Mystic Valley’s Neil Kinnon & Alex Dan Win Swim Awards
At the recent Eastern Massachusetts Interscholastic Coaches Academy annual meeting Mystic Valley swim coach and Assistant Director Alex Dan and Board of Trustees Chairman Neil Kinnon received swim awards.
Alex Dan was voted by his peers as the Boys North Swimming Coach of the year. Upon presenting the award to Dan the board members Mike Foley and Bryan King said that “Alex had not just one great season last year, but has continued for many years now to have the attention of coaches not just in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference but throughout the state”. Mr. Dan has been coaching at Mystic Valley since 2005 and has led the swim team to an incredible 7 straight Commonwealth Athletic Conference Championships.
Neil Kinnon was the recipient of a Meritorious Service Award for his long term service to the sport that goes back to his days as a star high school swimmer at Malden High School and continues to the present as a very active and involved supporter of youth swim programs.
Mystic Valley Wins 8-7 on Walk off Bunt
The Mystic Valley Charter School’s baseball team won on a very rare walk off bunt by Jose Cefalo on Thursday. The 8-7 win came at home over Commonwealth Athletic Conference rival Chelsea High and moved their record to 2-2 on the season.
The offense was led by Darren Coleman who was 4-4 with 2 singles a double and a monster home run. Fleet-footed Michael Hooley also played a major role tearing up the base paths with an inside the park home run and also scoring from first base on a single.
The Eagles return to action on Thursday with a game at Minuteman.
Mystic Valley Track Sweeps Lynn Tech
The Mystic Valley Boys and Girls Track and Field teams swept Lynn Tech last Thursday afternoon. The Boys team won by a score of 74-58 while the Girls won 99-36. Both teams now stand at 1-1 on the season and will look to improve on their records when they take on Shawsheen and PMA on Tuesday afternoon.
After the meet coach, Jon Bush, said “It was a successful day for both of our teams. We were missing a few important members of the teams but everyone stepped up and gave great effort. Congrats to the new CAC qualifiers and I look forward to more members of the team qualifying before the end of the season!”
The following is a list of the new CAC League Meet qualifiers.
Sydney Guerrier, 10th grade - High Jump (5'2'')
Ava Asai-Sarris, 11th grade - 2 Mile (15 minutes 16 seconds)
Ashley Jean Pierre, 10th grade - Shot Put (24'6'')
Mairin King, 11th grade - High Jump (4'4'')
Vanessa LoChirco, 11th grade - 800m (3 minutes 5 seconds)
Ozem Onye-Franklin, 9th grade - 100m (14.3 seconds)
Elise Sheehan, 12th grade - 2 Mile (15 minutes 29 seconds)
Mystic Valley Softball Wins Home Opener
On Saturday afternoon, under sunny skies and a great crowd of supporters at 576 Eastern Avenue, the Mystic Valley girls’ softball team won its home opener 12-8 over the visiting Lancers from Notre Dame of Tyngsboro.
The game started with the Lady Eagles going up 3 -0 in the first inning on some miscues by the visitors and an RBI single by sophomore Colleen McGlynn. The Lancers tied the game with two in the third and 1 in the top of the fourth. After two outs were recorded in the home half of the fourth, senior Alexis Martino walked, stole second and then came all the way around to score on a bunt base hit by sophomore Bailey Chiccuarelli. Not to be outdone by her older sister, eighth grader Sam McGlynn drilled a two out RBI double to bring the score to 5 - 3 for Mystic Valley.
After squelching another ND threat in the top of the fifth, the Lady Eagles combined aggressive base running and timely two outs hits to score seven in the bottom of the fifth to run the score to 12 -3. Elizabeth Callahan, Leah Thomas and Colleen McGlynn all had RBI doubles and Alexis Martino and Sam McGlynn had RBI singles in the inning. Notre Dame would not go away plating 5 runs over the last two frames however the Lady Eagles employed classic "bend but don’t break" philosophy to finish off the Lancers.
Leah Thomas pitched a complete game for the victory, Alexis Martino scored three runs and sisters Colleen and Sam McGlynn had doubles and two RBIs a piece in the win for Mystic Valley.
This win took down a lot of firsts for the Lady Eagles: the first home opener win at Eastern Avenue, the first win of the season and the first time Mystic Valley has ever beaten CAC Large opponent Notre Dame of Tyngsboro. The Lady Eagles are back in action Tuesday night at home vs. perennial CAC Large powerhouse Shawsheen.
Fourteen from Mystic Valley Qualify for Track & Field Tourney in Opener
The Boys and Girls Varsity Track and Field teams competed in their first meets of the season on Tuesday afternoon at Chelsea High School. The Girls team was defeated by the slight score of 71-65 while the Boys team lost by a score of 83-52. Both teams are looking to rebound on Thursday when they take on PMA and Lynn Tech in Lynn. Despite the loss 14 students qualified for the post-season MIAA Tourney.
After the meet, Head Coach, Jon Bush, said “It was great to see both teams compete today and I'm proud of everyone's all around effort. There are a lot of new faces to the team this year and so I'm glad they now have a bit more experience moving forward in the season. Congratulations to all of the league meet and state meet qualifiers and I hope we get many more to qualify as the season continues!”
Although the teams both lost, there were plenty of individual successes that should be noted. Each meet acts as a qualifier for individuals to participate in the CAC League Championship Meet on May 24th as well as the State Regional Meet on May 31st. The following is a list of students that have already qualified:
Brian Liang, 12th grade - Long Jump (20'9'') and 110m Hurdles (15.73 seconds)
Karina Hanson, 10th grade - 2 Mile (12 minutes 35 seconds)
Ashley Martorana, 9th grade - 100m (13.17 seconds)
CAC League Meet Qualifiers
Rodney Fontile, 12th grade - 100m (12.1 seconds)
Phillipe Guerrier, 8th grade - 200m (25.0 seconds)
Jonathan Powers, 12th grade - 800m (2 minutes 21 seconds)
Alex Cimetti, 12th grade - Javelin (66'11'')
Tania Fabo, 12th grade - 100m Hurdles (21.5 seconds), 400m Hurdles (1 minute 22 seconds), & Triple Jump (28')
Gaelle Gourdet, 9th grade - 200m (29.7 seconds)
Karina Hanson, 10th grade - 800m (2 minutes 53 seconds)
Vanessa LoChirco, 11th grade - 1 mile (6 minutes 56 seconds)
Karen Mortimer, 8th grade - High Jump (4'2'')
Ozem Onye Franklin, 9th grade - 100m Hurdles (20.03 seconds)
Caroline Williams, 10th grade - High Jump (4'4''), 400m Hurdles (1 minute 24 seconds), & 1 Mile (6 minutes 37 seconds)
Mystic Valley Lacrosse Wins Two
The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School Lacrosse team picked up two more wins to run their record to 3-0 on the young season.
First, they beat Winthrop by a score of 13-2. They were led on offense by Zack Marks (3 goals), Jack Ryan (3 goals) and Jayden Jean (2 goals and 2 assists). Trevor Bonaccorsi and Robbie Wentzell combined for the win in goal. Kyle Pereira also scored 2 goals and Ryan Kinnon had his first career goal.
The Eagles followed up on that win with a 12-10 win over Minuteman. Minuteman got on the board first but Brandon Kelso answered with the first of his three goals on an unassisted fast break goal. The teams traded goals and went into halftime tied at four. The Eagles had many great chances in the first half but strong goaltending and inaccurate shooting hurt the Eagles early in the game.
The teams again traded goals in the third and the game was deadlocked at seven going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth the Eagles finally put together a four goal run and were up 11-7 with four minutes to play. The Eagles were in command of the game at 12-8 but Minuteman answered with a little over one minute to play and added another one with 29 seconds left in the game. “I would have been happier to close the game out on our terms instead of letting up those two late goals, but we will use it as a learning experience” said coach Marty Horkan. Jack Ryan led all scorers with 6 goals and 2 assists; Brandon Kelso had 3 goals; Jayden Jean had 2 goals 1 assist; and Ethan Green tallied one goal. Trevor Bonacorsi made 8 saves, many of them in the fourth quarter and Robbie Cummings, Wolfgang Wentzell, and Charif Elmoussaoui played well on defense.
TWENTY Mystic Valley Swimmers Named Commonwealth Conference All Stars
Twenty of Mystic Valley’s 26 swimmers (including 4 swimmers from the 8th grade!) were honored at the Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) All Star Luncheon on March 24 for their outstanding accomplishments over the course of the 2013-2014 season. Mystic Valley swimmer and 100 breaststroke state champion Christian Kinnon earned league MVP honors for his outstanding accomplishments.
The luncheon, held at Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational School, included an awards ceremony. During the presentations, Mystic Valley, as a team, was awarded trophies for winning the CAC dual-meet season title and the CAC League Meet (for both boys and girls). The Eagles’ streak of winning these three awards now stands at seven consecutive years!
The 2013-2014 Mystic Valley CAC All Stars are Maaya Alagappan (senior), Vikram Alagappan (freshman), Kenneth Antonucci (sophomore), Nick Antonucci (junior), Sofia Antonucci (8th grade), Ava Asai-Sarris (junior), Elizabeth Callahan (sophomore), Robbie Cummings (junior), Damir Durakovic (sophomore), Maggie Finn (8th grade), Taylor Gibson (8th grade), Lucy Harrington (8th grade), Christian Kinnon (sophomore), Ryan Kinnon (freshman), Michael Leung (freshman), Ben Lieu (senior), Jessica Lieu (sophomore), Bridget Tully (sophomore), Caroline Williams (sophomore), and Emily Williams (senior).
Congratulations to all of Mystic Valley’s swimming all stars.
Mystic Valley Baseball Wins Home Opener
The Mystic Valley baseball team started the season off on a good note beating Lynn Tech 11-3.
The Eagles were led by Timmy O'Donnell who pitched 5 scoreless innings to pick up the win. He was helped on offense by Darren Coleman who had 3 hits and Mike Hooley who had 2 RBIs. Ian Libby and Hunter Kreiss got their first high school hits.
After the game, Coach Ernie Ardolino had praise for his team stating that “We played well, ran the bases hard and played good defense, very good fundamentals for game one."
Lacrosse Wins Opening Game
The Mystic Valley Eagles boy’s lacrosse team won their first game on Monday evening under the lights at Danehy Field in Cambridge over the Matignon Warriors by a score of 11-8. Matignon got on the board early in the first then the Eagles answered right back on a goal by Ethan Rong. The teams traded goals throughout the first half and went into halftime deadlocked at 4-4 on three unassisted goals by sophomore midfielder Jayden Jean (4 goals, 1 assist). “We needed to make some adjustments at halftime because we were not playing physical enough defensively and we were not sharing the ball on offense” said coach Marty Horkan.
The second half started out similar to the first with each team trading goals, then late in the third the tide shifted in the Eagles favor when senior captain Brandon Kelso (2 goals) scored a shorthanded goal on an end to end run and junior attackman Ethan Green found the back of the net after a Matignon miscue. The Eagles pushed the score to 11-7 before Matignon scored a goal with one minute remaining. Mystic Valley goals were scored by Jean, Kelso, Rong, Green, Zack Marks and Jack Ryan. Robbie Cummings, Charif Elamosoui and Wolfgang Wentzel played well defensively and Trevor Bonacorsi had 10 saves in net.
The Eagles have their home opener on this coming Friday against Winthrop at 4 PM.
Greg Statho Founds Mystic Valley 1,000 Point Club
Mystic Valley alum from the Class of 2012 Greg Statho was recently recognized as the founding member of the Mystic Valley 1,000 point club. The former varsity shooting guard scored 1,052 points during his basketball career at Mystic Valley. He was honored with a presentation during halftime of Mystic Valley’s recent MIAA Tournament game and the school unveiled the 1,000 point club banner which so far only includes Statho’s name as the school’s first 1,000 point scorer.
“I first noticed Greg when he started playing in the Mystic Valley basketball program as a young boy at the middle school level,” said Eagles’ head coach Tony Ferullo. “He caught my eye with his ball handling and outside shooting skills. He then went on to become a four-year varsity starter, and his sweet-shooting touch and overall play helped to lead us to four consecutive winning seasons and state tournament appearances. Greg finished his impressive high school career reaching a milestone sought by many, but achieved by few – becoming a 1,000-point scorer. I am very proud of Greg for everything that he accomplished during his playing days at Mystic Valley and I wish him continued success in the future.”
THREEPEAT! Mystic Valley 5th & 6th Grade Girls Win Tournament Championship
The Mystic Valley 5th & 6th grade girls’ basketball team won the North Shore Travel League Tournament for the third straight year winning the championship game Saturday night against Newburyport 30-18. Newburyport was held to only 10 points from the floor by the stifling Eagles defense which controlled the game from start to finish.
Mystic Valley was led on offense by the strong play of Lauren Carlino (10), and Kate Story (5) who scored half of the Eagles’ points while controlling the ball from the guard position. Camryn Ryan had a strong game scoring her 3rd 3 pointer of the playoffs. Mystic Valley had 10 girls in the scoring column: Ashley O’Rourke and Saige Brutus 2, Isabel Ospina , Emily Zibell and Deirdre Flanagan each scored 1 point. Daniella Weldon played her strongest game of the season scoring 3 points and hustling and diving for every loose ball. Saige Brutus, Jaden Granderson and Mary Eileen d’Entremont played lock down defense on the Newburyport point guard. The pressure that put on her caused her to foul out of the game early in the second half. After the game, Eagles coach, Jane Brunelli, had much to say about her players: “Natalie Lorusso, played solid minutes at guard giving Lauren Carlino a nice breather. Madison Sullivan continued to play well with the ball in her hands. Madison has a great sense of the game and can read the court well. Heather DiGiovanni was again relentless on the boards at both ends of the court and always looking for the open teammate. Daniela D’Alleva, plays at top speed all game long, she hustles and finds the open girl on defense every time. She also scored the last basket of the season with a running jump shot.”
The girls added to the Eagles’ unbeaten playoff runs in their last two championships seasons by going 3-0 making it 10 wins no loses in the playoffs. The girls are undefeated in 2014 having gone on a tear winning 16 in a row to close out the year. Their last loss was on December 22, 2013. They averaged 33 points per game while only allowing 17 points per game.
The team was helped along to victory Saturday by a big crowd of Mystic Valley supporters. The support led Coach Brunelli to state after the game: “Thanks to all those that came out (especially Mrs. Mullen for her support throughout the season) for cheering us on Saturday. Bryanna Cimeti and Bailey Chiccuarelli have been a cornerstone of the 5&6th grade girls team for the past 3 seasons. They handle our scorebook and run the clock. They travel to our away games and I appreciate their dedication to the team. A special thanks to all the parents for allowing me to be a small part of their daughters’ time at Mystic Valley. We also had a strong student section and our former champions made posters and came to cheer the team on. I would like to thank my assistant coach, Mike Bessler, for helping me this season. Jess Phinney was a big help as well during tryouts and many nights staying after her practice to help us with practice. Varsity coach Jason Cantwell was also a constant positive presence throughout the season. The family atmosphere at Mystic Valley is constantly present but to feel it during a 5&6th grade basketball game is truly a wonderful experience”.
Christian Kinnon State Champion Swimmer
In winning the 100-yard breaststroke at the MIAA Division 2 Championship Meet, sophomore and Malden native Christian Kinnon made history. Not only did he shatter his own team record and blaze past the rest of the field, but, by swimming a time of 58.86, he also became the first Mystic Valley Regional Charter School athlete to be named state champion in any sport! Kinnon finished nearly two seconds ahead of the second place swimmer which is a lot of time in competitive swimming. To add some perspective on how impressive his time was consider that swimmers 2 through 6 all finished within 1.5 seconds of each other.
Kinnon also earned second place in a hotly contested 50-yard freestyle race, finishing with a time of 21.98. By finishing first and second, respectively, in his two individual events, Kinnon scored a total of 37 points individually the second highest individual score in the meet.
Christian’s teammates fed off his energy, particularly in the meet’s relay events. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Eagles’ team of brothers Nick and Kenny Antonucci, Kinnon, and Robbie Cummings eclipsed their own team record and finished in third place (1:30.50). Mystic Valley’s 200-yard medley relay team (brothers Christian Kinnon and Ryan Kinnon, Michael Leung, and Robbie Cummings) dropped more than two seconds off of their best time to finish in sixth place with a time of 1:42.25. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Cummings, senior captain Ben Lieu, Damir Durakovic, and Nick Antonucci swam a seasonal-best time of 3:30.68, finishing in twelfth place.
A number of other Mystic Valley swimmers also competed successfully in individual events. Junior Nick Antonucci swam in two events, the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke. He broke his personal-best time in the 200 freestyle and, with a time of 1:03.37, earned eleventh place in the breaststroke.
The 100-yard breaststroke event featured two other Mystic Valley swimmers, for a total of four in the race. No other school in the state, by comparison, entered more than three athletes in the meet’s final individual event. Sophomore Kenny Antonucci (1:05.60) and freshman Ryan Kinnon (1:07.10) both swam personal best times.
Junior Robbie Cummings (50-yard freestyle) and freshman Michael Leung (100-yard butterfly) both competed in individual events and were key members of their relay teams.
The Eagles already are optimistic for the future, as seven of the eight state qualifiers will return for the 2014-2015 campaign.
Girls Set Records
The young Mystic Valley Regional Charter School girls’ swim team also competed in the MIAA D2 Championship Meet on Saturday evening, establishing new team records and continuing to build on a solid foundation for the future.
The Eagles began the meet by setting a new Mystic Valley team record in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing with a time of 2:01.57. Sophomore Caroline Williams, junior Ava Asai-Sarris, sophomore Jessica Lieu, and senior Emily Williams earned 14th place in the event, scoring points in the state championship meet for the first time since 2012.
The two Williams sisters joined eighth grader Maggie Finn and sophomore Elizabeth Callahan to compete in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 26th place.
Individually, the Eagles also shined. Asai-Sarris improved on her results from 2013’s state championship meet by swimming a 1:13.35 in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 13th place. Caroline Williams competed in the 100-yard backstroke, as well.
All but one of the state qualifying swimmers will return for the 2014-2015 season and, with an average age of approximately 15, the Eagles’ prospects are strong.