June 9th, 2012
STATE HOUSE â€“ The House this past week approved legislation to increase use of the vehicle ignition interlock system for those convicted of driving under the influence or refusing a chemical test.
BURRILLVILLE â€” The 158 Burrillville High School seniors who earned diplomas at Friday's 111th Commencement celebrated achievements, overcame obstacles and adapted to change on their four-year high school journeys.
The Class of 2012 may also have been Burrillville High School's most diverse.
"We all became friends despite our differences and that diversity seemed to bring us together," said Senior Class President Nathan A. Satish, an exchange student who noted the graduating class's unique membership.
PROVIDENCE â€” After posting three straight victories in post-season action, Woonsocket High head coach Dan Belisle had every reason to believe his club had the makings of posting an upset over top-seeded East Greenwich.
That thought process fell by the wayside rather quickly, as the Avengers tallied five runs each in the first and second frames and rolled to an elementary 11-0 â€śmercy ruleâ€ť drubbing of the seventh-ranked Villa Novans in the R.I. Division II Tournament's winners' bracket final at Rhode Island College on Saturday night.
PROVIDENCE â€” For the better part of this spring campaign, Lincoln High mentor Dick Ryan has had to field sports writers' post-game queries concerning the amazing statistics compiled by his stellar hurler, junior righthander Lindsay Mayer.
He did so again Saturday afternoon, after Mayer allowed six hits (without a walk) and whiffed 15 in the Lions' 5-0 victory over Toll Gate in a R.I. Division I Tournament semifinal at Rhode Island College.
Ryan, however, couldn't stop praising the defensive play of his outfield, or the clutch hitting produced by senior third baseman Sarah Albanese.
PROVIDENCE â€” Minutes after Davies Tech survived a stunning 13-12, nine-inning epic over Central High at Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon, head coach Scott Cooper sighed, then stated, â€śItâ€™s all or nothing now, Central knows it can be beaten.â€ť
In this second game of the R.I. Division III Tournament best-of-three championship series, the Patriots took advantage of 12 hits and eight Knights miscues to not only raise their overall mark to 17-2, but also force a decisive title tilt at this same diamond at 5 p.m. today.
PAWTUCKET â€” There was Ryan Lavarnway the other day, sitting in PawSox manager Arnie Beyelerâ€™s office along with Chad Epperson, the Red Sox minor-league catching coordinator. The seating arrangement resembled that of an atypical boardroom meeting, with Beyeler staring directly at Lavarnway from his behind-the-desk vantage point while Epperson occupied the plush leather couch to the right of 24-year-old.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mike Cather was Daniel Bardâ€™s pitching coach in Double-A Portland when Bard made the conversion from starting pitcher to reliever.
What does Cather, currently the minor-league pitching coordinator for the San Diego Padres, recall about watching Bard undergo said conversion in 2008? Letâ€™s just say that experience is something that the struggling Red Sox pitcher should think long and hard about drawing upon during his stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
PROVIDENCE â€” Constant success can be bad for the psyche.
So claimed Lincoln High head coach Dick Ryan after his Lions posted an unusual, come-from-behind 5-2 victory over Coventry in a state Division I Tournament quarterfinal at Rhode Island College late Friday afternoon.
In 12 of its initial 18 contests, Lincoln registered seven or more runs, and six of those were of the 10-run â€śmercy-ruleâ€ť variety.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A two-alarm fire that displaced four residents in a two-family at 24 Knight St. early Thursday morning was caused by the careless use of fireworks.
Lt. Scott Popovich of the Woonsocket Fire Departmentâ€™s Fire Prevention Bureau said the fireworks were legally purchased at a retail store.
Investigators for the WFD determined that the fire started in a pile of debris in the yard behind the house. The fire eventually crept toward the house, scorching the rear facade and the roof, Popovich said.
The fire will be classified as accidental in nature.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A tough year ended on a jubilant note as Woonsocket High Schoolâ€™s class of 2012 strode off into the great unknown with words of encouragement and sage advice Friday.
After a ceremony spiced with student performances of pop music, 309 seniors picked up diplomas in the gymnasium, where hundreds of spectators gathered, clutching balloons and sounding the occasional noisemaker.
â€śBe the best version of yourself possibleâ€ť was Valedictorian Justyna Pietrusâ€™s parting advice to her classmates. â€śNo matter what your version of success is work until you get there.â€ť