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June 22nd, 2011
PAWTUCKET â Josh Gilkenson is not what you consider a pessimist, but three years ago he kind of knew his fate the first time he ever placed his racing flats in a set of starting blocks.
After already showing promise as a freshman for the football team at the Moses Brown School, the Pawtucket native competed in the 45-meter dash in his inaugural track meet for the Quakers just a few short weeks later against rival Barrington High at the CCRI-Lincoln Fieldhouse.
âIâve seen the old videos from the parades (when the Boston Bruins won titles in â70 & â72) back when they were held at City Hall Plaza. You definitely donât want to put the horse before the cart, but you canât help but think what the celebration would entail. They would have to break out the duck boats.â
â Dave Goucher, May 2009
BARRINGTON â Paired in the final group with Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson, defending champion J.B. Holmes (and playing partner Ricky Barnes) got a bird's eye view of the overall leaders during the final round of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic on Tuesday.
âIt's almost boring watching those guys play,â Holmes said. âThey hit it right down the fairway and get it on the green. They hit the wedges really good and they putted really good. They made a lot of 10- and 12-footers. They are great players and it was fun to watch.â
BARRINGTON â Matt Kuchar admitted he felt a little beat up after finishing in a five-way tie for 14th at the U.S. Open this past weekend.
But the 33-year-old PGA veteran still had plenty left in the tank to team with playing partner Zach Johnson to manufacture enough good shots to take the first-round lead at CVS/Caremark Charity Classic on Monday.
EAST PROVIDENCE â This weekâs 50th Annual Northeast Amateur Invitational, which begins Wednesday morning at Wannamoisett Country Club, boasts one of its strongest fields in recent years, according to tournament director Dennis Glass.
Oklahoma Stateâs Peter Uihlein, the No. 1 amateur in the world, heads the field. However, the tournament took a slight hit on Saturday afternoon when second-ranked amateur Russell Henley, a senior at the University of Georgia, made the cut at the U.S. Open.
FOXBORO â Asked how the National Football League lockout might impact his restaurant, Jeff Senior had a simple response.
âIn todayâs economy, I think any time sales are down itâs significant â whether itâs small or large,â said Senior, owner of Skipjackâs Seafood Emporium at Patriot Place. âA lot of potential guests wonât be coming.â
PAWTUCKET â Protecting pitchers from injury is a major part of Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyelerâs job. It isnât something he can control. Competition and the need to succeed push some pitchers to keep throwing, even when their body sends them hints that something is wrong.
On Sunday, PawSox starter Kyle Weiland âfelt a twingeâ while warming up for the sixth inning. He quickly motioned to the dugout and Beyeler went to his bullpen.
REHOBOTH â If you talk to golfers who play Rehoboth Country Club on a regular basis, one thing becomes clear.
âYou canât spray the ball on this course,â East Providence native Luke Ring admitted. âI try to hit the ball in the middle of fairway and then get the ball on the green as quickly as possible. And that isnât easy. Rehoboth has distance and itâs very narrow on most holes.â
Pawtucketâs Al Deroche, a retired firefighter, strikes a similar note.
PAWTUCKET â As a safeguard, veteran players signing minor-league contracts often include opt-out clauses. Call it a creative response by agents in making sure their clients have the best chance of making it to the parent club.
Andrew Miller received a crash course in this cut-and-dry process earlier in the week. For those unfamiliar, Miller had a clause in his contract that would have granted him free agency Wednesday. The rangy lefthander let the deadline pass after being told by the Red Sox that he would soon be promoted to the major-league roster.
Just shy of his teenage years, Brendan Doyle remembers being at a few of the water stops along the course of the 1990 Ocean State Marathon.
His older brother Patrick was there, too.
Earlier in their lives they were two young to really witness the impact that their father had at the 26.2-mile race that traversed over the Newport streets. On this day, though, it was different.
First-hand, the oldest sons of the late Bobby Doyle, got to see their dad in action.
PAWTUCKET â Andrew Miller is proof that itâs never too late to turn things around. At the seasonâs onset the lanky lefty was viewed as the ultimate redemption project, a pitcher who had spent the better portion of his career mixing promise with underwhelming results.
This may sound like an altruistic plea, but baseball and wooden bats belong together. Those governing American Legion baseball in this state are inclined to agree, as board members have decided to eliminate the usage of aluminum in favor of a wooden-bat league.
This landmark change takes effect for the 2011 summer session, which is currently under way. Gone is the ringing âping!â sound that ensues whenever an aluminum bat strikes a baseball. Expect to hear a âcrack!â at your local Legion ball field, a natural emanation that figures to add great theater to this season.
Dave Adamonis Jr. knows his younger brother Bradâs golf game as well as anyone.
Growing up in Cumberland, the two siblings, a mere four years apart in age, spent endless hours on the links during their childhood years and beyond. Although more than 1,000 miles separate them now, they still keep in close contact, talking about golf and their personal lives.
âEven though Brad lives in Florida,â Dave said, âwe still talk to each other every day.â
PAWTUCKET â Andrew Miller looked very much like a pitcher who doesnât belong pitching every fifth day in Triple-A Tuesday night.
With Wednesday signifying the first of two reported opt-out dates â the second occurring Aug. 5 â Millerâs timing couldnât have worked out any better. The lanky lefthander delivered his finest outing in a PawSox uniform, allowing one run while striking out 10 Charlotte Knights in 5 1/3 innings. He received a no decision as Pawtucket fell in 11 innings, 4-2.
PAWTUCKET â To say that the Pawtucket Red Sox are looking forward to having Ryan Kalish back in the lineup would be a vast understatement. It appears, though, that the outfield prospect still needs more time.
On Tuesday PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler revealed that Kalish is fighting through âa neck issue, a minimal thing that keeps hindering him a bit.â The first signal to Kalish that something didn't feel quite right occurred while rehabbing his right shoulder in Fort Myers, Fla. earlier this month.
PROVIDENCE --- They split their regular-season series by winning lopsided games on their home fields. They battled to a 1-0 duel in the winnersâ bracket semifinals, and they shared some Division I championship history by playing a one-sided game that was decided by a dozen runs.
On Tuesday night, Cumberland High and Mount St. Charles Academy battled each other in a winner-take-all showdown for the ages, a nine-inning duel that saw the Clippers emerge with their programâs first state title.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Last yearâs Northeast Amateur champion, Joseph Bramlett, is playing on the PGA Tour.
The top-ranked amateur in this yearâs field â Peter Uihlein â won the U.S. Amateur championship last summer. His top-ranked status among world amateurs only makes him the hunted instead of the hunter in this yearâs 50th Northeast Amateur Invitational scheduled for June 22-25 at Wannamoisett Country Club.
PROVIDENCE --- The Division I state title will come down to one game.
Cumberland High scored early and often and senior ace pitcher Bethany Paul continued her postseason brilliance on the mound in Mondayâs championship round against Mount St. Charles Academy at Rhode Island College.
And the final result was a surprisingly-lopsided 15-3 conquest by the fourth-seeded Clippers that not only dealt the ninth-seeded Mounties their first loss of the double-elimination tournament, but set up tonightâs 8 p.m. winner-take-all clash back at RIC.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox's latest acquisition, catcher Ryan Lavarnway, had a strong debut Monday night against the Charlotte Knights. The 23-year-old product out of Double-A Portland had a pair of doubles and also rifled out a base-stealer in the fifth inning.
Unfortunately on this night, his new team couldn't bring home the win.
The Knights converted four-double plays and had a fine effort out of righthander Joe Bisenius to earn a 4-1 victory over the PawSox (32-31) before 2,846 at McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â âThere are at least 10 great things about golf,â Frank Rampone was saying last Thursday while sitting in the shade next to the first tee at Pawtucket Country Club, âand your score is about 10th on the list. Playing and socializing with your friends is right there at the top. And then there is the beauty of the golf course, being able to take a walk outdoors on a beautiful day.â
Rampone, who is 82 years young, recently shot a round of 73 at Pawtucket. A modest man like so many members of his generation, Rampone is a little short on details.