Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
PROVIDENCE â€“ Through all the twists and turns on his basketball journey, Ricky Ledo never once lost sight of what he interpreted to be the brass ring.
Mentioning Ledo and the NBA in the same sentence is a parlor game thatâ€™s been en vogue for quite some time. The Providence native always seemed to have a twinkle in his eye when it came to pro hoops â€“ his tunnel vision so clairvoyant that the only matter left to itemize was to wait for Declaration Day.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Senior captain Zach LaFleur had just confessed to his â€śnewâ€ť head coach, Peter Berthelette, that he needed his help with the bat after striking out twice in his final two at-bats Tuesday afternoon.
But when asked what Burrillville Highâ€™s stellar 4-3 victory over Mount St. Charles in both teamsâ€™ Division II-North season opener meant to him, LaFleur responded immediately and with feeling.
WOONSOCKET â€” In a 9-0 Injury Fund romp at Smithfield on Saturday, Woonsocket High assembled quite the defensive display, and head coach John Marsella expected the same from his troops in the Division I-North season opener at Barry Field 48 hours later.
Unfortunately for the Villa Novans, they committed a whopping seven miscues on an unseasonably warm Monday afternoon and suffered a 6-5 loss to Cranston East before approximately 75 fans.
MOOSIC, Penn. â€” Terry Doyle admits that the Pawtucket Red Sox were playing with house money.
With the PawSox having won the first three games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the main question heading into Sundayâ€™s series finale was whether the RailRiders could save face and avoid falling victim to a season-opening four-game sweep at PNC Field.
MOOSIC, Pa. â€“ It appears the Red Sox are electing to take a cautious approach with pitcher Rubby De La Rosa.
The fifth member of Pawtucketâ€™s starting rotation will make his first start of the season at Lehigh Valley on Monday night. Unlike the teamâ€™s other four starters, all of whom have thrown around 85 pitches, De La Rosa will be limited to about 50 pitches. Graham Godfrey, who tossed two innings in Thursdayâ€™s season opener, is expected to serve as backup.
â€śJust taking it easy on him,â€ť said PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur about De La Rosa. â€śNo rush.â€ť
MOOSIC, Pa. â€“ The book on Jackie Bradley Jr. is that he possesses a keen eye at the plate and is a very disciplined hitter. In his first week with the Boston Red Sox, the highly-touted outfielder did little to sway how heâ€™s perceived.
Entering Sundayâ€™s road-trip finale in Toronto, Bradley had seen 92 total pitches in five games. The 18.4 pitches-per-game average furthers the belief that despite beginning just his second full pro season, the 22-year-old already has a thorough understanding of what is a strike and what isnâ€™t.
WOONSOCKET â€” Not very long ago, Woonsocket High Schoolâ€™s athletic department was a source of great pride, with a tradition of team success being carried over from one season to the next.
Accompanying that tradition were good vibes extending throughout the student body and the whole community. To that end, the schoolâ€™s athletic director and No. 1 supporter vividly remembers a January 2008 boysâ€™ basketball game involving the hometown entry and perennial state power Bishop Hendricken at Savaria Gymnasium.
MOOSIC, Pa. â€“ There are baseball lifers, and then thereâ€™s someone like Gary DiSarcina.
In short, the 45-year-old is a man whoâ€™s worn many hats since retiring 11 years go. Heâ€™s enjoyed successful stints in three totally different realms with all roads leading back to the game that saw him carve out a 12-year major-league career. Thanks to experiencing life as a manager, television analyst and trusted front-office contributor, DiSarcina can speak comfortably on a number of topics.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In the wake of Rutgers University's Wednesday afternoon firing of men's basketball coach Mike Rice for physically and orally abusing his players, some local â€“ and legendary â€“ high school coaches/athletic directors chose to â€śweigh inâ€ť on the subject.
Rice's dismissal came at the helm of a video that news outlets nationwide carried throughout the afternoon and evening hours. It showed numerous clips of Rice rifling basketballs at players' backs, legs, etc., grabbing them by their jerseys and shoving them; he also could be heard screaming obscenities and homosexual slurs at them.