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January 16th, 2013
PAWTUCKET â€” It was one of those nights where you simply tip your cap and commend your opponent for a job well done.
Westerly High left no doubt who the better team was Tuesday at â€śThe Cage,â€ť the Bulldogs fashioning an impressive 80-61 triumph against Shea High. No matter what defensive alignment or lineup combination Shea head coach Matt Pita utilized in desperate hope of knocking Westerly off kilter, nothing seemed to work against a Bulldogsâ€™ outfit that owned both sides of the court.
The first time Dick Ernst met with his new Lincoln High girls' hockey squad, back in mid-November 2011, he let everyone know he had one goal in mind: Capturing a state Division II championship.
â€śIt was before our first-ever practice, and we looked at him like he was crazy,â€ť junior defenseman Lauren Hervieux laughed after a workout at Lynch Arena on Thursday afternoon. â€śWe thought he was out of his mind.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox will hold their annual wintertime gathering for fans â€“ better known as the Hot Stove League Party â€“ on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCoy Stadium.
New PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina will give fans a preview of what the 2013 club figures to look like as Pawtucket sets out to defend its Governorsâ€™ Cup championship. Several PawSox players and top Red Sox prospects like OF Jackie Bradley Jr., OF Justin Henry, catcher Dan Butler, and pitcher Allen Webster are expected to attend the party and will be available for photos and autographs.
CUMBERLAND â€” As Warwick Vets High compiled consecutive wins and pins in the earlier segments of this Division I-North showdown Thursday evening, Cumberland High junior Matt Kayâ€™s level of nervous butterflies increased five-fold per battle.
When it came time for him to take the mat against fellow 220-pounder and Hurricanesâ€™ sophomore James Gogan, and his Clippers trailing 36-30, Kayâ€™s anxiety reached its peak.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” After the final seconds ticked off the clock in Daviesâ€™ battle with North Smithfield on Tuesday afternoon â€“ a hard-fought clash from the opening tap to the final buzzer â€“ Patriots coach Joe Handy took one last glance at the scoreboard on the other end of his gym and let out a sigh of relief.
A little of this, a little of thatâ€¦
Weâ€™ll have some baseball news to chew on Wednesday afternoon when the Hall of Fame balloting is unveiled for public consumption. In the eyes of this non-voter, Cooperstown should roll out the welcome mat for one non-steroid tainted newcomer on the ballot, Craig Biggio, whose inclusion is based purely on achieving 3,000 hits â€“ one of those mythical benchmarks that automatically trigger inclusion into the gameâ€™s exclusive fraternity.
When the time came for Trevor Vasey to select a four-year college that would satisfy his academic needs and quarterback profile, he turned to a valuable resource â€“ his father Todd.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Whichever anecdote you start the portrait with, rest assured the canvas reserved for Wilfred "Skee" Carter's legacy wonâ€™t remain blank for long.
Carterâ€™s true legacy is a lifetime of vivid hues that epitomize what this gentle and sincere man means to the town of Burrillville. Last Wednesdayâ€™s news of his sudden passing was a jolt to the systems of those who interacted with him over the years â€“ and there were countless people in this rural community who had the good fortune of coming into contact with Skee.
WARWICK â€” For a team in desperate need of uplifting news, St. Raphael Academy sweated out a 42-41 non-league victory against Connecticutâ€™s New London High Saturday night at CCRI-Warwick. The contest was part of the CCRI High School Basketball Challenge.
WOONSOCKET --- Cumberland received a pair of goals from John Wainwright and outshot Middletown by a near 2-to-1 ratio on Friday night, yet the Clippers found themselves defeating the Islanders by a narrow 3-2 score in their Division II crossover affair at Adelard Arena.
The Clippers, who are 5-2, outshot the Islanders (3-3) by a 49-25 count, but had their problems putting the puck past Middletown goalie Dennis Turano, who ended up with 46 saves.
When league unbeaten St. Raphael Academy takes the court Friday night at La Salle, the Saints will do so minus their star playmaker.
For the time being, senior point guard Charles Correa is out with a broken right hand. Heâ€™s presently sporting a cast, one that according to veteran head coach Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine has a target removal date for the middle of the month. If everything checks out, Correa will then be fitted for a plastic splint that protects the ring and pinky finger.
December 31st, 2012
Just when you thought it was going to be awfully difficult to top all the great accomplishments and moments that took place in 2011...
Another wonderful year has passed in the Blackstone Valley, and 2012 supplied the regionâ€™s sports scene with an abundance of state championship teams, remarkable individual performances, and its Triple-A baseball team, the Pawtucket Red Sox, seizing its first Governorsâ€™ Cup title since 1984.
PROVIDENCE â€“ When this possibility â€“ Providence College playing at Brown â€“ was first rumored last spring, more than a few eyebrows were raised.
A school hailing from the Big East thatâ€™s willing to serve as the away team in a venue that houses an Ivy League participant? Surely you jest?
What was once thought a mere pipedream becomes reality Friday night when the Friars take the steep climb up Waterman Street before hanging a left onto Hope Street. A few blocks down sits the Pizzitola Center, home to the Bears and site for what is truly a rare occasion.
SMITHFIELD â€” Despite senior Brittany Bilodeauâ€™s ability to notch a team-leading 14 points, Tolman High started too slowly and eventually yielded a 41-24 triumph to Ponaganset High in a Red Division semifinal at the 26th annual Rhode Island Board of Girls Basketball Officials/Smithfield Boosters Club Holiday Classic at the Smithfield High gym late Wednesday afternoon.
The Tigers allowed seven first-half turnovers in the final 6:10 to enter the break down, 22-10, but did play well enough to keep it interesting through most of the final session.
PROVIDENCE â€” His primary outlet and source of pure enjoyment having been taken away, the question was then posed as to how Nyheem Sanders planned on incorporating competitive basketball back into his life.
It was a college career squarely on the bubble, and thatâ€™s where the story of this Pawtucket native begins.
No one wants to hear the message that Sanders was told in fall of 2011, when Bob Walsh, the menâ€™s basketball head coach at Rhode Island College, informed Sanders that he didnâ€™t figure into the Anchormenâ€™s plans for the upcoming season.
PAWTUCKET â€” One look at Tolman Highâ€™s roster and the questions immediately surface.
First of all, where are the underclassmen on it? Did someone forget to type their names on the roster? After all, there are only 13 players on it. You canâ€™t possibly skate a hockey team with that many players, can you?
Well, after two weekends of action, the Tigers are proof that, yes, you can skate, and do so successfully, with a number that low.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Stacie Wildenhain Venagro sat at a counter inside the Shake It Up Fitness & More studio, where she works as a part-time cardio kickboxing and â€śBoot Campâ€ť instructor, thumbing threw photos of her at the Golden Nugget Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 17.
She hadn't flown out west for the more typical reasons â€“ gambling and/or taking in a show or two. Instead, the 27-year-old Pawtucket native wanted to partake in the 2012 World Miss Fitness America Pageant.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Now that the fog has dispersed and Providence College along with the rest of its Catholic school brethren have succeeded in making a clean break from the Big East, now seems as good a time as any to raise the question of just how appealing a basketball-centric conference is in the eyes of potential recruits.
To that end, PC head coach Ed Cooley feels that the Catholic Seven and the still-to-be-determined additional schools have an excellent shot to thrive and prosper due to basketball serving as the main draw at every institution.
PROVIDENCE â€” Call it a solid first step for Ed Cooley and his new-look Providence Friars.
On a night that saw freshman Kris Dunn make an immediate impact, Providence overwhelmed Colgate, 79-45, before 6,033 at the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center. A point guard who on Tuesday night displayed an uncanny knack in finding his teammates, Dunn tossed 13 assists on his way to becoming the first PC player to reach double figures in said category in his first game with the program.
PAWTUCKET â€” Victims of two straight Division II-Central overtime losses, Shea High's players paid particularly close attention to head coach Matt Pita before facing league rival Tolman on Tuesday night.
â€śI just told the kids I wanted them to play hard â€¦ the basketball gods hadn't been really kind to us,â€ť Pita said. â€śOur goal was to take care of the basketball; we've been averaging over 25-plus turnovers a game, and we wanted to keep it under 20 while executing to our ability and controlling the tempo.â€ť