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February 5th, 2014

Cumberland’s Fine makes it official, will join father at Bryant

February 6, 2014

CUMBERLAND — The opportunity for a father to coach his son in a college setting does not come around very often.

For Cumberland High senior Joe Fine, you can officially swap out “opportunity” and replace it with “reality.”
Beginning this fall, there will be two Fines on the football sideline occupied by Bryant University. Head coach Marty Fine listed son Joe as part of the program’s latest recruiting effort on Wednesday. The Bulldogs’ 22-player class includes players from 10 different states with 11 being from New England.

Ready to fly like an Eagle: Lincoln’s Saine heads to Boston College football program

February 6, 2014

LINCOLN — Oseh-Lie Saine is officially a member of Boston College’s football program. In the eyes of the 2013 Lincoln High graduate who signed a pretty important document Wednesday, it’s a significant step that runs the gamut of emotions.

“It feels really, really good,” a clearly jubilant Saine expressed when reached later the same day. “It’s a day I’ve been waiting for a long time and for it to finally come, it hit me (Tuesday night) and I was just like, ‘wow.’ Signing that paper just felt great. It’s real and I think I’m still on cloud nine.”

With Hervieux back, Lincoln/Cumberland co-op girls' hockey squad pursues return to postseason

February 6, 2014

LINCOLN — Although she didn't want to, Lauren Hervieux did a lot of watching from the sidelines as her Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op teammates competed.
Naturally, the premier senior defenseman would've preferred to take the ice with them and help in her usual ways – battling in the corners, stealing pucks, squelching 2-on-1 breakaways.
She couldn't, of course, after dislocating and fracturing her kneecap at a Lincoln varsity soccer practice back on Nov. 7, the afternoon before a pivotal state tournament semifinal.

Lincoln's Saine signs with Boston College football team

February 5, 2014

LINCOLN –National Signing Day 2014 in college football circles is well underway this morning and we have some news concerning a local prospect to pass along.

Oseh-Lie Saine, a 2013 graduate of Lincoln High School, has officially joined the Boston College football team. The news was announced via Twitter under @BCFootballNews: “Osei-Lie Saine joins the BC football team! The DL earned all-Rhode Island 1st-team honors at Lincoln HS.”

BC lists Saine as a defensive end who measures out at 6-foot-4, 265 pounds. He played a post-graduate year at Worcester Academy this past autumn.

February 4th

St. Raphael edges Scituate, 44-38, stays unbeaten in D-II

February 5, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Based on his court-side demeanor late in his squad’s intense Division II tussle with North stalwart Scituate High on Tuesday night, St. Raphael Academy head coach Fred Saunders seemed both miffed and anxious at his girls’ turnovers and lack of offense.

Once the Saints had clinched a solid 44-38 crossover victory over the Spartans, however, he slowly became more gregarious.

February 3rd

ACES HIGH -- Top prospects fill out PawSox pitching staff

February 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Terry Doyle’s 2013 minor-league season featured as much shuffling as a blackjack dealer.

The 27-year-old Warwick resident spent the first three months with the Pawtucket Red Sox, where he started 11 times and made seven appearances in relief, before getting transferred to Portland on July 5.

February 2nd

Pawtucket's Pedro nets 100th career high-school goal

February 3, 2014

WARWICK – Jared Pedro has traveled a long, sometimes-satisfying, sometimes-stressful road as a “former” hockey player for Tolman High.
He competed as a Tiger varsity team member for three years, but discovered as a junior that – because of the lack of incoming freshmen with ice experience – the decades-old program would fold.

January 31st

Rodriguez powers Shea past Hope for 30-21 win

February 1, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Behind junior assistant captain Carol Rodriguez’s double-double, which included 14 points, 11 rebounds and a block, Shea High garnered a somewhat-satisfying 30-21 Division III crossover triumph on Friday to improve to 3-2 in league action and 3-5 overall.

Aiding the aforementioned Rodriguez, Sophomore Tatianna Ramos manufactured another 11 boards and a bucket, while classmate Jackie Teixeira contributed four steals. Junior Astan Coulibaly chipped in four points and eight crucial rebounds, and senior co-captain Lourdes Anariba four points and five thefts.

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.”

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