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Northmen belt Novans, clinch Div. II-North title

May 21, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD -- Head coach Tom Bourgeois had told his lone starting senior, Sidra Ethier, that if she had to miss North Smithfield High’s home clash against Woonsocket on Monday, he more than understood.
After all, Ethier – ranked second in her class – was to accept a National Honor Society award later that afternoon, and he knew she had to properly prepare for the fete.
“She wanted to be here,” Bourgeois stated. “She told me, ‘No, Coach. I’m playing! It’s our Senior Day, and I’m going to be a part of it.’”

Happy for you, buddy: Pats’ QB Mallett elated that Middlebrooks can officially call himself a big leaguer

May 20, 2012

It was a textbook case where the idiom “turnabout is fair play” directly applies.
From Ryan Mallett’s vantage point, some friendly and well-intentioned payback was in order. It only seemed fitting, considering Mallett had pulled the necessary strings that paved the way for his childhood chum from Texas, Will Middlebrooks, to attend a couple of New England Patriots games last season – sitting in primo seats no less.

Unbeaten Lincoln rolls past Smithfield, 5-0

May 18, 2012

Contributing writer
LINCOLN --- With a 5-0 shutout against the Smithfield Sentinels Friday, the Lincoln Lions improved their record to 14-0 and clinched the Northern Division.
Including yesterday’s game, the Lions have only played in five games that were decided by five or fewer runs, one of which came against Smithfield on April 4. During that game, Lincoln came away with a 3-2 win.
Coach Dick Ryan thought that the grit his squad showed against a Smithfield team that always gives Lincoln a close match was a good sign.

Cumberland stays hot, halts MSC's win streak

May 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET --- These past two weeks have certainly belonged to Cumberland, and that was evident on Friday afternoon in its Division I-North showdown against Mount St. Charles.
The Clippers took over second place and grabbed their fifth win in their last seven outings with a solid performance that saw the visitors claim the early momentum with five runs in the first two innings, play steady defense, and ride the solid pitching of Caylin Legare to a 6-3 victory that put a damper on the Mounties’ ‘Senior Day’ festivities.

Clippers fall to Saints

May 17, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Just before Cumberland High hosted St. Raphael Academy in a critical Division I-North tilt on Thursday afternoon, the two squads stood on their respective baselines and watched Sue Lanctot, a Cumberland resident and two-time breast cancer survivor, throw out the first pitch.
The touching moment drew a hefty round of applause, and for good reason: The contest had been set up weeks ago to benefit the American Cancer Society. Both players and coaches had purchased special, blue-and-white “Strike Out Cancer” caps to wear, at $15 each.

Nasuti eyes fundraiser to aid Woonsocket athletics

May 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET — When athletic director George Nasuti talks about “Novan Pride,” he’s referring to something that hopefully hits home for anyone who’s ever been touched by athletics in the Woonsocket School System.

Lacrosse Clippers fit the profile of a well-balanced team

May 15, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The last time Cumberland enjoyed a season as magical as the one the Clippers have put together so far this spring, its current members were learning the sport in middle school, and its head coach, Scott Carpenter, was savoring his retirement from coaching after a long, successful run as the Clippers’ hockey coach.

Former PawSox pitching coach Rick Wise recalls time with Wakefield in 1995

May 14, 2012

Generally, Tim Wakefield’s 19-year MLB odyssey is broken down into two separate and distinctive parts. There was the Wakefield of Pittsburgh Pirates fame, the hotshot knuckleball specialist who helped guide the franchise to the brink of the 1992 World Series.

McGair: PawSox's Wilson has more value in rotation, not bullpen

May 14, 2012

We’re just past the quarter mark of the PawSox’s season. Such a distinction comes with a few observations that have made an impression upon this particular observer …

If the Red Sox knew a month ago what they know at the present time, perhaps they wouldn’t have been so quick to move Alex Wilson from the rotation to the bullpen.

North Kingstown tops Cumberland softball team, 5-0

May 14, 2012

CUMBERLAND — If there’s any good news for Cumberland High, it will return to Division I-North action beginning Wednesday afternoon, when head coach Marty Crowley’s crew hosts La Salle Academy at 3:45.
The bad: The Clippers closed their D-I crossover slate Monday afternoon with a 5-0 loss to North Kingstown at Tucker Field, as Skippers’ junior righty Taylor Butler yielded just five hits and two walks while whiffing eight in her complete-game outing.

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