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June 25th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” A strange thing happened to Toka Kahn-Clary on his way to making his pro debut earlier this month.
The Pawtucket junior lightweight was ready to debut in style â€” on the June 8 undercard of the marquee Kelly Pavlik-Scott Sigmon super middleweight fight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He put in a strong training camp at Manfredoâ€™s Gym. He and his opponent, Ivan Castellanos, easily made their weight. His fight was going to air live on ESPN2â€™s â€śFriday Night Fightsâ€ť and a lot of his family members and friends back in Rhode Island were going to get to view it.
PAWTUCKET â€” As tranquil and serene Mondor Gardens is, something was missing. That â€śsomethingâ€ť was a remembrance designed specifically to preserve the memory of late Pawtucket Red Sox owner Ben Mondor.
Upon agreeing that a statue would prove fitting, PawSox President Mike Tamburro and General Manager Lou Schwechheimer reached out to the only person they felt would capture Mondor in the light that would display his affinity for PawSox baseball.
Turns out that someone was a familiar face â€“ Carol â€śTayoâ€ť Heuser, a lady whose artistic talents are on display throughout McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â€” The art of running a minor-league franchise isnâ€™t solely based on ticket and merchandise sales or making sure the paying customer enjoys the utmost experience. The success and vitality of the on-field product is just as important to the cause, the belief that if thereâ€™s quality in place, the rest will take of itself.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Recent Texas A&M University graduate Jordan Russell had just finished what he deemed an inconsistent round of two-over-par 71 at Wannamoisett Country Club on Friday afternoon, and was less than thrilled with the outing.
He nevertheless remained two strokes ahead of his closest competitors at the 51st annual Northeast Amateur Invitational Golf Tournament.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. --- Three straight singles with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning helped the Syracuse Chiefs score the run that produced a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday night at Alliance Bank Stadium.
Down by a 5-3 score heading into the home half of the ninth, the Chiefs tied the score by scoring twice off reliever Daniel Bard, who gave up a single and a double and only threw half of his 22 pitches for strikes. He did not walk or strike out anyone.
WARWICK â€“ In Rhode Island, the fiscal year begins on the first day of July. To Ed Cooley, the date also signifies the first step the head coach, along with his assistants, will take in laying the foundation for the 2012-13 Providence College Friars.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” On a day when Texas A&M University graduate Jordan Russell owned Wannamoisett Country Club, firing a phenomenal six-under 63 to lead the first round of the 51st Northeast Amateur Golf Tournament, the University of Central Florida's Brad Schneider proved to be the model of consistency.
BARRINGTON â€” Just last year, Morgan Pressel and playing partner Davis Love III had to settle for second at this CVS Caremark Charity Classic after they combined for a 22-under total of 120.
Unfortunately for them, the tandem of PGA standouts Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson finished two strokes better and garnered the $300,000 first prize, not to mention the tournament trophy.
PROVIDENCE â€” Monday afternoon saw the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics convene for one final time in 2011-12. Yet before this governing body could officially close the books on the just completed high school sports season, there was the matter of attending to several housekeeping chores.
BARRINGTON â€” When 13-time LPGA Tour winner Juli Inkster discovered about two weeks ago that she would be paired with Champions Tour â€śIron Manâ€ť Dana Quigley for the first round of the 14th annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic, she was ecstatic.
â€śI was really excited to be playing with Dana,â€ť she said minutes after the two had mustered a birdie on the final hole on Monday afternoon. She then deadpanned, â€śI'm glad they put me with someone who can tolerate me for 18 holes.
LINCOLN --- When Keith Jeffrey woke up last Friday morning, he had his sights set on producing an impressive performance later that night in the co-feature of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.â€™s â€śProving Groundsâ€ť card at the Twin River Event Center.
Turns out that Jeffrey was successful in accomplishing that, but he ended up doing so in the main event, the first time in his career that he stepped into the limelight for the nightâ€™s grand finale.
PROVIDENCE -- The drama stemmed not so much if Lincoln High would claim its first-ever state title in fast-pitch softball.
It instead revolved around whether junior phenom Lindsay Mayer would hurl a no-hitter while it doing so.
She didnâ€™t, but that didnâ€™t keep the Lions from a wild celebration after sealing a 4-1 victory over never-say-die Coventry High in the R.I. Division I Tournament championship tilt before a crowd of approximately 300 at Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon.
PROVIDENCE --- The recently-graduated seniors on the Central Falls and North Smithfield football teams put on their helmets and pads on Wednesday night and worked out together on the Northmenâ€™s turf complex to prepare for one final game before officially turning the pages on their high school careers.
But if youâ€™re thinking that final game theyâ€™re getting ready for is the 14th annual Governorâ€™s Cup showdown â€“ the one that pits Rhode Islandâ€™s top seniors against Connecticutâ€™s finest 12th graders â€“ on June 30 in Southington, Conn., think again.
What is the most important gift a father can give to his child?
If you answer unconditional love or a top-flight education, youâ€™re right on target. What about providing a supportive and nurturing home life geared toward helping oneâ€™s offspring achieve their best? Canâ€™t find fault with that, either.
PAWTUCKET â€” From his dugout vantage point, Rich Sauveur saw something in Daniel Bardâ€™s delivery that was fixable while the pitcher was toeing the rubber â€“ providing that the PawSox pitching coach could grab the attention of catcher Ryan Lavarnway.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Daniel Bard got his wish Monday night. Unfortunately for the pitcher, the switch to the bullpen did little inspire confidence that heâ€™s ready to turn the corner.
Working one inning, Bard allowed one run on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts as the PawSox saw a ninth-inning rally come up just short in an 11-8 loss to the Gwinnett Braves. Bard ended up tossing 22 pitches, 11 for strikes.
Through all the video and bullpen sessions along with everything else geared toward the task of Reconstruction: The Daniel Bard Story, thereâ€™s one loose end left.
What exactly is Bardâ€™s mound assignment moving forward â€“ starter or reliever? Judging by the early returns in his minor-league stint with the PawSox, such a pretty important clarification appears to have been left off the struggling pitcherâ€™s itinerary, the one that the Red Sox brain trust undoubtedly compiled and left atop Bardâ€™s equipment bag as he packed up his Fenway Park locker.
PROVIDENCE â€“ And just like that, there will be a new champion in Division II this year.
Tolman Highâ€™s run at the top came to a sudden and abrupt end Monday night, the semifinal loss sustained against an undefeated Pilgrim High outfit that pulled away in the third and final game en route to posting a sweep at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house.
PROVIDENCE â€” Immediately after the Davies Tech team bus arrived at the Rhode Island College diamond at approximately 4:30 p.m., Sunday, skipper Scott Cooper strode up the aluminum stands to the press box for a coin flip with Central High's mentor, Michelle Rawcliffe.
That toss would decide the home team for this Rhode Island Division III Tournament championship series' â€śrubberâ€ť tilt.
When Rawcliffe chose â€śtailsâ€ť and won the flip, choosing to bat in the bottom half of each inning, Cooper silently said a prayer.
WEST WARWICK â€” If there is a margin of separation between the Cumberland Clippers and the South Kingstown Rebels, it doesnâ€™t appear to be a very big one.
Yesterday, behind a shutout pitched by Justin Patrick, the Clippers beat the Rebels 1-0 to send the series into a third game. In seven innings, Patrick gave up just two hits while striking out six batters with only one walk.
Cumberlandâ€™s head coach Paul Murphy could not have asked for more of his starter in a critical elimination game.
â€śHeâ€™s been absolutely fantastic in the playoffs,â€ť Murphy said of Patrick.