Sports

Dot volleyball standout wins Little East honors

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

Youth offered crash course in world of sports by UMass, BC High

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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

Savin Hill man among world's best at handball

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

National tennis hopefuls join battle on Blue Hill

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

Gaelic Football league comes to St. Brendan's

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

Bui's boys take it to the hoop

MASAE team photo Back row (left to right): Coach Vinh Bui, Shaun Galano, Mark Castillo, Jim Tran, Paul Bedard, Justin, and Alex Mortel. Bottom row: Duy Pham, Branden Ngo, Mikey Pham, Aly Tran, Hung Tran, Mike Tran, Thanh Nguyen and Minh Truong. Not pictured: Phibe Pham, Mico Tran, Kevin Tran.  Read more

St. Ann's girls win CYO title for second year

St. Ann's champs: Top (l-r) Asst. Coach Charlie Conners, Candace Andrews, Maria King, Claire Folan, Molly Ryan, Kaelyn Sullivan, Fiona Morgan, Coach Lisa DelTufo w/son Charlie Jr. Bottom: Mallory O'Dwyer, Lauren Cavaleri, Kelly Sullivan, Taylor Ball. Photo by John Sullivan  Read more

Let's deal with our real scandals

I really don't care about Roger Clemens. I couldn't care less about allegations that he and his wife used steroids. That story shows up way down on the negative side of my care-o-meter, believe it or not. My question is, "Why does the United States Congress care about Roger Clemens?"  Read more

At UMass, standout ballplayer found lane to better life

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Martine Louis
Feb. 13, 2008

Today he is hailed as one of the best players in the history of UMass Boston's men's basketball program. But, just a few years ago, Alberto "Amigo" Paniagua was heading down the wrong path.

"I never saw myself being in college," said Paniagua, 26, a Mattapan native who dropped out of school during his senior year at Dorchester High. "I took the path many misguided youth take and decided it was cooler to be doing my own thing."

Paniagua took a job at the Boston University food court. After three years, he decided to go back to school.  Read more

Welcome boost to BPD, NHL buffs

The latest crop of cadets from the police academy gave a welcome boost to the Boston Police Department, and for NHL buffs, a nifty piece of local trivia. More accustomed to wearing uniforms bearing flames, ducks and Canucks, Dot Native and former NHL Defenseman Chris O'Sullivan is now officially a boy-in-blue.  Read more