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PAWTUCKET â€” The finished product had to be something that embodied the 2012 Governorsâ€™ Cup title the Pawtucket Red Sox won.
After discussing the anatomy of a championship ring â€“ a glittery reminder of what was achieved â€“ with PawSox general manager Lou Schwechheimer, it became clear why so much time and energy was put into coming up with the perfect keepsake. For the purpose of this exercise, we thought it would be appropriate to touch upon several key subject plots that were taken into consideration during the â€śhas a nice ring to itâ€ť process.
Finding the right designer
PAWTUCKET â€” After watching his team handily win its first nine Division II games of the season by double figures, seven by more than 17 points, St. Raphael Academy head coach Fred Saunders got what he longed to see on Monday night â€“ a competitive, down-to-the-wire duel against a formidable opponent.
But while he got a tight battle in his teamâ€™s crossover game against Johnston, he and his players didnâ€™t get the final result they wanted.
PAWTUCKET â€” The heartfelt initiative of Tolman High baseball coach Theo Murray coupled with the open-arms approach of PawSox president Mike Tamburro has helped lay the groundwork for a special event scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at McCoy Stadium.
A high school baseball game will take place that day with first pitch set for 11:30 a.m. This non-league, seven-inning affair will produce a winner and a defeated party, but the outcome will be a footnote in a symphony composed in fellowship, compassion and healing.
PAWTUCKET â€“ St. Raphael was confronted with a harsh reality following Saturdayâ€™s 55-52 buzzer-beating loss to Bishop Hendricken.
Not only do the Saints have to win out, but they also find themselves in the uncomfortable position of having to rely on other teams in hopes of cracking the Division I tournament. Bids are extended to the top 10 finishers. At the moment, SRAâ€™s 5-10 mark is good for 11th best, meaning hope was not completely lost when Hendrickenâ€™s Kazre Cummings came down and nailed a 3-pointer on the left wing as time expired.
CUMBERLAND â€” It certainly looked as if improved Tolman High, which rolled into Cumberlandâ€™s Wellness Center late Wednesday afternoon with five victories in its previous seven tilts, would make it six-of-eight.
The Tigers also seemed destined to eke out a two- or three-point triumph over the Clippers, but head coach Gary Reedyâ€™s crew had other plans.
PAWTUCKET â€” For a ballclub hoping to be one of the deserving 16 teams in the stateâ€™s Open Tournament at the end of February, Sheaâ€™s been doing its part these days by turning in some excellent basketball.
On Tuesday night, the Raiders put together another splendid outing to sew up their fourth straight victory, this one coming at â€śThe Cageâ€ť against neighboring Division II crossover foe Lincoln.
Junior guard Chris Mainvilleâ€™s contest-high 21 points and nine assists and senior forward Alvin Semedoâ€™s double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds led the way for the Raiders in their 63-48 triumph.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ There's a distinct reason why only a few folks in these parts are paying attention to the success of the Bishop Keough High girls' hoop team: They've been programmed not to care.
Even the school itself, located just up Smithfield Avenue from a cemetery, is miniscule in student population, often graduating between nine and 14 seniors every June. People realize the Keough administration and teaching staff is huge on religion and academics; they also realize they view athletics as extracurricular activities that merely bolster students' resumes for higher education.
PROVIDENCE â€” All Jared Pedro, Kristopher Wallace and Teddy Reall are asking for is a chance to tryout for a neighboring high school hockey program come next season, when the trio will be seniors.
PAWTUCKET â€” The last time East Providence High faced Division III rival Tolman, way back on Dec. 21, head coach Kevin Croke's crew held a 3-1 cushion in the final three minutes of regulation.
The Townies, however, allowed two late goals, and had to settle for a 3-3 overtime stalemate with its foe.
PAWTUCKET -- Allen Webster remembers the first time he heard his name come up in last Augustâ€™s blockbuster trade between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers that sent him to New England.
â€śI was in the clubhouse,â€ť said Webster, who at the time, was playing for the Dodgersâ€™ Double-A team in Chattanooga, Tenn. â€śI saw my name go across the bottom of the screen on ESPN. (The trade) wasnâ€™t 100 percent, but thatâ€™s when I kind of knew.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Jackie Bradley Jr. is a 22-year-old center fielder so polished and poised that your first inclination is to check his driverâ€™s license just to verify his age.
Currently touted as one of the top prospects in the Red Sox farm system, he said playing under the spotlight of the College World Series helped him prepare for the attention heâ€™ll soon be receiving as a professional.
PAWTUCKET â€” As Arnie Beyeler has learned this winter, coaching in the major leagues with a defined role is best not entered into lightly.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ BMX freestyle is now an amazing entity all its own, with multi-million dollar sponsors, worldwide events, an abundance of television exposure and â€“ for the best â€“ lucrative contracts with corporations trying to sell their products.
It didn't always used to be that way, especially here in New England.
The best way to describe it: Primitive.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ After a game of twists and turns galore, head coach Alex Butler wouldn't say he was thrilled after his East Providence High squad had registered a 74-64 Division I-Central victory over gamey Central High on Wednesday night.
He also didn't downplay it.
â€śThe key thing for us is we've been working so hard on our zone defense in practice, we wanted to see it work,â€ť he noted as the triumph pushed the Townies back to .500 overall (7-7), and left them at 5-6 in league play. â€śWe wanted to be in attack mode from the wing to the baseline to the block, and we did that well here.
WARWICK â€” Lincoln junior Casie Beauchemin must have ice water in her veins. With 2.3 seconds left on the clock, Beauchemin swished two free throws to give the Lions a remarkable 34-33 victory over Warwick Vets on Tuesday afternoon.
Down one point late, the Lions (4-2, Division II-North) were scrambling to make something happen when Beauchemin collided with the Hurricanesâ€™ Casey Bennett. Faced with a 1-and-1, the heroine took her time and found nothing but net on her first attempt to tie the score.
PROVIDENCE â€” In most of the games itâ€™s played this season, Bishop Keough High starts slowly, suffers from early foul issues, but then surges over the final 10-12 minutes to claim a win.
When facing Hope High in a Division III tilt on Tuesday afternoon, the opposite occurred.
The Koalas went exactly nine minutes and 13 seconds of the second half without scoring a single point, though they had built enough of a cushion to eventually snatch a 33-26 victory over the Blue Wave at its own gymnasium.
WARWICK â€” On a day that saw this country honor the memory and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and watch as President Obama mapped out his second-term desires, it seemed appropriate to talk leadership.
Specifically, leadership and the set of guidelines college basketball teams employ when selecting captains, along with what this honor means to those bestowed with said responsibility.
PAWTUCKET â€” Should we stay or should we go? That was the question facing Lincoln head coach Jim Riel during the offseason when the RIIL was getting ready to realign its teams for the 2012-13 campaign.
Stay in the Division I-Eccleston and the Lions would have been competitive night in and night out against the other five public schools in the division. Drop down to Division II and also face a drop in competition, but the Lions would have been one of the clear favorites in the running for a lower state championship.
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
Wake me when itâ€™s Tuesday â€“ the day Terry Franconaâ€™s juicy and highly anticipated book is scheduled to hit the shelves.
Not a moment too soon.
Look, I understand the importance of publicizing and spreading the word to the masses that thereâ€™s something on the immediate horizon that you may want to check out. The particular PR campaign for Franconaâ€™s 368-page opus has me a tad confused, however.
Dave Goucher has been calling hockey games on the radio for much of his adult life â€“ 20 years to be exact. Naturally, the Pawtucket native and graduate of Tolman High monitored the NHLâ€™s labor saga, but as he expressed when contacted earlier this week, he reached a point where countless impasses between the owners and players became too much to digest.