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N.S. boys' tennis team falls in Div. III finals

May 28, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A day earlier, Devan Dube and Ben Degrange earned a point without having to set a single foot on the courts at Slater Park. Less than 24 hours later under humid conditions, the No. 3 doubles team for North Smithfield found themselves in a position where the fate of the Division III championship rested on their slender shoulders.
Oh, the drama.

Lincoln's Rhault setting out to provide exposure, recruiting opportunities for area baseball players

May 27, 2012

WARWICK — Dan Rhault knows that in order for a high school baseball talent to get noticed, one has to venture to where college coaches and recruiters gather.
The belief that if you’re good, “they” will seek you out no longer applies. Recruiting has become such a cutthroat business that if you snooze, you lose, and if you snooze some more, you just might see your baseball career end at the high school level.
“We’re going to them,” Rhault, a Lincoln native, said matter-of-factly.

Lincoln's Prachniak has West Chester University "9" dreaming big

May 27, 2012

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — It’s been quite the debut for Jad Prachniak, West Chester University’s new baseball skipper.
Thanks to the tutelage of the former Lincoln resident, the Golden Rams closed their regular season with a stellar 42-10 slate, captured the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship and qualified for the NCAA Division II World Series after winning four straight games in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament.

Why OF J.C. Linares is still in Double-A Portland and not with the PawSox

May 26, 2012

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox received some much-needed outfield help Thursday. Despite putting up impressive numbers with Double-A Portland, J.C. Linares was not the player the Red Sox organization chose to promote.
Instead, Ronald Bermudez was the one summoned to Triple A. Selecting Bermudez over Linares may be viewed in some corners as a curious decision, especially when taking into account that the 27-year-old Linares is leading the Sea Dogs in hitting (.311), RBI (25), on-base percentage (.406) while ranking second among regulars in home runs (six) heading into Thursday’s action.

Gardner suffers tough loss in return to Twin River

May 25, 2012

LINCOLN — The large gathering of Woonsocket fans who drove down Route 146 to watch one of their own, super middleweight Joe Gardner, take on Julio Garcia on Thursday night at the Twin River Event Center received a low blow at what they witnessed in the four-round fight.
And speaking of low blows, that turned out to be the theme of the final three rounds. Garcia dealt them, Gardner received them, and the end result was an unpopular unanimous-decision victory by Garcia (by 40-34, 39-35, 39-35 scores) that left Gardner, his corner, and his many supporters seething.

Lincoln nips SRA for Div. I playoff berth

May 25, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Win and you’re in the playoffs. Lose and feel the pain that goes with realizing that your season is kaput before Memorial Day.
With so much riding on Friday’s outcome, there was no time for either Lincoln or St. Raphael to get caught up with what potentially lies ahead. There would be no tomorrow for one team, nor would any partial credit be awarded as the Lions and Saints entered this pivotal final game of the regular season sporting identical 7-10 league records.

McDonald hopes rehab stint with PawSox is short

May 25, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Darnell McDonald knows that the Red Sox need outfield help in the worst way possible. That’s why the 33-year-old is holding out hope that his rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox is of the short and sweet variety.
“Hopefully it won’t be more than a few days; a lot of guys up there are out,” noted McDonald Friday prior to going 0-for-1 with a sacrifice fly while playing five innings in left field for the PawSox.

PawSox turn away Tides, 5-3

May 22, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. — The Pawtucket Red Sox broke a 2-2 draw by scoring twice in the top of the seventh inning and held on for a rain-shortened 5-3 victory over the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday afternoon for a split of their four-game series at Harbor Park.
Jonathan Hee led off the seventh with a single to right and Pedro Ciriaco followed with a double to right to put runners in scoring position.
A groundout to shortstop by Jose Iglesias allowed Hee to speed home with the go-ahead run, and Ryan Lavarnway doubled to right to drive in Ciriaco.

Northmen belt Novans, clinch Div. II-North title

May 21, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD -- Head coach Tom Bourgeois had told his lone starting senior, Sidra Ethier, that if she had to miss North Smithfield High’s home clash against Woonsocket on Monday, he more than understood.
After all, Ethier – ranked second in her class – was to accept a National Honor Society award later that afternoon, and he knew she had to properly prepare for the fete.
“She wanted to be here,” Bourgeois stated. “She told me, ‘No, Coach. I’m playing! It’s our Senior Day, and I’m going to be a part of it.’”

Happy for you, buddy: Pats’ QB Mallett elated that Middlebrooks can officially call himself a big leaguer

May 20, 2012

It was a textbook case where the idiom “turnabout is fair play” directly applies.
From Ryan Mallett’s vantage point, some friendly and well-intentioned payback was in order. It only seemed fitting, considering Mallett had pulled the necessary strings that paved the way for his childhood chum from Texas, Will Middlebrooks, to attend a couple of New England Patriots games last season – sitting in primo seats no less.

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