The Sports Buzz for Dec. 13 - 19
The Fastest Three Minutes in Brookline Sports.
Well, it's Monday, and you know what that means. It's time for the Sports Buzz, the fastest three minutes in Brookline sports coming your way right now:
We start this week with the boys indoor track team, which dominated the upper distances and swept in the shot put to defeat Needham, 50-36, in the season opener at the Reggie Lewis Track in Boston. The Warriors got individual event wins from Chernet Sisay, in the mile; Tharindu Weersinghe, in the 1000 meter; Matt Goroff, in the 600; Evan Sternstein, in the two-mile; and Jacquelle Jones, in the shot put.
Sisay, Mark Perry, and Christian Sampson finished second, third, and fourth, respectively, overall in the mile, while Weersinghe finished third in the 1000, and was followed by Grigoriy Gressel, who placed ninth.
In the the 600, Goroff finished in second place, with Max Shore following in fourth, while Sternstein placed second in the 2000, followed by Mike Katzeff and Danny Waldroop, who finished sixth and eighth, respectively.
Jones, meanwhile, placed 11th in the shot put, while Michael Andreitchenko and Jason Moon took 14th and 17th place, respectively, out of the field of 46 throwers at the Bay State Conference meet.
We switch now to the girls indoor track team, which got a triple win performance from sophomore Emma Poole in the high jump, 55 meter dash and 55 hurdles, despite the squad's overall 47-39 loss to Needham. Leah Gellineau and Molly MacVeagh also scored individual wins for Brookline, in the 1000 and mile, respectively.
As we turn to basketball, how about this? All six of Brookline's hoop teams proved victorious with wins over Milton in their season openers.
The girls varsity defeated the Wildcats, 45-37, as the Warriors held off Milton's fourth quarter comeback, and made the key foul shots down the stretch. Senior co-captain Amber Dillon scored a team-high 13 points, while fellow senior Lily Lanier and junior Olivia Del Vecchio added nine and eight points, respectively. Junior Gigi Owens, meanwhile, sparkled in the first half, draining a couple of clutch three-pointers.
The girls junior varsity squad chipped in with a convincing 34-22 win over the 'Cats. Freshman phenom Rhiana Page led the Warriors with 11 points, and provided terrific all-around play. Sophomore Sara Diskant and freshman Gigi Gray each added six points, and sophomore Sophie Lev stole the ball on several occasions to pace the Warrior "D."
And the freshmen girls team came through with 30-18 win, led by Kira Brown's seven points, as Julia Lejeune and Rachel Harris each scored five, with Michaela Rosen adding energy off the bench.
To boys hoops, where the varsity team defeated Milton, 58-49, while the junior varsity and freshmen circuits also posted wins over the Wildcats.
"To have a young group, especially in the Bay State Conference may seem like a detriment, but this is a hungry group, that's the best way to describe them," Brookline varsity head coach Mark Fiedor said in the preseason. "And they're talented basketball players. Many of them play in AAU year round at high caliber."
We go to the mats, and it was big wow for wrestling, as the Warriors evened their record at 1-1 with a huge 44-34 victory over visiting Dedham. Big wins from Philip Callistro, at 152 pounds, and Devin Ibanez, at 160, gave the Red and Blue an early lead in the match. But Dedham's strength, especially in the upper weight classes, left the Warriors trailing, 34-27, with just three matches remaining. A technical fall by David Goldberger, at 136 poinds, got Brookline to within two points, at 34-32, and a first-period pin by Uri Shatil, at 140, put the Warriors on top, 38-34, with only the 145-pound match left. Sophomore Jacob Heineman sealed it for Brookline with a pin in a back-and-forth match, earning his first varsity win. Yuvai Shatil also posted his first varsity win, at 103 pounds.
The win lifted the Warriors, after last week's loss to host Braintree, 49-28. Warrior wins and pins were posted by Aden Brown, at 119 pounds, Philip Callistro, at 152, and Josef Shoet, at 171, while Jerry Phok also won his match, at 112 pounds.
Finally, we end with a terrific story out of Beaver Country Day School, where freshman soccer standout Zack LaCava was named to the Super Y National Olympic Development Program (ODP) team. The fifteen-year-old Wayland resident is among 35 players nationally—and only two from Massachusetts—for his age group selected.
As a Super Y ODP team member, LaCava will travel to Florida in February to train for five days at the National Team camp under the guidance of the US National Soccer Team coaching staff. LaCava earned a spot on the prestigious ODP by leading his club team, the U15 Mass Premier Soccer Knights, to a New England Championship. He was second in the nation in scoring in the Super Y league, registering 19 goals last season. LaCava led his team in scoring at the National Championship tourney in Orlando over this past Thanksgiving break.
LaCava joined Beaver's ninth grade this year from Wayland Middle School and immediately made a major contribution to the boys' varsity soccer team, which qualified for the NEPSAC tournament. LaCava posted 12 goals and 8 assists in his first season at Beaver and finished third in the Eastern Independent League in scoring.
Beaver's varsity soccer coach Steve Schechter says, "I am very proud, but not at all surprised, to learn of Zack earning this recognition. He continues to work very hard to improve, and he is a tremendous talent."
Brookline High athletics and Beaver Country Day School athletics contributed to this report.