Auburn, Tewksbury play in honor of Off. Tarentino
By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
TEWKSBURY — A local hero was honored before a late-season match-up between his hometown and his adopted hometown.
The Auburn Rockets fell to the Tewksbury Redmen on Law Enforcement Appreciation Night in honor of Ronald Tarentino Jr., an Auburn police officer who was killed in the line of duty on May 22, 2016. The game was attended by members of the Tarentino family, members of local law enforcement, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, and many others who knew and loved Tarentino, a former student-athlete in Tewksbury.
“The town of Tewksbury cannot thank Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr. and the entire law enforcement community enough for all of the sacrifices that they make and have made for our communities across the state of Massachusetts and this country,” read the game’s program. “Tonight is an evening to give special thanks, and to show our appreciation to you all for your services, as well as to honor, remember, and celebrate the life of Ronald Tarentino, Jr. We want to remember Ron and show appreciation for his sacrifice, and celebrate his life and playing days while here at Tewksbury Memorial High School!”
When the whistle blew on the basketball court, it was Tarentino’s alma mater that came out on top. The Redmen used a number of players in the win, with three players reaching double digits in points. Giovanni Ciampa paced Tewksbury with 12 points, while Brennan Rodgers picked up all 11 of his points in the fourth and final quarter. Connor Brinklow added 10 points for the Redmen.
Matty Backlin led the Rockets with 15 points in the game, followed by nine points from Justin Skaparas.
Auburn wraps up the regular season at 9-11, having dropped four of their final six games. The Rockets will be back in action at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday as they take on the 14-5 Quabbin Panthers in the Clark University Invitational Tournament at Clark University in Worcester.