16 09, 2022

GOAL! South Boston Soccer League Kicks Off Season

2022-09-16T14:28:58-04:00September 16th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on GOAL! South Boston Soccer League Kicks Off Season

By Ginger DeShaney It was a full-circle moment for some parents last week as the upstart South Boston Soccer League kicked off its first season with a meet-and-greet and parade at Moakley Park. When Jean Matthews was a kid, she played for South Boston Youth Soccer, which has been revitalized as the South Boston Soccer League. Now she’s getting her 6-year-old son, Ryan, into it. “I love it,” said Jean, who played soccer until she was 21. “It’s good for the kids.”  Ryan added, “It’s great.” Jack Feeney also played SB Youth Soccer. “I used to do it when I was a little kid. I'm excited for him to do it,” he said about his 3-year-old son.  Jack got friendship and great memories from his [...]

15 09, 2022

Friday Night Lights: Youth Flag Football League Brings Community Together

2022-09-15T19:21:47-04:00September 15th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Friday Night Lights: Youth Flag Football League Brings Community Together

By Ginger DeShaney The football action was fast and fierce. The cheering was thunderous. The girls and boys were having a blast on the field and parents couldn’t contain their enthusiasm on the sidelines. The electric atmosphere of Friday Night Lights has come to South Boston, thanks to Allison Baker and her hard-working team. Friday Night Lights, the brand-new Kickoff For Kids Youth Flag Football League, has 230 boys and girls ages 6-13 on 16 teams. There’s a girls’ division (ages 7-13), peewee boys (6-8), and junior boys (9-13).   “It’s fun to watch,” said dad and peewee coach David Byrne. “It’s a community feel with the parents. It really brings everyone together and strengthens the community.” While Allison was out and about Saturday after opening [...]

15 08, 2022

Registration open for South Boston Soccer League

2022-08-15T17:47:24-04:00August 15th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Registration open for South Boston Soccer League

Registration is open for the South Boston Soccer League. Games will be played Sundays, Sept. 8-Nov. 12, at Saunders Stadium at Moakley Park. South Boston Soccer League, for ages 3-14, is a continuation of South Boston Youth Soccer after president Billy Baker stepped down. The new league is organized by former SBYS players/coaches: Caitlyn Murphy, Samantha Mackie, Michaela Colvin, and Katelyn Evans. Click here to register players. Coaches can sign up here.

30 07, 2022

M Street Park Summer Sports Center Offers Fun, Sports, Camaraderie

2022-07-30T09:35:28-04:00July 30th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on M Street Park Summer Sports Center Offers Fun, Sports, Camaraderie

South Boston Online stopped by M Street Park (Lee Playground) recently to check out the city’s Summer Sports Center.  The Boston Parks and Rec Department offers these free drop-in sports centers around the city from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week for boys and girls ages 7-14. Each location offers instruction in several popular sports. And every week, clinics are held on different activities, such as soccer and hockey. The Bruins’ mascot, Blades, made an appearance at M Street Park recently.  Five kids had signed up for a day of fun, sports, and camaraderie Tuesday. The program at M Street has about 20 staff members, providing a fantastic kid-to-staffer ratio. Baseball was a highlight for the kids that day, while many of the [...]

23 06, 2022

Kicking into High Gear: Former South Boston Youth Soccer Players Revive League

2022-06-23T16:52:25-04:00June 23rd, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News, Sports|Comments Off on Kicking into High Gear: Former South Boston Youth Soccer Players Revive League

By Ginger DeShaney After learning that president Billy Baker was stepping down from South Boston Youth Soccer after the COVID-19 hiatus, some former players have vowed to revive the league.  When Caitlyn Murphy got the blessing from Baker to take the ball and run with it, she recruited Samantha Mackie, Michaela Colvin, and Katelyn Evans. The foursome has been busy raising money, planning, organizing, and getting paperwork and permits in order in hopes of starting the league this fall. While Baker gave the women his nets, balls, and other equipment, he didn’t feel comfortable giving them the league name, so they are calling it the South Boston Soccer League. “South Boston Youth Soccer has been a thing as long as I’ve been alive,” Caitlyn said. [...]

17 06, 2022

Running a Business: MyStryde Puts a New Spin on Treadmill Workouts

2022-06-17T10:39:10-04:00June 17th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Running a Business: MyStryde Puts a New Spin on Treadmill Workouts

By Ginger DeShaney A miserable workout led Rebecca Skudder to find her stride … and found MyStryde.  While training for a half-marathon back in 2014, Rebecca was supposed to do a running workout on the treadmill because it was cold out. “And I was like, this is miserable,” she recalled. So she took a spin class to change things up and get in her workout. “While I was in that cycling class, I was like, why don’t they just do this for running and make running on the treadmill so much more fun?” Assuming spin-like classes existed for running, she went home and started looking for studios. There were none. She decided she needed to change that. Unique studio In 2016, the self-trained entrepreneur opened [...]

9 06, 2022

Taking the Field for a Good Cause: Kickoff for Kids Tournament Benefits Local Youth

2022-06-09T16:08:40-04:00June 9th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Taking the Field for a Good Cause: Kickoff for Kids Tournament Benefits Local Youth

By Ginger DeShaney What started as a pickup flag football game between kids and their moms has grown into a major fundraiser that benefits South Boston children.  “My main focus is truly the kids who are in need,” said Allison Baker, founder of Kickoff for Kids. “That’s why it was created.” This year’s Kickoff for Kids women’s flag football tournament will be held Saturday, June 25, at the Pop Warner Field next to the Murphy Rink. There are 10 teams in the 30+ division (also known as the Moms’ division) and eight teams in the younger division. “The moms love it,” Allison said, noting some teams are stacked with 20 players. “They like to be part of something, enjoy the day, and be with their [...]

27 05, 2022

Bo Cleary: We Rise By Lifting Others

2022-05-27T10:01:56-04:00May 27th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Bo Cleary: We Rise By Lifting Others

By Ginger DeShaney Bo Cleary is just an old-school Southie soul.  His Southie upbringing – he grew up in Old Harbor, then in City Point – and so many good people here helped him along the way. He now settles in doing some fit coaching and once-in-a-blue-moon acting, stunts, and voiceovers as a Screen Actors Guild member. “It was an amazing place for me to grow up. I had some amazing people,” Bo said, noting it would take too long to name them all. “I like to call them good old-school souls that I benefited from being around, and I still cherish their relationships. “Some of the best people I've known come from South Boston,” said Bo, who divides his time between Cape Ann and [...]

22 04, 2022

Sharing Her Gifts: Irinna Rosa Uses Her Experiences to Mentor Youth

2022-04-22T18:33:58-04:00April 22nd, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Sharing Her Gifts: Irinna Rosa Uses Her Experiences to Mentor Youth

By Ginger DeShaney Through her participation in sports and her work with Boston Police Department District C-6, Irinna Rosa has grown into a confident young woman. As a tennis player and judo brown belt, Irinna has learned “confidence, leadership, don't be afraid to do things, and even though you are down, you always find a way to get out of your situation,” she said. “I have also learned that even though you're really stressing out, you should always give it your all and try your best at all times.” In turn, she mentors young people to try to instill those same traits and help them grow. “It just gives me joy helping people,” said the daughter of Isa and Francisco Rosa of South Boston. “Since [...]

14 03, 2022

Remembering Billie Jo Rogers/Ryan

2022-03-14T18:30:00-04:00March 14th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Sports|Comments Off on Remembering Billie Jo Rogers/Ryan

Back in the early 1980’s a group of young boys and girls became fixtures/participants at the Tynan Community Center.  Under the watchful eyes of Dan Monahan and Kathy Davis this group of teens participated in many programs and activities throughout the years. The girls became passionate for the game of basketball and soon displayed exceptional talent. Within 2 years, their hard work and dedication began to pay off under the leadership of a girl named Billie Jo Rogers/Ryan. Her talent as a point guard and ability to drive to the hoop was exciting to watch. Billie Jo and her teammates accomplished many victories and championships. The most memorable was in 1985 and 1986 when they became City Champs in the Girl’s 15 & Under Boston [...]

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