The city’s four varsity basketball teams each posted victories in Friday night action.
Senior captain Drew Myers scored 26 points along with four three-pointers for the Quincy High School boys basketball team in a 73-58 victory against host Silver Lake on Friday evening.
Senior captains Colin Evans (19 points), James Lam (12 points) and J.T. Bain (10 points) all reached double figures in scoring for the Presidents (11-3 overall, 9-1 in the Patriot League).
Silver Lake would take two early leads of 2-0 and 4-2 and then Myers hit a three-pointer to give the Presidents a 5-4 advantage. Quincy would not trail the rest of the game as they took a 35-23 lead into halftime and then a 60-44 advantage into the final quarter.
Seniors Nathan Youssef and Tanner Bouchard each registered a three-pointer for the Lakers to begin the fourth quarter to trim Quincy’s advantage to 60-50. The Presidents would end the game on a 13-8 run.
In other local basketball action Friday night, the Quincy girls basketball team qualified for the state tournament after defeating Silver Lake 55-42.
The Presidents (10-4) were led by Nicole Jorgensen (19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks), Gabriela Jerahian (19 points) and Liana Cunningham (6 points, 6 assists.)
The North Quincy boys basketball defeated Middleboro, 86-66. Dhaaky Drake led the Red Raiders with 18 points and nine assists.
The North Quincy girls basketball team also defeated Middleboro – 50-40. Remy Aucoin had 14 points for the Red Raiders and Molly Minton and Jen Butka chipped in 11 points.
By SCOTT JACKSON
Cleanup costs for this week’s blizzard, which left the city under two feet of snow, will likely exceed $1 million.
The blizzard, a nor’easter that began Monday afternoon and continued through Tuesday, covered Quincy in 24.5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Mayoral spokesman Chris Walker on Friday said the total cost of the storm – including labor, equipment, and materials – will end up being “well over $1 million.”
Snow removal efforts at first focused on keeping emergency arteries clear and side streets passable. On Wednesday, crews began to focus on sidewalks and crosswalks near schools as well as on side streets. Overnight Thursday, Quincy Center was cleared. Crews were seen clearing sidewalks along Washington Street Friday morning. A snowstorm on Friday left a couple of inches of snow behind.
The city has been hauling snow to the Fore River Shipyard; Daniel Quirk gave the city permission to use the site as a snow farm.
The blizzard has forced school officials to cancel classed from Tuesday to Friday. Laura Owens, assistant to Superintendent Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, said on Friday afternoon it was too soon to know if schools would reopen Monday. Additional snowfall is forecast for Sunday night into Monday; early forecasts for that storm put snowfall totals at roughly six inches.
Despite the cancellation of classes Friday, scheduled high school games for Friday and the weekend will proceed as scheduled.
By SCOTT JACKSON
Kirsten Hughes has been re-elected as the chairwoman of the Massachusetts Republican Party.
Hughes, a Quincy resident and the Ward 5 city councillor, has served as the chairwoman of the state GOP since 2013. She was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second term Thursday night.
“I look forward to the next two years as chairman of this party, and working with our governor and lieutenant governor to bring balance and fiscal responsibility to Beacon Hill,” Hughes said in a statement.
“In my second term, I will implement plans to build upon our recent successes, to grow the ranks of our party, to further strengthen our town and city committees, and to continue to improve our use of data and technology to reach and to inform voters about our outstanding candidates.”
Hughes, 37, has been involved with the party since she was 12 years old when she stuffed envelopes for Weld’s campaign. During the 2006 and 2010 election cycles she worked with the state party, and in 2008 was a field staffer for U.S. Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign before working for U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s re-election campaign in 2012.
In 2014, with Hughes as the party chairwoman, Republican Charlie Baker was elected as the Bay State’s governor. The party also picked up seats in both chambers of the state legislature.
Fallon Ambulance Service is working with the City of Quincy School Department on a comprehensive CPR program that will train every eighth grade student in the city’s middle schools in CPR.
Lynn Mahoney, Fallon Ambulance Service’s Manager of Education and Training, has coordinated the expansive program with Superintendent of Schools Richard DeCristofaro, and they arranged a schedule to train the 656 8th grade students in five Quincy middle schools. “The Superintendent is a strong advocate of community CPR training, as is Fallon Ambulance,” said Mahoney. “We jumped at the outcomes in surviving cardiac arrest.”
Beginning in February, Fallon Ambulance will train the students in one school each day, and all students should have received the instruction by the end of that first week. On Saturday, February 7, Fallon will offer a First Aid program for students who wish to learn more. The program that Fallon will offer is adult CPR. The ambulance firm will bring a group of Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to the schools to administer the training sessions. “Our paramedics and EMTs like to give back to the community,” Mahoney said, adding, “We look forward to this work with the Quincy students.”
Additionally, Fallon Ambulance has already trained the sports coaches in Quincy. Under Massachusetts law, coaches in public schools must be first aid and CPR certified. Fallon Ambulance provided CPR in November for the winter coaches, and will offer the course again in February.
Peter Racicot, Senior Vice President at Fallon Ambulance, said, “We are committed to our communities and the region, and we believe strongly in prevention. In our day to day work, we have seen firsthand the importance of CPR and first response. In cardiac situations, timing is very important. Seconds count. And knowledge of basic resuscitation is critical. We are very pleased to be working with the Quincy schools in this important project.”
Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Superintendent of the Quincy Public Schools, termed the program “a great opportunity for our students.” The schools began planning for this training with Fallon Ambulance last spring, and in preparation for the CPR training, engaged their nursing staff and health educators at the middle schools to educate the students during January, which is heart month. “This program will give our students a real, sound foundational background,” he said. “We are very pleased with the long term opportunities of this work.”;
By SCOTT JACKSON
Quincy’s first annual City of Presidents Pond Hockey Tournament, originally scheduled for this weekend, has been delayed.
Chris Rooney of the Quincy Parks Department said teams were notified Thursday that the tournament had been called off for this weekend, because the pond was full of slush and snow from Tuesday’s blizzard. He has reached out to those teams to see if they would be able to play the weekend of Feb. 7 and Feb. 8; while many teams said they’d be able to play, Rooney isn’t optimistic about the pond being ready for the tournament because of possible snowstorms next week.
The tournament – organized by the city’s Park and Recreation Departments – was to be played at Sailors Pond off Rice Road in Wollaston. Originally, the tournament would have been limited to 12 teams but that was increased to 16 teams because of high demand. Another four teams were put on a waitlist to play.
There was a $75 fee per team to enter the tournament. Rooney said no teams had paid in advance; instead, they were supposed to pay when registering at the tournament itself.