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Burrillville field hockey mentor thrilled with national coaching laurel

April 14, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – Not long after Susan Burgess turned 17, back in the spring of 1978, someone asked her to coach an Uxbridge “Lassie Softball League” team of 12- and 13-year-olds.

She really didn't know what to expect, but – as an athlete – she knew all about a variety of sports and what the girls needed to learn, so she acquiesced.

Still, she was only 17 so enlisted some help.

Lima becomes next head football coach at Cumberland

April 13, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The keys to the Clippers’ football program have been handed to a 27-year-old first-time varsity head coach.

The lack of experience when it comes to leading young men, or his age, should not yield shrugs of disbelief. There’s plenty of pigskin knowledge tucked inside the mind of Josh Lima, the choice to replace departed Cumberland mentor Chris Skurka, who in January accepted a coaching position that specifically entails overseeing the linebackers and special teams at Dean College.

Northmen battle back to beat Broncos, 7-4

April 11, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – North Smithfield High seemed rather disinterested in the early going of a Division II-North clash with host Burrillville on Friday afternoon.

After all, head coach Jon Leddy’s unbeaten crew was facing a club that hadn’t won a league contest in three tries this spring. In their collective mind, why would this be any different?

The Broncos, however, assembled a four-run surge with three doubles in a four at-bat span in the back half of the third inning to gain the advantage, though the Northmen responded with four in the top of the fourth to knot it.

Woonsocket wins baseball duel with SRA, 9-1

April 10, 2014

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PAWTUCKET — Woonsocket play a crisp baseball game befitting the cool April afternoon on Thursday, rolling to a convincing 9-1 victory over St. Raphael Academy at Veterans Park field.
The Villa Novans got six strong innings of three-hit pitching from Miguel Raymond and backed their junior right-hander with a 12-hit offensive splurge that featured two perfect hit-and-run plays.

MSC baseball squad rallies past Tolman, 4-3

April 9, 2014

PAWTUCKET --- Mount St. Charles needed to weave a little two-out magic to pull this Division II-North victory out of its hat.

Down by three runs with two runners on base and two gone in the top of the sixth inning of their duel with Tolman, the Mounties strung together four hits in a row to knock in as many runs and end up with a 4-3 win on Wednesday afternoon at Slater Park.

Webster pitches gem in PawSox's 7-1 win over Chiefs

April 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It’s always nice to put on a good show when the brass is in town.

With Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington and Director of Player Development Ben Crockett checking out the action, the Pawtucket Red Sox thumped Syracuse, 7-1, Tuesday night before 2,675 fans. Allen Webster rebounded from a sub-par first start to his season with six shutout innings while Justin Henry and Ryan Lavarnway stoked the offense with back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning.

PawSox's Brentz makes strides defensively in outfield

April 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET — For a different change of pace, Bryce Brentz is garnering more headlines for his nifty glovework than his ability to deposit souvenirs over the fence.

Long known as a power hitter with a strong arm, the PawSox outfielder is doing his best to bring attention to his defense. With two down in the fifth inning of Monday’s game against Syracuse, Brentz robbed Eury Perez of surefire extra bases as he went full extension on a sinking liner in the left-center field gap.

Friars get their point guard in California's Cartwright

April 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Scratch off the biggest need on Ed Cooley’s off-season “to-do” list.

Shoring up the point-guard spot for next season as well as future ones has been a top priority for Cooley and the Providence Friars since the moment the 2013-14 campaign came to an end. With the verbal commitment expressed by Compton (Calif.) High School senior Kyron Cartwright, PC now has a second floor general to pair with Kris Dunn, who has missed significant time in each of his first two collegiate seasons.

Quick return to PawSox leaves Holt disappointed

April 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Brock Holt thought he had it all mapped out. With Will Middlebrooks on Boston’s 15-day disabled list, the versatile infielder anticipated that his role as the designated “fill-in guy” would encompass the next few weeks or so.

Mount girls grab first lacrosse victory of season

April 7, 2014

WOONSOCKET — After opening its season last week with a heartbreaking loss, Mount St. Charles came back strong to win a thriller in its home opener on Monday afternoon.
Senior tri-captain Ally Goralski and sophomore standout Elizabeth Caruso each scored three goals, and the Mounties held off a late comeback by Smithfield to pin a 12-10 loss on the visiting Sentinels in their Division III-North matchup.
The Mounties, who held a 5-3 lead at halftime, broke a 6-6 tie by netting five of the next six goals to claim an 11-7 lead with 8:27 left in the game.

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