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May 13th, 2011

Cumberland's Lariviere twins set sights on college

May 13, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The twins are going off to college. And that’s big news around this town, where Shaidai and Shoneil Lariviere lit up the wrestling scene at Cumberland High for the past four years.
Shai Lariviere, the two-time state champion and former New England champ, has decided to attend Missouri Valley, a NAIA school that finished sixth in the country last year. It is located in Marshall, Missouri, smack in the center of the state, halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City.

May 12th

PawSox suffer 15-inning setback

May 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Nobody wants to play extra innings on a chilly afternoon at McCoy Stadium, not when the wind is blowing hard across the outfield and runs are hard to come by.
Thursday was getaway day for the Gwinnett Braves and they certainly wanted to get on a plane and fly back home to balmy Georgia, where the temperature is 30 degrees warmer. The PawSox players wanted to finish the game, too, and enjoy a rare night off.

May 11th

Tommy Harper has Ellsbury's back

May 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET – There’s always been a soft spot in Tommy Harper’s heart for Jacoby Ellsbury. That’s why it pained Harper, a 15-year big league veteran, to see the Red Sox speedster get abused and mistreated – both from media members and teammates alike – the way he did in 2010.
“A lot of people turned on him,” noted Harper on a visit to McCoy Stadium Wednesday night. “Sometimes in team meetings, you would give an opinion, but it stays right there. But if a media person says it, it’s all over because it’s out in the public.”

Woonsocket boxer eyes big fight

May 11, 2011

WOONSOCKET --- The national spotlight could be on Joe Gardner again.
The Woonsocket Boxing Club fighter and EBA (Eastern Boxing Association) New England light heavyweight champion will step into the ring for his first fight outside New England and on the undercard of Saturday night’s “Super Six World Boxing Classic” at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Gardner (7-2-1, 1 KO) will fight super middleweight prospect and 2008 U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada (11-0, 10 KOs) in a six-round battle that highlights a seven-fight undercard and expects to be the swing bout on the night’s slate.

May 10th

Anderson confident power surge will come

May 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Nobody understands Lars Anderson’s homerless quandary more than Anderson himself. He knows that first-base prospects aren’t supposed to be stuck on zero home runs nearly five weeks into the season.
Right now, Anderson is going through a severe power drought, something that even has the cerebral sort worried. The facts do not lie, as Anderson entered Tuesday having yet to go deep in 30 games, spanning 125 at-bats.

Cumberland hands Chariho its first loss of season

May 10, 2011

CUMBERLAND --- An undefeated team, one of the state’s best pitchers, and some chilly weather were unable to cool off red-hot Cumberland High on Tuesday afternoon.
The Clippers used a four-run rally in the bottom of the second inning and a strong outing from ace pitcher Bethany Paul to knock Chariho High from the unbeaten ranks and grab a 7-2 triumph in their Division I crossover showdown at Tucker Field.
The Chargers came into the game with a 9-0 mark that saw them outscore their opponents by a 71-22 margin, but bused out of Cumberland with a one-sided loss.

May 9th

Cumberland boys repeat as Northern track champs

May 9, 2011

GLOCESTER – Jalen Evans has already mastered the 100- and 200-meter dashes this spring, posting some of the state’s fastest times in the two events.
You might as well add the 400 to that list.
The Woonsocket High sophomore showed his versatility and his overall talent for the longer sprint with an impressive victory at Monday’s Northern Division Championship, held at Ponaganset. Competing in the event individually for the first time, Evans passed Cumberland senior Andrew Baglini with 40 meters remaining to break the tape in a near-school mark of 51.6 seconds.

May 8th

Karl Allaire looks back on pro baseball career

May 8, 2011

WOONSOCKET – No regrets. No bitterness. No remorse.
Pride and a sense of accomplishment can remain intact even if the ultimate goal is never reached. No matter if he didn’t reach the sport’s ultimate holy grail after toiling for nine years in the minor leagues. Karl Allaire does not have a sense that something is missing, that somehow his career should have “incomplete” rubberstamped on it because he never reached the majors. The Woonsocket native can look back in earnest and take comfort that he put his best foot forward, that he gave it his best shot.

May 7th

Locals shine at Schomp meet

May 7, 2011

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – It was a day of reckoning for local athletes at the Schomp Invitational, held Saturday at Chariho Regional High School.
The Woonsocket duo of Jalen Evans and Jessie Charette placed in multiple events, Evans finishing first in the 100-meter dash (11.40 seconds) while Charette was tops in the triple jump (44 feet, 1 inch). Ponaganset’s Luke Jaffa leaped a meet-best 12-8 to cop the pole vault as the Chieftains captured the boys’ team title with 55 points.

May 6th

Woonsocket jolts Johnston

May 6, 2011

WOONSOCKET –Facing unbeaten Johnston High on Friday, Woonsocket coach John Marsella couldn’t have asked for a better effort from his squad on a windy afternoon at Barry Field.
The Villa Novans had timely hitting, a strong outing from lefthander Brandon Perrico and some top-notch defensive plays.
They even had a controversial, game-ending double play go their way.
All those positives added up to a big win for Woonsocket as it handed its Division II-North rival its first loss of the season with a 5-4 victory.

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