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SOFTBALL PREVIEW: St. Raphael should contend in Division II

April 1, 2014

Veteran Mount St. Charles head coach Cliff Matthews couldn't help but pitch a bit of levity when asked how his girls' softball team should fare when Division I fast-pitch action begins this week.

“It's not about Lincoln or Cumberland, La Salle or Coventry; it's all about the Mounties!” he laughed. “Tell (Lions' mentor) Dick Ryan we're coming after them.”

Naturally, he was joking. How could he not? Lincoln hasn't lost a game since 2011.

DOMINO EFFECT: How the PawSox plan to reap the benfits from World Series Champion Red Sox

March 31, 2014

PAWTUCKET – “Champions Rise” is once again en vogue at McCoy Stadium. This time, though, the popular slogan is not directly paying homage to the building’s primary tenants.

Last year, “Champions Rise” was synonymous with the Pawtucket Red Sox and the franchise’s 2012 Governors’ Cup title. As patrons passed through the main entrance at McCoy, they were greeted by a colossal banner that proved a fitting salute to a fitting champion.

After busy stint in big-league camp, PawSox manager Boles eyes regular season

March 31, 2014

PAWTUCKET – As Kevin Boles discovered this spring, the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of managing the Pawtucket Red Sox will come in good time.

Reached over the weekend from Fort Myers, Boles noted that he and PawSox coach Bruce Crabbe remained with the parent club until the near completion of Grapefruit League play. Keeping the Triple-A manager around the big-league atmosphere is a fairly common practice for the Red Sox, as Boles recalled that his PawSox predecessor, Gary DiSarcina, reported to the minors just as camp was set to conclude.

Family, school, basketball finally fit C.F.'s George Carle

March 29, 2014

In a recent conversation with former Central Falls basketball standout Rob Alers, he was asked the whereabouts of fellow C.F. alumnus and his roommate at Lyndon State, George Carle.

With immediate confidence – the kind that comes when you’re pretty sure about something – Alers ventured a guess as to his good friend’s location on the Vermont-based campus.

“He’s probably in the gym as we speak,” was what Alers’ senses were telling him.

Pawtucket Pacers celebrate 15th anniversary

March 27, 2014

As always before each practice session, head coach Lisa Bessette addressed her Pawtucket Pacers on Tuesday night, detailing what four groups of athletes would be doing for the next 75 minutes to prepare for the upcoming Special Olympics Rhode Island's Northern Area Games, those slated for Saturday, May 3 at Bryant University.
She stood in the middle of the Francis J. Varieur Elementary School's cafeteria/gymnasium, laying down the groundwork not only for that competition but also the SORI's State Games at the University of Rhode Island beginning May 30.

At Central Falls, there’s joy playing unified basketball

March 26, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — Up until the final four-plus minutes, it had been a tight contest between two fierce combatants, each hustling up and down the court to muster a victory.
No one wanted that “W” more than Central Falls High senior Yeire Cepeda. Honestly, it couldn't have been more obvious.
During the course of this hoop contest against Mount Pleasant inside the Warriors' jam-packed gym on Wednesday afternoon, Cepeda looked disgruntled at times with several turnovers, failures to snatch a critical rebound or inability to drop a necessary basket.

Three cheers for Tolman: Tigers win N.E. Div. III title

March 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Immediately after the Tolman High girls’ squad had finished its routine at these New England Regional Competitive Cheerleading Championships, held as always at Lawrence (Mass.) High on Saturday afternoon, head coach Jessica MacLaughlin’s crew seemed rather subdued.
At least that’s the way she viewed it.
“The girls already seemed, like, deflated,” she recalled. “They thought there was no way they would place in the top five, that it was over and done with, and they had failed. They were just sitting there, waiting to see who had won.”

R.I. Interscholastic League's PCOA raises concerns about fan conduct at boys' hockey games

March 24, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Based on Monday’s discussion amongst the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Principals’ Committee, there appears to be growing concern with regard to fan behavior at boys’ high school hockey games.

“We feel that we’ve seen and heard of more issues happening at the rink. Not really players, but parents and students in the stands,” expressed Tom Mezzanotte, RIIL executive director.

St. Raphael handed first Division II loss in championship game

March 23, 2014

KINGSTON — With 5:22 remaining in the R.I. Division II Tournament’s championship final, and top-seeded St. Raphael Academy trailing 48-30, superb senior co-captain Becca Gonzalez found an opening in the lane, drove through it and put up an easy lay-in attempt.

It hit the back of the rim, then the front, and fell out.

Gonzalez turned to no one in particular, put her hands out as to make a plea then hustled back down the floor.

WEB ONLY: For PC, it's never too early to look ahead

March 22, 2014

PROVIDENCE — As much as Ed Cooley probably wishes he could sit back and enjoy the magic carpet ride his Providence Friars have ridden this month, he knows the importance of pressing forward. Reflections will come in due time.

 

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