Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
CUMBERLAND â€“ The Town Council is not scheduled to convene this month. Those plans have changed thanks to the proposed significant upgrades to the football and track portions of Tucker Field.
Parks and Recreation Director Michael Crawley confirmed earlier in the week that everythingâ€™s in place for the council to gather this coming Wednesday night. The hope is that this special meeting will bring the town one step closer to commencing a construction project that some will say is long overdue.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Pineview Big League skipper Joe Clark admitted his club didn't exhibit the kind of superb defense he expected from a lot of high school players in a 3-2 victory over East Greenwich on Tuesday night.
Sure, Clark and Co. won the game, but they looked rather shaky doing it.
That's why he chose to have a short conference with his young men prior to facing Edgewood/South Elmwood in the R.I. Big League (15-18) All-Star Tournament's winners-bracket final at the Doreen A. Tomlinson Athletic Complex' Presidents' Field on Friday night.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The old phrase â€śFamiliarity breeds contemptâ€ť took a beating at the Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race on steamy Fourth of July morning.
Perhaps a better way to put the overall mood after Northeastern University junior-to-be Brian Doyle, the 20-year-old son of former Ocean State marathon great Bobby Doyle, crossed the finish line in a cautious but solid winning time of 21:07: The mutual admiration society.
BURRILLVILLE â€” When skipper Bob Gelinas and the rest of his brethren within the Burrillville Little League were busy choosing their All-Stars a few weeks ago, one name kept coming to the fore.
Gelinas felt Cameron Toti, a mere 11, had all the tools to represent the Burrillville squad. He could play multiple positions well, hit the ball more solidly than others his age and had a quiet confidence about him.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Where thereâ€™s a will, thereâ€™s a â€¦ possible return to the Boston Red Sox?
While it should be noted that Will Middlebrooks entered Pawtucketâ€™s record books on Wednesday night, there is a much bigger picture to consider. The sledgehammer he took to Scranton/Wilkes-Barreâ€™s pitching staff came with a note attached: Iâ€™m getting close.
PAWTUCKET â€” On one hand, the phrase â€śbirds of a feather flock togetherâ€ť seems applicable to the scouting contingent that showed up in droves last weekend at McCoy Stadium.
The section behind home plate became known as an open-air baseball boardroom; one PawSox game featured as many as nine scouts. Remember, the July 31 non-waiver deadline is not that far off â€“ four weeks from Wednesday to be exact.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Tim Mandeville recalls watching his boy pursue his passions so well it hurts.
More often than not, when he looks outside his home, he still pictures young Evan playing baseball with his best friend, Riley Crozier, in the back yard. He rewinds that and other memorable videos in his mind time after time.
BURRILLVILLE -- During the regular season, Burrillville Little League doesnâ€™t allow its pitchers to throw curveballs, and that remains baffling to All-Starsâ€™ skipper Bob Gelinas.
Still, he took great measures to prepare his mound staff for the start of the R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) All-Star Tournament at Sherman Parkâ€™s Rymanski Field on Saturday afternoon.
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Based on recent discussion by the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics, it might be time to chisel in stone the following commandment:
â€śThou shalt not alter the makeup of divisions in non-realignment years.â€ť
The time has come to take a hard line on teams petitioning the PCOA to move up or down in the midst of a given realignment cycle. The 2013-14 school term marks the conclusion of a two-year realignment, a precursor to the presumed changes to the realignment formula that figure to take effect in 2014-15.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Xander Bogaerts took groundballs at McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon, a pregame ritual that the promising shortstop has down to a science.
This particular day was different. Not only was Bogaerts taking grounders at third base, but â€“ as an added bonus â€“ he was the under the tutelage of someone who knows a thing or two about manning the hot corner.