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DiSarcina: From player to coordinator to manager

December 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET – On the same day Gary DiSarcina was formally introduced as the 15th manager in Pawtucket Red Sox history, we thought it would be appropriate to engage in an “getting to know you better” exercise – an opportunity to view through the lens of those who have engaged in past dealings with the new skipper in town.

Clippers clamp down on Novans

December 13, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It wasn’t pretty, not by any means, but Cumberland High head coach Deb Engels didn’t care.
For the first time since the 2010-11 campaign, the Clippers had manufactured a regular-season triumph, this one a sloppy 38-22 affair against Division I-North rival Woonsocket on Thursday night.

Broncos fall to Townies in girls' hoops

December 13, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE - After sweating out back-to-back nailbiters that weren’t decided until the final seconds, East Providence was able to relax a bit on Thursday night and enjoy a blowout victory.
Sparked by a game-high 17 points from Mary Monagle and 14 points and as many rebounds by Taylor Wiggins, the Townies, who are back in Division II after a two-year stint in Division I, ran their young league record to 2-0 by rolling to a 58-38 crossover victory over Burrillville on their home floor.

Gary DiSarcina to become PawSox' manager

December 11, 2012

PAWTUCKET – The next manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox is a familiar face to New England baseball fans.
A baseball source confirmed Tuesday that former big-league infielder Gary DiSarcina will be formally introduced as the PawSox’ skipper at a press conference scheduled for Friday at McCoy Stadium. The 45-year-old DiSarcina replaces Arnie Beyeler, who was named Boston’s first-base coach last month.

For Lavarnway, 'staying mentally strong is huge'

December 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Professional catchers are part of a select fraternity and understand the physical grind which stems from crouching for nine innings a night multiplied by six or seventh months. Compound that with the never-ending pursuit of processing and distributing data regarding his team’s pitching staff, it’s easy to see that these men play the sport’s most demanding position.

Clippers’ Crawley places 38th at cross country nationals

December 8, 2012

Typically, placing 38th out of 39 participants isn’t cause for much rejoicing – unless you’re taking into account that you’re competing against the very elite in the country.

Mount St. Charles breaks ground on tennis courts

December 8, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It was nearly 40 years ago, back in 1973, that Richard Lawrence founded the Mount St. Charles' boys tennis program, and he well recalls how primitive the playing conditions were.
“We had two old concrete courts over by the third-base line (of the current baseball diamond, located on the upper-campus field),” smiled Lawrence, now the school's athletic director. “We also had two courts inside the (Adelard hockey) arena. Those outdoor courts were in terrible shape, and the ones inside, the kids had very little room to maneuver.”

Girls' hockey preview: Mounties turn over new leaf

December 8, 2012

Tony DiLorenzo has been a member of the coaching staff at Mount St. Charles for nearly a decade, and even he had a difficult time remembering the last time the Mounties fielded a girls’ hockey team as small in numbers as the squad they have this winter.
After graduating one of their best lines and their four top defensemen and also losing the services of their starting goalie to prep school, the Mounties find themselves with only 15 players and very little depth.

Friars pull away from Rams, 72-57

December 7, 2012

PROVIDENCE - The game changed on an alley-oop.
Rhode Island freshman Jordan Hare rose above the Providence College defense to emphatically finish a perfectly executed play with 15 minutes, 22 seconds left in the second half to cut the Friars' lead to five.
As it turned out, the alley-oop was the best thing that happen to PC because Friar coach Ed Cooley opted to eschew his zone defense against the athletic Rams and play man-to-man. Over the next 8 minutes, 21 seconds the Rams didn't make a basket, went 0-for-8 from the field and committed six turnovers in a 72-57 defeat.

Friars' Cotton plays helping hand

December 7, 2012

PROVIDENCE – In the end, Bryce Cotton suited up for the Providence Friars. The real surprise came in the role he played Thursday night against intrastate rival Rhode Island.

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