Monthly Archives: March 2011

Frozen Finals

We’re starting to wind down winter championship season here in Massachusetts. This year, it seemed like I was on hockey duty for the Boston Herald, covering the opening of the Super 8, and a few weeks later, finishing it up with the final Sunday at the TD Garden. The final was a pretty exciting game, matching No. 1 seed Malden Catholic with No. 2 St. John’s Prep. It was a high scoring game, 4-3, but it didn’t seem like there was a whole lot of clean action from whatever photo spot I happened to be shooting from. Sometimes, those are the breaks.

I piggybacked the girls’ Division 1 final into my night as well, covering Hingham as they cruised to a 3-1 victory over Acton-Boxborough to take the state championship. Most of the game, I was filing on deadline, right up to the last minute, so that meant I was chained to my laptop and shooting upstairs. No through-the-hole shots for me that close to deadline!

Here are some selects from the two games.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Malden Catholic celebrates its 4-3 win over St. John‘s Prep in overtime of the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Malden Catholic celebrates its 4-3 win over St. John’s Prep in overtime of the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Malden Catholic forward Mike Vecchione, left, celebrates his game-tying goal on St. Johns Prep in the second period with defenseman Conor Evangelista in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Malden Catholic forward Mike Vecchione, left, celebrates his game-tying goal on St. John‘s Prep in the second period with defenseman Conor Evangelista in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep forward Matt MacDonald tries to get inside on Malden Catholic forward Rick Keogh in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep forward Matt MacDonald tries to get inside on Malden Catholic forward Rick Keogh in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep goaltender David Letarte dives on a loose puck against Malden Catholic in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep goaltender David Letarte dives on a loose puck against Malden Catholic in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep forward Matt MacDonald throws up his arms in celebration after scoring on Malden Catholic in the second period in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep forward Matt MacDonald throws up his arms in celebration after scoring on Malden Catholic in the second period in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime.

And from the girls’ final.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Hingham forward Catherine Linehan gets a hug from forward Jane Freda (40) after scoring as Acton-Boxborough defenseman Emily Everdell (9) argues the call in the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Hingham forward Catherine Linehan gets a hug from forward Jane Freda (40) after scoring as Acton-Boxborough defenseman Emily Everdell (9) argues the call in the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON Acton-Boxborough forward Leah Cardarelli, left, fights for the puck with Hingham forward Catherine Linehan in the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Hingham won, 3-1. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON Acton-Boxborough forward Leah Cardarelli, left, fights for the puck with Hingham forward Catherine Linehan in the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Hingham won, 3-1.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Hingham players rush to the glass to show off their trophy after defeating Acton-Boxborough to take the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Hingham players rush to the glass to show off their trophy after defeating Acton-Boxborough to take the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011.

The Other Tito Jackson

With some fresh ideas in my head thanks to an inspiring weekend at the Northern Short Course, I spent part of my Sunday afternoon with Tito Jackson, who is campaigning for the District 7 City Council seat. District 7, if you follow local Boston politics at all, was last held by Chuck Turner, who was expelled and convicted for a bribery scandal earlier this year.

Jackson is a smooth and likable guy, and he was really working it outside the Super Stop and Shop. With endorsements from pretty much everyone out there, early analysis points to his biggest opponent in Tuesday’s election being low turnout.

Here’s a few pictures I made with the candidate.

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, pins a button to himself outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, pins a button to himself outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner.

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, helps Juanita Jackson of Boston out of her car at the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, helps Juanita Jackson of Boston out of her car at the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, right, District 7 candidate for City Council, goes over the details of his platform with Lawrence Williams of Boston outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, right, District 7 candidate for City Council, goes over the details of his platform with Lawrence Williams of Boston outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, center, District 7 candidate for City Council, greets constituents and potential voters outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, center, District 7 candidate for City Council, greets constituents and potential voters outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, pins a button on a supporter outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, pins a button on a supporter outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, flags down customers as they head into the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, District 7 candidate for City Council, flags down customers as they head into the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, right, District 7 candidate for City Council, goes over the details of his platform with Lawrence Williams of Boston outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- Tito Jackson, right, District 7 candidate for City Council, goes over the details of his platform with Lawrence Williams of Boston outside the Super Stop and Shop in Grove Hall on Mar. 13, 2011. Jackson, a former aide and political director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is running for the vacated seat of disgraced former councilman Chuck Turner.

Dance Party

I thought I’d have seen my Northwestern Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament before the Boston University Terriers. But then there I was, sitting in T’s Pub on Comm Ave., watching as BU got selected to face Kansas in the opening round of the Big Dance.

Life is good in the America East Conference. Here’s hoping for an upset on Friday!

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- BU freshman guard Malik Thomas watches the start of the NCAA Tournament selection party with his teammates at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- BU freshman guard Malik Thomas watches the start of the NCAA Tournament selection party with his teammates at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- BU forward Patrick Hazel expresses his anticipation for NCAA Tournament selection show with his teammates at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- BU forward Patrick Hazel expresses his anticipation for NCAA Tournament selection show with his teammates at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- From left, BU guard Matt Griffin, forward Jeff Pelage, forward Jake O'Brien and forward Patrick Hazel joke around as they wait for their seeding announcement at their NCAA Tournament selection party at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- From left, BU guard Matt Griffin, forward Jeff Pelage, forward Jake O'Brien and forward Patrick Hazel joke around as they wait for their seeding announcement at their NCAA Tournament selection party at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- BU forward Dom Morris waits for the Terriers' seeding announcement at their NCAA Tournament selection party at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- BU forward Dom Morris waits for the Terriers' seeding announcement at their NCAA Tournament selection party at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla.


3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- From left, BU guard Matt Griffin, forward Jeff Pelage, forward Jake O'Brien, and forward Chris Kurz celebrate their selection to the NCAA Tournament at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla. (Kelvin Ma)

3/13/2011 -- BOSTON -- From left, BU guard Matt Griffin, forward Jeff Pelage, forward Jake O'Brien, and forward Chris Kurz celebrate their selection to the NCAA Tournament at T's Pub on Mar. 13, 2011. BU was selected as a 16 seed, drawing No. 1 seed Kansas in Tulsa, Okla.

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