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April 7th, 2015
PROVIDENCE – The last – indeed, the only – time that a Cumberland High boys
four-mile relay won a Knights of Columbus Division I race was back in 1979.
The then-Clipper foursome went 18:56.1 for the win.
On Saturday, 36 years later, Cumberland took the Division I title back to the Diamond Hill Road campus. The Clipper “long rangers’’ - Sean Laverty, Abdullah Kaba, Jim Haupt and Dave Agudelo – clocked a school-record 18 minutes, 54.1 seconds over a team from Hendricken (19:07.3.).
A former player of the Bayside F.C. Bolts is heading off to play women’s college soccer at the University of Rhode Island. Time will tell if three current program members end up following the scholarship path that North Smithfield High senior Michaela Brodeur successfully navigated, though it would appear that Chrissy Bacon, Vanessa Venkataraman and Emma Tziachris are trending in that direction.
WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles senior Matt Saviano took particular aim at bettering his game during this awful winter.
That’s why he would trek with dad and some friends four days a week to the Adirondack Club’s indoor facility, despite the ridiculous snow totals and frigid temperatures.
The roads to Franklin may have not been clear, but Saviano’s mind-set was – and then some.
PROVIDENCE – In the month of Jim Skeffington’s tenure as principal owner/ president of the Pawtucket Red Sox, the city-based attorney has been conducting “due diligence” regarding the ownership group’s proposal for a new stadium.
Along with identifying the downtown Providence land “that would accommodate the type of ballpark we want to build,” Skeffington said that he has been visiting other newly-built minor-league ballparks along the Atlantic coast, with more trips on the horizon.
Paul Murphy had spent over a quarter-century as a Cumberland High baseball coach, the last 17 at the helm, and he admits he’s never seen a winter quite like this one.
Now in his first “spring” as Woonsocket High’s varsity mentor, Murphy hasn’t had the opportunity to conduct practice sessions at his new Renaud Field home, the reason being most of the infield dirt and outfield grass remains blanketed with some of the record-breaking snow accumulations inundating the state the past two-plus months.
PROVIDENCE – With a championship medal draped around his neck and a beaming smile on his face, Burrillville’s hat trick extraordinaire Riley Tupper gave up the secret to how the Broncos captured the Division I/Eccelston state championship.
Tupper said the key was to trust the style of play that first-year head coach Bill Robinson prescribed.
PROVIDENCE – The two nights that finished their season short of their ultimate goal may doesn’t diminish what Mark Andreozzi’s Clippers accomplished this winter.
Competing in Division I/Eccleston for the first time, Cumberland announced their presence with authority with their run to the state championship finals at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium.
The Midwest Regional final was held at Quickens Loan Arena this year. The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats came in as heavy favorites to move on to the Final Four in Indianapolis. That didnât stop Daxter Miles of West Virginia to proclaim that Kentucky will be 36-1 after the two teams meet Thursday night. That certainly did not happen. The Wildcats completely overwhelmed the Mountaineers and doubled them up 78-39. In the early game, Notre Dame topped Wichita State 81-70. This marked the first time the Irish have reached the Elite 8 since 1979.