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July 10th, 2015

Pawtucket Red Sox | WELL-DESERVED HONOR: PawSox’ Bradley excited about heading to Triple-A All-Star Game

July 10, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  Jackie Bradley Jr. spent the Fourth of July holiday returning to the Pawtucket Red Sox after a nine-day stint, his third of the season, with the parent club.

That designation came following fellow outfielder Shane Victorino's activation the day before.

July 9th

RONCARATI'S SWEET SCIENCE: Helping pro athletes reach peak performance takes cutting-edge knowledge, and a dose of common sense

July 9, 2015

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series

Mike Roncarati was one of the keys in helping the Golden State Warriors reach the NBA Finals, but the Cumberland native and 2005 Bishop Feehan graduate didn’t hoist a single jumper, nor was tasked with the difficult assignment of guarding LeBron James.

His capacity as the Warriors’ strength and conditioning coach is rooted in altruistic principles.

“Your job is about making them stay in peak condition throughout the year,” Roncarati said.  

SUMMER EXCURSION: Former Lincoln High softball standout Mayer to play against Team USA

July 9, 2015

LINCOLN  –  When Lindsay Mayer’s phone buzzed with a text from her Fordham University softball coach shortly before noon on Thursday, June 18, the content astonished her.

The note from Bridget Orchard went something like this: “How would you like to represent a college All-Star team against Team USA in New Jersey?”

Naturally, she had to double-check the offer.

July 7th

Little League Baseball | Lincoln has no trouble with Cumberland American in District IV opener

July 7, 2015

LINCOLN – Charlie Hien has been around Little League baseball long enough to know better.

The Lincoln All-Star manager knows that one game does not determine a season; one game does not punch your ticket to the state tournament (or beyond).

July 6th

Little League Baseball | No fluke: Belisle's words still powerful one year later

July 6, 2015

CUMBERLAND – There are no scheduled royalty payments, nor is Dave Belisle being gifted with a lifetime supply of cereal in the wake of a new Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes commercial that includes excerpts from his famous speech at last year’s Little League World Series.

July 5th

Road Racing | Master of the Mills: Jack Thornhill runs his 44th consecutive Arnold Mills Race

July 5, 2015

CUMBERLAND – Tom Kenwood has spent decades helping in the organization of the annual Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race, held every Fourth of July morning since 1969, and can’t believe that Jack Thornhill has remained such a constant.

“The guy’s amazing,” Kenwood remarked of the seemingly-ageless septuagenarian.

At the tender age of 73, Thornhill completed his 44th consecutive Mills event on Saturday, finishing in 44 minutes, 35 seconds, good for third overall in the Senior Veteran Division.

July 4th

TRACKING SUCCESS: Central Falls-based FAST TRACK club shines at New England meet

July 4, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — There were a number of outstanding efforts from athletes representing the FAST TRACK Track & Field Club at the USATF New England Junior Olympic Championships, held at Fitchburg State University on June 20.

But none topped the outing of local phenom Amare Fortes.

Fortes not only captured the gold medal in the boys- 9-10 age group’s 100-meter dash (15.22), but he also claimed silvers in the 200 (31.14) and 400 (1:11.73).

July 1st

Jackie Bradley and Mason Williams: Could’ve been teammates, would-be rivals

July 1, 2015

PAWTUCKET – There’ll be no reunion between Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mason Williams Thursday night when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comes to McCoy Stadium for a brief two-game holiday series.

June 30th

Bradley, Curran edge English, Thompson at CVS Health Charity Classic

June 30, 2015

BARRINGTON – In a perfect world, former PGA stars Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade would have captured this summer’s version of the CVS Health Charity Classic, the tournament the two gracious Rhode Islanders co-founded back in 1999 to raise much-needed money for local charities.

It would have been most appropriate if they had. After all, in the previous 16 events, they – with the help of CVS and other sponsors – have collected and doled out over $18 million to organizations who desperately need financial aid to survive.

June 29th

Little League Softball | Cumberland wins sixth straight District IV crown

June 29, 2015

CUMBERLAND  –  Lizzie Pickering could barely contain her excitement.

When batterymate Gabby D’Intino tossed to first baseman Abbie Vallely for the final out, the Cumberland All-Stars immediately celebrated a 10-3 victory over Lincoln, one that delivered them the R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship at Diamond Hill Park on Monday evening.

“This is amazing!” the backstop Pickering gushed afterward. “I started crying because I was so happy we won.”

June 28th

Northeast Amateur | Kentucky's Stewart is last golfer standing at Wannamoisett CC

June 28, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – Hunter Stewart, the All-American from Vanderbilt University, made it look easy on Saturday afternoon, cruising to a four-shot victory at the 54th annual Northeast Amateur Invitational.

June 26th

Cumberland Athletics | Cumberland seeking new athletic director

June 26, 2015

CUMBERLAND – For the third time in as many years, Cumberland High will have a new athletic director. 

Chris Tashjian is not returning for a second year as the Clippers’ AD for reasons that are not quite clear. Citing that it’s not the school department’s policy to publicly discus personnel matters, Cumberland Superintendent Dr. Philip Thornton confirmed in an email that a search committee is being formed to find Tashjian’s replacement.

June 25th

Northeast Amateur | Crowded leaderboard through 36 holes at Wannamoisett CC

June 25, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – Wannamoisett Country Club appeared ripe for the taking during Thursday’s second round of the Northeast Amateur, especially when early starter Michael Johnson checked in with a five-under par round of 64 as the clock struck noon.

“I didn’t really hit the ball all that well off the tee,” Johnson, a rising senior at the University of Auburn, admitted after missing a short birdie putt on No. 18 that would have made his round even more special.

June 24th

Northeast Amateur | BRINGING THE FUNK: Texas product setting the pace at Wannamoisett CC

June 24, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE — Playing in the same twosome, Taylor Funk and John Hayes IV both went on birdie binges during the first round of the Northeast Amateur Invitational on Wednesday afternoon at Wannamoisett Country Club.

The son of eight-time PGA Tour winner Fred Funk made six birdies and an eagle (along with three bogeys) to take the first-round lead with a round of 64. The rising sophomore at the University of Texas started his round on the back nine and went eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie from No. 17 through the second hole on the front nine.

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox OF Bradley can relate to Castillo’s predicament with BoSox

June 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Jackie Bradley Jr. can relate somewhat to fellow outfielder Rusney Castillo’s being sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The 25-year-old usual center fielder for the PawSox had spent a day in mid-April with the parent club, then 12 more in Boston before being optioned back on May 22 – in favor of Castillo.

June 23rd

Pawtucket Red Sox | Barnes returned to PawSox with a few things to work on

June 23, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Matt Barnes could be upset, downright disgruntled, after being sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox – again – on June 16.

Instead, the 25-year-old righty reliever has chosen to remain positive, and he claimed he has an abundance of reasons why.

First, during his second call-up to Boston between May 9 and June 16, he spent over five weeks collecting key information from coaches and fellow Red Sox relievers; and, second, is planning on putting that advice to good use while he’s honing his skills in Triple-A.

June 22nd

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox open homestand with 3-2 loss to Red Wings

June 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  Prior to Monday night’s game against Rochester, the Pawtucket Red Sox had manufactured 16 come-from-behind triumphs, including nine in their final at-bat and five of the walk-off variety.

During their 2014 Governors’ Cup championship run, they amassed 36 in all and 22 in their last at-bat.

Pawtucket had its fair share of opportunities to extend those positive numbers on Monday, though squandered all but one during a disgruntling 3-2 loss to the Red Wings before a fan base of 5,060 at McCoy Stadium.

Pawtucket Red Sox | Red Sox catcher Hanigan kicks off rehab assignment with PawSox

June 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  Ryan Hanigan is back in the fold, and he couldn’t be happier about it.

The 34-year-old resident of Andover, Mass. stood by his locker in the Pawtucket Red Sox’ clubhouse on Monday afternoon, chomping at the bit to get some playing time. He received his wish when he discovered he would start and bat third for the PawSox in their homestand opener against Rochester on Monday night.

R.I. High School Football | Seniors to take one final bow in annual All-Star Game

June 22, 2015

CUMBERLAND – When Toll Gate High head coach Jim Stringfellow came calling, Josh Lima, who holds the same position at Cumberland, couldn’t and wouldn’t say no.

Stringfellow had asked him back in April to serve as his offensive coordinator for the East team of the third annual Rhode Island All-Star Football Game, slated for Saturday, June 27, at Johnston High School, and Lima jumped at the chance.

June 20th

Commentary | McGair: Five years later, Cumberland Little League teammates challenge for high school supremacy

June 20, 2015

CUMBERLAND – Given the success of the town’s two Little League programs over the past half-decade, it seems appropriate to label Cumberland a pure baseball community in the summertime – a town that rallies around its all-star squads and takes pride in each league’s accomplishments.