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January 21st, 2013
WARWICK â On a day that saw this country honor the memory and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and watch as President Obama mapped out his second-term desires, it seemed appropriate to talk leadership.
Specifically, leadership and the set of guidelines college basketball teams employ when selecting captains, along with what this honor means to those bestowed with said responsibility.
PAWTUCKET â Should we stay or should we go? That was the question facing Lincoln head coach Jim Riel during the offseason when the RIIL was getting ready to realign its teams for the 2012-13 campaign.
Stay in the Division I-Eccleston and the Lions would have been competitive night in and night out against the other five public schools in the division. Drop down to Division II and also face a drop in competition, but the Lions would have been one of the clear favorites in the running for a lower state championship.
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Wake me when itâs Tuesday â the day Terry Franconaâs juicy and highly anticipated book is scheduled to hit the shelves.
Not a moment too soon.
Look, I understand the importance of publicizing and spreading the word to the masses that thereâs something on the immediate horizon that you may want to check out. The particular PR campaign for Franconaâs 368-page opus has me a tad confused, however.
Dave Goucher has been calling hockey games on the radio for much of his adult life â 20 years to be exact. Naturally, the Pawtucket native and graduate of Tolman High monitored the NHLâs labor saga, but as he expressed when contacted earlier this week, he reached a point where countless impasses between the owners and players became too much to digest.
WOONSOCKET --- Defense has been the name of the game for St. Raphael this year, and on Thursday night, it was the Saintsâ tenacious âDâ that helped fetch them their sixth Division II victory against no defeats.
Junior forwards Rybecca Gonzalez and Kelsy Lynch shared contest-high scoring honors with 18 points each and had stellar games defensively to help the Saints create the bulk of Mount St. Charlesâ 32 turnovers and pave the way to a 77-36 crossover rout on the Mountiesâ court.
PROVIDENCE â When it comes to flying the friendly skies, Red Sox manager John Farrell has mapped out a travel schedule that will certainly make the time pass by a little quicker â not mention rack up frequent flyer miles.
Following his appearance at Thursdayâs Red Sox-themed âTown Hall Meetingâ at La Salle Academy, Farrell will hop on a plane Friday morning and head to Dallas for some face-to-face time with pitcher John Lackey. Farrell then plans to shoot over to Fort Myers on Saturday to see pitchers Felix Doubront and Franklin Morales, both of who have already reported to JetBlue Park.
CHICAGO --- Cumberland High cross country star Trevor Crawley added another accolade to his accomplishments on Thursday with his selection as the 2012-13 Gatorade Rhode Island Boysâ Cross Country Runner of the Year.
The award not only recognizes outstanding athletic excellent, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the race course.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox are pleased to report that their radio broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith has earned a job in the Major Leagues. The Seattle Mariners announced today that Goldsmith, the lead radio voice for the PawSox in 2012, has been hired to join their radio team for the 2013 season. Aaron will work with veteran Mariners voice Rick Rizzs to broadcast all Seattle games during the upcoming season.
COVENTRY â In East Providence Highâs disappointing 50-47 loss to Rogers last Thursday, senior Mary Monagle proved to be one of the bright spots, knocking down six three-pointers to close with a season-high 20 points.
During another key Division II crossover battle against host Coventry on Wednesday night, head coach Mike Solitro drew upon that previous knowledge to help inspire his troops to a 45-38 triumph at the C. Arthur Flori Gymnasium.
PAWTUCKET â It was one of those nights where you simply tip your cap and commend your opponent for a job well done.
Westerly High left no doubt who the better team was Tuesday at âThe Cage,â the Bulldogs fashioning an impressive 80-61 triumph against Shea High. No matter what defensive alignment or lineup combination Shea head coach Matt Pita utilized in desperate hope of knocking Westerly off kilter, nothing seemed to work against a Bulldogsâ outfit that owned both sides of the court.
The first time Dick Ernst met with his new Lincoln High girls' hockey squad, back in mid-November 2011, he let everyone know he had one goal in mind: Capturing a state Division II championship.
âIt was before our first-ever practice, and we looked at him like he was crazy,â junior defenseman Lauren Hervieux laughed after a workout at Lynch Arena on Thursday afternoon. âWe thought he was out of his mind.â
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox will hold their annual wintertime gathering for fans â better known as the Hot Stove League Party â on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCoy Stadium.
New PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina will give fans a preview of what the 2013 club figures to look like as Pawtucket sets out to defend its Governorsâ Cup championship. Several PawSox players and top Red Sox prospects like OF Jackie Bradley Jr., OF Justin Henry, catcher Dan Butler, and pitcher Allen Webster are expected to attend the party and will be available for photos and autographs.
CUMBERLAND â As Warwick Vets High compiled consecutive wins and pins in the earlier segments of this Division I-North showdown Thursday evening, Cumberland High junior Matt Kayâs level of nervous butterflies increased five-fold per battle.
When it came time for him to take the mat against fellow 220-pounder and Hurricanesâ sophomore James Gogan, and his Clippers trailing 36-30, Kayâs anxiety reached its peak.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â After the final seconds ticked off the clock in Daviesâ battle with North Smithfield on Tuesday afternoon â a hard-fought clash from the opening tap to the final buzzer â Patriots coach Joe Handy took one last glance at the scoreboard on the other end of his gym and let out a sigh of relief.
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Weâll have some baseball news to chew on Wednesday afternoon when the Hall of Fame balloting is unveiled for public consumption. In the eyes of this non-voter, Cooperstown should roll out the welcome mat for one non-steroid tainted newcomer on the ballot, Craig Biggio, whose inclusion is based purely on achieving 3,000 hits â one of those mythical benchmarks that automatically trigger inclusion into the gameâs exclusive fraternity.
When the time came for Trevor Vasey to select a four-year college that would satisfy his academic needs and quarterback profile, he turned to a valuable resource â his father Todd.
BURRILLVILLE â Whichever anecdote you start the portrait with, rest assured the canvas reserved for Wilfred "Skee" Carter's legacy wonât remain blank for long.
Carterâs true legacy is a lifetime of vivid hues that epitomize what this gentle and sincere man means to the town of Burrillville. Last Wednesdayâs news of his sudden passing was a jolt to the systems of those who interacted with him over the years â and there were countless people in this rural community who had the good fortune of coming into contact with Skee.
WARWICK â For a team in desperate need of uplifting news, St. Raphael Academy sweated out a 42-41 non-league victory against Connecticutâs New London High Saturday night at CCRI-Warwick. The contest was part of the CCRI High School Basketball Challenge.
WOONSOCKET --- Cumberland received a pair of goals from John Wainwright and outshot Middletown by a near 2-to-1 ratio on Friday night, yet the Clippers found themselves defeating the Islanders by a narrow 3-2 score in their Division II crossover affair at Adelard Arena.
The Clippers, who are 5-2, outshot the Islanders (3-3) by a 49-25 count, but had their problems putting the puck past Middletown goalie Dennis Turano, who ended up with 46 saves.
When league unbeaten St. Raphael Academy takes the court Friday night at La Salle, the Saints will do so minus their star playmaker.
For the time being, senior point guard Charles Correa is out with a broken right hand. Heâs presently sporting a cast, one that according to veteran head coach Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine has a target removal date for the middle of the month. If everything checks out, Correa will then be fitted for a plastic splint that protects the ring and pinky finger.