CONWAY — Kennett High School has received a generous donation from a resident — Gary Smith of Intervale has donated eleven complete sets of golf clubs to the students.
"It's an incredible donation," Kerry Brady, athletic director at Kennett High, said. "We really want to thank Gary for his generosity. The school and students greatly appreciate this. I know we'll get a lot of use out of them."
The clubs belonged to Gary's late father, Clifton V. Smith, Jr. and late brother, Barry Smith of North Conway.
Cliff Smith was an exceptional golfer, winning the North Conway Country Club championship five consecutive years, 1956 through 1960.
Brady has gratefully accepted the donation, noting the clubs will not only be a big help to the Kennett Golf Team, but will also be used in an "Introduction To Golf" segment in the school's "Fitness For Life" and "Physical Education" curriculum.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 04:48
By Bill Brink
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette special to The Conway Daily Sun
NEW YORK — The best of the best gathered in the entrance to Citi Field, and Jeff Locke sat smack in the middle.
The open-air entryway to the ballpark bears the name "Jackie Robinson Rotunda." In 1949, Robinson was the best of the best. His .342 batting average and 37 stolen bases led the league and earned him most valuable player honors.
Seated next to Locke, Jason Grilli pointed to the walls of the rotunda, upon which inspirational words were engraved. Grilli singled out 'persistence' and 'determination.' They apply, in some form, to every player selected to represent his team at the All-Star game. They certainly apply to Grilli. They also hold true for Locke, who said that when the season began, "I was probably making all-star plans for vacation or something.
"I'm honored and I'm surprised I got selected," he said. "I'm not surprised at the success this season. I know what I'm capable of and what I'm not capable of. I think I'm finding out more and more every day what I'm capable of. It really is just taking one start, one positive thing, and making it roll into the next one."
Tightness in Locke's lower back prevented him from participating in the All-Star game. Neither he nor the Pirates consider it serious. He is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds. Instead, he enjoyed himself as much as possible during the two-day whirlwind of events. The self-described homebody attended a get-together for ACES, his New York-based agency, went to meet Clayton Kershaw only to discover Kershaw knew who he was and gave a hat-brim acknowledgement to the 45,186 fans at Citi Field as he was introduced.
"My success, I guess you can't say surprises me," Locke said. "It doesn't surprise my teammates."
That starts with A.J. Burnett, Locke's de facto mentor in the clubhouse. Like a football coaching tree, Burnett dispenses information he gleaned over the years, mostly from Roy Halladay, with a little Pat Hentgen – "Don't expect to win if you don't go seven" – thrown in.
Locke ran with and paid it forward.
"I remember Gerrit Cole made his first start for us and went out there and won," Locke said. "I shook his hand and said 'Good. Now it's expected every time out.' Everybody expects the best from each other every time we go out there. We definitely don't settle for less. It doesn't really have as much to do with me this season as it does my teammates and the kind of confidence they've instilled in me."
Locke doesn't have Burnett's knuckle curve, Francisco Liriano's killer slider or Cole's triple-digit fastball. He has a two-seamer and a four-seamer and a curveball and a changeup and the ability to keep his opponents from hitting any of them on the screws. He said he is pitching to his strengths.
"The last season up here and the year before, I was throwing all four-seam fastballs," he said. "Now I'm selectively throwing four-seam fastballs and everything's two-seamer. Just getting a little bit more run on the ball, a little bit more movement."
Despite his All-Star status, Locke sounded like a man who understood the tenuous status of a major league pitcher. Which shows he has listened to Grilli.
"A.J. goes out and pitches seven innings, I promise you, I want to go 7 1/3," Locke said. "I want to give up one less hit, one less run. We compete with each other. That's how we stay sharp. We always test each other, we're always trying to get better because if you don't, that's how you get weak and get run out."
His second half will only get harder as teams have a 109-inning body of his work to study. Balls in play against him in the first half turned into hits 22.8 percent of the time, much lower than his career 25.5 percent rate. He stranded 83.3 percent of his first-half base runners, higher than his 78.4 percent career mark.
Locke's six strikeouts per nine innings in the first half mean those balls will continue to be put in play, and if the balls-in-play average creeps toward his career numbers, so too will his strand rate. More hits, more runs.
"It's been a real special season so far," Locke said, "but at the same time there's that "so far" aspect that I had to throw in there too because it is far from over."
Into the maelstrom goes Locke, starting at Great American Ball Park, against a tough Reds lineup, following God knows what will happen between the teams who haven't been fond of each other of late. Persistence and determination, indeed.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 03:30
After a 4-2 loss at Yarmouth and a 2-1 loss against Cape, the Fryeburg Raiders baseball team may have saved their season with a come-from-behind, extra-inning 4-3 win against Poland on Friday in Fryeburg. The win pulled the Raiders to 5-5 on the season and in position for a playoff berth if they play well down the stretch.
Ian McFawn kept the Raiders in the game despite their inability to score early. McFawn went 8 innings for the win. He allowed 2 earned runs and struck out 13. After five innings the score remained 0-0. The Knights broke the deadlock with a run in the sixth when they scored on a sacrifice fly. The visitors added an unearned run in the seventh for a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Raiders found a way to keep their season alive when Tyler Hill walked to break up Jake Simard's perfect game. Walker Day followed with a single to end the no-hitter. A double steal left runners on second and third. Andrew Rascoe hit a sacrifice fly that advanced both runners. McFawn helped his own cause when he doubled to tie the game.
In the eighth, Poland loaded the bases with nobody out, but McFawn managed to the Knights to one run. After the first two Raiders reached base after getting hit, Gabe Perry laid down a bunt to advance them, but the throw to first base went into right field. Hunter Day scored on the play. Walker Day followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Perry for the win.
The win followed a heart-breaking loss against Cape on Friday. Tanner Wentworth pitched spectacularly in the loss. Cape manufactured their first run in the first inning with aggressive base running. Brigham of Cape walked and stole second. He advanced to third on a ground ball. Moulton was hit by a pitch and when he stole second base the throw got away and Brigham scored.
The Raiders tied the game in the fifth when Perry singled. He stole second and then scored on a Hill double. Cape scored the winning run when Dobieski singled in the bottom of the sixth and scored on a two-out double by Culver.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 04:02
Locke, who is 7-1 with a 2.06 ERA, warmed up extensively on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers and was set to enter the game in the 15th inning before Russell Martin drove in the winning run in the 14th. Locke was the only Pirate not to miss a start this season.
"He said he was ready to go when I spoke with him (earlier in the day Tuesday)," Alan Locke, of Redstone, his father, said Tuesday afternoon. "I know a lot of people are going to be disappointed but the Pirates made the decision to rest him some more."
Locke, a 2006 Kennett High graduate, had been the only starter in the Pirates' current rotation that opened the season in that position, but the left-hander will get a little extra rest after warming up Sunday.
"He threw about 25 pitches Sunday night," Alan Locke said. "Today, he feels good, but the Pirates want to protect him."
Locke hasn't allowed a run in any of his last three home starts, and his streak of 20 1/3 scoreless innings in home games is the longest for a Pirates starting pitcher since Randy Tomlin had a streak of 23 scoreless home innings in June of 1992.
Cumpton made two starts in mid-June, going 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA, and allowed four runs, two walks and 12 hits over 10 innings. He struck out eight over the two no-decisions. The Pirates optioned infielder Josh Harrison (hitting .154 in 12 games) to Indianapolis to make room for Cumpton on the 25-man roster.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 22:27
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 03:35