Wakefield, Melrose rock the house in first Unified Basketball matchup...

May 23, 2019 by

Published May 24, 2019 By DAN PAWLOWSKI MELROSE — It’s a fun game to play: Name the best Wakefield-Melrose sporting event you’ve ever been to. How do you choose between generations of epic match ups and stunning conclusions? Luckily for the packed house at Melrose High School on May 9 for the first ever Unified Basketball matchup between the two schools, that question became very easy to answer. This was the best Red Raider-Warrior event thus far. As a fan, it had everything you want in a great basketball game including solid teamwork, star performances and an exciting ending. More importantly, as the name rightfully implies, Unified Basketball showed everyone what bringing people together can do.The concept alone is unique. Bringing together student athletes with and without disabilities certainly encourages inclusion, empathy and respect. But Unified Basketball...

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Red Raider laxmen are league champs...

May 23, 2019 by

16-10 win over Wakefield seals the deal Published May 24, 2019 WAKEFIELD — The Melrose Red Raider lacrosse team earned their second straight league title with a 16-10 win over rival Wakefield on the road at Landrigan Field on May 16. It is also their 3rd Freedom League title in 5 seasons. At 11-5, and an impressive 9-2 in the Middlesex League, Melrose is ranked Number 15 in the state and should secure one of the top seeds in the Div. 2 North playoffs. The Red Raider’s strong second half took the game out of Wakefield’s hand. The Warriors had taken a 3-1 lead but Melrose tied it up 4-4 after the first quarter with goals from Christian Nyland, Chris Cusolito (first of his 4 goals) and Andy Calvert. Brendan Fennell broke the tie and his goal gave Melrose a 5-4 lead...

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Red Raider baseball celebrates seniors...

May 23, 2019 by

Upperclassmen honored prior to Wakefield battle Published May 24, 2019 By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—The Melrose Red Raider baseball team saw their winning streak end with a tough 4-3 loss to rival Wakefield at home on Senior Night on Tuesday evening at Morelli Field.  Melrose held a 2-0 lead in the first two innings thanks to hits and runs from Matt McDonough, Zach Maguire and Liam Crovo. Senior captain Harry Kelley took the mound for all 7 innings and gave up just one earned run as Melrose made a series of errors on the field that proved costly. Wakefield relied on small ball over the course of the game, pressuring Melrose defense, and their pitcher Chris Alden earned the win in 6 innings.  Melrose sits at 8-6 (7-6 in the league) with a handful of...

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Girls tennis celebrating season & a win...

May 23, 2019 by

Victory over Wakefield always fun Published May 24, 2019 By JENNIFER GENTILE WAKEFIELD—It was a week of celebration for the Melrose High girl’s tennis team, who enjoyed an early banquet and picked up a key league win over Wakefield on the road on Tuesday, 4-1.  Melrose saw victories from Grace Sanderson (first singles, 6-1, 6-2) MacKenzie Donovan (second singles, 6-2, 6-4) Emma Miller & Haley Smith (first doubles, 6-0, 6-2) and Maeve McGillicuddy & Annie Kavanaugh (second singles, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1).  It was Melrose’s second straight win over the Warriors this season.  Melrose coach Deb Deacon noted some recent efforts from her players. “Grace Sanderson is playing well, learning to strategize and winning some match play games. Christiana Csisek at 2nd is playing some incredible matches, battling at every turn and playing well.” She also...

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Girls lax team undefeated in Freedom league...

May 23, 2019 by

Could clinch tourney spot this week Published May 24, 2019 By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—The Melrose High girls lacrosse team is on the verge of clinching the Freedom League and a playoff spot after two key league wins over Watertown and Burlington this week. They remain undefeated in the Freedom League thanks to a clutch road win at Burlington on Tuesday by a score of 14-6.  In the game, Emma Randolph and Abby Cunningham both had 5 goals apiece and Lily Cunningham had 4. “Every girl played and contributed,” reports head coach Matt Galusi. “Those are the best wins when every girl has a chance to make plays.”  Galusi admits they played with a chip on their shoulder so to speak, after last year’s controversial check from a Burlington player that ended the season of Melrose’s top scorer,...

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