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McGair: Talking heads shouldn’t judge what’s behind closed doors

May 8, 2013

A little of this, a little of that …

There are some sports writers and columnists who believe that one of the job’s requisites is to put themselves in the shoes of a professional athlete. It’s as if the power of the pen and computer grants these gatekeepers of the locker room the ability to read millionaire’s minds or to step inside their bodies.
And that’s when the real trouble ensues.

Game of missed opportunities for Cumberland baseball team

May 7, 2013

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland’s inability to get the big hit on Tuesday afternoon cost the Clippers an opportunity to pick up a big win.
The Clippers stranded 10 runners on base – five of them in scoring position – and saw La Salle use a three-run uprising in the top of the third inning and some strong pitching from Caleb Gardner to produce a 4-1 victory at Tucker Field.
The Rams, who are 10-1 in Division I-North play (and in second place behind unbeaten Bishop Hendricken) and have now won eight in a row, didn’t need a big hit to take their 3-0 lead off Cumberland starter Rob Reedy.

Smithfield bests Cumberland for Northern Division outdoor track championship

May 7, 2013

CUMBERLAND — A year ago at these Northern Division Championships, then-Central Falls High junior Tiffany Jenkins finished third overall in the high jump – courtesy of a leap of five feet, one inch – but truly wanted to improve that placement this time around.
Now a senior captain, she accomplished the same 5-1 on Tuesday afternoon, but found herself in a different situation. With the height, she earned the title, so is looking forward to bigger and better things with the premier meets just around the corner.

Pasquarelli, Linek snag first titles at Northern Divisions

May 6, 2013

CUMBERLAND — Mount St. Charles junior Anthony Pasquarelli admitted he felt “pretty good” while prepping for the high jump at these Northern Division Championships, held at Tucker Field on Monday afternoon.
But even he didn’t anticipate walking away from the meet with his first-ever divisional crown, thanks to a leap of six feet, two inches.
He had outstanding reason: After all, he had to battle Central Falls High junior phenom Erik Mateo, who back in February became that event’s champion at the state indoor meet at the Providence Career & Technical Academy’s field house.

Northmen swinging for D-III tennis title

May 4, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Division III championship or bust.

That’s the goal for this spring’s North Smithfield tennis team. Return to the finals on May 25 at Slater Park – and win. It’s as simple as that.

Going undefeated during the regular season would be nice, and so would be any other regular-season accolades awarded to any of the Northmen, but make no mistake about it – whether this season is deemed a successful one or not will be determined in the title match at the end of the month.

Softball Clippers take down Tigers, 5-0

May 3, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Prior to Cumberland High’s Division I showdown with Tolman on Friday afternoon, head coach Marty Crowley issued a message to his players.
“I just told them that Tolman’s a great team, and – like every game – they need to be ready to play, and play hard,” he stated. “I also said that they’re brand new to the league (division), and we haven’t seen them, but we needed to take them like any other (force). The good news is we heeded that warning.”

Webster shuts down Bulls, picks up first PawSox victory

May 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Allen Webster brought out his best to nab his first Triple-A victory on a cold Friday night.
The 23-year-old prospect delivered six innings of two-hit ball, striking out nine batters and walking none, to help the Pawtucket Red Sox produce a 4-1 victory over the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium.
Aside from a shaky third inning that saw Webster hit the first batter he faced and the Bulls collect both their hits and score their run, Webster was simply on top of his game.

PawSox’ Hernandez now in the bullpen, but for how long?

May 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Gary DiSarcina wasted little time in explaining why the PawSox are refraining from employing a six-man starting rotation.
“Chris Hernandez will be in the bullpen,” the Pawtucket skipper stated prior to Thursday’s game, which was started by Alfredo Aceves.

Mount nets Div. II victory over Woonsocket

April 30, 2013

LINCOLN — Mount St. Charles sophomore Jon Blanchette usually teams with classmate Ethan Guevremont at the No. 1 doubles slot, but he discovered just before stepping on the High Ridge Swim and Tennis Club courts Tuesday afternoon that he wouldn’t.
Head coach Sean McClelland had a promotion of sorts in mind for him, as he had learned earlier in the day that his top singles player, senior Jack Ricci, couldn’t attend school due to illness.

Cumberland baseball team mercy-rules Lincoln, 11-1

April 29, 2013

CUMBERLAND — The way Cumberland is playing at this very moment is what skipper Paul Murphy envisioned prior to the season’s first pitch.
Take away the moon shot of a home run that Lincoln’s Nick Zammarelli led Monday’s game off with and Cumberland strung together a performance worthy of its play of late. The Clippers’ 11-1 “mercy rule” victory at the Lions’ expense was the third straight Division I-North victory for Murphy & Co. and the fourth overall.

 

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