THE NRHS volleyball alumni game took place on Saturday, November 25 at NRHS. Pictured in the front row from left to right is Merry Nicosia, Brittany Venezia, Lauren Guilbicki, Megan Slattery, Grace Terranova, Gina Mulik, Izzy Milone and Rose Morelli. In the back row from left is Noel Riley, Seren Ventulo, Hanna Lesch (JV Coach), Julia Robards, Kiley Martel, Kaitlin Murnane, Maddie Koenig, Audrey Buckley, Brooke DeGrande and Erika Beherell. Missing from photo: Jenna Forcelesse and Abigail Paine. (Courtesy Photo)

 

By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI

NORTH READING — On Saturday November 25, the North Reading High volleyball alumni game took place at the school. This is the seventh year the event took place as the first one was back in 2014.

The alumni game was started by current Hornets head coach Mike Milone.

This year, 20 players including this year’s three Hornets seniors, participated.

“I was happy with the attendance we had,” said Milone, who just finished his 14th-season at the helm. “Everybody had a good time.”

The participants were split up and then they played Queen of the Court when the winning team, 4-on-4 or 3-on-3 would stay until they lose.

Grace Terranova, Kaitlin Murnane and Sheyla Alley were the three current seniors that played while the youngest alumni who participated were 2023 graduates Izzy Milone (Mike’s daughter) and Maddie Koenig, both captains last fall.

The most experienced alum returning to NRHS was Julia Robards who graduated back in 1985. Robards is still involved in volleyball as she is the assistant coach of the Wakefield High team.

Five members of the 2016 squad showed up which is the biggest class (2017 graduation) represented at the event.

“Some of these girls are still pretty good,” pointed out Milone. “Some still play and others have asked me about playing in adult leagues.”

Milone himself still plays for fun.

One of the changes is the date of the event. It used to be held the day after Thanksgiving but was changed to the Saturday after Turkey Day.

“The Saturday seems to work out better for people,” said Milone. “We want to continue playing on that date.”

The alumni game lasted for two hours from 10 a.m. to noon.

Milone hopes to have even more alumni participate next year.