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 competition. The girls unfortunately came out on the wrong side of a very tight race but were still in good spirits. It is a long season and there is still room for improvement so I look forward to continuing to do so.”
The team’s next meet is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1st at Pine Banks Park against Minuteman.
Mystic Valley Volleyball Sweeps Greater Lowell
Mystic Valley’s varsity volleyball team continued to roll through its competition winning in 3 straight sets (25-9, 25-23 and 25-11) against league opponent Greater Lowell Tech on Wednesday. All six of Mystic Valley’s wins have come in straight sets!
Senior Shannon Roseen had a standout night. She led the team in aces (29% ace percentage, 6 aces and 2 errors on 14 attempts). She also led the team in kills (48% kill percentage, 15 kills, 4 errors on 31 attempts) and had 4 digs on the night. Senior Camila Silva also had a standout night. She had 3 aces, no errors and 16 attempts on serving (19% ace percentage). She also led the team on serve receive passing a 2.83 out of 3 for the night and had 3 digs on the night. Senior Rachel Hynes led the team with 8 digs for the night and Senior Jess Phinney had 19 assists.
The Eagles’ record currently stands at 6-1 overall, 3-1 conference. They next face Bishop Fenwick at home on Monday, September 29.
Prior to the varsity match, the jv team improved to 3-4 on the season with a 2-0 victory. The girls cruised in the first set 25-14 and were able to hang on and take the second set 27-25 in overtime. Playing well in the victory were junior Kerri Foley, sophomores Sarah DeSantis and Emily Nguyen, freshman Brianna Paris and 8th grader Michela Correale. 8th grader Brianna Nogueira came on to serve out the first set. Also playing well were sophomores Julia Powers and Danielle Daley and freshman Jordan Jackson. The girls get back into action Monday, hosting Bishop Fenwick at 4PM.
Mystic Valley Soccer Picks Up Two Wins
The Mystic Valley boys’ soccer team bounced back from a tough loss last week at Greater Lowell to win 3-0 over Essex Tech on Tuesday. Gaetano Panza made several key blocks on defense and managed to score a goal on offense. Scott Nguyen also found the back of the net for the Eagles. John Lopes and Michael Carlino protected and distributed the ball well; Josh Silva, Gianluca Panza, Thomas Callanan and John Carlino gave a lesson in transitioning from defense to offence with a display of good passing. Michael Russo-Penta played well in the net picking up the shutout win.
The win comes on the heels of a 4-0 win over Everett for the girls’ team on Monday. Sam Rizzo had a great game scoring 3 goals in the first half. Vanessa Kreis added one in the second half for insurance. Bryanna Cimetti had 3 saves for her 4th shutout on the season. The win moves the girls’ record to 4-3-1 on the season.
Mystic Valley Football Wins to Go 2-0 for First Time
The Mystic Valley Eagles secured a huge win on the road Saturday against previously unbeaten Bellingham High School 27-19. The Eagles improved to 2-0 on the season. The 2-0 start is the best start in school history and earned them a number two ranking in the Sunday Boston Globe ranking of Division Six teams.
Mystic Valley received the opening kick-off and promptly marched down the field to take an early 7-0 lead on a touchdown run by senior QB Devin Pierce. Bellingham answered right back to score six showing a punishing running game that the Eagles struggled to corral. Their PAT kick sailed wide right to give the Eagles the 7-6 lead after one.
In the second quarter both teams continued their offensive success. The Eagles got moving thanks to great drive saving catches by Trevor Bonaccorsi and Jack Ryan. Sophomore James LoChirco ran it in from 9 yards out and a Pierce to Ryan 2 point play made the score 15-6. Bellingham quickly answered with a time consuming, punishing drive that ended with another TD. The two point try was good and the score was 15-14 Eagles.
After a stalled Eagles drive and punt Bellingham got right back to work, however, this time the Eagles’ defense stiffened inside their own 10 yard line and Bellingham was held to a 26 yard field goal as the half expired leaving the Eagles trailing Bellingham 17-15.
The third quarter would see both teams trade multiple possessions as both defenses made excellent adjustments and turned a shootout into a defensive slugfest. After another Eagles stop on defense the Bellingham punter pinned the Eagles inside their own 1 yard line and on second down the Bellingham defense swarmed on the Eagles for a safety and a 19-15 lead.
The Eagles never wavered and continued to battle as they got stop after stop defensively in the fourth quarter including a great forced fumble and recovery by Bonaccorsi.
The Eagles found their offensive stride with just under seven minutes left when Pierce hit Captain Robbie Cummings down the sideline for 20 yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 21-19 lead.
Bellingham would not go quietly as they drove down into Mystic Valley territory until they faced a 4th and 6 and the Eagles got a huge stop from a flock of Eagle defenders including Cummings, LoChirco, Billy Callinan and Sydney Guerrier. On the first play from scrimmage following the stop Jayden Jean took a hand-off 40 yards down the right sideline. Runs by Pierce, LoChirco and Joey LoRusso continued to push the Eagles deep into Bellingham territory and James LoChirco iced the game from 3 yards out to put the Eagles on top for good 27-19.
"I'm just so proud of these kids right now" said Coach Craig Turner post game "We talk all the time about sticking together and responding to adversity and these kids never showed an ounce of doubt in what we were going to do." Turner raved about the job his defense did in the second half "Our D-Coordinator Ernie Ardolino was just magnificent tonight, the job he and the defense did in the second half won us that ball game." When asked about the impact a win like this against an opponent from a higher division would have on his team Turner said "This was a huge win for our program, to go into a hostile environment like this after an hour plus bus ride and against a very good 2-0 Bellingham team shows this teams’ potential. There is plenty of room to improve, but we're certainly going to enjoy this one for a day at least."
The Eagles return to action Saturday at 5:00 for their home opener against Minuteman.
Mystic Valley Volleyball Beats Austin Prep
Mystic Valley’s volleyball team beat Austin Prep won in three sets at home on Thursday. All of the Eagles’ five wins have been 3-0!
The Eagles found their groove and were on fire from the first serve to the last point. The team combined for a 94.5% serve percentage, and a 20% ace percentage. The team also combined for a 52.5% kill percentage and a 42% hitting percentage. “Overall it was an amazing team effort” said coach Michele Naughton.
Shannon Roseen had a standout performance leading the team in kill percentage (71%) and ace percentage (50%). Roseen had 15 kills on 21 attempts and only 1 error. She served 4 aces in a row, only had 1 error, on 8 attempts. Roseen also had 4 digs and an assist block for the match. Paulina Petras was also on fire at the net with a 67% kill percentage (8 kills on 12 attempts, 1 error) and a solo block. Jess Phinney had 26 assists on the night, an 83% serving percentage, and 4 digs.
The Eagles are currently 5-1 overall. They next face off at Greater Lowell on Wednesday, September 24.
Mystic Valley Volleyball Beats Greater Lawrence
The Mystic Valley Eagles’ volleyball team beat conference opponent Greater Lawrence Technical in three straight sets (25-10, 25-14, 25-13) on Tuesday. The Eagles served tough throughout the match - they combined for a serving percentage of 90.3% and a 19.4% ace percentage.
Mairin King had a standout performance for the night - she had 7 kills on 10 attempts with only 1 error (70% kill percentage and 50% hitting percentage), she had an assist, 3 digs, and was perfect on serving for the night with 2 aces on 11 attempts and no errors (18% ace percentage). She also led the team on serve receive, passing 2.33 (out of 3) and had a solo block. Shannon Roseen was on fire at the net with an 87% kill percentage and 75% hitting percentage (7 kills, 1 error, on 8 attempts) and racked up 2 solo blocks for the match. Bailey Chiccuarelli led the team in digs with 6 for the match, followed by Roseen with 5.
The Eagles are currently 4-1 overall, and 2-1 in league play. They next face Austin Prep at home on Thursday, September 18.
Prior to the varsity game the jv team lost 2-1, winning the first set 25-23 before losing the second and third. After the game coach Jay Cantwell gave credit to Brianna Paris and Sarah DeSantis who each played well in the game.
Mystic Valley Volleyball Tops Marblehead
Mystic Valley’s volleyball team won in three straight again this time at home against Marblehead. The Eagles won by set scores of: 25-14, 25-8 and 26-24. The Eagles serves were on fire throughout the contest. The team only missed 4 serves throughout the entire match! The team combined for a 95% serve percentage and a 13.5 ace percentage.
Shannon Roseen led the team with 5 aces on 14 attempts with no errors (35.7% ace percentage). Shannon also had a 40% kill percentage, with no hitting errors on the night. Paulina Petras led the team with 9 kills on the night, no hitting errors on 23 attempts (39% kill percentage) and had 2 solo blocks. Mairin King found her blocking stride with 3 solo blocks and an assist block on the night. Bailey Chiccurelli led the team with 6 digs, followed by Camila Silva with 5. Jess Phinney had 10 assists on the night, 3 digs, and served 22 points for the Eagles.
The Eagles are currently 3-1 overall.
Mystic Valley Soccer Beats Greater Lawrence
The Mystic Valley boys’ soccer team notched its first win of the season beating Greater Lawrence 2-0 on Thursday.
Marouane Missbah el Idrissi led the way scoring two goals for the Eagles. Michael Russo-Penta assisted on the first goal with a punt up-field as Missbah el Idrissi made his run into the opponents 18 yards box collected the ball and scored. Gianluca Panza assisted on the second goal with a deft pass on the edge of the 18 yards box; Missbah el Idrissi collected the pass and placed his shot just wide of the on rushing goalkeeper into the net for his second of the match.
The Eagles had several opportunities to add to the lead but could not manage to convert. After the game coach Jean Dupont was very pleased stating that it was a “great match and solid performances all around.”
Mystic Valley Sports Start Strong
The Mystic Valley fall sports season started out strong on Thursday as both the varsity volleyball and girls soccer teams posted wins in their openers.
The varsity volleyball beat Lowell High School in three straight 25-17 25-15 25-16. Mairin King was the standout on offense and the most consistent passer and server throughout the match. Paulina Petras was a standout at the net with one solo block and 6 kills. Prior to the varsity game the JV lost 25-11, 25-11.
The girls’ soccer team had an impressive debut shutting out Northeast Regional 5-0. Meghan Foley led the way as she scored 4 straight goals for the Eagles after Karen Mortimer got the first goal of the year off a 30 yard free kick. Bryanna Cimetti picked up the shut out in the goal.
Mystic Valley Football Upsets St. Clement
The Mystic Valley Eagles football team may have opened some eyes on Saturday afternoon at a very steamy Hormel Stadium when they knocked off the defending Division 6 North Champion St. Clement 33-26. St. Clement, opened the season ranked #2 in the Boston Herald’s Division 6 North rankings, gave the Eagles all they could handle, but in the end the Eagles made just a few more plays.
The Eagles were led by a dominating performance by their offensive line who paved the way for 258 yards rushing by the team overall. Leading the way in the backfield for the Eagles was Sophomore James LoChirco who tallied 170 yards and 2 TD’s on 19 carries. Senior QB Devin Pierce chipped in with an 8 yard TD run and Sophomore Joey LoRusso also had a touchdown.
The game was put away for good when freshman Philippe Guerrier picked off a pass late in the 4th quarter and returned it 30 yards for the score to put the Eagles ahead for good 33-20. St. Clement would add a late touchdown to make the final score 33-26.
Mystic Valley will return to action on Saturday September 20th at 6 pm at Bellingham High School.