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June 22nd, 2015
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.
PAWTUCKET – It was right there for Cumberland’s taking.
On two separate occasions Thursday night, the Clippers had three-time state champion Bishop Hendricken against the ropes. There was a surefire double-play ball in the ninth inning that instead was a throwing error resulted in the Hawks scoring the tying run.
That was hard to watch, but then came the 10th inning where Cumberland loaded the bases with no outs and failed to capitalize. It was a huge chance squandered.
PROVIDENCE – Immediately after senior southpaw Colin Murphy had fielded Eriberto Collado’s grounder and tossed to first for the final out on Wednesday evening, he turned to his Burrillville High infielders, threw his glove in the air and allowed them to tackle him.
It took mere seconds for Murphy, now under a whole lot of poundage, to fall to the turf closest to the Broncos’ third-base dugout, and he had no qualms with the pile-on.
PAWTUCKET – For his final high-school act this year before turning his attention to the summer baseball travel circuit, Alex Lataille turned in flawless performance on the mound that on this particular day was championship caliber.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Cumberland High skipper Andy Tuetken knew long before the start of this R.I. Division I Tournament championship set that upsetting top-ranked and unbeaten Hendricken would be a tall order.
He nevertheless understood his never-say-die squad was peaking at the right time, especially after producing a pair of impressive semifinal wins against a Lincoln team that had been rolling.
PAWTUCKET â€“ For the better part of seven innings, Tolman High seemed destined to clinch the opener of its R.I. Division II Tournament best-of-three championship series against Mount St. Charles.
Senior righty Alex Lopez pitched himself out of trouble time after time, with help, of course, from his defense, especially freshman second baseman Kyle Depatie, who managed seven assists and a putout.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Virtually every time Tolman High meets Mount St. Charles on the diamond, Tigers' mentor Theo Murray mentions his personal history with the Woonsocket Catholic school.
It seems back in 1992, when Murray represented Shea as a standout senior third/first baseman, his Raiders held a precarious lead over the Mounties in the R.I. Division II Tournament losers' bracket final. In the end, however, MSC prevailed with a late rally, 7-6, eliminating Shea from a berth opposite Westerly, the eventual state champion.