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January 26th

Cherry Tree Running Festival invades Pawtucket on May 21

January 26, 2011

It may not be the Running Capital of Rhode Island, but Pawtucket is sure going to seem that way in the coming months.
Just a couple of months after an expected 3,000 participants invade the historic city for the inaugural Irish 5K on March 5, throngs of runners and walkers are predicted to be back on the downtown streets for another first-time event, the Cherry Tree Running Festival on May 21.

Shea too much for Cumberland

January 26, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In a game of runs, it was Shea High that had the big one at the end, and with it, a hard-fought Division II crossover victory.
The Raiders rattled off 11 straight points to ignite a 21-8 run in the final 7:48 of their duel with Cumberland High on Tuesday night and come away with a 73-62 win on their home floor that gave them their fifth victory in their last six games.

January 24th

SRA reserves do heavy lifting against Woonsocket

January 25, 2011

PAWTUCKET – There were coaches from North Kingstown and Bishop Hendricken sitting in the stands to view Monday’s Division I crossover between Woonsocket and St. Raphael. No doubt they came to see Charles Correa, Cesar Mejia and Trevor Vasey and the rest of SRA’s starting five, but the coaches were probably just as likely to jot down notes pertaining to Jordan Peguero, Ben Pillsbury and Franklin Batista.

Friars face Big East reality test every game

January 25, 2011

For many years we’ve witnessed this perception vs. reality debate hovering over the basketball program at Providence College. Call it a man vs. wild struggle in which one side tries to impose its will over the other in the name of shedding light on what the expectations should entail.

January 23rd

C.F. tracksters continue to sparkle

January 24, 2011

The ever-improving Central Falls track and field program added another milestone to its list Saturday afternoon.
With their sweep of Northern Division rivals Woonsocket and Shea, the Warriors manufactured the school’s best league record since its inception in 1999-2000, finishing the dual-meet season at 6-2. The girls’ team has a chance to match that effort on Jan. 31 when the Lady Warriors (4-2) conclude their Sullivan Division schedule against Moses Brown (2-2) and Rogers (1-5).

SRA grad Fournier a Patriots cheerleader

January 24, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Most pro football experts figured Kelsey Fournier and her New England Patriots cheerleader teammates would have spent a chilly Sunday evening outdoors at Gillette Stadium, coaxing freezing fans into making noise for the home team in the AFC championship game.
Instead, the New York Jets ousted the favored Patriots last Sunday in the conference semifinals, ending the season for players, fans and cheerleaders alike.

January 23rd

Friars beat Louisville for first Big East win

January 23, 2011

PROVIDENCE – So this is what winning in the Big East feels like.
Saturday bore witness to Providence College canceling its long overdue appointment with the conference’s win column. The return to sender memo was made possible by a 72-67 upset victory of 19th-ranked Louisville before an exuberant audience of 12,051 at The Dunk. It was the first conference victory for the Friars in 51 weeks, and their first win over former coach Rick Pitino.

January 21st

Opening Day not far away!

January 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The long-running offseason production the PawSox put on, better known as the Hot Stove gathering, has always served a dual purpose.

Tiverton storms past Central Falls

January 21, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — There was a buzz in the stands on Thursday night as Central Falls fans awaited the start of a Division II crossover game matching their North Division-leading Warriors with a 7-2 Tiverton team that is tied for first place in the East.
The Tigers quickly quieted the local crowd by storming out to a 23-5 lead midway through the first half en route to an 80-64 triumph.
“They’re good,” C.F. coach Brian Crookes conceded after the game. “I would put them up there with Rogers, West Warwick and Barrington as the best teams we have seen this season.”

January 20th

Townies roll past Villa Novans

January 20, 2011

WOONSOCKET — High school basketball coaches have a lot in common with teachers who send their students through rigorous courses like physics or chemistry. Hoop mentors must stand on the sidelines, trying to explain the finer points of their sport, while players try to absorb those lessons in the midst of competition.
East Providence’s Alex Butler and Woonsocket’s Kyle Ivey-Jones did their best to educate their players on Wednesday night when the Townies visited the Villa Novans for a battle between two sub-.500 Division I teams.

January 18th

Shea hoopsters stun West Warwick

January 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Shea High played the role of the New York Jets on Tuesday night, using a strong defensive scheme to dominate first-place West Warwick High by an impressive 77-62 margin.
The Raiders, who came into the game with a 4-4 record in Division II-Central, turned the tables on the Wizards, who were 7-1 and leading the South coming into this contest.

Tolman routs Chariho for fourth straight hoop win

January 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Sure, wins right now have their place. Yet with an open tournament in less than two months to determine one true state tournament, Tolman head coach Mike Kayata has opted to take a look at the extended forecast.

New London too much for St. Raphael hoopsters in non-leaguer

January 18, 2011

NEW LONDON, Conn. — St. Raphael fell victim to a talented New London squad Monday night, 100-73. The Saints fell behind 12-0 and were unable to recover on their way to trailing 54-22 at halftime.
Charles Correa led SRA (8-4 overall, 6-2 Division I-East0 with 17 points while Cesar Mejia chipped in with 11. Trevor Vasey finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds.
SRA returns to in-state competition tonight when it welcomes Woonsocket.
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January 18th

Raiders' Gobewole steals spotlight

January 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Freddy Gobewole has had problems with his shoulder since his junior campaign last year when he tore his rotator cuff during a scrimmage game for the Shea High football team.
But that hasn’t stopped the talented senior from tearing up the track with his unmatched speed.

January 17th

Familiarity in wrestling means fewer secrets left to discover

January 17, 2011

An interesting aspect of Rhode Island high school wrestling is the traditional powers typically avoid one another until the final month of the dual-meet season, choosing to compete in out-of-state tournaments in December and January before taking each other on during February.
In wrestling, familiarity isn’t a good thing. Nobody likes to tip their hand before the pot gets big enough to mean something.

SRA rides 'D' to win over Smithfield

January 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Behold the power of defense.
St. Raphael knocked off Smithfield, 73-57, on Saturday afternoon because the Saints got downright defensive in the second half. The teams were deadlocked at 40-all with 12:49 remaining before the Saints dialed up their defense a few notches, resulting in a game-ending 33-17 run.

January 16th

Clippers capture Gorman tourney

January 16, 2011

CUMBERLAND — There’s more than just the Lariviere twins behind this year’s Cumberland High wrestling team. Defending state champions Shaidai and Shoneil Lariviere have help from a collection of ever-improving teammates, especially 130-pound sophomore Erik Travers.
“The twins improve the team just by their presence,” Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said on Saturday night after his Clippers successfully defended their team title at the John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament. “They make everyone else better.”

E.P. cagers surprise La Salle

January 15, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE – East Providence played a “full 32 minutes,” in the words of coach Alex Butler, en route to a 56-43 victory over Division I-North leader La Salle on Friday night.
Joe Carnevale hit five three-point field goals while scoring 23 points for the Townies, who improved to 3-5 in Division I with the win. Derek Andreoli added 10 points for the Townies.
La Salle fell to 6-2 in league play with the loss.
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Woonsocket girls edge Saints, 56-53

January 15, 2011

PAWTUCKET – George Coderre is well aware of all the gimmicks and schemes opposing teams have deployed this season in pursuit of slowing down Diandra DaRosa, St. Raphael’s top ballhawk.

January 14th

Hendricken dunks Cumberland swimmers

January 15, 2011

CUMBERLAND --– For the past four decades, the face of Cumberland High swimming has been Bruce Calvert. During his long tenure as the Clippers’ head coach, he produced an abundance of all-state athletes and a combined 13 state crowns (boy and girls).
Calvert no longer patrols the CHS pool, retiring from his longtime post in November only a few months after doing the same as the school’s aquatic director.

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