Archive - Sports Article
March 29th, 2012
A little of this, a little of that as the spring season for high school sports draws near â€¦
Spring is a time devoted to rebirth, renewal and revitalization. At Lincoln High School, the ushering in of the season immediately on the heels of winterâ€™s wicked and sometimes disruptive nature has been greeted by winds of wholesale change.
WARWICK â€” Whenever a new administration takes the reins of power, the first few days can seem like a blur. In the case of Dan Hurley, the newly minted URI head coach has wasted little time in remaking the program and personnel heâ€™s inheriting into one befitting of his image.
Monday saw Hurley conduct an early morning workout session with the Rhody players brought specifically to campus by previous coach Jim Baron. He described the proceedings as a prime chance to gather more information while simultaneously laying his cards on the table in terms of expectations moving forward.
Cassandra Sherman may be only 17 years old, but the North Smithfield native has seen more of New England, New York state, and eastern Canada than the average adult three times her age has.
Sheâ€™s seen plenty of southern New England during her days in youth hockey, and sheâ€™s played in every hockey arena in this state during her freshman and sophomore seasons on the North Smithfield High girlsâ€™ team.
There are organizational meetings followed by player evaluations with a round of office powwows involving high-ranking team officials. Welcome to the portion of spring training where filling out minor-league rosters starts to take on a more serious tone.
PAWTUCKET â€” The desire to remain current with the times and create a setting thatâ€™s aesthetically pleasing to the eyes of those passing through the turnstiles at McCoy Stadium â€“ the members of the Pawtucket Red Sox front office continue to display a jewelerâ€™s attention to detail.
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.