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June 8th

Lavarnway’s catching on as PawSox's primary backstop

June 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — There was Ryan Lavarnway the other day, sitting in PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler’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.

Former pitching coach Cather weighs in on Bard

June 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Mike Cather was Daniel Bard’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? Let’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.

Lincoln answers Coventry’s challenge, grabs 5-2 win

June 8, 2012

PROVIDENCE — 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 “mercy-rule” variety.

June 6th

Will, belief drive Mark Prior's comeback

June 6, 2012

The question cut right to the heart of the matter and can only be answered by Mark Prior himself.
Why?
Why keep revisiting what has been a torturous comeback trail in the same manner where in the past, injuries played a significant part in removing the luster of this onetime pitching star?
Why not come to terms that the last major-league start you made occurred August 10, 2006, take comfort in knowing you gave it your best shot and realize that at age 31, you still have an entire life ahead of you?

Giants draft Lincoln's Pickering in 32nd round

June 6, 2012

LINCOLN — Call what happened to Lincoln’s Chris Pickering on Wednesday afternoon a pleasant and unexpected surprise – that of getting selected by the San Francisco Giants on the third and final day of the MLB Draft.

Woonsocket softball team belts West Warwick, 13-0

June 6, 2012

PROVIDENCE -- Woonsocket hit with two outs. The Novans hit for power. The Novans peppered the gaps with hits.
Seventh-seeded Woonsocket kicked off the Rhode Island College portion of the Division II tournament by roughing up one of the division’s least scored upon teams on Tuesday night in the winners’ bracket semifinals.
Freshman Tayla Sevigny’s bases-clearing triple in the top of the first inning and classmate Amanda Nunez’s three-run homer in the second were the big hits in the Novans’ stunning 13-0 triumph over sixth-seeded West Warwick.

June 4th

Capturing the moment: That’s exactly what the Clippers did en route to Div. II girls' lacrosse title

June 4, 2012

CUMBERLAND — As a sophomore, Cumberland High senior Kara Gorman blew out a shoulder throwing the javelin, but attempted to make a comeback her junior outdoor track and field season.
“It was a ‘no-go,’” she explained. “Way too painful.”
This past fall, a few members of the girls’ lacrosse squad begged her to sign up for their program, as they desperately needed a goalie, and she finally acquiesced.

End of the line for Northmen in Division II softball playoffs

June 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — No. 2 and No. 3 seeds don’t usually battle each other until the semifinals of a winners’ bracket, not in the opening round of a losers’ bracket, but that’s where Tolman and North Smithfield were contesting each other on Monday afternoon.
And not only did both teams head into Slater Park looking to erase the sting of 1-0 defeats from the previous afternoon, but they had to combat the misty weather and temperatures in the low 50s thoughout this part of the state.

SEE TRACK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SLIDESHOW

June 4, 2012

See East Providence long jumper Chris Moura and others in slideshow from Sunday's RIIL state championship. Click SPORTS menu bar at top of page.

June 3rd

Crawley, Pitts track down state championships

June 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Central Falls High senior Steve Vazquez and Cumberland junior Trevor Crawley maintained vastly different outlooks about reigning in their respective individual events at Sunday's Rhode Island Interscholastic Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Vazquez had just captured the high jump crown with a leap of 6 feet, eight inches at Brown Stadium, yet he sat virtually alone on a steel bench, shedding tears, just yards away from the bar that failed him.

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