The sweet science

Broadway Boxing Club trainers Dennis Wilcox (thumb up) and Joe Ricciardi (center) surrounded by the many boxers training for free at the new boxing center at the old Everett High School building. (Contributed photo)

Broadway Boxing Club open to interested fighters

By LORENZO RECUPERO

If you’ve ever dreamed of climbing in the ring, get your gloves and inner fight readyas a first-of-its-kind boxing center is now open for all Everett residents to attend — free of charge.

Whether you’re 13, 30, or maybe older, the Broadway Boxing Club at the site of the old Everett High School, is welcoming all to train with certified USA Boxing trainers and former amateur boxers, Dennis Willcox and Joe Ricciardi, who have been running the club together since it opened to residents in May.

“Both Joe and Myself were amateur boxers and he had a gym in Saugus. He would train professional boxers and we talked about getting together to offer it to the youth of Everett and that’s how it came to be,” Said Willcox, who said he presented the idea to the city and was offered the space at the former site of the Wellness Center.

“The free program is offered for all ages, but the best time to get started with boxing is between the ages of 12-13. So we really want to encourage all the interested youth in the city to get involved,” said Willcox.

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Pietrantonio rushing for Ward 6 council score

City council candidate and Everett High assistant football coach Ross Pietrantonio is taking on Al Lattanzi for the open Ward 6 seat. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Assistant EHS football battles local businessman for open spot in city government

By LORENZO RECUPERO

Lifelong Everett resident and standout athlete Ross Pietrantonio knows what it feels like to win for Everett, having been part of three championship Crimson Tide football teams. He plans to reprise the winning sentiment this fall, as a candidate for the open Ward 6 City Council seat.

A 2004 Everett High School graduate, Pietrantonio hasn’t felt pressure from anyone but himself to run for city council, stating he’s not a politician, just a guy from the city who wants to help.

He is resolute and his motive for running is clear: Everett kids deserve more.

Youth development is at the forefront of Pietrantonio’s campaign platform. The city’s lack of such programs has been a source of major frustration for him.

“The city’s missing active role models for our youth and I want to fill one of those roles,” said Pietrantonio, who plans, win or lose, to live by his campaign slogan: “Change starts with you”.

“[The slogan] is pretty simple. If you want to help change something, you can’t wait for someone else to do it, you need to be first,” he said.

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Foppiano looking to make waves

JUNE 18: Professional Boxer Shayna Foppiano practices her boxing skills underwater. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Next bout July 23

By LORENZO RECUPERO

It’s been over a year since Everett boxer Shayna Foppiano last got into the ring to defend her undefeated professional record. 

Finally, after months of searching for an opponent and waiting out Coronavirus restrictions, the time has come for Foppiano (3-0-1) to flex her muscle and try to extend her winning record. 

“Oh, man, I am so excited for the fans! It’s definitely music to my ears!,” said a very ready-to-go Foppiano, who will be fighting in front of a live crowd, something she wasn’t sure would be a possibility when fig planning began earlier this year.

The upcoming bout, against pro boxer Vanessa Grimes of Texas, who has a background in Mixed Martial Arts, will take place Friday, July 23rd at the Castleton Banquet Hall in Windham, New Hampshire. Doors are scheduled open at 6pm, fights start at 7pm.

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Fuccillo leads the way for Lady Tide

Waiting for postseason slot

By LORENZO RECUPERO

Celeste Fuccillo has fanned 19 batters over the last two Everett High School softball games, leading the Lady Tide to a win before dropping the Greater Boston League Tournament game Sunday against Lynn Classical High School at St. Mary’s Field in Revere.

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Lady Tide ramps up for GBL tourney

Kayley Rossi raps a hit against Somerville at Glendale Park on May 27, 2021. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)


By LORENZO RECUPERO

Riding a 2-game win streak, the Lady Tide are above .500 for the first time this season.

With shutout wins over Malden (16-0) and Chelsea (15-0), they’re now sitting at 3-2 ahead of the GBL’s inter-league tournament scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Revere.

The Everett bats and pitchers have heated up during the win streak, posting 31 runs and allowing none during the frame. In the June 2 in over Malden, Celeste Fuccillo led the way with 7 K’s over five innings and in the June 3 win over Chelsea sophomore Kristi Skane provided 4 innings of relief that included 10 K’s.

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