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Thursday, January 7

When November rolled into December and I took a glance at the final week of the year on my Vegas Golden Knights calendar in my office, I wrote a reminder to myself way back when on that page that I needed to wrap up my five Year in Review stories for our Dec. 30-31 editions, at least by Christmas Eve.

Had I looked at that page in April or May, I probably would have panicked because there weren't any sporting events to cover from March through June -- no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic...


Monday, October 26

It looks like there will be a postseason in the RIIL after all.

The Rhode Island Interscholastic League sent a press release to the media members across the state on Monday afternoon detailing what next month's playoffs will look like -- of course, as long as the COVID-19 numbers across the state don't throw a monkey's wrench into those plans. Here's a look at the five sports and their roads to championship glory.

CROSS COUNTRY: The three class meets will take...


Wednesday, October 7

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently announced the 27 recipients of the Rhode Island Coach of the Year awards in their respective sports for the 2019-20 school year, and it was great to see eight head coaches from this area receive this recognition. (I honestly can't remember this part of the state boasting this many winners!)

Cumberland, North Smithfield, and Ponaganset boasted multiple winners, as did La Salle Academy, Bishop Hendricken,...


Wednesday, September 9

It's been five days since the Rhode Island Interscholastic League made its decision to move football and girls' volleyball to its "Season 3" of its four-season format, and I'm still scratching my head over why volleyball, of all sports, got moved to next spring.

When I wrote a story in June about the Gator's Pub Summer Volleyball League becoming the first sports organization in northern Rhode Island to begin its season since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in mid-March, you couldn't help...


Thursday, September 3

The Rhode Island Interscholastic League's decision on what the upcoming fall season will look like is finally expected to be announced tomorrow, and here's hoping it's somewhat similar to what Connecticut, Maine, and New Hampshire is doing -- all sports, full steam ahead! -- and not what Massachusetts plans to do.

In case you missed it, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association is gearing for a four-season school year, with a floating "Fall II" season -- consisting of...


Wednesday, August 26

Entering tonight's MLB action, the Boston Red Sox are 10-20 and most likely won't be one of the eight American League teams in this year's playoffs, and all signs point to them slowly trading off pieces of their team from now until next Monday's trade deadline.

That being said, three players that I hope aren't going anywhere are Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, and Christian Vazquez.

Obviously, the Red Sox could probably get a handful of prospects for each of them, but in my...


Thursday, August 20

The inaugural season of the Newport Collegiate Baseball League came to a close on Wednesday night, with Kettlebottom blanking Fisher's Island Lemonade, 8-0, in the third and deciding game of their best-of-three championship series, and sometime earlier next week, Cardines Field's other tenant, the Newport Sunset League, is expected to wrap up its 101st regular season.

With summer leagues, such as the popular NECBL (New England Collegiate Baseball League), sitting out this season...