Girls’ lacrosse could have breakthrough season...

Mar 31, 2016 by

2016 squad returns with most of its team Published in the April 1, 2016 edition By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE — Last season, the Melrose High girls’ lacrosse team celebrated a milestone by earning the team’s first foray into the MIAA Div. 2 North playoffs. Though the Lady Raiders fell in opening round, Melrose got a taste for tournament they hope to repeat when they begin their season on Monday, April 4 at home against Tewksbury. To their great advantage, Melrose returns a majority of their team, including their goalie and much of their attackers. According to Melrose coach Cate Arkins, this team has what it takes to qualify for playoffs and beyond. “We’re excited because we have a very balanced offense. Losing Anna [Steele], our leading scorer, isn’t easy but we have Haley Mate who...

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Racketmen hope for another historic run...

Mar 31, 2016 by

League champs return to court next week Published in the April 1, 2016 edition By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE — Coming off their best season in half a century, the Melrose Red Raider boys’ tennis team has every reason to expect continued success in 2016. Last year Melrose went deep into playoffs after a 14-4 season, earning a spot in the D2 North Semifinal before falling to an always-tough Winchester. This year they return with a solid singles team, including senior captain Julian Nyland, who is wrapping up a prolific athletic career at Melrose High. Nyland is expected to continue his #1 singles duty and shares captain duty this season with junior teammates Jack Mays and Sam Stallings. Melrose can expect to see some wins in their single play, thanks to Nyland, Mays and sophomore Sean...

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Laxmen could go deep this spring...

Mar 31, 2016 by

Melrose lacrosse returns even stronger in 2016 Published in the April 1, 2016 edition By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE — The Melrose High boys’ lacrosse team has enjoyed a stretch of success for half a decade, including a league title in 2014. This spring they return to Fred Green Field bigger, stronger, senior-experienced and ready to reclaim a league title that went to Wakefield last season. A dozen or more seniors will assume starting duties on this team, who went two rounds in Div. 2 North playoffs in 2015, (ultimately falling to Beverly, 10-8). It’s this senior leadership that could make Melrose a contender in Div. 2 North this season. According to head coach Matt James, last year’s juniors have developed into mature, seasoned players with a tremendous chemistry. Many of the players were teammates...

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Troubling social media posts found...

Mar 31, 2016 by

Published in the April 1, 2016 edition MELROSE — Melrose school officials detected multiple incidences of inappropriate Twitter and Instagram posts last week at both the middle school and high school levels. Melrose High School Principal Marianne Farrell and Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Principal Brent Conway released a joint statement regarding the issue. The statement can be found below: Dear Parents, It has come to our attention that there have been multiple instances of inappropriate language posted on Twitter and Instagram at both the high school and middle school this week. These comments are culturally, racially and sexually insensitive and are deeply concerning to this administration. In this tight knit community, remarks of any nature, especially those with negative connotation, are quick to spread, escalate and potentially cause unjust harm to our students....

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Pizza Palooza Saturday

Mar 31, 2016 by

Published in the April 1, 2016 edition MELROSE — Pizza Palooza, Melrose Rotary’s annual fundraiser, will take place this year on Saturday, April 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. The popular event features an abundance of tomato and cheese pie prepared by many of the area’s best pizza chefs, in an all-you-can-taste for a set price. A special feature of Rotary’s fundraising is partnering with another local organization, usually involving families with children. Accordingly, This year’s partner is The Bridge: A School Community Partnership, the group that matches volunteers in the community with needs in the schools. The Bridge is also the sponsor of the recent wildly successful Annual Trivia Bee. The Bridge will help Rotary sell tickets and staff the event, and, in...

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