February 23rd, 2015
PAWTUCKET – Tolman boys, and Shea and St. Raphael Academy girls, are among the Blackstone Valley area teams competing Tuesday night in the RIIL playoffs.
Shea at Narragansett (Girls)
The Raiders didn’t face the Mariners this season, as the latter represents III-South, but they’ll be in for a battle.
PAWTUCKET – Tolman High girls’ hoop head coach Tammy Drape admitted Monday afternoon she never thought her club would be in the position it is now earlier this season.
Her Tigers had opened the Division III-North slate with a dismal 0-5 mark, and the idea of playing in the post-season tourney seemed all but lost.
(#1) Kentucky (27-0) 110
Auburn (12-15) 75
Kentucky played host to SEC league door matt Auburn and appropriately blew them out of the gym. Kentucky used a 23-2 run in the first half to break open a 27 point first half lead. They never looked back as Auburn never seriously threatened again. Karl Anthony Towns led Kentucky with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
(#3) Gonzaga (28-1) 70
Saint Maryâ€™s (20-7) 60
PAWTUCKET â€“ A new ownership group of New England business leaders and Fenway Sports Management today announced it has purchased the Pawtucket Red Sox from the Triple-A franchiseâ€™s longtime owners: Madeleine Mondor, widow of the late Ben Mondor; Michael Tamburro; and Lou Schwechheimer.
The 10-member ownership group described below is led by principal owners Larry Lucchino, who will serve as Chairman, and James J. Skeffington, who will be President.
PROVIDENCE – Four juniors from Central Falls High came to Saturday’s Rhode Island Indoor Track & Field Championships in search of individual success.
Instead, Yeury Galva, Sam Adolfo, Jailson Varela Sanches and Stive Mendes pooled their talents together and produced a second-place finish in the 4x400 relay. Their time of 3:35.55 was barely two seconds off the winning pace set by North Kingstown.
PAWTUCKET – A quartet of Rhode Islanders with strong ties to the state’s business community will be part of the new ownership group of the Pawtucket Red Sox, The Times and The Call has learned.
The locally based owners, who according to the Boston Globe will include the Boston Red Sox as a minority shareholder, include Tom Ryan, former president and chief executive officer of CVS/Caremark Corporation; Terry Murray, former Fleet Blank CEO; James Skeffington, a Providence-based attorney; and Ray Mancini, a liquor distributor.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A fire at a two-family property on Buffum Street Saturday left one person temporarily without a home.
The fire broke out late Saturday afternoon at 31 Buffum St., Fire Capt.Robert Thurber, the city's fire marshal said. The two-family building's lone tenant had suffered burns on his hands, but he refused aid, Thurber said.
The property, which has been deemed temporarily uninhabitable, sustained minor fire damage in a first-floor kitchen and smoke and water damage throughout, Thurber noted. The second floor of the property was vacant.
PROVIDENCE – There’s never too little to write about when it comes to the Blackstone Valley region and the indoor track & field state championships.
Saturday’s meet at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house figures to be no exception with the chase for first-place finishes and berths in the New Englands beginning at 11:30 a.m. with the field events. The running events will commence at noontime.
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Tolman High’s veteran mentor Tammy Drape admitted to being a little nervous about taking on North Smithfield in her Division III-North season finale on Thursday night, and she had reason.
Despite an advantage in size down low, her Tigers had displayed inconsistency in all aspects of the game throughout the campaign. She worried outwardly, “Which team am I going to get?”
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ A special election for two seats on the City Council named Carlene Fonseca to the available at-large council seat and Kenneth Vaudreuil to the panelâ€™s District 5 seat, according to uncertified results posted by the Board of Canvassers Thursday night.
Assistant City Clerk Sean Murphy said Fonseca collected 448 votes in the nonpartisan election to opponent Angelo Garciaâ€™s tally of 166 votes for the win in the at-large contest.
The at-large council seat had been given up by Shelby Maldonado when she was elected to the state House of Representatives in November.
PAWTUCKET – Tom Evans doesn’t have a clue what his competitive future holds within his beloved sport of kickboxing, but he does know he’ll do anything to keep going.
That’s why the 27-year-old city resident and professional kickboxer is so revved up about facing a Boston sheriff named Julio Pena in a Lion Fight Promotions’ Muay Thai (pronounced “moy tie”) 140-pound bout at Foxwoods Casino at 9 tonight.
Technically, Brad Stevens became the head coach of the Boston Celtics in July 2013.
Unofficially, Stevens is still waiting for his ship to come in, i.e. a legit chance to put his stamp on a rebuilding project that for all intents and purposes is still going through the spin cycle – with no apparent end in sight.
PAWTUCKET – Even veteran St. Raphael Academy head coach Fred Saunders admitted his players had picked a bad time to produce one of its worst opening halves of the season.
Here's why: In the first session alone of its Division II-North regular-season finale against always-pesky Johnston on Wednesday evening, the Saints committed 15 turnovers, missed layups and short bunnies left and right and dropped just four of 10 free throws en route to a 29-25 deficit.
LINCOLN â€“ Two people were charged with disorderly conduct â€“ among other offenses â€“ after causing a commotion and directing obscenities at police officers and Twin River Casino security in separate incidents, over the weekend, authorities told The Times and The Call.
Just prior to 1 a.m. Saturday, a Lincoln police officer responded to Twin River Casino for a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, he observed another officer and members of casino security escorting a man â€“ Darnell Walls, 20, of Pawtucket â€“ through a parking lot.
CUMBERLAND – The President of the Cumberland Youth Baseball/Softball League painted a picture that in the aftermath of Jackie Robinson West’s fall from grace reiterates the importance of participants having everything from proof of residency to meeting the appropriate age requirements check out accordingly.
PROVIDENCE – There remains some work to be done, but the Providence College Friars are close to feeling good about their NCAA Tournament prospects.
LINCOLN – With Jermaine Perez, Nick Juckett, Connor Sheehan and Tommy Beauchemin all scheduled to return next season for Lincoln High, the future looks very promising for head coach Kent Crooks.
If anyone could claim pleasure with his or her collective performance, it came from Bay View sophomore and Pawtucket resident Kate Magill, who cruised to a pair of victories in the 200 and 500 freestyles in the girls' segment of the Division I Championships Monday at Roger Williams University.
Magill snared the shorter distance in 1:56.57, then added another D-I title to her resume in the 500 freestyle, one in which she clocked a solid 5:02.00.
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