Mystic Valley 5th & 6th Grade Girls Advance to Championship Round
The Mystic Valley 5th &6th grade girls’ basketball team will be going for the “Threepeat” when they play in their league championship game Saturday, March 15th at Governor Drummer Academy in Byfield at 5:45. Their opponent will not be known until Wednesday night.
The girls made it to the finals with after a 33-18 win over Newburyport. The win was a very solid team effort as Newburyport did a very good job of taking Mystic Valley’s top scorer, Lauren Carlino, out of the game getting her into early foul trouble(3) in the first half and limiting her minutes. Adding to Mystic Valley’s troubles, guard Kate Story was hobbled by a sprained ankle and could only play in the first half. The team really stepped up with point guard duties being covered by Deirdre Flanagan, Madison Sullivan and a great all- around game from Isabel Ospina. The Eagles’ defense was outstanding even with the foul trouble (Newburyport made 10 out of 23 foul shots to Mystic Valley’s 2 out of 4). The Eagles defense held Newburyport to only 4 points from the floor!
The Mystic Valley offense was spread out between 8 players: Camryn Ryan who had 7 points including her second straight game with a 3 point shot to rally her team; Heather DiGiovanni who scored 7 points despite being limited with foul trouble; Isabel Ospina (6) plus stellar ball handling when the team needed it; Ashley O’Rourke and Saige Brutus each had 4; Natalie LoRusso and Madison Sullivan had 2 each and Daniella D’Alleva had 1.
The Eagles defense and team speed gave Newburyport trouble all game long. Leading the way on defense was Daniella Weldon who fights for every ball on the court causing coach Brunelli to say “She gives such good solid minutes on both sides of the ball. Daniella plays her heart out every game and every practice, her work ethic is fantastic”. Coach Brunelli continued to praise her team “Mary Eileen d’Entremont was injured for this game but hopefully will be in top form for the championship game. Emily Zibell was assigned to defend Newburyport’s best player and she did a great job. She was aggressive and really made the girl work hard. Jaden Granderson is so fast on the court, her defense has been great and she is becoming so much more confident in looking for her shot, more importantly she is taking shots. The player that was unstoppable for us was Camryn Ryan, her rebounding, offense and defense was remarkable, however her leadership on and off the court yesterday kept everyone together. We have grown fundamentally and athletically since the start of the season, this team continues to impress me with their heart and desire. They are a great bunch of girls and enjoy being around each other. “
Mystic Valley Basketball Wins Two Tourney Games on Thursday Night
The Mystic Valley girls 5th & 6th grade basketball team had a solid 37-14 win against a division team that they had not played all season. The crowd was huge and loud and this helped them get fired up. The Eagles started slow and sluggish but the girls came on strong starting at the midway point of the first half and allowed only 4 points in the second half.
Coach Jane Brunelli was very happy with her team’s efforts “as a team we play solidly and each game has had a different leader. Lauren Carlino who has been playing sick for the last couple of games was really not feeling great but played hard. Giving her a much needed break was the stellar play of Kate Story, playing like her brother Tyler, she dominated at the point slashing her way to the basket and finding her team mates for some easy looks. Her defense was also instrumental in the win.”
The Eagles’ scoring was very balanced with 9 players contributing. Kate Story had a game high 8 followed by Ashley O’Rourke 6, Lauren Carlino , Madison Sullivan, and Camryn Ryan with 5 each. Camryn Ryan had a sweet three to start the game. Jaden Granderson, Mary Eileen d’Entremont and Natalie LoRusso had 2 points each. Heather DiGiovanni played an excellent game, she was fighting a stomach bug but she was fierce on both ends of the court also scoring 2 points. Saige Brutus, Daniella D’Alleva, Emily Zibell and Danielle Weldon were a constant presence on the floor diving for all the loose balls and playing lock down defense, Saige Brutus came back from hurting her ankle and did not miss a step returning to the game to race up and down both ends of the court. Isabel Ospina played solid minutes gathering rebounds and passing up the court.
After the game coach Brunelli added: Deirdre Flanagan was very strong at point guard. She did a tremendous job on a night when we really needed a 3rd point guard. Deidre plays extremely solid and focused every game. The four, fabulous fifth graders have stepped up their game and are playing poised and confident while improving their games. This team is so unselfish and supportive of each other it amazing to watch. Injured player Alyssa Dagle was again on our bench offering encouragement to her team mates.”
Later in the evening, the Mystic Valley 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball team was able to survive a tough Swampscott team at home and win in thrilling fashion 44-43. The Eagles were paced offensively again by big man Hunter Kreis with 15 points. Late in the game the Eagles found themselves down by 1 with less than 30 seconds on the clock when Jimmy Arneil (7 points) hit a clutch shot to put the Eagles ahead for good. It was the first time in almost 6 weeks that the Eagles have had their full roster back and while there was some rust early on, the return of Isaiah Granderson, who had 6 big 2nd half points, proved to be a huge lift for the home team. Julian Ospina was a huge spark off the bench for the Eagles providing 6 points and Ethan Nguyen and Frederick Mardy chipped in with great defense and rebounding as well.
After the game Coach Turner said “I’m extremely proud of these boys 1-15. Everyone did something to help pull this one out. We’ve lost all the close ones all year and it was good to see the boys make the plays at the end to pull it out.” The Eagles will have to refocus after last night’s big victory as the road doesn’t get much easier. On Saturday they will be visiting #1 seed Winthrop at 4:00 pm.
Mystic Valley 5th & 6th Graders Win Tourney Game One
The Mystic Valley boys 5th/6th basketball team opened up the lower school basketball post season with a convincing win over Pentucket, 46 – 32. The team used stifling defense and solid, balanced offense to grab the victory.
The Baby Eagles were led by Alfie Tsang’s 17 points. Kenny Jean-Pierre scored 12 points, while Tarekegn O’Neill added 6 from the low post. Also on the board were Devin Aquino with 3 points and HaleyTom Chataigne, Joey Dajci, Andrew Regan, and Shamus Royds added 2 each. The good ball movement and tough defense was led by Michael Selter, Ethan Pho, Matt Mullen, Miguel Lopes, and Simon Daponta.
The boys advance to play the #1 seed Georgetown on Friday night at 6:00 at Georgetown High School.
Mystic Valley Girls Knocked Out of Tourney
The Girls Basketball team fell to the two-time defending state champion Fenway High School by a score of 62-32 on Tuesday night in the MIAA Division 4 North Semi-finals. It marked the second straight time the girls program has made it to the final four of the MIAA North tournament.
The girls took an early lead marking the first time Fenway had trailed at any point in a game since January 19th. Fenway bounced back and took the lead. Just as the Eagles appeared to be gaining some momentum and figuring out how to break the Fenway press, junior all-star guard Jessica Phinney was injured while attacking the basket, effectively ending any chance Mystic Valley had of coming back in the game.
Playing well for the Lady Eagles were sophomore Meghan Foley (14 points 15 rebounds 5 assists), 8th grader Menel Lamadzema (10 points, 3 three-pointers) and sophomore guard Bailey Chiccuarelli who stepped in admirably once Phinney went down.
Coach Jason Cantwell added after the game: “We challenged ourselves this season with a tougher non-league schedule to prepare ourselves for a team like Fenway. We weren’t intimidated which was a positive. Having Phinney go down was a killer, as this way her type of game, a team that’s physical and it appeared she was on her way to having a great game when she got injured. Meghan played great despite being covered all 94 feet for a full 32 minutes. I’d like to thank our seniors, Tania Fabo, Sydney Carlino, Alex Cimetti, Martisha Timothee and team manager Tianna Hairston for the contributions the past few years and wish them nothing but success going forward. Next season we will look to take the next step, as we return over 85% of our scoring and 4 out of our 5 starters from last nights’ game”.
Mystic Valley Eagles Middle School Basketball Continues to Soar
The Mystic Valley middle school basketball teams continued their winning ways as they picked up four wins out of five games played last weekend. They have won a combined 10 of their last 12 games heading into their league championship tournaments.
The 5th & 6th grade girls’ team finished their regular season 15 2 after winning their last game on Sunday over Manchester Essex. They got a strong game from Camryn Ryan defensively and offensively. Lauren Carlino dominated both ends of the floor. The Eagles had offense from 9 different players, Camryn Ryan, Lauren Carlino, Ashley O’Rourke, Daniela D’Alleva, Kate Story, Emily Zibell, Madison Sullivan, Heather DiGiovanni and Isabel Ospina. Strong defensively again for Mystic Valley was Daniella Weldon, “she just does not give up” says coach, Jane Brunelli. “Mary Eileen d’Entremont, Saige Brutus and Jaden Granderson are very strong and fast” said Brunelli. She added: “They are unselfish players that make some great plays to keep the ball in our possession. Natalie LoRusso is becoming quite a force on both ends of the floor she is ready to take the next steps to a break out game. This team has been very exciting to coach and watch the growth, Mystic Valley girls’ basketball future is looking very good”.
Their first tourney game is Thursday at home 6:00 against the winner of the Marblehead v. Danvers (white) team.
The boys 5th/6th team closed out their regular season with a convincing 59 – 31 win over visiting Swampscott. The boys have been playing great team basketball and will ride their momentum into the tourney.
Leading the scoring for the Eagles were Alfie Tsang with 18 and Kenny Jean-Pierre with 16 points. Simon Daponta scored 8, Tarekegn O’Neill added 7, and Michael Selter poured in 6. Also on the board were Devin Aquino and HaleyTom Chataigne with 2 points apiece. Playing their intense and stellar defense were Joey Dajci, Andrew Regan, and Shamus Royds while Miguel Lopes, Andrew MacDonald, Matt Mullen, and Ethan Pho continued to pile up assists on offense and contributed pesky defense.
By winning their last 3 games of the season the team finished with an 8 – 8 record and will start their tournament on the road against a team and on a date TBD.
The Mystic Valley 7th and 8th grade girls' basketball team won their season finale, beating Masco 27-23. The Eagles jumped out to a 16-3 halftime lead and were able to hold off a surging Masco team in the 2nd half to preserve the win.
Mystic Valley was led in scoring by 7th grader Michela Correale, who had a game-high 8 points and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. Rounding out the scoring for the Eagles were 8th grader Hannah DiGiovanni and 7th grader Sophia Mercurio who each had 5 points, 8th grader Brianna Paris and 7th grader Anastasia Bessler with 3 points apiece, and 7th graders Talia Mamayek 2 points and Rachel Wronski had 1.
Coach Andrew Brown was happy with how his team played, noting how the Eagles' strong defensive effort allowed them to jump out to an early lead. "I think we fed off the emotion from our win last weekend and played great defensively in the 1st half," he said after the game. "If we can keep our defensive game up at this level, we should be able to make a deep playoff run this year." The Eagles are the winners of three straight games and stand at 9-6 heading into the playoffs. They will start their tourney at home on Thursday night.
Lastly, the boy’s 7th and 8th Grade basketball team split a pair of games this weekend earning themselves a home game in the first round of the league playoffs. On Saturday the boys used an aggressive pressing defense to create easy scoring opportunities en route to a 47-40 victory over Hamilton Wenham. Hunter Kreis led the way offensively for the Eagles with 14 points and Jimmy Arneil and Tyler Story’s sharp shooting kept H-W off balance with 12 and 7 points respectively. Ian Libby added 6 points, Jonah Crain 4 points and Jimmy Petras with 1, rounded out the scoring for the Eagles.
On Sunday the boys saw a ferocious 2nd half comeback fall just short against Swampscott as they lost 53-52. The Eagles saw themselves down by 10 at the half but they came storming back right out of the gate with a tremendous defensive effort that got them right back in the game. Joshua Briceus and Hunter Kreis had 14 points apiece and Tyler Story chipped in 11 points. Jonah Crain (2 points), Jimmy Arneil (4 points), Eric He (2 points), Frederick Mardy (2 points) and Ethan Nguyen (1 point) rounded out the scoring for the Eagles. John Carlino, Joe Mullen and Julian Ospina provided a great defensive spark off the bench for the Eagles in the 2nd half contributing to the comeback.
The Eagles open the playoffs Thursday night at 8:45 pm at home against the same Swampscott team they just fell against as part of a tripleheader at the Eagles gym on Eastern Avenue.
Meghan Foley (33 points) Leads Mystic Valley to Tourney Win
Led by sophomore guard Meghan Foley the Mystic Valley girls’ varsity basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the MIAA Tournament with a 68-61 win over Maimonides on Saturday night.
A packed house was in attendance for the Saturday night game. Maimonides started the game strong taking a nine point lead behind some lights out shooting. The Eagles did not quit and mounted a comeback led by Jessica Phinney and Meghan Foley towards the end of the first half. The third quarter was a back and forth affair that ended with the teams dead locked heading into the final 8 minutes.
The Eagles had a scare midway through the quarter when senior center Tania Fabo went down with a shoulder injury. She missed the rest of the quarter but her spot on defense was effectively filled by Sarina Charles, Ngosu Ndiwane, Paulina Petras and Bailey Chiccuarelli.
Mystic Valley set the tone for the final quarter by scoring the first 8 points of the quarter. They would never trail again. Maimonides would not quit and kept closing the gap but aided in large part by clutch free throws throughout the quarter the girls were able to hang on. The Eagles could not breathe easy until sophomore Sarina Charles drained a 15 foot baseline jumper while getting fouled and then completed the three point play by hitting her free throw and putting the game out of reach with just over a minute to play.
The MVP (confirmed by the crowd’s chants) of the game for Mystic Valley was definitely Foley who had 33 of the team’s 68 points including 23 in the second half. She played all 32 minutes of the game racing up, down and across the court giving the Maimonides defense fits and frequently bringing the crowd to its’ feet with behind the back dribbles and an array of shots from all possible angles and directions that kept finding the bottom of the net. In addition to the 33 points she had 12 rebounds and only two turnovers.
After the game Coach Jay Cantwell was thrilled with his team’s performance: “Meghan and Jessica were outstanding tonight. They handled the basketball 99% of the time and we had a team season low of just 8 turnovers. Sophomores Bailey Chiccuarelli and Sarina Charles were huge off the bench. Bailey was the biggest reason for the improvement of our defense in the second half, and Sarina scored 3 huge baskets, none bigger than the 3 point play to seal the game. I can’t say enough about the way Jessica played tonight and Meghan’s play spoke for itself.”
The team will now play two time defending state champ and tournament 1 seed Fenway on Tuesday night at 7:00 at Chelsea High School in the semifinal round.
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Christian Kinnon State Champion Swimmer
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.
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Maaya Alagappen and Caroline Williams hold the CAC League Meet trophy