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March 22nd, 2012
LINCOLN â€” It was pretty much on a whim that Jillian DeSimone even picked up a lacrosse stick.
As a Lincoln High freshman back in the fall of 2008, she played girls' varsity soccer, and even earned a letter for her rather solid play. A few months later, as spring approached, her dad, Louis, suggested she try out for the school's lacrosse program.
On Wednesday, the URI community rolled out the red carpet â€“ or maybe it was Keaney blue â€“ as a symbolic token to welcome new head coach Dan Hurley and his family. To enlighten the masses regarding the kind of coach and person that Rhode Island is getting in Hurley, we engaged in a background check that conjured all sorts of positive vibrations.
Five years have passed since the R.I. Interscholastic League recognized cheerleading as a full-fledged varsity sport. Time will tell if such a distinction remains in place moving forward.
WARWICK â€“ If nothing else, Sunday offered Rocco Baldelli a rare chance to partake in some deep-seeded reflection.
An intensely private sort, Baldelli more often than not comes across as a man of mystery rather than someone whoâ€™s willing to lay all his cards on the table. Such an introverted/reclusive approach helped the Woonsocket native get through the turbulent times that arose during his career of seven major-league seasons, the belief at the time that the less the general public knew, the better.
If Woonsocketâ€™s Andre Soukhamthath was looking to make his first full year as a professional mixed martial arts fighter a truly exceptional one, then heâ€™s off to a brilliant start.
The electrifying bantamweight prospect kicked off the year by picking up his first pro victory on Feb. 3 with a second-round submission of Gilvan Santos before a large gathering of local fight fans at Twin River.
LINCOLN â€” Fielding phone calls, requests and inquiries from collegiate softball coaches are nothing new to Mark and Marie Mayer, the parents of Lindsay Mayer, Lincoln High's magnificent junior shortstop.
They actually started during her eighth-grade year; that's when University of South Florida head coach Ken Erikson asked Mark and Marie if they would bring their daughter to the Tampa campus so they could meet.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Shortly after head coach Katie Dutch had shot a few team photos Monday afternoon, members of the Burrillville High varsity cheerleading squad sat near the mid-court stripe of the school's domed gymnasium doing what most girls revel in â€“ joking around, talking about boys, etc.
Senior Morgan Ferschke, however, reflected upon a truly stellar season, one which culminated in the capture of the R.I. Cheerleading Coaches Association's Non-League Varsity Division state championship, that achieved on Sunday, March 4 at Portsmouth High School.
PROVIDENCE â€” Minutes after Mount St. Charles dropped a 5-2 decision to rival Hendricken High in a game that would have delivered to the Mounties their 43rd state title in school history, mentor Bill Belisle stood in a corner of his bench area accepting congratulations from folks of all ages.
When someone asked how proud he was of the players he and son Dave Belisle coach, the very images of Mount hockey since the mid-1970s, just smiled and nodded.
PROVIDENCE â€” The drive for five ran out of gas.
Mount St. Charlesâ€™s bid for a fifth straight state crown and 43rd in its storied history came up short on Monday night in Game 3 of its best-of-three State Championship series with Bishop Hendricken.
The Hawks, who had lost to the Mounties in three of the last four title series, were finally able to take home a championship at their rivalâ€™s expense before a full house at Providence Collegeâ€™s Schneider Arena by grabbing a 5-2 win.
Joe Gardnerâ€™s return to the super middleweight ranks was a triumphant one.
The Woonsocket Boxing Club veteran, who went 0-3 as a light heavyweight a year ago, returned to the win column in his old weight class this past weekend on Big Six Entertainmentâ€™s â€˜Whoâ€™s Next?â€™ card at the R.I. Convention Center in Providence.
Gardner seized an all-Blackstone Valley showdown with Pawtucketâ€™s Rameil Shelton by claiming a four-round unanimous-decision victory by scores of 40-36, 39-37, and 39-37.