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July 17th, 2015
WOONSOCKET – Lincoln High varsity hoop head coach Kent Crooks was disappointed when the annual North Providence Summer Boys’ Basketball League folded in late spring.
“This is my 13th year at Lincoln, and we played in the old Pawtucket/Central Falls league years ago, then in North Providence, which had one for over 40 years before it shut down,” he stated. “I was worried, ‘Where will the kids get a chance to hone their skills?’ but when this came about, I was thrilled.”
LINCOLN – Charlie Hien couldn’t help but find humor in the irony.
After mustering three straight victories in R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) District IV Tournament action, his Lincoln All-Stars now will face Smithfield for the right to call themselves the district champion.
The crazy part: It will occur at approximately 7 p.m., Sunday – at Rymanski Field in Burrillville.
PAWTUCKET – For Josh Maurer, the prestige surrounding the minors-to-majors PawSox radio booth tradition really dawned on him upon landing the coveted position before the 2014 season.
“When [Pawtucket Red Sox CEO] Mike Tamburro tells you that he wants you to work for him, that’s basically saying that you could be big-league caliber. He’s putting his confidence in you,” said Maurer. “For me, it was an affirmation that something like that could be possible.”
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
Honestly, PC basketball fans. A sincere effort was made to shed light on why promising 7-footer Paschal Chukwu elected to leave school.
Leo Redgate, who coached Chukwu at Connecticutâ€™s Fairfield Prep, offered â€śwe prefer to stay quiet and focus on Paschal.â€ť
Dan Donnelly, Chukwuâ€™s AAU coach with the Connecticut Basketball Club, also noted via text message, â€śhe just wasnâ€™t comfortable on campus and wanted a change of scenery.â€ť
Obviously, the trail grew cold in a hurry.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Long before the R.I. American Legion Senior Division had even started, Upper Deck Baseball Academy Post 86/14 skipper Steve Reynolds Jr. and his assistants knew they had assembled a stellar squad of college freshmen and high school standouts.
They just hoped their roster could come together and produce at a level equal to or beyond their collective talent.
Reynolds nevertheless admits he's been floored at the squad's success so far this summer both within and outside the R.I. American Legion Senior Division slate, and he has dozens of reasons.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ A Cumberland woman who was lucky enough to catch a two-run David Ortiz homer in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series has been hired to take the helm of Bengal athletics at St. Mary Academy-Bay View.
Jennifer Wasson, who spent three years working in the athletic department at Providence College, has been hired as the schoolsâ€™ new athletic director, succeeding co-Athletic Directors Cindy Neal and Sue Reposa, both of whom retired this school year.
CUMBERLAND — It may have been a while since the Cumberland Major Division (11-12) All-Stars last played a meaningful competitive game – Monday, June 29, to be exact – but head coach Sandi Pickering doesn't believe the layoff will hurt her squad physically or mentally.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Jackie Bradley Jr. spent the Fourth of July holiday returning to the Pawtucket Red Sox after a nine-day stint, his third of the season, with the parent club.
That designation came following fellow outfielder Shane Victorino's activation the day before.
Approximately 48 hours later, the 25-year-old center fielder received some news of consolation from Pawtucket skipper Kevin Boles. That is, he had been selected to represent the International League's best against the Pacific Coast League in the annual Triple-A All-Star Game, slated for Wednesday night in Omaha, Neb.
Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series
LINCOLN – When Lindsay Mayer’s phone buzzed with a text from her Fordham University softball coach shortly before noon on Thursday, June 18, the content astonished her.
The note from Bridget Orchard went something like this: “How would you like to represent a college All-Star team against Team USA in New Jersey?”
Naturally, she had to double-check the offer.
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