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May 19th, 2014

McGair: Time for Nava, Bradley to swap Sox

May 19, 2014

PAWTUCKET -- Monday night marked the 21st game of Daniel Nava’s penance with the PawSox.

The gone-but-certainly-not-forgotten Red Sox outfielder/first baseman carried a .275 batting average, .370 on-base percentage and a .435 slugging mark out to his right-field post while looking to extend a nine-game hitting streak.

May 18th

Pawtucket's Carney mixes family with mentoring prospects following NHL career

May 18, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The Keith Carney who was enshrined into Mount St. Charles’ Athletic Hall of Fame last Friday night was the picture of serenity – suggesting that after 17 years in the NHL, retirement agrees with him.

May 16th

F.I.T. Challenge OCR (Outdoor Course Race) Training Center set to debut in Cumberland

May 16, 2014

CUMBERLAND --- For the past few years, the sand volleyball courts in the back of Fore Court Racquet & Fitness Club on Cray Street had been vacant and pretty much forgotten.

But when a club member approached Dave Morin, the president and general manager of Fore Court, about the possibility of transforming the big outdoor space into a training center for obstacle racing, the wheels went into motion.

May 14th

R.I. Strikers FC hopes to add more Blackstone Valley soccer talent to club

May 14, 2014

Providing quality without paying quantity.

That’s the mindset of the R.I. Strikers FC premier youth soccer organization as it kicks off its second season of existence.

After fielding five teams last season, including an Under-13 boys’ squad that captured the R.I. State Cup, the Strikers are looking to expand to nine teams this summer and include young talent from across the Blackstone Valley.

And they’re doing so with the repeat promise of offering the lowest premier fees in southeastern New England.

May 13th

Tolman baseball team wins McGee/Scanlon Trophy, survives 9-7 slugest with neighboring rival Shea

May 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In what now will be an absolute annual clash between the city's two public high schools, Tolman and Shea delivered a strange, sloppy affair inside the Pawtucket Red Sox' long-standing home on Tuesday afternoon.
All told, the two squads combined for 11 errors (with three batters reaching on strikeouts gone bad), six wild pitches, two passed balls and three hit batsmen.
The contest also saw the Tigers jump out to a 6-1 cushion, then watch aimlessly as the Raiders tied it at 6-6 with a quartet in the top of the fourth.

Dufner headlines exceptional field for ‘Sweet 16’ edition of CVS Caremark Charity Classic

May 13, 2014

SMITHFIELD — For golf enthusiasts who remember Jason Dufner’s blistering performance on his way to capturing the 2013 PGA Championship, they know that the Auburn University product is a man of few words. He will respond to someone who acknowledges him with a polite nod, but don’t expect much more.

Intracity baseball trophy to be named for longtime Shea, Tolman ADs

May 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET – One cannot quantify with simple words what John Scanlon and Ray McGee mean to this city’s public school athletic programs.

So given recent developments, two coaches – one from Tolman and the other from Shea – feel that it’s time to begin a new tradition to preserve the legacies of these two dedicated and beloved athletic directors.

Following the final out of Tuesday’s Division II baseball game between the Tigers and Raiders at McCoy Stadium, the first-ever awarding of the “McGee/Scanlon Trophy” will be made to the winning team.

May 12th

Tolman players, parents seek playoff ban reprieve

May 12, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Tolman High’s options to overturn the one-year playoff ban saddled to its football program have been completely exhausted.

May 11th

Handy enters Central Falls Athletic Hall of Fame as player and coach, and with state championship team

May 11, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — Pawtucket resident Joe Handy recalls with fondness – not to mention an edge in his voice – his years as a student-athlete at Central Falls High School.
But no particular moment meant more to him than the happenings of March 15, 1987. It was on that Saturday at the then-Providence Civic Center that Handy, the Warriors’ senior co-captain, helped deliver to his school its first-ever state basketball championship.

May 9th

N.K. defeats Lincoln, remains unbeaten in softball

May 9, 2014

LINCOLN — As Lincoln High senior first baseman McKenzie Cavanaugh walked to her family car late Friday afternoon, she heaved one last grunt – “Aaarggh!” – at what had occurred just minutes before.
She then shook her head in dismay.
Cavanaugh had every reason for the sentiment, and – actually – had to be relating her teammates’ feelings after the Lions sustained a disgruntling 3-0 Division I loss to still-unbeaten North Kingstown at the Saylesville Elementary School diamond.

May 8th

De La Rosa spins gem in PawSox's 5-3 victory over Toledo

May 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET — There was a time Thursday afternoon when Rubby De La Rosa didn’t appear as if he would make it out of the second inning.
Toledo’s three runs in the frame came as a result of five consecutive batters reaching with two outs. De La Rosa allowed RBI singles to Ben Guez and Daniel Fields, while the pitcher’s own throwing error enabled the Mud Hens to plate another run.

PawSox knuckleballer continues long road back from sports hernia surgery

May 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET — As a knuckleball pitcher, Steven Wright can get loose in a hurry.

As a 29-year-old man who is three months removed from undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia, the importance of taking things slow and steady cannot be understated.

From his vantage point, Wright earnestly believes that he’s thriving on this unconventional and demanding comeback trail. The Red Sox right-hander is not rehabbing a bum shoulder or a tender elbow. In effect, he had to re-train the muscles in the lower half of his body following a lengthy stretch of inactivity.

May 7th

Workman, PawSox done in by long ball

May 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET --- As good as Brandon Workman was on Wednesday night – and he was very good – his counterpart was just a tad bit better.

Toledo Mud Hens starter Kyle Lobstein delivered his best outing of the year, limiting the Pawtucket Red Sox to four hits and a free pass in 6 1/3 scoreless innings, and the Hens’ bullpen kept the PawSox off the board the rest of the way in securing a 4-0 victory at McCoy Stadium.

Softball Clippers have no trouble with Tigers

May 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET --- Limited to five hits in each of its last two games, Cumberland broke out of its offensive slumber in a big way in the top of the first inning of its Division I contest against Tolman on Wednesday afternoon.

The Clippers scored six times on seven hits in that inning, and then watched ace pitcher Juliet Nelson and their defense contain the hard-hitting Tigers the rest of the way before busing out of Slater Park with a 10-1 triumph.

May 6th

Walsh makes leap from Div. III RIC to Div. I Maine

May 6, 2014

PROVIDENCE — If Rhode Island College was going to see Bob Walsh pursue his basketball coaching dreams elsewhere, Anchormen Athletic Director Don Tencher took comfort in knowing that he was not going to lose his head coach to a Division II or III school.

Wilson's been thumbs-up in PawSox's bullpen

May 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET — The Alex Wilson who posted a 10.80 ERA in four Grapefruit League outings is a distant memory.
In his place is a reliever who has been a rock solid contributor at the backend of Pawtucket’s bullpen. Entering Tuesday’s game against Toledo, the right-hander has posted a microscopic 0.71 ERA in 12.1 innings. International League foes are hitting a paltry .143 against Wilson, who is averaging 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

May 5th

Cumberland's McNulty’s distance running takes her from Bishop Feehan to Stanford

May 5, 2014

ATTLEBORO – If not for Abigail McNulty’s father pushing her in the direction of high-school running, there is no story about how this Cumberland native and Bishop Feehan senior blossomed into a long-distance ace that will be Stanford-bound this September.

To borrow from a popular television series: “Father Knows Best.” Tom McNulty certainly fits the bill after parlaying a strong tennis career at Feehan into a scholarship to Providence College.

May 4th

Webster brings out his best in PawSox's 3-2 win

May 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It’s not often that an athlete at an advanced stage such as Triple-A baseball is hearing something for the first time, but that was the case after Pawtucket held on for a 3-2 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday.

Lavarnway's catching on at first base for PawSox

May 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Ryan Lavarnway has worn many labels since his dynamic Triple-A debut with the PawSox three summers ago.

Back then he was viewed as a long-ball threat whose catching abilities needed refining. To Lavarnway’s credit, he’s made tremendous strides behind the plate, though some scouts wonder if it’s come at the expense of his power. The 26-year-old clubbed a combined 14 home runs over the past two seasons between Boston and Pawtucket – after belting 18 round trippers in only 61 games at the Class AAA level in 2011.

Pawtucket boys' volleyball teams are serving success

May 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Dating back to the 2000 campaign, when it captured its first R.I. Division II championship, Tolman High has been one of the premier programs not only against its divisional brethren but statewide as well.
Under veteran mentor Neil Nachbar's direction, the Tigers have earned numerous league titles and four state crowns, with two collected over the past three years.
In that time, only one program has eclipsed that mark. That would be Mount St. Charles, which has five, and because of that success now plays – and excels – in Division I.

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