Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
PROVIDENCE â Way back on April 23, North Smithfield High trekked to the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house to take on league-leading Central in a Division II crossover bout.
The Northmen held their own against the superb Knights, but bused home on the down side of a 3-1 verdict.
Still, the way North Smithfield battled in that 25-18, 25-14, 22-25, 25-14 defeat wasn't lost on Central head coach Donn Chu, who had warned his players prior to Monday night's R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal that their opponent would be dangerous, especially given its size advantage.
Lincoln High senior Nick Zammarelli has been presented with two envelopes. One is marked âcollegeâ â as in the opportunity to play Division I baseball at Elon (N.C.) University. The second envelope is labeled âprosâ â as in an invitation to sign a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox, the team that selected him in the 28th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Perhaps itâs fitting that Lincoln High senior Nick Zammarelli got to share his special moment â that of getting selected by the hometown Boston Red Sox in the 28th round of Major League Baseballâs First-Year Player draft, No. 833 overall â with his teammates and coaches.
After all, both groups were generous with their support and encouragement through every twist and turn of his career.
LINCOLN â Andy Souvalian had been trying to complete his usual business as an assistant administrator at Amica Insurance Co. headquarters on the afternoon of Monday, April 15 when he heard the horrifying news, that someone had exploded two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
His immediate thought: âOh, no! How's Roup?â
His best friend, Rhode Island State Police Trooper Roupen Bastajian of Greenville, had been running in the grueling 26.2-mile race from Hopkinton to Copley Square, and he wondered if his pal had suffered any injuries.
LINCOLN â In a spring season that has seen their son operate in a fishbowl and subjected to seemingly never-ending interactions with pro baseball scouts, Nick Zammarelli Jr. and wife Lisa have been with Lincoln High senior standout Nick III every step of the way.
The journey leading up to Major League Baseballâs first-year player draft has been part eye-opener, part draining ordeal. Frequently, the player's dad has been forced to deal with endless questions from talent evaluators, all of them clamoring to know about Nick and what his future plans may entail.
PROVIDENCE â For the second time in less than a week, Moses Brown dealt Cumberland a difficult one-run defeat.
Unfortunately for the Clippers, Thursday afternoonâs 3-2 loss at the Quakersâ McCulloch Field proved to be a lot tougher to swallow â it eliminated them from the Division I playoffs.
A two-out infield miscue by the Clippers in the home half of the fifth inning allowed the host Quakers to score the run that broke a 2-2 tie and lifted them to a 3-2 victory and a chance to play another day in the tournament.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Assistant coach Paul Mercier put it best after North Smithfield High pulled off an amazing, come-from-behind 3-2 triumph over West Warwick on Thursday afternoon: âThe girls were a whole lot happier today than they were 24 hours ago. It was a really quiet ride home.â
WOONSOCKET â If Mount St. Charles planned to overcome a tough opponent and earn a spot in next Tuesday nightâs Division I semifinals, the Mounties were going to have to do something they hadnât done during the regular season.
Win a five-set match.
After going 0-for-3 in matches that were decided by 3-2 scores, the Mounties were able to cap a two-hour thriller with visiting North Kingstown on Wednesday afternoon with an impressive 15-12 victory in their quarterfinal-round matchup.
PROVIDENCE â North Smithfield High head coach Tom Bourgeois stood on a sidewalk in front of Rhode Island College's Gaige Hall late Wednesday afternoon and struggled to find words to describe his squad's inability to field the ball cleanly â or muster a timely hit.
His top-seeded Northmen (from II-North) had entered this R.I. Division II Tournament winners' bracket semifinal tilt against fifth-ranked East Greenwich having dropped just one league decision all year, that a 5-3 nailbiter at Cranston East back on April 10.
PAWTUCKET â Based on the comments John Farrell made Wednesday, it wouldnât classify as a tremendous shock to see Will Middlebrooks remain with the PawSox beyond when heâs eligible to come off the disabled list, which is Saturday.
Position players are allotted a 20-day rehab window with Wednesday serving as Day Two of Middlebrooksâ on-the-mend stint. During his weekly radio appearance on WEEI, Farrell mentioned that itâs just not a matter of the third baseman shaking off the cobwebs after landing on the disabled list with a lower back strain.