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PawSox OF Brentz ready to turn the page following near tragedy

April 2, 2013

PAWTUCKET --- After hitting bullets last September to help spark the Pawtucket Red Sox’s magical run to the Governors’ Cup championship, Bryce Brentz nearly had a bullet end his 2013 season long before it began.
What started out as a routine cleaning of a handgun three months ago in his Knoxville, Tenn. home nearly resulted in tragedy for the power-hitting right fielder, who was tabbed as the No. 8 ranked prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization by Baseball America.

Season done, PC's Cooley eyes busy offseason

April 2, 2013

PROVIDENCE – In his travels around the state following the 2012-13 season, whenever Ed Cooley has crossed paths Providence College basketball fans, they have met him with big smiles and thanks for providing hope for the future.
As far away as it may seem, PC’s fan base can’t wait for the 2013-14 season to tip off. They see the cast that is scheduled to return for the Friars – fingers crossed on that front –along with two transfers and two incoming freshmen, and hope the mix contains the necessary ingredients to end what is a near-decade NCAA Tournament drought.

Lincoln's Veiga to play college baseball at Albany; Burrillville to honor late coach

April 1, 2013

Spend time in the company of Andrew Veiga and you’ll discover why this young man possesses such a keen sense of direction. The course he mapped out is so precise, with every last detail accounted for, that it’s easy to confuse him for a cartographer rather than a high school student-athlete whose forte is baseball.

Lincoln looks like the team to beat again in softball

March 31, 2013

It wasn’t that long ago when parity was the name of the game in the Division I ranks.
In those days, the competition was so balanced that as many as 9-10 teams entered each season with a realistic chance at state championship glory. And during in an 11-year stretch from 2001-2011, nine different teams enjoyed their moments in the spotlight with the championship plaque.

N.S.’s Falardeau hopes to reel in pro fishing career

March 30, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — It comes as no surprise to anyone who knows him that Dillon Falardeau has become a national-class angler.
Actually, Falardeau, an 18-year-old North Smithfield High senior, laughs while explaining his appeal to it.
“I got involved with it when I was very young; my grandfather, George Lamoureaux, loved to fish, and so did my dad (Kevin Falardeau),” he noted just before the school dismissal rang out Wednesday.

RIGHCA institutes ‘Coach William "Bill" Nangle Award’ in honor of longtime N.S. girls' coach

March 29, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Talk about a royal surprise -- and a well-deserved honor.
Former North Smithfield High girls’ coach Bill Nangle was asked to come to the R.I. Girls’ Hockey Coaches Association’s annual banquet at Wright’s Farm on Thursday night thinking he was going to help present a new project for the varsity sport he helped start and eventually coached for a full decade with the Northmen.

DH Hitting, LLC swings into business in Pawtucket

March 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET --- You can tell a business is booming when after three months in operation, the owners have been so busy that they haven’t found the time to plan a Grand Opening ceremony.
That’s been the case with the ownership group of DH Hitting, LLC, a baseball and softball indoor training facility on 70 Vineyard St. in Pawtucket that opened its doors last Nov. 16 and hasn’t slowed down since the very first swings were taken in their batting tunnels.

Local ADs welcome fresh source of funds from RIIL's revenue-sharing program

March 28, 2013

What is one telltale sign that an organization is doing well from a financial standpoint? Answer: When a revenue-sharing plan is met with a ringing endorsement by the powers-that-be.
“We’re all in this together,” is the phrase Tom Mezzanotte, executive director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, used shortly the approval of a revenue-sharing program at the March 18 Principals’ Committee on Athletics meeting. The unanimous vote (10-0) green lights the distribution of profits that are leftover once all the RIIL’s expenses are all squared away to the 55 member high schools.

McGair: Friars’ GPS: Go to Texas, turn right on Broadway

March 27, 2013

Within every road trip, there lies a theme. Sometimes it’s apparent the moment the car pulls out of the driveway. Other times, you may elect to start impulse free, the mind filled with vagaries. Then the theme emerges later.
The main objective of Providence College’s sojourn deep into the heart of Texas is short and succinct. The theme is this – “Get to the Garden.”

Bryant's O'Shea knows a thing or two about PC's NIT foe; Friars host Robert Morris tonight

March 24, 2013

PROVIDENCE — A small, sly grin quickly formed on Ed Cooley’s face upon being asked about reaching out to members of the coaching fraternity with firsthand knowledge of Robert Morris University.
Venturing a guess based on his facial expression, the Providence head coach set some time aside over the weekend to put feelers out. If undertaking the quest of learning more about the Colonials is Cooley’s pleasure, a valuable resource is located just up the road.

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