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February 11th, 2014
It almost never fails.
Every now again, the budgetary scalpel cuts off funding for sports at the middle school and high school levels.
Naturally, such slicing prompts strong reaction from everyone in town â concerned parents to coaches to the real victims affected by this slashing of essential monetary support, the adolescent student-athletes.
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CENTRAL FALLS â The Prout School didnât back off from the challenge of playing a tough road game against Central Falls on Monday night.
The Crusaders came into the game with a 9-2 record in Division II-South. Central Falls stood on top of the North with a 9-3 record following Friday nightâs 73-68 victory over Tolman. The Warriors hoped to continue their momentum against the disciplined visitors.
WARWICK â Twenty years ago, Tom Hanksâ silver-screen portrayal of the slow-witted Forrest Gump earned the acclaimed actor an Academy Award and a huge payday. The 1994 release is remembered for the lead characterâs array of quirky and quick-to-the-point quotes, some of which still hold merit today.
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PAWTUCKET â Playing a rare Saturday afternoon home game, St. Raphael Academy pushed first-place La Salle Academy to the limit before the Ramsâ superiority finally manifested itself in the final minute.
The Saints, who had a chance to tie the game with 25 seconds left, came up short in the end, 64-61, as the Rams made their final six points from the free throw line.
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CENTRAL FALLS â In a pulsating finish to a great high school basketball game, Julian Soares netted the final 13 Central Falls points while carrying the Warriors to a 73-68 victory over Tolman on Friday evening.
Soares, who finished with a game-high 27 points, matched big plays with Tolmanâs stellar shooting guard Steve Otis. The senior hit a trio of three-pointers in the final three minutes as the Tigers roared back from a 48-35 deficit to take a 67-66 lead with 30 seconds left when Otis swished a three from the top of the key.
Otis finished with 25 points.
CUMBERLAND â 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 âopportunityâ and replace it with âreality.â
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 programâs latest recruiting effort on Wednesday. The Bulldogsâ 22-player class includes players from 10 different states with 11 being from New England.
LINCOLN â Oseh-Lie Saine is officially a member of Boston Collegeâs football program. In the eyes of the 2013 Lincoln High graduate who signed a pretty important document Wednesday, itâs a significant step that runs the gamut of emotions.
âIt feels really, really good,â a clearly jubilant Saine expressed when reached later the same day. âItâs a day Iâve been waiting for a long time and for it to finally come, it hit me (Tuesday night) and I was just like, âwow.â Signing that paper just felt great. Itâs real and I think Iâm still on cloud nine.â
LINCOLN â 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 â 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 âNational 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: âOsei-Lie Saine joins the BC football team! The DL earned all-Rhode Island 1st-team honors at Lincoln HS.â
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.
PAWTUCKET â Based on his court-side demeanor late in his squadâs 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 girlsâ 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.
PAWTUCKET â Terry Doyleâs 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.
WARWICK â Jared Pedro has traveled a long, sometimes-satisfying, sometimes-stressful road as a âformerâ hockey player for Tolman High.
He competed as a Tiger varsity team member for three years, but discovered as a junior that â because of the lack of incoming freshmen with ice experience â the decades-old program would fold.
PROVIDENCE â Behind junior assistant captain Carol Rodriguezâs 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.
LINCOLN â 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.
âI was hoping we wouldnât get absolutely crushed,â she admitted. âThey 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.â
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.
WOONSOCKET â 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 Salisburyâs unassisted tally just 1:01 into the second.
Lincoln, however, knotted it at 1-1 when senior Mike Enos converted Aaron Fiskeâs feed at 9:44.
PAWTUCKET â There were concerns, to be sure. There always are whenever youâre dealing with a tense situation akin to the high school football episode that has resulted in the reclassification of expectations for Tolman in 2014.
PAWTUCKET â 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 Principalsâ 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.
LINCOLN â Cumberland High couldnât continue to allow two of Lincoln Highâs better players to feel comfortable on the offensive end.
That much was clear to Clippers assistant coach Collin Geiselman through the first half of Mondayâs Division II-North clash at The Lionsâ Den. One look at the stat sheet was enough to send a strong message to his troops: stop giving Lincolnâs Alec Cronan and Luke Kelly the freedom to either shoot from the outside or drive to the rim.
PROVIDENCE â The issue of cooperative teams in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League has long been a source of concern. Itâs 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.
LINCOLN â 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 Islandâs Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing coach for the Special Olympics Rhode Islandâs Winter Games, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Yawgoo Valley Ski Resort in Exeter.