May 28th, 2012
For some high school sports like baseball and softball, the road to postseason glory begins this week. For other sports such as lacrosse, the action continues with teams setting their sights on reaching the finals, set for next weekend at Rhode Island College.
With the exception of softball, all of the brackets have been released. In an exercise geared toward setting the record straight, we present a brief overview of what‚Äôs in store for the local teams fortunate enough to still be competing in meaningful games at this time of year.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ A day earlier, Devan Dube and Ben Degrange earned a point without having to set a single foot on the courts at Slater Park. Less than 24 hours later under humid conditions, the No. 3 doubles team for North Smithfield found themselves in a position where the fate of the Division III championship rested on their slender shoulders.
Oh, the drama.
WARWICK ‚ÄĒ Dan Rhault knows that in order for a high school baseball talent to get noticed, one has to venture to where college coaches and recruiters gather.
The belief that if you‚Äôre good, ‚Äúthey‚ÄĚ will seek you out no longer applies. Recruiting has become such a cutthroat business that if you snooze, you lose, and if you snooze some more, you just might see your baseball career end at the high school level.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to them,‚ÄĚ Rhault, a Lincoln native, said matter-of-factly.
WEST CHESTER, Pa. ‚ÄĒ It‚Äôs been quite the debut for Jad Prachniak, West Chester University‚Äôs new baseball skipper.
Thanks to the tutelage of the former Lincoln resident, the Golden Rams closed their regular season with a stellar 42-10 slate, captured the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship and qualified for the NCAA Division II World Series after winning four straight games in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ In a rare Sunday session, the City Council voted 5-2 last night to ask the state bring in a budget commission to take over the city‚Äôs finances.
Pro-commission councilors blamed lawmakers for forcing their hand by failing to okay the city‚Äôs request for a 13 percent supplemental tax bill last week.
Woonsocket police officers, from left, Andrew Broccoli, Jeffrey Gagnon, Justin Mowry, Sean Rochette and Mitchell Voyer, are sworn-in as police officers during a ceremony at police headquarters Friday. The five new officers graduated from the Rhode Island Police Academy earlier in the day.
BURRILLVILLE ‚ÄĒ The town is getting ready to begin a revaluation of all properties within the community.
The state-mandated 2012 revaluation project kicks off within the next few weeks when inspectors from Certified Revaluation Company, Inc. (CRC) ‚ÄĒ which the Town Council has contracted with ‚ÄĒ fan out throughout the town with property record cards and aerial maps. The inspectors will visit every type of property, from residential to commercial to industrial.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď The Woonsocket Teachers Guild has issued a statement criticizing State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt's handling of the supplemental tax increase issue.
The teachers union described Baldelli-Hunt's ‚Äúwaffling position‚ÄĚ on the tax increase as resulting in the measure being sent back to committee.
The statement issued by the Guild maintained that while ‚Äúthere has been much debate over whether this supplemental tax increase is the best solution for Woonsocket, right now the schools have no other current alternative to fund operations.‚ÄĚ
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Citing continued erosion of the school department‚Äôs finances, Moody‚Äôs Investor Service downgraded the city‚Äôs bond rating from Ba2 to B2 Thursday, three notches deeper into junk territory.
Moody‚Äôs said the city remains on watch for further downgrades. Meanwhile, Fitch Ratings, which already pegs the city‚Äôs bond rating at a junk-level BB-, is scheduled to reevaluate the assessment next week and could follow Moody‚Äôs lead, said Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď After an eleventh-hour parliamentary maneuver in the House killed his supplementary tax plan, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said it‚Äôs inevitable that a state budget commission will take over the city‚Äôs finances, injecting more uncertainty than ever into the city‚Äôs financial picture.