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Shamrock Swim Club growing by leaps and bounds

March 31, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Chris Payson had just given some of his older, faster swimmers a grueling set of four 800-yard individual medleys – for those who may not understand, each consisted of 200 yards of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.
He told them he'd give them a break on the time allotted for each 800: 15 minutes.
Naturally, there were a few audible groans, but these members of the Shamrock Swim Club nevertheless set out on their first.

Former N.E. Patriot Crawford named Seekonk HS head football coach

March 31, 2012

SEEKONK -- Athletic Director Ray Grant claimed elation at Seekonk High School’s hiring of a new varsity football head coach.
Principal Marcia McGovern took Grant’s recommendation and chose Vernon Crawford, a former New England Patriots linebacker/special teams player, to be the mentor, she announced Friday morning.

McGair: Lincoln unveils new coaches in baseball, softball; Clippers' Skurka to serve as head coach for R.I. entry in Governor's Cup

March 29, 2012

A little of this, a little of that as the spring season for high school sports draws near …
Spring is a time devoted to rebirth, renewal and revitalization. At Lincoln High School, the ushering in of the season immediately on the heels of winter’s wicked and sometimes disruptive nature has been greeted by winds of wholesale change.

Hurley quickly gets his feet wet at URI; Council looking forward to senior year at PC

March 26, 2012

WARWICK — Whenever a new administration takes the reins of power, the first few days can seem like a blur. In the case of Dan Hurley, the newly minted URI head coach has wasted little time in remaking the program and personnel he’s inheriting into one befitting of his image.
Monday saw Hurley conduct an early morning workout session with the Rhody players brought specifically to campus by previous coach Jim Baron. He described the proceedings as a prime chance to gather more information while simultaneously laying his cards on the table in terms of expectations moving forward.

North Smithfield's Sherman winding down hockey career at Vermont prep school

March 25, 2012

Cassandra Sherman may be only 17 years old, but the North Smithfield native has seen more of New England, New York state, and eastern Canada than the average adult three times her age has.
She’s seen plenty of southern New England during her days in youth hockey, and she’s played in every hockey arena in this state during her freshman and sophomore seasons on the North Smithfield High girls’ team.

Red Sox eye process of filling minor-league rosters

March 24, 2012

There are organizational meetings followed by player evaluations with a round of office powwows involving high-ranking team officials. Welcome to the portion of spring training where filling out minor-league rosters starts to take on a more serious tone.

New scoreboard highlights McCoy Stadium changes

March 24, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The desire to remain current with the times and create a setting that’s aesthetically pleasing to the eyes of those passing through the turnstiles at McCoy Stadium – the members of the Pawtucket Red Sox front office continue to display a jeweler’s attention to detail.

Lincoln's DeSimone seeks to close out high school career with title

March 22, 2012

LINCOLN — It was pretty much on a whim that Jillian DeSimone even picked up a lacrosse stick.
As a Lincoln High freshman back in the fall of 2008, she played girls' varsity soccer, and even earned a letter for her rather solid play. A few months later, as spring approached, her dad, Louis, suggested she try out for the school's lacrosse program.

McGair: Carlesimo, Wojnarowski speak highly of new URI coach Hurley

March 21, 2012

On Wednesday, the URI community rolled out the red carpet – or maybe it was Keaney blue – as a symbolic token to welcome new head coach Dan Hurley and his family. To enlighten the masses regarding the kind of coach and person that Rhode Island is getting in Hurley, we engaged in a background check that conjured all sorts of positive vibrations.

McGair: Cheerleading faces murky future as varsity sport

March 20, 2012

Five years have passed since the R.I. Interscholastic League recognized cheerleading as a full-fledged varsity sport. Time will tell if such a distinction remains in place moving forward.

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