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McGair: H.S. coach expresses optimism regarding PC prospect Ricky Ledo; Friars in good shape in pursuit of JUCO big man Sanchez

April 2, 2012

With the All-American Championship behind him and an appearance in the Jordan Brand Classic on tap for April 14, Ricky Ledo’s days of competing against fellow high schoolers are dwindling to a precious few.
Naturally, the hot button topic surrounding Ledo is whether the acclaimed prospect and Providence native will face eligibility issues in his quest to suit up for Providence College next season. Such concerns largely stem from the number of high schools (a total of four) he’s enrolled at since the fall of 2007, when Ledo attended Bishop Hendricken.

Mounties edge Lions in season opener, 4-3

April 2, 2012

LINCOLN -- It looks like the five scrimmages Mount St. Charles head coach Tom Seaver scheduled during the pre-season has paid dividends.
Then again, one in particular, he stated, was directly responsible for the Mounties’ ability to post a 4-3 Division I-North victory over Lincoln High in both teams’ season opener at Chet Nichols Memorial Field on Monday afternoon.

Volleyball Mounties to feature new look in '12

April 1, 2012

You often hear the expression “what a difference a year makes,” particularly when referencing the turnover rate in high school sports. In the case of the respective boys’ volleyball outfits at Tolman and Mount St. Charles, if the shoe fits, wear it.

Novans should be a factor in Division II-North

April 1, 2012

To say the past two weeks have been hectic for area baseball teams would be like saying there’s no such thing as rush hour traffic in this state. Ever try to squeeze in tryouts followed by roster decisions followed by several scrimmages into a tightly confined window of time? That’s a lot to digest!
Ready or not, like or not, the regular season beckons. Are some skippers wishing they had more time to iron out items of importance like rounding out the pitching staff or settling on a lineup? No doubt, but as those same coaches are already well aware, it’s go time.

Shamrock Swim Club growing by leaps and bounds

March 31, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Chris Payson had just given some of his older, faster swimmers a grueling set of four 800-yard individual medleys – for those who may not understand, each consisted of 200 yards of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.
He told them he'd give them a break on the time allotted for each 800: 15 minutes.
Naturally, there were a few audible groans, but these members of the Shamrock Swim Club nevertheless set out on their first.

Former N.E. Patriot Crawford named Seekonk HS head football coach

March 31, 2012

SEEKONK -- Athletic Director Ray Grant claimed elation at Seekonk High School’s hiring of a new varsity football head coach.
Principal Marcia McGovern took Grant’s recommendation and chose Vernon Crawford, a former New England Patriots linebacker/special teams player, to be the mentor, she announced Friday morning.

McGair: Lincoln unveils new coaches in baseball, softball; Clippers' Skurka to serve as head coach for R.I. entry in Governor's Cup

March 29, 2012

A little of this, a little of that as the spring season for high school sports draws near …
Spring is a time devoted to rebirth, renewal and revitalization. At Lincoln High School, the ushering in of the season immediately on the heels of winter’s wicked and sometimes disruptive nature has been greeted by winds of wholesale change.

Hurley quickly gets his feet wet at URI; Council looking forward to senior year at PC

March 26, 2012

WARWICK — Whenever a new administration takes the reins of power, the first few days can seem like a blur. In the case of Dan Hurley, the newly minted URI head coach has wasted little time in remaking the program and personnel he’s inheriting into one befitting of his image.
Monday saw Hurley conduct an early morning workout session with the Rhody players brought specifically to campus by previous coach Jim Baron. He described the proceedings as a prime chance to gather more information while simultaneously laying his cards on the table in terms of expectations moving forward.

North Smithfield's Sherman winding down hockey career at Vermont prep school

March 25, 2012

Cassandra Sherman may be only 17 years old, but the North Smithfield native has seen more of New England, New York state, and eastern Canada than the average adult three times her age has.
She’s seen plenty of southern New England during her days in youth hockey, and she’s played in every hockey arena in this state during her freshman and sophomore seasons on the North Smithfield High girls’ team.

Red Sox eye process of filling minor-league rosters

March 23, 2012

There are organizational meetings followed by player evaluations with a round of office powwows involving high-ranking team officials. Welcome to the portion of spring training where filling out minor-league rosters starts to take on a more serious tone.

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