Monthly Archives: June 2011

‘DD’ and ‘JJ’ making strides on the tennis court

Here’s a story I did for ESPNBoston.com about two BPS tennis players who competed in a pro tournament last week at the Sportsman’s Tennis Club in Dorchester.

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Sports Media Guide interview

Former Globe and Herald reporter Steve Marantz recently interviewed me about BPSsports.com  for his website Sports Media Guide. Steve, who currently works for ESPN and has written several books, has interviewed giants of sports journalism such as former New York Times reporter Robert Lipsyte and a bevy of Sports Illustrated writers including S.L. Price, Tim Layden and L. Jon Wertheim. It’s truly an honor to be put on the same list as these amazing writers.

Here’s the interview and thanks Steve.

 

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Dream Big! Conference pairs BPS girls with accomplished athletes

The following is a press release about today’s Dream Big! Leadership Conference at Northeastern:

NEWTON, MA–(Marketwire – Jun 21, 2011) – If you need proof that participation in sports plays an important role in empowering girls to succeed, look no further than the First Annual Dream Big! Leadership Conference.

Presented recently by Dream Big! at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center in partnership with NU’s Sport in Society program, more than 150 girls, coaches and teachers from a dozen Boston public schools and the Beyond Soccer Program in Lawrence heard true-life accounts from former Olympic, professional and collegiate female athletes about how their involvement in sports and physical activities — and the mentors and friends they found through those efforts — laid the foundation for phenomenal success later in life.

Emphasizing the equally crucial ‘off-the-field’ benefits, the conference speakers shared insights about how their participation in athletics paved the way for careers as doctors, lawyers, financial advisors, real estate professionals, probation officers, teachers, non-profit leaders, professional athletes, scientists and coaches. Importantly, the women answered questions and provided advice to the students about what they could do themselves to make their own dreams come true.

Conference presenters included:

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St. Anthony to play New Mission

ESPNBoston.com’s Brendan Hall just reported that defending MIAA Division 2 state champion New Mission will play “Jersey City, N.J. powerhouse and defending mythical national champion St. Anthony” in December’s “Shooting Touch Shootout”  at the Kroc Center in Dorchester.

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BPS tennis players take on the world

Wimbledon isn’t the only tennis tournament this week.

Two 15-year-old tennis players from the O’Bryant School and Latin Academy are wild cards in this week’s United States Tennis Association tournament at the Sportsman’s Tennis Club in Dorchester. Jandayia Lubin and DiAndrea Galloway will compete together in a doubles match at 5 p.m. on Wednesday night in the $50,000 draw that features players from across the world.

Here’s an interview the girls did recently on Greater Boston with Emily Rooney.

Stay tuned for more coverage.

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Softball All-Stars battle to a tie

For a game that was supposed to be stress free, Elinet Santana sure felt the weight of the world on her bat when she had a full count with two outs and the winning run on third in the bottom of the final inning of the Boston City League Softball All-Star Classic.

After belting a shot to right field that deflected off the fielder’s glove and out of play, the Madison Park senior shortstop easily rounded third and was on her way home when she pulled up, realizing the hit was called a ground rule double.

Her North squad failed to send her home and the game ended in an 11-11 tie.

“It was a lot of pressure,” she said. “It was a 3-2 count and my team was counting on me. Everything was on me. Everyone was like ‘Eli, Eli, Eli.’ When it hit her glove I thought I could make it home, at least to third. I was like ‘Yes’ and then my coach told me I had to go back to second.

“I was like ‘Are you kidding me?’ I was disappointed but it’s for fun. I at least made the All-Star team. I love my team, I love my coach. I had a great time. I met new people, new friends. It was my first time being an All-Star.”

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North All-Stars steal the show

South team photo at yesterday's City League Baseball All-Star Classic. Photos courtesy of Alec Chvirko.

By Betsey di Bonaventura, BPSsports Correspondent

CAMBRIDGE — The North All-Stars came out strong with four runs in the first inning of the Boston City League Baseball All-Star Classic last night and never looked back.But despite the 11-2 win against the South All-Stars last night at Harvard University’s O’Donnell Field, it was clear from the moment the Boston Scholar Athlete Awards were handed out before the game that the evening wasn’t about winning. The experience of being an All-Star and participating in the game meant the most to players and coaches.

“My favorite part about coaching this game is watching the camaraderie,” North coach, Michael Viggiano said. “We had guys from seven different schools on our team and South had eight. But watching that camaraderie, it didn’t matter who ran across the plate, the entire dugout was up cheering. These are guys who have played against each other all season long and they were coming together as a team.”

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Softball All-Stars announced

The Boston Scholar Athlete Program and the Boston Centers for Youth and Families announced the rosters for the 2011 Boston City League Softball All-Star Classic today. The game will be at noon on June 18 at Wentworth’s Sweeney Field.

The North Coach of the Year was awarded to Tom Elliot of East Boston while the South Coach of the Year is Rocco Zizza of Boston Latin Academy. The BCYF Sportsmanship Award winners are Tiara Dunbar of West Roxbury and Brenda Calderon of the Burke.

To see the full rosters click on the “keep reading” link below.

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Baseball All-Stars announced

The Boston Scholar Athlete Program and the Boston Centers for Youth and Families announced the rosters for the 2011 Boston City League Baseball All-Star Classic today. The game will be at 4 p.m. on June 16 at Harvard University’s O’Donnell Field.

The North Coach of the Year was also awarded to Matt Grogan of the John D. O’Bryant while the South Coach of the Year went to Eddie Ocasio of West Roxbury. The BCYF Sportsmanship Award Winners went to William Pimental of Madison Park and Tykent Rogers of the Burke.

To see the full rosters click on the “keep reading” link below.
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Class dismissed: BSA Coache’s Adademy wraps up year

ROXBURY — The year-long Boston Scholar Athlete Program’s Coaches Academy wrapped up on Tuesday afternoon at Suffolk Constructions training facility.

This year more than 90 coaches attended the free four-course curriculum, which provides BPS coaches access to professional development courses aimed at making them better coaches on the field and better mentors off it.

“We had an unbelievable year with the Boston Coaches Academy,” said Evan Davis, BSA’s executive athletic director. “We’ve averaged 25 to 30 coaches per session and it’s been great. It’s been everything we’ve hoped for.”

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