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PC Friars welcome fresh faces Dunn, Johnson with open arms

December 18, 2012

PROVIDENCE — There are games against more noteworthy opponents on the horizon, yet it’s probably a safe bet to assume that Providence College basketball fans have been eyeing Tuesday’s game against Colgate for quite some time.
The night will feature the long-anticipated debuts of two Friars. In freshman Kris Dunn, PC is hitching its wagon to a point guard, a critical position that suffered a major hit when Vincent Council went down in a heap in the season opener. In sophomore Sidiki Johnson, the Friars are receiving a rugged 6-foot-10 sort who’s expected shore up the low post.

McGair: Late high school hockey games affect more than just media members

December 16, 2012

For those in the sports’ media business, there’s no beating around the bush – reporting Rhode Island high school hockey is always a game of catch-up.
Translation: Game takes place late Friday night; game doesn’t hit the newspaper pages until Sunday. Such a cycle repeats Saturday with Monday’s edition representing the earliest chance to get something on the record.

McGair: For PawSox manager, communication is vital

December 15, 2012

It’s no secret that the art of communication is key to managing the Pawtucket Red Sox. Naturally the interaction with the players is a high priority, yet there’s also touching base with the major-league coaching staff or the front office, or with someone from the player development sector or even the Double-A manager.
No wonder why several of Gary DiSarcina’s predecessors made sure to have their cell phones close by while batting practice took place. It’s a 24/7 lifestyle wherein the PawSox manager must be on standby at all times and ready to field inquires from all walks of baseball life.

DiSarcina: From player to coordinator to manager

December 15, 2012

PAWTUCKET – On the same day Gary DiSarcina was formally introduced as the 15th manager in Pawtucket Red Sox history, we thought it would be appropriate to engage in an “getting to know you better” exercise – an opportunity to view through the lens of those who have engaged in past dealings with the new skipper in town.

E.P. coaches take a stand, cease winter duties

December 15, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE – As of Friday afternoon, winter sports at East Providence High School are on ice. Time will tell if any sort of thawing-out action occurs.
In response to the fall sports coaches not receiving their pay, the winter sports coaches at E.P. have decided to cease all responsibilities and duties. The decision to take a hard line was started by boys’ basketball head coach Alex Butler, who also coaches the Townies’ girls’ volleyball program.

Clippers clamp down on Novans

December 13, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It wasn’t pretty, not by any means, but Cumberland High head coach Deb Engels didn’t care.
For the first time since the 2010-11 campaign, the Clippers had manufactured a regular-season triumph, this one a sloppy 38-22 affair against Division I-North rival Woonsocket on Thursday night.

Townies run away from Broncos

December 13, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE - After sweating out back-to-back nailbiters that weren’t decided until the final seconds, East Providence was able to relax a bit on Thursday night and enjoy a blowout victory.
Sparked by a game-high 17 points from Mary Monagle and 14 points and as many rebounds by Taylor Wiggins, the Townies, who are back in Division II after a two-year stint in Division I, ran their young league record to 2-0 by rolling to a 58-38 crossover victory over Burrillville on their home floor.

Gary DiSarcina to become PawSox' manager

December 11, 2012

PAWTUCKET – The next manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox is a familiar face to New England baseball fans.
A baseball source confirmed Tuesday that former big-league infielder Gary DiSarcina will be formally introduced as the PawSox’ skipper at a press conference scheduled for Friday at McCoy Stadium. The 45-year-old DiSarcina replaces Arnie Beyeler, who was named Boston’s first-base coach last month.

For Lavarnway, 'staying mentally strong is huge'

December 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Professional catchers are part of a select fraternity and understand the physical grind which stems from crouching for nine innings a night multiplied by six or seventh months. Compound that with the never-ending pursuit of processing and distributing data regarding his team’s pitching staff, it’s easy to see that these men play the sport’s most demanding position.

Correa helps Saints win Dennis Lynch Tournament

December 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET — One doesn’t have very far to look while tracking the barometer of pending success for this year’s St. Raphael Academy hoop squad.
Charles Correa is going to get his points by the bushel, the SRA senior demonstrating just that Saturday night in the finals of the 27th annual Dennis M Lynch Jr. Memorial Basketball Tournament.

 

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