Sports

Youth soccer league launch scheduled for Mattapan this winter

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to The Reporter
Nov. 20, 2014

A new youth soccer program is under formation in Mattapan— a neighborhood that organizers say is primed to embrace the sport on a beautiful new playing field at Almont Park. Carolyn MacNeil, one of the founders of Mattapan Youth Soccer, says the league will begin with indoor play this winter. The soccer league will take advantage of the new turf field at Almont this coming spring.  Read more

ADSL Field House named for longtime player, coach Jim Collyer

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 13, 2014

Jim Collyer, second from left, is shown with (l-r) Boston Park League President Walter Bentson, former Mayor Ray Flynn, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry. Photo courtesy ADSL" title="Jim Collyer, second from left, is shown with (l-r) Boston Park League President Walter Bentson, former Mayor Ray Flynn, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry. Photo courtesy ADSL

The All Dorchester Sports League (ADSL) dedicated a city-owned field house in Fields Corner to longtime coach and mentor Jim Collyer on Sat., Nov 9. Mayor Martin Walsh spoke at the event which was also attended by State Senators Linda Dorcena Forry and Sonia Chang Diaz as well as many of the city’s elected officials including city councillors Frank Baker and Ayanna Pressley. Former mayor of Boston Ray Flynn also attended the ceremony.

Collyer, 86, began playing baseball in Town Field when he was about 12 years old. He played his first official Park League game in 1951, and continued pitching, sometimes in front of thousands of spectators, until he was 63. Collyer joined the ADSL board of directors in 1989 and he has been dedicated to enriching children’s lives through baseball ever since.  Read more

Team MR8 seeks runners for 2015 Boston Marathon

By 
Staff
Oct. 15, 2014

Team MR8Team MR8The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, an organization created to honor the memory of the eight year old Dorchester boy killed during the 2013 bombings near the finish of the Boston Marathon, is now accepting applications from charity runners who would like to join Team MR8 in next year's Boston Marathon.  Read more

Mayor’s Cup Jamboree to be played at renovated Roberts Playground

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 20, 2014

Gearing up for Mayor's Cup: The Dorchester Eagles practiced at Robert’s Playround on Monday evening. Photo by Jacob AguiarGearing up for Mayor's Cup: The Dorchester Eagles practiced at Robert’s Playround on Monday evening. Photo by Jacob Aguiar

The Dorchester Eagles Pop Warner league will host the Mayor’s Cup Football Jamboree this weekend at the newly renovated Roberts Playground near Codman Square. Youth football players from all over Boston will participate in the all-day event on Sunday, which will feature live performances, food and, of course, football. Over 1,000 people are expected to drop by the day long event, which will also serve as a way to highlight the results of a $2.8 million renovation project to the playground— which now serves as the Dorchester program’s home field.  Read more

Almont Park ready for football; baseball is next

Almont's new gridiron: Interim Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook, left, and Ryan Woods, director of External Affairs for the department, are shown on the new football field at Almont Park. The Mattapan Patriots take the field on Friday. Photo by Bill ForryAlmont's new gridiron: Interim Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook,right, and Ryan Woods, director of External Affairs for the department, are shown on the new football field at Almont Park. The Mattapan Patriots take the field on Friday. Photo by Bill Forry

It’s been ten years coming, but an ambitious, $4.2 million reconstruction project at Mattapan’s largest city-owned park is now well underway. Almont Park’s marquee addition, a newly-installed football field, will open this week— just in time for the neighborhood’s Pop Warner program to start practices on August 1.

This week, Mayor Martin Walsh added another new element to the build-out at Almont: Heeding calls from residents, Walsh has ordered the project to add a little league baseball field to the next phase of the construction, expected to begin this fall. The baseball diamond will be added to a corner of the park that is now used mainly for cricket— and it will give Mattapan a chance to start-up a youth baseball league next spring.  Read more

3 managers are worthy of Hall – up to a point

We’re about to arrive at the sweetest moment on the baseball calendar and nothing in all of sport quite matches it. We speak of Hall of Fame Day at Cooperstown on the banks of that shimmering pond that Fenimore Cooper glorified where at the high point of every summer the grand old game is again, indisputably and profoundly, “The American Pastime,” If only for a day!  Read more

Can any of these teams win the ‘beast’-less AL East?

As June ends, so does the first half of the season. In Baseball, time flies even when you’re not having so much fun. Hereabouts, one question emerges above all. Where have the “Beasts of the American League East” gone?

We’re accustomed to being among the class acts in the high-rent district. It had become axiomatic that the East was where the real action was, and all the best entertainment, too. To dominate the AL East was to be featured weekly on the networks, fawned over lavishly by the pundits, feared the most by other teams, and favored invariably in the post-season.  Read more

Dot Ave. pub is World Cup Central: Banshee the ‘go-to’ place for US team supporters

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 18, 2014

Outlaws and scholars: The Banshee Bar on Dorchester Avenue has become home base for the Boston chapter of the American Outlaws, a club that supports the US soccer team now making a run at the World Cup. Above, the scene in the Banshee on Monday before the US took on Ghana in their first round match. Photo by Michael RattyOutlaws and scholars: The Banshee Bar on Dorchester Avenue has become home base for the Boston chapter of the American Outlaws, a club that supports the US soccer team now making a run at the World Cup. Above, the scene in the Banshee on Monday before the US took on Ghana in their first round match. Photo by Michael Ratty

Pandemnonium reigned inside The Banshee Pub on Dorchester Avenue on Sunday evening as the United States defeated Ghana, 2-1, in World Cup tournament play. Strangers hugged, women were hoisted onto shoulders, and splashes of beer sprayed the room.

A small contingent of Ghana supporters on site were offered heartfelt handshakes and conciliatory embraces as images of their vanquished countrymen flashed on the bar’s ten flatscreens.  Read more

Challenger baseball opens inaugural season in Savin Hill

John Joyce assisted Xavier Bell at the plate during Sunday's opening game of the Challenger Division of Savin Hill Little League. Photo by Bill Forry

When the first half-inning of Savin Hill Challenger baseball ended on Sunday afternoon, the pitcher, Billy Farrell, lingered on the mound for a good, long minute. A long-time civic leader and volunteer coach from Meeting House Hill, Farrell had just watched the bases cleared on a base hit by an autistic boy from Dorchester— Xavier Bell— who had never before stepped onto a ball field.

“This was— by far— the greatest experience I have ever had as a player or a coach playing baseball,” gushed Farrell, one of dozens of volunteers who shadowed players for the day. He was ready to pass pitching duties off to the next helper. “Someone else has to come out and enjoy it. I cannot be this selfish.”

For a gallery of photos from Sunday's opening game, click here.  Read more

Looking beyond the Stanley Cup playoffs

Have some bits and pieces from the sporting scene for you to chew on while we all gird for the garrison rush to a conclusion for the Stanley Cup playoffs. And if this glorious bash were to last until August, that would be fine with me.  Read more