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January 30th

Lincoln swimmers hang tough with SK

January 30, 2014

LINCOLN — High junior Nicole Moneghan had one desire before she and her teammates faced defending state champion South Kingstown in a Division II dual-meet clash on Thursday afternoon.

“I was hoping we wouldn’t get absolutely crushed,” she admitted. “They have a lot of talented girls over there. We were trying not to worry about what they were doing, but just dive in and swim the best we could.”

As expected, the undefeated Rebels did push their unbeaten streak to 7-0 with a 54-40 victory over the steadfast Lions, but the latter went down battling.

January 29th

Salisbury's two goals help hockey Clippers edge Lions

January 30, 2014

WOONSOCKET — For the first time in a long while, Cumberland High actually defeated archrival Lincoln.

It happened on Wednesday night at Adelard Arena, with the still-undefeated Clippers edging the previously-unbeaten Lions, 2-1, in a Division II-North showdown.

Sophomore Jake Salisbury notched the game winner with 3:58 remaining in regulation. After a scoreless initial stanza, Cumberland took a 1-0 advantage on Salisbury’s unassisted tally just 1:01 into the second.
Lincoln, however, knotted it at 1-1 when senior Mike Enos converted Aaron Fiske’s feed at 9:44.

January 28th

Tolman's appeal to repel football playoff ban denied

January 29, 2014

PAWTUCKET – There were concerns, to be sure. There always are whenever you’re dealing with a tense situation akin to the high school football episode that has resulted in the reclassification of expectations for Tolman in 2014.

Tolman football banned from playoffs in 2014

January 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET – There will be no playoffs for the Tolman High football team in 2014.

On Monday, Tolman High Principal Christopher Savastano went before the Rhode Island Principals’ Committee on Athletics in hopes of getting the group to repel the decision of banning the Tigers from postseason play for one season.

On Tuesday, Interscholastic League Executive Director Tom Mezzanotte informed Savastano that the punishment would indeed stand.

January 27th

Cumberland's second-half play keys win over Lincoln

January 27, 2014

LINCOLN — Cumberland High couldn’t continue to allow two of Lincoln High’s better players to feel comfortable on the offensive end.
That much was clear to Clippers assistant coach Collin Geiselman through the first half of Monday’s Division II-North clash at The Lions’ Den. One look at the stat sheet was enough to send a strong message to his troops: stop giving Lincoln’s Alec Cronan and Luke Kelly the freedom to either shoot from the outside or drive to the rim.

Co-op issues dominate PCOA meeting

January 27, 2014

PROVIDENCE — The issue of cooperative teams in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League has long been a source of concern. It’s also a topic that features far too much gray area, from schools finding creative ways and/or loopholes to save existing co-op programs, to establishing new ones under the guise of promoting interscholastic athletics.

Crosby’s anxious to see Lincoln North Stars perform at Special Olympics Rhode Island’s Winter Games

January 27, 2014

LINCOLN — Barbara Crosby has dedicated a great deal of her adult life coaching intellectually-challenged youngsters and adults, helping them become the best Special Olympians they possibly can.
The bad news is, after nearly a quarter century at the helm, she has stepped down as Rhode Island’s Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing coach for the Special Olympics Rhode Island’s Winter Games, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Yawgoo Valley Ski Resort in Exeter.

January 24th

Boles, Crabbe get warm welcomes at PawSox Hot Stove event

January 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Bruce Crabbe’s official title with the Pawtucket Red Sox is coach. It sounds simple and straightforward, yet also vague in terms of what exactly his duties with the Triple-A ballclub will entail.

The 51-year-old Crabbe could oversee the infielders, an area that is his forte. Perhaps he might be responsible for relaying signals from the dugout to the outfielders, reminding them where to position themselves based on the hitter at the plate. Maybe Crabbe will offer his in-game observations as he sits next to new PawSox manager Kevin Boles.

January 23rd

Fernandes' late free throw lifts Tolman boys to thrilling victory over Exeter/West Greenwich

January 24, 2014

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PAWTUCKET — Tolman’s Jesse Fernandes went to the free throw line with two seconds left in Thursday night’s Division II-Central game with Exeter/West Greenwich. The scoreboard showed a 67-67 deadlock. Tolman students rattled the bleachers with their feet in anticipation of the upcoming free throws.
“I’m a 70 percent free throw shooter,” the junior said a few minutes after he made the second of two freebies for an exciting and hard-fought 68-67 victory over the Avengers. “I’m glad I had two free throws. I missed the first one but the second one was pretty good.”

Raiders’ struggles continue: First-place Wizards notch Division II-Central basketball victory

January 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Shea High got up close with one of the leading contenders in Division II this season, and the results were not pretty for the locals.
The visitors from West Warwick felt quite at home at “The Cage” Thursday night, rolling to an 80-44 victory. The II-Central leading Wizards improve to 6-0 while the Raiders have now dropped four straight league contests since beating Exeter/West Greenwich back on Dec. 20.

January 22nd

Cumberland's Bauer hopes improvement in pool leads to success down the road

January 23, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Throughout the 2012-13 winter campaign, then-Cumberland High sophomore Jack Bauer improved at a rapid rate, causing older brother Andrew to continue to hassle him about registering for a USA Swimming-affiliated club program.
Andrew, a phenomenal distance freestyler in his own right, had done the same, and he reasoned that Jack would only get faster, given the more grueling workouts.

St. Raphael/PCD/Wheeler co-op hockey team savors five-game win streak, benefits from improved play

January 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET — As a father watching his son represent the St. Raphael/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op squad last winter, Gary Leonard noticed it often didn't play as a team, a fluid unit. To him, it looked as if the players seemed more concerned with individual stats and/or glory.
“I thought the biggest issue with them was selfish team play,” he stated Tuesday afternoon. “When I became the head coach back in September, it was my goal to eliminate the selfishness and try to build a program based on team success.”

January 21st

No longer bound by drama, Friars trending upward

January 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – There are two schools of thought as to why Ted Bancroft and the Friars have gone on to string three Big East wins together following an 0-2 start.

Representing the Providence program at Monday’s college basketball brunch, held at Warwick's Radisson Hotel, Bancroft mentioned that a players-only meeting was staged in the aftermath of a 30-point blowout loss at Villanova earlier this month. At the time, the Friars appeared in a free fall after losing back-to-back overtime contests to UMass and Seton Hall before getting drubbed by the Wildcats.

January 19th

Thumb surgery behind him, Alex Wilson sets sights on regaining role in Boston's bullpen

January 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Eventually, Alex Wilson arrived at the understanding that his ability to properly grip a baseball had been compromised.

What was originally deemed a sprained right thumb last July evolved into something far more problematic to the point where surgery went from a potential last resort to being inevitable. Wilson admitted that everything “was tried under the sun.” From having the thumb placed in a cast and later a splint, all of the precautions taken were done with an eye toward eventually returning to Boston’s bullpen.

January 17th

Warriors slay Tigers, 42-27

January 18, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Head coach Jayar Santos gave Central Falls High senior Yesenia Biascochea the news prior to the start of their campaign.
Because he didn’t have a true point guard, she’d have to assume that role, not the one in which she had been accustomed – the shooting guard spot.

He also issued her a proviso; that is, if she had the open shot, then go ahead and put it up.

January 15th

Cotton far from the only option in Friars' arsenal

January 16, 2014

PROVIDENCE – It’s starting to happen. Bryce Cotton is staring at the probability of roughly two months remaining in his Providence College basketball career.

As time becomes the senior’s enemy, so too does the sense that the adjectives specifically reserved to describe Cotton’s on-court playmaking abilities are seemingly stuck on repeat. Long ago, games of 20 or more points went from the exception to the rule for Cotton. When a player crosses over such a rarified threshold, in turn it becomes easy for fans to fall into a state of complacency.

January 14th

Gonzalez sisters make Saintly duo for SRA

January 15, 2014

PAWTUCKET – St. Raphael Academy coach Fred Saunders calls them the “brains and heart of our team.”

They are the Gonzalez sisters – point guard Danyele and forward Rybecca. Danyele runs the show and Rybecca handles the scoring load. Along with fellow starters Seun Shittu, Felicia Baccari and Kaylee Oliver, they have turned St. Raphael Academy into an unbeaten Division II-Central squad that hopes to go deep into the playoffs this winter.

January 13th

Lincoln girls' swim team dunks Westerly, now 4-0

January 14, 2014

LINCOLN — Though a year had passed, Lincoln High sophomore Mollie Westrick and junior Nicole Moneghan hadn’t forgotten how the Westerly aquawomen had sailed to a Division II dual-meet victory.
In fact, the Bulldogs had pulled off wins in each of the previous three winter seasons, and the Lions desperately wanted to “turn the tide,” so to speak.

January 12th

Skurka exits as Cumberland head football coach, accepts role as assistant at Dean College

January 12, 2014

CUMBERLAND — When it came time for Chris Skurka to make the biggest football decision of his life, he turned to a voice of reassurance and clarity.

Alison Skurka, the coach’s wife, had a quick answer. A staunch supporter of her husband’s pigskin endeavors, Alison gave Chris her blessing to make the jump from head coach at Cumberland High to becoming an assistant at Dean College.

“She’s allowed me to chase that dream,” said Chris Skurka. “Ultimately, it came down to me making a decision about my family and my career as a coach.”

Cumberland wins close battle for team championship at John D. Gorman Memorial Wrestling Tournament

January 12, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Senior standouts Cody Beaudette and Chris Hayes captured their weight classes to help Cumberland win a close battle for the team championship in this past weekend’s John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament at the Clippers’ Wellness Center.
The Clippers, who returned to the top of the team standings after watching Johnston finish first last year, scored 159.5 points to beat 17 other teams (representing four New England states) and nip runner-up Bristol Eastern of Connecticut by 1.5 points.

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