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Portsmouth spreads the word to end the ‘R’ word

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Fan favorite Patrick Kiely, a member of the Portsmouth Middle School unified basketball team, reacts to shouts of encouragement from the sidelines.

PORTSMOUTH — Basketball players, fellow athletes, classmates and teachers all unified Wednesday afternoon with a common purpose: to rid the community of an ugly word. “This was for our ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’ campaign, which is all about ending the use of the ‘R’ word,” said Alex Simeone, coach of the Portsmouth Middle […]

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Portsmouth’s unified volleyball team undefeated

By   /  October 10, 2013  /  Sports  /  No Comments

Martha Costa and her 10-year-old son, Nicholas, cheer on the PHS unified volleyball team during its home game against Cumberland High School Wednesday. The sign is an image of Ms. Costa's son Ryan, a member of the team. Co-coach Nancy Fitzgerald made the "big heads" for all the parents of players.

PORTSMOUTH — Ask Ryan Costa what he likes better — volleyball or basketball — and he responds like a true diplomat. “Both,” said Ryan, right after his Portsmouth High School unified volleyball team defeated Cumberland Wednesday. Ryan is also a member of the unified basketball team, which starts play in March. “I think this team’s good. We’re […]

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Fun for all at Unity Ball in Portsmouth

By   /  March 29, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments


PORTSMOUTH — For one night, Julia Kavanagh was a princess and Glen Manor House was her castle. Her “court” consisted of about 150 members of various East Bay unified basketball teams who dined, socialized and danced the night away while being treated like royalty at the “Unity Ball.” The formal ball was the dual senior […]

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Portsmouth basketball program unifies athletes with and without disabilities

By   /  March 25, 2013  /  Sports  /  No Comments

Ryan Costa drives to the hoop for two points against Middletown last week.

PORTSMOUTH — Danny Marshall won’t be denied. During a basketball game against Middletown last week, he grabs a defensive rebound and runs the length of the court, deftly dribbling past defenders. Finding himself blocked from driving to the hoop, however, he stops for an 18-foot jump shot. Swish. As it turns out, Danny is just […]

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