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May 25th, 2011

Tolman spikers wrap up best regular season since 2003

May 26, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The banner to the left of the scoreboard at the Donaldson Gymnasium signifies the last time that Tolman High has earned a state title in Division II volleyball. It was 2003, a mere three years after it captured its first in the program history.
Longtime head coach Neil Nachbar isn’t predicting his Tigers will be able to add another year to that banner, but it’s certainly possible.

May 24th

Mounties, Clippers grab big Division I-North victories

May 24, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Kristen Rodrigues spun a complete game four-hitter as Mount St. Charles climbed back over the .500 mark courtesy of Tuesday’s 4-1 win over La Salle Academy.
The Mounties improve to 9-8 in Division I-North with one game remaining, Saturday at home against Smithfield.
Rodrigues collected four strikeouts while walking no one. Taylor Messier finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored while Emily Hendricks went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Hannah Gardella delivered a RBI double in the second inning.
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For openers, a win Wednesday would go a long way for local ballclubs

May 24, 2011

The high school baseball outfits hailing from Lincoln, Tolman and Woonsocket find themselves in an enviable position – at home, serving as the higher seed in the opening round of the double elimination, regional playoffs, which cuts four ways with four teams comprising each group.
The real key as baseball’s second season gets under way is not specifically tied to home-field advantage. In the case of a double-elimination format, it’s about starting out on the right foot. Win on Wednesday and wait until Friday before resuming the March to McCoy Stadium. That’s called the easy road.

May 23rd

Lincoln girls lacrosse team caps unbeaten season

May 23, 2011

Contributing writer
LINCOLN – Jillian DeSimone stood anxiously on the rain-soaked Ferguson Field sidelines, her team’s perfect season hanging in the balance.
If ever there was a time for Lincoln High to prove it was more than a one-player show, this was it.
Playing without DeSimone for most of the second half after the state’s leading goal scorer picked up her yellow card of the game, the Lions rode Ashley Moreau’s five goals and Nina Fournier’s goalkeeping to a 12-9 victory over Cumberland High School on Monday.

Once-woeful Red Sox seem to be situated nicely

May 23, 2011

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It didn’t take long for the Boston Red Sox to climb out of that impossible hole all the doomsayers had put them in after they started the season with two wins in their first 12 games. After Sunday night’s win over the Cubs, Boston’s record stood at 25-21 and the Sox were just one-half game out of first place in the American League East.

May 22nd

Gonsalves wins race named for late teammate Kyle Coutu

May 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Ron Coutu looked at his watch and realized he had gone under his intended goal of one hour.
That wasn’t the only reason he managed to smile on Saturday morning.

SRA earns berth in playoffs

May 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Needing at least one win to feel good about its playoff chances, St. Raphael Academy went out and grabbed a pair of victories over the weekend. On Sunday SRA climbed over the .500 mark for the first time this season courtesy of a 2-0 win against La Salle Academy. That coupled with Saturday’s 9-4 win against Cumberland High leaves the Saints at 9-8 in Division I-North heading into Monday’s regular season finale against Moses Brown.

Lincoln clinches division title

May 22, 2011

LINCOLN – Just ask anyone associated with the Lincoln High program and they will universally declare the following: Joe Yankee is the quintessential X-factor.
On a team loaded with players ranging from good to very good, Yankee might just be the one Lion whose impact cannot be understated. The junior continued to strengthen said argument Sunday afternoon against a strong Moses Brown offense, striking out seven Quakers in the Lions’ 14-4 mercy-rule thrashing at Chet Nichols Field.

May 20th

Shea tops Juanita Sanchez, keeps playoff hopes alive

May 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — With its playoff hopes squarely on the line, Shea High avoided elimination from the postseason on Friday with a 6-2 victory over Juanita Sanchez.
The Raiders (7-10) host Wheeler School (9-7) this afternoon at 2 p.m. in what amounts to a “win and you’re in” game for the home team.
“I think we’re in if we beat Wheeler,” Shea coach Dino Campopiano said after Friday’s game had ended.

Millwood signing is indictment of PawSox’s pitching

May 20, 2011

It wouldn’t be a Boston baseball season without Theo Epstein and the Red Sox resuscitating some aging baseball player. Kevin Millwood becomes Epstein’s reclamation project, a former all-star starting pitcher who has posted an ERA of over five in three of his last four seasons.

May 19th

Baseball teams in squeeze mode as playoffs loom

May 20, 2011

The recent string of rainy weather, resulting in a myriad of postponements, will not impede the high school baseball playoffs from starting on time.
The Interscholastic League sent out a reminder to coaches on Thursday – the fourth consecutive day that wetness impacted the high school scene – that Monday is still the last day of the regular season. The brackets in Division I and II will be distributed to the schools on Tuesday with Wednesday serving as the official opening of the postseason.

Mondy leaving Providence

May 19, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The first offseason departure has arrived for Providence College as the school announced Thursday that sophomore guard Duke Mondy has been released from his commitment.
Mondy departs after a 2010-11 campaign that saw the Michigan native sit out the final four games of the season. At the time the only thing PC officials said about Mondy’s situation was that it was a "coach's decision." Mondy did appear at Ed Cooley’s introductary press conference in March, telling Blackstone Valley Sports when asked to clarify his situation that, “I’m good, just can’t wait to play.”

May 18th

Lions perfect no more

May 18, 2011

WOONSOCKET — This has been a nightmarish year for Mount St. Charles Academy, a team most folks predicted would again compete for the Division I-North title and embark on a long run in the state tournament.
There have been the injuries. Two of the Mounties’ top players -- ace pitcher Olivia Hendricks (foot injury) and third baseman Nicole Silva (illness) -- out indefinitely. The four losses they suffered in the last inning. The five straight games they stranded 10 or more runners on base.

May 16th

Tolman softballers score big win

May 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET -- Tolman High scored its biggest win of the season on Monday, handling Division II-South leader Middletown its first loss.
The Tigers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull out the win. The game was tied after seven innings to both teams began their at-bats in the eighth with a runner on second base. Middletown plated its runner to take an 11-10 lead, setting the stage for Tolman’s final comeback of the day.
Ashley Hessler put down a bunt single for Tolman to get things started. Jordan Klemanchuck then singled in both runners to win the game.

Tolman routs Shea in the rain

May 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Tolman High dealt a crushing blow to Shea High’s playoff chances on Monday.
The Tigers rolled to a 15-5 victory over the Raiders in a Division II contest shortened to six innings by rain at McConnon Field.
Tolman improved to 10-6 with the win while Shea fell to 6-10.
“It’s kind of a bittersweet win for us,” Tolman coach Theo Murray said, “because Shea needed to win two of three games this week to be playoff-eligible. Now they have to win their last two games, and they play two tough teams, Wheeler and Juanita Sanchez.”

May 15th

Fox helps PawSox end five-game losing streak

May 15, 2011

PAWTUCKET — After losing five straight games, including a 10-2 trouncing Saturday night against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Pawtucket Red Sox had fallen back to .500 and needed a victory badly.
They got one on Sunday, a 9-3 drubbing of the Yankees that put Pawtucket back over .500 and just 2½ games out of first place with their modest 19-18 record.
Veteran pitcher Matt Fox, a former first-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2004, beat Scranton for the second time in 10 days on Sunday, striking out seven in five innings while allowing all three runs.

Baseball scout cherishes role in sport

May 15, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Baseball scouts usually sit in the best seats minor league stadiums have to offer, a few rows behind home plate. They come armed with the tools of their trade – radar guns, stopwatches and “cheat sheets” that record the data of players down on the field.
“The radar gun is mainly used to measure the speed of pitches,” Chicago White Sox scout Gary Pellant was saying on Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium. “I’ve seen some scouts use them on infielders, to see how strong their arms are. Amateur scouts do that because they watch a lot of high school players who change positions.”

May 13th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre edges PawSox, 2-1

May 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET – If the Red Sox were in need of a starting pitcher and turned to Pawtucket to fill the void, which PawSox hurler would get the call?
If your answer is Brandon Duckworth, congratulations. From the first day of the season Duckworth has been the most consistent and dependable arm at Pawtucket’s disposal. The 35-year-old strengthened his resume Friday night, holding first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to one run in seven innings in what amounted to a 2-1 loss by the PawSox before 4,512 at McCoy Stadium.

Iglesias gets rave reviews from opposing coach

May 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The rave reviews keep on pouring in for Jose Iglesias. The latest person to throw bouquets of adoration at the promising shortstop’s feet is Frank Menechino, the former big league infielder and current coach for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Menechino first laid eyes upon Iglesias last year while serving as the hitting coach for Double-A Trenton. Iglesias was busy cutting his teeth in Portland, but Menechino could already tell the Cuban defector was a special talent.

Cumberland's Lariviere twins set sights on college

May 13, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The twins are going off to college. And that’s big news around this town, where Shaidai and Shoneil Lariviere lit up the wrestling scene at Cumberland High for the past four years.
Shai Lariviere, the two-time state champion and former New England champ, has decided to attend Missouri Valley, a NAIA school that finished sixth in the country last year. It is located in Marshall, Missouri, smack in the center of the state, halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City.

 

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