Archive - Jan 2013 - Sports Article
CUMBERLAND â It certainly looked as if improved Tolman High, which rolled into Cumberlandâs Wellness Center late Wednesday afternoon with five victories in its previous seven tilts, would make it six-of-eight.
The Tigers also seemed destined to eke out a two- or three-point triumph over the Clippers, but head coach Gary Reedyâs crew had other plans.
PAWTUCKET â For a ballclub hoping to be one of the deserving 16 teams in the stateâs Open Tournament at the end of February, Sheaâs been doing its part these days by turning in some excellent basketball.
On Tuesday night, the Raiders put together another splendid outing to sew up their fourth straight victory, this one coming at âThe Cageâ against neighboring Division II crossover foe Lincoln.
Junior guard Chris Mainvilleâs contest-high 21 points and nine assists and senior forward Alvin Semedoâs double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds led the way for the Raiders in their 63-48 triumph.
EAST PROVIDENCE â There's a distinct reason why only a few folks in these parts are paying attention to the success of the Bishop Keough High girls' hoop team: They've been programmed not to care.
Even the school itself, located just up Smithfield Avenue from a cemetery, is miniscule in student population, often graduating between nine and 14 seniors every June. People realize the Keough administration and teaching staff is huge on religion and academics; they also realize they view athletics as extracurricular activities that merely bolster students' resumes for higher education.
PROVIDENCE â All Jared Pedro, Kristopher Wallace and Teddy Reall are asking for is a chance to tryout for a neighboring high school hockey program come next season, when the trio will be seniors.
PAWTUCKET â The last time East Providence High faced Division III rival Tolman, way back on Dec. 21, head coach Kevin Croke's crew held a 3-1 cushion in the final three minutes of regulation.
The Townies, however, allowed two late goals, and had to settle for a 3-3 overtime stalemate with its foe.
PAWTUCKET -- Allen Webster remembers the first time he heard his name come up in last Augustâs blockbuster trade between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers that sent him to New England.
âI was in the clubhouse,â said Webster, who at the time, was playing for the Dodgersâ Double-A team in Chattanooga, Tenn. âI saw my name go across the bottom of the screen on ESPN. (The trade) wasnât 100 percent, but thatâs when I kind of knew.â
PAWTUCKET â Jackie Bradley Jr. is a 22-year-old center fielder so polished and poised that your first inclination is to check his driverâs license just to verify his age.
Currently touted as one of the top prospects in the Red Sox farm system, he said playing under the spotlight of the College World Series helped him prepare for the attention heâll soon be receiving as a professional.
PAWTUCKET â As Arnie Beyeler has learned this winter, coaching in the major leagues with a defined role is best not entered into lightly.
EAST PROVIDENCE â BMX freestyle is now an amazing entity all its own, with multi-million dollar sponsors, worldwide events, an abundance of television exposure and â for the best â lucrative contracts with corporations trying to sell their products.
It didn't always used to be that way, especially here in New England.
The best way to describe it: Primitive.
EAST PROVIDENCE â After a game of twists and turns galore, head coach Alex Butler wouldn't say he was thrilled after his East Providence High squad had registered a 74-64 Division I-Central victory over gamey Central High on Wednesday night.
He also didn't downplay it.
âThe key thing for us is we've been working so hard on our zone defense in practice, we wanted to see it work,â he noted as the triumph pushed the Townies back to .500 overall (7-7), and left them at 5-6 in league play. âWe wanted to be in attack mode from the wing to the baseline to the block, and we did that well here.
WARWICK â Lincoln junior Casie Beauchemin must have ice water in her veins. With 2.3 seconds left on the clock, Beauchemin swished two free throws to give the Lions a remarkable 34-33 victory over Warwick Vets on Tuesday afternoon.
Down one point late, the Lions (4-2, Division II-North) were scrambling to make something happen when Beauchemin collided with the Hurricanesâ Casey Bennett. Faced with a 1-and-1, the heroine took her time and found nothing but net on her first attempt to tie the score.
PROVIDENCE â In most of the games itâs played this season, Bishop Keough High starts slowly, suffers from early foul issues, but then surges over the final 10-12 minutes to claim a win.
When facing Hope High in a Division III tilt on Tuesday afternoon, the opposite occurred.
The Koalas went exactly nine minutes and 13 seconds of the second half without scoring a single point, though they had built enough of a cushion to eventually snatch a 33-26 victory over the Blue Wave at its own gymnasium.
WARWICK â On a day that saw this country honor the memory and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and watch as President Obama mapped out his second-term desires, it seemed appropriate to talk leadership.
Specifically, leadership and the set of guidelines college basketball teams employ when selecting captains, along with what this honor means to those bestowed with said responsibility.
PAWTUCKET â Should we stay or should we go? That was the question facing Lincoln head coach Jim Riel during the offseason when the RIIL was getting ready to realign its teams for the 2012-13 campaign.
Stay in the Division I-Eccleston and the Lions would have been competitive night in and night out against the other five public schools in the division. Drop down to Division II and also face a drop in competition, but the Lions would have been one of the clear favorites in the running for a lower state championship.
A little of this, a little of that âŠ
Wake me when itâs Tuesday â the day Terry Franconaâs juicy and highly anticipated book is scheduled to hit the shelves.
Not a moment too soon.
Look, I understand the importance of publicizing and spreading the word to the masses that thereâs something on the immediate horizon that you may want to check out. The particular PR campaign for Franconaâs 368-page opus has me a tad confused, however.
Dave Goucher has been calling hockey games on the radio for much of his adult life â 20 years to be exact. Naturally, the Pawtucket native and graduate of Tolman High monitored the NHLâs labor saga, but as he expressed when contacted earlier this week, he reached a point where countless impasses between the owners and players became too much to digest.
WOONSOCKET --- Defense has been the name of the game for St. Raphael this year, and on Thursday night, it was the Saintsâ tenacious âDâ that helped fetch them their sixth Division II victory against no defeats.
Junior forwards Rybecca Gonzalez and Kelsy Lynch shared contest-high scoring honors with 18 points each and had stellar games defensively to help the Saints create the bulk of Mount St. Charlesâ 32 turnovers and pave the way to a 77-36 crossover rout on the Mountiesâ court.
PROVIDENCE â When it comes to flying the friendly skies, Red Sox manager John Farrell has mapped out a travel schedule that will certainly make the time pass by a little quicker â not mention rack up frequent flyer miles.
Following his appearance at Thursdayâs Red Sox-themed âTown Hall Meetingâ at La Salle Academy, Farrell will hop on a plane Friday morning and head to Dallas for some face-to-face time with pitcher John Lackey. Farrell then plans to shoot over to Fort Myers on Saturday to see pitchers Felix Doubront and Franklin Morales, both of who have already reported to JetBlue Park.
CHICAGO --- Cumberland High cross country star Trevor Crawley added another accolade to his accomplishments on Thursday with his selection as the 2012-13 Gatorade Rhode Island Boysâ Cross Country Runner of the Year.
The award not only recognizes outstanding athletic excellent, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the race course.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox are pleased to report that their radio broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith has earned a job in the Major Leagues. The Seattle Mariners announced today that Goldsmith, the lead radio voice for the PawSox in 2012, has been hired to join their radio team for the 2013 season. Aaron will work with veteran Mariners voice Rick Rizzs to broadcast all Seattle games during the upcoming season.