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Optimism reigns supreme as Aceves gets set to make first start with PawSox

May 2, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Which Alfredo Aceves will PawSox fans get to see on Thursday night?
Will they see a pitcher who is prone to coming apart at the seams when things go south on the mound, or will the Aceves who in good times with the Red Sox made his mark as a starting and relieving option show up?
Thursday will mark Aceves’ first appearance on the rubber since last Tuesday’s 13-0 rain-marred debacle at Fenway Park. The troubled pitcher has been in Pawtucket since last Saturday and in the eyes of manager Gary DiSarcina has been a model citizen.

Basketball camp to take place at North Smithfield High School

April 30, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Stars Basketball Camp will take place July 15-19 at North Smithfield High School. The camp is open to boys and girls between ages 8-18 and runs each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For those that register by June 22, the cost is $250. Late registration, which runs until July 15, costs $275.

High school volleyball tournament set for Saturday at Bryant U.

April 19, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
SMITHFIELD – A high school volleyball tournament that will include representatives from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey will take place this Saturday at Bryant University, starting at 9 am.
Representing Rhode Island will be Barrington, Bishop Hendricken, Central, Coventry, East Providence, North Kingstown, Pilgrim, Tolman and West Warwick.

McGair: David Ortiz returns to PawSox lineup and weighs in on Boston Marathon tragedy

April 16, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – David Ortiz is resuming his rehab assignment Tuesday afternoon after two straight days of being MIA from Pawtucket’s lineup. He’s batting third and serving as the PawSox’ designated hitter.
His left heel heavily bandaged after going through some pregame agility drills, Ortiz sat at his locker and held court with several reporters for about eight minutes. The conversation with the Red Sox slugger started off about his health before switching over to the tragic events that marred Monday’s Boston Marathon.

McGair: Ortiz experiences "good soreness" after first game with PawSox

April 11, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Before anyone gets too alarmed, let David Ortiz explain what “good sore” means.
“General soreness … we did a lot today,” the Red Sox designated hitter clarified as to why he came out following three at-bats in Pawtucket’s 5-4 win over Rochester Thursday night at McCoy Stadium. “I was getting cold out there and I was getting a little sore.”

PCOA awards football officials' contract to South Eastern Mass.

April 10, 2013

PROVIDENCE – The Principals’ Committee on Athletics (PCOA), the governing board of the RIIL, met on Wednesday morning to review and discuss the bid proposals submitted to the R.I. Interscholastic League to administer and assign football officials for all RIIL football games.
During this process, the PCOA allowed the RI Football Officials Association the opportunity to address their issues, concerns and their proposal.

McGair: PawSox' Webster cool customer in first Triple-A test

April 5, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
MOOSIC, Pa. – In the eyes of some, Allen Webster passed his Triple-A debut with flying colors.
As far as the promising pitcher is concerned, the fact he ended up tossing five shutout innings of two-run ball with five strikeouts and three walks doesn’t paint the entire picture. Regarded as the top pitching prospect in Boston’s minor-league system, Webster said that things could have gone better Friday night as Pawtucket rallied for its second straight win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 9-4.

McGair: DiSarcina exciting to see pitching prospect make PawSox debut

April 5, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
MOOSIC, Pa. – Gary DiSarcina saw enough of Allen Webster during spring training to draw the same conclusion that is undoubtedly shared by many in the Red Sox organization.

McGair: Looking at Pawtucket's season-opening win against SWB

April 4, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
MOOSIC, Pa. – Gary DiSarcina won’t forget his first win at Pawtucket’s manager.

Seven former PC hoopsters to be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame

April 3, 2013

Per the PC athletic department:

PROVIDENCE - It was announced on Tuesday that seven former Friars will be inducted into the 2013 class of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. The seven Friars who will be inducted are Bruce "Soup" Campbell '78, Marty Conlon ‘90, Bill Eason ‘78, Doreen Ferguson ‘88, Ryan Gomes ‘05, Eric Murdock ‘91 and Dickey Simpkins ‘94.

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