Sports

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

Dot Eagles bound for Super Bowl at Disney

Dorchester Pop Warner team headed for Super Bowl: The Dorchester Pop Warner Junior Midget team of 12- and 13-year-old players won the regional championship last weekend by defeating the Hartford Hurricanes. The team will travel to Orlando, Florida this weekend to play in the national Pop Warner Super Bowl tournament. The league is seeking help from Dorchester residents and businesses to help defray the costs of the trip. Photo courtesy Jean FelixDorchester Pop Warner team headed for Super Bowl: The Dorchester Pop Warner Junior Midget team of 12- and 13-year-old players won the regional championship last weekend by defeating the Hartford Hurricanes. The team will travel to Orlando, Florida this weekend to play in the national Pop Warner Super Bowl tournament. The league is seeking help from Dorchester residents and businesses to help defray the costs of the trip. Photo courtesy Jean Felix

The Dorchester Pop Warner junior midget team of 12 and 13 year-old players won the regional championship last weekend by defeating the Hartford Hurricanes, 29-6. The team will travel to Orlando, Florida this weekend to play in the national Pop Warner Super Bowl tournament at Disney World.

The Eagles will play their first round game on Sun., Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN3.

The team is seeking help from Dorchester residents and businesses to help defray the costs of the trip, which is expected to cost roughly $20,000. The team departs on a bus for Florida on Friday.

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh is one of the leaders rallying to the cause.  Read more

Pop Warner Eagles alum excels for Williams College

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 27, 2013

Jeff Brewington

Jeff Brewington was afraid to sign up for Pop Warner football when he was 7, but after some encouragement from his father he has gone on to play college football for Williams, one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the nation.

“I really enjoyed watching the game, but I was afraid to play when I was younger,” Brewington said. “But at the same time I was always tackling my dad in the house trying to show off how good I was at football. He signed me up one day.”  Read more

O'Sullivan inducted into Curry College Hall of Fame

By 
Staff
Nov. 15, 2013

Michael O'Sullivan: Curry College Hall of FamerMichael O'Sullivan: Curry College Hall of FamerMichael (Mikey O) O’Sullivan, son of Daniel and Denise O’Sullivan from Dorchester, was inducted into the Curry College Hall of Fame for Hockey on Nov. 1.

Mikey began his hockey career starting with Dorchester Youth Hockey (DYH). Hewas part of the famous midget team (1999-2000) that placed first in their division, won the state championship and traveled to Houston and won the national championship.

Michael attended Archbishop Williams High School. As a senior, Archies’ went on to the state finals and the team placed second. Michael was ranked 4th all-time in scoring at Curry College with 172 career points. He excelled on the ice during his four hockey seasons there. In his junior season, he was named the Joe Concannon Award winner as the Division III New England Player of the Year, while also being named the ECAC Northeastern Player of the Year.  Read more

World Series win electrifies city

WORLD SERIES ELECTRIFIES THE CITY— As the Boston Red Sox set off for St. Louis and — ultimately— another World Series trophy last week, the students and faculty at Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy’s Columbia Campus banded together to show off their Boston pride. The school kids were encouraged came to school wearing their fake beards last Friday— a hat tip to the hometown squad who turned this baseball season into one for the ages here in Boston. Images courtesy Claire F. Barton Sheridan/ Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy

SET, HIKE! Greater Neponset flag football underway

Set HikeGreater Neponset Flag Football League

The Greater Neponset Flag Football League opened its 2013 season last weekend at Garvey Playground on Neponset Avenue. Above, players for Team Conners in the Leprechaun division lined up to take a snap during a game on Saturday morning. Many of the team jerseys in the league are emblazoned with a new slogan on the back that reads, “Dorchester Strong.” Photo by Jimmy King

Selig’s way: Deceive, “an inch at a time”

In the realm of geopolitical mischief, the notion that if you give a determined aggressor an inch he’ll end up demanding a mile every bloody, dang time has been affirmed and re-affirmed by much unfortunate history. Like in the last messy century when Germany was allowed to grab the Sudetenland and immediately demanded the rest of Central Europe.  Read more

Dorchester Red Sox win citywide softball title

By 
Brianna MacGregor, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 12, 2013

The Dorchester champs included players (front kneeling, l-r) Caroline O'Brien, Michela Juliano, Holly Silva, Hannah Silva and Gabby Kehayias. Middle row: Brenna Galvin, Katie Nolan, Mikayla O'Dowd, Reilly Hayes and Amanda Stefura. Back row: Coach Richard O'Brien, Maddie Connolly, Ashley Penella, RBI Director Jose Ruiz BPD, Lucy Caffrey-Maffei, Danielle Rood and Maureen Penella. Missing from photo: Clare Duckworth, Bridget Collins, Nicole Anderson and Jackie Clark.

Finishing off a victorious summer season, the Dorchester Red Sox softball team beat a fellow Dot team, the Dorchester Rangers, last week to claim the citywide championship . In an exciting first game last Tuesday night, the two teams were neck and neck until the Red Sox won by a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning. On Thursday, the Red Sox were victorious again and clinched the championship series.  Read more

Shining link in the Emerald Necklace: Devine golf course in Franklin Park

By 
Tom Mulvoy, Reporter Staff
Aug. 8, 2013

City jewel: The third green at the Devine Course at Franklin Park beckons from 421 yards away as this free-swinger finishes his tee-shot backswing. Photo by Bill ForryCity jewel: The third green at the Devine Course at Franklin Park beckons from 421 yards away as this free-swinger finishes his tee-shot backswing. Photo by Bill Forry

As the sun slowly climbed into the August-blue eastern sky on Tuesday morning, Russell Heller and Dennis Roache sat down in the small patio outside the clubhouse at the William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park to talk a bit about the expanse of fetching greensward in front of them.  Read more

From 20 rows back on that night in 1962, I watched as one man died, and the other’s life began to unravel

Back in the spring of 1962, while indentured to the US Army as a Private E-1 doing basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, I landed a weekend pass allowing me to ramble up to the Big City to catch the fights. It’s funny how sometimes encounters with the historic can just fall in your lap.  Read more