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SRA earns first-ever varsity win at Lincoln’s expense

May 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET — It's been a rough first season for the fledgling St. Raphael Academy program, but Tuesday night made it all worthwhile.
Maybe the number 13 is lucky, after all.
After that amount of losses, the Saints earned its first-ever varsity volleyball triumph with a 3-1 Division II-North decision over Lincoln High at the Alumni & Wellness Center, and the squad commemorated it appropriately.

PawSox turn away Tides, 5-3

May 22, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. — The Pawtucket Red Sox broke a 2-2 draw by scoring twice in the top of the seventh inning and held on for a rain-shortened 5-3 victory over the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday afternoon for a split of their four-game series at Harbor Park.
Jonathan Hee led off the seventh with a single to right and Pedro Ciriaco followed with a double to right to put runners in scoring position.
A groundout to shortstop by Jose Iglesias allowed Hee to speed home with the go-ahead run, and Ryan Lavarnway doubled to right to drive in Ciriaco.

Happy for you buddy: Pats’ QB Mallett elated that Middlebrooks can officially call himself a big leaguer

May 20, 2012

It was a textbook case where the idiom “turnabout is fair play” directly applies.
From Ryan Mallett’s vantage point, some friendly and well-intentioned payback was in order. It only seemed fitting, considering Mallett had pulled the necessary strings that paved the way for his childhood chum from Texas, Will Middlebrooks, to attend a couple of New England Patriots games last season – sitting in primo seats no less.

Pawtucket's Sanders putting best foot forward leading up to NBA Draft

May 20, 2012

In the short time Rakim Sanders has spent as an NBA hopeful, the Pawtucket native has learned an invaluable lesson – when opportunity knocks, it’s best to jump all in.
Fresh off spending the weekend at a draft combine in East Rutherford, N.J., at which representatives from all 30 teams were in attendance, Sanders now embarks on a vagabond tour of NBA cities scattered across the country.

K-Rob dedicates festival to pal, Junior Seau

May 20, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — Nine-year-old Andrew Smyth of East Greenwich stared down at X Games' nine-time BMX medalist Kevin Robinson autographing his white T-shirt in heavy blue ink. When the elder had finished, he flashed a grin at his mom, Stacey.
The boy had never before met Robinson, and couldn't believe his good fortune when the 40-year-old athlete and East Providence native posed with him for a photo.
Robinson immediately hugged Stacey and thanked her for attending his second annual “Ride with K-Rob/Family Fun Festival,” held at Rose Larisa Park on Riverside's tip Sunday afternoon.

Toka Kahn-Clary signs with Top Rank Boxing

May 18, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The regional and national tournaments are all a thing of the past. So is the points scoring system that he’s had to worry about every time he’s fought, as well as the headgear that he’s had to strap on for 130 amateur fights, 119 of which he won.
The next time Toka Kahn-Clary steps in the ring, the Manfredo’s Gym fighter will do so as a professional. His name and his pro fights will be etched forever on boxrec.com, and yes, he will be fattening his wallet with some extra greens.

Unbeaten Lincoln rolls past Smithfield, 5-0

May 18, 2012

Contributing writer
LINCOLN --- With a 5-0 shutout against the Smithfield Sentinels Friday, the Lincoln Lions improved their record to 14-0 and clinched the Northern Division.
Including yesterday’s game, the Lions have only played in five games that were decided by five or fewer runs, one of which came against Smithfield on April 4. During that game, Lincoln came away with a 3-2 win.
Coach Dick Ryan thought that the grit his squad showed against a Smithfield team that always gives Lincoln a close match was a good sign.

Cumberland stays hot, halts MSC's win streak

May 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET --- These past two weeks have certainly belonged to Cumberland, and that was evident on Friday afternoon in its Division I-North showdown against Mount St. Charles.
The Clippers took over second place and grabbed their fifth win in their last seven outings with a solid performance that saw the visitors claim the early momentum with five runs in the first two innings, play steady defense, and ride the solid pitching of Caylin Legare to a 6-3 victory that put a damper on the Mounties’ ‘Senior Day’ festivities.

Softball Patriots pack a punch, tame Raiders

May 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET — This did not resemble your typical second-place vs. third-place battle.
In fact, Thursday afternoon’s Division III showdown between Davies and Shea resembled a mismatch between a team battling for the division lead and a team saddled with a losing record and no hopes of grabbing a playoff spot.
The Patriots collected 12 hits and took full advantage of a season-high 12 walks and eight errors by the Raiders, and the end result was a stunning 15-1 rout before a large gathering at Max Read Field that was halted after five innings by the mercy rule.

Saints belt Clippers, keep playoff prayers alive

May 17, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Just before Cumberland High hosted St. Raphael Academy in a critical Division I-North tilt on Thursday afternoon, the two squads stood on their respective baselines and watched Sue Lanctot, a Cumberland resident and two-time breast cancer survivor, throw out the first pitch.
The touching moment drew a hefty round of applause, and for good reason: The contest had been set up weeks ago to benefit the American Cancer Society. Both players and coaches had purchased special, blue-and-white “Strike Out Cancer” caps to wear, at $15 each.

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