Sports

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

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