Feb. 10, 2011
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
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
Nov. 24, 2010
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
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
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
Nov. 18, 2010
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
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
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
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
Oct. 20, 2010
(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