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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 18, 2014 HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss .7 Ring 4 Banquet -- A Knockout! Johnny Rafuse and mother Helen Jackie Morrell Luke McFadden and John O'Brien Ring 4 Chaplain Edd Bernard Mary Nelson, Mickey Finn, Tony DeMarco, and Dottie DeMarco Norman "Stoney" Stone and Bobby Covino The Ring 4 banquet was held at Florian Hall in Dorchester on April 6m. The sold out event-was a great success thanks to the hard work of President Mickey Finn who was honored with the r ely awar . d mad ...... .... u,,., ~illiCll deserved Life Time Honorary Membership. Jackie Morrell and Johnny Rafuse were inducted into the Ring 4 Hall of Fame. Morrell, a former Lowell Golden Glove Champion and respected professional boxer, twice fought Sugar Ray Leonard in the amateurs as well as going on to a success- ful career as a professional facing the likes of Kevin Rooney, Johnny Bumphus, and Marlon Starling. Morrell also holds the record for the fastest knock out'in Lowell Golden Gloves history having stopped his opponent in 12 seconds of the first round. Jackie is now a respected referee. Jackie was inducted into the Hall by his good friend and fellow boxer Leo Gerstal. Meetinghouse Bank Presi- dent Tony Paciulli was given an award in honor of his long time support of Ring 4. Mary Nelson was honored with the Ring 4 Appreciation Award for all of her hard work on behalf of the organization. Luke McFadden who does a fine job playing the bagpipes each year was recognized for his service.- Johnny Rafuses mother Helen was given a gift certificate in recognition of her efforts in assisting Mickey Finn leading up to the event Be sure to get your tickets early for next year's banquet as this one sold out early. Wishes You a Happy Easter Stephanie Davis and Bob Bower DOM CAMPOCHIARO President Serving the Community for Over 50 Years/ Tony Paciulli There used to be a road out near Worcester a num- ber of years back that just ended in the middle of nowhere. You'd be driving along and suddenly you'd see an earthen embankment up ahead adorned with signs informing you that this was the end of the road. You had to take an immediate right turn to get off. You couldn't go any further. One's journey on that road was finished. We thought of that road quite a bit this past week as the end of the 2013-2014 regular season approached for the Boston Celtics. It's been quite a different year for members of Celtics Nation who are used to see- ing the Green and White advance to the playoffs. Ever since last fall the Celtics have been on a road that is far from being com- pleted. It may be some day but right now the embank- ment is there. You have to get off- at least for a while -- and experience the deso- lation of life without the playoffs. It's been a bumpy road, too. There was a bit of euphoria early in the season when the C's managed to play around .500 ball into Decem- ber followed by the new real- ity that settled in after the New Year and continued into the early days of spring. If it's the most recent experiences that people best remember then they will recall that the 2013-2014 Celtics were a losing team that couldn't finish a signifi- cant number of their games. There were countless nights where the Celtics would hold a lead with five minutes or less remaining in the fourth quarter, only to see the potential for possible victory gradually slip away. You could see the dis- couragement as the players came through the tunnel that took them from the parquet floor to the corridor that led to the sanctuary of the locker room. it wasn't fun, it wasn't nice. In fact, some nights it was down- right painful. Near the end, when the Celtics defeated the Char- lotte Bobcats at the Garden, head coach. Brad Stevens came into the press confer- ence area and informed the media that his players were back in the locker room celebrating. That's right. Celebrating. Why, you ask? Because they had just defeated a team with a winning record (the Bob- cats had come into the con- test with a 40-38 record) that was bound for the playoffs. It was only the second victory for the C's since March 19th. Stevens said the team deserved their moment in the flickering spotlight since so many times the result had gone the other way. It's interesting, isn't it? For so many seasons in the past, especially in the recently concluded Pierce- Garnett-Allen era, a win over a team like the Charlotte would have been considered routine, just another victory in a season that would be followed by a deep run in the playoffs. But that was then and this is now. After another victory in Cleveland the next night, things caught up with the Celtics once again. This time it was an encore performance by the lowly Philadelphia 76ers who came away with a 113-108 victory over Boston. This reinforced what we stated last week. It will always be remem- bered that these Boston Celtics won the season series against the powerful Miami Heat but also lost the season series with pitiful Philadelphia. In between that high and that low was the rest of the season, a haze of nights that ended in games lost in the closing minutes. Now comes the so-called off season, a period that promises to be very busy on Causeway Street. Celtics management has already promised that there will be "fireworks" during the sum- mer months -- a statement that was not made in refer- ence to the July 4~ celebra- tion on the Esplanade. One thing is for certain. The team that convenes for the start of training camp next fall will look very dif- ferent than the one that closed out the season against the Washington Wizards on April 16th. Whether the re- suits are different on the court next year is a question that will take another full season to determine. A HAPPY AND HOLY EASTER TO EVERYONE. Buona Pasqua deiSlgan food olrerin8~, c~/ar offeringfi, and top shelf liqueur 292 Hanover Street Boston, Massachusetts 617-227-0295