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HINGHAM HOCKEY CELEBRATES ON THE AIR

Sport:   Posted: August 14th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Aug. 13, 2008

After winning the state hockey title in just the fourth year of the program, the Hingham girls joined Mike Shalin and Danny Ventura for Wednesday’s MBR On The Air at the Marina Bay studios of 1510 The Zone.

Tom Findley, the coach of the Division 2-champion Harborwomen, had four seniors-to-be with him on the show – he was joined by Bailey Millerd, Laura Lavin, Stephanie Invernizzi and Steph Schlosky. The group was also joined via the hotline by friends and relatives, including Millerd’s grandfather, calling in from California.

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L-R: Bailey Millerd,  Stephanie Invernizzi, coach Tom Findley, Laura Lavin, Steph Schlosky

“We had so many calls lined up that we skipped our first break and that’s the first time that has happened since we started the Summer of Champions,” said Shalin, again joined by Ventura after Danny V returned – looking quite tan – from a cruise to Bermuda. “As we have all summer, we had a lot of fun with this group.”

The Harborwomen defeated previously undefeated Milton to bring home the crown, finishing with a 23-1-2 record – and are poised to go for a repeat when the 2008-09 season rolls around, but it won’t be easy. Hingham is making the step up to Division 1 and the schedule shows, among other difficult matchups, a home-and-home with D-1 champion St. Mary’s.

The first hour of Wednesday’s show featured baseball and football talk, led off by Weston’s Sahil Bloom, who just verbally committed to Stanford. He was followed by Acton-Boxboro’s Scott Weismann, who has chosen the Clemson Tigers over the Detroit Tigers. Hanover Legion ball was then discussed with the father-son coach-player tandem and Mike and Andrew Aizenstadt – and Dartmouth’s Arthur Lynch-Fontaine (who will soon go by just Arthur Lynch) filled out the hour by talking about his decision to go to Georgia to play football. He had committed and then de-committed to Boston College before landing in Athens, Ga.

Saturday, the Summer of Champions continues with the Swampscott football team and the Greater Lawrence football/wrestling team.

E-mails to the show can go through Shalin at shales@mbr.org. You can also drop Shalin a line to discuss advertising possibilities as the MBR wildfire continues to spread across the area.

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TWO CELEBRATIONS IN ONE

Sport:   Posted: July 3rd, 2008 by Tom Nolette

July 3, 2008

The Charlestown High School boys track team and St. Mary’s girls hockey team continued the MBR On The Air Summer of Champions Wednesday by joining Mike Shalin and Danny Ventura at the Marina Bay studios of 1510, The Zone.

“This was the first of many shows that celebrates the accomplishments of two champions,” Shalin said. “We have a lot of teams to honor before the fall sports season gets going and Danny has booking two teams per show. It makes for twice the fun – and both these teams were a lot of fun.”
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Charlestown Track: L-R - Front: Kamel Riley, Coach Kristyn Hughes Back: Sheldon Allen, Kareem Cutler, Omar Aden, Yaovi Jondoh

Charlestown’s Kristyn Hughes, whose boys’ team won the All-States, was in during the first hour, along with athletes Kareem Cutler, Sheldon Allen, Omar Aden, Yaovi Jondoh and Kamel Riley – a great group of kids who talked about their marvelous rise to the top. Cutler impressed the hosts to the point where he was invited back during the summer as a co-host.

“The kid does a great job on the air,” Ventura said. “He’s a natural.”

Pagliuca, who also won a state title with the Lexington girls’ softball team (which will also be honored in the near future) was stuck in traffic with key players Abby Gauthier, Caitlin Gottwald and Christen Hart. Before they arrived, St. Mary’s athletic director Jeff Newhall phoned in from his car to talk about the team and his coach.
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St. Mary’s Girls Hockey: L-R: Coach Frank Pagliuca, Abby Gauthier, Christen Hart, Caitlin Gottwald

The hockey team joined the Plymouth North baseball team as an undefeated honoree on the champion Summer of Champions.

“What they did was special,” Ventura said. “Going through any sport without a loss is special and these girls did it in style.”

Gauthier noted the end of the Patriots’ undefeated run was something that was brought up before the final games. But nothing could stop these girls.

The players sent a birthday shout-out to teammate Bridget Mini, who was invited to call in. Her dad, Bob, was soon on the line, with Bridget then joining her teammates on the air.

Two-time Herald All-Scholastic Alison Walshe, who finished 31st in the recent U.S. Women’s Open in Edina, Minnesota, opened the show via the hotline. Still an amateur, she tied Lorena Ochoa and finished two strokes behind Annika Sorenstam in the tourney.

Later in the show, new Newton North girls’ coach Hank DeSantis joined via the hotline.

The Summer of Champions was set to continue Saturday morning (10-12) with North Cambridge Catholic Division IV boys’ basketball champion and the Everett High Division 1 Super Bowl football champs.

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ROCKET CELEBRATION ON THE AIR

Sport:   Posted: June 12th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

June 11, 2008

   Mike Shalin and Danny Ventura welcomed coaches and players from the Reading High School Division I Super 8 hockey champions to the June 11 edition of MBR On The Air, Shales and Danny V. Talking High School Sports on 1510, The Zone.

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L-R Pat Kiley , Rob Toczylowski , Mike Lozzi, Head coach Peter Doherty , Asst coach Mark Doherty

   Long-time Reading coach Peter Doherty, assistant/son Mark and seniors Pat Kiley, Mike Lozzi and Rob Toczylowski, all vital parts of the team that became the first public school team to win the Super 8, spent almost the full two hours at the show’s Marina Bay studios.

   “It was a thrill for us having the guys in for the first of what will be many championship celebration shows,” Shalin said. “We will spend much of the summer bringing in title winners from the various high school sports and this was a great way for us to start.”

   The Dohertys also own Dynamik Sports in Reading, and the June 11 show officially started off a relationship between MBR On The Air and the well-known Reading sporting goods store. Dynamik will be a constant advertiser to the new and exciting program, donating prizes for show contests.

   The coaches and players shared anecdotes of the 25-1 run to the title and also fielded phone calls from folks from the Reading community, including one from the class president.

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L-R: Mike Lozzi , Asst coach Mark Doherty, Head coach Peter Doherty

   The three players will all be continuing their hockey careers next season – Kiley with the New Hampshire Monarchs of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, Lozzi at Phillips Andover, and Toczylowski at Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H.

   The coaches made it clear the road to the title was made easier with the help of the leadership of the seniors. Junior goalie Jeff Wyer, who had a 23-save shutout in the championship game against Malden Catholic, returns to lead the Rockets next season.

   And the show returns this Saturday, with local media voice Joe Haggerty in studio. “Haggs” will be a frequent contributor to the show (see accompanying Haggerty bio on this site). Shalin, Ventura and Haggerty will discuss, among other things, the championship games set for Saturday.

   Enjoy the photos in this article and make sure you check out our photos page

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ROCKETS BURST ONTO MBR AIR

Sport:   Posted: June 9th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

The Reading High School Division I Super 8 championship will be the theme of the third edition of MBR On The Air, Shales and Danny V Talking High School Sports, Wednesday from 5-7.

Rockets head coach Peter Doherty, assistant (and son) Mark and perhaps a surprise guest or two will be joining hosts Mike Shalin and Dan Ventura in the Marina Bay Studios of 1510 The Zone.

“This team achieved something very special this season, showing the world a public school hockey team can go all the way,” Shalin said. “We’re thrilled to have them coming in and the Reading community has also been eager to be a part of this show.”

“This is the first of what will be many, many salutes to championship programs as we firmly plant our footprint on the high school scene.”

The Dohertys are also the owners of Dynamik Sports in Reading, a giant in the area sporting goods market and MBR also welcomes the store as an advertising partner. Dynamik will be providing prizes for show contests down the road.

In only two shows, MBR On The Air has already received rave reviews from the local high school community. Remember, the show runs Wednesdays from 5-7 and Saturday mornings from 10-12 and can be heard on 1510-AM and on the internet at 1510thezone.com.

Shalin and Ventura have already welcomed local radio voice Ted Sarandis, Leo Papile of the Celtics and BABC and Ch. 5’s Bob Halloran into the studio and have filled the first four hours of airtime with numerous guests from the local high school scene.

Stay tuned for more – a lot more – and make sure you check out our photos page at www.mbrradio.com .

 

 

 

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Boston College's Benn Ferriero (21), a former Govs standout, is the exception rather than the norm. He went straight from high school hockey to collegiate hockey. Elise Amendola/Associated Press

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