Monthly Archives: December 2009

Globe All-Scholastics

The Globe published its Fall All-Scholastics yesterday. Here are the honored athletes from BPS:

Volleyball

Carolynn Loyo-Torres

Boston English, Junior, OH

Loyo-Torres averaged 12 kills and five aces per match this season. She was nominated for MVP in track and basketball and won the Sportsmanship Award in softball. The honor roll student is looking to pursue sports medicine in college.

Boston City
Boston English: Carolynn Loyo-Torres, Karen Pagen. Boston International: Maciel Carvajal, Paula Hernandez. Brighton: Samantha Penn, Keyla Pimentel. Burke: Michelle Dyette, Adrienne Martin. Charlestown: Maria Coleman, Denise Garcia. Dorchester: Nancy Penaloza, Shanira Vidal. East Boston: Fatima Guevara, Mariana Romero. Latin Academy: Christina Joseph, Jenny Tran. Madison Park: Wilidia Capre, Christalis Oller. O’Bryant: Ve Truong, Lilli Wondwossen. Snowden: Ivabeth Kirnon, Bianca Rosado. South Boston: Lorina Gjino. West Roxbury: Janine Coleman, Prisca Valjean.

Football:

Brandon Amodeo

East Boston, Senior, WR/RB
Amodeo manned the backfield for the City League champions, racking up more than 1,000 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns for the high-powered Jets. The honor role student led the Jets to a Super Bowl, and next hopes to attend college to study civil engineering.

Coach of the Year:

John Sousa

East Boston,  Division 4
In his final season as head coach, Sousa led East Boston to the Division 4 Super Bowl. He has 120 wins in 15 years and was previously named a Globe Coach of the Year in 2003. Sousa credits the Jets’ success to team determination.

All-Stars

Boston North
Boston English: Melvin Booker, Grayland Seales. Charlestown: Joel Foster, Odane Harriott. East Boston: Brandon Amodeo. Madison Park: Ray Hawkins, Khayree Hudson. South Boston: Jose Burgos, Daquan Hill. West Roxbury: Jeff Casseus, Michael Hernandez.

Boston South
Brighton: Joshua Altime. Burke: Denzel Patterson, Chris Shelton. Dorchester: Peter Berment, Eric Parrish. Hyde Park: Jessie Noel, Elijah Smith. Latin Academy: Sean Devlin, Edbiko Elysee. O’Bryant: Omari Alfred, Chandler Ransom.

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Here are links to NNN’s broadcasts of Saturday’s Super Bowls:

East Boston vs. Whittier

Brighton vs. Northeast

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Eastie’s Super Bowl slide show

Here is a slide show of Patrick O’Connor’s photos from East Boston’s 14-12 loss to Whittier in the Division 4 Super Bowl on Saturday at Bentley University.

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Brighton Super Bowl slide show

Here is a slide show of Patrick O’Connor’s photos from Brighton’s 22-12 loss to Northeast in the Division 4A Super Bowl on Saturday at Bentley University.

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Bengals: depleted and defeated

By Justin A. Rice

WALTHAM — On Tuesday about 30 members of the Brighton High football team traveled to Franklin and beat Tri-County 8-6 to earn a berth to Saturday’s MIAA Division 4A Super Bowl against Northeast at Bentley University.

On Thursday, report cards were dispatched.

“We came with only 15 players today, we lost a lot of players due to ineligibility,” Brighton senior Kevin DePina said after the 22-12 loss. “We had a short team and we still played hard. They predicted we were going to lose 42-18 and it was a close game. We lost by 10. We played our hearts out, we did what we could do. We lost a couple of fumbles, a couple mishaps on our part. But they played a good game, they played a good game and they beat us, that’s what it is.

“Players were ineligible so we had to mix up players, we had to mix up players on defense, mix up players on offense. It was difficult but we still scored 12 points. We did what we could.

“We only had 15 [today], we came 50 strong in August.”

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Bulletin board materiall

By Justin A. Rice

The Boston Globe provide both Brighton High and East Boston High with some bulletin board material this morning by picking both teams to lose on Super Saturday. The Globe’s high school sports editor Bob Holmes picked Eastie to lose 34-20 to Whittier in the Division 4 Super Bowl and Brighton to fall 42-18 to Northeast in the Division 4A title bout.

Both games will be on Saturday at Bentley University, with the Bengals playing at 10 a.m. and the Jets at 1 p.m.

Today’s paper has preview capsules of both games, which unfortunately are not posted online. But buying the actual paper is not such a bad thing–after all, the clip will look better on your bulletin board anyway.

Stop by the press box to say hello during the Brighton game and if anyone is interested in covering the Eastie game let me know ASAP.

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Go Gaby!

South Boston High athletes Gabriela Cruzado (right), and Lorina Gjino (left), pose with former New England Patriot and Hall of Famer Andre Tippett

South Boston High JV football player Gaby Cruzado, who was the subject of BPSsports.com’s first feature on Nov. 4, was one of many athletes honored at the MIAA Sportsmanship Summit at Gillette Stadium recently.

With 138 total views and eight comments, Gaby’s story has by far outpaced any other piece on this site.

Gaby has agreed to speak at the site’s launch party in early February that is generously being put on by Northeaster’s Sport in Society. The date is TBD but you are all invited so get your questions ready for Gaby.

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Middle school football kicks off

Here is a story NNN did about BPS’s new middle school football league.

It is amazing BPS is just now getting middle school football. One of the reasons BPS football is not on par with other districts because in most suburban schools the middle schools teams feed into the high schools.

In BPS, many players join the freshman team with no experience.

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This just in …

The start times of East Boston and Brighton’s MIAA Super Bowls on Saturday just came across the MIAA website. Brighton will play Northeast Regional at 10 a.m. for the Division 4A championship while East Boston will play Whittier at 1 p.m. for the Division 4 title.

Both games are at Bentley University in Waltham.

Here is the Globe’s coverage of Brighton and Eastie’s semifinal victories.

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Brighton goes bowling again

By Justin A. Rice

FRANKLIN — At the time, Brighton High’s failure to convert on fourth-and-three from the 21 with an 8-0 lead with 2:27 to play in the third quarter had all the makings of  Bill Belichick’s now-infamous decision to go for a late fourth-and-two in a 35-34 loss to the Colts last month.

Fortunately for Brighton coach James Phillips, the Bengals only gave up a touchdown to Tri-County High on Thursday night and held strong on the 2-point conversion.

Hanging on to win the Division 4A semifinal at Franklin High, the 8-6 victory sent Brighton (5-6) to its third MIAA Super Bowl in four seasons.

East Boston beat Bristol Plymouth 35-8 on Tuesday and will play Whittier in the Division 4 Super Bowl on Saturday at Bentley University.

Brighton will play Northeast Regional on Saturday, also at Bentley. The time of the game will be announced today.

“They wanted it here, they wanted it here,” Phillips said, pounding his chest. “It’s always a thrill to be able to play for a championship. I can’t say enough about my guys and my coaching staff. They worked hard and we worked hard and it paid off for us.

“We don’t have the best record but we have some good young men. We got tough kids and they showed it when it counted.”

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