It used to be back in the days when the world made rather more sense that there was remorse when the baseball season ended with the lament about there being no more games until the swallows also returned presaging a wailing over the onslaught of winter.
Nowadays, in a cockeyed world, no one wants to take credit because it's backwards. Even if it brings with it the promise of spring, who would have this Hot Stove off-season end when every week features a new and richer soap opera coming to boil? Read more
Dot's Eagles contemplate flying the Pop Warner nest ; Coach: Adult attacked player to set off Disney brawl
It has been a hectic week for the Dorchester Pop Warner Eagles organization. What was supposed to be a time of fun and - potentially - glory at the Pop Warner National Championship tournament in Florida turned into a nightmare after members of Dorchester's midget squad were involved in a brawl at a Disney World hotel with a rival team from Rhode Island. The fight resulted in a tough disciplinary crackdown by the national Pop Warner board, which has barred all levels of the Dorchester league from participating in post-season competition for the next three years. Read more
Karma and determination. Those are the two words that best describe the Dorchester Eagles organization. Through the years they have not only nurtured the youth of Boston to make them better football players, but also to become better students and better members of society. Read more
Assistant coach John Evans walks the sidelines as head coach Rich Moran, behind him, yells encouragements to his team, the Dorchester Bears, in a game against Madison Park High School at White Stadium on Friday. The Bears beat the Cards, 31-14, marking the end of a 5-5 season. Photo by Nate Leskovic
Creating unity on a football team that represents three different schools in one building has been a challenge for Dorchester Bears Coach Rich Moran. Read more
Jimmy Hayes circles around and around on the ice. The game slows down for him as he watches. Nick Petrecki slides the puck to Carl Sneep, and then, suddenly, Hayes has it. He spins around, and it's just him and the goal. The rink goes silent; this is his shot. He takes a big stroke, and the puck hits the goalpost. There is confusion, congestion in front of the goal; the sound begins to filter in again as Hayes wonders, Did it go in? Read more
UMass-Boston women's volleyball player Molly Rattigan of Dorchester has been named Little East Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for her play during the week of September 8-14. The freshman standout from Fontbonne Academy spiked a season-high seven kills in the Beacons' 3-0 win over Mount Ida College on September 12 at the Plymouth State College Days Inn of Campton Tournament. Read more
Sep. 17, 2008
If your youngster has an interest in sports - but is a bit confused about which activity might be a good fit - an upcoming clinic sponsored by UMass-Boston and Boston College High School presents a unique opportunity. Read more
Ron Lescinskas has no coach and no big name sponsors. He scouts for discounted air tickets and flies alone to compete in the national handball tournament, which offers no prize money.
He plays for the love of the game.He learned to play as a youngster growing up in South Boston, and he plays it better than most people in the world.
"It is such a great game," said Lescinskas, who has been playing since the age of 10. "It is one of the most challenging sports and a great stress reliever." Read more
The pop-thwack, pop-thwack of racquets striking tennis balls is not unusual at the Sportsmen's Tennis Club. But 32 tennis champs who are thwacking balls across the courts there this week have earned some distinction.
A slew of nationally-ranked players are helping to raise the Blue Hill Avenue venue's profile in the second annual US Tennis Association's Women's $50,000 Pro Challenger tournament. Now through next Wednesday, players are competing to win the big bucks and a slot in the venerable US Open. Read more
New games are in town this summer as the St. Brendan's Gaelic Athletic Club kicks off its opening season, bringing Gaelic football and hurling to Dorchester's fields.
"All are welcome," said Larry McGann, hurling coach and secretary of the St. Brendan's club. "These are two of the most popular sports around the world that American kids have yet to play."
With their deep Irish roots, Gaelic football and hurling in the United States have been played mostly within Irish communities, but McGann and Frank Hogan, the chairman of the club, hope to change all that. Read more