Youth Hockey Update
•Bantams – The Bantam team has had a pretty good 2020, with a big win over Dorchester, 2-1, in Revere on Feb. 1. They followed that with a tough loss to Stoneham at Hockeytown, 3-6. On the year, they are 3-4 in league play. The face Cambridge on Feb. 15.
•The PeeWee 1 team faced Waltham in Revere last Saturday, and came away with a win, 5-1. They will play Dorchester in Malden on Feb. 18. On Jan. 26, Ann Driscoll scored the winner with 9:07 left and William teDuits had two assists as Charlestown trimmed Needham 4-2.
•The PeeWee 2 team had been on a two-game winning streak over Belmont and Lexington/Bedford, then dropped a home ice contest on Sunday night to Belmont, 3-4. The will play Central Mass Revolution in Wellesley on Friday night. During the Jan. 26 week, Jake McGrath wore the hat and Lucas Wheeler and Amaya Gosselin both scored twice in Charlestown’s 10-3 win over Belmont.
•The Squirt 1 team has been on a bit of a downswing in the new year, dropping their last six contests in a very tough league. The will face Needham on home ice, Feb. 15.
•Building steam in heading to the State Tournament in March, the Squirt 2 team has been hitting on all cylinders. They have gone 6-1-1 since Jan. 12 – dropping a 4-2 game against Stoneham last Saturday. That came after a five-game winning streak. They will face Wellesley in Cambridge on Feb. 15. During the Jan. 26 week, Brendan Banks scored four goals and added an assist, Harrison Fisher had two assists and Leo Sutich came within 1:19 of a shutout in Charlestown’s 6-1 victory over Waltham.
•The Squirt 3 team has been doing very well also in their build up to the March State Tourney. They had a good win against Agawam, 3-2, on Feb. 1, but then dropped one to Masco on Feb. 8 in Revere, 1-6.
•U14 GIRLS: The U14 girls team continues its red-hot season, sitting at 16-1-2 in league play. They beat the Northeast Pioneers, 3-1, on Feb. 9, but skated to a tie, 1-1, against Needham on Feb. 1. They are 4-0-1 in their last five contests.
•U12 GIRLS: The U12s are the team to watch at this point in the season. Coaches Derek Arsenault, Ken McConnell and John Sutich have the team in top condition. In a battle for first place on Feb. 1 versus the defending state champion Natick Comets, the Townies came back from a one goal deficit three times, including the tying goal by Estelle Corbitt and the game winner by Briana Dacey. Both goals came in the third period and helped to take a hard fought 4-3 victory. The U12 team does not have another game scheduled until Feb. 22.
•U12/10B GIRLS: The U12B girls have had an up and down few weeks. They faced Parkway on home ice Feb. 1 and played a hard-fought game. They had tied the game 1-1 on a goal by Kelly Doe, and appeared to be headed for a tie. However, with 50 seconds left, the defense broke down, and Parkway popped a goal up high to take the lead. An empty net goal sealed the game 3-1. However, the game was a measuring stick for the young team, as they had been beat by the same Parkway team 10-0 back in September.
On Sunday, Feb. 9, the girls traveled to Stoneham to battle Cambridge. Cambridge was too much for the young team despite a great effort, losing 5-0. However, the big story for that contest was the debut of Ava McNichol. The persevering skater just started playing hockey last fall at the age of 14, which is fairly late to start. However, she made every practice, watched games and got on the ice every chance she could. On Sunday, coaches felt she had made enough progress through many practices to don a Townie jersey and get ice time in her first game. Congrats Ava!
Charlestown Little League Winter Work
Winter Clinics: Tuesdays 6-8pm at Harvard-Kent School gym, Jan 7- Mar 17. 6-7pm for tee ball and Rookie Ball/Coach Pitch; 7-8pm for AAA and Majors. There will be no clinics when Boston Public Schools are closed for vacation, holidays, or snow days.
March 24 and March 31 will be mandatory player evaluations for all (current and new) AAA players (6-7pm) and Majors players (7-8pm).
Tee ball: ages 4-7 yrs. (for those just starting baseball and cannot hit a pitched ball)
Rookie Ball/Coach Pitch: ages 5-7 yrs. (must be able to hit a pitched ball)
AAA: first level of player pitch: 2nd and 3rd graders
Majors: 4th, 5th and 6th graders.
Player registration and volunteer sign-ups will be available on line soon- stay tuned!
Little League Registration Is Open
Registration for the 2020 season is now open! $85 for the first child in a family for Rookie ball/AAA/Majors, $35 for siblings. $40 for tee ball. Registration after March 1st will be $100, so register early! Please also register as a volunteer to coach or help with events- any help is appreciated!!
Visit our website- register on line and read about the schedule and division levels here: https://tshq.bluesombrero.com/charlestownllma
We hope to start outdoor practices on April 11, weather permitting. The Opening Day parade will be on April 25, with the MLB Pitch/Hit/Run competition that day instead of games, since it is the last day of April break.
Other important dates:
•Dick’s sporting good Charlestown Little League shop weekend March 21-22 at the Medford and Saugus locations- 20% off everything.
•Mandatory player evaluations for AAA (6-7pm) and Majors (7-8pm) at Harvard Kent on March 24 and March 31.
•Picture Day June 6
•End of regular season June 20
Winter Softball Clinics
The Charlestown Girls Softball team winter clinics will take place for girls ages 4-18 (as of Jan. 1) from 6-8 p.m. Clinics started on Monday and will continue each Monday through March 30, with the next one being on Jan. 27. Spring registrations will also begin for instructional through 14U.
Contact Jack Schievink at (617) 201-4507 or Bill Nugent at (617) 447-3106.