Archive - Sports Article
June 28th, 2012
CUMBERLAND â Not quite a year ago, Bruce Stanford and his son, Jordan, video-recorded the first game of the Cumberland American Little League Major Division All-Starsâ first foray into the Little League World Series in Williamsport.
He did so because he wanted to âdo it right.â
Stanford and son had placed a big screen in the backyard of his Arnold Mills neighborhood home, waited for dusk and projected the taped version for family and friends.
PAWTUCKET â For Scott Podsednik, the left groin strain he suffered 11 days ago couldnât have come at a worse time.
Podsednik, who had returned to the big leagues after a yearâs absence, was batting .387 in 19 games with the Boston Red Sox and giving them a much- needed boost in the outfield after they lost the likes of Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Darnell McDonald, Cody Ross, and Ryan Sweeney to injuries.
CRANSTON â In many ways, the tenor of these Governorâs Cup clashes, pitting the top high school football seniors in Rhode Island and Connecticut, resembles that of a typical âbig brother, little brotherâ exchange.
PAWTUCKET â The newest member of the Pawtucket Red Sox played a major role in snapping the teamâs third-longest losing streak in club history on Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium.
Starting pitcher Zach Stewart, who was acquired by the Boston Red Sox in Sundayâs trade with the Chicago White Sox for Kevin Youkilis, turned in a splendid outing to help the PawSox defeat the Charlotte Knights, 5-1, and grab their first victory after nine straight losses.
PAWTUCKET â Mauro Gomez earned a spot on the International League all-star team last season, the third straight year he earned a midseason honor.
Ryan Lavarnway was a Carolina League all-star in 2010, and Pedro Ciriaco picked up his last minor-league all-star honor three years ago in the Southern League.
That being said, when was the last time Justin Germano, the fourth member of the Pawtucket Red Sox named to the I.L.âs all-star team early Wednesday afternoon, selected to a squad?
â(The) 2002 (season) was my one and only,â he said with a smile. âItâs been a while.â
PAWTUCKET â Perhaps the only good news coming out of McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night was this: Catcher Ryan Lavarnway extended his consecutive-game hit streak to eight with a bloop single to left in the fifth.
After that? There wasnât much for the 6,009 in attendance to get excited about, as the Pawtucket Red Sox dropped a dismal 8-0 decision to the Charlotte Knights.
In the process, Pawtucketâs losing streak increased to nine straight games, and itâs now dangerously close to eclipsing its second-longest skid in club history; that came between Aug. 12-20, 2009.
PAWTUCKET â New PawSox acquisition Zach Stewart admitted the last 48 hours have been a whirlwind of emotion.
After discovering he and Chicago White Sox teammate Brent Lillibridge had been traded for Boston third baseman/first baseman Kevin Youkilis on Saturday night, he took care of some family business, and didnât arrive at his new McCoy Stadium digs.
He didnât arrive at the park until about 4:30 p.m., met with manager Arnie Beyeler and pitching coach Rich Sauveur, exchanged pleasantries with some teammates and walked out onto the turf for some stretching and long tosses.
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 Manfredoâs Gym. He and his opponent, Ivan Castellanos, easily made their weight. His fight was going to air live on ESPN2âs âFriday Night Fightsâ 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 âsomethingâ 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 âTayoâ Heuser, a lady whose artistic talents are on display throughout McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â The art of running a minor-league franchise isnât 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 thereâs 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 Leagueâs 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 âIron Manâ Dana Quigley for the first round of the 14th annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic, she was ecstatic.
âI was really excited to be playing with Dana,â she said minutes after the two had mustered a birdie on the final hole on Monday afternoon. She then deadpanned, âI'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.âs âProving Groundsâ 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 nightâs 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 didnât, but that didnât 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 Northmenâs turf complex to prepare for one final game before officially turning the pages on their high school careers.
But if youâre thinking that final game theyâre getting ready for is the 14th annual Governorâs Cup showdown â the one that pits Rhode Islandâs top seniors against Connecticutâs finest 12th graders â on June 30 in Southington, Conn., think again.