter when he caught a 14 yard touchdown pass from Pierce while lunging to cross over the goal line before being tackled. The touchdown was set up by a spectacular grab by Timothee who caught three passes for 95 yards on the game. At the end of three the score was 20-12 Mystic Valley.
The fourth quarter saw back and forth action complete with forced fumbles and interceptions that continually swung momentum back and forth. Chelsea scored late in the quarter and converted the two point conversion leaving the game tied with only a few minutes left on the clock. The Eagles drove down field close but Chelsea’s defense held up and at the end of regulation the score was tied at 20.
In high school when a game goes into overtime each team has 4 chances to score starting at the other team’s ten yard line. After being stopped on first down the Eagles handed off to powerhouse back James LoChirco who slammed his way into the end zone giving the Eagles a 26-20 lead. Now it was Chelsea’s turn. The Eagles defense came up big actually pushing Chelsea back away from the goal line and ended the game on a sack of Chelsea’s quarterback.
Quarterback Devin Pierce had a very good game for the Eagles running for 59 yards and completing 11 of 14 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns.
The Eagles are now 5-0 for the first time in school history. They next face Lynn Tech Saturday morning at 10:30AM at the Manning Bowl in Lynn.
Cross Country Sweeps Lynn Tech
The Mystic Valley boys and girls varsity cross country teams completed a sweep of Lynn Tech on Wednesday afternoon. The boys’ team improved their record to 3-0 while the girls’ team is now 2-1 in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference standings.
The boys’ race was highlighted by Mystic Valley taking the top three overall places. They were led by Senior Patrick McPherson (1st place overall, 16:42 on a 2.8 mile course). He was followed by Junior Sean Flanagan (2nd place, 17:51), and Senior Charif Elmoussaoui (3rd place, 18:05). The girls took the top five overall places to win their race. They were led by Senior Vanessa LoChirco and Junior Karina Hanson who tied for 1st place overall with a time of 20:47.
After the race, Coach Jon Bush said: “Both teams continue to impress with their ability to take many of the top places in the race. We look forward to continuing to improve as we are getting closer to the CAC League Meet in two weeks.”
Both teams will race again next Wednesday against Essex Aggie at Pine Banks Park in Melrose.
Mystic Valley Crew Competes at Textile River Regatta
It was a beautiful day. It was a little windy and there was some chop on the water, so it wasn't the easiest rowing conditions the athletes have faced but the Mystic Valley crew team put forth a solid effort at the annual Textile River Regatta in Lowell last weekend.
Among the highlights of the team’s performance were:
The Men's Novice Quad which finished third, earning a bronze medal. The three athletes in this crew have only learned how to scull (rowing with two oars) this fall, and the boat only practiced several days this fall. Even though they were racing in the novice category, they were rowing against much more seasoned athletes. The rowers were: Amy Nguyen coxswain, Joseph Whitlow Jr., Allan St. Clair, Jimmy Sickler and Daniel Cunningham.
The Men's Single finished third, earning a bronze medal. Ben Horton finished behind two fast scullers from long time powerhouse Narragansett Boat Club. Third place was impressive because it was Ben's second race of the day.
The Women's Junior pair Fayrouz Farhane and Emily Kelly finished 3rd, earning a bronze medal.
The Men’s Double, Mario Hanna and Ben Horton finished 4th. Ben and Mario raced as a double in the Club division. Racing against older, faster athletes they put together a good piece, finishing 8 seconds from a bronze medal in what was Ben's 3rd race of the day, and Mario's second.
Mystic Valley’s Craig Turner Coach of the Week
Mystic Valley Head Football Coach Craig Turner has been named Coach of the Week by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. In the letter announcing Turner’s selection, Patriots’ Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett and current Executive Director of Community Affairs said: “Your 4-0 start is a great way to build team camaraderie and community support. You guys have done a great job in changing the culture of the program and the last few weeks has showed just that.”
A very proud Mystic Valley Athletic Director, John Furlong said of Turner: “Coach Turner is one of those coaches that practices what he preaches. He pledged that no coach will out work him and now he has his players doing the same. He has done a great job building these kids to believe in hard work.”
Mystic Valley’s Executive Director, Martin Trice, added: “The turnaround Coach Turner and his team have orchestrated has been impressive. I was thrilled to learn that even the New England Patriots took notice. I congratulate Coach Turner, his staff and particularly the players for their success. “
Tippett came to Mystic Valley on Tuesday for a noontime Patriots Coach of the Week Presentation to Coach Turner and with the award $1000 was donated to the Mystic Valley High School football program in honor of Coach Craig Turner. Tippett presented the award and spoke to the packed auditorium of Mystic Valley athletes about his experiences as a Patriot and the importance of hard work and passion in their preparations for games and life.
The ever humble Coach Turner thanked Tippett and the Patriots and gave all of the credit for the award to his players who he credited with working very hard during the off season and so far this year. He recounted that even as a kid he wanted to be a football coach and started coaching by helping out his father Charlie (who was in attendance along with Craig’s wife Brittany) coach 8 & 9 year old Pop Warner when Craig was only 13 himself.
The visit and presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television magazine show, “Patriots All Access,” which will be aired at 7pm Friday on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.
This is the 19th year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. One high school coach will be named the New England Patriots High School coach of the Year At the conclusion of the season, and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution toward the school’s football program.
This is the second time in the three weeks that awards have been given this year that the winner has been from a Malden team as Malden High’s Coach Joe Pappagallo received the award in September.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.
Mystic Valley Soccer Picks Up a Win and Two Ties
Mystic Valley’s soccer teams added points as they picked up a win and two ties while not giving up a goal in three games. On Thursday the boys started things off with a 1-0 win over Whittier. The Eagles took the lead, scoring on a combination play between Scott Nguyen, Dino Goranovic and Marouane el Idrissi. They never let go holding on for the win. The highlight of the game came when Whittier attempted a free kick in the closing stages of the first half to open the scoring, however, Michael Russo-Penta was alert to the danger and dove to his right to parry the shot over the cross bar to keep the score 0-0 at the half.
The boy’ played St. Joseph’s to a 0-0 tie on Friday. The Eagles controlled the ball for most of the match and kept play in St. Joseph’s end but were unable to find the back of the net.
Also on Friday, the girls’ varsity team beat Greater Lowell 1-0 on a 35 yard blast by Meghan Foley. Bryanna Cimetti made 7 saves for her 6th shutout on the year.
Mystic Valley Volleyball Sweeps Again
The Mystic Valley varsity volleyball won another 3-0 match (25-12, 25-14, 25-15) this time over Shawsheen on Monday. With the win the Eagles are now 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference.
The Eagles were on fire at the net against league opponent Shawsheen Monday with only 6 errors committed throughout the match and a 53% combined kill percentage. Senior Shannon Roseen had a 60% kill percentage (15 kills on 25 attempts, 3 errors); Senior Mairin King had a 54% kill percentage (6 kills on 11 attempts, 2 errors) and Senior Paulina Petras had a 42% kill percentage (5 kills on 12 attempts, no errors). King also had 3 solo blocks and an assist block and Petras had a solo block for the match. The Eagles were also solid on serving - only 7 missed serves throughout the match and a combined 90.5% serve percentage.
Overall, Junior Bailey Chiccuarelli had a standout performance tonight: she was perfect serving, had a 50% kill percentage (3 kills on 6 attempts, no errors) had 4 digs on the match and had an assist block. Senior Jess Phinney also had a standout performance: she had 25 assists, a 95% serve percentage (16% ace percentage), and a 43% kill percentage.
The Eagles next face league opponent Greater Lawrence Tech at home Wednesday night. JV plays at 4 followed by Varsity at 5.
Football to Host Chelsea
Saturday, October 11h at 7:00 PM the football team will host Chelsea. The beat St. Joseph’s 47-28 on Saturday. They are now 4-0 for the first time in school history and were featured in BOTH the Boston Globe and Boston Herald Sunday. QB Devin Pierce passed for 235 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday and was named BOTH a Boston Herald and a Boston Globe player of the week!
Mystic Valley Football 4-0
The Mystic Valley Charter School football team is 4-0 for the first time in school history after beating St. Joseph’s 47-28 on Saturday.
The Eagles’ attack was led by quarterback Devin Pierce who threw for 235 yards on 10 of 20 passing. Pierce threw for two touchdown passes, a nineteen yarder to Robbie Cummings and an eighteen yard strike to Jack Ryan and also added a 5 yard touchdown run. Jayden Jean (15 yards), James LoChirco (4 yards) and Joey LoRusso (12 yards) each scored a touchdown on the ground. Jeremiah Timothee added a touchdown for the Eagles on a fumble recovery.
Trevor Bonaccorsi got things started on the right foot for the Eagles’ defense when he picked off the first pass of the game setting up the game’s first score.
The Eagles have a big Commonwealth Athletic Conference showdown scheduled for Saturday night at 7:00 when they host Chelsea, a team that they have never beaten in school history.
Mystic Valley Girls’ Soccer Tops Minuteman
The Mystic Valley girls’ soccer team beat Minuteman 2-0 on Friday. The team had goals from Meghan Foley and Teya Nigro. Meghan's was unassisted and Vanessa Kreis assisted on Teya’s. As of the end of the game Meghan Foley is leading the Commonwealth Athletic Conference in scoring with 15 points (8 goals and 7 assists).
The win was the fifth shutout victory of the year for goalie Bryanna Cimetti.
The team will return to action on Thursday when they travel to play Greater Lowell.
Mystic Valley Boys’ Soccer Wins Two
The Mystic Valley boys’ soccer team picked up two more wins against Commonwealth Athletic Conference foes.
The first win came on Friday when they won 4-0 over Minuteman. Maroune el Idrissi led the way on offense scoring two goals. Dino Goranovic added one and had an assist on one of Maroune's goals. The fourth goal was scored by Conner Quinlan who was playing in his first game.
On Tuesday they followed up with a strong game and were able to unlock a stubborn Shawsheen defense in the last 10 minutes of the game for the 2-1 win. The final goal saw three players combining to get the ball across the goal line. Dino Goranovic delivered the corner kick which was headed goalward by Marouane el Idrissi and scored by Michael Carlino with a right footed shot.
Michael Russo-Penta, Timothy Flaherty,Gaetano Panza, Christopher Poulos, Scott Nguyen and Yassine Farhane were outstanding on defense; Julian Ospina, Marouane el Idrissi scored the first goal assisted by John Lopes. Thomas Callanan and Anthony Russo-Penta performed admirably as well.
Mystic Valley Volleyball Knocks Off Bishop Fenwick
After losing the first set 12-25 against non-league opponent Bishop Fenwick, the Mystic Valley Eagles took the next two sets 25-15, 25-20. Heading into the fourth set, Bishop Fenwick came out on fire and the Eagles could not get much going falling behind 20-7. Coach Michele Naughton called her second time out to try and rally the team to get something started. “They were pulling apart and not playing as a team, I needed them to pull together in order to fight back against a tough opponent,” said Naughton. The Eagles lost the next point, but then won the sideout. Senior Shannon Roseen went back to serve with confidence – and served 13 points in a row, 7 of them aces. The team came together to defend Roseen’s serve, digging up hits from the Crusaders and smartly placing their own hits. The Crusaders had the serve at 21-22 the Eagles won the sideout tying it up 22-22 and won the next two points but then the Crusaders won the ball back making it 24-23. The Eagles pulled together and won the last point, winning the set 25-23, taking the match 3 sets to 1.
Roseen also had 14 kills on the night and 2 solo blocks. Senior Setter Jess Phinney had 20 assists on the night and led the team in digs with 8. Phinney surpassed 1,000 career assists in the game which is an impressive feat on par with scoring 1,000 points in basketball.
The Eagles are now 7-1 overall.
Before the varsity game, the JV volleyball team improved to 4-4 on the season defeating Bishop Fenwick 2-0. The girls used an impressive service game to control the match. Setter Brianna Paris led the way, getting multiple kills with quick sets over the net. Kerri Foley had a strong game in the middle with multiple kills and tips for points. Michela Correale had a strong game serving, receiving and hitting and Sarah DeSantis was the best defensive player on the court. Coach Cantwell was proud of the team, crediting a complete team effort in the victory adding: “Anytime you can beat a quality program like Bishop Fenwick, while still making sure each of our 13 players get a chance to play it is a good day”.
Mystic Valley Football Shuts Out Minuteman
The Mystic Valley football team shut out Minuteman on Saturday 40-0. The Eagles were led by Jayden Jean who scored four touchdowns and James LoChirco who scored two. With the win the Eagles are 3-0 for the first time in school history.
Jayden Jean set the tone for the game on the very first play from scrimmage. He went in motion prior to the snap and then took a hand-off from quarterback Devin Pierce and raced 49 yards down the right side of the field for a touchdown. The PAT kick attempt failed but the Eagles were up 6-0 17 seconds into the game. The Eagles did not let up when they took the field to play defense. Defensive back Robbie Cummings promptly got the ball back when he intercepted a Minuteman pass at the Mystic Valley 45 yard line. The Eagles marched down the field and scored another touchdown on a 9 yard James LoChirco run. The PAT attempt failed and the Eagles led 12-0.
Minuteman’s best scoring chance came at the end of the first quarter when they had a first and goal opportunity but the Eagles’ defense stood strong and Mystic Valley took over on downs at their own 1 yard line. The Eagles lined up for the last play of the quarter. Quarterback Devin Pierce dropped back into his own end zone to pass. He found Jayden Jean over the middle. The pass was tipped but Jean showed great concentration and brought the ball down before racing the length of the field for the 99 yard touchdown, the longest play from scrimmage in Mystic Valley history. The PAT attempt failed and the Eagles led 18-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Eagles were not done scoring. At the six minute mark of the second quarter Pierce found Jean wide open in the flat. Jean jogged 36 yards into the end zone for the touchdown. The score was followed by a LoChirco run for the two point conversion running the score to 26-0. Three minutes later the Eagles struck again this time on a LoChirco 47 yard touchdown run that was followed by a PAT kick by Hunter Kreis to run the score to 33-0 at the half.
The Eagles would score once in the third quarter. Jayden Jean took a handoff to the right side of the field and seemed to be bottled up by the defense but bounced his way through several defenders before breaking into the clear for a 70 yard touchdown run. Jean’s four touchdowns in one game is a Mystic Valley record. Hunter Kreis added the PAT kick to make the score 40-0 where it stood for the rest of the game.
In addition to being offensive powerhouses, Jean and LoChirco also had big games on defense. LoChirco brought several Minuteman ball carriers down with hard hits and Jean made several open field tackles.
After the game, Head Coach, Craig Turner, said: “Great win for our kids. Their confidence is building and it's a good thing because as the calendar turns to October we have some very big league games ahead. To start off 1-0 in the league is a huge boost for us. We just have to continue to improve week to week and not get too far ahead of ourselves”.
The Eagles will return to action on Saturday, October 4th at 10:00 when they host St. Joseph’s Prep.
Mystic Valley Cross Country Splits Meet with PMA
The Mystic Valley Varsity cross country teams split their home meet against PMA on Wednesday afternoon.
The boys’ team completed a clean sweep in which they took the top 5 places and won by a score of 15-47. They were led by Senior Patrick McPherson who took 1st place overall with a time of 19:21. He was followed by: Junior Sean Flanagan (2nd place, 20:40); Senior Charif Elmoussaoui (3rd place, 20:41); Senior Tyler Cronin (4th place, 20:43) and Junior Vincent Tham (5th place, 20:45).
The girls’ team lost a close race by a score of 27-28. The girls were led by Senior Vanessa LoChirco who took 1st place overall with a time of 20:44. Junior Karina Hanson, returning from a 2 week injury, came in 2nd place with a time of 21:45.
After the meet, coach Jon Bush said that: “The boys continue to impress as sweeping two meets in a row is a very difficult thing to do against any