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January 18th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” Freddy Gobewole has had problems with his shoulder since his junior campaign last year when he tore his rotator cuff during a scrimmage game for the Shea High football team.
But that hasnâ€™t stopped the talented senior from tearing up the track with his unmatched speed.
An interesting aspect of Rhode Island high school wrestling is the traditional powers typically avoid one another until the final month of the dual-meet season, choosing to compete in out-of-state tournaments in December and January before taking each other on during February.
In wrestling, familiarity isnâ€™t a good thing. Nobody likes to tip their hand before the pot gets big enough to mean something.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Behold the power of defense.
St. Raphael knocked off Smithfield, 73-57, on Saturday afternoon because the Saints got downright defensive in the second half. The teams were deadlocked at 40-all with 12:49 remaining before the Saints dialed up their defense a few notches, resulting in a game-ending 33-17 run.
CUMBERLAND â€” Thereâ€™s more than just the Lariviere twins behind this yearâ€™s Cumberland High wrestling team. Defending state champions Shaidai and Shoneil Lariviere have help from a collection of ever-improving teammates, especially 130-pound sophomore Erik Travers.
â€śThe twins improve the team just by their presence,â€ť Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said on Saturday night after his Clippers successfully defended their team title at the John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament. â€śThey make everyone else better.â€ť
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ East Providence played a â€śfull 32 minutes,â€ť in the words of coach Alex Butler, en route to a 56-43 victory over Division I-North leader La Salle on Friday night.
Joe Carnevale hit five three-point field goals while scoring 23 points for the Townies, who improved to 3-5 in Division I with the win. Derek Andreoli added 10 points for the Townies.
La Salle fell to 6-2 in league play with the loss.
PAWTUCKET â€“ George Coderre is well aware of all the gimmicks and schemes opposing teams have deployed this season in pursuit of slowing down Diandra DaRosa, St. Raphaelâ€™s top ballhawk.
CUMBERLAND --â€“ For the past four decades, the face of Cumberland High swimming has been Bruce Calvert. During his long tenure as the Clippersâ€™ head coach, he produced an abundance of all-state athletes and a combined 13 state crowns (boy and girls).
Calvert no longer patrols the CHS pool, retiring from his longtime post in November only a few months after doing the same as the schoolâ€™s aquatic director.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Arnie Beyeler was sitting at the head of a table in a conference room at snow-covered McCoy Stadium on Friday afternoon, performing his first official act as manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
By early next week, basketball teams statewide will have reached the midway point of their league seasons.
For some boys' squads, the writingâ€™s on the wall that their seasons will come to a close some time in mid-February. But for several others, including a plethora of area teams, the postseason is clearly within reach with still plenty of basketball to be played in the final month of league competition.
Some baseball notes geared to make you forget those snow removal blues â€¦
Thereâ€™s no question Chris Iannetta is bent on staying sharp during the offseason. The St. Raphael Academy alum is renown around the R.I. Baseball Institute for having a set routine and hating to deviate from it. In fact, it wouldnâ€™t come as a shock to learn Iannetta possesses a key to the indoor batting cage, located in Warwick.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Wrestling season inside the state of Rhode Island doesnâ€™t really get serious until the middle of January. A few of the top teams use the first six weeks of the season to test themselves outside the state in weekend tournaments against elite competition from around New England.
Thatâ€™s the route Cumberland High coach Steve Gordon has chosen over the years. This season, his defending state champions have won tournaments in Connecticut and Massachusetts before finishing third last Saturday in the prestigious Redskin Invitational up in Sanford, Maine.
PAWTUCKET --- While folks across the Northeast were bracing themselves for todayâ€™s heavy snowstorm, Peter Manfredo Jr. pulled off the great escape on Tuesday by jumping on an early flight that took him to sunny Key West, Fla.
But instead of heading to Florida to work on his tan and enjoy a pleasurable vacation, Manfredo chose business over pleasure and flew down for his next fight, Friday nightâ€™s 10-round middleweight bout against Daniel Edouard of West Palm Beach, Fla. at Mallory Square overlooking Key West Harbor.
BARRINGTON â€“Jeremy Graca was Mr. Clutch for Tolman High on Monday night
The talented senior scored seven of his 16 points in the final minute as the Tigers defeated Barrington, 56-48, in a Division II crossover contest at the Eaglesâ€™ gymnasium.
PAWTUCKET --â€“ This may be hard to fathom, but the regular season in boysâ€™ basketball ends exactly one month from today.
For teams like St. Raphael Academy, itâ€™s simply a matter of full speed ahead. Veteran head coach Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine has concerns that are generally viewed as normal for this time of year. Yet with the finish line in sight and playoffs â€“ both divisional and the experimental Sweet 16 â€“ knocking on the doorstep, the onus is on clubs to get everything in order before the truly important games arrive.
Certainly the ability to switch-hit in baseball can come in handy, paving the way for a batter to place himself in an advantageous situation against any pitcher they step in the box to face.
When the first Cranston Sports Collectors Show opened, you could buy a Honus Wagner tobacco card for $1,500 or so.
Now, that image of old Honus would cost you at least $250,000 and, if you wanted the best known example of the baseball card now recognized as the hobbyâ€™s â€śHoly Grail,â€ť youâ€™d have to come up with at least $1.62-million which is what the current owner paid for it.
PROVIDENCE â€” There was more than basketball going on inside the Pizzitola Center Saturday night.
Labeling it a local success story doesnâ€™t seem to paint the entire picture, though you could make a strong argument based on the three lads hailing from Central Falls on Lyndon Stateâ€™s roster â€“ certainly a rare occurrence. A homecoming? The three ex-Warrior hoopsters are all first-year college players, meaning they havenâ€™t been in the hinterlands of Vermont long enough to be jarred loose from our memory banks.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Nina Morey isnâ€™t about to complain about a win after her Mount St. Charles squad held on for a down-to-the-last possession 33-31 decision against Tolman on Friday.
That said, the MSC head coach came away with the understanding that the Mounties were very fortunate to waltz out of the Donaldson Memorial Gymnasium with the higher point total.
â€śIâ€™m glad that we had the ability to hang on,â€ť said Morey, â€śbut a little more time for (Tolman) and it may have been a different story.â€ť
PAWTUCKET --- Tolman High dearly needed this victory.
Junior Kody Casavant and freshman Jared Pedro each scored a pair of goals and the Tigersâ€™ defense turned in a solid showing over the final two periods to help nail down a 5-3 triumph over West Warwick High on Friday night in their hard-hitting Division III meeting at Lynch Arena.
Tolman, which is now 4-3 and in fourth place in the nine-team division, was coming off ugly back-to-back defeats to Cranston East and Mount Hope that saw the Tigers play both games shorthanded and allow a total of 14 goals.
WOONSOCKET --- Offensively, Mount St. Charles Academy is sixth out of the stateâ€™s nine teams in goals scored, and defensively, the Mounties are one of four teams to have surrendered fewer than 10 goals.
But thereâ€™s one huge reason why the Mounties are sitting atop the standings with a 5-0 mark and looking like a potent squad in excellent shape to defend their state championship come March.
â€śI think we have the depth that any team in the league would envy,â€ť offered MSC coach Steve Shea. â€śI feel like we have depth at every position, which is very nice to have.â€ť