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Little League Baseball | Lincoln powers past Smithfield, 8-4, to take District IV championship

July 19, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – The Lincoln Little League All-Stars topped Smithfield on Sunday night, 8-4, to capture the Rhode Island District IV Championship.

They were powered by a trio of home runs in the fourth inning by Julian Horan, Danny Fish and Sam Ferranti which accounted for seven of their runs.

Lincoln begins action in the state tournament by facing District 2 winner, Portsmouth, on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Warwick Continental’s Little League complex.

Full story Tuesday in the print edition of The Call.

Little League Baseball | Woonsocket edged 2-1 in District IV final by Smithfield

July 18, 2015

WOONSOCKET  –  Perhaps the most amazing – and disappointing – statistic for the Woonsocket All-Stars in this R.I. Little League District IV Major Division Tournament losers’ bracket final late Friday night came in the “LOB” category.

Through the first four innings alone, the locals stranded seven, with five in scoring position and two at third base.

Road Racing | 8th annual Doyle Classic, slated for Aug. 9, drawing record participation

July 18, 2015

One of the struggles that cross-country and track & field teams often encounter during their seasons is coming up with ways to raise funds to pay for expenses that are generally not covered through the school’s sport budget; those much-needed expenses that are often used for such things as uniforms and/or equipment as well as travel and entry fees for important, out-of-state meets.

Boys' Basketball | Mount hosting summer hoops league is a slam dunk

July 17, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Lincoln High varsity hoop head coach Kent Crooks was disappointed when the annual North Providence Summer Boys’ Basketball League folded in late spring.

“This is my 13th year at Lincoln, and we played in the old Pawtucket/Central Falls league years ago, then in North Providence, which had one for over 40 years before it shut down,” he stated. “I was worried, ‘Where will the kids get a chance to hone their skills?’ but when this came about, I was thrilled.”

Little League Baseball | Lincoln once again one win away from District IV title

July 17, 2015

LINCOLN – Charlie Hien couldn’t help but find humor in the irony.

After mustering three straight victories in R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) District IV Tournament action, his Lincoln All-Stars now will face Smithfield for the right to call themselves the district champion.

The crazy part: It will occur at approximately 7 p.m., Sunday – at Rymanski Field in Burrillville.

Pawtucket Red Sox | ANSWERING THE CALL: PawSox radio announcer Josh Maurer thrilled to broadcast Red Sox games on NESN

July 16, 2015


PAWTUCKET – For Josh Maurer, the prestige surrounding the minors-to-majors PawSox radio booth tradition really dawned on him upon landing the coveted position before the 2014 season.

“When [Pawtucket Red Sox CEO] Mike Tamburro tells you that he wants you to work for him, that’s basically saying that you could be big-league caliber. He’s putting his confidence in you,” said Maurer. “For me, it was an affirmation that something like that could be possible.”

Commentary | McGair: MOVING VIOLATION: College athletes shouldn't be allowed to transfer whenever they want

July 15, 2015

A little of this, a little of that …

Honestly, PC basketball fans. A sincere effort was made to shed light on why promising 7-footer Paschal Chukwu elected to leave school.

Leo Redgate, who coached Chukwu at Connecticut’s Fairfield Prep, offered “we prefer to stay quiet and focus on Paschal.”

Dan Donnelly, Chukwu’s AAU coach with the Connecticut Basketball Club, also noted via text message, “he just wasn’t comfortable on campus and wanted a change of scenery.”

Obviously, the trail grew cold in a hurry.

American Legion Baseball | Loaded with experience, first-place Upper Deck Post 86/14 continues to surge

July 12, 2015

CUMBERLAND – Long before the R.I. American Legion Senior Division had even started, Upper Deck Baseball Academy Post 86/14 skipper Steve Reynolds Jr. and his assistants knew they had assembled a stellar squad of college freshmen and high school standouts.

They just hoped their roster could come together and produce at a level equal to or beyond their collective talent.

Reynolds nevertheless admits he's been floored at the squad's success so far this summer both within and outside the R.I. American Legion Senior Division slate, and he has dozens of reasons.

High school athletics | Cumberland's Wasson hired as athletic director at Bay View

July 12, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – A Cumberland woman who was lucky enough to catch a two-run David Ortiz homer in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series has been hired to take the helm of Bengal athletics at St. Mary Academy-Bay View.

Jennifer Wasson, who spent three years working in the athletic department at Providence College, has been hired as the schools’ new athletic director, succeeding co-Athletic Directors Cindy Neal and Sue Reposa, both of whom retired this school year.

Little League Softball | TARGET STATE TOURNEY: Confident Cumberland squad heads to Newport to take on Rhode Island's best

July 10, 2015

CUMBERLAND — It may have been a while since the Cumberland Major Division (11-12) All-Stars last played a meaningful competitive game – Monday, June 29, to be exact – but head coach Sandi Pickering doesn't believe the layoff will hurt her squad physically or mentally.

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