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Boston Red Sox name Beyeler first base coach

November 20, 2012

PAWTUCKET – There really is something to managing the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Taking a page out of the playbook that treated predecessors Ron Johnson and Torey Lovullo quite well, Tuesday saw Arnie Beyeler parlay his successful two-year run as Pawtucket’s skipper into a big-league coaching gig. More good news as Beyeler will jump from Pawtucket to Boston, where the 48-year-old will serve as the first-base coach on new manager John Farrell’s staff.

Charest overcomes cancer, becomes marathoner

November 20, 2012

On May 6, 2012, Norma Charest stood at the start line of the Cox Rhode Races’ Marathon, near the State House in Providence, and trembled with fear, her stomach doing triple somersaults.
Charest, then 45, worried if she was too old, too unaccomplished, to attempt to complete a 26.2-mile trek around the city and its suburbs. She had finished more than a few half marathons, but this was twice the length.
“Will I cramp?” she thought. “Can I last?”
When the gun sounded, the Pawtucket resident took off, but doesn’t recall much about what was for her not a race but a quest.

Clippers-Novans duel highlights Thanksgiving slate

November 20, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Labeling the Thanksgiving game between Division II playoff participants Woonsocket and Cumberland as meaningless is utter blasphemy – at least in the eyes of the two head coaches.
Yes, there is the bigger picture to consider, stemming mainly from what awaits each squad upon the conclusion of Thursday’s contest at Tucker Field. Come the following Tuesday, the Villa Novans and Clippers will engage in a game of high importance – a semifinal-round clash that will take place at the respective home fields and determine the field for the Division II Super Bowl.

RILL bumps Tolman to Div. I softball ranks

November 19, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Changes in membership and divisional alignment are in store for Division I softball come the next two seasons.
At Monday’s Principals' Committee on Athletics meeting, the R.I. Interscholastic League’s governing body approved unanimously (10-0) to form one Division I softball league featuring 17 teams. Two of those 17 teams include newcomers Tolman and Woonsocket, both of whom have competed in Division II in recent seasons.

D'Angelo's website pays tribute to R.I. high school sports

November 18, 2012

If the end game was to create a specific website that shines light on Rhode Island high school athletics, then Tommy D’Angelo succeeded.
Wish to know which school has captured the most championships in R.I. Interscholastic League history? D’Angelo’s vision and ultimate creation – www.rihssports.com – contains the answer along with the exact amount. The tally extends to every school that’s ever won a title.

Manfredo Jr. comes out of retirement, fights Nov. 29

November 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET — In a perfect world, Peter Manfredo Jr.’s No. 1 reasons for returning to boxing after a full year’s retirement would be to satisfy his longing to win another world championship or to simply rekindle his love for the sport, which he has spent roughly four-fifths of his life competing on the amateur and professional levels.
Instead, Manfredo’s No. 1 reason for returning to boxing is simple and to the point. It’s the reason why he wants to keep putting food on the table and providing a roof over his family’s heads.

McGair: 'Tuesday Night Lights' returns Woonsocket; changes to Donaldson Tournament

November 16, 2012

A little of this, a little of that …

In the eyes of George Nasuti and Carnell Henderson, the Woonsocket High football team has earned the right to compete under the lights at Barry Field.
The Novans’ designation as prime-time players is twofold. By virtue of last weekend’s heart stopping 29-28 overtime quarterfinal triumph against St. Raphael coupled with Central upsetting Johnston, Woonsocket qualified to host a Division II semifinal-round contest on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Mo Jackson's calling it a career as C.F. football coach

November 16, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — In his wildest dreams, Mo Jackson couldn't have scripted a better, more fitting end to his career as the Central Falls High grid mentor.
OK, so his 13-year tenure isn't quite over, as his Warriors still have a Thanksgiving Eve battle against host Lincoln. But what happened Tuesday night, in his final home tilt ever, left the retiring Jackson fighting back his emotions with every fiber of his being.

McGair: Banged-up PC Friars must band together to succeed

November 14, 2012

Some Friar hoop musings as Providence College gets set for a serious workout down in Puerto Rico …

Standing in the hallway outside Joe Mullaney Gym late last week, Vincent Council touched upon the close-knit nature of this year’s PC basketball team.
It’s become a yearly occurrence for the program’s senior leader to begin his “State of the Friars” address by remarking that there’s no friction in place and how everyone gets along just swimmingly. Donnie McGrath uttered something similar prior to the start of his final season in 2005. Ditto Sharaud Curry in the fall of 2009.

Lincoln High celebrates trio of Division I athletes

November 14, 2012

LINCOLN – Three Lincoln High School student-athletes sat at a table inside the school’s library Wednesday afternoon, tending to some pretty important business.
For months all of them took comfort in knowing that they selected the right college, the place of higher learning where they felt most comfortable upon completing their high school requirements. With the clock reading 4:17 p.m., the Lincoln seniors picked up a pen and with family, coaches and school administrators present, carefully signed the document before them.

 

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