February 19th, 2015
PAWTUCKET – Tom Evans doesn’t have a clue what his competitive future holds within his beloved sport of kickboxing, but he does know he’ll do anything to keep going.
That’s why the 27-year-old city resident and professional kickboxer is so revved up about facing a Boston sheriff named Julio Pena in a Lion Fight Promotions’ Muay Thai (pronounced “moy tie”) 140-pound bout at Foxwoods Casino at 9 tonight.
Technically, Brad Stevens became the head coach of the Boston Celtics in July 2013.
Unofficially, Stevens is still waiting for his ship to come in, i.e. a legit chance to put his stamp on a rebuilding project that for all intents and purposes is still going through the spin cycle – with no apparent end in sight.
PAWTUCKET – Even veteran St. Raphael Academy head coach Fred Saunders admitted his players had picked a bad time to produce one of its worst opening halves of the season.
Here's why: In the first session alone of its Division II-North regular-season finale against always-pesky Johnston on Wednesday evening, the Saints committed 15 turnovers, missed layups and short bunnies left and right and dropped just four of 10 free throws en route to a 29-25 deficit.
LINCOLN â Two people were charged with disorderly conduct â among other offenses â after causing a commotion and directing obscenities at police officers and Twin River Casino security in separate incidents, over the weekend, authorities told The Times and The Call.
Just prior to 1 a.m. Saturday, a Lincoln police officer responded to Twin River Casino for a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, he observed another officer and members of casino security escorting a man â Darnell Walls, 20, of Pawtucket â through a parking lot.
CUMBERLAND – The President of the Cumberland Youth Baseball/Softball League painted a picture that in the aftermath of Jackie Robinson West’s fall from grace reiterates the importance of participants having everything from proof of residency to meeting the appropriate age requirements check out accordingly.
PROVIDENCE – There remains some work to be done, but the Providence College Friars are close to feeling good about their NCAA Tournament prospects.
LINCOLN – With Jermaine Perez, Nick Juckett, Connor Sheehan and Tommy Beauchemin all scheduled to return next season for Lincoln High, the future looks very promising for head coach Kent Crooks.
If anyone could claim pleasure with his or her collective performance, it came from Bay View sophomore and Pawtucket resident Kate Magill, who cruised to a pair of victories in the 200 and 500 freestyles in the girls' segment of the Division I Championships Monday at Roger Williams University.
Magill snared the shorter distance in 1:56.57, then added another D-I title to her resume in the 500 freestyle, one in which she clocked a solid 5:02.00.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The city could be looking for real estate developers to purchase and redevelop a strip of land on the corner of Fenner Avenue and Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside Square, located in the heart of the cityâs planned Main Street arts district.
The city is looking to revitalize Main Street (Bullocks Point Avenue) as an arts district consisting of galleries, restaurants, music venues, small first-floor retail, work/live-in space, and dynamic public spaces.
WOONSOCKET â Deep snow and high winds made the Blizzard of 1978 an area benchmark for bad winter weather, but some may soon view the recent weather track of multiple storms as an even more difficult challenge in the long run.
Both Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Cumberland Mayor William Murray on Sunday pointed to the ever-growing piles of snow across the area as an increasing burden on municipal services, local businesses and their residents.
CUMBERLAND – Nancy Belisle passed away Friday evening, The Times has learned. Nancy was the wife of Mount St. Charles and Cumberland Little League Coach David Belisle, and the mother of their four boys.
Belisle was 50, and had battled cancer since 2013.
Nancy was seen supporting her husband and the Cumberland Little League team throughout their World Series run last summer despite her illness, and Dave Belisle cited her as his inspiration in life.
PAWTUCKET – This was the calm before the next snowstorm.
Tolman High cruised past Lincoln 58-45 on Friday night in its final home game of the regular season. The Tigers got 20 points from Steve Otis and 15 more from fellow senior Luis Pagan to lead the way on Senior Night.
“Both of those guys gave up their starting spots so that two other seniors could start tonight,” Tolman coach Mike Kayata pointed out. Reserve guard Edgar Torres and sixth man Derek Ashley were able to start because of this gesture from the team’s two top scorers.
“Everyone cheats, so why pick on this team?”
This was the question, more or less, from the lineup of apologists who rose out of their rhetorical dugouts this week to defend the Jackie Robinson West team, after Little League Baseball announced the reigning U.S. champions were being stripped of that and every other honorific bestowed upon them during the 2014 season.
PAWTUCKET â A 21-year-old man was arrested in Seekonk and will face a charge of first-degree murder for Tuesday's fatal stabbing of a local man outside of a Benefit Street store, authorities said.
Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Matthew S. Marcotte, 21, who was identified by images captured by surveillance cameras, police said.
Read the full story in Saturday's newspaper.
PROVIDENCE – It will be a homecoming for Kyle Ivey-Jones on Friday night as the former Woonsocket High boys’ basketball coach brings his Providence Sky Chiefs to Saravia Gymnasium for key ABA matchup against the Baltimore Hawks. Game time is 7 o’clock.
Ivey-Jones coached the Villa Novans for eight seasons before moving to take a coaching position with the Sky Chiefs last fall. His best season on the bench was the 2007-08 campaign when Woonsocket advanced to the Division I title game before falling to Bishop Hendricken in overtime.
PAWTUCKET — Shea High senior forward Leandro Alves enjoyed an interscholastic boys’ season like very few have seen around these parts.
That’s why to no one’s surprise, Alves was tabbed the Gatorade Rhode Island boys soccer player of the year. The announcement was made Thursday.
CENTRAL FALLS â Four local residents were arrested for multiple narcotic and firearm violations after police conducted three separate search warrants at apartments in the city, authorities said.
On Wednesday, members of the Central Falls Police Detective Bureau â in conjunction with the Special Investigations Unit, the Central Falls K-9 Unit, and the North Smithfield K-9 Unit â executed three court-authorized search warrants.
Two teams of detectives executed simultaneous search warrants at first- and third-floor apartments at 61 Washington St., police said.
PROVIDENCE – The most valuable lesson in the aftermath of Ed Cooley’s health scare is that sometimes less is more.
All too often, we take our health for granted and then something unforeseen happens that challenges it. In the blink of an eye, we go from feeling bulletproof and invulnerable to a fragile place that also doubles as a wakeup call. We all want to live a quality life. It’s just ironic that our health seems to take on a greater sense of urgency only after we brush up against a scary situation.
CUMBERLAND – It’s not that Dave Belisle has any regrets over Cumberland American Little League losing to a team that on Wednesday was stripped of the national title.
PAWTUCKET â Police are investigating the city's first murder in nearly a year, after a 53-year-old local man died after being stabbed with a âsharp, edged weaponâ Tuesday, authorities said.
At 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, police were notified of an assault that took place in the vicinity of 151 Benefit St. Upon arrival, officers found a man who had sustained serious injuries. He was transported to Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island for treatment of wounds âpossibly caused by a sharp instrument,â police Maj. Arthur Martins told The Times.
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