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Globe launches new Boston schools sports site

Dear readers:

The Boston Globe has hired me to help run a new website on Boston.com that will cover nothing but Boston school sports.  That means this site will be dormant indefinitely. But I will keep the site up for anyone who wants to look at old stories and photos.

I want to thank you all for your support over the years. When I launched this site in 2009 I could never have imagined that I would be able to cover BPS sports with all the resources of the Globe and Boston.com. So while this door is closing another new and exciting one is opening and I hope you continue to follow  your favorite BPS athletes at Boston.com.

Please feel free to email story ideas to jrice.globe@gmail.com and to follow me on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Justin A. Rice

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All-Star rosters set for Saturday

The Boston Scholar Athlete Program has announced the rosters for Saturday’s Second Annual Dr. Joseph D. Warren Memorial All-Star Game at Northeastern’s Cabot Center.

The game, which will feature a girls’ game at 3 p.m. and a boys’ game at 5 p.m., is also sponsored by Boston Centers for Youth and Families

The North Girls will be coached by John Rice of Fenway High while the South Girls will be coached by Justine Grace of English High. The North Boys will be coached by Malcolm Smith of East Boston while the South Boys will be coached by Hugh Coleman of Brighton.

Admission is free.

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Making the grade at English

The following is the first in a series of blog posts about English High’s basketball team and the school’s efforts to hold their athletes to higher academic standards. The posts are a follow up to the Boston Globe Magazine story I wrote about the school increasing its eligibility threshold for athletes to a district-high 2.5 GPA. The majority of the athletes in the city can play with a 1.67 GPA. English opens its season today at 5 p.m.versus a team from Sydney Australia.

By Justin A. Rice

On the Monday after Thanksgiving, 13 basketball players are crammed into Room 222 in Boston English High School. Some are doing homework while others are chatting, reading a high school sports magazine or listening to music through headphones.

“I don’t see you doing work, if you’re in here I need you doing something,” said Marissa Rodriquez, who runs school’s academic resource room for athletes (known as an Academic Zone) funded by the Boston Scholar Athlete Program.

“If you are going to talk leave the Zone,” one played pleaded as Rodriquez left to check on other teams in the Zone.

It’s not just the first official day of basketball tryouts but it was also the day report cards were mailed home to parents. The final rung on English High’s three-year progressive plan to hold its athletes to higher academic standards was put in place at the start of the semester and today is judgment day.

Of the 55 kids who signed up for basketball, 32 of them reached the new academic standard (a 2.5 GPA) needed to play this winter.

“They said we couldn’t do it, we did it,” senior captain Tyrone Williams said a few weeks earlier on the last day of the marking period. “When we come out this year we’re going to surprise a lot of people.”

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BSA combine classic kicks off

The Boston Scholar Athlete Program and Powerade kicked off their first ever Pre-Season Combine Classic this week for football players at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Dorchester.

Here’s the Globe and Herald’s coverage of the combine.

 

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BSA gets boost from Princeton Review

Check out this story in today’s Globe about the Boston Scholar Athlete program’s new partnership with the Princeton Review. The Globe says the new College Readiness Initiative will teach athletes on a college track study and time-management skills and an SAT prep class designed by the Princeton Review.

 

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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.

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Spring All-Star games set for June 16 and June 18

Dates for the baseball and softball All-Star games, both organized by the Boston Scholar Athlete Program and Boston Centers for Youth and Families , are set. Baseball will be played at 4 p.m. on June 16th at Harvard while softball will be at noon on June 18th at Wentworth.

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BPS rejuvenated new Emerson hoops coach

By Justin A. Rice

ROXBURY — Two years ago Jim O’Brien opened the Boston Globe and was blown away by a seven-part series on the sad state of Boston Public School athletics.

The former Boston College player and coach — who was fired from Ohio State in 2004 for giving money to a player’s family — was shocked to learn from the Globe series that only 28 percent of Boston Public Schools students participated in athletics compared to the 68 percent statewide average.

While players who managed to dodge dangerous streets and maintain academic eligibility shared jerseys and played to empty bleachers, Boston enjoyed a pro sports renaissance with six championships in football, basketball and baseball from 2001 to 2008.

Former Ohio State coach and new Emerson coach Jim O'Brien speaks to a group of BPS coaches at Suffolk Construction's training center.

Quasi retired, O’Brien, was dismayed that BPS spent less than one-half percent of its budget on athletics compared to the statewide average of 3 to 4 percent. The national average at the time, according to the Globe series published in June 2009, was 1 to 3 percent.

He was, however, hopeful about the new Boston Scholar Athlete Program. The $1 million effort launched in response to the Globe’s series is funded by the Red & Blue Foundation, the fundraising and charitable arm of Suffolk Construction.

“I called [Suffolk] and said ‘Look, I’m around,’” O’Brien, 61, recently recalled. “‘I have a little bit of experience and if you think there’s anything I can do to help I’m happy to do that. Point me in the right direction and I’ll see what I can do.’”

After spending the last year mentoring several BPS coaches, O’Brien was rejuvenated to the point where he wanted to be back in the gym coaching.

Last month Emerson College, a Division 3 school with an emphasis on the performing arts, named O’Brien its head hoops coach.

“People have a tendency to snicker and say ‘Well you were at this level, Division 1,’ and people like that don’t get what guys like you understand,” O’Brien told a group of BPS coaches during a recent seminar. “Because I know you’re not doing it for the money. We know that.

“I’m sitting and watching all these practices and coaching and talking to some of the kids here and there and I said ‘This is the thing I’m missing.’ Forget about the recruiting, forget about the compliance. For me it was about being in the gym. Taking this team, whatever team it is, and trying to get your guys to another level and trying to get something done as a group.”

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