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April 17th

Breakout year on region's road racing circuit leads Pawtucket's Amherst to Monday’s Boston Marathon

April 17, 2014

While most New Year’s Eve revelers were wearily trudging out of Boston on the morning of Jan. 1, Lindsay Amherst and a few friends were strolling into the state’s capitol.
Literally.
The 30-year-old Pawtucket native, along with a few members of the Tuesday Night Turtles running club, ran the entire Boston Marathon route, beginning in Hopkinton at 6 a.m. and arriving in Boston less than four hours later.

April 16th

Palmieri's five-hitter helps Lincoln defeat Woonsocket

April 16, 2014

WOONSOCKET — For Lincoln High junior Mason Palmieri, it doesn’t get much better these days.

On Monday, Palmieri verbally committed to join the Bryant University ‘9’ beginning in the fall of 2015. On Wednesday, the pitcher with the towering mound presence tossed a complete-game five-hitter in Lincoln’s 4-2 victory over Woonsocket at Renaud Field.

Injured Barnes anxious to return to PawSox's rotation

April 16, 2014

PAWTUCKET — The right shoulder tenderness that grounded Matt Barnes for the majority of spring training has subsided to the point where the Red Sox pitching prospect believes it’s only a matter of time before he departs Fort Myers.

When Barnes will be officially granted exile so that he can take the mound for the PawSox … let’s just say there’s a cloak and dagger element in play.

“I don’t know when I’m leaving, but all I know is that I feel real good right now,” said Barnes from Florida earlier this week. “I’ll let the people who are in charge make the important decisions.”

Cumberland keeps SRA winless with 7-2 triumph

April 16, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — It’s still April and high school baseball teams continue to search for their identity while Mother Nature struggles to find her own winning form.
On a blustery Wednesday afternoon at Vets Park field, a flock of geese looked for food in the barren outfield as Cumberland and St. Raphael Academy squared off, each seeking a badly-needed victory.

April 15th

Lincoln's Bacon fondly recalls soccer trip to South Africa

April 15, 2014

LINCOLN – Avid readers of this newspaper may remember the graphic photo tucked into the upper left corner of the front page back on Nov. 10, 2013.

Photographer Ernest A. Brown captured the shot of Lincoln High goalie Jack Bacon laying in front of his own net, obviously pained at the devastating occurrence seconds before.

There on the Rhode Island College soccer field in the championship tilt of the R.I. Division II Tournament, the Lions and Toll Gate High were involved in a dramatic shootout, and – with it knotted at 3-3 – it was up to Bacon to stop Zach Bromage's final attempt.

April 14th

Lima becomes next head football coach at Cumberland

April 14, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The keys to the Clippers’ football program have been handed to a 27-year-old first-time varsity head coach.

The lack of experience when it comes to leading young men, or his age, should not yield shrugs of disbelief. There’s plenty of pigskin knowledge tucked inside the mind of Josh Lima, the choice to replace departed Cumberland mentor Chris Skurka, who in January accepted a coaching position that specifically entails overseeing the linebackers and special teams at Dean College.

April 11th

Tolman follows upset of Lincoln with 10-0 win over Woonsocket

April 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET -- A bright new era has begun for Tolman High’s fast-pitch softball program. The Tigers, who finished 3-13 in Division I last year, have advanced to contender status this season, thanks to an infusion of freshman players who honed their skills in the Darlington Girls League and on travel teams.

April 10th

SRA drops baseball duel with Woonsocket, 9-1

April 10, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — Woonsocket play a crisp baseball game befitting the cool April afternoon on Thursday, rolling to a convincing 9-1 victory over St. Raphael Academy at Veterans Park field.
The Villa Novans got six strong innings of three-hit pitching from Miguel Raymond and backed their junior right-hander with a 12-hit offensive splurge that featured two perfect hit-and-run plays.

April 9th

Tolman ends Lincoln's 44-game winning streak in girls' softball

April 9, 2014

LINCOLN – It’s over.

Lincoln High’s incredible and season-spanning winning streak can officially mentioned in past terms after Tolman staged a 6-2 victory over the two-time defending state champs Thursday afternoon at Saylesville’s Sullivan Field. It officially goes into the record books as a 44-game winning streak for the Lions.

Friars get their point guard in California's Cartwright

April 9, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Scratch off the biggest need on Ed Cooley’s off-season “to-do” list.

Shoring up the point-guard spot for next season as well as future ones has been a top priority for Cooley and the Providence Friars since the moment the 2013-14 campaign came to an end. With the verbal commitment expressed by Compton (Calif.) High School senior Kyron Cartwright, PC now has a second floor general to pair with Kris Dunn, who has missed significant time in each of his first two collegiate seasons.

April 8th

Webster pitches gem in PawSox's 7-1 win over Chiefs

April 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It’s always nice to put on a good show when the brass is in town.

With Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington and Director of Player Development Ben Crockett checking out the action, the Pawtucket Red Sox thumped Syracuse, 7-1, Tuesday night before 2,675 fans. Allen Webster rebounded from a sub-par first start to his season with six shutout innings while Justin Henry and Ryan Lavarnway stoked the offense with back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning.

PawSox's Brentz makes strides defensively in outfield

April 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET — For a different change of pace, Bryce Brentz is garnering more headlines for his nifty glovework than his ability to deposit souvenirs over the fence.

Long known as a power hitter with a strong arm, the PawSox outfielder is doing his best to bring attention to his defense. With two down in the fifth inning of Monday’s game against Syracuse, Brentz robbed Eury Perez of surefire extra bases as he went full extension on a sinking liner in the left-center field gap.

April 7th

Quick return to PawSox leaves Holt disappointed

April 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Brock Holt thought he had it all mapped out. With Will Middlebrooks on Boston’s 15-day disabled list, the versatile infielder anticipated that his role as the designated “fill-in guy” would encompass the next few weeks or so.

April 6th

Kelly sisters receive RIIL's Most Courageous Award

April 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET – No high schooler wears the badge of courage better than the Kelly twins, former Davies Tech student-athlete Waleska and Tolman High’s Francheska.

It was back in July that Waleska, the elder by a few minutes, suffered a stroke following a summer league basketball game. Through several confusing, worrisome months for the sisters, their family members, friends, teammates and mentors, Waleska now is back on track and enjoying things most of her peers take for granted.

April 4th

Nelson fires one-hitter in Clippers' win over Titans

April 4, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Juliet Nelson supplied some heat on a chilly 41-degree afternoon.
The Cumberland ace pitcher also brought her ‘A’ game to her team’s home opener on Friday against visiting Toll Gate, as she struck out nine batters and allowed just two batted balls to reach the outfield grass in a masterful one-hit gem and a 2-0 victory that took just 80 minutes to complete.

PawSox post rain-shortened victory over IronPigs

April 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET — After a dismal previous 13 offensive frames to open this 2014 campaign, the Pawtucket Red Sox finally broke out of their collective offensive funk on drizzly Friday night..
Lehigh Valley had seemed destined to record another “crooked number” triumph after jumping out to a 4-0 cushion, but the PawSox manufactured eight runs in the back half of the fifth and cruised to a 9-4 victory before a sparse crowd of 2,652 at McCoy Stadium.
Umpires had halted the game after the top of the eighth due to rain, but the tilt was quickly called official after a 15-minute delay.

April 3rd

IronPigs blank PawSox in season opener, 4-0

April 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to Boston bullpen cop Steve Horgan tossing out the ceremonial pitch to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.

Eight PawSox players will venture to Fenway Park this afternoon for Boston's ring ceremony

April 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — If eight PawSox players show up late to McCoy Stadium this afternoon, don’t fret. Their potential tardiness has already been taken under advisement.
“It will be okay,” smiled manager Kevin Boles. “Opportunities like this don’t come around too often, so you’ve got to take advantage of them.”

April 2nd

BASEBALL PREVIEW: Tolman looks to repeat as division champs

April 2, 2014

At this point of the high school baseball season, the main topic of discussion doesn’t pertain to the depth of the pitching staff or whether there’s enough offense to carry the day.

After the brutal winter and wet early spring Rhode Islanders have endured, the burning question pertains to the status of the local diamonds. Are they ready to come to life following a deep slumber?

Five items to watch as PawSox begin 2014 campaign

April 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The 2014 season for the PawSox is upon us, and with it brings the promise of intrigue and discovery. Who will produce enough to get summoned to Boston? The answers will start to reveal themselves beginning with Thursday’s season and home opener against Lehigh Valley.

Until the answers begin to trickle in, here are five items one scribe plans to closely monitor in the early going:

1). A spin-off of Three’s Company

 

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