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CUMBERLAND â It wasnât even close to being an attractive contest, not with a combined 28 turnovers and 27 personal fouls.
Still, head coach Gary Reedy refused to complain after his Cumberland High boys registered what he called a satisfying 53-40 non-league triumph over Toll Gate at The Wellness Center on Monday night.
PROVIDENCE â During the winter semester break, the assumption is that LaDontae Henton and the rest of the Providence College basketball players are going to have a lot of downtime. After all, exams are done and classes donât resume on the Smith Hill campus until Jan. 21.
Yet as Ed Cooley gladly points out, the Friars will not be on autopilot.
To enlighten the masses regarding the kind of manager and person the Pawtucket Red Sox are getting in Kevin Boles, we engaged in a background check that conjured all sorts of positive vibrations.
In essence, this is a âgetting-to-know-you-betterâ exercise, an opportunity to view through the lens of those who know and understand Boles best and have more insight into his roots than any introductory press conference ever could.
PAWTUCKET â At a time when a host of Bostonâs top prospects are stationed in Double-A and Triple-A, the organization arrived at the decision to provide the PawSox coaching staff with an additional voice.
To be clear, Kevin Boles is Pawtucketâs new manager while fellow Triple-A newcomer Bruce Crabbe is classified as coach, not bench coach. The pair will be joined in the trenches by pitching coach Rich Sauveur and hitting coach Dave Joppie, two holdovers from Gary DiSarcinaâs staff who will be returning to McCoy Stadium in 2014.
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PAWTUCKET â Despite competing without several of its better wrestlers, Tolman High showed it could be a contender in Division II this season with an impressive 45-33 victory over a solid Hope team on Thursday evening.
Tolman and Hope both picked up easy wins over shorthanded Central Falls, which fielded only four wrestlers during a 75-6 loss to Tolman and three in an 84-0 burial by Hope.
WOONSOCKET â The numbers game was truly unkind to the Lincoln boysâ swim team in its one-win campaign from a winter ago, and that was clearly evident in the final weeks of the season, when the Lions were forced to go into meets with just six swimmers at their disposal.
But this season, the numbers are high for the Lions, and so are their expectations at returning to their winning ways.
PROVIDENCE â You know that the Providence Friars are involved in a tight, white-knuckle affair when Ed Cooley emphatically removes his sport jacket and flings it in the general direction of the bench.
When it was all over and PC had secured a hard-fought 76-74 win over upset-minded Yale on Tuesday night before 3,281 patrons, Cooley immediately honed in on his teamâs porous defense, one that came oh-so-close to allowing the Bulldogs to waltz out of the Dunkinâ Donuts Center with an eyebrow-raising victory.
PROVIDENCE â Now that the sobering news regarding Kris Dunnâs unavailability for the seasonâs duration has sunk in, the question becomes just how exactly Providence College plans to cope for the long haul.
If thereâs a way to somehow cushion the loss of the only tried-and-true point guard at Ed Cooleyâs disposal, itâs that the Friars have been down this road before. Spread over four games, Dunn logged 106 painful minutes. PC registered 405 minutes in the 10 games leading up to the exam break, the bulk of those minutes featuring Bryce Cotton as the on-floor maestro.
CUMBERLAND â This will be Steve Gordonâs 46th consecutive season at the helm of his Cumberland High wrestling program, and â as has been the case for the previous 45 â he arrived at Monday afternoonâs practice session at least 30 minutes beforehand.
As always, he does so to greet his grapplers, check on possible injuries or illnesses (i.e. football) and/or prepare them for the task at hand: Getting physically and mentally primed for another premier campaign.
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PAWTUCKET â Tom Sienkiewicz has been bringing his Providence Country Day basketball team to the Dennis M. Lynch Jr. Memorial Tournament for seven years without a championship â until Saturday night, that is.
âWe finally got lucky,â the former Villanova University guard from the early 1980s joked after his Knights rolled to a 68-48 victory over Central Falls in the championship game, ending St. Raphael Academyâs three-year reign as tourney champ.
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PAWTUCKET â Tolman High opened its season with a performance that both revealed the potential and the vulnerability of what appears to be a talented squad.
The Tigers roared to a 65-43 victory over Central Falls in a Division II crossover contest. The Tigers played a physical game, took the ball to the basket, looked for the fast break, and turned the ball over 22 times in their eagerness to push the ball up-court. They missed 16 of their 31 free throws.
PAWTUCKET â While the Red Sox are expressing confidence that the search to find the next PawSox manager will be wrapped up by Christmas, donât be surprised if official word filters out before the holidays.
Why the organization has nothing to announce at this time is likely two-fold. While all signs point to current Double-A skipper Kevin Boles moving to the front lines of the minor-league system, the 38-year-old is presently coaching a winter league team in Venezuela, Bravos de Margarita.
PAWTUCKET â Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine had heard whispers that PCD was pretty good, which in turn had the veteran St. Raphael mentor quite concerned heading into Thursdayâs opening semifinal of the Dennis M. Lynch Memorial Tournament.
Ready or not, a new Rhode Island high school boysâ basketball season beckons.
For several area squads, Thursday serves as the grand unveiling â a clean slate for all involved parties with role players looking to blossom into stars, and stars seeking to take their team to the next level.
PROVIDENCE â As Kris Dunnâs high school coach noted, âYou really have to feel for the young man.â
You feel for the youngster because all roads pointed to the 2013-14 season as one that held much promise. The 19-year-old point guard from nearby New London, Conn. was healthy and ready to serve as the conductor of the Friarsâ offense.
Yet in a chilling reminder that even the best-laid plans can vanish in a cloud of smoke, one nasty spill in a preseason game ended up changing the fortune and expectations of both Dunn and the Providence team.
Deb Engels seemed remarkably upbeat as she readied her Cumberland High girls' hoop team for a two-plus hour practice at the Wellness Center on Monday afternoon.
You'd figure her mind-set instead would border on concern, given the fact she'll return only one starter â her daughter Kate â from a team that closed last year's Division I-North campaign with a dismal 4-14 mark.
The league should be highly-competitive once more, but Engels expects this season's crop to be more than capable of doing some damage.
PAWTUCKET â Back on June 28, in Miami, the cityâs own Stacie (Wildenhain) Venagro wanted desperately to capture the Miss Fitness Universe Pro Division crown, but admittedly felt disappointed when judges deemed Anca Bucur of Romania the champion.
She lost that competition by a final score of 147.65-145.35, or a mere total of 2.30 points.
So perturbed by her runner-up finish, the 28-year-old Venagro boosted her training regimen 10-fold â or more.
âI knew I had to pick it up a couple of notches,â she stated. âI wanted to be the best of the best because I compete in the pro division.â
CRANSTON â The expression goes, âif itâs not broke, donât fix it.â
In all honesty, there was very little reason for West Warwick to stray from the defensive scheme that had proven most successful in the Wizardsâ 14-0 regular-season victory over Cumberland. The blueprint on how to contain and/or slow down Tyler Calabro, Chris Hayes, Joe Fine, Mike Stock and the rest of the Clippersâ offense had been established, hence why Wizards defensive coordinator Chris Craik likely didnât have to endure too many restless nights leading up to Sundayâs Division II Super Bowl contest at Cranston Stadium.
CRANSTON â Cumberland High senior tackle Ricky Goodreau's response to what had just transpired at Cranston Stadium summed up his teamâs collective mood early Sunday evening, as he walked slowly away from the post-game huddle near midfield with tears in his eyes, then raised his helmet with his right hand and knocked it softly against his forehead.
PROVIDENCE â Ed Cooley had something he wished to get off his chest.
Call his remarks a summary of the first-semester portion of Providenceâs 2013-14 hoops odyssey. âI would love to coach the team that weâve recruited, I really would,â said the head coach, his exasperated face painting a picture of how strenuous the past six weeks have been. âFor seven weeks, we prepared to play a particular style. In one day, that style had to change.â