NORTH SMITHFIELD – The mission couldn’t be any clearer for head coach Jeff Crins and his North Smithfield volleyball squad.
“It’s about finishing the job,” said Crins moments before taking the practice court for the final time this spring on Saturday. “Our goal this year has been to hate to lose because that will force you to want to win more.”
PROVIDENCE â€“ You know how you wake up one day and just know something good is going to happen? That's how Lincoln High senior Joe Taylor felt early Saturday morning.
For the first time in decades, Rhode Island Interscholastic League brass chose to conduct its annual state Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Brown Stadium not on the first Sunday in June but the initial Saturday.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Tyler Seddon, the Pascoag boy whose story captured the hearts of millions nationwide when thousands of police officers and firefighters helped him celebrate his seventh birthday in March 2014, received yet another tremendous gift when a playground built in his honor was formally opened Saturday.
The day was May 13. The scene was the outdoor track at Cranston West. The meet was the Girls’ Northern Division Championship.
On that cool spring afternoon, Cumberland junior Meaghan Scullin distinguished herself by capturing three events, the high jump (5-1), triple jump (35-5 1⁄4), and 400 (:59.7). She also grabbed second in the long jump (16-10 3⁄4), an event she won at this past winter’s indoor state meet.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The parents of an infant girl who died in Brooklyn, Conn., in February are facing homicide charges in the death of the eight-month-old.
Justine Barber, 28, and Kevin Hartshorn Jr., 32, both of 336 Providence St., were arrested on Connecticut State Police warrants Thursday.
The CSP says Barber and Hartshorne live at 633 Providence St., but a spokesman for the agency said Barber was located at Butler Hospital in Providence. Hartshorn was arrested in the city by Woonsocket police.
CUMBERLAND – With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, junior Kat Kent ripped a triple to right-center, and scored on sophomore Emily Anderson’s timely two-bagger to deep center, to lift Cumberland High to a seemingly-safe 18-12 lead.
The Clippers didn’t know it at the time, but that proved to be the clinching run during a wild 18-17 win over Cranston West in a R.I. Division I Tournament preliminary game at Tucker Field on Friday.
WOONSOCKET – The second-seeded Mounties strung together five consecutive hits in the first inning, racing out to a 4-0 lead and holding on to a 5-2 victory over the seventh-ranked Chieftains on Friday afternoon at the MSC diamond.
Junior lefty Alex Lataille earned the win with a four-hitter with two walks and five strikeouts in a complete-game performance.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ In what was perhaps the most elaborate ruse ever staged in the townâ€™s history, North Smithfield Elementary School teacher Tracy L. Lafreniere was crowned Rhode Island Teacher of the Year during a school assembly disguised as a ceremony to honor the school for its community involvement.
It was an honor a shocked Lafreniere never saw coming.
LINCOLN â€“ North Smithfield High skipper Paul Mercier admitted he never knows how how his contingent will perform on a given day, and that inconsistency drives him crazy.
Will it be the one which canâ€™t hit it a lick and makes embarrassing miscue after miscue? Or the one that rips the ball throughout the lineup, the pitchers do their jobs and the defense backs them up with superlative plays?