Monthly Archives: October 2010

Dominique Wilkins speaks at English High

NBA Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins, who has type 2 diabetes, was at The English High School this morning to promote healthy choices that students can make in their daily lives.

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Globe updates Scholar Athlete program

Bob Hohler updates the Boston Scholar Athlete programs progress in today’s Globe.

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Brighton hands Madison Park first loss

Despite having three touchdowns called back on penalties, Brighton High managed to take out Madison Park 28-6 on Friday night at English High — handing the Cardinals their first loss of the season.

Junior quarterback Jonathan Marrero rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns while junior running back Andrew Maeste added a rushing touchdown of his own.

“We were working hard all week, we just came out here and executed our plays,” Maeste said. “I know we made a few mistakes but we came out as a team and we worked hard. We’ve come a long way since training camp in August. We’ve been working hard and it’s paid off.”

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Eastie goes south

Blue Hills routed East Boston, 40-22 , on Friday night. Here’s the Globe story.

Other Friday night highlights from the Globe:

O’Bryant 30, Boston English 0: Omari Alfred ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter and threw two TD passes to Christian Ransom in the second to lead the Tigers.

West Roxbury 20, Burke 13: Junior running back Daquain Phillips won it for the Raiders scoring on a 5-yard run with 50 seconds left.

South Boston 20, Hyde Park 6: James Toles, Brian Dunphy and Sean Provenzano scored for Southie.

 

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Middle school football kicks off

BPS’s second season of middle school football is kicking off. Check back weekly for scores and pics.

Here’s a press release to announce the season’s start:

Boston, MA — October 14, 2010 — The boys have been practicing and the games have begun!  During the last three weeks football practice has put over 250 athletes at six Boston public middle schools in action. Tired and sore – but getting fitter each day, the Play Ball! teams are back at it on the field and in school.

This year the league welcomes the Orchard Gardens Pilot School (Roxbury) and the McCormack (N. Dorchester). Our returning schools include the Gavin (South Boston); Edwards (Charlestown); Irving (Roslindale), and the Rogers (Hyde Park).  The teams will play a ten week season ending with a Championship Game on November 10th.  The league will also attend the Boston College vs. Maryland (October 23rd) football game as the guest of Boston College’s Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo.

“We are happy to welcome two more teams to our league this year, “said Michael Harney, founder and chairman of the Play Ball! Foundation.  “Through the generosity of our donors and our continued fundraising we are able to expand this league.  It’s exciting to have 60 more student athletes on the field this fall to participate and we are hopeful that is a trend we can continue in the years to come.”

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Globe covers MP’s unbeaten soccer squad

Here’s the story.

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Brighton leaves OB behind

Brighton beat OB 26-14 on Friday. Here’s the story in the Globe, whose Lorenzo Recupero has done an amazing job covering BPS football this fall. I have to had it to the Globe. So far each Saturday since the season started they have given BPS football great play with photos and everything. The coverage is much better than the past. Keep up the good work.

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Meet the next female football player: me

From the latest issue of Boston’s Teens in Print:

By Penisha Hill // Staff Writer

I started off as the quiet girl who did not say much. Everyone would pick on me because I was small and silent. Some said I reminded them of their little sisters because of my height and baby face.

I am a female student who attends Brighton High, and I decided to sign up for the football team this fall.

I am very nervous about playing for the football team because I may be one of only two girls, and I am still small.

Some people were confused as to why I wanted to try out for football. I want to prove to the guys that girls can do whatever they want as long as they put their minds to it. It should not matter what sex you are. All that should matter is whether you are passionate about something. You need to be willing to stick to it and stay focused.

Being very athletic, I am fascinated by trying new things. I used to play soccer and basketball and run track. I think playing sports in the past might boost me up in the future and now inspire me to play football. I think it might build up my strength as an athlete.

Throughout the summer I went jogging and worked-out at my house. It prepared me for the football season. When you are willing to do something that everyone does not agree with, you have to have a lot of pride and confidence.

The only thing I am really afraid of is the guys’ reactions to me playing football. I think if I stick to it, the guys will get a little intimated because they may believe I might be a challenge to them. They might feel I’ll steal their spotlight. I guess I won’t know until I start playing.

Wish me luck.


photo by Lena Yee // Artists for Humanity

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Superintendant on academic standards for athletes

While attending a media availability this afternoon with BPS Superintendant Dr. Carol Johnson, I asked her about the success English High has had holding its athletes to a higher academic standard.

Last year new English Headmaster Dr. Sito Narcisse increased the academic eligibility standards for athletes at his school from the district norm 1.67 to a 2.0. For years many coaches have argued that a 1.67, which is higher than the MIAA standards, is too high. They say having lower standards allows them to use sports as bait to keep kids in school. And once they are in school they can worry about improving their grades.

But after increasing its standards last winter, English only saw one player on its boys basketball squad fail off the team. This fall the O’Bryant school is holding its athletes to a 2.0 for the first time.

When asked if she would consider holding every school to those standards Dr. Johnson deferred to Athletics Director Ken Still. But she did say she increased athletic standards to a 2.0 when she was the superintendant in Minneapolis.

“People were complaining so I called the men’s basketball coach at the time at the University of Minnesota,” she said. “I said ‘what do you think about this?’ And he said ‘First of all if these kids come to play sports in college they are going to have to meet the NCAA standards. And if you fool them into thinking that they’re not because they don’t have high standards at their high school—if they don’t get like a like a 19 or whatever the ACT is, plus their GPA, whatever the GPA is — they won’t be able to play college sports anyway.’

“In a way you do them a disservice by not having high standards.”

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Madison Park holds off Westie

MP beat Westie 18-12 on Friday. Here’s the Globe’s story.

Here’s some other Friday night results from the Globe:

East Boston 8, Charlestown 0 — Brandon Campbell’s 7-yard first-quarter run was all the scoring the Jets needed

Latin Academy 34, Dorchester 0 — Patrick Champagne rushed for 89 yards and two first-half TDs to pace the Dragons.

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