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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 17, 2012 Co R NER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. "Congratulationsl" to Claressa Shields, who Wins "Lone[" Gold Medal for United States of America in 2012 Olympic Boxing Fight Family Prayers Go Out to Fighter Don Green, U.S. Middleweight Olympian Claressa Shields of Flint, Michigan wins lone gold medal for the United States in Boxing. Fighter Claressa Shields, wins 19-12 deci- sion over Nadezda Torlopova of Russia. for a Speedy Recovery Claressa came out punching, in win- ning a decision by a score of 19-12 over Torlopova for the gold. This is the first Olympics with female boxing. Con- gratulations in win- ning the only gold medal for the United States in boxing. You represented "US" well. Claressa Shields is also the youngest gold medal- Don Green ist in Olympic boxing since 1924. She's only 17 and has only one loss on her amateur record. "Congratula- tions!" She won in a good fight. Best wishes to Don Green. Our Fight Family prayers go out to fighter Don Green for a speedy medical recovery. God Bless you. All our prayers go out to you. NEAA International Flare Continues On Thursday, August 2, 2012, the North End Athletic Association (NEAA) entered a team of some of their finest 13-15 year old players to compete against a team of same- age Japanese players! This annual U.S.- Japan Youth Baseball Exchange, now in its fifth year, was presented by the Boston Red Sox Foundation and global electronics giant Funai Electric was played at Puopolo Park on Commercial Street. The Coaches for the NEAA Boys Team were Ralph Martignetti and Frank ludiciani. Because Fenway Park is celebrating its Centennial this year, the Red Sox Founda- tion decided that Boston should once again be the host of this exchange this year. The Japanese youngsters travelled from their home towns from Kyoto, sister city of Bos- ton and Chiba, a suburb of Toyko to com- pete in Boston against the NEAA boys and other Boston neighborhood youth teams during their 11 day stay. The game was close, but Japan defeated the home boys by a 3-2 score. NEAA Base- ball Coordinator John Romano stated, "Play- ing against elite teams from International countries is a terrific opportunity for NEAA teams and coaches." In June NEAA played host to a team from Verona, Italy. In its inauguration five years ago, the Japanese boys and their coaches traveled to Boston; the following year, Japan was the host of this Baseball Exchange; and in its third year, the Japanese boys were back in town. However, the devastating tsunami prevented the Exchange from taking place in Japan, so in its fourth year, the tourna- ment once again took place in Boston. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Dan Schachte knows all Management squad scored about important games, big in the later innings to post After all, he was on the ice a 6-0 shutout over the team for five Stanley Cup Finals, sponsored by the Injured including Game 7 of the 2001 Workers Pharmacy. And true event. In fact, he was on the to its name the game lasted ice for 221 Stanley Cup play- a regulation nine innings, off games and also was active not the shortened seven that at the 2002 Winter Olympics has become so common in Salt Lake City. throughout the area. Perhaps he isn't quite as But it was a night where the familiar to you as players and score really didn't matter. Ev- coaches might be. But that's eryone had a good time. New because he was one of the friends were made -- both in four additional skaters on the the dugouts and in the stands. ice during NHL games. Dan And the evening's designated Schachte, you see, was a charity- the American Red linesman -- and a good one. Cross -- was the recipient of How else, would he last 30 numerous donations. seasons in a league as com- We should add that petitive as the NHL? St. Peter's Field was in superb But now he has a new posi- condition, one of the best tion. He's been appointed the fields we've seen for amateur first Coordinator of Officials baseball in quite some time. in the history of the Hockey The grounds crew that keeps East conference. And starting this venue in such fine shape this fall you'll see Dan's work is to be congratulated on a job on display at every game -- well done. as the officials he assigns The game lasted about two make the calls in every con- and a half hours. Everything test right through the Hockey was over by 10:30 p.m. Plan East Championships at the on attending next year. Garden next March. ANOTHER COACH NAMED "We are fortunate to have -- Newly appointed UMass- attracted someone with Dan's Amherst hockey coach John experience to this new posi- Micheletto has named former tion," said Hockey East Com- University of Vermont col- missioner Joe Bertagna in a league Joey Gasparini to an press release. "I look forward assistant coach position with to working with Dan as he the Minutemen. puts his own stamp on our Gasparini played for Ver- officiating program." mont from 2002-2006, earn- Schachte studied Mechan- ing a degree in Economics ical Engineering at the Uni- and Political Science. Over versity of Wisconsin during the course of his four-year his student days, was a col- college career, he played in lege hockey official for a few 128 games as a forward, scor- seasons before moving up to ing 12 goals and assisting the NHL. Then, after leaving on 22 additional tallies. He the pros, he worked (since served as an assistant cap- 2011) as an officiating super- tain during his senior year. visor with USA Hockey, giv- In addition, he was selected ing instructional assistance to various All-Academic and holding camps for many teams on three occasions. young officials throughout the Following his graduation, United States. Gasparini served as a scout TAKE ME OUTTO THE BALL for various minor league GAME -- It was a perfect night teams before returning to his weather wise as we went over alma mater as an assistant to St. Peter's Field in Cam- coach in September, 2009. bridge for the Old-time Base- Since Micheletto's own ten- ball Game. Although this was ure with the Catamounts ran the 19 th annual edition of the from 2003 to 2012, this means summer classic, it was our he worked with Gasparini first time attending, when Gasparini was a Ver- Let's just say we will return mont player and later a fel- in future years. Yes, there low assistant coach, a unique was a tinge of sadness dur- dual perspective that most ing the pre-game ceremonies coaches never experience. as the deaths of Harvard head UMass opens the season baseball coach Joe Walsh (who with a pair of home games -- died July 31) and Red Sox leg- facing UConn on October 12 end Johnny Pesky (who died and defending national cham- earlier that day) were re- pion Boston College on Octo- flected upon. Sandra Walsh ber 19. The team's first trip threw out the first pitch in of the season to the Boston honor of her late husband, area will come on October 26 One of the most mQving when UMass meets Boston moments came early on University at Agganis Arena. when former Boston College In a scheduling oddity, all captain Peter Frates, now of the games on the UMass suffering from ALS, took the schedule will be played in New field in a symbolic start before England. In fact, the only non- being replaced after one New England teams that pitch. He was mobbed by the Minutemen will face will players from both teams in be Colgate University and a heartwarming display of Bemidji State. They will host brotherhood that will be long Colgate in a two-game series remembered, in early December and then The game gets its name in play Bemidji in the first round part because the players wear of the Ledyard National Bank authentic major league uni- Classic on December 30 in forms that teams wore in by- Hanover, NH. The furthest gone times. The contest itself distance UMass will travel was scoreless most of the way will be on November 16 when until the Abbot Financial it plays Maine in Orono.