Wrestlers end season on winning note...

Jun 17, 2021 by

Melrose tops Rockets, 45-21 Published June 18, 2021 By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—The Melrose High wrestling team finished their spring season at a nearly flawless 9-1 after a 45-21 victory over Reading on Thursday, June 10 at the Melrose Marcoux Gym. This completes their official MIAA season (though individual wrestlers are expected to compete in USA wrestling meet in NH later in the month.)  This comes a week after Melrose lost the Middlesex Freedom title to Wakefield in their annual “Brawl in the Hall” which took place at Melrose High rather than Melrose’s Memorial Hall. The Red Raiders would lose on account of five weight forfeits. Both teams came into that battle unbeaten and it was the Warriors who prevailed, 49-27, to cement both their title and their first undefeated season in Wakefield wrestling history. The senior heavy...

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Track girls earn bronze at Middlesex League meet...

Jun 17, 2021 by

Published June 18, 2021 By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—The Melrose High girls’ track team grabbed bronze at the ML 12 League Championship at Burlington High on June 10. The team earned 77 points, which represented the best showing of any Middlesex Freedom team, and came in third overall behind winner Lexington, followed by Arlington.  Melrose crowned a league champ: Anna Mackey in the 800 meter. Her time of 2:21 bested her closest opponents from Lexington and Burlington. Others medaling included Taylor Pesce in the triple jump (2nd) Julia McAree in the high jump (third), Grace Donohue in the 400 hurdles, and the team’s two relay teams of the 4×400 and 4×800. HIGH JUMP has been a major strength for the Melrose girls outdoor track team, who placed third at the ML 12 Finals. Pictured is league...

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Boys’ track team competitive at ML Meet...

Jun 17, 2021 by

Urchuk, O’Hara come up big Published June 18, 2021 By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—The Melrose High boys outdoor track team competed among the finest when they took part in the 2021 Middlesex League Championship held at Burlington High on June 10. It was a fine day for Melrose as they saw two of their top athletes medal in their events.  Senior captain Dan Urchuk earned silver in the discus with a toss of 134-01, just behind winner Jarret Dlugy of Lexington. Urchuk would also go on to place 10th in the shot put. Meanwhile, UMass Amherst-bound track standout Jack O’Hara, also a senior captain, placed 4th in the 800 among the best of the ML 12. His time of 1:58.08 bested him above rivals from Belmont, Lexington and Wakefield.  THE MELROSE High outdoor track team cracked several...

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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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