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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.

Pawtucket Red Sox | WELL-DESERVED HONOR: PawSox’ Bradley excited about heading to Triple-A All-Star Game

July 10, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Jackie Bradley Jr. spent the Fourth of July holiday returning to the Pawtucket Red Sox after a nine-day stint, his third of the season, with the parent club.

That designation came following fellow outfielder Shane Victorino's activation the day before.

Approximately 48 hours later, the 25-year-old center fielder received some news of consolation from Pawtucket skipper Kevin Boles. That is, he had been selected to represent the International League's best against the Pacific Coast League in the annual Triple-A All-Star Game, slated for Wednesday night in Omaha, Neb.

RONCARATI'S SWEET SCIENCE: Helping pro athletes reach peak performance takes cutting-edge knowledge, and a dose of common sense

July 9, 2015

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series


SUMMER EXCURSION: Former Lincoln High softball standout Mayer to play against Team USA

July 9, 2015

LINCOLN  –  When Lindsay Mayer’s phone buzzed with a text from her Fordham University softball coach shortly before noon on Thursday, June 18, the content astonished her.

The note from Bridget Orchard went something like this: “How would you like to represent a college All-Star team against Team USA in New Jersey?”

Naturally, she had to double-check the offer.

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Mike Roncarati’s love of physical training took him to top of the sports world

July 7, 2015

In his capacity as strength and conditioning coach for the Golden State Warriors, Mike Roncarati was privy to one of the best seats in the area to watch the best NBA team in 2014-15.

For roughly 2.5 hours each game night, the 27-year-old Roncarati considered himself no different than a paying customer. There’s just one major difference: They aren’t taking a seat behind the Golden State bench and next to the assistant coaches who are responsible for tracking plays.

Little League Baseball | Lincoln has no trouble with Cumberland American in District IV opener

July 7, 2015

LINCOLN – Charlie Hien has been around Little League baseball long enough to know better.

The Lincoln All-Star manager knows that one game does not determine a season; one game does not punch your ticket to the state tournament (or beyond).

While he was impressed with his team’s performance in its District IV Major Division opener against Cumberland American on Monday night – a five-inning, 14-1 mercy-rule rout at Hien Field – he’s prepared for a tough journey ahead, knowing full well there are several squads capable of doing some damage this all-star season.

Little League Baseball | No fluke: Belisle's words still powerful one year later

July 6, 2015

CUMBERLAND – There are no scheduled royalty payments, nor is Dave Belisle being gifted with a lifetime supply of cereal in the wake of a new Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes commercial that includes excerpts from his famous speech at last year’s Little League World Series.

Road Racing | Master of the Mills: Jack Thornhill runs his 44th consecutive Arnold Mills Race

July 5, 2015

CUMBERLAND – Tom Kenwood has spent decades helping in the organization of the annual Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race, held every Fourth of July morning since 1969, and can’t believe that Jack Thornhill has remained such a constant.

“The guy’s amazing,” Kenwood remarked of the seemingly-ageless septuagenarian.

At the tender age of 73, Thornhill completed his 44th consecutive Mills event on Saturday, finishing in 44 minutes, 35 seconds, good for third overall in the Senior Veteran Division.

Road Racing | Hartnett, Dionne claim victory at Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race

July 4, 2015

CUMBERLAND – Bobby Hartnett made a triumphant return to his hometown on the Fourth of July morning, and – in the process – regained his own personal independence.

The 27-year-old Cumberland High graduate and New York City resident easily captured the men's overall title at the 47th annual Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race beginning and ending at the North Cumberland Fire Station, cruising to a stellar time of 20:06.

The victory signified to Hartnett that, after suffering from nagging injuries over the past 18 months, his distance-running career is back on track.

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