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Padres’ Mason Feole Patiently Continues Rehab During the COVID-19 Crisis

Mason Feole knows he can take his time, but not too much. A standout left-handed pitcher at The Prout School who departed the University of Connecticut as the baseball program’s all-time strikeout leader (278 in 260.1 innings), Feole underwent Tommy John surgery not long after the San Diego Padres selected him in the 11th round...

From Triple A to NBA: Zach Rothfeld Helps Choreograph “The Last Dance”

There was this treasure trove of NBA video that had remained in the vault for nearly two decades. Before immense production could begin on the “The Last Dance” – the 10-part documentary that followed Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during the 1997-98 season – Zach Rothfeld was tasked with watching and logging 500 hours...

RI Author Connects with America’s Pastime Through a Pack of Cards

Brad Balukjian didn’t set out to tell some run-of-the-mill story about the post-playing adventures of pro baseball players whose trading cards happened to be a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. In other words, Balukjian wanted more to come out of the pack of 1986 Topps baseball cards that served as the foundation...

The Legacy of Dan Mazzulla Transcends Sports

For many years within the Johnston High girls basketball program, assistant coach Chris Corsinetti played the role of good cop to head coach Dan Mazzulla’s bad cop. “One thing I loved about Danny is that he challenged the kids to be their best every single day. At the time, they didn’t always understand what he...

RIIL Executive Director Tom Mezzanotte Reflects on his Stewardship of High School Sports

After 14 years of serving as Executive Director of the R.I. Interscholastic League, Tom Mezzanotte is retiring effective July 31. Recently, Yurview caught up with Mezzanotte for a wide-ranging Q&A session that focused mainly on his tenure as the primary overseer of the RIIL: Brendan McGair: What was your involvement with the Interscholastic League prior to...

Three Sport Star and Champion Faith Hutchins Values Relationships Over Wins

It wasn’t long ago when Faith Hutchins was asked by her father Mark to narrow it down and come clean about her favorite sport. Keep in mind that Hutchins is an athlete for all seasons at South Kingstown High School. As a senior, her busy itinerary includes soccer in the fall, basketball during the winter,...

Mike Lunney Looks Forward to Continuing The Mission of The RIIL

Mike Lunney isn’t a fresh face on the scene with the R.I. Interscholastic League. This coming August, he will have a new title that in essence will make him the public face of the organization. After holding the rank of Assistant Executive Director for the past nine years, Lunney will succeed Tom Mezzanotte as RIIL...

Lincoln Shot Putter Kyle Moison Made The Right Choice

The story goes that Lincoln High throwing coach Adam Grant – also a teacher at the school – took one look at Kyle Moison and strongly encouraged the youngster to join the Lions’ track & field team on the first day of Moison’s freshman year. “I thought he was a cool teacher, but he told...
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A Peak Inside the McCoy Stadium Clubhouse (Part 2)

Last week, we introduced you to Josh Liebenow, who's in his first season as clubhouse manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox. In part two of a two-part series, we were able to pry Liebenow away from his primary mission of cleaning uniforms and scrubbing the dirt off cleats just long enough for him to talk...
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PawSox Dads Take Center Stage for Father’s Day

It's dad's turn to take a bow in the spotlight. With this coming Sunday serving as the official 24-hour observance devoted specifically to fatherhood, several PawSox players weighed in on what dear ole' dad meant to them while growing up, and also on sharing baseball experiences with their own sons. Nick Lovullo (infielder), Dad's name: Torey At the very...