Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
For those in the sportsâ€™ media business, thereâ€™s no beating around the bush â€“ reporting Rhode Island high school hockey is always a game of catch-up.
Translation: Game takes place late Friday night; game doesnâ€™t hit the newspaper pages until Sunday. Such a cycle repeats Saturday with Mondayâ€™s edition representing the earliest chance to get something on the record.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The name has changed, but the mission remains the same for the North Smithfield Athletic Association.
Formerly known as the Northmen Athletic Club, and back on the scene after a yearâ€™s hiatus, the NSAA, which is headed by former longtime girlsâ€™ hockey coach Bill Nangle, is looking to not only again support the townâ€™s middle and high school sports teams, but also the communityâ€™s recreational programs.
Itâ€™s no secret that the art of communication is key to managing the Pawtucket Red Sox. Naturally the interaction with the players is a high priority, yet thereâ€™s also touching base with the major-league coaching staff or the front office, or with someone from the player development sector or even the Double-A manager.
No wonder why several of Gary DiSarcinaâ€™s predecessors made sure to have their cell phones close by while batting practice took place. Itâ€™s a 24/7 lifestyle wherein the PawSox manager must be on standby at all times and ready to field inquires from all walks of baseball life.
PAWTUCKET â€“ On the same day Gary DiSarcina was formally introduced as the 15th manager in Pawtucket Red Sox history, we thought it would be appropriate to engage in an â€śgetting to know you betterâ€ť exercise â€“ an opportunity to view through the lens of those who have engaged in past dealings with the new skipper in town.
WOONSOCKET â€” It wasnâ€™t pretty, not by any means, but Cumberland High head coach Deb Engels didnâ€™t care.
For the first time since the 2010-11 campaign, the Clippers had manufactured a regular-season triumph, this one a sloppy 38-22 affair against Division I-North rival Woonsocket on Thursday night.
EAST PROVIDENCE - After sweating out back-to-back nailbiters that werenâ€™t decided until the final seconds, East Providence was able to relax a bit on Thursday night and enjoy a blowout victory.
Sparked by a game-high 17 points from Mary Monagle and 14 points and as many rebounds by Taylor Wiggins, the Townies, who are back in Division II after a two-year stint in Division I, ran their young league record to 2-0 by rolling to a 58-38 crossover victory over Burrillville on their home floor.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The next manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox is a familiar face to New England baseball fans.
A baseball source confirmed Tuesday that former big-league infielder Gary DiSarcina will be formally introduced as the PawSoxâ€™ skipper at a press conference scheduled for Friday at McCoy Stadium. The 45-year-old DiSarcina replaces Arnie Beyeler, who was named Bostonâ€™s first-base coach last month.
PAWTUCKET â€” Professional catchers are part of a select fraternity and understand the physical grind which stems from crouching for nine innings a night multiplied by six or seventh months. Compound that with the never-ending pursuit of processing and distributing data regarding his teamâ€™s pitching staff, itâ€™s easy to see that these men play the sportâ€™s most demanding position.
Typically, placing 38th out of 39 participants isnâ€™t cause for much rejoicing â€“ unless youâ€™re taking into account that youâ€™re competing against the very elite in the country.
WOONSOCKET â€” It was nearly 40 years ago, back in 1973, that Richard Lawrence founded the Mount St. Charles' boys tennis program, and he well recalls how primitive the playing conditions were.
â€śWe had two old concrete courts over by the third-base line (of the current baseball diamond, located on the upper-campus field),â€ť smiled Lawrence, now the school's athletic director. â€śWe also had two courts inside the (Adelard hockey) arena. Those outdoor courts were in terrible shape, and the ones inside, the kids had very little room to maneuver.â€ť