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R.I. Lightning to hold tryouts this weekend

The Rhode Island Lightning Fastpitch Softball organization is looking for new, dedicated players that want to take their game to the next level. Tryouts for all age groups (12U, 14U, 16U, 18U) will be held this Saturday and Sunday at 445 Cole Street, Seekonk, Mass. All girls with birth dates from 1993-2001 are eligible to tryout. Please bring a copy of your birth certificate.

New players to the R.I. Lightning are strongly encouraged to attend tryouts on both days to give coaches the best opportunity to evaluate them. Players who are selected for a team will be required to attend indoor winter practices. Teams will also participate in fall ball leagues or tournaments this year. The 2012 16U and 18U teams will play as tournament/showcase level teams.

Registration for all pitchers and catchers begins at 8 a.m., with tryouts being held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day.

Registration for all standard position players begins at 12 p.m., with tryouts for fielding and hitting being held from 1-4 p.m.

All aspects of the game (hitting, fielding, throwing, baserunning) will be evaluated. There is no fee to tryout.

The RI Lightning is the largest and oldest competitive fastpitch softball travel organization in Rhode Island and their teams compete in ASA, PONY, NSA and USSSA tournaments throughout the Northeast and at the national level.

For more information or to pre-register for tryouts, please visit www.rilightning.com or send an email to tryouts@rilightning.com.

NCW coming to West Warwick

On Saturday night, Northeast Championship Wrestling returns ot the Elks Lodge on 60 Clyde Street in West Warwick for one of the biggest events of the 2011 Wrestling Season – the NCW Big City Rumble. Taking a page from the WWE’s popular Royal Rumble event, the Big City Rumble is a 30-man over the top competition with the final man standing earning a Heavyweight Championship Match on November 19 at the final event of the NCW season, WrestleFest VII.

Not only will the great West Warwick fans get the chance to see this event at the Elks Lodge, but the entire world will have an opportunity to witness NCW’s unique brand of entertainment with all its larger than life characters and hard hitting action as the 2011 Big City Rumble will also be filmed for internet pay-per-view via WrestleStream.com to be aired on September 4.

In addition to the 2011 Big City Rumble itself, the NCW Heavyweight Championship will also be decided in West Warwick when the reigning Heavyweight champion, “The Portuguese Sensation” Ruy Batello takes on “Maine’s Greatest Son” Scotty Vegas for the title.

Warwick resident Michael “Buddy” Romano looks to cement himself as one of the NCW’s greatest wrestlers when he goes up against rival “Dynamite” Doug Summers in the seventh match of their classic best-of-seven series.

The NCW 2011 Big City Rumble will be featuring competitors from all over New England, including Warwick’s own Steven “The Turtle” Weiner and “Antisocial Anarchist Tim Kilgore and West Warwick firefighter Carlos Arenas.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the event scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10-and-under. For more information about Northeast Championship Wrestling, go to www.thencwonline.com.


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