Season Ends for the Jets

In a Division 1/north quarterfinal game last Saturday afternoon in East Boston, March 3, Charlestown (18-4) defeated City League champion East Boston 61-58 and now advance on to a semi-final game against Central Catholic on Thursday, March 8 at Reading High School.   Despite the loss, East Boston had a great season, winning the city league championship on February 24, defeating Madison Park 60-59 and ending at 18-5.

Excitement and anticipation were in the air as both teams took to the floor to play and a full house was on hand to watch. First to score in the game was Eastie senior Patrick Santos on two free throws. At the end of the first, the Jets led 14-11.

Charlestown kept the pace and the score was tied twice at 20 and 25 in the second but the Jets took a 30-29 lead.

In the third, the score was tied six times, ending with a tied score of 46-46.

In the fourth, the tight game continued but Charlestown took the lead with under two minutes to play. Time ran out for the Jets to regain the lead and the Townies celebrated a 61-58 win.

MVP of the game for Charlestown is senior Tyrik Jackson who contributed 20 points to the win.   Also hot on the court was senior Omar Orriols with 17 points and nine rebounds.

20th Annual Mass Audubon Birders Meeting will also Celebrate 20 Years of Whale Research by Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Mass Audubon’s Birders Meeting, an annual statewide gathering of birding enthusiasts, nature lovers, and expert guest speakers, celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday, March 3, at Bentley University in Waltham.

This year’s program, “Birds, Baleen, and 20 Years of Marine Conservation,” will be cohosted by the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, which is also marking a 20th anniversary in 2012. Stellwagen Bank is the rich fishing grounds and ecologically important underwater plateau extending from Provincetown to Gloucester at the entrance to Massachusetts Bay.

“Partnerships have been key to the continued success of the Birders Meetings,” noted Wayne Peterson, director of Mass Audubon’s Important Bird Areas program and a conference organizer. “And working this year with the Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary, which is doing such important work to protect and promote this valuable marine environment, should guarantee a memorable day for participants.” The late-winter conference always energizes the hundreds who participate and inspires them to spend more time connecting with nature, a central goal of Mass Audubon, New England’s largest conservation organization.

Registration (which includes lunch) is $63 for Mass Audubon members; $70 for nonmembers. Walk-in registration will also be available.

The all-day event will feature presentations by renowned specialists in puffins, other seabirds, and shorebirds; an update on Mass Audubon’s groundbreaking State of the Birds report; and the latest information from marine mammal experts who study the whales that visit Stellwagen Bank.

Participants will also be able to spend time with birding- and nature-related vendors and displays, including optics from lead sponsor Hunt’s Photo and Video. There will also be raffle items. To register online or to obtain more information, please visit:

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