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May 18th, 2015

Pawtucket Red Sox | Team President James Skeffington dies

May 18, 2015

Three months after orchestrating the team’s purchase and expressing a strong objective to move the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a downtown Providence location, PawSox President James J. Skeffington has died.

May 17th

Providence College basketball | POINT MAN: Guard guru Jeff Battle joins Friars coaching staff

May 17, 2015

PROVIDENCE – In basketball, as in life, timing is everything. That’s why PC Friar fans should take note of the addition of Jeff Battle to Ed Cooley’s staff – it comes at an intriguing juncture for the program.

It’s hard to avoid associating Kris Dunn’s return to PC for his redshirt junior season and Battle’s arrival as an assistant. Dunn has NBA point-guard pedigree, and who better to educate the talented youngster than a coach who knows a thing or two about working with top-tier college point men.

May 15th

High school baseball | FLY LIKE AN EAGLE: Cumberland's Dante Baldelli opts to take talents to Boston College

May 15, 2015

NORTH PROVIDENCE – There’s no room for confusion or interpretation when you’re that sure about something. Make no mistake … Dante Baldelli has already made up his mind regarding his college-baseball destination.

Pawtucket Red Sox | McGair: Could have former PawSox pitching coach saved Red Sox staff?

May 15, 2015


PAWTUCKET – The door swing wide open when the Red Sox cut ties with Juan Nieves has officially closed after they settled on new pitching coach Carl Willis.

It got me thinking about Rich Sauveur, the former PawSox pitching coach who resigned last season following a successful seven-year stint with the Triple-A ballclub. Had Sauveur still been with Pawtucket, might he have finally received the big-league summons that proved elusive during his PawSox tenure?

Alas, we’ll never know the answer.

May 13th

Northern Division Track & Field | Clippers Scullin, Soullier and Barger; Woonsocket’s Harlan shine at Northern Division Championships

May 13, 2015

CRANSTON – Despite a dominant showing from Smithfield, several area athletes successfully turned in noteworthy performances at the Girls’ Northern Division Championships, held Wednesday at Cranston West High. 
Smithfield ran away with the team title as the Sentinels’ 197 points was 52 more than runner-up Cumberland. Woonsocket came in fourth place (44) followed by Mount St. Charles (26), Lincoln (23.5) and Burrillville (13).

May 12th

Pawtucket Red Sox | Former all-star Allen Craig hopes to jumpstart career after demotion to PawSox

May 12, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Long before his rise to All-Star status and subsequent fall that resulted in him getting sent to the minors, Allen Craig was a part-time player for the St. Louis Cardinals.

As a 26-year-old with St. Louis in 2011, Craig logged 219 plate appearances in 75 games. He certainly made the most of his limited exposure, producing a triple-slash line of .315/.362/.555 along with 11 home runs and 40 RBI. 

May 9th

Commentary | McGair: Roussel to Green Bay for NFL tryout, area HS seniors announce college plans

May 9, 2015

Congratulations and best wishes to Pawtucket’s Jean-Daniel Roussel, who is in Green Bay this weekend on a tryout deal with the NFL’s Packers. A product of St. Raphael and Sacred Heart University, Roussel was one of a reported 26 players that the Green Bay front office invited on a tryout condition. 

Girls' Ice Hockey | MOUNT-N-LIONS? Lincoln, Mount St. Charles could form new girls' co-op team

May 9, 2015

At Lincoln High School, officials want to continue playing Rhode Island interscholastic girls’ hockey despite recently learning that their co-op partner Cumberland will drop the sport.

If the Lions are to keep playing, they’ll need a new partner, as they lack the numbers to field a team on their own.

One potential candidate is Mount St. Charles Academy, a program that bears a proud history in the sport but has seen declining participants in recent years.

May 7th

Cumberland Lacrosse | BLUE STREAK: Hayes, Stock lead Clippers past Mount for fourth straight win

May 7, 2015

WOONSOCKET  –  Cruising to wins by nine points or better in their last four games, the Clippers achieved another easy triumph on Thursday, this time 16-7, at Mount St. Charles.

In a Division II-North clash at Wheeler way back on April 24, Cumberland High allowed 10 goals in the first half and eventually suffered a 17-15 defeat. Head coach Scott Carpenter called that the turning point of his team’s Division II-North campaign.

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May 7, 2015

May 6th

Lincoln High Baseball | Palmieri, Lions hold Oakers at bay, 1-0

May 6, 2015

COVENTRY — The last pitcher the Coventry baseball team wanted to see after struggling to mount much offense in the last two games was Lincoln’s Bryant-bound righty Mason Palmieri.

The Oakers, who were coming off a surprise loss to Cranston East two days ago, only struck out four times against the All-State pitcher Wednesday afternoon, but Palmieri scattered three hits and worked around two errors to throw a complete-game shutout.

May 5th

Tolman Softball | Tolman able to overcome shaky defense with potent bats in 11-6 win over E.P.

May 5, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – Early on in the Division I campaign, Tolman High head coach Craig Giarrusso knew he was loaded with players who could swing the bat with authority, but were suspect at flashing the leather.

During a D-I crossover clash against East Providence on Tuesday, his frustrations mounted, despite the fact his Tigers had manufactured a rather easy 11-6 triumph. The reason: A total of six fielding and throwing miscues.

Shea High School | SHE'S GOT DRIVE: Raiders' Karla Argueta named RI Student-Athlete of the Year

May 5, 2015

ATTLEBORO – No more than 48 hours removed from her latest adventure, a 10-day trip to China with fellow members of her school’s China Club, Shea High senior Karla Argueta discovered last Monday that she had been selected the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

Possibly the biggest difficulty for the selection committee was whether Argueta would be able to fit accepting the award into her packed schedule.

May 2nd

Pawtucket Red Sox | Intrepid reporter gets crash course in baseball time management

May 2, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Turns out I spent floods of nervous force over absolutely nothing. 

Even though I had performed my official act as pitch-clock operator when I pushed the button that officially signaled that first pitch was exactly 60 minutes away – a mock cheer went up inside the McCoy Stadium press box once the countdown was underway – my palms were extra sweaty as the first game of the April 21 doubleheader between the PawSox and Buffalo Bisons drew closer and closer. 

Pawtucket Red Sox | Pitch clock enforcement takes effect this weekend throughout AA, AAA

May 2, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Now comes the real test of Major League Baseball’s commitment to speeding up the game.

Starting with Friday’s Durham-Pawtucket contest and likewise at Triple-A and Double-A ballparks across the country, those in violation of letting the clock expire will be charged with a ball or strike – depending on the offending party. Whether or not these unprecedented efforts have a direct bearing on the game’s outcome will be closely monitored in the weeks and months ahead.

May 1st

VIDEO: New England Patriots’ Malcom Brown NFL Draft Highlight Reel

May 1, 2015

April 29th

College Baseball & Softball | Lincoln's Zammarelli earns first-ever weekly honor at Elon; Pawtucket's Clark hitting up a storm at Assumption

April 29, 2015

A quick check on how several locals are performing at the college baseball and softball level. (Editor's note: all stats are current through Tuesday, April 28):

Lincoln High graduate Nick Zammarelli made some news Monday when the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) named the Elon University sophomore its Baseball Player of the Week. The recognition marks the first weekly conference honor of his Phoenix career.

April 28th

Lincoln-Cumberland High Softball | MAYER MAGIC: Grand slam leads Lions over Clippers, 8-6

April 28, 2015


CUMBERLAND  –  One swing of the bat helped Lincoln High remain unbeaten at 5-0, and to no one’s surprise, the bat belonged to senior captain Stacey Mayer.

The St. Joseph’s University-bound talent blasted an inside-the-park grand slam in the top of the second inning, a frame which saw the Lions score six times, on their way to beating Division I-North rival Cumberland, 8-6, at Tucker Field on Tuesday.

Pawtucket Red Sox | Jackie Bradley Jr. gets the call to Boston after strong April with PawSox

April 28, 2015


PAWTUCKET – “Everything is out of my control. I just play ball.”

So said Jackie Bradley Jr. earlier this month at PawSox Media Day, but the outfielder most likely did in fact exert some control over his promotion to the major leagues on Tuesday, with his run of excellent play throughout the month of April. 

April 27th

St. Raphael Softball | COMEBACK KIDS: Saints dig deep in 8-7 win over Northmen

April 27, 2015

PAWTUCKET – As promising as North Smithfield’s start was, St. Raphael still had 21 outs to work with. 

Turns out the Saints needed just 18 outs in a come-from-behind 8-7 win over the Northmen on Monday afternoon at Hank Soar Complex.