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Novans fall to Warriors in Unified hoops

April 13, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — The Unified Basketball League, the second-year R.I. Interscholastic League program that matches Special Needs athletes with partners from their respective high schools, has not only grown in the amount of teams that participate, but in its competitiveness.
Division I Northern rivals Central Falls and Woonsocket demonstrated that aspect Wednesday afternoon at the Warriors’ Gymnasium with a thrilling, down-to-the-wire affair.

Lawrence guides Villa Novans past Northmen, 7-2

April 12, 2011

WOONSOCKET — After nearly two decades as a Division I program, Woonsocket High dropped down to Div. II this spring – a new league with plenty of unfamiliar faces.
Head coach John Marsella is taking a realistic approach to how his team will fare in the lower division, refraining from getting over confident despite fielding a solid bunch of players.

MSC faces Lincoln in baseball showdown

April 10, 2011

WOONSOCKET — It’s a little early for Mount St. Charles to start circling the wagons.
The two-time defending Division II champions have played just one game in Division I this season, a 6-5 loss to Smithfield, and this afternoon they host powerful Lincoln High in a 4 p.m. game that could be an eye opener for the Mounties.
Lincoln, which has scored 10 runs in each of its first two league victories (over St. Raphael and Cumberland), is led by Ryan O’Dell and a strong nucleus of players who should take the Lions deep into the playoffs in early June.

Okajima focusing on his job in Pawtucket

April 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Nary a trace of resentment could be found in Hideki Okajima’s tone when asked if he felt he was bypassed by the Red Sox on Friday. Boston selected Felix Doubront – a pitcher who was shutdown during spring training with left forearm inflammation – to fill the club’s left-handed need in the bullpen after designating the ineffective Dennys Reyes for assignment.
“No,” was the straightforward answer Okajima came back with through interpreter Jeff Cutler after posed said question.

Mount softballers lose 1-0 game to Lincoln

April 8, 2011

LINCOLN -- This No. 9 batter delivered the No. 1 hit of her high school career on Friday afternoon.
Senior left fielder Marissa Walsh’s walkoff one-out single in the seventh inning delivered the run that gave Lincoln High a big 1-0 victory over Mount St. Charles Academy in their early showdown of Division I-North heavyweights at Saylesville Elementary School.
Walsh’s clutch hit settled a superb pitchers’ duel between the Lions’ Alyssa McCoart and the Mounties’ Olivia Hendricks and gave her team their second win of the young season.

PawSox win opener over Rochester, 2-1

April 7, 2011

PAWTUCKET – It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.

Aceves could be heading to Boston

April 7, 2011

PAWTUCKET – All appeared to be fine in Alfredo Aceves’ universe when he walked into the home clubhouse shortly after 4 o’clock on Thursday afternoon. The righthander chatted briefly with a reporter before going through the necessary preparations for that night’s start against Rochester.
Those plans were officially scrapped 15 minutes prior to first pitch, as Scott Atchison took Aceves’ spot. It’s believed that the Red Sox will place reliever Matt Albers on the disabled list on Friday and call up Aceves in time for Boston’s home opener against the New York Yankees.

McGair: Boston may need some PawSox relief

April 7, 2011

The Red Sox have certainly provided plenty of grist for the mill. That’s what happens when you begin the season with unprecedented expectations (World Series or bust) only to stumble out of the gate with six straight losses. Agony doesn’t even begin to describe the early-season travails with your Boston baseball club.
We’re not about to declare that hope is lost, especially when you subtract six from 162 and end up with 156, which is how many games the Red Sox have left. Time is on their side.

MSC softball team wins opener with Cumberland

April 6, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Cumberland High coach Marty Crowley believes he has a strong enough team to contend for a state title come mid-June.
But in his eyes, and perhaps most in Division I, the squad that everyone in the league should be concerned about is last year’s state runner-up Mount St. Charles Academy.
“Absolutely,” he said. “They went to the finals last year. They (basically) got everybody back. They should be the favorites to win the whole thing. They’re good.”

Bill Lee: At his core, he's still a pitcher

April 6, 2011

LINCOLN – At the core of Bill Lee’s multi-faceted personality is a baseball pitcher who remains fascinated -- even at the age of 64 -- by the process of getting batters out.
Lee came here on Wednesday to serve as keynote speaker at the annual “Welcome Home, PawSox” luncheon hosted by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. He walked into Kirkbrae Country Club’s dining area a few minutes before noon, dressed like a cowboy, his still-athletic frame topped off by a wide-brimmed hat that identified the former Red Sox pitcher as a man of great presence.

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