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McGair: Looking ahead to the Sweet in R.I. boys' hoops; The legacy of the PawSox broadcast booth

February 21, 2013

Sports writer

The boys’ basketball division tournaments may be in vogue at the moment, but it’s never too early to look at the field comprising the 16-team open state tournament. With a nod to Shea High assistant coach Henry Coleman, here’s what the top 16 looks like following Tuesday’s playoff action:

School (Points)
1. La Salle (18)
2. North Kingstown (17)
3. Classical (17)
4. Cumberland (14.6)
5. Mount Pleasant (13)
6. North Smithfield (13)
7. Westerly (12.8)
8. North Providence (12.8)
9. Coventry (12)
10. Barrington (12)
11. Shea (11.2)

McGair: How Baseball America views the 2016 Red Sox

February 20, 2013

Sports writer

Within the treasure trove that is Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook lies a section that offers a sneak peak to a few years down the line. More specifically, the crystal ball the 2013 edition uses ponders what all 30 MLB clubs may look like come the 2016 season.
At a time when the Red Sox appear dead serious about integrating pieces from their farm system, it seems worth exploring Baseball America’s perception of the 2016 lineup.

McGair: Setting the scene for R.I. boys' basketball divisional playoffs

February 18, 2013

Sports writer

One of the interesting subplots for the division tournaments in R.I. boys’ basketball is the use of neutral site high school gyms for Wednesday’s quarterfinals. The venues include North Providence, East Greenwich, East Providence, South Kingstown, Cumberland and Westerly.
Breaking things down further, all Division I schools are heading to Div. II and III spots. In Division II all four games are taking place on Div. I grounds, while the Division III games are being held in Div. II gyms.

Results from R.I. Boys' Indoor Track Class Meets

February 13, 2013

PROVIDENCE -- Mount St. Charles junior Anthony Pasquarelli fashioned quite a Tuesday night for himself at the R.I. Class C Championships, held at the Providence Career & Technical High School’s field house.
He not only captured the high jump title with a leap of six feet even, but also took second in the 300-meter dash (39.50) and fourth in the 55-meter dash (7.00).
That wasn’t all, as he anchored the runner-up 4 x 200-meter relay (which consisted of Andrew Van Winter, James Mullaney and Dan Weiss), which finished in 3:47.90.

Signup info for Woonsocket PONY baseball league

February 10, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket PONY League has announced the following signup dates for the 2013 season. Registration will take place the Bernon Park Hut, located in Kermit Street.
Saturdays: Feb. 16, Feb. 23 and March 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sundays: Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and March 3 from 10 a.m.-2p.m.
The cost is $60 and is open to Woonsocket residents and the surrounding communities. A birth certificate must be brought to the signup (Participants must be 13 & 14-years-old as of April 30).

McGair: Postseason venues for boys' basketball set

January 29, 2013

Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – While we’re still a few weeks away from postseason play in R.I. boys’ basketball, the venues for the three division tournaments and 16-team open state tournament are set.
Division play will begin on Saturday, Feb. 16 with preliminary-round action at school sites. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19 and like the preliminaries will take place on high school grounds.

McGair: Audio clip from Francona: The Red Sox Years

January 23, 2013

Sports writer
In response to the column about Terry Francona's book that appeared in Sunday's Woonsocket Call and here – – the folks at Macmillan Audio were kind enough to send along a clip from the audiobook version.
Download and enjoy!

McGair: Syracuse's Boeheim waxes poetically in final visit to Providence

January 9, 2013

Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – Judging by the lengthy soliloquy he delivered following his team’s 72-66 win against the Providence Friars Wednesday night, this city will always hold a special place in Jim Boehiem’s heart.
The veteran Syracuse took a simple question – “Any last thoughts about playing the Friars at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center?” – and ran with it, sounding off for several minutes about his program’s last go-around in the Big East along with the fine Italian restaurants that he always enjoys when bringing his Orange players to town.

McGair: Cumberland's Vasey hopes to give R.I. quarterbacks a good name while at Elon University

January 9, 2013

Sports writer
While he heads to Elon University in hopes of making waves with the school’s football program, Cumberland native Trevor Vasey also heads south with the intent of raising awareness of potential quarterback prospects among Rhode Island high school football circles.

McGair: Why Dave Joppie makes sense as Pawtucket's hitting coach

December 15, 2012

Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – In a move that was widely expected, the Red Sox named 47-year-old Dave Joppie as Pawtucket’s new hitting coach on Friday. Joppie spent the previous five seasons with Double-A Portland and has been working in Boston’s farm system since 2006.

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