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June 28th, 2015
BURRILLVILLE -- Itâ€™s been a tradition in these parts for decades, where the townâ€™s police cruisers and fire trucks, sirens blaring and lights flashing, escort a newly-crowned state championâ€™s team bus around the villages so residents can share in the glory.
To be honest, for years upon frustrating years, it didnâ€™t occur that often for Burrillville Highâ€™s athletic programs â€“ maybe once or twice every decade. But that all changed, and then some, during this remarkable 2014-15 school year.
BURRILLVILLE – Way back in October, Sydney Blais decided more or less on a whim to travel to Southern New Hampshire University for an open house. She had heard it maintained a respected program in Baking and Pastry Arts, a passionate interest of hers.
When the Burrillville High senior first set eyes on the campus just outside Manchester, she fell in love with the quaint, small-school atmosphere, and chose to further her academic and athletic careers there.
CUMBERLAND – For the third time in as many years, Cumberland High will have a new athletic director.
Chris Tashjian is not returning for a second year as the Clippers’ AD for reasons that are not quite clear. Citing that it’s not the school department’s policy to publicly discus personnel matters, Cumberland Superintendent Dr. Philip Thornton confirmed in an email that a search committee is being formed to find Tashjian’s replacement.
PAWTUCKET â€“ If anyoneâ€™s wondered how Allen Craig is faring in his prolonged tenure with the Pawtucket Red Sox, he has an answer: Just fine, thank you.
After a less-than-productive 2014 debut with Boston, not to mention more of the same this spring â€“ then being demoted from Boston back on May 10 â€“ the 30-year-old outfielder/first baseman is hell-bent on making a demonstrative return to the Red Sox. Heâ€™s hoping it will happen sooner than later.
PAWTUCKET â€” As far as heâ€™s concerned, Shane Victorino made an auspicious start to his comeback to the Red Sox on Wednesday night.
In his initial contest with Pawtucket after being sent for a 20-day rehab assignment to nurse a left calf strain, the 34-year-old BoSox outfielder played left and batted twice in his short, four-inning stint against Rochester.
He didnâ€™t field a ball and went 0-for-2 at the plate, but those numbers didnâ€™t matter much to him. Instead, this was just about getting back and conditioning himself for the road ahead.
PAWTUCKET – Matt Barnes could be upset, downright disgruntled, after being sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox – again – on June 16.
Instead, the 25-year-old righty reliever has chosen to remain positive, and he claimed he has an abundance of reasons why.
First, during his second call-up to Boston between May 9 and June 16, he spent over five weeks collecting key information from coaches and fellow Red Sox relievers; and, second, is planning on putting that advice to good use while he’s honing his skills in Triple-A.
WOONSOCKET – Rising Stars, a Woonsocket-based organization that works with at-risk inner city youths, is using the basketball court as another means to save inner-city children from drugs, incarceration and feelings of hopelessness about the future.
CUMBERLAND â€“ When Toll Gate High head coach Jim Stringfellow came calling, Josh Lima, who holds the same position at Cumberland, couldnâ€™t and wouldnâ€™t say no.
Stringfellow had asked him back in April to serve as his offensive coordinator for the East team of the third annual Rhode Island All-Star Football Game, slated for Saturday, June 27, at Johnston High School, and Lima jumped at the chance.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ It had only happened once before â€“ 60 years ago in fact.
The feat in question: a Burrillville High student-athlete winning state championships in all three seasons.
CUMBERLAND – Given the success of the town’s two Little League programs over the past half-decade, it seems appropriate to label Cumberland a pure baseball community in the summertime – a town that rallies around its all-star squads and takes pride in each league’s accomplishments.