|Lady Spartans Back to Winning Ways
Return to State Tournament after two-year absence with help of Southie girls.
In March of 2003 the Savio Prep Lady Spartans game tying shot at the Fleet Center against Harwich in the Division 4 State Title game wouldn’t fall in. Harwich would capture the title but just getting to the Fleet Center was heady stuff. The Lady Spartans had just won 3 straight Division 4 North championships and 3 straight Catholic Central League Championships. After that defeat the Ladies fell on hard times with only 6 and 7 wins the next two years due to injuries and some tough loses. But as they say in show business they are baaaccccck.
The 2006 the Savio Lady Spartans are currently 10-5 and qualified for the State Tournament this past Monday. Head coach Dave Nagle has been at Savio for 8 years and has also coached at Newton Country Day School and Gate of Heaven CYO where he won a number of Vicariate titles, he is also a Gatey graduate. Assistant coach Chrissy Memmolo is a varsity alumni class of 2000.
Eight Southie-Gatey CYO alumni lead the team. The senior Co-Captains are Katelyn Carr and Ashley Miller, although Ashley will tell you she is a "Club" girl. Dave says, “They are both wonderful leaders and superb basketball players”. Sophomore sensation Amanda McCarthy is the leading scorer in the Catholic Central League and the third leading scorer in Eastern Mass. Junior forwards Alex McCarthy and Michelle Rogers provide strong rebounding and intense defense. The back-up point guard is freshman Kara Nagle and two valuable back-up sophomores are Blake Linehan and Bridget Yetman. The team is rounded out with Kristen and Alysse Corolla, Kristen Gahagan, Valerie Harrison all from East Boston. Of special note Amanda, Kara, Blake, Bridget and Alysse captured the 2005 BNBL Girls 15U City Championship.
Coach Nagle tells Online, “This team is a joy to coach. Coaching these young ladies the last few years at Savio and in BNBL has given me a lot of pleasure. They are all hard working kids who enjoy playing basketball, of course winning helps as well". Dave adds, "Their parents should be proud of all the hard work and dedication they have put into basketball and in the classroom. Many of the girls are honor students at Savio, which is no small feat practicing 6 days a week. With five games left, four at home, and we hope to keep winning to gain a home game in the Tournament".
The Savio girls JV team is currently 11-2 and are led by 3 Southie-Gatey girls, Holly Provenzano, Gina Baiona and Miranda Mahoney. There are three home games remaining on February 18th and 20th at 7:00pm and the 22nd at 5:00pmso if you have the time get over to East Boston and catch a game cheer them on!