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Extended preseason pleases R.I. college basketball coaches

May 15, 2013

You take what you can get.
With that mantra in mind, the NCAA’s decree to lengthen college basketball’s preseason is a welcome development in a sport where the run-up to the regular season barrels down on coaches and players like a fastbreak. Earlier this month, the governing body of collegiate athletics ruled that men’s programs can begin practicing six weeks prior to their first game.
The 2013-14 season is set to tip-off on Nov. 8, meaning teams can begin laying the groundwork in earnest on Sept. 27.

Northmen repeat as Div. II-North softball champs

May 15, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — North Smithfield made it official on a cold, rainy Wednesday afternoon -- the Northmen have repeated as Division II-North champions.
Backed by the spectacular four-hit pitching of junior ace Karissa Carlton and rallies in the first and fifth innings, the Northmen clinched the title outright by posting a 5-0 victory over neighboring foe Burrillville on the Northmen’s campus.

PawSox open homestand with win over Gwinnett

May 14, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Fresh off a 6-2 swing through the International League’s South Division, the Pawtucket Red Sox defeated Gwinnett by a 5-3 count Tuesday night before 3,596 fans at McCoy Stadium.
Making his first appearance on the mound since getting roughed up by Minnesota last Wednesday at Fenway Park, Allen Webster tossed five innings of one-run ball en route to picking up his second victory with the PawSox.

DiSarcina explains ‘manager’s decision’ to bench Iglesias

May 14, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Finally, a little clarification to “manager’s decision.”
For roughly seven minutes Tuesday, PawSox skipper Gary DiSarcina stood in his office and shed some light as to why shortstop Jose Iglesias was absent from the lineup for three consecutive days after getting removed in the top of the fifth inning of the May 4 contest.
It was fairly obvious that DiSarcina caught wind as to what some folks were passing off as the explanation to why Iglesias spent time on the bench. Such suspicions were way off base because they didn’t come straight from the horse’s mouth.

S.K. takes Div. I volleyball showdown with Mount

May 14, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Mount St. Charles head coach Josh D’Abate expected his crew to come out firing on all cylinders against visiting South Kingstown on Tuesday night.
After all, the Rebels had entered the important clash at 9-1, their lone loss occurring against Division I-South leader Coventry in only the third tilt of the season. He anticipated his Mounties, leading the North section, to want to prove its wherewithal against one of Rhode Island’s best.

Lincoln takes softball showdown from N.K.

May 13, 2013

NORTH KINGSTOWN — The streak is still alive.
After playing five drama-free contests that were decided by nine or more runs, unbeaten Lincoln encountered its toughest test in nearly a month when the Lions trekked down to Ryan Park for a Monday night showdown with second-place North Kingstown.
And while the Lions were able to come away with a 3-2 win, it was far from easy, and it took eight innings and some daring baserunning from Casie Beauchemin to produce the game-winning run.

Locals playing key roles on diamond for La Salle Academy

May 12, 2013

PROVIDENCE – There’s a hearty dose of local talent on this year’s baseball team at La Salle Academy. More precisely, there are five players whose contributions to date represent a key reason why head coach Geoff Marcone’s ball club is positioned near the top of Division I-North.

What makes this particular quintet so distinctive is that each of them brings something different to the field. In Cumberland’s Caleb Gardner and North Smithfield’s C.J. Dandeneau, the Rams are buoyed by a rock-solid 1-2 punch at the front-end of the rotation.

Woonsocket boxer Gardner hopes to keep good times rolling

May 11, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Nine times out of 10, Joe Gardner’s super middleweight fight with Richard Gingras would be worthy of a main event at the Twin River Event Center.
But when one of the fights on the card is a world title fight and the other bout pits one of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.’s most decorated fighters in a must-see showdown, it’s understandable why the Woonsocket fighter will merely be topping an action-packed undercard.

Sea Dog Bard is learning new tricks

May 10, 2013

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The creed that Daniel Bard swears by nowadays is simple enough.

Jams on the mound are going to arise – but how he reacts and responds to those situations is what matters most. Even the most successful professional pitcher can never be flawless, and therefore he must have an unflappable disposition when confronted with an inevitable first-and-second, no-out jam.

Clippers crash against Hendricken, 6-1

May 10, 2013

CUMBERLAND - It was perfectly understandable why Cumberland High skipper Paul Murphy seemed so dejected on Friday afternoon.

His ace, senior southpaw Dylan Boisclair, pitched respectably, but didn’t have the usual mustard on his fastball or relish on the curve. The infield made some plays, but also erred once, and the Clippers as a whole allowed Hendricken to run the bases with impunity.

All of that resulted in the Hawks remaining unbeaten with a 6-1 thumping of the Clippers at Tucker Field, in Division I-North play.

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