Sports

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

St. Ann’s Color Guard scores big; coach win Hall of Fame honor

By 
Lily Bouvier, Special to the Reporter
May. 8, 2014

Members of the St. Ann Color Guard : Madeline Neff, Sydney Galvin, Kailynn Finnigan, Molly Hedderman, Trinity Willett, Kaylyn Mellace, Kassidy Taglieri, Maeghan Driscoll, Monica Lafferty, Amber Padgett, Kristen Padgett, Sarah Padgett, Samantha Hussey, Emilie Gray, Beverly Nguyen, Lexi Mallios, Meg Hauschildt, Alexia Hutchins, and Sydney Durfee.Members of the St. Ann Color Guard : Madeline Neff, Sydney Galvin, Kailynn Finnigan, Molly Hedderman, Trinity Willett, Kaylyn Mellace, Kassidy Taglieri, Maeghan Driscoll, Monica Lafferty, Amber Padgett, Kristen Padgett, Sarah Padgett, Samantha Hussey, Emilie Gray, Beverly Nguyen, Lexi Mallios, Meg Hauschildt, Alexia Hutchins, and Sydney Durfee.

It’s been a season full of thrill and excitement for the color guard team at St. Ann’s of Neponset. Last month, the team members packed up their bags—and their flags—and traveled to Dayton, Ohio to participate alongside 12,000 others in the Sport of the Arts World Championships, an international competition for color guard teams and percussion ensembles.  Read more

Early sign-up deadline for Cedar Grove Baseball is Monday

By 
Staff
Feb. 27, 2014

Registration for Cedar Grove Baseball continues this week with a March 3 deadline for discounted fees. The league, serving the youth of Dorchester for over six decades, has a new website that allows for registration online: cedargrovebaseball.com The league is also hosting an in-person sign-up session on Sat. March 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richard J Murphy School/Leahy-Halloran Community Center at One Worrell Street. Children ages 5-15 can play in Cedar Grove Baseball. The league’s t-ball division includes kids ages 5-7 (as of April 30). T-ball games are played at Dorchester Park.  Read more

Baseball for disabled kids planned in Savin Hill

Savin Hill Little League will introduce a new division specifically for developmentally and physically challenged youth this season. The “Challenger” division will be the first opportunity for non-typical kids to play baseball in their own neighborhood.

“The hope is to set them up with buddies and bring them all together socially and to have fun playing baseball,” said Brendan McDonough, who is serving as commissioner of the Challenger division. “For some kids who’ve tried baseball, and it didn’t work out for them, this gives them another option.”  Read more

She’s punching for a Golden Gloves title: Dot’s Egan excelling in the ring

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 13, 2014

Michelle Egan, center, is pictured with her training partner Shelly Walsh and trainer Ed LaVache. Photo courtesy Michelle EganMichelle Egan, center, is pictured with her training partner Shelly Walsh and trainer Ed LaVache. Photo courtesy Michelle Egan

While she waits hopefully for an appointment to the Boston Police Academy, Dorchester’s Michelle Egan is keeping busy sparring and competing in the boxing ring. Last Tuesday, the 28-year-old Granville Street resident won her bout in the 125-pound weight class in the Central New England finals of the annual Golden Gloves amateur competition. She will follow that up with a match next Tuesday night in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium against the top competitor in the 119-pound ranks.

A lifelong resident of Dorchester resident, Egan is a graduate of the St. Brendan School, where she played on the CYO softball team, Archbishop Williams High in Braintree, and Curry College in Milton. She works as the population manager for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.  Read more

City plans renovations, public art for Town Field park

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 16, 2014

Town Field is home to the All Dorchester Sports League and other baseball and softball groups locally. Above, an ADSL t-ball game in 2010. Photo by Bill Forry

Last renovated in 1998, the fields at Fields Corner’s Doherty Gibson Park — more commonly called Town Field— will get a $275,000 facelift starting this summer, along with a public art project that is still in development. Residents at a community meeting held last Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Cleveland Community Center gave their input with some saying that the park’s current condition is an embarrassment.

Among the issues the renovations will hope to address are drainage, fence repair, repair to the batting cages. The playground will not be included in the renovation, said Allison Perlman, project manager for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.  Read more