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Daamen accepts scholarship from CCSU

Sport:   Posted: November 19th, 2008

Starting next year, the two-time Daily News All-Star, who averaged 11.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.5 steals last year, will try to work the same kind of magic at Division 1 Central Connecticut State.

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New Leadership's Abdul-Qaadir signs Letter of Intent with Memphis

Sport:   Posted: November 17th, 2008

The news broke in September, but New Leadership guard Bilquis Abdul-Qaadir made it official today when she signed her National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Memphis.

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Hoop Dreams


Sport:   Posted: August 26th, 2008

Aug. 23, 2008

The Barnstable girls’ volleyball team, a dynasty that has won the last five state championships and 11 in the last 15 years, continued the MBR On The Air Summer of Champions parade with a visit with Shales and Danny V. Saturday.

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Barnstable volleyball ( L-R ) coach Tom Turco, Players Nora Wood, Stephanie Bristol, Alison Klotz

“Of all the teams we’ve honored this summer – some 25 of them – it’s hard to beat the record of this program,” Mike Shalin said after coach Tom Turco and players Nora Wood, Stephanie Bristol and Alison Klotz visited the Marina Bay studios of 1510 The Zone. “We talked to All-American Kara Cullen on the phone (from Gannon University) and she played four years and won the state title all four years.”

The Red Raiders had a 110-game winning streak snapped on a trip to Beverly Hills last October but that didn’t keep them from going on to another state title. This year, Turco is taking the team to the Mizuno Invitational in Aurora, Illinois – and the program is raising money through a raffle (check out

Shalin and Danny Ventura had two great guests via the hotline during the show’s first hour, with Everett football coach John DiBiaso and ultimate fighter Kenny Florian, a former Herald All-Scholastic soccer player, talking with the guys. DiBiaso called from the practice field as Everett prepares to stretch its EMass-best 25-game winning streak when the season begins.

Speaking of that, you don’t want to miss the Sept. 3 On The Air football show, which will offer a complete look at the coming season.

This Wednesday will be a hoops night and will feature visits by the Central Catholic’s state champs and Newton North coach Paul Connolly.

The first annual No Player Left Behind charity golf tournament will take place Oct. 2 at the Presidents Golf Club in Quincy. For information on playing, sponsoring a hole, or helping out any way you can, contact Joe Martone at

No Player Left Behind is our non-profit arm, which provides funds to kids (and even programs) short on cash as they attempt to compete.

The Ultimate Sports Guidebook, a complete look at your favorite conference, is less than two weeks from publication but there’s still time to join our impressive list of advertisers. The Northeast and Middlesex conferences are sure bets for the first run, with others to follow – and you can join us with a note to Shalin at


Sport:   Posted: August 21st, 2008

Aug. 20, 2008

Wellesley celebrated its first girls’ basketball state title when coach Kristin Cieri and three players joined Mike Shalin and Danny Ventura Wednesday at the 1510 The Zone studios in Marina Bay.

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Wellesley girls basketball (l-R) Jesse Miller, Chelsea Sanders, Corley Stone, coach Kristin Cieri

Jesse Miller, who had a double-double in the state championship win over Millbury, Chelsea Sanders and Corley Stone joined their coach as Shales and Danny V. continued their Summer of Champions series.

“Another great group for another chapter in a great summer,” Shalin said. “It’s clear this was a close group of girls that won as a unit – and they did a good job with us on the air.”

Wellesley athletic director John Brown was among the callers to the hotline as the girls were feted after their 23-3 season.

The first hour of the latest installment of the show featured a visit by Middlesex Magic coach Mike Crotty, three players – Jameel Galloway and Bryan Hurley of the BC High and Brian Edgerley of Nobles – and director Mike Daley. BC High coach Bill Loughnane joined via the hotline.

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(L-R) Bryan Hurley, Jameel Galloway, Brian Edgerley

The Summer of Champions continues Saturday with an appearance by the Barnstable girls’ volleyball team, which won the school’s fifth straight state title this past season – led by All-American Kara Cullen.

The first annual No Player Left Behind charity golf tournament will take place Oct. 2 at the Presidents Golf Club in Quincy. For information on playing, sponsoring a hole, or helping out any way you can, contact Joe Martone at

No Player Left Behind is our non-profit arm, which provides funds to kids (and even programs) short on cash as they attempt to compete.

You can join the growing list of advertisers climbing aboard this fast-growing show by contacting Shalin at

Early start produces stars

Sport:   Posted: August 11th, 2008

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Sport:   Posted: August 10th, 2008

Aug. 10, 2008

Former Nobles and American Idol star Ayla Brown was Mike Shalin’s co-host for the entire two hours of Saturday’s MBR On The Air at the Marina Bay studios of 1510 The Zone.

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Former Nobles and American Idol star Ayla Brown  co-hosted MBR on the AIR

“She was a delight,” Shalin said after Brown, about to be a junior at Boston College, filled in for the vacationing Danny Ventura, who returns Wednesday. “You never know what to expect with a guest in the studio but we had a blast.

“She even nicknamed me ‘DJ, Mikey Mike.’”

The nickname popped up after producer Joe Murray – outstanding on the board throughout the show while admonishing the people who Taylor Hicks in and Brown out three years ago – played Shalin’s weekly homage to the late Harry Chapin. Every Saturday, the show plays Chapin’s “WOLD” because Chapin is Shalin’s “idol” and Shalin claims he is in fact now “the morning DJ.”

“DJ Mikey Mike,” Brown said.

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Ayla Brown ( guest host ) and Mike Shalin  ( co-host)  of MBR on the air

New BC coach Sylvia Crawley, also a wonderful interview, joined via the hotline, talking of her plans to revamp the Eagles’ offense for the coming season. Brown, the two-time Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year, will, be a key to that offense because of her ability to play both inside and out.

Crawley also talked about wanting all of her players to have the future options Brown has in front of her because, “at some point, you have to go get a job after basketball.”

Murray was brilliant on the board, even playing Brown’s Idol audition, found on You Tube. Shalin and Brown discussed her recent performance as the narrator in a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with Murray also coming up with music from the show. Brown also talked of the ordeal that was her Idol experience.

“It really couldn’t have gone better,” Shalin said. “It was a break from what we normally discuss on the show but our plan in to bring in former high school stars as well as the kids currently making the news. We hope to have both Mike Eruzione and Doug Flutie -- and others – on the show in the near future.

“And, mark this down – Ayla will be back! Broadcast work is just one of the many things that could be in her future.”

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Joe Vieira and Jim Clark, both of the Herald, also joined via the hotline, discussing the week’s MIAA votes on the football and hockey playoff, respectively. There will be much more news to come on the football front and On The Air will be On The Story.

As we said, the well-tanned and rested Danny V returns Wednesday, with more teams on the schedule as the Summer of Champions winds down to the start of the fall season.

Stay tuned for more exciting news on the wildfire that’s spreading across Massachusetts – MBR On The Air, Shales (DJ Mikey Mike) and Danny V Talking High School Sports.

If you, like Suffolk Downs, Ricoh, Fleming’s Price Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Chick-Fil-A and so many other advertisers, want to join this fast-growing program, drop a line to

Intern of the Week: Ayla Brown

Sport:   Posted: August 5th, 2008

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Metro West: Female Athlete of the Year: Lekia Cowen/Hopedale

Sport:   Posted: July 16th, 2008

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McBrien is digging for gold

Sport:   Posted: July 12th, 2008

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WAs Levin takes AD job

Sport:   Posted: June 26th, 2008

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Central High School hires Longmeadow's Fenlason as head girls hoop coach

Sport:   Posted: June 19th, 2008

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Fred Thacher: Longtime Harwich coach dies

Sport:   Posted: June 19th, 2008

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From unpolished gem to shiny Jewel

Sport:   Posted: May 30th, 2008

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