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2012 NEAA All-Star Game Dedicated to North End Icon, Johnny Paolo [Photos]

On Saturday, June 23rd, the North End Athletic Association hosted its annual Youth Major League All-Star game at Langone Park / Campochiaro Field in Boston’s North End. Players from the Cardinals and Cubs, coached by Dan Shea, battled players from the Tigers and Indians, coached by Al Vilar. The game was dedicated to the memory of Johnny Paolo. Family members took part in the opening ceremonies, including daughter Linda LoPriore and grandson Vincent LoPriore. Vincent also threw out the first pitch of the All-Star game.

2012 NEAA All-Stars, Coaches and Family of Johnny Paolo


NEAA All-Stars – Team Paul Luongo


NEAA All-Stars – Team Jack Cronin


NEAA Commissioner Ralph Martignetti and NEAA catcher with Johnny Paolo family, daughter Linda and grandson Vincent LoPriore


JR on the microphone and Team Coaches


Nick Shea Plays the Star Spangled Banner at the NEAA All Star Game


First Pitch – Vincent LoPriore, Grandson of Johnny Paolo


Honoring Johnny Paolo – Family members with the NEAA


Coach Al Vilar on the mike and Nick Shea ready to play the National Anthem


Honoring Johnny Paolo – John Romano (left) with Vincent LoPriore and Linda LoPriore


2012-06 | NEAA All-Star Game


NEAA All-Stars – Team Jack Cronin


NEAA All-Star Game


NEAA All-Stars – Team Paul Luongo


A swing and a …


All-Star Pitching


The Cool Kids on the Sidelines


Here it comes …


Batter up!


It’s outta here!


Nice Day for NEAA All-Star Game


The teams were named after two recently retired coaching legends; Paul Luongo and Jack Cronin. Below are the team rosters.

Team Luongo:
Richard Pagliuca – Tigers
Fortunato D’Ampolo – Tigers
Kyle Bernardini – Tigers
Domenic DiCenso – Tigers
Evan Frechette – Tigers
Edward Ardolino – Tigers
Alex Dellatto – Tigers
Philip DiBlasi – Tigers
Zach Taieb – Indians
Nick Shea – Indians
Jase Cherchi – Indians
Vincent Coppola – Indians
Isabella Vilar – Indians
Brianna Woods – Indians
Calvin Szulc – Indians

Team Cronin:
Colman Shea – Cubs
Francis Shea – Cubs
Marcos Soto – Cubs
Michael Troiano – Cubs
Lawrence Chan – Cubs
Isabella Del Peschio – Cubs
Brianna Campochiaro – Cubs
JC Pezzuto – Cards
Owen Locke – Cards
Oliver Franklin – Cards
Francesco Santaniello – Cards
Francesca Rubin – Cards
Nolan Ward – Cards
Jarod Rapoza – Cards
Serina D’Amico – Cards

The 2012 NEAA All-Star game sponsors included Robert Dello Russo, Lavanderia, The Musto Family, DJ Sal Bartolo, Locale, Frank Iudiciani and anonymous donors.

Photos by Matt Conti.