April 14th, 2015
With the boys’ volleyball season in full swing, here’s an early-season lookout relating to our local entries.
Movin’ on up at Tolman
Success can come at a hefty price. In the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, this double-edged sword is sharpened every few years or so when the time comes to realign the divisions.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city dodged a potentially crippling financial bullet as a Superior Court judge ruled against a group of taxpayers who filed suit to quash the 2012 supplemental tax, claiming the $2.5 million levy was against the law.
Edmund Alves, legal counsel to the now-defunct Budget Commission, which ordered the tax, hailed Associate Superior Court Judge Netti Vogelâ€™s ruling on Friday as a major victory for the city. If the plaintiffs had prevailed, Alves said the state would very likely have petitioned the city into receivership, much as it did in Central Falls over three years ago.
LINCOLN – Given the brutal winter and rainy early spring, neither Lincoln High nor Mount St. Charles had spent much time practicing outside. In fact, both programs have seen their fair share of several disappointing postponements.
Yet it sure was hard to tell on Monday afternoon, as the two teams seemed happy to finally take Sullivan Field for their Division I-North season opener.
ALLENTOWN, Pa – Pawtucket left Coca-Cola Park late Sunday afternoon with an opening-weekend series in their pocket.
However, their last game certainly wasn’t easy.
The PawSox had what appeared to be a comfortable 3-1 lead in their grasp at the top of the seventh inning, and a series sweep appeared inevitable. Starter Eddie Rodriguez had just left the game with an impressive 84-pitch showing in which he retired the final 11 batters he faced.
PAWTUCKET – “I’m preparing in spring training to be a starter,” stated Matt Barnes in February, not long after the official report date for Red Sox pitchers and catchers.
When reminded of what the hard-throwing right-hander said during follow-up phone interview late last week, Barnes came across as open-minded individual.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ The Town Council has taken the first step in a lengthy process to designate Chapel Street (from River Street to Union Avenue) in Harrisville; the former Boliden Metech Mill in Mapleville; and the Pliant site in Nasonville as potential sites for redevelopment.
WOONSOCKET – Tom Seaver is typically very even-keeled, but he had to work to contain his excitement after Mount St. Charles eked out an astonishing, come-from-behind 12-11 Division II crossover triumph over Narragansett on Saturday afternoon.
The Mounties had to overcome deficits of 7-0 (after the first frame), 9-3 (following the top of the third) and 11-9 (in the fourth), but manufactured three runs in the back half of the seventh to improve to 2-0 overall and in league action.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A long-abandoned structure on Sunnyside Avenue was destroyed in a fire Saturday morning, and fire officials believe the cause to be suspicious in nature.
Around 11 a.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to the one-story property on Sunnyside Avenue after receiving a call for smoke coming from the building. Woonsocket Fire Chief Paul Shatraw said fire personnel arrived on scene to see heavy fire coming out of the buildingâ€™s exterior and the firefightersâ€™ exterior attack proved successful, as the blaze was deemed under control within 15 minutes.
PAWTUCKET – Tolman High head coach Craig Giarusso admitted he’s never seen such a horrendous winter, one that has so greatly affected his ability to practice with his girls outside.
BOSTON – Being affiliated with the Big East Conference and having all their games televised, Providence College men’s basketball is one of biggest windows into the institution.
People tend to focus on Ed Cooley’s program more than any other sport to the point that it becomes the barometer about how fans and alumni alike feel about PC.