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10th Mayor's Cup Regatta scheduled for Sunday

Posted by Ryan Butler July 8, 2013 12:12 PM

mayors cup regatta607.jpgThe 10th Mayor's Cup Regatta is scheduled for Sunday July 14 at 9:30 a.m. on the Charles River. (Photo courtesy of AccesSportAmerica.)

The 10th annual AccesSportAmerica Mayor’s Cup Regatta will be Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Charles River.

A total of 33 corporate and philanthropic teams of eight, with at least one individual competing with a disability, will vie in a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe race that consists of three heats.The event supports AccesSportAmerica, a national non-profit Massachusetts based organization founded in 1995. Some sponsored teams include John Hancock, Debby Belichick/Art of Tile & Stone, Webster Bank, and Berklee College of Music.

AccesSportAmerica works with more than 150 BPS students during the school year, and over 800 BPS students during the summer. In April, AccesSportAmerica also offers BPS students a sports clinic at Harvard Stadium in collaboration with Harvard Athletics and the New England Patriots to build sports skills and commitment.

“We work with children and adults with disabilities,” said AccesSportAmerica Development Associate Pam Rogers. "Our mission is to inspire higher function and fitness for children and adults of all disabilities through high challenge sports and training.”

Apart from the action on the water, there’s also fun to be had on shore. Other activities include a professional face painter and hula hooping for the kids. Local chef Tony Ambrose will also be running a luau.

“There’s also a band playing Hawaiian music. It’s really a fun day,” Rogers said. “Definitely something different than a regular fundraiser.”

Announcing the race this year is former WBZ-TV sportscaster Bob Lobel and former WBZ-TV reporter Mariellen Burns. Last year’s champions, the Harvard football team, will also be competing. The race begins approximately at 9:45 a.m. and will be followed by an award ceremony.

For questions contact Barbara Tellalian at 978-264-0985.

For more information regarding AccesSportAmerica click here.

Ryan M. Butler covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at butler.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @butler_globe or @BPSspts.

Two Brighton students compete in adaptive rowing event

Posted by Justin Rice February 18, 2013 02:45 PM

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Brighton High student Elvon Pemberton competes in the 2013 C.R.A.S.H.-B.’s World Indoor Rowing Championships at Agganis Arena. For the first time in its 31-year history, the event featured BPS students in its adaptive events. (Courtesy photo)

For the first time in its 31-year history, the 2013 C.R.A.S.H.-B.’s World Indoor Rowing Championships featured Boston public schools students in its adaptive events on Sunday at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.

Two Brighton High students, Ricky Mejia and Elvon Pemberton, who train at Community Rowing in Brighton, finished fifth and sixth overall respectively in the intellectual disability category.

Elvon is developmentally delayed with a seizure disorder while Mejia is on the Autism spectrum.

"I came in fifth place, I tried to go for No. 1 but I couldn't," Mejia said during a telephone interview on Monday.

Mejia's grandmother, Ann Natalie, also attended the event. She said she was impressed by athletes in wheel chairs, with crutches and who only had the use of one arm.

"It was really inspiring," she said. "We were sitting in the front row and I couldn't believe the people that participated. ... How inspiring. People think they can't do things but to see people on those machines and using their bodies like that was amazing. It was very inspiring to see that."

Ellen Minzner of Community Rowing said it is one of the few sports with an open championship.

"So Ricky and Elvon were racing in the same category with Paralympic Resource Network athletes and hopefuls," Minzner said via email. "The intellectual disability category will be included in the 2016 Paralympic games, and so these two students are the right age to be identified for future teams and competition."

The students were coached by Jason Meade, who is an adaptive physical education teacher for Boston through Community Rowing.

For more information and full results from Sunday's event visit http://www.crash-b.org/

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

Brighton students are first BPS athletes to compete in adaptive rowing event

Posted by Justin Rice February 15, 2013 04:35 PM

For the first time in its 31-year history, the 2013 C.R.A.S.H.-B.’s World Indoor Rowing Championships will include Boston public schools students in its adaptive events on Sunday at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.

Brighton High students, Elvon Pemberton and Ricky Mejia, who train at Community Rowing in Brighton, will compete alongside more than 2,300 competitors from around the world, including current and past Olympians, world record holders and collegiate athletes.

Competitors will race against the clock on 96 Concept2 Indoor Rowing machines, otherwise known as Ergometers, for an amount of time that simulates 2,000 meters.

“Each race amounting to about six to eight minutes of pure athletic intensity,” a press release for the event states.

This year’s event will feature nearly 100 adaptive competitors, including world record holders Fred Baker of Boston, Caroline MacDonald from the United Kingdom, Anke Molkethin of Germany, Eric McDaniel, Jr., from Austin, Texas, Syd Lea from Taneytown, Md., Paul Hurley, from Arlington, Va.

Adaptive events include functional electrical stimulation and the three Paralympic classifications: legs-trunk-arms, trunk-arms, and arms-shoulders.

This year's event will also feature 2012 US Olympians bronze medalist Megan Kalmoe (women’s quadruple scull) and gold medalist Meghan Musnicki (women’s eight) along with US Under-23 lightweight men’s double tandem competing against each other in the elite lightweight men’s division, Nick Trojan from Long Beach, Calif., and Austin Meyer, currently an undergraduate at Harvard University.

The defending champion in the Open Men’s event, Juan Carlos Cabrera Pérez of Mexico, will also compete.

For more information visit http://www.crash-b.org/

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

Latin school completes Head of the Charles

Posted by Justin Rice October 22, 2012 11:09 AM

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Boston Latin School competed in the 48th annual Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday morning. From left to right: coxswain Diana Howat, Teresa Frappaolo, Hannah Devlin, Julia Borges, Riley Mulry. (Photo courtesy of Boston Latin School).

The Boston Latin School girls' crew team competed in the 48th annual Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday morning.

Even though the team finished the race second to last, they still had a great time at the world's largest two-day regatta, according to third year coach Shayne Rowan.

"The race is done and though we finished at the back of the pack with a time of 23:50, the girls had a great time and said so many people were cheering for them," Rowan said via email. "Teresa Frappaolo said she couldn't stop smiling the whole time. Even though our spring season is far off, they can't wait.

"This group of seniors will be so hard to say goodbye to and their positive attitudes make it such a pleasure to coach them."

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

Crew from Boston Latin looks to soak it all up at this weekend's Head of the Charles

Posted by Justin Rice October 16, 2012 02:38 PM

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Teresa Frappaolo and her Boston Latin girls' crew teammates prepare for this weekend's Head of the Charles Regatta. The Wolfpack are rowing in the regatta for the second straight year. (Photo courtesy of Boston Latin crew)

Rowing in the largest regatta in the world this fall was so important to Teresa Frappaolo that the Boston Latin senior has been pulling double duty on the school's girls' soccer and crew teams.

The Wolfpack, who had an eight-seat boat in the Head of the Charles last year, graduated most of its varsity rowers and struggled to field a boat for the Youth Fours at this weekend’s 48th annual regatta.

But they will be out there, lined up at 10:52 a.m. Sunday.

“I was offered to be in the boat for Head of the Charles because we needed people,” said Frappaolo Monday afternoon in a telephone interview while she was riding the bus to a soccer game. “I have always wanted to be in the Head of the Charles because it’s such a big deal but I haven’t been able to because of soccer. But we figured it out this year.

“People from all over the world are coming, it will be fun watching them row up the course when we’re on the course and vice versa.”

Varsity crew is a spring sport at Latin and a club sport in the fall. In fact, the Head of the Charles is the only race the team has in the fall -- if it is able to get a boat in the regatta. Aside from the top finishers from the previous year, all the other boats have to enter a blind lottery.

This is Latin’s second straight year winning the lottery.

“They say it’s pure luck,” said third-year coach Shayne Rowan. “I don’t know if it’s because we [have a boathouse] on the river and because we’re Boston Latin and are technically the oldest school on the river -- we beat Harvard by one year.

“I don’t know if they will always put us in because of that. We are pretty lucky we got in for two years in a row. Hopefully they’ll keep pulling our name. That would be awesome.”

Hannah Devlin and Diane Howat — the team’s coxswain who is also on the soccer team — are the only members of this year’s boat who have raced in the Head of the Charles.

“It was really exciting to be able to race in it because it’s such a prestigious regatta,” Devlin said. “It was definitely good for the team because it was such a good esteem booster. It was really fun.”

While three of the girls on the boat (Devlin, senior Julia Borges, and freshman Riley Mulry) have been practicing four days a week for the last month and a half, Frappaolo and Howat join the crew team mostly for weekend workouts.

“It is somewhat difficult,” said Devlin. “We have practices during the week, but a lot of that is just working on strength on land. We know the other girls are keeping in shape during soccer practice.

“I don’t think it’s holding us back that much because we have been getting together [on weekends] but it definitely could hold us back a little bit.”

The team didn’t do as well as it would’ve liked last year, however, finishing third to last in the Youth Eights.

But the team was encouraged by its first practice over the Charles’s famed meandering 5,000-meter course (most races are 2,000 meters). Last Saturday, the girls covered the course in about 24 minutes.

“It’s definitely been a challenge,” Frappaolo said of the practice schedule, “which is why it’s so exciting that it felt so good on Saturday when we did it. I guess we lucked out on it.”

But nothing will feel as good as racing Sunday, regardless of how the team finishes.

“I’m definitely not thinking about that,” Frappaolo said when asked if she’s worried about how the team will finish. “Especially because myself and our coxswain haven’t been doing crew training as much because of soccer.

“It will just be fun for the experience.”

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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  • Justin A. Rice -- A metro Detroit native, Rice is a Michigan State University (Go Spartans!) and Northeastern University graduate. Rice lives in the South End with his dog and wife, who unfortunately attended the University of Michigan ... his wife, that is. He curates the BPS Sports Blog and is always looking to write about city athletes with great stories. Have an idea? He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.
  • Ryan Butler -- A Rhode Island native and avid Boston sports fan, Butler played basketball, baseball and football throughout his time in Barrington Public Schools. Now currently in his middler year at Northeastern University, he joins Boston.com as a correspondent for the site's BPS coverage. Have a story idea? Contact him at butler.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on his Twitter @butler_globe.
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