Sports

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

Editorial: Hail to the Chiefs; Scan away, TSA

Dorchester Youth Hockey Chiefs: Under 18 squad celebrates another state title.Dorchester Youth Hockey Chiefs: Under 18 squad celebrates another state title.Here’s one local team to remember with a toast at your table this Thursday: The Dorchester Chiefs have done it again.

The Under 18 Dorchester Youth Hockey team bested South Boston to win the state championship in the Tier II division tournament on Nov. 14. The boys – coached by Charlie Pero, Scott Perry and Ross Pasquantonio – skated to a 6-4 victory over the Shamrocks in the Quincy Youth Arena. The boys will play for a national banner next year in Cleveland, Ohio.  Read more

Diamond echoes fade, and the sporting beat rolls on

There is sporting life after Baseball, although the annual re-affirmation of that essential truth generally obliges acute withdrawal pangs. Less so this year after a hardball season that can vaguely be characterized as “flat,” no matter how much Bud Selig would have us believe we are floating through some sort of Golden Age. Anyway, here are some bases to be rounded upon one’s re-entry:

If boxing isn’t dead, it ought to be.  Read more

Champs all around in Flag Football league

By 
Tom Leahy, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 18, 2010

Greater Neponset Flag Football: The Patriots were one of the winning teams in the Greater Neponset Flag Football League championships held last Saturday. Top row: League commissioner Phil Carver, coach Desmond Tyler and coach Charlie Conners.Greater Neponset Flag Football: The Patriots were one of the winning teams in the Greater Neponset Flag Football League championships held last Saturday. Top row: League commissioner Phil Carver, coach Desmond Tyler and coach Charlie Conners.

Late this past summer, the youth of Dorchester signed up to satisfy their quest for one of the fastest growing sports: youth flag football. The Greater Neponset Flag Football league commenced at the Garvey Park. The league commissioner, Phil Carver of the Popes Hill Neighborhood Association, had the foresight to run this program, not only in the fall, but on the heels of the Boston Center for Youth and Families summer program at the Garvey Park.  Read more

Burgeoning Mets scandal has baseball’s poohbahs fretting

It’s about the New York Mets and the highly unsavory mess that is brewing in their nest. No one is sure of where it’s going, but the potential is colossal. That clear possibility hasn’t fully registered yet, hence the somewhat tame treatment of the issue by the media early on. But it wouldn’t take much to kick the simmering controversy into high gear.  Read more

Mattapan Patriots compete in playoffs, hold youth tournament

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 5, 2010

The Pop Warner Mattapan Patriots have entered the playoffs for the 2010 season. The Patriots D Team had their first matchup against the Billerica Warriors on November 4. The D Team was ousted by the Warriors in a 20-13 loss, which ended thier season. The Patriots A Team and C Team are scheduled for thier first games on Sunday November 7. The A Team will face the West Lynn Rams at Russell Field in Cambridge at 1:00 PM. The C Team will face the Billerica Scouts at Lampson Field in Billerica at 11:15.  Read more

‘Frisco Giants win is a credit to The Master Scavenger

Imagine for a moment that it’s precisely a year ago and you are Brian Sabean, general manager of the San Francisco Giants. It’s that time of the year again when you assemble every last wretch on the staff who has so much as a clue -- coaches, scouts, minor league pedagogues, medics, money-guys, lawyers, keepers of stats, compilers of computer print-outs, even the P.R people -- to deal with that most fundamental of questions: “So, now what do we do?”  Read more

Mattahunt center in limbo; community bypassed, say critics

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Bill Forry, Reporter Editors
Oct. 20, 2010

Mattahunt School and Community Center: City closed center last summer and a proposed partnership with Wheelock College has yet to begin.Mattahunt School and Community Center: City closed center last summer and a proposed partnership with Wheelock College has yet to begin.

(Editor's note: This article was updated online on Friday, Oct. 23 to reflect comments from Boys and Girls Club of Boston president Joshua Kraft.)

Eight months after the city of Boston began the process of closing some of the city’s 46 community centers, the Menino administration is still laboring to finalize a deal with Wheelock College to take over the former Mattahunt Community Center in Mattapan, which ceased operations as a city-run center last summer. The move is drawing criticism from community members and one of Mattapan’s city councillors, who are calling for more input and engagement with the broader community.

City officials and other supporters of the Wheelock deal say it will create a unique partnership that will expand programming at a time when the city is reeling from the effects of a weak economy and prepping for an even tighter budget next year. A deal can’t be brokered “overnight,” but an agreement will be announced in the coming weeks, they add.

“There’s a great opportunity with Wheelock,” said Daphne Griffin, executive director of the Boston Centers for Youth and Families, which oversees the city’s community centers. “Not only are they well-respected…but they have a very strong institutional program background around out of school time and after school time.”  Read more

Wondering why Major League Baseball’s out of control

Well, fans, we can be thankful that we won’t have the regular baseball season to kick around anymore. It’s over. Mercifully!

The 2010 edition, stretching from late March to early October, was weird from the get-go, unfulfilling throughout, and ended on a sour note. Or as the New York baseball scribe Joel Sherman, one of the best in the business, termed it: “the most depressing baseball season I can ever remember.” Here’s a second for that motion.  Read more