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June 16th, 2012
What is the most important gift a father can give to his child?
If you answer unconditional love or a top-flight education, youâre right on target. What about providing a supportive and nurturing home life geared toward helping oneâs offspring achieve their best? Canât find fault with that, either.
Yet what if you were fortunate enough to have a father who could deliver on all those fronts and for good measure was a pro athlete? And what if you, his child, stood in a position where chasing after the identical great white whale of athletic prowess was not merely a possibility, but definite?
LINCOLN â For Andre Soukhamthath, Thursday afternoonâs frustration at the weigh-in was dwarfed by Friday nightâs jubilation at the Twin River Event Center.
The Woonsocket bantamweight prospect delighted a strong gathering of local fans -- many of them sporting his new white âAsian Sensationâ fight t-shirt -- by notching the first knockout of his young career on the undercard of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Incâs âProving Groundsâ show.
Soukhamthath (now 2-1) spoiled the pro debut of Vinny Tisconie of Shrewsbury, Mass. by putting him away with a TKO just 2:06 into the fight.
PROVIDENCE --- The recently-graduated seniors on the Central Falls and North Smithfield football teams put on their helmets and pads on Wednesday night and worked out together on the Northmenâs turf complex to prepare for one final game before officially turning the pages on their high school careers.
But if youâre thinking that final game theyâre getting ready for is the 14th annual Governorâs Cup showdown â the one that pits Rhode Islandâs top seniors against Connecticutâs finest 12th graders â on June 30 in Southington, Conn., think again.
WOONSOCKET â Andre Soukhamthath just wrapped up a very productive camp at Tri-Force MMA in Pawtucket.
The 24-year-old Woonsocket bantamweight will be fighting for the first time under the Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. banner, and heâs a handful of pounds away from making his weight for his upcoming fight.
Now if only he had a scouting report on his opponent.
PAWTUCKET â From his dugout vantage point, Rich Sauveur saw something in Daniel Bardâs delivery that was fixable while the pitcher was toeing the rubber â providing that the PawSox pitching coach could grab the attention of catcher Ryan Lavarnway.
Through all the video and bullpen sessions along with everything else geared toward the task of Reconstruction: The Daniel Bard Story, thereâs one loose end left.
What exactly is Bardâs mound assignment moving forward â starter or reliever? Judging by the early returns in his minor-league stint with the PawSox, such a pretty important clarification appears to have been left off the struggling pitcherâs itinerary, the one that the Red Sox brain trust undoubtedly compiled and left atop Bardâs equipment bag as he packed up his Fenway Park locker.
PAWTUCKET â Daniel Bard got his wish Monday night. Unfortunately for the pitcher, the switch to the bullpen did little inspire confidence that heâs ready to turn the corner.
Working one inning, Bard allowed one run on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts as the PawSox saw a ninth-inning rally come up just short in an 11-8 loss to the Gwinnett Braves. Bard ended up tossing 22 pitches, 11 for strikes.
PROVIDENCE â Head coach Dan Belisle couldn't have been more matter-of-fact after Woonsocket High suffered an 8-5 loss to West Warwick High in a R.I. Division II Tournament losers' bracket final at Rhode Island College on Monday night.
âI'm really proud of my kids,â he said following a contest best described as wild and, well, weird. âThey showed a lot of fight, they showed grit, and they swung the bats well. It just didn't go our way.â
PROVIDENCE â Immediately after the Davies Tech team bus arrived at the Rhode Island College diamond at approximately 4:30 p.m., Sunday, skipper Scott Cooper strode up the aluminum stands to the press box for a coin flip with Central High's mentor, Michelle Rawcliffe.
That toss would decide the home team for this Rhode Island Division III Tournament championship series' ârubberâ tilt.
When Rawcliffe chose âtailsâ and won the flip, choosing to bat in the bottom half of each inning, Cooper silently said a prayer.
EAST PROVIDENCE â It was a great irony, how Woonsocket High sophomore hurler John Flynn allowed only two hits â and a mere six batted balls to leave the infield dirt â but still dropped a crazy 3-1 decision to Prout School at Pierce Field on Sunday afternoon.
âIt's a funny game,â sighed skipper John Marsella from his third-base dugout after his Villa Novans suffered the defeat in this, the initial game of a R.I. Division II Final Four best-of-three semifinal series.