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WOON (1240 AM) lines up 14-game high school football schedule, weekly program

September 4, 2012

WOONSOCKET — There’s a drumbeat sounding on the local airwaves with a specific demographic in mind – the high school football enthusiast.
With two graduates from Woonsocket High School’s Class of 1985 serving as the driving force, radio station WOON (1240 AM) is staking a claim to become the destination for all gridiron-related matters. Starting with this Friday’s non-league game between Shea and Lincoln, WOON has lined up a 14-game slate – an increase from nine a season ago – featuring the voice talents of Lou Mandeville, now in his 15th season calling the action.

Stewart gets nod to start PawSox's playoff opener

September 3, 2012

PAWTUCKET — There was a degree of unrest surrounding Zach Stewart upon rejoining the Pawtucket Red Sox late last week, the kind stemming from when he would be taking the mound again and for which ball club.

'Opportunity' was key word for this year's PawSox

September 3, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Summarizing the 2012 Pawtucket Red Sox, just one word springs to mind.
Opportunity.
Yes, this season’s club will be remembered for earning a second straight postseason berth, a first for this proud franchise since 1996-97. Yet the route that manager Arnie Beyeler along with his coaches and merry band of interchangeable parts followed in order to play baseball beyond Labor Day is, putting it mildly, unique.

Inaugural PawSox 5K Race/Walk draws large crowd, rave reviews

September 2, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Augusto Rojas and the Pawtucket Red Sox got everything they could ask for and more from their inaugural PawSox 5K Race/Walk at McCoy Stadium.
A sunny morning. A strong turnout. Plenty of positive feedback.
And a fantastic finish for first place.
In a thrilling conclusion that had the fans scattered along the stadium’s lower box seats cheering wildly, Geoff Nelson survived a frantic sprint with Nathan Petesch around the warning track by nipping him at the finish line near the PawSox’s dugout by less than a second.

PawSox's Fields impresses with increased velocity

August 31, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Believe it or not, pitchers do gain velocity as the season deepens. In the case of Josh Fields, the spike in the right-hander’s radar gun readings have proven most dramatic – not to mention raise eyebrows.
These days a fixture in Pawtucket’s bullpen, Fields generally sits at 93-95 miles per hour with his fastball occasionally touching 96 mph.

Bogaerts impresses as 19-year-old Red Sox prospect

August 29, 2012

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – There’s a certain aura that surrounds those lauded as top prospects in the Red Sox farm system, and it only intensifies the higher they progress through the system.

Mark Prior reflects on tenure with PawSox, looks ahead toward future

August 27, 2012

His tenure with the Pawtucket Red Sox may have ended in a less-than-desirable fashion, yet make no mistake: Mark Prior remains as determined as ever to refute the industry bias surrounding him by pitching again in a major-league setting.

Shea soccer team back for more

August 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET — After dropping one-goal verdicts in each of the past two Division I state title matches, could the third time be the charm for Shea High this fall?
Veteran head coach Pierre Ridore certainly thinks so, even though he graduated a half dozen key starters, and he let his feelings be known early Monday afternoon before his team boarded its bus for a preseason scrimmage against two-time defending Division II champion Smithfield.

WEB ONLY: Sikorowicz, Lapierre win Yo Raymond 5K

August 25, 2012

CUMBERLAND -- When Ray Sikorowicz and his family drove from their Lincoln residence to Camp Ker Anna for the “Yo” Raymond Memorial 5K early Saturday morning, the 45-year-old veteran runner had two modest goals in mind – run a time that was in the low-18 minute range and compete for the top spot in his 40-49 age division.
Sikorowicz was able to accomplish both of those goals, as well as do something that in his wildest dreams he could not have envisioned – win the sixth annual race.

Football is the sport that brings Johnson family together

August 24, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — Back in the mid-1990s, Brian Johnson and Chuck Rinebolt often teased each other about how long they would, or could, last playing semi-pro football.
The game, more often than not, can be thankless. They don't get paid, and – at times – are stuck paying for their own equipment, but they don't care. These men, most of whom work full-time, have to hustle to the practice grid two or three times a week before or after their jobs to hone their skills, speed and strength for their upcoming weekend opponent.
They're in it just for their intense love for football.

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