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April 24th, 2015
PAWTUCKET – At one time, the Red Sox felt Triple A was the perfect place to impress upon the finer points of game management to up-and-coming catchers.
The organization changed its philosophy shorted after drafting Blake Swihart in 2011. Now the art of calling pitches and understanding opposing hitters’ tendencies gets started at the lower levels.
PAWTUCKET – When the major-league pitching staff has produced just six quality starts in the first 13 games and has a combined ERA of 5.93, a team’s natural inclination is to take inventory of the alternatives at the Triple-A level.
You would have thought Hilary Dionne and Meb Keflezighi were life-long friends.
The two of them simultaneously crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon with their hands joined together and raised high in the air. It was an awesome act of sportsmanship that was accompanied by exalted passion radiating from their respective faces.
The NBA Playoffs started this past Saturday. We are going to look at the results and give predictions on how the rest of the series goes. We will start in the Eastern Conference first.
Chicago Bulls 103
Milwaukee Bucks 91
The Bucks came out in the first half and played tough. The much stronger Bulls restored order in the second half behind the strong play of Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose. This was the first playoff game Rose has played in since 2011 when he tore his ACL. He scored 23 points on an efficient 9-16 shooting from the field.
WOONSOCKET -- Woonsocket Little League’s opening day went off with a hitch Saturday at Renaud Field. The celebration officially kicked off the 2015 season and featured a player parade that included all teams in each division, including T-Ball, Instructional, Minor, Majors, Juniors and Seniors baseball teams, as well as 8 & Under, 10 & Under, 12 & Under and juniors softball teams.
For more photos, see Sunday's Woonsocket Call
CUMBERLAND — Thanks to second-place finishes in the discus, hammer and 25-pound weight, Woonsocket High sophomore Jared Briere helped his squad capture the Cumberland Thrower’s Pentathlon, held Saturday at Tucker Field.
The Villa Novans amassed 4,525 points with Briere accounting for 1,988 of them. Lincoln finished second in the nine-team event with 4,470 points followed by Cumberland, whose third-place finish was the result of 3,913 points.
PAWTUCKET – The first time players pick up a bat, they are instructed to swing nice and easy … under control. Don’t rush through the zone because you believe that’s the only way the ball is going to clear the fence.
(Editor's note: this article first appeared in the April 11, 2015 edition of the Woonsocket Call)
When it comes to synopsizing this spring’s Division II teams and what they hope to accomplish, there’s no better place to start than North Smithfield High.
In 2014, head coach Paul Mercier’s Northmen rode senior standout Karissa Carlton’s golden arm to a perfect 16-0 II-North slate and the top seed in the D-II state tournament.
LINCOLN – For Lincoln High head coach Tim Potter, it’s a necessary ritual he undertakes every late February or early March.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Bobby Hartnett made a triumphant return to his hometown on the Fourth of July morning...
CUMBERLAND – When last we saw Hilary Dionne on the running circuit, the 2003 Cumberland...
PAWTUCKET – There’ll be no reunion between Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mason Williams...
BELLINGHAM â€” It's a case that has haunted investigators in Bellingham and Franklin for more than three decades.
WOONSOCKET â€” It wasnâ€™t unusual to see the â€śclosedâ€ť sign in door of Paulâ€™s Family Restaurant every year during the week...
WOONSOCKET â€” Two brothers are facing multiple drug-trafficking and related charges as police seized 77 grams of heroin...