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March 26th, 2012
WARWICK â€” Whenever a new administration takes the reins of power, the first few days can seem like a blur. In the case of Dan Hurley, the newly minted URI head coach has wasted little time in remaking the program and personnel heâ€™s inheriting into one befitting of his image.
Monday saw Hurley conduct an early morning workout session with the Rhody players brought specifically to campus by previous coach Jim Baron. He described the proceedings as a prime chance to gather more information while simultaneously laying his cards on the table in terms of expectations moving forward.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Jay Monteiro well remembers his days as an outstanding student-athlete at East Providence High back in the early 1980s. He also admits he recalls the simplicity in which his old gym classes were designed.
In the fall, boys would hustle to the locker room between classes, put on school logo-emblazoned workout clothes and play flag football or soccer, while â€“ during the winter months â€“ they'd pick makeshift teams and play basketball or volleyball, or even partake in sports such as gymnastics or floor hockey.
LINCOLN â€” Thomas Falowo passed the first six-round test of his pro career with flying colors.
The Pawtucket middleweight remained unbeaten in six fights on Thursday night by grabbing an impressive victory over a tough opponent before a standing-room-only gathering at the Twin River Event Center.
Falowo snagged an unanimous-decision triumph over battle-tested Bronx, N.Y. fighter Troy Artis on the undercard of Jimmy Burchfieldâ€™s Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ€™s â€śHome Invasionâ€ť show, as he won the fight by scores of 59-55, 59-55, and 58-56.
PAWTUCKET â€” The desire to remain current with the times and create a setting thatâ€™s aesthetically pleasing to the eyes of those passing through the turnstiles at McCoy Stadium â€“ the members of the Pawtucket Red Sox front office continue to display a jewelerâ€™s attention to detail.
There are organizational meetings followed by player evaluations with a round of office powwows involving high-ranking team officials. Welcome to the portion of spring training where filling out minor-league rosters starts to take on a more serious tone.
LINCOLN â€” It was pretty much on a whim that Jillian DeSimone even picked up a lacrosse stick.
As a Lincoln High freshman back in the fall of 2008, she played girls' varsity soccer, and even earned a letter for her rather solid play. A few months later, as spring approached, her dad, Louis, suggested she try out for the school's lacrosse program.
On Wednesday, the URI community rolled out the red carpet â€“ or maybe it was Keaney blue â€“ as a symbolic token to welcome new head coach Dan Hurley and his family. To enlighten the masses regarding the kind of coach and person that Rhode Island is getting in Hurley, we engaged in a background check that conjured all sorts of positive vibrations.
Five years have passed since the R.I. Interscholastic League recognized cheerleading as a full-fledged varsity sport. Time will tell if such a distinction remains in place moving forward.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Cesar Fajardo had just finished playing in a youth soccer game in North Smithfield on Sunday when his coach, Mayro Estrada, told him and his teammates he had a special surprise in store.
Estrada then leveled the news that two members of the New England Revolution professional soccer team, not to mention some of the organization's Academy youth coaches, would conduct a â€śCommunity Clinicâ€ť inside the Central Falls High School gymnasium Tuesday night.
PAWTUCKET â€” Outside the ring, Thomas Falowo is known as a quiet, respectful person, but inside the ring, heâ€™s made plenty of noise in his 16 months as a middleweight boxer.
The Pawtucket resident has stormed out to a commanding 5-0 record that includes knockouts in his first four fights, and on Thursday night, he will shoot for his sixth victory when he appears on the undercard of the â€śHome Invasionâ€ť show, presented by Jimmy Burchfieldâ€™s Classic Entertainment & Sports, at the Twin River Event Center.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Gabrielle Turner admitted it during gym class Monday afternoon.
The East Providence High senior and her friends did, in fact, attend the Townies' 5-2 loss to Mount Hope in Game 2 of the R.I. Division III Hockey Tournament best-of-three finals set on Friday night, and she claimed she was truly saddened by it.
PROVIDENCE -- Immediately after East Providence High had secured a 2-1 triumph over gritty Mount Hope High in the rubber tilt of the R.I. Division III Hockey Tournament finals Sunday afternoon, the Townies threw their gloves and sticks high into the air.
They then mobbed freshman netminder Marc LaValley behind his Schneider Arena goal line.
Given the length of time he spent under the pile of humanity, it was amazing LaValley could breathe to deliver his comments regarding EPâ€™s capture of its first state title since 2005.
WARWICK â€“ If nothing else, Sunday offered Rocco Baldelli a rare chance to partake in some deep-seeded reflection.
An intensely private sort, Baldelli more often than not comes across as a man of mystery rather than someone whoâ€™s willing to lay all his cards on the table. Such an introverted/reclusive approach helped the Woonsocket native get through the turbulent times that arose during his career of seven major-league seasons, the belief at the time that the less the general public knew, the better.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In three previous tilts this season, East Providence High had outscored league rival Mount Hope High by a 13-5 count, including a 4-3 triumph in the initial game of this R.I. Division III Tournament best-of-three finals set.
Townies' mentor Kevin Croke had hoped for a similar, hefty offensive output during Game 2 at Schneider Arena; with it, EP would clinch a much-desired state championship.
LINCOLN â€” Fielding phone calls, requests and inquiries from collegiate softball coaches are nothing new to Mark and Marie Mayer, the parents of Lindsay Mayer, Lincoln High's magnificent junior shortstop.
They actually started during her eighth-grade year; that's when University of South Florida head coach Ken Erikson asked Mark and Marie if they would bring their daughter to the Tampa campus so they could meet.
PROVIDENCE --- Kevin Hallâ€™s second goal of the game, a shorthanded tally with 5:54 to play, lifted East Providence to a 4-3 victory over Mount Hope on Thursday night in the opening game of their best-of-three Division III championship series at Providence Collegeâ€™s Schneider Arena.
The Townies (17-4) will seek their first state title since 2005 tonight at 8:30 p.m. when the series resumes at Schneider. A third and deciding game will be held on Sunday at a time to be announced if the Huskies win this game.
CRANSTON --- After losing his last three fights over the past 24 months as a lightweight fighter, can a change in weight class result in a change of fortunes for Eddie Soto?
The Pawtucket fighter and his camp at 401 Boxing in Cranston certainly think so.
Soto, who spent the first seven years of his pro career fighting at 135 pounds, is moving up two classes to the 145-pound welterweight circuit and making his debut in this division next Thursday night on the â€śHome Invasionâ€ť show, presented by Jimmy Burchfieldâ€™s Classic Entertainment & Sports, at the Twin River Event Center.
Even her simplest of motions had become a tall order. No matter that she was gingerly pressing her feet against the hardwood â€“ Brooke Coderreâ€™s â€śdogsâ€ť were barking loudly and incessantly, begging her not to continue.
PAWTUCKET â€” You can't help but laugh when Gil Dolman explains how he came to enlist in the U.S. Navy at age 17. He does so in such a Pawtucket way.
â€śI joined up to get away from all the creeps, the bullies,â€ť the 59-year-old lifetime city resident offered. â€śI had been living in Prospect Heights, and I was always in fights. I didn't start them, of course; there were just kids in the heights in the 1960s and '70s who wanted to beat me up. They'd do that because they wanted to take my lunch money, or because I was hanging out with a girl, whatever.
PAWTUCKET â€” Ask Jessica McLaughlin her highlight as a Tolman High cheerleader in the early 2000s, and she answers immediately.
â€śWe went to the AmeriCheer National Championships at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. my senior year (2003), and we actually made it to the finals,â€ť the still-perky McLaughlin explained. â€śWe ended up fifth in the country out of 18 teams, and I still think about it. I remember the pressure of making it to the final round, and the feeling of accomplishment that came with it.