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April 9th, 2014

Friars get their point guard in California's Cartwright

April 9, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Scratch off the biggest need on Ed Cooley’s off-season “to-do” list.

Shoring up the point-guard spot for next season as well as future ones has been a top priority for Cooley and the Providence Friars since the moment the 2013-14 campaign came to an end. With the verbal commitment expressed by Compton (Calif.) High School senior Kyron Cartwright, PC now has a second floor general to pair with Kris Dunn, who has missed significant time in each of his first two collegiate seasons.

April 8th

Webster pitches gem in PawSox's 7-1 win over Chiefs

April 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It’s always nice to put on a good show when the brass is in town.

With Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington and Director of Player Development Ben Crockett checking out the action, the Pawtucket Red Sox thumped Syracuse, 7-1, Tuesday night before 2,675 fans. Allen Webster rebounded from a sub-par first start to his season with six shutout innings while Justin Henry and Ryan Lavarnway stoked the offense with back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning.

PawSox's Brentz makes strides defensively in outfield

April 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET — For a different change of pace, Bryce Brentz is garnering more headlines for his nifty glovework than his ability to deposit souvenirs over the fence.

Long known as a power hitter with a strong arm, the PawSox outfielder is doing his best to bring attention to his defense. With two down in the fifth inning of Monday’s game against Syracuse, Brentz robbed Eury Perez of surefire extra bases as he went full extension on a sinking liner in the left-center field gap.

April 7th

Quick return to PawSox leaves Holt disappointed

April 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Brock Holt thought he had it all mapped out. With Will Middlebrooks on Boston’s 15-day disabled list, the versatile infielder anticipated that his role as the designated “fill-in guy” would encompass the next few weeks or so.

April 6th

Kelly sisters receive RIIL's Most Courageous Award

April 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET – No high schooler wears the badge of courage better than the Kelly twins, former Davies Tech student-athlete Waleska and Tolman High’s Francheska.

It was back in July that Waleska, the elder by a few minutes, suffered a stroke following a summer league basketball game. Through several confusing, worrisome months for the sisters, their family members, friends, teammates and mentors, Waleska now is back on track and enjoying things most of her peers take for granted.

April 4th

Nelson fires one-hitter in Clippers' win over Titans

April 4, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Juliet Nelson supplied some heat on a chilly 41-degree afternoon.
The Cumberland ace pitcher also brought her ‘A’ game to her team’s home opener on Friday against visiting Toll Gate, as she struck out nine batters and allowed just two batted balls to reach the outfield grass in a masterful one-hit gem and a 2-0 victory that took just 80 minutes to complete.

PawSox post rain-shortened victory over IronPigs

April 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET — After a dismal previous 13 offensive frames to open this 2014 campaign, the Pawtucket Red Sox finally broke out of their collective offensive funk on drizzly Friday night..
Lehigh Valley had seemed destined to record another “crooked number” triumph after jumping out to a 4-0 cushion, but the PawSox manufactured eight runs in the back half of the fifth and cruised to a 9-4 victory before a sparse crowd of 2,652 at McCoy Stadium.
Umpires had halted the game after the top of the eighth due to rain, but the tilt was quickly called official after a 15-minute delay.

April 3rd

IronPigs blank PawSox in season opener, 4-0

April 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to Boston bullpen cop Steve Horgan tossing out the ceremonial pitch to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.

Eight PawSox players will venture to Fenway Park this afternoon for Boston's ring ceremony

April 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — If eight PawSox players show up late to McCoy Stadium this afternoon, don’t fret. Their potential tardiness has already been taken under advisement.
“It will be okay,” smiled manager Kevin Boles. “Opportunities like this don’t come around too often, so you’ve got to take advantage of them.”

April 2nd

BASEBALL PREVIEW: Tolman looks to repeat as division champs

April 2, 2014

At this point of the high school baseball season, the main topic of discussion doesn’t pertain to the depth of the pitching staff or whether there’s enough offense to carry the day.

After the brutal winter and wet early spring Rhode Islanders have endured, the burning question pertains to the status of the local diamonds. Are they ready to come to life following a deep slumber?

Five items to watch as PawSox begin 2014 campaign

April 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The 2014 season for the PawSox is upon us, and with it brings the promise of intrigue and discovery. Who will produce enough to get summoned to Boston? The answers will start to reveal themselves beginning with Thursday’s season and home opener against Lehigh Valley.

Until the answers begin to trickle in, here are five items one scribe plans to closely monitor in the early going:

1). A spin-off of Three’s Company

April 1st

Back to work at McCoy for PawSox

April 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET -- A year after reaching the Governors’ Cup finals, the Pawtucket Red Sox are looking to come back even stronger with a veteran Triple-A squad that will boast more than just a ring of familiarity.

Eight players on the PawSox opening day roster will be at Fenway Park the following afternoon to receive the World Series rings they earned as contributors to last year’s champion Boston Red Sox. Among the “Elite Eight” is Pawtucket’s opening day starter, Allen Webster.

SOFTBALL PREVIEW: St. Raphael should contend in Division II

April 1, 2014

Veteran Mount St. Charles head coach Cliff Matthews couldn't help but pitch a bit of levity when asked how his girls' softball team should fare when Division I fast-pitch action begins this week.

“It's not about Lincoln or Cumberland, La Salle or Coventry; it's all about the Mounties!” he laughed. “Tell (Lions' mentor) Dick Ryan we're coming after them.”

Naturally, he was joking. How could he not? Lincoln hasn't lost a game since 2011.

March 31st

DOMINO EFFECT: How the PawSox plan to reap the benfits from World Series Champion Red Sox

March 31, 2014

PAWTUCKET – “Champions Rise” is once again en vogue at McCoy Stadium. This time, though, the popular slogan is not directly paying homage to the building’s primary tenants.

Last year, “Champions Rise” was synonymous with the Pawtucket Red Sox and the franchise’s 2012 Governors’ Cup title. As patrons passed through the main entrance at McCoy, they were greeted by a colossal banner that proved a fitting salute to a fitting champion.

After busy stint in big-league camp, PawSox manager Boles eyes regular season

March 31, 2014

PAWTUCKET – As Kevin Boles discovered this spring, the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of managing the Pawtucket Red Sox will come in good time.

Reached over the weekend from Fort Myers, Boles noted that he and PawSox coach Bruce Crabbe remained with the parent club until the near completion of Grapefruit League play. Keeping the Triple-A manager around the big-league atmosphere is a fairly common practice for the Red Sox, as Boles recalled that his PawSox predecessor, Gary DiSarcina, reported to the minors just as camp was set to conclude.

March 29th

Family, school, basketball finally fit C.F.'s George Carle

March 29, 2014

In a recent conversation with former Central Falls basketball standout Rob Alers, he was asked the whereabouts of fellow C.F. alumnus and his roommate at Lyndon State, George Carle.

With immediate confidence – the kind that comes when you’re pretty sure about something – Alers ventured a guess as to his good friend’s location on the Vermont-based campus.

“He’s probably in the gym as we speak,” was what Alers’ senses were telling him.

March 27th

Pawtucket Pacers celebrate 15th anniversary

March 27, 2014

As always before each practice session, head coach Lisa Bessette addressed her Pawtucket Pacers on Tuesday night, detailing what four groups of athletes would be doing for the next 75 minutes to prepare for the upcoming Special Olympics Rhode Island's Northern Area Games, those slated for Saturday, May 3 at Bryant University.
She stood in the middle of the Francis J. Varieur Elementary School's cafeteria/gymnasium, laying down the groundwork not only for that competition but also the SORI's State Games at the University of Rhode Island beginning May 30.

March 26th

At Central Falls, there’s joy playing unified basketball

March 26, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — Up until the final four-plus minutes, it had been a tight contest between two fierce combatants, each hustling up and down the court to muster a victory.
No one wanted that “W” more than Central Falls High senior Yeire Cepeda. Honestly, it couldn't have been more obvious.
During the course of this hoop contest against Mount Pleasant inside the Warriors' jam-packed gym on Wednesday afternoon, Cepeda looked disgruntled at times with several turnovers, failures to snatch a critical rebound or inability to drop a necessary basket.

March 25th

Three cheers for Tolman: Tigers win N.E. Div. III title

March 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Immediately after the Tolman High girls’ squad had finished its routine at these New England Regional Competitive Cheerleading Championships, held as always at Lawrence (Mass.) High on Saturday afternoon, head coach Jessica MacLaughlin’s crew seemed rather subdued.
At least that’s the way she viewed it.
“The girls already seemed, like, deflated,” she recalled. “They thought there was no way they would place in the top five, that it was over and done with, and they had failed. They were just sitting there, waiting to see who had won.”

March 24th

R.I. Interscholastic League's PCOA raises concerns about fan conduct at boys' hockey games

March 24, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Based on Monday’s discussion amongst the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Principals’ Committee, there appears to be growing concern with regard to fan behavior at boys’ high school hockey games.

“We feel that we’ve seen and heard of more issues happening at the rink. Not really players, but parents and students in the stands,” expressed Tom Mezzanotte, RIIL executive director.

 

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