Sports

While demons prowl across the overall NFL scene, in Foxborough, the band plays on

During the week when the troubled football commissioner was posing on Time magazine’s cover for a story that wonders if he can save his game from its rampant demons, the Patriots were proving there’s no team in said game that’s better or nastier.  Read more

Dorchester plays in Super Bowl today at 1p.m.

By 
Reporter Staff
Dec. 1, 2012

The undefeated Dorchester Bears square off against the Upper Cape Cod Tech Rams in the Division 5 Super Bowl game to be played at 1 p.m., Saturday at Curry College. The game will be shown live on Boston City TV (Comcast Ch. 24 & RCN Ch. 13) and also stream the live video here.  Read more

Pop Warner Eagles return to Super Bowl: Team of 12-13 year olds bound for Florida

By 
Reporter Staff
Nov. 29, 2012

Pop Warner regional champs heading to Super Bowl: Photo courtesy Toni WilliamsPop Warner regional champs heading to Super Bowl: Photo courtesy Toni Johnson

One of Dorchester’s Pop Warner football teams has won the New England regional title and the right to compete for a national championship once again.

The Eagles’ junior midget B squad defeated a team from New Britain, CT on Nov. 24 by a score of 14-0. The regional championship victory earned the Eagles a chance to return to the Pop Warner “Super Bowl” tournament in Orlando, Florida next weekend.  Read more

Winter soccer clinic for kids at Mildred Ave. center

By 
Tayla Holman, Reporter Correspondent
Nov. 20, 2012

The BCYF Mildred Ave. Community Center and Valeo Futbol Academy are starting a winter soccer clinic for young players looking to improve their skills. The clinic will run from Nov. 26 to March 14 at the BCYF Mildred Ave. Community Center, 5 Mildred Ave., Mattapan. Classes will be held Mondays and Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  Read more

As November looms, and the Giants hold the trophy, let’s grade MLB’s Class of 2012

The season ends with a mighty roar just a half stride before the gathering storm. November beckons. It is time – maybe overdue – to put the baseball season to rest. They were shivering in the seats as the Detroit Tigers vainly expired. Not that the San Francisco Giants were unworthy. Baseball generations down the road may well marvel at what they did with so much casual élan.  Read more

Dot's Mr. Baseball: ADSL to honor ‘Gentleman Jim’ Collyer

Jim Collyer, above, has become Dorchester’s custodian of all things baseball, a coach and mentor for ADSL in Fields Corner. Photo by Ed Forry

It was still in the early innings of a Saturday morning baseball game at Town Field when Jim Collyer – Dorchester’s answer to Johnny Pesky – went over to the first base line and opened up his fold-up chair. Soon after, one of the players, a five-year-old T-baller, came over to Collyer and said, “You got old. How come you got old?”

The question drew a laugh from the 84-year-old Collyer, who has been playing or prowling the coach’s circle in this Fields Corner yard for more than six decades. He has seen and heard a lot.
“It made me feel good,” he said, “because I’m thinking, ‘Hey, I was old last year too!’ But I guess I didn’t look old then. Kids have such wisdom at that age.”  Read more

Girls find hoops, summertime fun at Hemenway Park

By 
Tom Jackson, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 16, 2012

Hemenway Park basketball: Front row (l-r):  Casey Gavin, Jackie Anderson, Kayla Bolstad, Kelsey Giannone, Maria King, Lisa Del Tufo; back row: Michelle Lavioe, Gretchen Fritch, Marsha Blalock, Neycole Howell, Felicia Haynes, Molly Dalton and Kaelyn Sullivan. Photo by Tom JacksonHemenway Park basketball: Front row (l-r):  Casey Gavin, Jackie Anderson, Kayla Bolstad, Kelsey Giannone, Maria King, Lisa Del Tufo; back row: Michelle Lavioe, Gretchen Fritch, Marsha Blalock, Neycole Howell, Felicia Haynes, Molly Dalton and Kaelyn Sullivan. Photo by Tom Jackson

While most of Dorchester spends the dog days of summer trying to stay cool, there is a group of women who heat up the night every Wednesday as part of the Hemenway Park Women’s basketball league.

“The heat isn’t too bad, but the basketball is great,” said Molly Dalton of Plain Street, adding “it’s so much fun to come out and play every week.”  Read more

Dot boxing club a family affair; Grealish gym bustling place

Like father, like son: Gerry Grealish, left, and his father Martin Grealish pack a one-two training punch at their family’s Freeport Street gym. 	Photo by Bill ForryLike father, like son: Gerry Grealish, left, and his father Martin Grealish pack a one-two training punch at their family’s Freeport Street gym. Photo by Bill Forry

Two years after their well-respected boxing gym was abruptly displaced from its Uphams Corner home of 12 years, the Grealish family is back in Dorchester with a new space on Freeport Street. The gym, which shares space with another fitness club in a second-floor walk up at 79 Freeport St., has been open for about two months, but is already buzzing with activity.

Martin Grealish, a 66-year-old native of Co. Galway, Ireland, and his son Gerry, a Boston firefighter, lead the daily training sessions at the gym. Nikki (Grealish) Dillon, Martin’s daughter, also helps teach the sport to kids — some as young as five. And Martin’s wife Yvonne, who grew up with a boxing pedigree of her own, is also a big part of the family business.  Read more

Adams Corner’s Billy Traft wins second pro bout in KO

In this corner: Adams Corner’s Billy Traft won his second professional bout on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium by knocking out opponent Dan Bonnell after one round. 	Photo by Emily HarneyIn this corner: Adams Corner’s Billy Traft won his second professional bout on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium by knocking out opponent Dan Bonnell after one round. Photo by Emily Harney

A Boston cop with deep Dot roots notched his second pro boxing victory on Sunday night in front of a Gillette Stadium crowd. Billy Traft, a 33-year-old who was born-and-raised in Adams Corner, stunned opponent Dan Bonnell with a knockout after just one round.  Read more

Under-11 boys soccer team tops in their division

By 
Elizabeth Murray,  Special to the Reporter
Jul. 26, 2012

U11 Soccer: The Under 11 Dorchester Force team includes: front row (l-r)Eric Barrios, Ideal Lobo, Oliver Culliton; middle, Soree Kaba, Clayton Rodrigues, Eben Butler, Dana Monteiro; and back row, Coach Phil Keane, Andrew Wong, Finn O’Brien, Radley Theolien, Owen Smyth, Owen Murray, Isaac Gebrewolde, Coach Dan Murray.U11 Soccer: The Under 11 Dorchester Force team includes: front row (l-r)Eric Barrios, Ideal Lobo, Oliver Culliton; middle, Soree Kaba, Clayton Rodrigues, Eben Butler, Dana Monteiro; and back row, Coach Phil Keane, Andrew Wong, Finn O’Brien, Radley Theolien, Owen Smyth, Owen Murray, Isaac Gebrewolde, Coach Dan Murray.

After going undefeated with an 8-0 record during the regular season, the Dorchester Youth Soccer U11 boys’ travel team won the Boston Area Youth Soccer league Division 1A last month, garnering a first place trophy.

“It was brilliant,” Coach Phil Keane said. “To go undefeated in the league, it doesn’t happen that often. To be at the top level for their age group is a great achievement.”  Read more