Category Archives: Gloucester Sports
The Gloucester Gig Rowers are back in the water for the 2016 season.
The Siren Song and the Annie B are ready to row.
The Gannet is being worked on by members, expected launch May 1,2016.
In the photo are,on the left…Clem Courcy, Eileen Courcy, Christy Milhouse….on the right…Eddie Acosta, Bill Helmuth, Peter Begley
For more info check them out at www.GloucesterGigRowers.com
Anyone not playing in the dodgeball tournament that would like to volunteer to help out during game day? For a great cause. Please email ftgwynne@gmail for more details
Check Out The Facebook Event Page For The Latest Dodgeball Updates-
SHOW UP FRIDAY NIGHT TO PICK UP TEAM UNIFORMS AND WATCH THE FULL LENGTH MASTERPIECE CREATED BY CRAIG KIMBERLEY IN ALL IT’S GLORY
TEAM NAMES HAVE BEEN REMOVED TO PROTECT THE PATHETIC, AND WEAK….AND LAME.
2016 Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tournament Is Next Saturday April 9th- It’s A Spectacle For The Ages-Don’t Miss It!
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The GHS Varsity Cheerleaders are headed down to Nationals in Orlando, Florida today. We would like to thank everyone that donated IN ANY WAY. Whether you bought a raffle ticket, pledged to our Go Fund Me, came to Katrina’s or Jalapeno’s , donated gift certificates, allowed us to sell tickets at your business, posted on your website, or put something in a donation bucket we are grateful beyond words. Everyone near and far helped make this possible. We know that the team will do their best to represent our beautiful city and make you all proud!
With sincere gratitude,
The Gloucester High School Cheerleaders and Cheering Boosters
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video by Kim Smith
There will be fun- I promise you that! Plan to come on down and enjoy the spectacle!
I may have lied… Forgive me… and allow me to explain.
First of all, let me throw it out there, that I’m not proud about the mixed emotions that I’m feeling right now. But, the struggle is kind of real.
Last year, at this exact same time (only a mere two days apart) I sat down and composed a blog post entitled “Proud Mom Moment” (read it here, if you’d like). It detailed the adorable and amazing little journey that Thatcher’s hockey team experienced on their way to a fantastic Championship title. I was crazy proud and ridiculously emotional about it. I tried to capture the magic for you all so you could enjoy the ride.
Somewhere in the post I wrote the words, “PLEASE don’t get me wrong….losses would have been fun to watch too” ….and now, I fear, I may have lied. Because…yesterday, when they were down and didn’t come back….it wasn’t actually that much fun to watch after all.
Before you hate….let me explain.
This little team are winners. Every little thing about them screams Winners. And, guess what? As they yawn, roll over, stretch, rub their eyes, and drag their tired little bottoms out of bed right about now, at this very minute, after a 2nd place season’s end, they are still winners! And that I mean, for sure!
Yesterday, when down 0-3, Finn came up to me as I was taking photos…with giant tears in his eyes….and said, “We’re losing.” Finn worships his brother and his brothers’ team + teammates. Without a second’s hesitation I leaned down and said, “Don’t worry, Finn. This team doesn’t lose. They may be down right now. But, they don’t lose.” And, I meant it. This amazing little team had gone a full calendar year without a loss before finally falling to an opponent way back in November. While they suffered a couple of early losses this season, they then rallied and regained a very impressive winning streak. A streak so awesome, actually, that yesterday was their first full-ice loss…EVER…in two whole years. USA Hockey dictates that Mite level teams skate 1/2 ice games October-December and then full-ice games for the rest of the season. This unbelievable group of kids had won every single full-ice game they have played over the course of two full seasons…until yesterday.
So, down…in a very reminiscent fashion to last year’s championship…they managed to come back a bit. 2-3 in the 3rd period, I was still certain they’d tie it up. And, I was certain, that once it was tied…they’d go on to win easily. Because that’s what, after all, they do. But, they didn’t. Man, they tried hard. And, they tried hard again and again, but they just couldn’t. And, in the end, when that buzzer sounded, I was immediately surprised by my own disappointment. And…that…is what I mean by “the struggle is kind of real.”
See, this little group of skaters has become like family. They adore each other! And, after having been together for 2 seasons (with only a couple of new additions…who we feel like have been teammates since Day #1), the team will now get split up. They’ll head to the Squirts….and be distributed to three different teams. They’ll love their new teams…and they’ll continue to love hockey….and new magic will be created for sure, but..as the saying goes…you only have one true first love. And, this team, was theirs.
So, when I say it wasn’t fun to watch, I swear I don’t mean that in some over-the-top-winning-crazed-mother way. I mean it in a I-really-wanted-one-last-victory-for-them kind of way. I promise…yet, I’m still not proud.
They, thank goodness, showed grace and dignity. They had a phenomenal season, lots of laughs, leaned on each other, lifted each other up, and showed us all what it means to be a team…in the truest sense of the word. I am so proud of them! Each and every one of them. And, they should be SO proud of themselves!
I would be remiss not to mention that Cape Ann Youth Hockey is a tremendous program full of so many amazing teams. In fact, at just the Mite level alone, all three teams…Mite 1, Mite 2, and Mite 3….finished their seasons in 1st place. While Mite 1 and Mite 2 fell an itty bitty bit short yesterday, Mite 3 went on to win their Championship. So, a HUGE congratulations to them!!!!
A new session of this wonderful program has recently started. Please spread the word to friends who may have children who would benefit from this great opportunity!
Its that time of year once again
Gloucester Nor Easters
Proudly present – Spring Flag Football League
Open to boys and girls ages 4 -14
All games played on Sundays at Omaley School Field
Registrations in person this Sunday March 6th noon -5pm on line www.NorthshoreFlagFootball.com – choose Spring – drop down Gloucester
Season begins April 3 rd with our meet and greet
Glen O. McEachern
Photos of the playoff bound basketball team and the Nationals bound cheerleaders.
With so many of us starting to wear our Fitbits and with our New Year’s Resolutions to get into shape, how about doing a Fitbit Challenge? Who is up for this challenge. Wearing a Fitbit is a great motivator. Who wants to join a weekly challenge?
Joey agreed to sponsor a Gloucester Beach Sticker Hoodie as a prize if we get 7 or more challengers and post our daily rankings.
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Did you know that Gloucester hasn’t had a girls’ hockey team since 2007? With a large increase in the number of girls currently participating in Cape Ann Youth Hockey and the number of surrounding school systems (not to mention nationwide) that are currently offering ways for their female high school students to play competitive hockey, it is a shame that Gloucester isn’t.
Well, some mothers of current Cape Ann Hockey players are trying to change that!
I also find it noteworthy that Gloucester High School’s home rink, the Dorothy M. Talbot Rink, is graced with a scoreboard donated by Visa USA to honor and acknowledge the Olympic career of Team USA Women’s Hockey Coach, Benjamin Smith, III….and yet, does not have a High School Girls’ Team. [Ben lead the USA women’s team as they earned a Gold Medal in the 1998, a Silver in the 2002, and a Bronze in the 2006 Olympic Games.
PLEASE spread the word and see what we can do about making sure that Gloucester has a Girls’ Hockey Team next year!
PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
It wasn’t our typical Friday night practice at O’Maley Rink for our CAYH girls teams, we went from lacing up our girls’ skates to talking about the future. Where does it go after here? Some of the U14 girls entering 8th and 9th grade started to inquire about a high school team. The CAYH league currently runs a girls travel league from the U10-U14 level. Over the last few years, girls hockey has increased in popularity with over 69,744 females registered with the USA Hockey Association in 2014-15. In our community CAYH went from 24 girl players in 2012/13 to a significant increase to 62 girl players in 2015/16 season.
Where does that leave the girls in our community entering high school who want to continue to play in an all girls league? Gloucester High hasn’t had a girls’ team since 2007. After some research we have found that Gloucester High is the only school that is not in a cooperative girls hockey team. Manchester/Essex travels to Marblehead, Ipswich travels to Beverly, and it was indicated that Rockport travels to Boxford to play. Seems crazy when we have a rink right in our back yard!
After some emails and a facebook page dedicated to bringing awareness that “YES Gloucester wants to PLAY!” there has been tremendous feedback and support from former GHS Girl players and from the community. Our girls want to play and we want to see our girls play!
Our first step in creating a team is gathering a list of interested players from Gloucester and surrounding towns. If your daughter is interested in playing please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you!
Jessica Cusumano and Mandy Milan (CAYH MOMS)
Here’s the link- https://www.gofundme.com/f8js6j84
The Gloucester High School Varsity Cheerleaders are going to the ULTIMATE International Championship in Orlando Florida to compete on March 25th & 26th! The girls are trying to raise money for the airfare, hotel, transfers to & from the airport, and food. We are anticipating $1500 per girl. Unfortunately for the girls we just found out we were going and have little time to raise money! It would mean the world to the girls to have the support of family, friends, neighbors, & fans. Thank you in advance for your generosity & support! Go GHS!
GHS plays see-saw game with Lynn Classical losing at the end. GHS boys play with a ton of heart. Both teams played hard fought game and the difference in foul calls in the favor of Lynn played a huge factor in the outcome.
GHS girls lose in battle with Lynn English