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April 13th, 2015
LINCOLN – Given the brutal winter and rainy early spring, neither Lincoln High nor Mount St. Charles had spent much time practicing outside. In fact, both programs have seen their fair share of several disappointing postponements.
Yet it sure was hard to tell on Monday afternoon, as the two teams seemed happy to finally take Sullivan Field for their Division I-North season opener.
Editor's note: This column appeared in the Friday, April 10 edition of The Times
BOSTON â€“ Being affiliated with the Big East Conference and having all their games televised, Providence College menâ€™s basketball is one of biggest windows into the institution.
People tend to focus on Ed Cooleyâ€™s program more than any other sport to the point that it becomes the barometer about how fans and alumni alike feel about PC.
ALLENTOWN, Pa – Pawtucket left Coca-Cola Park late Sunday afternoon with an opening-weekend series in their pocket.
However, their last game certainly wasn’t easy.
The PawSox had what appeared to be a comfortable 3-1 lead in their grasp at the top of the seventh inning, and a series sweep appeared inevitable. Starter Eddie Rodriguez had just left the game with an impressive 84-pitch showing in which he retired the final 11 batters he faced.
PAWTUCKET – “I’m preparing in spring training to be a starter,” stated Matt Barnes in February, not long after the official report date for Red Sox pitchers and catchers.
When reminded of what the hard-throwing right-hander said during follow-up phone interview late last week, Barnes came across as open-minded individual.
PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket Red Sox officials have traveled down many different roads to bring in top-flight radio broadcasters. To fill the most recent vacancy, you might say they’ve gone home again.
PAWTUCKET – Tolman High head coach Craig Giarusso admitted he’s never seen such a horrendous winter, one that has so greatly affected his ability to practice with his girls outside.
LINCOLN -- Outfielder Rusney Castillo is besieged with autograph requests as he enters Kirkbrae Country Club Wednesday for the annual PawSox Welcome Home Luncheon. The PawSox open the 2015 season tonight at Lehigh Valley with lefty Brian Johnson on the hill.
PAWTUCKET – Jim Skeffington, new president of the Pawtucket Red Sox, might be the most excited fan around about the team’s on-field potential this year.
“This may well be one of the best and most talented teams we’ve had in the history of the franchise – and it’s a storied history,” Skeffington said on Monday prior to presenting a $25,000 donation on behalf of the Red Sox Foundation to the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club.
PROVIDENCE – In the month-plus of Jim Skeffington’s tenure as principal owner/ president of the Pawtucket Red Sox, the city-based attorney has been conducting “due diligence” regarding the ownership group’s proposal for a new stadium.
PAWTUCKET – There’s a need for a new football head coach at Tolman High after Dave Caito has decided to take over the program at West Warwick High School.
Paul Murphy had spent over a quarter-century as a Cumberland High baseball coach, the last 17 at the helm, and he admits he’s never seen a winter quite like this one.
Now in his first “spring” as Woonsocket High’s varsity mentor, Murphy hasn’t had the opportunity to conduct practice sessions at his new Renaud Field home, the reason being most of the infield dirt and outfield grass remains blanketed with some of the record-breaking snow accumulations inundating the state the past two-plus months.
PROVIDENCE – The two nights that finished their season short of their ultimate goal may doesn’t diminish what Mark Andreozzi’s Clippers accomplished this winter.
Competing in Division I/Eccleston for the first time, Cumberland announced their presence with authority with their run to the state championship finals at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium.
The Midwest Regional final was held at Quickens Loan Arena this year. The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats came in as heavy favorites to move on to the Final Four in Indianapolis. That didnâ€™t stop Daxter Miles of West Virginia to proclaim that Kentucky will be 36-1 after the two teams meet Thursday night. That certainly did not happen. The Wildcats completely overwhelmed the Mountaineers and doubled them up 78-39. In the early game, Notre Dame topped Wichita State 81-70. This marked the first time the Irish have reached the Elite 8 since 1979.
PROVIDENCE – Wherever Riley Tupper goes, championships seem to follow.
In the fall, Tupper served as a pass-catching extraordinaire on a Burrillville High football team that went on to achieve a perfect season that culminated with the Division IV Super Bowl. The change in seasons proved just as fruitful with Tupper on Sunday night at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium finding himself part of a season-concluding celebration.
CUMBERLAND – From instructional to peewees to interscholastic competition to ... possibly a second straight championship?
It’s been a long road for five senior members of the Cumberland High hockey program. They’ve savored every moment together and have called one another teammates for so long that it’s not a surprise to learn that they think of each other as extended family.
LINCOLN – Ken Ryan has enough McCoy Stadium memories to last a lifetime, or maybe 33. The former big-league pitcher has also stockpiled enough PawSox memorabilia that it’s easy to confuse his Higginson Ave. indoor baseball facility as a shrine that still carries much significance.