Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
WAKEFIELD â They're called âbunniesâ for a reason.
Shea High had a lot of elementary looks at the bucket in the initial half of this R.I. Division II Tournament quarterfinal tilt against North Providence on Wednesday night, but not many tickled the twine.
And, while the Raiders' frustration was obvious, head coach Matt Pita gave them a more-than-positive outlook after heading into their locker room behind, 28-24, at the break.
PROVIDENCE â Thereâs no need for Lee Goldsbrough to conceal his true emotions. For the first time in his Providence College tenure, basketball is fun.
PROVIDENCE --- St. Raphael Academy picked a bad time to endure its worst offensive performance of the season.
Needing a victory over Moses Brown on Tuesday night in order to clinch sole possession of the Division II-Central crown, the Saints found themselves struggling with their shot from start to finish and left the Quakersâ Waughtel-Howe Field House with an ugly 47-40 defeat.
PROVIDENCE â Cumberland High senior co-captain Andrew Bauer took a specific but incredibly-optimistic plan into these R.I. Boys Swimming Championships on Monday night.
It was his lofty goal to break his own school mark in the 200-yard freestyle, then set new CHS marks at the 500 distance, not to mention the 50 and 100 freestyles.
EXETER â It was a mighty difficult end to Tolman High's post-season hopes. The Tigers surrendered a game-high 26 points to Exeter/West Greenwich standout Jack Livsey, who notched 22 in the final and overtime stanzas, and the Scarlet Knights eked out an 87-84 win in a R.I. Division II preliminary playoff on Monday.
PROVIDENCE â Erik Mateo understands the tradition he upheld Saturday, his winning leap of 6 feet, 2 inches ensuring that the boysâ indoor high jump title will remain property of the Central Falls track program for another 12 months.
PROVIDENCE â Out with the âold,â in with the new.
For Cumberland High senior co-captain Courtney Kent, she couldn't have fathomed a better way to close her interscholastic career at the R.I. Girls Swimming Championships, held Saturday afternoon at the recently-finished Brown University natatorium.
Really, who would argue with two individual crowns, not to mention a relay title and a runner-up in another?
WARWICK â It was supposed to be a wild free-for-all, unbeaten Cumberland High battling flawless Bishop Hendricken for bragging rights in the state's top division.
Instead, the Hawks strung together seven straight triumphs between 160 pounds and 106 to sail to a stellar 47-9 dual-meet beatdown of the Clippers at the hosts' gymnasium on Thursday night.
CUMBERLAND â Heidi Josephson is well aware her Cumberland High squads have little to no chance to compete for state crowns at the R.I. Interscholastic Swimming Championships, slated for the new Brown University natatorium on Saturday at 2 p.m. (for girls) and Sunday at 1 (boys).
That doesn't mean the veteran coach isn't truly excited about what could happen when the starter's gun sounds for the first event.
NORTH PROVIDENCE --- In a contest full of high energy and emotion, not to mention a chance to earn sole possession of the Division II-North regular-season championship, Cumberland did the unthinkable on Wednesday night and went a full six minutes without producing a point early in the second half of its showdown against North Providence.
The Clippersâ cold spell enabled the host Cougars to erase a two-point deficit and rattle off 14 straight points, and that enabled them to keep Cumberland within an armâs length of them the rest of the way and come away with a hard-fought 66-58 victory.
WARWICK â Six days away from basketball did very little to slow down St. Raphael on Wednesday afternoon.
The Saints maintained its hold on the top spot in the Division II-Central standings with an easy victory on the road over two-win Pilgrim. Senior Lauren Gaj and sophomore Kaylee Oliver led the way offensively in a 60-31 triumph that was said and done by halftime.
WOONSOCKET â Mount St. Charles head coach Jessica Shiel would have liked to celebrate a pair of triumphs on Tuesday night.
First, she hoped her squad would pull out a win over Division II-North foe Lincoln, then turn her attention to how much money the Mounties had raised during its first ever âPink-Outâ contest, with all proceeds from the gate and T-shirt sales going directly to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Schools in Woonsocket and Pawtucket are closed for the second straight day. In the scheme of high school athletics, one of these cities plans on playing through the elements while the other adheres to a policy that if school is canceled, so too are all after-school activities.
CUMBERLAND â There are swimmers out there who belong to a USA Swimming, Inc.-affiliated club who either choose not to compete on the high school level or are told by their coaches they shouldnât.
In these parts, they make those decisions for this reason: Meets such as the New England Senior Championships or the regional Age Group equivalent, always mere days after âhigh school states,â are deemed much more critical because itâs the road most traveled to qualify for more visible national events.
PAWTUCKET â St. Raphael Academy head coach Tom Sorrentine closed his post-game interview this way: âWe've had trouble with size inside all year long, and that's got to change.â
Minutes before, Sorrentine watched as Woonsocket High big men Gare Lyles and Piotr Linek tore down rebound after rebound in their Division I-North clash at Alumni Hall on Thursday night.
In the end, however, the Saints overcame that height, utilized an 11-5 surge in the span of 6:59 late in the final stanza and garnered a 57-49 victory before about 150 fans.
PAWTUCKET â Just a few days after Andy Yosinoff earned his 700th career victory as the head coach of the Emmanuel College women's hoop team â it came Saturday afternoon, Jan. 26, courtesy of a 76-49 blowout victory over Lasell at the Jean Yawkey Center â he admitted the achievement was still sinking in.
âCan I believe it? I don't know,â the 64-year-old Pawtucket native chuckled via phone from his athletic department office. âIf you do something long enough, I guess you can accomplish things you never thought you would. Longevity is the key.
CUMBERLAND â Mitchell Baxter had a perfectly good reason to step inside Cumberland Highâs main office at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
With his heart and mind firmly made up about joining the Bryant University football family, Baxter faxed in his National Letter of Intent to the NCAA Division I FCS member. A senior who played a key role in the Clippers capturing the Division II Super Bowl this past fall, Baxter had also considered Assumption (Mass.) College, Southern Connecticut State, West Virginiaâs Fairmont State University and Plymouth (N.H.) State.
LINCOLN â If Davies plans to win its first regular-season division championship in nine years, then the Patriots are going to have to survive a gauntlet of tough games over these final 10 days.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Patriots passed their first test by winning a tight game with Bishop Keough. Thanks to its strong performances on the boards and on defense, Davies was able to secure a 49-45 victory that gave the hosts their eighth win in their last nine games.
LINCOLN â If ever there was a time for St. Raphael Academy to find the wherewithal to overcome adversity and regain momentum, Wednesday night's Division II crossover clash with Lincoln High was it.
The Lions proved to be more-than-gritty foes, forcing the Saints into 18 turnovers and more fouls than head coach Fred Saunders had desired.
In the end, however, senior co-captain Lauren Gaj collected 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks while junior swing Becca Gonzalez added another 15 points, 10 boards and three assists as St. Raphael posted a tough 49-37 triumph at the Lions' Den.
CUMBERLAND â When the game got down to crunchtime, Tom Lazaras, Ben Bradley and the rest of the Cumberland High squad put on a clinic on how to close games out.
Protecting a 60-54 lead with 3:11 remaining, Cumberland put down the clamps defensively to secure a well-earned 71-57 triumph against Shea High on Tuesday night at Wellness Center. The Raiders had managed to within striking for much of this Division II contest featuring two division leaders. Then came the gameâs most important stretch, which saw the Raiders miss 11 consecutive field-goal attempts and 13-of-14.