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Hockey is Her Game
By Kevin Devlin

     Boston Latin student-athlete loves every minute on the ice

     She’s a quiet, modest, reserved, young girl who enjoys keeping herself busy in school and on the playing fields.

     She played in the South Boston Youth Soccer League for six seasons.

     She was involved in the Saint Brigid’s CYO softball program for four years and the Gate of Heaven one for two summers, playing catcher for both programs. Her team made the playoffs during her final two seasons with them.

     She danced at the Peggy Woods School of Irish Step Dancing for four years. In her first year, she came in first in the reel and the jig in a competition. Her mom and dad were devastated that she left the dancing program, but she decided it was time to concentrate on the one sport she truly loved, that being hockey.

     Our student-athlete in the Korner this week is Katherine Pavone.

Katherine, 15, is a sophomore at the prestigious Boston Latin School. Her favorite subject is history and her least favorite is math. But not to worry, our bright student realizes Approbation (Honor Roll) more times than not.

     Katherine has played softball and soccer but now concentrates on one sport, hockey. She began playing hockey when she was only eight years old. She started with the South Boston Angels, coached by Mary Balaconis and Ricky Jeness, and still laces them up for this local squad. The under 19 squad she is currently on went undefeated this season and were the South Shore Conference Champions.

     Katherine also plays for Boston Latin and just completed her fourth year on the varsity team, beginning her career there as an eighth-grader. The Boston Latin hockey varsity squad, coached by Marty McDonough and Mary Balaconis, has been a perennial powerhouse in the Dual County League (DCL). In  2004-2005, the team was 14-5-1, and in 2005-2006, the team was 16-3-1. Both times, Latin captured the Dual County League Championship.  During the latter season, the team made DCL history by going undefeated (9-0) in league play.

     Katherine scored two goals against Newton North this season and she’ll always remember beating tough teams from Andover and Arlington, especially Arlington, her dad’s hometown. And, she loves skating on the third line with Jamie DeFlurin and Alex Devlin. 

     Katherine also loves attending hockey camps on an annual basis and has been doing so since she began skating. This summer, she intends to attend hockey camp at Milton Academy in July and the Bob Deraney Hockey Camp at Providence College in June.

     She’s looking forward to going to camp with her hockey friends from Southie and elsewhere. They include friends and teammates Ann Marie and Chevon Elvin, Olivia Collins, Stephanie McGrath, and Kathleen Roche.

     In her leisure time, Katherine enjoys swimming at the ocean, hanging around with her friends in Southie, and going shopping. She also loves to sail. She has been active in the sailing program at the South Boston Yacht Club for the last six summers. Katherine is a “Skipper” and has a 16 and under sailing license.  

     Mom and dad, Sheila and Paul, are quite proud of their daughter’s determination and focus in school and on the ice

     “She does very well in school and keeps herself very busy,” said Sheila. “She does her all her homework and gets good grades in school. When she left Irish Step we were upset that she didn’t stay with it, but she wanted to concentrate on hockey. She’s done what she’s set out to do and is determined and focused at all times. We love watching her play the game with her friends and schoolmates.

     “She manages her time well for school and hockey and we are proud of her,” added her mom.



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Katherine Pavone enjoying a leisurely moment at home in Southie.