Mystic Valley Boys Celebrate Senior Night
The Mystic Valley boys’ varsity boys’ basketball team celebrated its Senior Night with a
67-40 victory over St. Joseph’s Prep of Brighton. The win improved the Eagles’ regular season record to 11-9, the sixth consecutive winning season in the program’s continually successful history.
Following the game, Mystic Valley head coach Tony Ferullo sang the praises of the five seniors on this year’s team:
Amro Ali: “Amro is a very hard working and confident individual who plays excellent defense and gives every ounce of energy he has. We usually put him on the opponent’s top scorer and he accepts that role as a personal challenge. He is one of those players who never gives up, no matter what the score, and he leads by example.”
Kevin Hazelton: “Although Kevin unfortunately tore his ACL on the second day of tryouts and has missed the entire season, he has taken a negative situation and turned it into a positive one. He has been an invaluable part of our team, serving as the team manager, scorekeeper and scout, as well as assisting Coach Sam Ratti with the jayvee team.” Not only did Kevin make every game but his mother also came to every home game to cheer the team on!
Hari Perisic: “One of the best players I have ever coached, Hari is a true All-Star caliber performer. He has an outstanding skill set and a high basketball IQ. More importantly, Hari is a a good student and an even better person. I am so proud of him receiving a scholarship to Centre College in Kentucky. There is no doubt in my mind that he will become a success in whatever career path he wishes to follow.”
Woodsy Prosper: “Woodsy is one of those players that does all the dirty work who every team needs to be successful. His main responsibilities are to defend, rebound and set screens and he has accepted those tasks with a tremendous amount of spirit and enthusiasm. He truly loves the sport and gives everything he has during every practice and game.”
Jackie Yu: “Jackie epitomizes the term “team player,” doing whatever is asked of him and always in a positive fashion. While undersized playing along the frontline, he goes in and battles normally bigger opponents with desire and hustle. Win or lose, he’s always smiling which is a great character trait to possess. An excellent student, I’m confident that he will have a bright future.”
Prior to the varsity game, the boys’ JV team beat St. Joe’s Prep 43-36. This was the second win against St. Joe’s Prep this year. Juniors Kerby Clerger and Jonathan Ace-Knight scored 13 points each. The JV team ended their season with a good run by winning 3 of their last 5 games.
Mystic Valley 5th & 6th Grade Boys Win
The Mystic Valley boys’ 5th/6th grade basketball team won a tough game on Saturday, defeating Georgetown 39 – 32.
The team used tough defense and balanced scoring to secure the victory. Jimmy Arneil, Ethan Nguyen, and Tyler Story all had 6 points to lead the team. Adding 4 points were John Carlino, Eric He, and Alex Maher. Alfie Tsang had 3 points, while Jonah Crain, Michael DiFiore, and Jimmy Petras added a basket each. Also playing well for the Baby Eagles were Michael Selter and Lucas Dascoli.
The win brings the team’s record to 7 – 3 with 3 games remaining before the season ending double elimination tournament. The Eagles play their final home game of the season on Saturday against an undefeated Salem team followed by an away game against Winchester on Sunday.
Hockey Ties Somerville
On Monday, senior Bryan Jackson scored two goals and freshman Dan McCormack scored one for Mystic Valley in a 3-3 tie versus Somerville High School. Matt Brown was tremendous in goal with 22 saves.
The tie brings the Eagles’ record to 7-8-4 and 18 overall points with one game remaining to qualify for the Division 3 MIAA state tournament. "It's a credit to the leadership of the team and every student-athlete who has participated this year. These kids have sacrificed for each other and have put themselves in a position to do something special. This is what athletics at the high school level is all about. We as a coaching staff are grateful to be a part of it said Coach Michael Bertoni."
Mystic Valley 5th & 6th Grade Girls Beat Saugus
The Mystic Valley 5th & 6th grade girls’ basketball team beat Saugus on Saturday morning by a score of 36-13.The win brings the team’s record to 9 and 5 and in line to get a first round bye in the league playoffs.
The Eagles were led by Tara Foley (10 points) and Sophia Mercurio (6 points). Lauren Carlino, Rachel Wronski, Lauren Sasso, and Anastasia Bessler who had 4 points apiece, while Ashley O’Rourke and Erin Zibell contributed with 2 points each. Michela Correale, Lily Spero, and Heather DiGiovanni all helped out on a defense that only allowed 4 first half points.
Coach Brunelli praised the effort put forth by the Eagles and said they were motivated by the strong support from the fans.. Coach Brown was happy with the rebounding, especially the offensive rebounds. “A lot of our points came off of put-backs and second attempt shots. The girls did a great job on the boards today”.
The team will return to the court on Saturday when they play Danvers at home.