Sports 12-17-2015

Wynn teams with bruins to donate youth hockey helmets

 by Katy Rogers

Wynn Everett announced that it has partnered with the Boston Bruins to purchase 140 Bauer hockey helmets that will be donated to several local high school hockey teams.

The helmets will be distributed to hockey players from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, East Boston High School (where Charlestown students play), Everett High School, Malden Catholic High School, Medford High School and Revere High School for use this season.

The teams picked up their helmets at TD Garden on Monday, Nov. 23, before participating in a one-hour clinic hosted by select Boston Bruins alumni and the Bruins Youth Hockey Development team.

“While few would argue that youth sports, particularly youth hockey, is an essential part of growing up in the region, outfitting teams to keep our kids safe isn’t cheap,” said Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Everett. “We’re happy to join the Boston Bruins in protecting our local student athletes and helping to make scholastic sports available to all. The lessons and values these kids learn in sports will help them throughout their lives.”

According to an NBC study, youth hockey costs an average of $8,600 per year on equipment, travel and training expenses. In addition, more than a quarter of all helmets worn by hockey players are unsafe, according to an independent study by Virginia Tech researchers.

Harrier team soars to new heights in meet

The harrier team from Charlestown soared to to new heights at Junior Olympic XC Championships.  Starting with qualifying three teams from New England Championships to Regionals- 9-10 boys 2nd, 7-8 boys 3rd, and 7-8 girls 4th.   The 9-10 boys tied for 2nd, 7-8 boys 2nd and qualified for Nationals.  The 7-8 girls placed 8th.

The season was capped by an incredible 10th and 15th place finish by the 7-8 and 9-10 boys Town Track Club teams at the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Albuquerque New Mexico on 12/12 at an elevation of 5000 ft!  The high altitude and driving rain proved to be the most challenging XC event ever for most of the athletes from the East.  But Charlestown runners are tough and they simply battled through the brutal conditions without any excuses.

The 8 and under team 2K race was lead by William Nelson 40th place 8:49, followed by a Town TC pack of Max Gomez 127th 9:36, Colin Bradley 130th 9:38, Patrick Nyhan 132nd 9:38, Luke Nyhan 180th 10:18.  Of the 297 runners and 16 teams that entered 227 finished and Town TC placed 10th with a team score of 224 points.  The winner with 78 points was the Cougars TC from Albuquerque New Mexico.  Town Track was the top team from the Eastern US.

The 9 and under team 3K race was led by its ace, Dennis Sachek 87th place 12:51 followed by Antoine Pittet 121st 13:09, George Nelson 194th 13:59,  Alistair Braun 209th 14:05, Daniel Bethlendy 214th 14:09, Ibrahim Dagher 250th 14:51, Austin Grant 297th 17:06, and Landon Grant 306th 22:55.  The winner with 37 points was the Parker Panthers of Colorado.  Of the 347 runners and 26 teams 306 finished and Town TC placed 15th with a team score of 429 points.

When asked about their races at altitude most of the team reported, “Our brains said GO but our legs said NO!”

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