Monthly Archives: February 2010

Kelley reaches 1,000 points mark in final game for Titans

New Mission senior guard Nieshia Kelley was presented flowers and a certificate from coach Greg Berry after reaching 1,000 points on Thursday evening, during a first round game with Georgetown at English High School. Photo by Patrick E. O'Connor

By Patrick E. O’Connor

The reining Boston City League champs, New Mission High’s girls’ basketball team, had high hopes for advancing in the state tournament but the season ended with a two point loss to Georgetown on Thursday night, at English High.

Georgtown (7-14) defeated the Titans, 47-45, in the second round of the Division 4 North sectional.

The Titans got off to a slow start in the first period, trailing 13-4 but battled back in the second to break even with Georgetown at half time at 19-19.

Minutes into the second half, the game was stopped for a brief presentation for New Mission senior guard Nieshia Kelley as she reached 1,000 points. Coach Greg Berry presented her with flowers and a certificate.

Kelley finished with a team-high 17 points while Edna Cristo-John contributed 11 points for the Titans.

With seconds remaining in the contest, the Titans rallied to tie the score but ran out of time before Georgetown advanced to a quarterfinal matchup with Fenway on Saturday.


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More on Southie hoops

Here is Bruce Lerch’s story on last night’s Southe-Watertown stunner in the Boston Herald and here is my story for the Daily News Tribune.

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Southie sends defending champs packing

By Jamie Rosa and Justin A. Rice

WATERTOWN — Only using five players on Wednesday night, South Boston’s boys’ basketball team upset defending champion Watertown High in the opening round of the Division 3 North bracket.

Losing three players to academic ineligibility recently, the No. 12-seeded Knights (11-10) were forced to play with a short bench consisting of just two players pulled up from the JV ranks.

“I go with the momentum, they were playing solid ball so there was no need to sub unless one of my players was in foul trouble,” Southie coach Hakim Johnson said after the 57-52 victory. “It was a team effort, Stevie [Weathers] did a good job of not giving [Watertown’s Marcus Coppola] too much space and Tyrell [Pugh] gave him some tough looks.”

The sharp-shooting Coppola walked the line between getting his teammates involved and taking over games for the fifth-seeded Raiders (13-8) this season. Watertown finally fell off that high wire act on Wednesday night as Coppola scored 10 points in the opening half before finishing with a game-high 28 points.

“I know how to take over the game like I did down the stretch there but you gotta get your teammates involved,” the junior guard said. “The offense was just stagnant the whole game.

“I was trying to get them involved early on to set the tone so they knew they just couldn’t focus in on me, which they did a lot. The whole game they were just focusing on me, not really worrying about what a couple other guys were doing.”

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Latin freezes Watertown

The Boston Latin boys’ hockey team defeated Watertown in the state tournament on Tuesday night. Here’s the story in the Daily News Tribune.

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Eastie survives Lawrence

By William Johnson

EAST BOSTON — The East Boston boys’ basketball team held on to beat Lawrence High in the opening round of the Division 1 North bracket on Tuesday night.

Junior forward Dmitri Coronel collected a game-high 23 points in the sixth-seeded Jets’ 75-71 victory while junior forward Jeff Amazon and senior forward Elijah Chisholm added 11 points apiece.

In the final two minutes Lawrence junior guard Dawrin Pereyra hit two 3-pointers for the No. 11-seeded Lancers, the second of which dropped with 18.4 remaining in the game to cut Eastie’s lead, 71-68.

In the final moments of the game Lawrence sent Amazon to the free throw line twice, where he hit three shots. Lawrence sophomore guard Yadoris Arias knocked down a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds to play but it was too little too late.

Another intentional foul put Eastie senior guard Stanley Greene on the line with one second remaining. Greene split the pair to ice the game for the Jets (17-4).

East Boston led after each quarter.In a seven minute span during the first quarter, starting at the three minute mark, the Jets went on a 16-4 run before taking a 30-28 lead at the break.

Lawrence, which finishes the season 12-8, was led by Pereyra, who scored a team-high 17 points, including five 3-pointers.

Eastie advances to play No. 3 St. John’s Prep (19-2) on Friday on the road. St. John’s defeated Waltham, 70-55, on Tuesday night.

Roxbury-based blogger William Johnson pens the website crunkdub’ He can be reached at

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Free sportswriting workshop

I’ll be teaching a free sportswriting seminar for high school students on Saturday at Grub St., Inc. downtown:

TEEN WRITING: Saturday, February 27th, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, YAWP (Young Adult Writers Program) Are you – or do you know – a teen who likes to write poems, lyrics, stories, novels or screenplays? Come to YAWP, a free monthly teen writing workshop for Boston-area teens 12-17. YAWP provides writing exercises in small groups, feedback from working writers, pizza and inspiration. You provide the energy to write, share your work, and try new things. This month, we’re offering two YAWP sessions: one from 10 AM to 12 PM for Freshmen and Sophomores, and a second from 1 PM to 3 PM for Juniors and Seniors. You must sign up in advance by emailing or calling Chip Cheek at 617.695.0075. See website to sign up for specific groups such as poetry, screenwriting, fiction, graphic novel, songwriting, etc. FREE, Grub Street HQ, 160 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.

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BNN broadcasts City Championships

Check out Boston Neighborhood Network’s coverage of the Boston City League Championships:

2010 Boys City Championship

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Globe features English High’s DeSouto

The Globe has a good piece in today’s paper about English High basketball player Alex DeSouto. Check it out here.

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Latin sets relay record

By Justin A. Rice

ROXBURY— Setting a meet record in the 4 x 200-meter relay, Boston Latin School’s girls’ track team tore up the track at the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday morning at the MIAA Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Senior Alexandra Williams, junior Emma Rice, senior Tamika Reid and senior Meisha Brooks clocked a time of 1 minute, 43.57 seconds in the relay, beating the previous record (1:44.23) set by Cambridge Rindge & Latin in 2006.

“We came in knowing we had the first [seeded] time but before you run every meet it’s about that meet, not the time you have so going into it we still had to push ourselves,” Rice said.  “Coming in we knew we had competition.”

Brooks and Rice also finished first and second in the 300-meter dash with times of 40.51 and 41.06 respectively as Boston Latin finished third in the team standings with 38 points, behind Newton North (46 points) and Wachusett Regional-Holden (38.3333).

“I told both of them just go out there and do what you know to do,” Latin coach Dacia Taylor said.  “They push each other.”

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Madison Park holds off New Mission

By Justin A. Rice

ROXBURY — Madison Park busted New Mission’s near monopoly on city bragging rights on Friday night at Madison Park High.

After the Titans’ defeated J.E. Burke in the finals of the girls’ Boston City League Championships [see next entry for coverage], the New Mission boys’ were unable to keep their end of the bargain—forced to watch through bleary eyes as the Cardinals hoisted the trophy the Titans thought had their name on it.

Only one team was called Titans but it was truly a clash of top-ranked teams as Madison Park (16-1) held off New Mission’s furious comeback down the stretch to hold onto the the 66-59 victory.

“That’s the character of this team, they have the heart of lions and their warriors even though they’re Cardinals and they refuse to lose,” Madison Park coach Dennis Wilson said after  his second straight city title and fourth overall. “Everybody at some point in time did something to make this happen. That’s why this team is great.

“I want this for them; I’ll be here another 50 years so I don’t need anything.”

Top-ranked Madison Park controlled second-ranked New Mission (19-2) in the post, where senior center David Campbell scored a game-high 25 points, including 17 in the second-half, to earn tournament MVP honors.

“It really boosts us, we feel like we are the best,” said Campbell, whose No. 1 seeded team in the Division 1 South bracket will begin state tournament play on Wednesday at home against either Barnstable or Durfee.  “It’s going to be really good for us. We’re real happy, real happy.”

Like Wilson, New Mission coach Cory McCarthy came into the tournament saying he puts more emphasis on states and the city tournament is for player pride. But McCarthy left Madison Park’s gym on Friday night unsure if the loss would plague his team the remainder of the post season, even though the Division 4 team is unlikely to face anyone tougher than Madison Park when they begin their quest for their first state title on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center. The No. 1-seeded team in the Division 4 North bracket will play the winner of Trinity Catholic and St. Mary’s.

“We probably won’t [face anybody better than MP] but guess what, every time you lose, well coached teams see how you lost so you have to improve. So we just have to improve and we will improve. That’s just the nature of our school. It’s the nature of our school and of our kids. We will improve and we will be in the state tournament.

“The city tournament is for our guys. The state tournament is for our school.”

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