Archive - Feb 6, 2012 - Sports Article
â€śItâ€™s not about this week,â€ť Tolman High basketball coach Mike Kayata was saying on Monday. â€śItâ€™s about having your team ready when the playoffs begin.â€ť
Kayata was just voicing the sentiments of most area coaches who are priming their teams for the state open tournament that is scheduled to begin on Feb. 24. A field of 32 teams will begin play that night. Tolman High, just 6-7 in Division II right now, hasnâ€™t even reached the eight-win qualifying standard yet.
Steve Gordon has been coaching Cumberland Highâ€™s wrestling program since time began. Well, not quite. Just since he got the program started back in 1969. Thatâ€™s 43 years, if youâ€™re counting.
The 70-year-old coach spent many of those early years trying to build his program from the ground floor up, creating a wrestling community in Cumberland, one or two parents at a time, that formed the foundation for his program.
Gordon learned a lot from the Coventry High School wrestling program, a dynasty that produced 17 straight state championship teams between 1982-98.
PROVIDENCE â€“ There are times that Ed Cooley must feel like heâ€™s being pulled in a thousand directions.
On one hand, Cooley is trying to build a program befitting of his workmanlike image. In order to accomplish that, the first-year PC head coach needs players that compliment this ideal. Based on the buzz surrounding one of the nationâ€™s most talked about recruiting classes, Cooley has allowed Friar fans to dream big about what the future may hold.