WOONSOCKET â”€ Brett and Dan Gould did a lot of hanging around at the beach this summer â”€ and at the USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour Championships, they hung around almost long enough to be declared the best beach volleyball team for their age group in the country.
The 14-year-old twin brothers finished second overall in their age bracket at the national tournament â”€ organized by the U.S. Olympic program â”€ and held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin over the weekend of July 25-27.
Their game on Monday night against Chicago's Jackie Robinson West will be Cumberland American’s seventh straight on television. It will also be the team’s fourth consecutive appearance on the national networks of ESPN.
Not a big deal? Consider this contrast, then.
The NBA’s Boston Celtics, whose schedule was just recently announced, are slated for only one nationally televised contest for their entire upcoming season. Cumberland’s Little Leaguers beat that slim total in just a weekend.
Those who have closely followed the chronicles of Cumberland American this summer are well aware of Trey Bourque’s offensive prowess. For those late to the game, let’s examine the youngster’s stat line from the New England Little League Regional tournament.
As the players and coaches in the Cumberland American are discovering this week, there’s nothing little about the Little League World Series.
On the surface, competing in this grand spectacle – how else would you describe an event that includes participants hailing from around the country and the world? – can seem overwhelming. ESPN cameras are practically everywhere, which CALL manager Dave Belisle hinted at earlier this week upon stating, “All of the eyes of the world are on Williamsport.”
PROVIDENCE â€“ For a different and perhaps refreshing change of pace, Ed Cooley wonâ€™t have to worry about juggling timeouts, what instructions to bark out or rack his brain in hopes of recalling the vivid details of the oppositionâ€™s scouting report.
As Cooley and his Providence College Friars embark on a 10-day, three-game exhibition swing through Europeâ€™s sunny peninsula, the head coach does so with somewhat of a lightened load. During PCâ€™s three exhibition contests against Italian competition, Cooley will let his assistant coaches run the show while he sits and observes.
PAWTUCKET --The very presence of Magic Johnson at McCoy Stadium on Sunday offered an interesting juxtaposition.
Here was the NBA legend, standing on the same plush and well-manicured field that became second nature to Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa during the past two seasons. The two former PawSox pitchers represent the prospect-laden haul the Red Sox received from Johnsonâ€™s Dodgers when the two teams ironed out a blockbuster trade that is rapidly approaching its two-year anniversary.