July 9th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ The father of an award-winning cheerleader says his son's training may be the only reason he's still alive after falling four stories from the studio where he teaches Thursday.
Dylan Smith, 19, told his father he instinctively did a backflip in mid-air, which enabled him to land on his feet behind the old Harris Mill on Main Street.
â€śHe's alive and it's basically a miracle,â€ť said Hugh Smith of North Smithfield. â€śHe should be dead. It's a 44-foot drop.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” The Lincoln All-Stars have dominated pool play the first three games of the season, outscoring their rivals by a 31-1 margin.
When his unbeaten squad finishes up its slate in Pool A on Saturday night, Lincoln coach Matt Netto isnâ€™t expecting similar results against equally-unbeaten Smithfield (3-0) at Randy Hien Memorial Field.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A week off did nothing to cool down Cumberland Americanâ€™s scorching bats. Nor did the steady rain that fell at Garvin Field throughout Fridayâ€™s pool play finale against North Smithfield.
Next up for manager Dave Belisleâ€™s team: the District IV tournament semifinals.
Conor Lavallee and Steve Dugas belted home runs for Pool B champion Cumberland American (4-0), which collected its third mercy-rule victory of the tourney, a 12-1 thumping of North Smithfield (1-3).
BLACKSTONE- Rene "Bucky" L. Gauthier, 82, of Blackstone St., Blackstone, MA passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011 in Milford Regional Medical Center. He was the husband of Pearl V. (Plante) whom he married June 26, 1948.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Lionel and Leah (Breault) Gauthier.
WOONSOCKET- Helena "Bobchi" (Lepecha) Bilyj, passed away peacefully on Friday at the Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Ctr. in Woonsocket, she was the loving wife of Peter Bilyj.
Vincent W. Cotnoir
WEST WARWICK- Vincent W. Cotnoir, age 85, formerly of Patrick Quinn Drive, West Warwick, died on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield. He was the husband of the late Victoria J. (Costantini) Cotnoir.
Born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Emile and Anna (Marks) Cotnoir, he lived in Blackstone, MA before moving to Warwick in 1971, and to West Warwick in 1978. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
LINCOLN â€“ Cumberland exacted revenge against Lincoln in the best way possible: with a victory in the District IV softball championship game.
After dropping a one-run decision to Lincoln last Friday, its lone loss of pool play, Cumberland used a five-run fifth inning to separate itself in Thursdayâ€™s title bout and held on for a 9-7 win at Sullivan Field.
This past Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of Michael Bowden relocating from the rotation to the bullpen. Rest assured cake was not served in the PawSox clubhouse to commemorate the occasion.
WOONSOCKET â€” After missing the first month of the season, Cumberland Post 14 outfielder Christian Spader was having a little trouble adjusting to the wooden bats that have been instituted into the American Legion baseball season this year.
But the Cumberland High product broke out of his mini slump in a big way on Thursday night against Navigant Credit Union Post 85. Spader collected four hits, including a game-winning two-run single in the top of the 11th inning as Post 14 outlasted Navigant, 2-0, in a three-hour marathon at Renaud Field.
WOONSOCKET â€” The custody battle for the man accused of murdering gas station manager David Main swerved toward uncharted legal territory yesterday as an appeals court postponed his transfer to federal authorities for arraignment on charges that carry the death penalty.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston granted the motion of defense lawyers for Jason Wayne Pleau to stay his surrender to federal authorities for arraignment â€” originally set for today â€” on charges stemming from Main's robbery and shooting death on Sept. 20.