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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

Three Dot soccer teams win big in state tourney

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to The Reporter
Jul. 12, 2012

Under 14 Dorchester Youth Soccer champsUnder 14 Dorchester Youth Soccer champs

Above, (front row, l-r): Mia and Neve Harrington; second row, l-r: Jonathan Cardoso (assistant), Carlos Andrade, Philip Chomicki, Luke Harrington, Aron Bernardez, Helder Batista, Mauro Barbosa, Alden Rosa, Rivaldo Miranda, Richardson Valbrun; back row, l-r: Coach Kieran Harrington, Jeffrey Monteiro, Heroldens Limage, Roberto Broxton, Malcom Peterkin, Denislon Goncalves, Emmett Smith, Felipe Cifuentas and Coach Tony Cardoso. 

Three Dorchester Youth Soccer Club’s Boys Travel Teams recently qualified to represent Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS) in the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC). Last Sunday, the U14 team won its final match and was awarded a gold medal, while the U16 and U18 were each awarded silver medals in their divisions.  Read more

Coach Coughlin keeps faith with his Brockton scrapper

By 
Tom Mulvoy, Associate Editor
Jul. 4, 2012

Most football fans know New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin, the winner of two Super Bowl games against the New England Patriots of Bill Belichick, as an intense, no-nonsense guy who brooks no dissent from his autocratic, perfectionist ways of running his team. He’s the man who is known for fining his players when they arrive for a 9 a.m. meeting at 9 a.m. To him, 9 a.m. meetings apparently begin no later than 8:50 a.m.  Read more

For the A’s, a wet and wonderful time

Savin Hill minor league champs 2012Savin Hill minor league champs 2012The A’s won the Savin Hill Little League championship in their minor league division last Saturday and so the team, per tradition in Savin Hill, took a fully clothed dip in the waters of the nearby beach after the game at McConnell Park. Shown, from left, areJames Dillon, Daniel Moran, CJ Chevallier, Joe Gillis, Tom Gillis, Jack Studley, Cole Pessia, John MacFarland, Matthew Studley, Douglas George, Ben Curley, with coaches Coleman Flaherty, Doug George, and Pat Ryan. Sean Keating did not make it into the the picture.
Photo courtesy Annissa George  Read more

Dot native McCleary a soccer missionary

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 21, 2012

Derek McCleary : Dot coach poses with a U9 Hancock Striker team before the merger with the Boston Victory Soccer Club. Photo courtesy Derek McClearyDerek McCleary : Dot coach poses with a U9 Hancock Striker team before the merger with the Boston Victory Soccer Club. Photo courtesy Derek McClearyDerek McCleary never played soccer beyond his backyard when he was growing up in Fields Corner. But now he helps coach and organize the Boston Victory Soccer Academy, a Quincy-based club that is affiliated with a semi-professional team.  Read more

All hail the Pee Wee A hockey team!

The Pee Wee A team’s players and coaches of the Dorchester Youth Hockey league put an exclamation point on an outstanding (32-1-1) season on Sunday by beating a Springfield squad to win the state championship in their division. The “grinders and muckers” – as parent Tommy Mannion describes the boys – won five games over the St. Patrick’s weekend to secure another banner for the Devine Rink in Neponset.  Read more

All-Star Basketball Program

Our four All-Star Basketball teams competing in the N.E.N.E.A.P.C. Basketball league are nearing the end of regular season play and hoping for an invitation to their respective post-season tournament. Our Boys 12 & under team won their most recent home game by a score of 41-39 over the South Boston Boys and Girls Club. Leading the team were De’Andre Dew-Hollis (16), Erilson Teixeira (9), Luis Rodrigues (4), Keyshawn Barnes-Lacy (3), Joseph Norman (2), Eben Butler (2), Bryan DeLaCruz (2), Deijon Holmes (2), Darian Kavu (1) and Kevin Zarnoch.  Read more

John Madden: NFL sheriff with a past

Near everyone’s favorite allegorical masterpiece portraying the slimy dynamics of monumental hypocrisy comes from the WWII-era Hollywood cinematic gem “Casablanca.” You’ll quickly recall it’s that delightful scene when Captain Louey, the corrupt Vichy gendarme superbly played by Claude Rains, uses his astounding discovery that there is gambling going on as an excuse for closing down Rick Blaine’s (Humphrey Bogart’s) Roadhouse in order to appease the local Nazi nutcake. “I’m shocked, absolutely shocked, to find that gambling is going on in this establishment,” Louey righteously bellows.  Read more

Pee Wee A team wins state championship

By 
Tom Mannion, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 15, 2012

Pee Wee A team, DYH 2012: The 11 and 12 year-old team played for a state banner this weekend.Pee Wee A team, DYH 2012: The 11 and 12 year-old team played for a state banner this weekend.

(UPDATED Monday,March 19)- The 14-player Dorchester Youth Hockey Pee Wee A team, led by Coach Richard Heap, won the state championship this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Marlborough, taking their 27-1-1 record against the best Pee Wee teams in the state. The team went 5-0 during three days of tournament play to capture the state banner.

The roster includes Cullen Burke, John Connolly , John B. Driscoll, Travis Heap, Ryan Joyce, Brendan Mannion, Donovan J. Mannion, Sean Mannion, Sam Mastrogiacomo, Jack McCarthy, Dylan McDougall, John T. Murray, William Penella and Kyle Pizzarella. Coach Heap has been assisted this year by Phil Mastrogiacomo and Steve Pizzarella.  Read more