Archive - Dec 18, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€” Call it a solid first step for Ed Cooley and his new-look Providence Friars.
On a night that saw freshman Kris Dunn make an immediate impact, Providence overwhelmed Colgate, 79-45, before 6,033 at the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center. A point guard who on Tuesday night displayed an uncanny knack in finding his teammates, Dunn tossed 13 assists on his way to becoming the first PC player to reach double figures in said category in his first game with the program.
PAWTUCKET â€” Victims of two straight Division II-Central overtime losses, Shea High's players paid particularly close attention to head coach Matt Pita before facing league rival Tolman on Tuesday night.
â€śI just told the kids I wanted them to play hard â€¦ the basketball gods hadn't been really kind to us,â€ť Pita said. â€śOur goal was to take care of the basketball; we've been averaging over 25-plus turnovers a game, and we wanted to keep it under 20 while executing to our ability and controlling the tempo.â€ť
PAWTUCKET - Christo Gannites, 80,of Pawtucket, passed away on December 17, 2012. He was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Nicholas and Athena (Eledos) Gannites who were originally from Greece. He was the husband of the late Bertha (Ryan) Gannites who passed away in 1992.
After serving his country in the Army during the Korean War, he worked for 30 years for the Pawtucket Fire Department as a mechanic before retiring in 1994.
Manuel A.S. Pereira
PAWTUCKET - Manuel A.S. Pereira, 95 of Liverpool Avenue died Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Waterview Villa Nursing Home. He was the husband of the late Maria Ascencao (Gois) Pereira.
He was born in Vila das Velas, Sao Jorge, Azores a son of the late Manuel S. and Rosa Conceicao Pereira. Mr. Pereira was a machine operator for the Mono Die Cutting Company for 15 years before retiring.
He leaves one son, Filomeno A. Pereira and his wife Telma of Seekonk. He was the brother of the late Laura Freitas, Maria Alice Luis, Alberto S. and Antonio S. Pereira.
As a somber procession of funerals began in shell-shocked Newtown, Conn., local educators on Monday said the nationâ€™s deadliest massacre at an elementary school should trigger a broad discussion about how to make schools safer than they are already.
Pawtucket Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke said she experienced some of what the Sandy Hook Elementary School parents had gone through herself several years ago while working as an assistant superintendent in her former school district in Nevada.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Call it a case of allâ€™s well that ends well.
Three days after putting their collective foot down, the fall sportsâ€™ coaches at East Providence High School received payment for their services on Monday morning. Townie athletic director Paul Amaral received confirmation from interim superintendant Dr. John DeGoes that the checks were available for pick up and distribution.
â€śPaul handed me my check, and that was that,â€ť stated Alex Butler, the head coach for boysâ€™ basketball and girlsâ€™ volleyball at East Providence.
PROVIDENCE â€” There are games against more noteworthy opponents on the horizon, yet itâ€™s probably a safe bet to assume that Providence College basketball fans have been eyeing Tuesdayâ€™s game against Colgate for quite some time.
The night will feature the long-anticipated debuts of two Friars. In freshman Kris Dunn, PC is hitching its wagon to a point guard, a critical position that suffered a major hit when Vincent Council went down in a heap in the season opener. In sophomore Sidiki Johnson, the Friars are receiving a rugged 6-foot-10 sort whoâ€™s expected shore up the low post.