End of the road for Melrose girls’ hoop...

Mar 14, 2019 by

Falls to Tewksbury, 52-49, in semifinal heartbreaker Published March 15, 2019 By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—The Melrose High girl’s basketball team saw their Div. 2 North tournament run end in semifinals on Wednesday, March 6 at Tewksbury High against #2 seed Tewksbury (19-3) in a down-to-the-wire thriller, 52-49. The Middlesex Freedom Champs went into the bracket as the third seed, advanced past Danvers in round one, and now finish their very successful season at 17-4. The game boiled down to a last minute battle, and a stolen Melrose inbounds pass with 2.6-seconds left that denied the Lady Raiders a chance to attempt a three-pointer to tie it up.  Tewksbury senior Elizabeth Gallella had a game high 21 points, while Melrose senior captain Peri MacDonald was a force with a 14 point double-double effort that saw her take command of the floor....

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Tysall competes in New Balance Nationals...

Mar 14, 2019 by

Freshman track star is just getting started Published March 15, 2019 By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—In just two seasons as a Melrose High School athlete, freshman Charlotte Tysall has given the MA high school running world notice. The track and field (and cross country) star has already become an All Conference runner for Melrose High, and on Saturday, March 9, Tysall competed in the 2019 New Balance National High School Indoor Track meet at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory in New York City. She competed in the one mile among more than 3,500 of the country’s best track and field student-athletes from 40+ states and Canadian provinces. Tysall had qualified for the 1 mile during her performance at the Middlesex League Meet in February with a qualifying time of 5:18.  According to...

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Melrose Athletic Hall of Fame announces its newest class...

Mar 14, 2019 by

Published March 15, 2019 MELROSE—The Melrose High School Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its new class of inductees for its 17th annual Induction Ceremony to be held at Memorial Hall on September 21, 2019. This year’s Hall of Fame class includes; The 1923, 1941 & 1942 hockey teams (state, New England and North American champions) The 2012 volleyball team (state champions) Jim McSweeney (class of 1989) Jim Slattery (class of 1990) Peter Christopher (class of 1992) Henry Turner (class of 1996) Steve Mulvihill (class of 1997) Joe Musselman (class of 2003) Olivia Downey (class of 2013) Zeke Vainer (class of 2013) Annalisa DeBari (class of 2014) “Our inductees were picked out of one of the deepest group of nominees we’ve ever had,” said Hall of Fame President Nick Scofield. “This was a very...

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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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