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June 29th, 2015

Little League Softball | Cumberland wins sixth straight District IV crown

June 29, 2015

CUMBERLAND  –  Lizzie Pickering could barely contain her excitement.

When batterymate Gabby D’Intino tossed to first baseman Abbie Vallely for the final out, the Cumberland All-Stars immediately celebrated a 10-3 victory over Lincoln, one that delivered them the R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship at Diamond Hill Park on Monday evening.

“This is amazing!” the backstop Pickering gushed afterward. “I started crying because I was so happy we won.”

June 28th

Northeast Amateur | Kentucky's Stewart is last golfer standing at Wannamoisett CC

June 28, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – Hunter Stewart, the All-American from Vanderbilt University, made it look easy on Saturday afternoon, cruising to a four-shot victory at the 54th annual Northeast Amateur Invitational.

June 26th

Cumberland Athletics | Cumberland seeking new athletic director

June 26, 2015


CUMBERLAND – For the third time in as many years, Cumberland High will have a new athletic director. 

Chris Tashjian is not returning for a second year as the Clippers’ AD for reasons that are not quite clear. Citing that it’s not the school department’s policy to publicly discus personnel matters, Cumberland Superintendent Dr. Philip Thornton confirmed in an email that a search committee is being formed to find Tashjian’s replacement.

June 25th

Northeast Amateur | Crowded leaderboard through 36 holes at Wannamoisett CC

June 25, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – Wannamoisett Country Club appeared ripe for the taking during Thursday’s second round of the Northeast Amateur, especially when early starter Michael Johnson checked in with a five-under par round of 64 as the clock struck noon.

“I didn’t really hit the ball all that well off the tee,” Johnson, a rising senior at the University of Auburn, admitted after missing a short birdie putt on No. 18 that would have made his round even more special.

June 24th

Northeast Amateur | BRINGING THE FUNK: Texas product setting the pace at Wannamoisett CC

June 24, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE — Playing in the same twosome, Taylor Funk and John Hayes IV both went on birdie binges during the first round of the Northeast Amateur Invitational on Wednesday afternoon at Wannamoisett Country Club.

The son of eight-time PGA Tour winner Fred Funk made six birdies and an eagle (along with three bogeys) to take the first-round lead with a round of 64. The rising sophomore at the University of Texas started his round on the back nine and went eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie from No. 17 through the second hole on the front nine.

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox OF Bradley can relate to Castillo’s predicament with BoSox

June 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Jackie Bradley Jr. can relate somewhat to fellow outfielder Rusney Castillo’s being sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The 25-year-old usual center fielder for the PawSox had spent a day in mid-April with the parent club, then 12 more in Boston before being optioned back on May 22 – in favor of Castillo.

June 23rd

Pawtucket Red Sox | Barnes returned to PawSox with a few things to work on

June 23, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Matt Barnes could be upset, downright disgruntled, after being sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox – again – on June 16.

Instead, the 25-year-old righty reliever has chosen to remain positive, and he claimed he has an abundance of reasons why.

First, during his second call-up to Boston between May 9 and June 16, he spent over five weeks collecting key information from coaches and fellow Red Sox relievers; and, second, is planning on putting that advice to good use while he’s honing his skills in Triple-A.

June 22nd

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox open homestand with 3-2 loss to Red Wings

June 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  Prior to Monday night’s game against Rochester, the Pawtucket Red Sox had manufactured 16 come-from-behind triumphs, including nine in their final at-bat and five of the walk-off variety.

During their 2014 Governors’ Cup championship run, they amassed 36 in all and 22 in their last at-bat.

Pawtucket had its fair share of opportunities to extend those positive numbers on Monday, though squandered all but one during a disgruntling 3-2 loss to the Red Wings before a fan base of 5,060 at McCoy Stadium.

Pawtucket Red Sox | Red Sox catcher Hanigan kicks off rehab assignment with PawSox

June 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  Ryan Hanigan is back in the fold, and he couldn’t be happier about it.

The 34-year-old resident of Andover, Mass. stood by his locker in the Pawtucket Red Sox’ clubhouse on Monday afternoon, chomping at the bit to get some playing time. He received his wish when he discovered he would start and bat third for the PawSox in their homestand opener against Rochester on Monday night.

R.I. High School Football | Seniors to take one final bow in annual All-Star Game

June 22, 2015

CUMBERLAND – When Toll Gate High head coach Jim Stringfellow came calling, Josh Lima, who holds the same position at Cumberland, couldn’t and wouldn’t say no.

Stringfellow had asked him back in April to serve as his offensive coordinator for the East team of the third annual Rhode Island All-Star Football Game, slated for Saturday, June 27, at Johnston High School, and Lima jumped at the chance.

June 20th

Commentary | McGair: Five years later, Cumberland Little League teammates challenge for high school supremacy

June 20, 2015


CUMBERLAND – Given the success of the town’s two Little League programs over the past half-decade, it seems appropriate to label Cumberland a pure baseball community in the summertime – a town that rallies around its all-star squads and takes pride in each league’s accomplishments.

June 18th

Cumberland Baseball | Clippers comes up short in epic Game 3 against Hendricken for D.I title

June 18, 2015


PAWTUCKET – It was right there for Cumberland’s taking.

On two separate occasions Thursday night, the Clippers had three-time state champion Bishop Hendricken against the ropes. There was a surefire double-play ball in the ninth inning that instead was a throwing error resulted in the Hawks scoring the tying run.

That was hard to watch, but then came the 10th inning where Cumberland loaded the bases with no outs and failed to capitalize. It was a huge chance squandered.

June 17th

St. Raphael Softball | Saints take Div. II championship with 5-0 victory over N. Providence

June 17, 2015


PROVIDENCE – Victory tastes sweeter when served following a bitter defeat. 

St. Raphael Academy, which finished second to North Providence in the 2013 Division II finals, erased that sour memory on Wednesday with a 5-0 victory over the Cougars in the state championship game at Rhode Island College.

June 16th

Tolman Baseball | Tigers dealt heartbreaker in Game 1 of Division II finals to Mount St. Charles

June 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – For the better part of seven innings, Tolman High seemed destined to clinch the opener of its R.I. Division II Tournament best-of-three championship series against Mount St. Charles.

Senior righty Alex Lopez pitched himself out of trouble time after time, with help, of course, from his defense, especially freshman second baseman Kyle Depatie, who managed seven assists and a putout.

St. Raphael Softball | TIME TO GET BACK TO WORK: After a week off, SRA faces North Providence with a chance to wrap up Division II championship

June 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – When last we saw the St. Raphael softball team, they were mounting a furious seventh-inning charge to rally past North Providence.

The three-run surge lifted the Saints to a 6-5 playoff win in a contest that took place last Wednesday – June 10 to be exact. Since then, SRA has been idle. The distinction as the tournament’s lone unbeaten team has been a badge of honor that the Saints have had no choice but to wear as the rest of the playoff picture sorted itself out. 

June 15th

Tolman Baseball | READY TO TAKE AIM: Tigers to meet MSC with Div. II on the line

June 15, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Virtually every time Tolman High meets Mount St. Charles on the diamond, Tigers' mentor Theo Murray mentions his personal history with the Woonsocket Catholic school.

It seems back in 1992, when Murray represented Shea as a standout senior third/first baseman, his Raiders held a precarious lead over the Mounties in the R.I. Division II Tournament losers' bracket final. In the end, however, MSC prevailed with a late rally, 7-6, eliminating Shea from a berth opposite Westerly, the eventual state champion.

June 14th

Tolman Baseball | Microulis, Gagnon lift Tolman past W. Warwick, 10-0, into Div. II final

June 14, 2015


EAST PROVIDENCE – Tolman High erupted for five runs in the second and three more in the third, eventually coasting to a 10-0 mercy-rule triumph over West Warwick in the rubber game of a best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal set at Pierce Field on Saturday afternoon.

June 13th

Tolman Softball | DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS: Athletic lineage at Tolman runs deep for Wilsons, Klemanchucks

June 13, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  As an outstanding, three-sport athlete at Tolman High School in the early 1990s, Joey Wilson often would peer into the stands during the heat of competition, secretly hoping his mom and dad would surprise him by being there, witness him carry the pigskin into the end zone or hit a fastball over the fence.

It didn't happen, and it both hurts and irks him to this day.

June 11th

New York Yankees Baseball | Proud parents reflect on Mason Williams' call-up to the majors

June 11, 2015

Mason Williams is now a major-league outfielder for the New York Yankees, a move the team made official on Thursday.

The 23-year-old native of Pawtucket put himself on the radar by batting .318 with a .397 on-base percentage along with a .795 OPS. Serving as the leadoff hitter for both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Williams has stolen 13 bases in 54 games.     

June 9th

Tolman Baseball | Tigers just 1 win away from Division II finals

June 9, 2015

WARWICK – This time, Tolman was determined not to let Warwick Vets back in the game.

Peter Microulis spun seven innings of two-run ball and came through with a clutch base hit as the Tigers held off the Hurricanes, 6-2, in the Division II Regional Pod I playoffs on Tuesday. The win places Tolman in the driver’s seat as either Warwick or West Warwick will have to beat the Tigers twice in order to advance to the Division II finals.