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April 2nd, 2011
The pay, some estimate, works out to about two dollars or less an hour. The days are often long, coming after a hard day at work. Family parties are missed, vacations are delayed and dinners often are eaten at odd hours of the night, if at all.
What is it that keeps high school coaches coming back each year? What draws them back to the fields, courts or track ovals? For a few area coaches, those frequent seasons have added up to 25 years to more than four decades of lending their expertise in their respective sports.
The toughest division in high school softball just got a whole lot tougher.
Yes, the heavyweights are back in Division I-North -- state finalist Mount St. Charles, Cumberland, and Lincoln -- and with each team only losing a couple of key players to graduation, they should again be forces to be reckoned with this spring.
The sights and smells that remind us a new baseball season is dawning are everywhere at McCoy Stadium.
WOONSOCKET â It takes a lot to get an easygoing person like Joe Gardner angry, but thatâs exactly how the Woonsocket Boxing Club fighter felt on the afternoon of his first main event fight and EBA (Eastern Boxing Association) New England light heavyweight title defense on March 16.
Instead of heading to Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.âs âBoxing At The Royaleâ show in Boston for his much-anticipated eight-round showdown with Lowell, Mass.âs âIrishâ Joey McCreedy, Gardner found himself staying home because the show was abruptly postponed.
CUMBERLAND â For the first few weeks of the spring season, the courts have been empty at Tucker Field, the home of the Cumberland High boysâ tennis team.
Thatâs doesnât mean the Clippers havenât been practicing for their upcoming (and very challenging) campaign in Division I after a four-year absence. While work is in the process of being done to reconstruct the courts, longtime CHS head coach John Jasionowski has managed to prepare his squad by first utilizing the courts at the Abbott Run Valley Club and then over at the nearby Sher-Le-Mon Swim Club.
WOONSOCKET â Mount St. Charles Academy moves up to Division I this season after winning the last two Division II state championships.
The Mounties go there knowing full well the challenge that awaits them, head coach Tom Seaver was saying on Monday night while contemplating this question:
âWhatâs the difference between Division I and II?â
Seaver weighs the query for a moment and then quickly responds.
CUMBERLAND â Dan OâBrien has several memories of retired Cumberland High swim coach Bruce Calvert.
His first three years for the Clippers, OâBrien recalled a person that was not only dedicated to his craft, but a person that knew how to motivate with his unique style of dealing with student-athletes.
âYou could go out and drop ten seconds and he would still have something to tell you that would improve it,â he said. âI guess some people would say that he had a negative outlook on your swim, but in a way it motivated us to try harder and drop our times more.â
At what point in Tiger Woodsâs golf career will the media stop trailing the guy around like heâs still the No. 1 player in golf?
Even though Woods has been a non-factor in most tournaments since Thanksgiving of 2009, the long-time No. 1 player in the world still gets an inordinate amount of face time on television as he struggles to regain his old form. I guess the guy is news, no matter what he shoots each day. Or maybe we all just like to watch the golfing version of a train wreck unfold each time he plays.
SMITHFIELD --- The Woonsocket North Stars Mite B Blue Team defeated a very strong Northern Rhode Island Vikings squad 3-0 this past Tuesday evening at the Smithfield Ice Rink to complete an impressive season and capture the Gold bracket Mite B State Championship.
The WNS Mite B Blue entered the round robin format playing their best hockey of the season fresh off impressive tournament wins as well as some fierce state league competition.
The hockey season concluded less than a week ago and to no one's surprise it was Mount St. Charles that was celebrating on the ice with another state championship. Except for a four-year dry spell from 2003-07, that's the way it has been since the 1977-78 season for the Mounties, who have racked up 42 state titles in their storied history.
In boys' swimming, Bishop Hendricken has won every team title since 1989-90, a total of 22 straight crowns.