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Prachniak revels in WCU's D-II World Series title

June 8, 2012

LINCOLN – When Dr. Edward M. Matejkovic chose to hire Lincoln's own Jad Prachniak to skipper his West Chester University baseball squad last July, he knew he was putting a lot of faith in an unknown product.
After all, up to that point, Prachniak had served just one year as an undergraduate assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island in 2005, then served as Frank Leoni's pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at the College of William & Mary the following five years.

Will, belief drive Mark Prior's comeback

June 6, 2012

The question cut right to the heart of the matter and can only be answered by Mark Prior himself.
Why?
Why keep revisiting what has been a torturous comeback trail in the same manner where in the past, injuries played a significant part in removing the luster of this onetime pitching star?
Why not come to terms that the last major-league start you made occurred August 10, 2006, take comfort in knowing you gave it your best shot and realize that at age 31, you still have an entire life ahead of you?

Tolman spikers begin defense of Div. II title

June 6, 2012

PAWTUCKET -- Last spring, Tolman High finished the season as it hoped it would — as Rhode Island Division II champions.
It nevertheless wasn’t easy, as it had to manufacture come-from-behind victories over Pilgrim in a quarterfinal, Cranston West in a semifinal and finally Barrington, 3-1, in the championship match.

Giants draft Lincoln's Pickering in 32nd round

June 6, 2012

LINCOLN — Call what happened to Lincoln’s Chris Pickering on Wednesday afternoon a pleasant and unexpected surprise – that of getting selected by the San Francisco Giants on the third and final day of the MLB Draft.

SEE OUTDOOR TRACK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SLIDESHOW

June 5, 2012

See East Providence long jumper Chris Moura and others compete in a slideshow of the RIIL Outdoor Track and Field State Championship held Sunday. Click SPORTS in the menu bar at top of page to view.

Capturing the moment: That’s exactly what the Clippers did en route to Div. II girls' lacrosse title

June 4, 2012

CUMBERLAND — As a sophomore, Cumberland High senior Kara Gorman blew out a shoulder throwing the javelin, but attempted to make a comeback her junior outdoor track and field season.
“It was a ‘no-go,’” she explained. “Way too painful.”
This past fall, a few members of the girls’ lacrosse squad begged her to sign up for their program, as they desperately needed a goalie, and she finally acquiesced.

Tigers dodge rain drops, Northmen in Division II softball playoffs

June 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — No. 2 and No. 3 seeds don’t usually battle each other until the semifinals of a winners’ bracket, not in the opening round of a losers’ bracket, but that’s where Tolman and North Smithfield were contesting each other on Monday afternoon.
And not only did both teams head into Slater Park looking to erase the sting of 1-0 defeats from the previous afternoon, but they had to combat the misty weather and temperatures in the low 50s thoughout this part of the state.

Tigers fend off Chieftians, earn rematch with Bulldogs in Division II baseball playoffs

June 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Tolman High overcame a 3-2 deficit with a five-run fifth inning and claimed a 7-3 victory over Ponaganset in a R.I. Division II/Region III losers’ bracket final at Slater Park’s Ted McConnon Memorial Field in Monday afternoon’s off-and-on drizzle.

Vazquez, Crawley track down state championships

June 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Central Falls High senior Steve Vazquez and Cumberland junior Trevor Crawley maintained vastly different outlooks about reigning in their respective individual events at Sunday's Rhode Island Interscholastic Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Vazquez had just captured the high jump crown with a leap of 6 feet, eight inches at Brown Stadium, yet he sat virtually alone on a steel bench, shedding tears, just yards away from the bar that failed him.

Boucher's homer powers Woonsocket past Tolman

June 3, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Woonsocket High’s answer to grace under fire was one cool customer on Sunday afternoon.
With her team locked in a scoreless duel against Tolman High, senior Kelsey Boucher changed the playoff fate of two teams with one mighty poke. Her solo home run in the sixth inning – one that hit the top of the fence at Slater Park’s Al Bailey Field before bouncing over – proved to be the deciding factor in the seventh-seeded Villa Novans’ 1-0 upset victory against the Tigers, the No. 2 in the Division II double-elimination tournament.

 

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