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Red Sox minor-league coach Andy Fox recalls Derek Jeter's rise to stardom

September 28, 2014

Long before the multiple championships, the myriad of individual achievements and a celebrity crossover status that he so desperately tried to conceal, Derek Jeter kept “a razor-thin focus on things” according to Andy Fox, presently the Red Sox minor-league fielding coordinator and a former teammate of Jeter.

“For someone who was 18 at the time, he continually went about his business and it was impressive to see at that age,” Fox said.  “Who knows how it was going to end up, but he had the determination to get better.”

Calabro clobbers Townies in 28-0 Cumberland win, Oakley leaves Pilgrim in the dust in 31-0 Lions rout

September 26, 2014


CUMBERLAND  –  Senior signal caller Tyler Calabro accounted for 22 points by his lonesome as the Clippers steamrolled East Providence, 28-0, before a large, thrilled gathering at Tucker Field.
 
 

Alexi Flores, Warriors vex Clippers in 2-1 win

September 26, 2014


CENTRAL FALLS – After a scoreless initial half, senior quin-captain Alexi Flores scored two tantalizing tallies – the last with only three minutes left in regulation – to lift Central Falls High to a 2-1 Division I conquest of pesky Cumberland at Macomber Stadium on Friday night.
 
Flores curled in a feed from fellow captain Moises Blanco about 10 minutes into the final session, but the talented Yordano DaSilva evened up the match on a pass from Denser Martinez.
 

Tolman puts hurt on Chariho with ground game, defense in 21-0 rout

September 26, 2014


PAWTUCKET – Tolman High is once again starting to throw its weight, and speed, around in Division II. After a brief hiatus in Division I, the Tigers are back where they belong, showing off their explosive offense and smothering defense on a weekly basis. 
 

Sauveur reflects on successful tenure as PawSox pitching coach

September 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Despite being twice their age, Rich Sauveur has a lot in common with the numerous Triple-A pitchers who were entrusted to his care during his successful seven-year run as pitching coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The 50-year-old hoped – make that yearned – for a job at the big-league level.

Whitaker a whirlwind as Tolman takes down Johnston, 35-12

September 19, 2014


PAWTUCKET – Tyreal Whitaker and his Tolman High teammates had plenty of speed to burn on Friday night.
 
The definition of a one-person wrecking crew, Whitaker piled up four touchdowns as Tolman blew past Johnston, 35-12, in the Division II-B opener for both schools at Max Read Field. Whitaker rushed for three scores and also passed for one. 
 

Dorbor, Saints' D slam door on Raiders, 14-6

September 19, 2014


PAWTUCKET – In a battle of two hard-hitting Division II squads, St. Raphael Academy landed the last punch and trotted off the Pariseau Field gridiron with a 14-6 victory over Shea High on Friday night.
 
Alfred Dorbor scored both touchdowns for the Saints on short runs. The senior running back also had the game’s biggest play, a 52-yard rumble on a fake punt midway through the first quarter that set up the Saints’ only touchdown in the first half.
 

FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Shea feels the need for speed

September 19, 2014


Editor's note: This story originally ran in the print edition of The Times on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
 

Mendes, Mitsmenn score to lead St. Raphael Academy girls past Davies Tech, 2-0

September 18, 2014


LINCOLN – Despite his squad’s ability to outshoot Davies Tech by an 8-3 count over the first 40 minutes, St. Raphael Academy hadn’t scored.
 
That’s why veteran mentor Michael Ross Drake assembled his troops at the break and indicated – via whiteboard and black ink – how to pick it up a notch in the final stanza.
 

FOOTBALL PREVIEW: St. Raphael looks to break away from D-II pack

September 18, 2014


PAWTUCKET — Veteran St. Raphael Academy chief Mike Sassi is always so forthcoming as to how a new season will unfold, but admitted this one will be extra special, not to mention memorable.
 
Instead of playing the primary role of offensive coordinator – as well as overseeing every other aspect of the team – he will turn his focus to defense.