New Bedford High School’s pool now open after multi-million dollar renovation

“ALL LANES OPEN! – The New Bedford High School pool is open for swim season after a multimillion dollar renovation.

Interim Superintendent O’Leary expressed “Thanks to the commitment of the worksite team who oversaw all aspects of the repairs and renovation, including Bruce Oliveira, Brittany Hullinger and Barry Rabinovitch.

Along with Mark Champagne, Tom Tarpey and many other staff, our student athletes are fortunate to have such professionals dedicated to providing them the best possible spaces for Whaler athletics.” The Whalers’ six-lane pool is 25 yards long with a maximum depth of 12-feet. #WhalerPride”-New Bedford Public Schools.

Adjoining locker and shower rooms were also fully renovated. New Bedford Public Schools photo.

Pool renovations included state-of-the-art filtration, treatment, and temperature control systems. New Bedford Public Schools photo.

The pool saw a complete overhaul over the last year (July 2023). New Bedford Public Schools photo.

New Bedford man makes it on ESPN’s ‘Turkey Bowl Top Plays’ with hilarious juke

Ben Mello and Wayne Oliver made it on ESPN during the “Turkey Bowl Top Plays” segment on Thanksgiving. Coming in at #3 on the list you can see Ben Mello stopping on a dime as if he was Lamar Jackson himself, sending his buddy on a journey to find his own ankles.

Here is the video of the juke:

“We recently did a flag football game to raise money for the Pacheco Center in #Dartmouth which helps children with autism and raised over $1200. We also had a play from the game make it onto ESPN this morning.” said Sean Cote.

If you want to watch the Top 5 segment which consists of NFL legends Randy Moss, Teddy Bruschi, Alex Smith, and Rex Ryan laughing and analyzing the plays, CLICK HERE.

City of New Bedford DPI makes upgrades to Clegg Field

“It’s getting colder in New Bedford, but spring will (hopefully) be here before you know it.

Ballplayers in the South End will notice some upgrades at Clegg Field when Opening Day arrives next year.

Recently, City DPI crews finished installing new lights at the field (the flat lights seen in the blue sky pictures) and taking down the old fixtures that lit countless games over the years.”-City of New Bedford.

All photos by the City of New Bedford:

[Watch] New Bedford’s Brycen Goodine scores 22 points vs Boston College in 1st game of season

The New Bedford native, Brycen Goodine had a big game against Boston College to start the 2023/24 NCAA season. He is now a 6’4 senior guard playing for the Fairfield Stags NCAA mens basketball team.

He played high school ball at Bishop Stang in Dartmouth, MA and St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, R.I., where he was named the 2019 NEPSAC Class AA Player of the Year and 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year for Rhode Island. Goodine was a top-100 player in his high school class per ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com.

He began his collegiate career in the ACC at Syracuse, playing in 23 games in 2019-20. He then appeared in 21 games at Providence this past season, including the Friars’ NCAA Tournament Second Round win against Richmond and Sweet 16 contest against eventual National Champion Kansas. He totaled 40 points and 13 rebounds while playing just under six minutes per outing.

Now with the Fairfield Stags, he looks impressive! Checkout his highlights against Boston College.

Patriots player, Navy Lt. leaves locker room to honor U.S. Army, Massachusetts National Guard at half time

An ESPN reporter caught a photo of a touching moment at Gillette Stadium during the Patriots game this past Sunday. Patriots Long snapper and Navy Lieutenant Joe Cardona was coming back to the field after halftime for his warmup, and noticed an on-field enlistment ceremony for the U.S. Army and Massachusetts National Guard. He then stood at attention to honor them.

Cardona has played 9 seasons with the Patriots after being drafted by them in the 2015 NFL draft. This hearfelt moment is extra appreciated as there aren’t many good things to talk about after Sundays loss to the Washington Commanders!

After female athlete suffers severe facial, dental injuries, Dighton-Rehoboth students plead for change

In the state of Massachusetts, a biological male is allowed to play in female high school sports due to the “equal play act”. This past week we saw this in action when a male student was participating in girls field hockey in a match between Swampscott and Dighton-Rehoboth.

In a frightening scene the Swampscott male athlete is seen taking a shot and hitting the Dighton-Rehoboth female athlete square in the face. This resulted in several broken teeth and other “significant facial and dental injuries”.

Kelsey Bain, who is one of the captains of the Dighton-Rehoboth field hockey team released a three page statement pleading for change of this “equal play act”. She states, “There will always be significant numbers of boys and men who would beat the best girls and woman in head-to-head competition. Claims to the contrary are simply a denial of science”.

Her full statement regarding the situation is embed below.

Security cameras capture moment New Bedford High School hits game-saving goal against GNB Voc-Tech

Many were bummed out they couldn’t rewatch the moment the New Bedford Whalers hit an amazing last minute goal to tie GNB Voc-Tech in their New Bedford rivalry match. But the fine folks over at New Bedford High School dug deep and found a security camera that was able to capture the goal!

“OH NO! YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT! – Here’s a closer look at one of the best Soccer goals of the season, scored on Saturday, October 28 as the New Bedford High School Whalers tied with GNB Voc-Tech. It seemed like there was no video record of the match. But Whalers’ Edahi Mejia (24), playing right back position, made an incredible last-minute equalizer against our rivals and it is amazing. Thanks to our security cameras, we have captured the unforgettable moment for all to see! What do you think? Are the Whalers ready for the Playoffs?! #GoWhalers #WhalerPride”

Massachusetts residents gambled over $500 million dollars on sports betting in September alone

September kicked off the 2023 NFL season which was a special one in Massachusetts as it is the first year you can legally gamble on sports in the state. According to the Massachusetts gaming commission, Massachusetts residents wagered a whopping $512 million dollars on sports betting in the first month of the NFL regular season.

Photo by Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

$499.7 million was wagered via online sports betting, with Draftkings being the most popular in the state. $49 Million was considered “taxable gaming revenue” and $9.8 Million was collected for taxes.

Photo by Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Between the NBA now tipping off, the MLB World Series, and the NFL in full swing, one would imagine these numbers will rise even higher in October and November.

First Portuguese NBA player “Neemias Queta” having an impressive start with the Boston Celtics

Users on Twitter have already coined the nickname “Big Portugal” for Neemias Queta after he has put together an impressive start to the preseason with the Boston Celtics. On October 19th he scored 12 points and 7 rebounds in only 13 minutes of play against the Charlotte Hornets.

Celtics announcers were very impressed with what they were seeing from Queta on the court.

If Neemias Queta earns a spot on the roster and sees playing time during the regular season, im sure that will add an extra layer of excitement for fans in the south coast of Massachusetts.

Queta was born in Lisbon, Portugal and raised in Vale da Amoreira. In 2018 he signed to play basketball at Utah State who was the only school to give him an offer. He became the first Portuguese player ever drafted after being selected with the 39th overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. On December 17th, 2021 he became the first Portuguese player ever to play in the NBA.

Now, in 2023 he is a new member of the Boston Celtics and has gotten off to a fantastic start!

Providence College Friars star Bryce Hopkins surprises kids at New Bedford Boy & Girls Club

The kids at the Boys & Girls Club of New Bedford couldn’t contain their excitement when PC Friars basketball star and projected 2nd round draft pick, Bryce Hopkins walked into the gym on Wednesday afternoon. He was accompanied with PC Friars woman’s basketball standout, Grace Efosa.

They spoke to the kids, answered a bunch of wholesome questions, and then played with them in the gym for about an hour. As I mentioned, the excitement and wholesome levels were at an all time high. Below is a video of the kids cheering for Bryce to dunk, he almost blew the roof off the gym when he threw it down!

Once all of the tee shirts were signed and most of the kids have been picked up by their parents, I asked Bryce and Grace for a quick interview. They were happy answer a few questions before they headed out to the Fall River Boys & Girls Club!

Big shout out to Southcoast Health, The Boys & Girls Club of New Bedford, and the Providence Friars for organizing all of this for the kids! There is no doubt that this made a bunch of kids weeks, and they will most likely be talking about this experience for a long time, especially if Bryce puts together a successful career in the NBA!

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