Archive - Jan 2012 - Sports Article
WOONSOCKET --- Michael Kinchâs 17th goal of the season, a power-play score with 3:48 to play in the game, helped the Cumberland High hockey team battle the St. Raphael Academy/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team to a 3-3 tie on Friday night in their Division II-North affair at Adelard Arena.
Brendan Kelahanâs goal off a pass from Mark Long with 5:21 left in the game actually gave the co-op team a 3-2 lead before Kinch struck for the equalizer.
PAWTUCKET â As good as St. Raphael Academy is, very little comes easy for the defending state champions against the other elite teams in Division I.
After scoring a pair of three-point wins over Central and Classical in the past 10 days, the unbeaten Saints welcomed talented Mount Pleasant to Alumni Hall on Friday night.
The Kilties field their usual fast and athletic group of players. They came out in a box-and-one defense and then a 1-3-1 that focused on limiting the shot opportunities for SRA scoring leaders Charles Correa and Cesar Mejia.
Life, weâre often reminded, is a journey along a path. Marked by repeated twists, turns, bends and detours, we take comfort in knowing that each path is unique. No two people ever embark on a similar trek.
No road map, satellite-based navigation system, not even a Mapquest.com printout is required. Following oneâs heart and ambitions serve as the main motivators, the idea of how we feel deep down aiding us to better grasping the wheel to steer towards oneâs wants, needs and mindsets. In a nutshell, itâs the journey within the journey.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs been no secret that the numbers game hasnât been too kind to Tolman this season, and that was evident two Friday nights ago when the Tigers suffered a 4-2 loss to Mount Hope at Lynch Arena.
While the Huskies dressed a full complement of players, the Tigers were only able to suit up 11, including a backup goaltender.
That number of players was the lowest of any team (boys or girls) in the state that took the ice for a game this year, but since that night, a couple of positive things took place that promise to make the Tigersâ future a little bit brighter.
EAST PROVIDENCE â They are each defending state champions, leaders in the wrestling room, athletes who walk around with an aura of confidence instilled in them by years of practice and ensuing success on the mat, one on one, against the best that can be found in Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET â Shea High played dictator during Tuesday nightâs Division II romp over Narragansett. The Raiders dictated how the game would be played and the Mariners followed along, usually a step too slow to keep up with the talented and speedy home team.
Sparked by Eli Itkinâs career-high 24 points, and a virtuoso performance by point guard Jordy Brito (18 points, 8 assists), the Raiders romped to a 71-48 victory that improved them to 6-2 in Division II-Central.
SMITHFIELD â Tuesday night proved to be a valuable learning experience for St. Raphael Academy, particularly for the second unit.
With Charles Correa, Cesar Mejia and the rest of the first teamers resting comfortably on the bench, Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine turned to Kaseem Sams, Jordan Peguero, Zach and Nick Mays and Darshaun Vargas. The sight of seeing Correa and Mejia sporting warmups and sipping Gatorade must have been heaven to Smithfield, which trailed 59-41 when Sorrentine called off the hounds.
CUMBERLAND â East Providence came out on fire and pushed Cumberland to the brink of dual-meet defeat for the first time in three years on Monday morning before the Clippers turned the tables for an exciting 40-32 conquest of the Townies.
âWe came out lazy in the Warwick tournament on Saturday,â said Towniesâ leader Joao Vicente. âCoach (Tom Galligan) warned us we couldnât do that against Cumberland. Today, we came out very warm.â
The Townies won five of the first six matches to build a 23-6 advantage.
PROVIDENCE â The state championships for track and field will be held in about a month. Itâs getting closer to realizing who will be the contenders and who will be the pretenders.
From a local standpoint, a few of those possible contenders for the girlsâ competition were inside the Providence Career and Technical Academy field house Monday afternoon for their respective divisional meets.
CUMBERLAND â When it came time to wrestle the finals of Saturday nightâs John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament at Cumberland High, two chairs at matside were occupied by coaches from Bishop Hendricken (Kevin Hennessey) and Warwick Veterans (George Schmeider).
âTheyâre just wrestling junkies,â Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said with a laugh on Sunday morning, after his balanced team had captured the team title despite crowning only one individual champion (Tom LaCroix at 195). âKevin and George probably just wanted to see our boys wrestle. Theyâre scouting, of course, checking us out.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs often viewed as the last frontier for young hitters to conquer, that of strike-zone recognition. In Alex Hassanâs case, the promising Red Sox outfield prospect is well ahead of the curve, so much so that some of his peers could stand to benefit from his calculated attack.
PAWTUCKET --- Alex Wilson knows all about the rags-to-riches tale of Kurt Warner, the former Super Bowl-winning St. Louis Rams quarterback and NFL MVP, who just a few years prior to his breakout â99 season, had worked part-time as a stockboy at a supermarket during his climb to stardom.
Thatâs because from October to December, the Boston Red Sox prospect had spent his weekday mornings making a few extra bucks by stocking shelves at a Loweâs home improvement store near his Hurricane, W.V. residence.
PAWTUCKET â There are going to be nights when the teamâs leading scorer struggles. How does the rest of the team react when something like this happens? Are they going to be able to pick up the slack?
Tolman head coach Mike Kayata got all the answers he would need on Thursday night. With top dog Juan Velez mired in a dreadful funk and showing no sign of clearing the fog, Kayata opted to sit the junior down and place the outcome of this crucial contest against Barrington into the hands of the likes of Samb brothers, Seny and Mamour, along with senior Justin Zetina.
By all accounts, January is the slowest month on the baseball calendar. Itâs the month that follows the hustle and bustle of the player acquisition crunch and the month prior to spring training with the backdrop of warm, picturesque conditions in Florida and Arizona.
PAWTUCKET --- United, they stand. Divided, who knows if the St. Raphael Academy hockey team and the Providence Country Day/Wheeler School co-op squad would have fallen from existence after last season?
For the Saints, they struggled mightily with numbers a season ago, as only 14 players (three of them goaltenders) made up their roster.
Because of their lack of depth, they staggered to a 3-15 mark that included a handful of losses that saw them fizzle from fatigue during the last period and watch leads slip away from them.
CUMBERLAND --- Steve Gordonâs Cumberland High wrestling program has reached the enviable point where the Clippers donât have to rebuild âŠ they just reload.
After losing two multiple state champions (the Lariviere twins) to graduation last June, Cumberland might have expected a slight regression this season. There is no regression to be found, at least not yet. (The season still hasnât reached the halfway point.)
Cumberland improved to 7-0 in Division I with a 56-24 rout of South Kingstown on Wednesday night. The Rebels are one of those good programs that does have to reload.
PROVIDENCE â Mount St. Charles, Cumberland and Lincoln swept their opponents on Monday night in a Northern Division meet.
Mount swept Shea and St. Raphael while Cumberland rolled over Ponaganset and Woonsocket. Lincoln topped Central Falls and Tolman.
Several of the usual suspects stood out with strong performances. Woonsocketâs Jalen Evans swept the 55-meter dash (6.6 seconds) and 300-meter race (38.0). Tolmanâs Homlin Taylor won his sprint in 6.7 seconds.
WOONSOCKET â On a night the offense struggled mightily, East Providenceâs defense rose to the occasion, especially at the end of the opening half, and fetched the Townies an important Division I-North victory over Woonsocket on Tuesday night.
The Towniesâ âDâ forced the Novans to commit the bulk of their 20 turnovers and played a big role in an 18-point run in the first half by keeping their hosts scoreless for eight-plus minutes, and in the process, helping produce a 54-39 triumph.
PAWTUCKET â With the game and an undefeated league record hanging in the balance, the Saints of St. Raphael Academy rose to the occasion, playing like the state champions they are.
Locked in a serious tussle with a determined and feisty bunch from Central High, St. Raphael made enough winning plays down the stretch to waltz out of the Wellness Center with a hard-fought and most satisfying 57-54 verdict. The Saints now own the distinction as the last remaining unbeaten team in Division I at 6-0 while the Knights suffer their first league loss at 5-1.
Thereâs a different aura surrounding Scott Atchison and fellow relief pitcher Michael Bowden â the kind that goes with the territory of having the baseball phrase âout of optionsâ stamped on their respective professional careers.