May 20th, 2015
NORTH SMITHFIELD – North Smithfield High hadn’t played up to expectations for the better part of this Division II-North campaign, so veteran head coach Paul Mercier held a 30-minute team meeting after Tuesday afternoon’s practice.
He felt his Northmen were better than their 6-6 league record, and weren’t getting along as well as they could be.
EXETER – St. Raphael Academy earned a trip to the Division III semifinals with their 4-2 win over Exeter/West Greenwich on Wednesday.
The clinching match came from Saints No. 2 doubles tandem Justin Jackson and Andy Li. The duo earned a marathon victory, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, and came back from love-40 in the final game of the third set.
The first doubles team of Santiago Durango and Auston Gillis also earned a hard-fought win, staging a third set comeback. After trailing 2-5, they won the last five games to get the win.
PAWTUCKET â A spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project said that the group this week will âhonor, remember, and grieveâ for Pawtucket Red Sox President James J. Skeffington, who died Sunday, adding that there will be âtime enough in the futureâ to focus on discussions that would keep the PawSox in Rhode Island.
Skeffingtonâs funeral will be held Saturday.
Negotiations on a proposal that would move the franchise to a new riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence have been temporarily halted in the wake of Skeffington's passing.
LINCOLN – Unlike its past few games, Cumberland High made a 3-0 lead in the first frame hold up.
After sustaining three consecutive defeats, the Clippers utilized a fine three-hitter from freshman lefty Jocelyn Bodington to snag a much-needed 5-3 Division I-North victory over archrival Lincoln at Sullivan Field on Tuesday night.
Bodington also mustered 10 strikeouts as CHS improved to 8-7 in league play.
PAWTUCKET – Jim Skeffington may be remembered by some as the businessman who wanted to move the PawSox out of McCoy Stadium. That’s unfortunate because most of all, he was a fan with a lifelong passion for sports and the benefits they can bring a community.
Skeffington died suddenly Sunday night after a three-month stint as team president of the PawSox. His fandom was a side that not everyone got to see, as his brief tenure was marked by a busy process of transition and planning for the future.
CUMBERLAND â A stubborn fire making its way up into the eaves and attic of a three-story apartment building at 35 Titus St. Sunday afternoon left eight residents uninjured but homeless, according to fire officials.
Cumberland Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay reported the 2:27 p.m. fire was initially spotted by neighboring residents when an outdoor light bulb on the rear of the building popped and flames were observed coming from the fixture.
Three months after orchestrating the team’s purchase and expressing a strong objective to move the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a downtown Providence location, PawSox President James J. Skeffington has died.
PAWTUCKET â Eleven-year-old Zach Ansell hails from Los Angeles.
Thirteen-year-old Noah Kalus resides in New Platz, a small village in upstate New York, situated approximately midway between Albany and New York City.
While the two boysâ hometowns could not be more different, what united the pair and brought them to Pawtucket this weekend was their love of Scrabble, as the duo teamed together as âThe East West Word Wizardsâ at the North American School Scrabble Championship, held at the Hasbro headquarters.
PROVIDENCE – In basketball, as in life, timing is everything. That’s why PC Friar fans should take note of the addition of Jeff Battle to Ed Cooley’s staff – it comes at an intriguing juncture for the program.
It’s hard to avoid associating Kris Dunn’s return to PC for his redshirt junior season and Battle’s arrival as an assistant. Dunn has NBA point-guard pedigree, and who better to educate the talented youngster than a coach who knows a thing or two about working with top-tier college point men.
CENTRAL FALLS â Two fugitives from Colorado, including a woman sought for prison escape, got caught on Illinois Street Wednesday with heroin, a Bushmaster assault rifle, armor-piercing bullets, and a stolen truck, police said.
John Baker, 38, and Jessica Garrett, 32, both of Colorado, are being held without bail on fugitive warrants from Colorado after their arraignment in District Court Thursday.
NORTH PROVIDENCE – There’s no room for confusion or interpretation when you’re that sure about something. Make no mistake … Dante Baldelli has already made up his mind regarding his college-baseball destination.
PAWTUCKET – The door swing wide open when the Red Sox cut ties with Juan Nieves has officially closed after they settled on new pitching coach Carl Willis.
It got me thinking about Rich Sauveur, the former PawSox pitching coach who resigned last season following a successful seven-year stint with the Triple-A ballclub. Had Sauveur still been with Pawtucket, might he have finally received the big-league summons that proved elusive during his PawSox tenure?
Alas, we’ll never know the answer.
PAWTUCKET â On a day that Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin described as one of âcontemplation and celebration,â the city acknowledged the heroic actions of members of its Police Department, while remembering those who were killed in the line of duty.
CRANSTON – Despite a dominant showing from Smithfield, several area athletes successfully turned in noteworthy performances at the Girls’ Northern Division Championships, held Wednesday at Cranston West High.
Smithfield ran away with the team title as the Sentinels’ 197 points was 52 more than runner-up Cumberland. Woonsocket came in fourth place (44) followed by Mount St. Charles (26), Lincoln (23.5) and Burrillville (13).
PAWTUCKET â Mayor Donald R. Grebien has introduced a proposed $117.1 million budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which represents a $4.78 million â or 4.26 percent â increase over the current spending plan and also calls for a proposed 3.97 percent increase to its property tax levy.
PAWTUCKET – Long before his rise to All-Star status and subsequent fall that resulted in him getting sent to the minors, Allen Craig was a part-time player for the St. Louis Cardinals.
As a 26-year-old with St. Louis in 2011, Craig logged 219 plate appearances in 75 games. He certainly made the most of his limited exposure, producing a triple-slash line of .315/.362/.555 along with 11 home runs and 40 RBI.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A 43-year-old man charged with the fatal stabbing of his ex-girlfriend outside her apartment complex on Motherâs Day broke down and cried and had to be escorted out of the courtroom during his arraignment Monday in Providence District Court.
PAWTUCKET â At 7:30 in the morning, third-grade teacher Donna Sawyer is already at Francis J. Varieur Elementary School.
Although the school day doesnât start for another hour, she is in the classroom and ready to tutor young students. By 7:45, parents drop off their children, and Sawyer helps them with their schoolwork.
Not only is Sawyer an early bird, she also in a sense is a night owl, because four days a week, she will stay until 4 p.m. â about 90 minutes after students are dismissed for the day â to aid another group of children who will stay late for extra help.
Congratulations and best wishes to Pawtucket’s Jean-Daniel Roussel, who is in Green Bay this weekend on a tryout deal with the NFL’s Packers. A product of St. Raphael and Sacred Heart University, Roussel was one of a reported 26 players that the Green Bay front office invited on a tryout condition.
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