•MITES: The Mite 1 Townies remain in first place after going 2-1-1 in their last four games. They are ahead of Watertown and Waltham, but it’s getting close as they head into the last game of the regular season against Watertown Sunday…The Mites 2 and Coaches Harry Bartle and Rob Hassell are in a close contest as it comes down to the end. They are at 10-9 and will face Belmont Sunday morning…The Mite 3 team is looking for a bye in the first round of the playoffs and is in contention with this Sunday’s game against Wellesley being the likely decider. The team has lost three straight (9-10), but looks to turn that around in time for the playoffs…The Mite 4 team under Coach Ryan Sutton has won four straight headed into the playoffs, sitting in third place at 10-8. They are chasing Framingham and will have Watertown on Sunday.
•PEEWEE: The PeeWee AA team is at 7-12-3 at the moment, and tied Danvers on Feb. 9. They will face Wellesley on Sunday…The PeeWee A team is at 10-11-3, and are 2-1-1 this month. Recent highlights include Colin Kyle scoring four goals, Jacobson scoring twice, Haskell and Wheeler both posted 1-1-2 and Stamler pitched a shutout in Charlestown’s big win over Lexington/Bedford, 9-0, on Feb. 2. They will face Brookline on Saturday.
•SQUIRTS: The Squirts AA team are at 7-10-6 and in sixth place. They have tied two and lost two in the last four games. In recent action, Nathan Mainey and Will Sutton scored two goals apiece in the narrow loss, 5-4, to Concord-Carlisle…The Squirt A squad is 11-12-2 and has moved up to fifth place, going 3-0-1 in their last four. In recent action, Tom Bresler was 1-1-2 in a loss to Winchester. Bresler also scored his second goal with time winding down in a big win, 3-2, over Southie.
•BANTAMS: The Bantam AA team is in third place at 15-3-4 and has rocketed into second place on the back of a four-game winning streak. They have beat Cape Ann, Tewkbury and Stoneham/N. Reading recently.
•U10 GIRLS: The U10’s have hit a rare bump, losing two and tying one in recent action against Shrewsbury, Nashoba and Natick. They remain in first place narrowly ahead of Natick. They play Nashoba in Watertown on Sunday in the last game of the regular season.
•U12 GIRLS: The Townies are 4-1-2 on the season and remain in first place by one game headed into the last game of the season. Under coaches Erin Cannon, Annie McLeod and Joe Scoppettuolo, the girls are playing well. They have Allston-Brighton on Saturday on the home ice.
•U14 GIRLS: The 14’s have hit a tough stretch with a three-game loss, but look good going into the last game of the regular season against Belmont on the home ice Saturday.
MIAA “MARCH MADNESS” HOCKEY PREVIEW
THEY’RE IN: Defending Super 8 champ BC High (11-2-2) is
already favored to take home the bacon again, deservedly so. Rugged senior wing
Matt Lakus (7 goals, 7 assists) is a handful in front of the net and has
showcased a nifty passing eye to go along with his “sniper” skills. Look for
the Eagles to make their way to the “Gahdin” ice…Boston Latin (11-3-2) returns
for another run at the Division II title falling one goal short last year. Contributing
on defense for the tourney-tested Wolfpack are senior Matt Coviello (3 assists)
and sophomores Noel Gallagher and Colm Vraibel…Reading (9-6-2) suffered a pair
of heartbreaking losses which most likely put them out of Super 8
consideration, but the Rockets opponents may want to avoid them in the Division
I tourney. A tough non-league schedule will have sophomore Landyn Greatorex (3
goals, assist) and company battle ready…Archbishop Williams (8-5-2) started
strong out of the Division I gate but have faltered recently. Junior wing Brody
Tuite (3 assists) has been a pleasant surprise doing the “dirty” work in the
corners…By capturing the City of Boston League title, Latin Academy (6-7-3) has
qualified but by no means are the Dragons to be overlooked. As in the past, BLA
and “upset special” usually go hand-in-hand in the Division III bracket. Look
for sophomore wing Jack Adduci (4 goals, 5 assists) to contribute and for 7th
grade backliner Cullen Lacey to gain valuable experience.
ON THE BUBBLE: Barring an end-of-schedule regular season upset, Northeast (6-6-4) will get into the Division III field. The Golden Knights continue to “stay the course” and senior forward Ryan McGonagle (4 goals, 4 assists) and sophomore wing Braden Fitzpatrick (2 goals, 2 assists) have made an impact…Arlington Catholic (6-7-1) junior defenseman Jason Smith (5 goals, 3 assists) has almost single-handedly brought the Cougars back into playoff contention. The guess here is Jason’s efforts will not be in vain and AC will be an “oh no, not them” draw in the Division I preliminaries…
GETTEM NEXT YEAR: With a bevy of talented underclassmen, Wakefield (4-9-2) is in great position to join the Division II elite next season. Freshman wings Michael Locke (4 goals, 4 assists) and Joe O’Brien (goal, assist) and freshman defenseman Owen Locke (assist) have made huge strides…A tip of the hat to O’Bryant (2-13-0) who despite their record have “come to play” every game. The leadership of Tiger senior co-captains (and cousins) Jeremy Shea and Aiden Shea, as well as the spirited play of 7th grade wing Luciano Cincotti has been impressive…Malden Catholic (1-16-0) must go back to the drawing board to “kickstart” the Lancer legacy. In what has been a rebuilding campaign, junior forward Colin Delvalle looks to emerge as an impact player next season…East Boston (0-16-0) head coach Ken Guittarr and assistants Ryan McGoff and Pat McGoff continue to keep the Jets hockey program afloat under great adversity. To their credit, seniors Jacob Leavitt and Gilson Dosouto, junior Jared Burhoe and freshman Andy Qiu have stayed the course.
THEY’RE IN: Reading (8-2-5) head coach Alexa Hingston and assistant coaches Catherine Taglilatela and Kendall Junta have already established the Lady Rockets as an elite Division I program in only their second year behind the bench. Senior wing Abbie Collins (7 goals, 6 assists) has been a sensational two-way player and Reading has set the bar high for this year’s tourney…Matignon (9-5-2) loaded up on a powerful non-league schedule which will serve them very well in the Division II tourney. Senior backliner Caitlyn Killoran (goal, 3 assists) has been a force on defense.
TOWNIE TRIO SAILS LADY VIKINGS INTO PLAYOFFS
For the first time in the women’s hockey program five-year history, Salem St. (4-16-4) has qualified for the New England Hockey Conference playoffs. Playing a big role in the Lady Vikings surge have been the Charlestown trio of senior wings Danielle Kelley and Jacqueline Sindoris and junior center Rose Sullivan.
Danielle (career stats of 19 goals, 21 assists, 145 shots) is a force in front of the net and a fearsome digger in the corners. Jacqueline (career stats of 15 goals, 13 assists, 156 shots) possesses “sniper” slot skills and a deft ice vision to employ her sensational passing talent. Rose (career stats of 9 goals, 8 assists, 95 shots, 65% faceoff percentage) is a sparkplug whirling dervish with a nose for the puck.
CLEAR THE TRACK, HERE COMES…MIKE!
Congrats to new Providence Bruin Michael Doherty, who stayed the ECHL course and earned a promotion to the AHL. Mike wasted no time blasting a shot on net in his first game. The guess here is that Mike, who enjoyed a stellar Yale career and sensational rookie season in the ECHL, has a lot of professional hockey left to be played.
CHARLESTOWN LITTLE LEAGUE SIGN-UPS
Charlestown Little League has winter clinics on Mondays (except President’s Day) at the Community Center on Medford St. through the end of March: 6-7 p.m. for 4-7 year-olds and 7-8 p.m. for 8-12 year-olds.
They have batting practice at Extra Innings in Middleton on Sundays 2-4 p.m. through the end of March. Players must be registered for the 2019 season to participate, and then sign up on the SignUpGenius link below. Any questions? Email [email protected]
HIGH SCHOOL: Latin Academy (8-0) sophomore McKenna Kyle and freshwoman Adriana Cepeda (5th in the 500-freestyle with a time of 7:08.72) helped the Dragons coast to an incredible 12th consecutive Boston City League championship.
CHARLESTOWN YOUTH BASKETBALL
•BREAK FOR SCHOOL VACATION WEEK (Feb. 15-24)
•Monday, February 25 – Wizards vs. Warriors, 7:15 p.m. at Edwards Middle. •Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Bucks vs. Wizards, 6:30 p.m., Community Center 2; and Mavericks vs. Celtics, 7:45 p.m., Community Center.