NORTH SMITHFIELD – The mission couldn’t be any clearer for head coach Jeff Crins and his North Smithfield volleyball squad.
“It’s about finishing the job,” said Crins moments before taking the practice court for the final time this spring on Saturday. “Our goal this year has been to hate to lose because that will force you to want to win more.”
PROVIDENCE â€“ You know how you wake up one day and just know something good is going to happen? That's how Lincoln High senior Joe Taylor felt early Saturday morning.
For the first time in decades, Rhode Island Interscholastic League brass chose to conduct its annual state Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Brown Stadium not on the first Sunday in June but the initial Saturday.
The day was May 13. The scene was the outdoor track at Cranston West. The meet was the Girls’ Northern Division Championship.
On that cool spring afternoon, Cumberland junior Meaghan Scullin distinguished herself by capturing three events, the high jump (5-1), triple jump (35-5 1⁄4), and 400 (:59.7). She also grabbed second in the long jump (16-10 3⁄4), an event she won at this past winter’s indoor state meet.
CUMBERLAND – With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, junior Kat Kent ripped a triple to right-center, and scored on sophomore Emily Anderson’s timely two-bagger to deep center, to lift Cumberland High to a seemingly-safe 18-12 lead.
The Clippers didn’t know it at the time, but that proved to be the clinching run during a wild 18-17 win over Cranston West in a R.I. Division I Tournament preliminary game at Tucker Field on Friday.
WOONSOCKET – The second-seeded Mounties strung together five consecutive hits in the first inning, racing out to a 4-0 lead and holding on to a 5-2 victory over the seventh-ranked Chieftains on Friday afternoon at the MSC diamond.
Junior lefty Alex Lataille earned the win with a four-hitter with two walks and five strikeouts in a complete-game performance.
LINCOLN â€“ North Smithfield High skipper Paul Mercier admitted he never knows how how his contingent will perform on a given day, and that inconsistency drives him crazy.
Will it be the one which canâ€™t hit it a lick and makes embarrassing miscue after miscue? Or the one that rips the ball throughout the lineup, the pitchers do their jobs and the defense backs them up with superlative plays?
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Mount St. Charles head coach Cliff Matthews naturally was disappointed after his squad battled for 11 innings before suffering an emotion-packed 10-9 loss to East Providence on Wednesday afternoon/evening.
After all, a win in this R.I. Division I Tournament prelim wouldâ€™ve pushed the Mounties into the double-elimination phase of the event. Instead, the Townies claimed that berth after tying it at 9-9 with a run in the back half of the 10th, then clinching it in the 11th.
PROVIDENCE — By the time the No. 2 West Warwick volleyball team used its first timeout Tuesday night, it became pretty clear which team was going to make its first trip to the Division II final.
Undefeated top-seed North Smithfield took advantage of the Wizards’ biggest deficiency this season – passing – to score 13 of the first 18 points in the Division II semifinals at Brown’s Pizzitola Center.
Like the sound produced when nails scratch a chalkboard, the PawSox offense has been far from harmonious.
Thatâ€™s not news to anyone who has followed this team closely; Sundayâ€™s 5-1 loss to Louisville marked the 25th time in 51 games that Pawtucket had scored three or fewer runs in a game.