June 5th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” Small ball was big trouble for Central Falls High.
Utilizing the bunt to perfection on Sunday afternoon, top-seed and unbeaten Central High captured the Division III state championship with a 13-3 six-inning, mercy-rule verdict over the second-seeded Warriors to complete a sweep of the best-of-3 series. Just a day earlier, the Knights withstood a late rally by C.F. to earn a 10-9 win in the opener at Rhode Island College.
The Warriors were looking for their first state title since copping a slow-pitch crown in 1997.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Whenever Central Falls junior Steven Vazquez competes in the high jump, he stays mentally focused by just recalling in his mind what heâ€™s done throughout the season.
â€śRegardless of what my other competitors do,â€ť he said, â€śI just blank that away and just think about what I did in practice and what I learned so far and use it in play.â€ť
Whenever Shea senior Freddy Gobewole toes the starting line of a sprint event, he incorporates a simple strategy, using a somewhat negative approach to ready himself for battle.
PAWTUCKET â€” They have intelligence, drive, supportive families, and a will to succeed after high school. Yet, this year's valedictorian and salutatorian of Tolman High School also credit something else as being key to their stellar academic achievements: the city itself.
â€śI feel very fortunate to have been born and raised in Pawtucket and in having gone though Pawtucket schools,â€ť said Alyssa Browning, valedictorian of her graduating class. â€śI had amazing teachers.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” Lincoln Highâ€™s perfect season came to an end at the hands of â€¦ a perfect season.
In Saturdayâ€™s clash between two unbeaten teams trying to etch their names into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League history books, it was Tiverton that emerged with an unblemished record â€” and the Division II state championship.
A late second-half comeback fell short for the Lions, who watched the Tigers celebrate a 12-8 victory at Rhode Island College to cap a 17-0 campaign.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” At its meeting of May 24, the East Providence School Committee passed Phase I of the reorganization plan for the cityâ€™s elementary, middle and high schools. The plan, which includes the implementation of full-day kindergarten in September and the addition of teaching staff, also eliminates several positions within the district.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As is tradition after these commencement exercises, the 10 graduates of Bishop Keough Regional High School recessed out of St. Maria Goretti Church on Friday evening and congregated in the front courtyard.
The seniors formed a circle, then lofted their pale blue caps skyward and let out a few hoots and hollers, those to celebrate their four years of dedication and devotion to academia and extracurricular activities.
A moment later, Mary E. Gingras, who hails from Lincoln, seemed a bit dazed by the atmosphere.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Donaldson Gymansium was rocking Friday night with droves of Tolman High fans coming out to witness the Tigersâ€™ Division II quarterfinal matchup with Pilgrim.
The host did not disappoint.
Tolman, a No. 2 seed from the II-North at 14-2, overcame a rare loss in the opening game by winning the next three en route to a 3-1 decision over the Patriots.
The win is the first in the postseason for the Tigers since their 2003 championship season. Itâ€™s also avenges back-to-back losses to the Patriots, a three seed for II-South, in opening-round matches of the last two playoffs.
PAWTUCKET - Dean Bouvier, of 214 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket died Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at the Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.
Mr. Bouvier was born in Providence, the son of the late Norma (Duphiney) Holmes-Traylor. He was a teller at various racetracks up and down the East Coast.
He is survived by a son Corey Robert, and his brothers and sisters Donna Calabro, Susan Lewis, Sharon Simas, David Traylor, Charles Traylor, and Melodie Traylor. He was the brother of the late Robert Traylor and Paula Holmes.
Mary H. (Gavitt) McDuff
PAWTUCKET - Mary H. "Polly" (Gavitt) McDuff, of Pawtucket died Friday, June 3, 2011. She was the wife of Joseph G. McDuff. They had been married 56 years.
Mrs. McDuff was born in Westerly, the daughter of the late Raymond and Florence (Hickson) Gavitt. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Nursing and was a Registered Nurse at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.
George R. Martel
CENTRAL FALLS: George R. Martel, 74, passed peacefully with his loving sons by his side.
Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Rock and Fleurette (Pare) Martel.
Gregory William Coughlin Jr. M.D.
CUMBERLAND - Gregory William Coughlin Jr. M.D., 73, passed away on Thursday June 2nd, 2011 at Kent County Hospital, Warwick surrounded by his family. Born in Providence RI, he was the son of the late Gregory W. and Alice (Burek) Coughlin.
PAWTUCKET â€” Division II-East champions. A division-leading 13 runs per game. One of three teams to lead the league with 14 regular-season victories.
A stunning first-round exit in the Division II playoffs.
These are the four things this seasonâ€™s Tolman High team will be remembered for doing. And while the first three are incredible accomplishments, the fourth was a cruel, disappointing way to end a sensational spring â€” one that had the promise of playing for a state title next week at Rhode Island College.
For two days in the hot sun, Cumberland High collectively played its best golf of the season at the RIIL State Championship.
Its efforts were amply rewarded.
Jamison Randall earned the individual title and, along with his teammates, the Clippers captured the team crown on Wednesday afternoon with a four-stroke victory over Portsmouth and North Kingstown at the Cranston Country Club.
PAWTUCKET â€” Both Kandice Ko and Melitzi Torres had hardworking parents who knew that getting a good education was the key to improving their daughtersâ€™ futures. Now, both young women are making those parents very proud.
On June 13, Ko will represent Shea High Schoolâ€™s 2011 graduating class as valedictorian, and Torres will serve as salutatorian.
PAWTUCKET â€” While music and theater were the respective passions of graduating seniors Noelle Cabana and Daphne Homen, these artistic pursuits also helped them to carve out ambitious career paths as they head off to college in the fall.
When the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts holds its commencement exercises on June 14, Cabana will be serving as valedictorian and Homen as salutatorian.
Paul E. McCaffrey
RUMFORD - Paul E. McCaffrey, 74, of Rumford Towers, and formerly of Pawtucket died Wednesday, June 1, 2011. He was the husband of the late Marie (Morgan) McCaffrey.
Mr. McCaffrey was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Henry and Annette (LaRocque) McCaffrey. He was a truck driver for the local Teamsters #251 for many years. Paul was also a longtime member of the Ireland 32 Society.
William C. "Bill" Laramee, Sr.
CENTRAL FALLS: William C, "Bill" Laramee, Sr. 66, passed on June 2, 2011. He was the husband of Irene Laramee. They would have celebrated their 47th anniversary on June 19th.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Peter and Evelyn (Green) Laramee. He was a lifelong Central Falls resident.
Bill had been employed by the City of Central Falls Highway Department for 32 years before retiring in 2006. He loved to travel, grill for the family and was known for his antiquing and yard sales. He was an avid Yankees fan.