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July 7th, 2015

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Mike Roncarati’s love of physical training took him to top of the sports world

July 7, 2015

In his capacity as strength and conditioning coach for the Golden State Warriors, Mike Roncarati was privy to one of the best seats in the area to watch the best NBA team in 2014-15.

For roughly 2.5 hours each game night, the 27-year-old Roncarati considered himself no different than a paying customer. There’s just one major difference: They aren’t taking a seat behind the Golden State bench and next to the assistant coaches who are responsible for tracking plays.

Little League Baseball | Lincoln has no trouble with Cumberland American in District IV opener

July 7, 2015

LINCOLN – Charlie Hien has been around Little League baseball long enough to know better.

The Lincoln All-Star manager knows that one game does not determine a season; one game does not punch your ticket to the state tournament (or beyond).

While he was impressed with his team’s performance in its District IV Major Division opener against Cumberland American on Monday night – a five-inning, 14-1 mercy-rule rout at Hien Field – he’s prepared for a tough journey ahead, knowing full well there are several squads capable of doing some damage this all-star season.

July 6th

Little League Baseball | No fluke: Belisle's words still powerful one year later

July 6, 2015


CUMBERLAND – There are no scheduled royalty payments, nor is Dave Belisle being gifted with a lifetime supply of cereal in the wake of a new Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes commercial that includes excerpts from his famous speech at last year’s Little League World Series.

July 5th

Road Racing | Master of the Mills: Jack Thornhill runs his 44th consecutive Arnold Mills Race

July 5, 2015


CUMBERLAND – Tom Kenwood has spent decades helping in the organization of the annual Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race, held every Fourth of July morning since 1969, and can’t believe that Jack Thornhill has remained such a constant.

“The guy’s amazing,” Kenwood remarked of the seemingly-ageless septuagenarian.

At the tender age of 73, Thornhill completed his 44th consecutive Mills event on Saturday, finishing in 44 minutes, 35 seconds, good for third overall in the Senior Veteran Division.

July 4th

Road Racing | Hartnett, Dionne claim victory at Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race

July 4, 2015

CUMBERLAND – Bobby Hartnett made a triumphant return to his hometown on the Fourth of July morning, and – in the process – regained his own personal independence.

The 27-year-old Cumberland High graduate and New York City resident easily captured the men's overall title at the 47th annual Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race beginning and ending at the North Cumberland Fire Station, cruising to a stellar time of 20:06.

The victory signified to Hartnett that, after suffering from nagging injuries over the past 18 months, his distance-running career is back on track.

July 2nd

Road Racing | Cumberland native Hilary Dionne sets course for hometown Arnold Mills

July 2, 2015


CUMBERLAND – When last we saw Hilary Dionne on the running circuit, the 2003 Cumberland High graduate was part of a heartwarming moment at the Boston Marathon.

July 1st

Jackie Bradley and Mason Williams: Could’ve been teammates, would-be rivals

July 1, 2015


PAWTUCKET – There’ll be no reunion between Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mason Williams Thursday night when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comes to McCoy Stadium for a brief two-game holiday series.

June 30th

Bradley, Curran edge English, Thompson at CVS Health Charity Classic

June 30, 2015


BARRINGTON – In a perfect world, former PGA stars Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade would have captured this summer’s version of the CVS Health Charity Classic, the tournament the two gracious Rhode Islanders co-founded back in 1999 to raise much-needed money for local charities.

It would have been most appropriate if they had. After all, in the previous 16 events, they – with the help of CVS and other sponsors – have collected and doled out over $18 million to organizations who desperately need financial aid to survive.

June 29th

Little League Softball | Cumberland wins sixth straight District IV crown

June 29, 2015

CUMBERLAND  –  Lizzie Pickering could barely contain her excitement.

When batterymate Gabby D’Intino tossed to first baseman Abbie Vallely for the final out, the Cumberland All-Stars immediately celebrated a 10-3 victory over Lincoln, one that delivered them the R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship at Diamond Hill Park on Monday evening.

“This is amazing!” the backstop Pickering gushed afterward. “I started crying because I was so happy we won.”

June 28th

Burrillville Athletics | CHAMPIONS ABOUND: In 2014-15, Burrillville was known as "Title Town"

June 28, 2015

BURRILLVILLE -- It’s been a tradition in these parts for decades, where the town’s police cruisers and fire trucks, sirens blaring and lights flashing, escort a newly-crowned state champion’s team bus around the villages so residents can share in the glory.

To be honest, for years upon frustrating years, it didn’t occur that often for Burrillville High’s athletic programs – maybe once or twice every decade. But that all changed, and then some, during this remarkable 2014-15 school year.

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