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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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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