Archive - Apr 2012 - Sports Article
Dave Constantino has been competing in marathons for a decade, and when it came down to recalling the hottest ones he has run, the Cumberland resident didnâ€™t hesitate to bring up the 26.2-mile adventure he encountered on Monday at the Boston Marathon.
â€śThat was probably the hottest marathon I have ever done out of the 10 years I have been competing,â€ť Constantino said on Tuesday morning while he was â€śrecuperatingâ€ť at Scarborough Beach. â€śThat was unbelievable. It was a tough one. It was a tough one for everybody.â€ť
BOSTON â€” Hilary Dionne, a former cross-country and track & field standout from Cumberland High School, finished 15th among women at the Boston Marathon Monday, crossing the finish line in 2:51.56. Her time was third-best among American winners. Dionne, who now works in Boston, graduated from Cumberland in 2003.
The 26-year-old Dionne averaged six minutes, 19 seconds during the first 6.2 miles of the race before shaving off five seconds over the next three-plus miles of the grueling 26.2-mile test of endurance and stamina. She ended up placing 256th overall and 11th in her age group (18-39).
PAWTUCKET â€” Minutes after Cumberland Highâ€™s respectable but not outstanding 5-3 triumph over St. Raphael Academy on Monday afternoon, Clippersâ€™ skipper Paul Murphy reacted to the pure facts â€“ that the last four hitters in his lineup had assembled a collective 4-for-11 outing, good for a .364 average, four RBI and a run scored.
Seeking clarification as to which New York Yankeesâ€™ minor-league port of call Tim Norton would dock at this season, we revved up the search feature on MiLB.comâ€™s home page, fingers crossed that a simple mouse click would yield the desired answer.
Instead, we were left with more questions with a side order of curiosity.
LINCOLN â€” This was an unlucky Friday the 13th in more ways than one.
Only one of the half dozen local fighters on Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ€™ â€śNever Surrenderâ€ť card at the Twin River Event Center -- Keith Jeffrey from Tri-Force MMA in Pawtucket -- was able to produce a victory in a show that saw seven of the nightâ€™s 10 fights won by Massachusetts fighters.
Maria Chevalier loves to run. Sheâ€™s been doing it for nearly two-thirds of her life, starting with her years as a cross country and track standout in the early â€™90s at Clear Creek High School in Idaho Springs, Col., and sheâ€™s taken part in everything from a simple 5K to a grueling 50-mile trail run.
But when it comes to the one race she enjoys running the most, the nine-year Cumberland resident wonâ€™t hesitate to give you an answer.
LINCOLN â€” When fans last saw Todd Chattelle at the Twin River Event Center, it was last Nov. 18 and the Pawtucket native was being triumphantly carried from the octagon to the locker rooms on the shoulders of a few of his friends.
Chattelle has just recorded the biggest triumph of his 5Â˝-year career with his first-ever submission on an unexpected guillotine chokeout of Brett Oteri of Dedham, Mass. 3:18 into their fight for the inaugural CES Mixed Martial Arts middleweight championship.
WOONSOCKET â€” On Tuesday, host Cumberland High pounded out 17 hits, including nine for extra bases, en route to a 14-0 â€śmercy ruleâ€ť pasting of Smithfield High.
Skipper Paul Murphyâ€™s crew didnâ€™t supply him and assistant Dale Oâ€™Dell with the same kind of offensive barrage 48 hours later at Mount St. Charles, but it did register eight hits to post a second consecutive â€śmercy ruleâ€ť triumph over the Mounties, this time an 11-0 verdict on Thursday.
CUMBERLAND â€” The softball seasons have passed and the names have come and gone, but one thing you could always count on year after year any time Lincoln and Cumberland played each other was a spirited, competitive duel -- a showdown that was usually going to be decided by one or two runs.
Thatâ€™s what the small gathering of fans that braved the chilly weather at Wednesday afternoonâ€™s Division I-North affair at Tucker Field expected from the two unbeaten rivals, but what they got was a shocking surprise.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's hard to win when you make four errors.
Just ask Shea High head coach Dino Campopiano, whose club's mistake-prone ways allowed Wheeler School to escape Max Read Field with a 5-1 Division II-Central victory on Wednesday afternoon.
Still, fair is fair. John Snider, the Warriors' senior righty from Cumberland, proved to be stellar on the hill, yielding only five hits and three walks while fanning a whopping dozen (though he did toss a trio of wild pitches). He also helped himself with the bat, going 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tuesday morning saw a small group of PawSox players huddle around the clubhouse television as a contrite Ozzie Guillen attempted to move past the uproar he caused over supportive remarks the Miami Marlins manager made in reference to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Among those who sat and watched Guillen with great interest were Jose Iglesias and Luis Exposito. In fact, the pair stood side-by-side for roughly 10 minutes before Iglesias plopped himself down into a leather chair, his eyes clearly fixated on what Guillen was saying.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Thanks to a pitching tip Ross Ohlendorf picked up from Josh Beckett, the Red Sox may very well have another starting option on their hands.
By his own estimation, Ohlendorf threw â€ś10 or 12â€ť cut fastballs over the course of the six shutout innings he tossed in Pawtucketâ€™s 8-0 win against Lehigh Valley Tuesday afternoon.
CUMBERLAND â€” Itâ€™s almost eerie how well Cumberland High struck the ball on Tuesday afternoon.
â€śWe hit it pretty well in our second game against Moses Brown, and in the Injury Fund (tilt) against Woonsocket, but Iâ€™ve never seen anything like this,â€ť explained senior righty Justin Patrick after the Clippers clubbed 17 hits â€“ including nine for extra bases â€“ in a 14-0 thrashing of still-winless Smithfield High at Tucker Field.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Finally, thereâ€™s some good news concerning Andrew Miller.
Barring any setbacks, the hurler expects to take the next step in his rehab and join the Pawtucket Red Sox at some point on the teamâ€™s upcoming nine-game road trip. Miller made his second of two appearances with Single-A Greenville Monday, seeking to build off of Saturdayâ€™s one-inning stint that featured no runs on two hits. He did just that, retiring all three batters he faced on two groundball outs and one strikeout.
â€śI felt healthy and thatâ€™s all I can ask for,â€ť said Miller when reached Monday afternoon.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Can the unthinkable become tomorrowâ€™s reality? In the season of rebirth and renewal of hope, along with the boundless belief that anything is possible, then, yes, Kashif Montgomery has every right to aim high.
If you had to count the number of softball teams in the Blackstone Valley who should post winning records this season, youâ€™re definitely going to need every finger on your two hands to total them up.
First, you have to start with the regionâ€™s top three teams who play in arguably the toughest division in the state, the Division I-North circuit. Defending state champion Cumberland, two-time state finalist Mount St. Charles, and Lincoln all reside here and figure to be fiercely battling it out for first place once again this season.
PAWTUCKET â€” Chris Iannetta made his major-league debut on August 27, 2006. That nightâ€™s starting pitcher for Colorado happened to be Aaron Cook, one the PawSox arms to keep close tabs on at the onset of the 2012 season.
Let the record show that Cook and Iannetta hit it off instantly, the folks at baseball-reference.com denoting that the pitcher tossed eight innings of two-run ball in Coloradoâ€™s 6-3 win against San Diego.
PROVIDENCE â€” Most coaches will gladly tell you that a win is a win no matter the circumstances. That was certainly the case after Fridayâ€™s three-hour plus affair at Davis Park as Tolman bused back to Exchange Street with a hard-fought 13-8 win against fellow Division II-Central foe Classical.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.
The Pawtucket Red Sox kept up their end of bargain, scoring a 4-2 triumph over Buffalo Thursday night before 8,872 shivering fans. Leadoff hitter Pedro Ciriaco led the victors with four hits in five trips. The second baseman showed off his wheels as three of his base knocks did not get past the infield.
PAWTUCKET â€” Aaron Cook joined forces with the Red Sox over the winter after spending every single one of his 10 major-league seasons with the Colorado Rockies. Situated in Pawtucket as the 2012 season gets underway, the 33-year-old comes to McCoy Stadium with the reputation as someone who focuses primarily on pitching to contact and letting the defense take care of the rest.