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End of the line for Northmen in Division II softball playoffs

June 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — No. 2 and No. 3 seeds don’t usually battle each other until the semifinals of a winners’ bracket, not in the opening round of a losers’ bracket, but that’s where Tolman and North Smithfield were contesting each other on Monday afternoon.
And not only did both teams head into Slater Park looking to erase the sting of 1-0 defeats from the previous afternoon, but they had to combat the misty weather and temperatures in the low 50s thoughout this part of the state.

SEE TRACK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SLIDESHOW

June 4, 2012

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Crawley, Pitts track down state championships

June 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Central Falls High senior Steve Vazquez and Cumberland junior Trevor Crawley maintained vastly different outlooks about reigning in their respective individual events at Sunday's Rhode Island Interscholastic Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Vazquez had just captured the high jump crown with a leap of 6 feet, eight inches at Brown Stadium, yet he sat virtually alone on a steel bench, shedding tears, just yards away from the bar that failed him.

Boucher's homer powers Woonsocket past Tolman

June 3, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Woonsocket High’s answer to grace under fire was one cool customer on Sunday afternoon.
With her team locked in a scoreless duel against Tolman High, senior Kelsey Boucher changed the playoff fate of two teams with one mighty poke. Her solo home run in the sixth inning – one that hit the top of the fence at Slater Park’s Al Bailey Field before bouncing over – proved to be the deciding factor in the seventh-seeded Villa Novans’ 1-0 upset victory against the Tigers, the No. 2 in the Division II double-elimination tournament.

Staying put at Brown agrees with T.J. Sorrentine

June 1, 2012

PROVIDENCE — There were T.J. Sorrentine and Mike Martin, two longtime buddies sitting Thursday night in a restaurant on Thayer Street. Earlier that day, it was revealed that Martin would be returning to his alma mater as the men’s basketball head coach at Brown University.

Woonsocket '9' now one win away from advancing to Division II 'Final Four'

June 1, 2012

Contributing writer
WOONSOCKET — Coming off of a convincing 13-2 win over North Smithfield Wednesday afternoon to start their playoff run, the Woonsocket Villa Novans defeated the Narragansett Mariners, 4-2, to keep their playoff momentum going in the Division II Region 2 playoffs.

Davies takes care of Central Falls, advances to Div. III softball finals

June 1, 2012

LINCOLN — The sixth time was the charm.
After watching a successful season get cut short in the Division III semifinal round in each of the last five years, Davies took a torch to the history books and finally earned the right to play for a state championship.
A 10-run uprising in the home half of the second inning, sparked by a grand slam home run to center field by Madison Cooper, and another remarkable outing by ace pitcher Madison Goodhart were the keys to the Patriots’ 15-2 triumph over Central Falls on Friday afternoon.

N.S. blanks Portsmouth in Div. II playoff opener

May 31, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — His players were in great spirits on Thursday afternoon, taking some batting practice with wiffleballs beyond the left field fence and sharing a laugh or two, but North Smithfield coach Tom Bourgeois found himself with a few butterflies a half hour before his team’s Division II single-elimination playoff opener against Portsmouth.

Cumberland baseball team stuns top-seeded N.P.

May 31, 2012

Contributing writer
NORTH PROVIDENCE — Fresh off of a 1-0 win in the 12th inning of its playoff opener against Middletown, No. 8 seeded Cumberland continued its impressive playoff run with a 6-2 upset win over No. 1 seeded North Providence on Thursday afternoon.
The Cougars had won the previous two meetings between these two teams -- 4-2 at home and 6-2 at Cumberland -- but the Clippers got the win when it mattered most, in the playoffs.

Johnson returns to Pawtucket -- as Tides' manager

May 28, 2012

PAWTUCKET — If Ron Johnson had any doubts or reservations about his status among the baseball cognoscenti, a phone call from Dan Duquette quickly erased them.
It was a phone call that was straight to the point with Duquette taking a run at Johnson to gauge his level of interest in the managerial job with the Norfolk Tides. Sure, the two share a past, but what heightens the importance of this particular phone call is the timing of when it occured.

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