|By Kevin Devlin
Youngster from Southie just made his third fresh-athletic team for the year
He goes to school early in the morning and usually doesn’t return home to South Boston until 6 p.m. Then, it’s time for a bite to eat, a quick shower, homework, a brief conversation with family members, and subsequently off to bed for our young student-athlete.
He’s at the tail end of his first year at Boston College High School. He made the freshman hockey and football teams, and recently was chosen to play lacrosse.
Our student-athlete in the Korner this week is Matt Maloney.
Matt began his adventures on the gridiron when he was only eight years old. He’s been the center of attraction as the center on the local Pop Warner teams throughout the years. His most exciting moment in this sport so far was when his “D” team, coached by Jackie Feeney, Billy Collins, and Randy Dillon, captured the Bay State Division II District Championship in 2002.
Matt, 14, started playing hockey when he was barely old enough to walk, learning some basic tips down at the Murphy Rink as a member of Arnie’s Army. After that, he spent many an hour playing the forward slot on various teams throughout the years in the South Boston Youth Hockey League. His favorite memory thus far in this local league was when his PeeWee “A” team, coached by John Picariello and James Baker, won the Bronze Medal at Lake Placid two years ago.
Matt’s adventures in the world of lacrosse commenced about five years ago. The high point in his young life in this particular sport is when he was recently chosen to play at school.
South Boston Pop Warner League official and local, well-known coach, Bob Ferrara, had nothing but positive things to say about our fiery freshman.
“Matt has now made three freshman teams at his school,” said Bob Ferrara. “He’s doing well in the classroom too. He’s just another really great Southie kid doing the right thing in sports and in class.”
Matt’s mom and dad, Tom and Shannon, are quiet pleased at Matt’s devotion to school and sports. And, they are extremely happy (which they should be) that he is attending such a great high school with such a tremendous scholastic and athletic history.
“We don’t have any problems with Matt,” said his dad Tom. “He’s adjusting well in high school. He knows he needs to keep his grades up or there won’t be any sports. As long as he continues to realize that playing sports is a privilege I know he will continue to do well in class. All I can say is, so far so good, with Matt.”
Yes, without doubt, so far so good for young Matt Maloney. With caring and watchful parents keeping an ever-vigil eye on their son, he is doing well in school and on the playing fields.
And, with this support and love, he’s bound to continue along this positive path as he ventures forward in life.