Archive - Mar 2012 - Sports Article
CUMBERLAND â€” Chris Payson had just given some of his older, faster swimmers a grueling set of four 800-yard individual medleys â€“ for those who may not understand, each consisted of 200 yards of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.
He told them he'd give them a break on the time allotted for each 800: 15 minutes.
Naturally, there were a few audible groans, but these members of the Shamrock Swim Club nevertheless set out on their first.
SEEKONK -- Athletic Director Ray Grant claimed elation at Seekonk High Schoolâ€™s hiring of a new varsity football head coach.
Principal Marcia McGovern took Grantâ€™s recommendation and chose Vernon Crawford, a former New England Patriots linebacker/special teams player, to be the mentor, she announced Friday morning.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Last winter, Kevin Robinson, his wife, Robin, and numerous others came together to organize the first-ever Ride With KROB/Family Fun Festival. They did so to raise money for the pro BMX tricksterâ€™s KROB Foundation, one that strives to provide East Providence youths with the opportunity to take part in sports they covet.
The foundation collected approximately $20,000, and with that money helped needy children afford registration and equipment for a variety of athletics, including football, baseball, soccer, even karate.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Legendary BMX professional and multi-X Games medalist Kevin Robinson considers it a phenomenal gift from his sponsor, Target Inc.
Back in November, Robinson had flown to Minneapolis to take care of some business at Target headquarters, and thatâ€™s when officials approached him, requesting he find a group of 15 children, those who revel in the sports of BMX and skateboarding.
A little of this, a little of that as the spring season for high school sports draws near â€¦
Spring is a time devoted to rebirth, renewal and revitalization. At Lincoln High School, the ushering in of the season immediately on the heels of winterâ€™s wicked and sometimes disruptive nature has been greeted by winds of wholesale change.
PAWTUCKET â€” When it comes to the Pawtucket Slaterettes Baseball League, Sarah Feeley's daughters never had a chance.
They were going to play â€“ no ifs, ands or buts.
â€śI don't mind at all; I think it's cool,â€ť said eight-year-old Sabrina Angulo, whose mom â€“ call her â€śPresident Feeleyâ€ť â€“ has already registered her to play in the Minor Division (for those ages 8-11) this season, incredibly the Slaterettes' 39th.
Itâ€™s hard to believe Kyllie Magill, the former St. Raphael Academy All-State softball catcher, is now in her final semester at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
It seems like only yesterday she had been drilling doubles and blocking the plate for the Saints, who always were in contention to win the Division I state title.
WARWICK â€” Whenever a new administration takes the reins of power, the first few days can seem like a blur. In the case of Dan Hurley, the newly minted URI head coach has wasted little time in remaking the program and personnel heâ€™s inheriting into one befitting of his image.
Monday saw Hurley conduct an early morning workout session with the Rhody players brought specifically to campus by previous coach Jim Baron. He described the proceedings as a prime chance to gather more information while simultaneously laying his cards on the table in terms of expectations moving forward.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Jay Monteiro well remembers his days as an outstanding student-athlete at East Providence High back in the early 1980s. He also admits he recalls the simplicity in which his old gym classes were designed.
In the fall, boys would hustle to the locker room between classes, put on school logo-emblazoned workout clothes and play flag football or soccer, while â€“ during the winter months â€“ they'd pick makeshift teams and play basketball or volleyball, or even partake in sports such as gymnastics or floor hockey.
LINCOLN â€” Thomas Falowo passed the first six-round test of his pro career with flying colors.
The Pawtucket middleweight remained unbeaten in six fights on Thursday night by grabbing an impressive victory over a tough opponent before a standing-room-only gathering at the Twin River Event Center.
Falowo snagged an unanimous-decision triumph over battle-tested Bronx, N.Y. fighter Troy Artis on the undercard of Jimmy Burchfieldâ€™s Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ€™s â€śHome Invasionâ€ť show, as he won the fight by scores of 59-55, 59-55, and 58-56.
PAWTUCKET â€” The desire to remain current with the times and create a setting thatâ€™s aesthetically pleasing to the eyes of those passing through the turnstiles at McCoy Stadium â€“ the members of the Pawtucket Red Sox front office continue to display a jewelerâ€™s attention to detail.
There are organizational meetings followed by player evaluations with a round of office powwows involving high-ranking team officials. Welcome to the portion of spring training where filling out minor-league rosters starts to take on a more serious tone.
LINCOLN â€” It was pretty much on a whim that Jillian DeSimone even picked up a lacrosse stick.
As a Lincoln High freshman back in the fall of 2008, she played girls' varsity soccer, and even earned a letter for her rather solid play. A few months later, as spring approached, her dad, Louis, suggested she try out for the school's lacrosse program.
On Wednesday, the URI community rolled out the red carpet â€“ or maybe it was Keaney blue â€“ as a symbolic token to welcome new head coach Dan Hurley and his family. To enlighten the masses regarding the kind of coach and person that Rhode Island is getting in Hurley, we engaged in a background check that conjured all sorts of positive vibrations.
Five years have passed since the R.I. Interscholastic League recognized cheerleading as a full-fledged varsity sport. Time will tell if such a distinction remains in place moving forward.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Cesar Fajardo had just finished playing in a youth soccer game in North Smithfield on Sunday when his coach, Mayro Estrada, told him and his teammates he had a special surprise in store.
Estrada then leveled the news that two members of the New England Revolution professional soccer team, not to mention some of the organization's Academy youth coaches, would conduct a â€śCommunity Clinicâ€ť inside the Central Falls High School gymnasium Tuesday night.
PAWTUCKET â€” Outside the ring, Thomas Falowo is known as a quiet, respectful person, but inside the ring, heâ€™s made plenty of noise in his 16 months as a middleweight boxer.
The Pawtucket resident has stormed out to a commanding 5-0 record that includes knockouts in his first four fights, and on Thursday night, he will shoot for his sixth victory when he appears on the undercard of the â€śHome Invasionâ€ť show, presented by Jimmy Burchfieldâ€™s Classic Entertainment & Sports, at the Twin River Event Center.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Gabrielle Turner admitted it during gym class Monday afternoon.
The East Providence High senior and her friends did, in fact, attend the Townies' 5-2 loss to Mount Hope in Game 2 of the R.I. Division III Hockey Tournament best-of-three finals set on Friday night, and she claimed she was truly saddened by it.
PROVIDENCE -- Immediately after East Providence High had secured a 2-1 triumph over gritty Mount Hope High in the rubber tilt of the R.I. Division III Hockey Tournament finals Sunday afternoon, the Townies threw their gloves and sticks high into the air.
They then mobbed freshman netminder Marc LaValley behind his Schneider Arena goal line.
Given the length of time he spent under the pile of humanity, it was amazing LaValley could breathe to deliver his comments regarding EPâ€™s capture of its first state title since 2005.
WARWICK â€“ If nothing else, Sunday offered Rocco Baldelli a rare chance to partake in some deep-seeded reflection.
An intensely private sort, Baldelli more often than not comes across as a man of mystery rather than someone whoâ€™s willing to lay all his cards on the table. Such an introverted/reclusive approach helped the Woonsocket native get through the turbulent times that arose during his career of seven major-league seasons, the belief at the time that the less the general public knew, the better.