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April 23rd, 2012

Picking up the pieces and moving forward: Ex-C.F. star athlete looks forward following near-fatal accident

April 23, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — Cory Garabedian had exciting plans for his return to college this fall, that after years as a military police officer in the U.S. Army.
Back in September, he had talked with Kashif Montgomery, a dear childhood friend and teammate at Central Falls High School in 2005-06. Montgomery, fresh off playing a season of football at Virginia University of Lynchburg, told him he missed the gridiron “something fierce,” and reignited in him the desire to play football again.

April 22nd

Iglesias learning the power of patience

April 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Granted, it’s only April, but when a player increases his batting average by 170 points in less than two weeks, curious minds want to know why.
Is the player seeing the ball better? Or is the spike the result of some sort of mechanical adjustment, such as closing the stance or shortening the stride? Are all those extra sessions in the batting cage finally paying off?
In the case of Jose Iglesias, the recent rise in his offensive production can be traced to the adjustments the shortstop prospect looked to make before the first pitch of the 2012 season was even thrown.

Before moving on to Cubs, Michael Bowden reflects on Red Sox tenure

April 22, 2012

In a span of seven days, Michael Bowden went from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs.
All’s well that ends well, it seems, as the ex-Red Sox relief pitcher now gets a chance to start anew with his hometown team, the Chicago Cubs. Perhaps just as important, the 25-year-old now has a legit shot to find a niche on a big-league roster – something that proved quite elusive during his seven-year tenure with Boston.

April 20th

Andino's homer lifts Woonsocket past Tolman

April 20, 2012

WOONSOCKET — As soon as senior Zack Viveiros grounded out to third to end the top of the sixth inning, Tolman High skipper Theo Murray huddled his troops in front of their first-base dugout early Friday afternoon and implored them to exhibit outstanding defense.
“This is it,” he told them, referring to the Tigers’ 2-1 cushion. “They’ve got 9-1-2 (the ninth, first and second batters) coming up! We’ve got to get out of this inning!”

Melancon hopes to turn things around in Pawtucket

April 20, 2012

PAWTUCKET — On paper, there appears a surefire remedy to put struggling reliever Mark Melancon – viewed as one the key moves Ben Cherington made during his first offseason as Boston’s general manager – back together.
Fans will undoubtedly cringe when they hold Melancon’s cover-your-eyes 49.50 ERA up to the light, knowing full well the 27-year-old’s inability to get anyone out played a huge part in the big-league club demoting the struggling pitcher to Pawtucket. Yet what gets lost in shuffle is that Melancon was not pitching on a regular basis.

April 19th

Tigers top Patriots, remain perfect

April 19, 2012

PAWTUCKET — This game went from a pitchers’ duel to another lopsided Tolman victory in a hurry.
Deadlocked at 1-1 after 4½ innings of a tough Division II crossover duel with Pilgrim, the Tigers scratched out three runs in the home half of the fifth inning before erupting for six more in the sixth and ending up with a 10-3 triumph at Slater Park that kept them unbeaten.

April 18th

Cesino's four-hitter helps Saints down Mounties

April 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Late last week, St. Raphael Academy head coach Tom “Saar” Sorrentine explained to his senior ace, Nick Cesino, that he would draw the start when the Saints took on host Mount St. Charles on Wednesday morning.
He also told the righthander that the Mounties' infield contained a rather tall mound, and suggested he get to know it better over the weekend.
Cesino followed his mentor's order and threw some pitches from the foreign rubber on Sunday, and it became rather obvious as the innings passed he had become rather familiar with it.

Zammarelli's double lifts Lions past Clippers

April 18, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Nick Zammarelli spent all game looking for his pitch – the one he could drive.

April 17th

Tolman falls to Central in extra innings

April 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Tolman High head coach Theo Murray wasn’t thrilled with the result, but just had to praise his troops for their ability and want to battle back.
Trailing 6-0, the Tigers tallied two runs each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to knot it, but the Knights scored an unearned run in the back half of the eighth to clinch a wild 7-6 triumph at Joe Williams Field early Tuesday afternoon.

Constantino recalls hot day at Boston Marathon

April 17, 2012

Dave Constantino has been competing in marathons for a decade, and when it came down to recalling the hottest ones he has run, the Cumberland resident didn’t hesitate to bring up the 26.2-mile adventure he encountered on Monday at the Boston Marathon.
“That was probably the hottest marathon I have ever done out of the 10 years I have been competing,” Constantino said on Tuesday morning while he was “recuperating” at Scarborough Beach. “That was unbelievable. It was a tough one. It was a tough one for everybody.”

April 16th

Local results from Boston Marathon

April 16, 2012

BOSTON — Hilary Dionne, a former cross-country and track & field standout from Cumberland High School, finished 15th among women at the Boston Marathon Monday, crossing the finish line in 2:51.56. Her time was third-best among American winners. Dionne, who now works in Boston, graduated from Cumberland in 2003.
The 26-year-old Dionne averaged six minutes, 19 seconds during the first 6.2 miles of the race before shaving off five seconds over the next three-plus miles of the grueling 26.2-mile test of endurance and stamina. She ended up placing 256th overall and 11th in her age group (18-39).

Clippers take advantage of error-prone Saints

April 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Minutes after Cumberland High’s respectable but not outstanding 5-3 triumph over St. Raphael Academy on Monday afternoon, Clippers’ skipper Paul Murphy reacted to the pure facts – that the last four hitters in his lineup had assembled a collective 4-for-11 outing, good for a .364 average, four RBI and a run scored.

April 15th

McGair: Former Pawtucket resident Mason Williams adjusting to new level of pro ball.

April 15, 2012

Seeking clarification as to which New York Yankees’ minor-league port of call Tim Norton would dock at this season, we revved up the search feature on MiLB.com’s home page, fingers crossed that a simple mouse click would yield the desired answer.
Instead, we were left with more questions with a side order of curiosity.

Pawtucket's Jeffrey lone local bright spot at MMA event at Twin River

April 15, 2012

LINCOLN — This was an unlucky Friday the 13th in more ways than one.
Only one of the half dozen local fighters on Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “Never Surrender” card at the Twin River Event Center -- Keith Jeffrey from Tri-Force MMA in Pawtucket -- was able to produce a victory in a show that saw seven of the night’s 10 fights won by Massachusetts fighters.

April 14th

WEB ONLY: Marathon veteran Chevalier returns to Boston

April 14, 2012

Maria Chevalier loves to run. She’s been doing it for nearly two-thirds of her life, starting with her years as a cross country and track standout in the early ’90s at Clear Creek High School in Idaho Springs, Col., and she’s taken part in everything from a simple 5K to a grueling 50-mile trail run.
But when it comes to the one race she enjoys running the most, the nine-year Cumberland resident won’t hesitate to give you an answer.

April 12th

Pawtucket's Chattelle seeks to defend MMA crown

April 12, 2012

LINCOLN — When fans last saw Todd Chattelle at the Twin River Event Center, it was last Nov. 18 and the Pawtucket native was being triumphantly carried from the octagon to the locker rooms on the shoulders of a few of his friends.
Chattelle has just recorded the biggest triumph of his 5½-year career with his first-ever submission on an unexpected guillotine chokeout of Brett Oteri of Dedham, Mass. 3:18 into their fight for the inaugural CES Mixed Martial Arts middleweight championship.

Clippers stay hot, belt Mounties

April 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET — On Tuesday, host Cumberland High pounded out 17 hits, including nine for extra bases, en route to a 14-0 “mercy rule” pasting of Smithfield High.
Skipper Paul Murphy’s crew didn’t supply him and assistant Dale O’Dell with the same kind of offensive barrage 48 hours later at Mount St. Charles, but it did register eight hits to post a second consecutive “mercy rule” triumph over the Mounties, this time an 11-0 verdict on Thursday.

April 11th

No contest as softball Lions belt Clippers

April 11, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The softball seasons have passed and the names have come and gone, but one thing you could always count on year after year any time Lincoln and Cumberland played each other was a spirited, competitive duel -- a showdown that was usually going to be decided by one or two runs.
That’s what the small gathering of fans that braved the chilly weather at Wednesday afternoon’s Division I-North affair at Tucker Field expected from the two unbeaten rivals, but what they got was a shocking surprise.

Miscues come back to haunt Shea in loss to Wheeler

April 11, 2012

PAWTUCKET — It's hard to win when you make four errors.
Just ask Shea High head coach Dino Campopiano, whose club's mistake-prone ways allowed Wheeler School to escape Max Read Field with a 5-1 Division II-Central victory on Wednesday afternoon.
Still, fair is fair. John Snider, the Warriors' senior righty from Cumberland, proved to be stellar on the hill, yielding only five hits and three walks while fanning a whopping dozen (though he did toss a trio of wild pitches). He also helped himself with the bat, going 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored.

April 10th

PawSox players weigh in on Guillen's comments

April 10, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Tuesday morning saw a small group of PawSox players huddle around the clubhouse television as a contrite Ozzie Guillen attempted to move past the uproar he caused over supportive remarks the Miami Marlins manager made in reference to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Among those who sat and watched Guillen with great interest were Jose Iglesias and Luis Exposito. In fact, the pair stood side-by-side for roughly 10 minutes before Iglesias plopped himself down into a leather chair, his eyes clearly fixated on what Guillen was saying.

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