Sports

Arthur Duffey’s odyssey: A tale of redemption for the 'fastest human of 1902'

By 
Tom Mulvoy, Associate Editor
Dec. 27, 2012

Arthur Duffey, left, set the world record in the 100 yard dash in this May 1902 race captured by photographer W.N. Jennings.

On May 31, 1902, 22-year-old Arthur Francis Duffey, a Bostonian with ties to the city’s Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods who was at the time a student at Georgetown University, burst from the starting line of the 100-yard sprint in the national intercollegiate track and field championships at the Berkley Oval in New York City and hit the tape 9.6 seconds later, in the process lowering the world’s record from 9.8 seconds. Duffey’s time earned him the designation of “world’s fastest human”; it was a number that would not be bested for another 28 years.  Read more

Lance Greene hits millennial mark for Endicott

Lance Greene: Endicott sharpshooter.Lance Greene: Endicott sharpshooter.

Dorchester’s Lance Greene, a senior guard and captain of the Endicott College men’s basketball team, etched his name in the school’s history books on Saturday when he scored his 1,000th career collegiate point late in the first half in a non-conference game at Clark (Mass.).  Greene scored a season-high 22 points against the Cougars in a losing outing, 80-74.

Greene finished an efficient 8-of-9 from the floor and 6-of-8 at the free throw line to go along with four rebounds, three steals, and two assists.  The senior’s jumper with 3:16 remaining in the first half put him over 1,000 points for his career.

He now has 1,012 points for his career and is 15 points behind Graham Whitelaw ‘10 for eighth on the all-time Endicott leader board.  For his career, Greene has averaged 14.4 points per game.  This season, he is scoring at career-high rate of 16.2 points per game.   Read more

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