Sports

Youth hockey president Sweeney has built on league’s top-notch credentials

By 
Corey Burns, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 27, 2011

Matt Sweeney, who has served as president of the Dorchester Youth Hockey program for the last three years, and his wife Jill accepted a grant from the Mike Cheever Grow Hockey Development program on March 10 at TD Garden. Also on hand to present the awards were co-chairs Jim Maimone,  Ellie Cheever, Tom Songin,  Steve Palmacci, and Bob Sweeney.Matt Sweeney, who has served as president of the Dorchester Youth Hockey program for the last three years, and his wife Jill accepted a grant from the Mike Cheever Grow Hockey Development program on March 10 at TD Garden. Also on hand to present the awards were co-chairs Jim Maimone, Ellie Cheever, Tom Songin, Steve Palmacci, and Bob Sweeney.

Matthew Sweeney, who has led Dorchester Youth Hockey (DYH) for the last three seasons, and has been a guiding force for the program for much of the last decade, will step down from his post later this month. Sweeney, who moved up the ranks of the volunteer board to attain the position of president, has been instrumental — along with his wife Jill— to the continued success of the Neponset-based organization, which is one of the region’s most highly respected hockey and ice-skating programs for youth.

Matt and Jill got involved because both of their sons have played in the program. Sweeney went from coordinator to vice president and finally to president.  Read more

Cedar Grove, Savin Hill baseball join forces for teen play

By 
Corey Burns, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 21, 2011

The ultimate goal of youth sports is for kids to have fun, compete, and learn, not just about the game, but also about an important values in life like teamwork, responsibility, and commitment. With that in mind, Cedar Grove Baseball and Savin Hill Baseball have come together to offer Babe Ruth baseball to as many children in the neighborhood as possible.

Tom Leahy and Mike Mackan from Cedar Grove Baseball have joined Mike Manning, Mike Christopher, and Tony King of Savin Hill Baseball to construct a league of six teams, with a total of around 90 children, ages 13-15. The games will be played at both Dorchester Park and McConnell Park throughout the season. For the first time, the teams will be mixed with Cedar Grove and Savin Hill kids on the same roster.  Read more

Packed house got money’s worth at Armory fight night

By 
Corey Burns, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 21, 2011

Southside Promotions “Turf War” boxing card lived up to the expectations of the sold-out crowd at the National Guard Armory in Dorchester on Saturday night.

Billy Traft and Donnie Palmer, two amateur boxers from Dorchester, both fought their hearts out. Palmer edged out a victory over reigning New England Golden Gloves Champion, Owen Minor, leaving many of the fans in awe, some raining “boos”. It may not have been as clear to the sold out crowd as it was to the judges, but the way they saw it, Palmer landed more clean shots on Minor, as opposed to Minor’s wild flurry of punches, and in amateur boxing, thaat’s what counts. Palmer got the win by points.  Read more

No sense of closure ahead for Baseball’s nightmare

In the epic ‘Black Sox’ scandal that broke late in the season of 1920, there would be a sensational trial a year later in Chicago that lit up the headlines all over the land.

The unhappy “eight men out” -- that infamous nucleus of the White Sox accused of fixing the 1919 World Series – were, of course, acquitted on criminal charges, which is largely forgotten. But Judge K. M. Landis, the bigoted cur then posing as commissioner of baseball, still banned them from the game, which he probably wouldn’t be able to get away with nowadays.  Read more

Boxing returns to Victory Rd. Armory on Saturday

By 
Corey Burns, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 14, 2011

Donnie Palmer: On the 'Turf War' card this weekend. File photo/Pete StidmanDonnie Palmer: On the 'Turf War' card this weekend. File photo/Pete Stidman

It’s billed as the “Turf War” — and is fully loaded with six amateur and five professional fights. Boxing returns to the National Guard Armory on Dorchester’s Victory Rd. this Saturday. Local fighters like Billy Traft and Donnie Palmer from Dorchester, along with Chris Traietti, Ryan Kielczewski, and Timmy Kaes from Quincy are all slated to step into the ring.  Read more

Hockey star Hayes leaves BC, turns pro

By 
Corey Burns, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 6, 2011

Jimmy Hayes: Celebrated his 2011 Beanpot-winning goal for BC. AP photoJimmy Hayes: Celebrated his 2011 Beanpot-winning goal for BC. AP photoDorchester’s Jimmy Hayes has decided to forgo his senior hockey season at Boston College and head to the American Hockey League. The 20 year-old St. Ann’s alum is now playing for the Icehogs of Rockford, IL, an affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.

After helping the Eagles win the Beanpot just over a month ago, Jimmy and his teammates —including younger brother Kevin— moved forward with their ultimate goal of winning the NCAA Championship. Boston College was the third seed heading into the tournament with a 30-7-1 record and was matched up against Colorado College in the first round.

But Colorado College pulled off the upset against Boston College on March 25, defeating the Eagles 8-4. The dream of another title for Jimmy as a member of the Eagles was cut short and left him with a major decision to make about his future and his career.  Read more

FOR ALL THE BEANS: Dream night for Hayes brothers

By 
Corey Burns, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 17, 2011

BC wins 2011 Beanpot : Jimmy Hayes celebrates his OT goal with teammate Patch Alber. AP photoBC wins 2011 Beanpot : Jimmy Hayes celebrates his OT goal with teammate Patch Alber. AP photoIt’s every Dorchester youth hockey player’s dream: Lacing up the skates, hitting the ice at the Garden, playing in the Beanpot. And, of course, scoring the game-winning goal then hoisting the trophy high.

Well, for the Hayes brothers of Westglow Street that dream came true on Monday night.

Jimmy Hayes, a 6-foot-5 junior forward for Boston College, tucked in his team’s seventh and decisive goal in overtime against a valiant Northeastern squad to lift the Eagles to their third Beanpot championship in four years. His younger brother Kevin, who had notched a first-period assist of his own during the epic game against the Huskies, watched the big goal from the bench.

“Jimmy deserved it,” Kevin, a freshman on track for a bigger role on the ice at the Heights, told the Reporter. “All year he has just improved in all aspects of the game and he was finally rewarded with such a big goal.”  Read more

EAGLE ON THE GO: BC’s Kowalski moves from baseball diamond to basketball parquet

By 
Corey Burns, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 10, 2011

Chris Kowalski: Now plays for BC's basketball Eagles, after a stellar career on baseball team.Chris Kowalski: Now plays for BC's basketball Eagles, after a stellar career on baseball team.With the Boston College men’s basketball season well underway, you may have seen a familiar face taking the floor.

After four years as a pitcher for the BC men’s baseball team — including a senior year stint as team captain— Dorchester’s own Chris Kowalski has brought his unique athleticism and attitude to the Eagles basketball squad.

The 22 year-old Melville Park native stands at 6-foot-6 and weighs 240 pounds. But his size is not the only reason his immense presence is felt. Despite limited playing time so far this season, Kowalski knows his role on the team and knows what he has to bring each and every day.

“I bring the team a certain intensity and work ethic,” Kowalski told the Reporter this week. “Guys have been good, but with me coming in and giving that extra edge, guys go harder in practice. Everyone reaches their full potential because coach Donahue is an intense guy, and I’m kind of there to help keep the focus, keep good reps in practice, and keep everything flowing off the court as well.”  Read more

Extra help for youth sports coaches

By 
Jackie Gentile, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 16, 2010

Boston is known as a sports town, teeming with homegrown athletes throughout the city in both school and neighborhood sports programs. Behind these spirited athletes are their dedicated coaches, focused on fostering their players’ abilities on the field and their development off of it.

The Coaches Helping Athletes through Mentoring and Positive Sports (CHAMPS) Boston program is a sports-based youth development initiative of the Boston Foundation. At the heart of CHAMPS Boston is a training program for coaches to be capable leaders and mentors for their players.  Read more

Pop Warner Cheerleaders seek funds to compete for national title

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 24, 2010

Mattapan Patriots Cheerleaders: Bound for national competition— hopefully.Mattapan Patriots Cheerleaders: Bound for national competition— hopefully.

Pop Warner's Mattapan Patriots Cheerleading team has qualified for the Pop Warner National Cheer & Dance Championships held at the Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. The squad must now raise funds they need to pay for the trip.

The D-Squad cheerleaders placed second in the New England Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 20, which consisted of a two-and-a-half minute routine. The placement earned them a spot in the national championship games amidst 500 other cheerleader squads from across the nation. The contest will be will be held from Dec. 6 to Dec. 10 alongside the Pop Warner Super Bowl.  Read more