Gridmen keep winning streak alive in first home game since 2019...

Apr 8, 2021 by

Published April 9, 2021 By DAN PAWLOWSKI MELROSE — For three quarters of a sunny, Saturday springtime football game at Fred Green Field, the 2-0 Wilmington Wildcats looked like a team determined to snap Melrose football’s 17-game winning streak dating back to the 2018 season.  Mirroring UCLA basketball’s National Semifinal snail-paced strategy against undefeated Gonzaga later the night, Wilmington slowed the game down with a successful and deliberate rushing attack, moving the chains just when they needed to and keeping a powerful Melrose offense on the sidelines.  The Wildcats had the ball for over 27 of the first 36 minutes and were leading 7-6 going into the fourth quarter. BRENDAN FENNELL (12) drops back to pass while Matt Hickey (34) protects and Charlie Haggerty (20) works to get open. Fennell threw for 175 yards and...

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Melrose track girls remain undefeated...

Apr 8, 2021 by

Still the team to beat after Wilmington win Published April 9, 2021 By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—The Melrose High girls track team may be on par for another undefeated season after nabbing a 74-26 win over Wilmington on Saturday, April 3 at Wilmington High, their third straight, plus a 75-25 win over Watertown on March 27. Melrose remains an unblemished 3-0 on the season as they prepare for a trip to Burlington on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Melrose started their winning ways against Watertown on the road on March 27 and effectively swept the day in every event but four. They started the competition in the 55 meter and 55 hurdles and swept both events. Kaiya Thompson and Grace Donohue were first and second in the hurdles. In the 55 meter, Adrianna Centrella and Hailey Keegan...

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Alfred R. Wong, 66

Apr 1, 2021 by

Published April 2, 2021 WAKEFIELD — Alfred R. “Al” Wong, of Wakefield, and formerly of Melrose, died on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Tufts Medical Center at the age of 66. Born on June 9, 1954, Al was one of four children of Wing G. and Marie C. (Hong) Wong. He grew up in Melrose graduating from Melrose High in 1973 and UMass Lowell in 1979, with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He worked for Wang Labs, Digital Equipment Corporation, and IBM as a sales engineer. His true love and passions though were cars, motorcycles and playing golf. He also worked at the Mt. Hood and Bellevue golf courses as a mechanic and groundskeeper. Al was the cherished son of Wing G. Wong and Marie C. (Hong) Wong of Melrose. Devoted brother of...

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Patricia J. Maxwell, 92

Jan 17, 2019 by

Published January 18, 2019 MELROSE — Patricia J. (Joyce) Maxwell, 92, of Melrose, died peacefully on January 7, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Benjamin L. Maxwell. Loving mother of Keith J. Maxwell and his wife Nancy of Roslindale, Bruce L. Maxwell and his wife Kelly of Holden, Brian L. Maxwell of Melrose, and the late Scott R. Maxwell and his wife Annmarie Maxwell Service and her husband Marty of Methuen. Cherished grandmother of Jason, Andrew and Amy, Benjamin, Scott and Charlotte. Proud great-grandmother of Hillary, Natalie, Mallory, Rosalie, Ashley, Liliana, and Benjamin. Sister of the late Elizabeth J. Murphy and the late Ilene R. Squires. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.   Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Saturday, January 12, followed by a Mass...

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Girls’ hockey team returns from best season yet...

Dec 6, 2018 by

New day arrives as Sorrenti takes reigns as coach Published December 7, 2018 By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—Coming off the best season in the history of their young program, the Melrose High girls’ varsity hockey team has certainly risen in rank in the state and division, yet last season graduated a core group of seniors who left big skates to fill.  Fortunately, Melrose returns with experienced players who are used to high-pressure games, including their goalie and leading scorer. So expect Melrose to be in the mix this season as they focus on filling defensive needs.  They also return with a new coach. Frank Sorrenti takes over the reigns this year, becoming just the second coach in the program’s existence, following the departure of coach Sam Tetreau. The Melrose resident and longtime President of Melrose Youth Hockey was the natural...

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Red Raider hoop aims to hit the ground running...

Dec 6, 2018 by

Their season begins at home on Tuesday night Published December 7, 2018 By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—The Melrose High boy’s basketball team returns after another winning season in 2017-18. Last year, Melrose advanced past Masconomet in an overtime playoff thriller before bowing out against Belmont. This year they hope to use that playoff experience to build upon their winning tradition.  Head coach Mike Kasprzak, now in his 12th year as Red Raider coach, previewed their early season. “In practices I’ve seen some promising defensive moments and also stuff that we need to work on,” he said. “I think, like last year, there will be balance in scoring. We’re in the process of finding combinations on the floor that work. The starting five can change at any time.”  Leading the charge this year are tri-captains: junior Luka Vlajkovic, junior Chris Cusolito and...

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