Archive - Mar 2011 - Sports Article
CUMBERLAND â€” For the first few weeks of the spring season, the courts have been empty at Tucker Field, the home of the Cumberland High boysâ€™ tennis team.
Thatâ€™s doesnâ€™t mean the Clippers havenâ€™t been practicing for their upcoming (and very challenging) campaign in Division I after a four-year absence. While work is in the process of being done to reconstruct the courts, longtime CHS head coach John Jasionowski has managed to prepare his squad by first utilizing the courts at the Abbott Run Valley Club and then over at the nearby Sher-Le-Mon Swim Club.
PROVIDENCE â€” The indoor track season officially concluded with a â€śClassical Winter finaleâ€™â€™ weight throw competition at the PCTA facility Monday night.
Central Falls senior Aleide Fernandes, the state indoor champion in the 20-pound weight, won the girlsâ€™ event with a throw of 52 feet, 3 1/4 inches.
The Warriors had three other throwers place among the top 10. Kadi Johnson was second at 48-6 1/4, Nicole Johnson finished fourth at 42-3 1/4 and Jenn Cabral was eighth overall at 37-1.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Pawtucket Red Sox have announced that every PawSox player will wear a patch with the name BEN on their right uniform sleeve this season in honor of late PawSox owner Ben Mondor who passed away last Oct. 3.
The patch will be worn on each home uniform and will measure 5.5 inches long by 3.25 inches high.
â€śBen always wore his love of the PawSox on his sleeve so itâ€™s only fitting that we carry Ben on our sleeve for the 2011 season,â€ť said PawSox president Mike Tamburro.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Dan Oâ€™Brien has several memories of retired Cumberland High swim coach Bruce Calvert.
His first three years for the Clippers, Oâ€™Brien recalled a person that was not only dedicated to his craft, but a person that knew how to motivate with his unique style of dealing with student-athletes.
â€śYou could go out and drop ten seconds and he would still have something to tell you that would improve it,â€ť he said. â€śI guess some people would say that he had a negative outlook on your swim, but in a way it motivated us to try harder and drop our times more.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tolman High coach Craig Giarrusso admits his biggest challenge during preseason practice sessions has been to develop a replacement for four-year starting pitcher (and slugger) Micayla Kirylo.
â€śIn this sport, pitching is obviously the big key,â€ť Giarrusso admits. â€śWe have two pitchers we are working with this spring â€“ sophomore Olivia Larson and junior Alex Lacoste. I have a lot of faith in Olivia that she can take over for Micayla and do a good job.â€ť
At what point in Tiger Woodsâ€™s golf career will the media stop trailing the guy around like heâ€™s still the No. 1 player in golf?
Even though Woods has been a non-factor in most tournaments since Thanksgiving of 2009, the long-time No. 1 player in the world still gets an inordinate amount of face time on television as he struggles to regain his old form. I guess the guy is news, no matter what he shoots each day. Or maybe we all just like to watch the golfing version of a train wreck unfold each time he plays.
The hockey season concluded less than a week ago and to no one's surprise it was Mount St. Charles that was celebrating on the ice with another state championship. Except for a four-year dry spell from 2003-07, that's the way it has been since the 1977-78 season for the Mounties, who have racked up 42 state titles in their storied history.
In boys' swimming, Bishop Hendricken has won every team title since 1989-90, a total of 22 straight crowns.
Might Ed Cooleyâ€™s standing as the Friarsâ€™ new head coach rekindle the sparks with high school prospect and fellow Providence native Ricky Ledo? Time will tell says Ryan Hurd, Ledoâ€™s head coach at Notre Dame Prep, located in Fitchburg, Mass.
PROVIDENCE â€“ When Kyan Anderson and Markus Crider signed on with Providence College, each player was under the premise that Keno Davis would be coaching them.
PROVIDENCE â€” As he wrapped up his first press conference as Providence Collegeâ€™s new basketball coach, Ed Cooley was asked about his first order of business.
â€śRecruit, recruit, recruit,â€ť was Cooleyâ€™s quick-to-the-point response.
PROVIDENCE â€“ One could walk out of Alumni Hall draped in confidence that Providence College got it right this time.
That was Ed Cooleyâ€™s biggest accomplishment on Wednesday afternoon. He gave a fan base a reason to hope again. The Providence native is coming home to breath fresh air into a program that is begging for a turnaround, and he appears the correct guy for the job.
The two virtually grew up in the same corner of the state, frequently crossing paths whenever a pickup game broke out. Everything changed though, Jamal Gomes recalls, on the day of his high school graduation, when he learned a great deal about Ed Cooley, the person.
â€śHe had heard that I was coming to Stonehill College to play basketball and called to congratulate me,â€ť was one of several stories Gomes shared about Cooley, who will be introduced as the next menâ€™s basketball head coach at Providence College Wednesday afternoon. â€śHeâ€™s an amazing, amazing man.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ There was only one candidate Providence College officials had its sights set on to become the schoolâ€™s next basketball coach. Apparently Ed Cooley felt that warm embrace to the point that the Providence native is ready to take on the challenge of reversing the Friarsâ€™ fortunes.
Tuesday saw Providence officially sign off on the 41-year-old Cooley as the Friarsâ€™ new coach. Terms of the deal were not announced, though itâ€™s not too far-fetched to think Cooley received something comparable, in terms of length and compensation, to the package Keno Davis was awarded three years ago.
This is the time of year when short hops and drag bunts are tabled by mire and muck; shagging fly balls replaced by judging ricochets off a gym wall.
CUMBERLAND â€“ They'll have a new head coach and they'll be participating in a new league.
But as far as the outlook for the upcoming season for Cumberland High, it will still be the same old goals.
â€śWe just want to win as many games as possible and have some fun,â€ť said first-year coach Matt Smalley. â€śWe are just going to take it one game at a time and hopefully at the end of the season we'll be playing on championship day.â€ť
On the same day Providence College parted company with Keno Davis, athletic director Bob Driscoll spelled out very succinctly the expectations he has for the Friar basketball program.
â€śIt encompasses three different things. One, I want our student-athletes to represent the college and athletic department with dignity and class, both on and off the court,â€ť was how Driscoll began. â€śI want my student-athletes to graduate from Providence College and I want to compete for a NCAA Tournament berth on an annual basis. Those are the standards by which I evaluate.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” After battling a stiff headwind for the first mile of the St. Patâ€™s 5K, Stephen Pretak knew his goal of running close to 15 minutes would not happen Saturday morning.
But the less-than-favorable conditions in the Providence race didnâ€™t stop him from breaking the tape a winner.
The 26-year-old Connecticut native captured the final stage of the inaugural Tour de Patrick, finishing the out-and-back course with a time of 15:31.7. Pretak held off defending titlist Eric Lonergan of North Kingstown, who claimed the runner-up spot at 15:35.4.
The seasons come and the seasons go.
Another winter of high school sports in our region has come to an end (except for Mount St. Charles hockey, both the boys and the girls).
It wasnâ€™t a particularly great campaign for teams from the Blackstone Valley. St. Raphael Academy did win the boysâ€™ basketball open tournament. That was no small achievement, especially after the Saints limped to the finish line during the regular season and made a quick exit from the division playoffs.
Life is about second chances and the Saints made the most of their opportunity.
PAWTUCKET â€” Freddy Gobewole is making a name for himself in this city, first as an all-state football player for Shea High last autumn and then as the New England high school indoor track champion at 55 meters.
PROVIDENCE â€” Keno Davis never failed to mention that Providence College featured one of the youngest menâ€™s basketball teams in the Big East, if not the country. Many saw that as a plea or a copout on Davisâ€™ part, but the fact that the Friarsâ€™ 2010-11 roster was comprised of 10 first- or second-year players is not lost on athletic director Bob Driscoll.