April 1st, 2015
Paul Murphy had spent over a quarter-century as a Cumberland High baseball coach, the last 17 at the helm, and he admits he’s never seen a winter quite like this one.
Now in his first “spring” as Woonsocket High’s varsity mentor, Murphy hasn’t had the opportunity to conduct practice sessions at his new Renaud Field home, the reason being most of the infield dirt and outfield grass remains blanketed with some of the record-breaking snow accumulations inundating the state the past two-plus months.
PROVIDENCE – With a championship medal draped around his neck and a beaming smile on his face, Burrillville’s hat trick extraordinaire Riley Tupper gave up the secret to how the Broncos captured the Division I/Eccelston state championship.
Tupper said the key was to trust the style of play that first-year head coach Bill Robinson prescribed.
PROVIDENCE – The two nights that finished their season short of their ultimate goal may doesn’t diminish what Mark Andreozzi’s Clippers accomplished this winter.
Competing in Division I/Eccleston for the first time, Cumberland announced their presence with authority with their run to the state championship finals at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium.
WARWICK â The late James F. âJimâ Baron, political reporter and columnist for The Call of Woonsocket and The Times of Pawtucket, was posthumously recognized by a leading advocacy group for the homeless Monday for his coverage of the issue.
The Pawtucket-based Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless honored Baron with the Media Award for Outstanding Coverage during the organizationâs annual luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.
The Midwest Regional final was held at Quickens Loan Arena this year. The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats came in as heavy favorites to move on to the Final Four in Indianapolis. That didnât stop Daxter Miles of West Virginia to proclaim that Kentucky will be 36-1 after the two teams meet Thursday night. That certainly did not happen. The Wildcats completely overwhelmed the Mountaineers and doubled them up 78-39. In the early game, Notre Dame topped Wichita State 81-70. This marked the first time the Irish have reached the Elite 8 since 1979.
PROVIDENCE – There were still two seconds on the Meehan Auditorium scoreboard clock when North Smithfield High junior Kyle Evangelista finally realized the inevitable. He skated past his own blue line, threw his stick and gloves into the air and raced toward senior netminder Mark Pasquariello, who followed suit.
PROVIDENCE – Wherever Riley Tupper goes, championships seem to follow.
In the fall, Tupper served as a pass-catching extraordinaire on a Burrillville High football team that went on to achieve a perfect season that culminated with the Division IV Super Bowl. The change in seasons proved just as fruitful with Tupper on Sunday night at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium finding himself part of a season-concluding celebration.
WOONSOCKET â As the youngsters take their seats at computer stations in an office-like cubicle on Main Street, Arwa Noorali asks if theyâve checked their privacy settings on Facebook lately.
One boy twists around in his chair with a quizzical expression on his face that seems to say, âWhatâs a privacy setting?â
Noorali isnât particularly surprised. In the age of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, the notion of individual privacy doesnât get much respect from teens and twentysomethings â often at their peril.
WOONSOCKET â Running enthusiast and Woonsocket police Capt. Michael Lemoine counted his father-in-law as one of the most influential people in his life.
A brilliant educator and longtime civic leader in Glocester, Donald Driscoll had once been the deputy superintendent of Providence public schools, and for a time worked as a grant administrator for U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.).
When Alzheimerâs claimed Driscollâs life last year at the age of 82, Lemoine desperately wanted to do something to honor his memory and help other victims of the degenerative brain disorder.
PROVIDENCE – Earlier in the week, even Burrillville High head coach Bill Robinson indicated he knew his crew would be an underdog entering the R.I. Division I/Eccleston Tournament's best-of-three championship series opposite Cumberland.
He pointed out that the Clippers had rolled to a 17-1-0 regular-season mark, and three times had posted victories over his own Broncos, which finished with a fine 15-3-0 record.