Category Archives: Gloucester Sports

The GMG Fitbit Challenge

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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.

Check out the details-

https://help.fitbit.com/articles/en_US/Help_article/Challenges-FAQs

A GHS Girls’ Hockey Team. Yes, Please!

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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 girlsplayicehockey2@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!
Sincerely,
Jessica Cusumano and Mandy Milan (CAYH MOMS)

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GHS Cheerleaders Nationals Comp Go Fund Me

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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 Boys Hoop vs Lynn Classical

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.

Winter Classic

If you’ve read any of what I’ve written since joining GMG, you probably know that my boys play a lot of hockey and it is a big part of their childhoods as well as our lives.

School vacation week was certainly no different.  Thatcher’s team was entered into a four-day tournament sponsored by the Boston Bruins.  While they ultimately did not win the tournament, they were one of the finalists, and for that they were handsomely rewarded.  Medals, hats, backpacks, team photos, etc….and then, the awesome icing on the cake, tickets for the entire team, coaches, and one parent per child to the coveted Winter Classic.

Not only did they score tickets, but they were given front row seats. Granted, being only 8-years old and a bit vertically challenged, they had a difficult time seeing the action take place way out in the center of the Pat’s playing field….but awesome seats nonetheless.

Kudos to the Boston Bruins for once again rewarding these young, budding athletes and helping to create memories to last a lifetime.

Olympic Dreams

If any of the young skaters who grace the ice at The Dorothy M. Talbot Rink have any Olympic ambitions, it is pretty cool to have Ben (Punky) Smith watching from the stands!

Thatcher and Finn, knowing he is my husband’s Godfather, have read the plaques that pay tribute to his pretty fantastic Olympic Coaching career many times and were pretty smitten to see him at last week’s Gloucester High School game.

Thatcher was beyond happy to hear him say, “Your son looked pretty good out there” after his team skated at intermission.

Benjamin A. Smith, III was able to lead the United States Women’s Hockey team to a Gold Medal in 1998, a Medal in 2002, and a Bronze Medal in 2006.  His 1998 Olympic Team went on to be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Community Stuff 12/15/15

Hello

I am with Cape Ann Skating Club and we are having a (free) Holiday Skating Exhibition on Saturday – Dec 19 at 1 PM in the Talbot Rink at the O’Maley School.

Attached is a flyer with information.  We would love to have you attend – bring some friends & family and share some photos on your sites after the event!

There will be great holiday skating, festive music and costumes. Plus treats, cocoa, and crafts for kids.

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Hi Joey- I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind putting out one more press release to help in the sale of our 2016 Rotary calendars? I have attached a revised version of the last one I sent you. Thanks so much! Because of the last press release you put on GMG, I sold more that 15 out of state (mostly to NY). Thanks again, and have very Happy Holidays-
Cheers-

Dave Stotzer
Owner, Cape Ann Photography

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The 2016 Rotary Raffle Calendars are still available. This calendar is our best ever, displaying the award winning photos of Cape Ann taken by serious amateur and professional photographers. Calendars can be purchased from any Gloucester Rotarian or at these locations: BankGloucester, Cape Ann Savings Bank, First Ipswich Bank, and at Local Colors on Main St. for $20.00 each. They can also be shipped anywhere by ordering through Rotarian Dave Stotzer at: stotzerphoto@gmail.com  All profits go to the club’s GHS scholarships and many other worthy community and Rotary International projects. An added bonus is that this is a raffle calendar, and all are numbered, with a limited number being printed. The Club will be giving away $50.00 every week next year. There will be “bonus” giveaways of $250.00 the 2nd Tuesday of June 2016 and $500.00 the 2nd Tuesday of December 2016.

Check Out Desi Smith’s Incredible Gloucester Boxing Club Project

Thank you Joey for having me on your podcast and your interest in my photo project. I’m going to continue this project to include some of the younger boxers along with some women, and will share the images with you and your readers.

If I you could, I would like to give a shout out and thanks to Carlo and Joey DaSilva at the Gloucester Boxing Club for allowing me into their space to do this project.

Here are just a few photos from the project.

Thanks again,

Desi  http://desismith.photoshelter.com

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(Video) Pep Rally 2015: Cheering with the GHS Football Players

Here is the link for the GHS football players routine with the GHS cheerleaders on Wednesday November 25, 2015 at Gloucester High School. 

An annual tradition at Gloucester High School is for the football players to do a routine with the cheerleaders at the Pep Rally prior to the Thanksgiving Day game against Danvers. 

Thank you to the GHS Film Club for filming:
– Corryn Ulrich
– Jenna Taormina
– Katelyn Moore

GHS Football Thanksgiving Day Game vs Danvers

The Fishermen win the big game 13-7 in hard fought game with Danvers to close out a very successful season. Congratulations to all the players and coaches who worked hard to make it happen!!! 

Awesome Gloucester Grant Winner

Cape Ann Youth Hockey Challenger Program was the winner at the most recent Awesome Gloucester Pitch Night, receiving $1000 from the local micro grant foundation to support skating and hockey instruction for disabled children. The money will be used to purchase adaptive equipment for the participants.

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Each month the Gloucester chapter of the Awesome Foundation solicits proposals from the community and chooses the top three to attend a public Pitch Night on the evening of the third Monday. Submitters make their case before the 20 local trustees who have each donated $50 toward the monthly award. The top vote getter walks away with $1000 in cash. Proposals to make Gloucester more awesome can be made at Awesome Gloucester.

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