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â€śEveryone has to be ready. Everyone is in the same boat.â€ť
Those words, echoed by East Providence head coach Alex Butler, shall serve as the equivalent to ringing the opening bell on Wall Street. Tonight will see the curtain raised on league play, which with the expansion of the open tournament and the doing away (at least for this season) of the division tournaments, has taken on even greater emphasis.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Short jumpers, three-pointers, lay-ups. It didnâ€™t matter. No matter what North Smithfield tossed up in its Division III matchup with host Shea on Tuesday night, nothing seemed to fall.
When you are inside the small and always-boisterous confines of â€śThe Cageâ€ť against a Raider defense that always seems to play their opponents tough, victories are hard to come by when youâ€™re having an off-night from the field.
Chris Iannettaâ€™s â€śGet Out of Jail Freeâ€ť card arrived two weeks ago when the St. Raphael Academy alumnus was acquired by the Los Angeles Angels to be their everyday catcher.
Relocating from the Rocky Mountains that adorn Colorado to sun-splashed Southern California has already reaped one major benefit for the 28-year-old. Keep in mind that Iannetta has yet to suit up for his new manager, but that didnâ€™t stop Mike Scioscia from lavishing praise upon his new catcher during last weekâ€™s winter meetings.
PROVIDENCE â€” The wins havenâ€™t exactly come against Murderersâ€™ Row. Certainly thatâ€™s food for thought with the Providence Friars in the midst of a 10-day exam period, Ed Cooleyâ€™s first PC team standing at 9-2.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Sure, tournament bragging rights were on the line when Tolman and Shea met Saturday night in the finals of the James W. Donaldson Memorial Tip-Off Tournament, which is designed to pay homage to the memory of the longtime Tolman High teacher and coach. Itâ€™s just that thereâ€™s a whole other realm to take into account.
PAWTUCKET â€“ For St. Raphael Academy, Saturdayâ€™s game against Providence Country Day was merely a matter of surviving.
Playing for the third time in as many days, the Saints did just enough to squeeze out an 81-73 victory in the championship game of the Dennis M. Lynch Jr. Memorial Tournament.
Junior Charles Correa stole the show at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club on his way to earning tourney MVP honors, registering a game-high 30 points to go along with seven assists and five rebounds.
WARWICK â€“ Tolman High took care of business on Saturday night, scoring early and often en route to an 8-0 victory over Warwick Veterans.
The Tigers struck just 14 seconds into the game when Ryan Pedro converted a pass from Ed Reall for a 1-0 lead. Kody Casavant then scored the next game less than one minute later. Ryan Deighan and Reall added goals to give Tolman a 4-0 lead after one period.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ There were a fair share of turnovers and some sloppy play by both teams, something thatâ€™s common for the first game of the season.
But after 32 minutes of basketball in Fridayâ€™s non-leaguer between North Smithfield and host Central Fall, both coaches were satisfied with the effort â€“ one that equated to a 45-34 victory in the Warriorsâ€™ favor.
â€śI was very impressed, very impressed with the girlsâ€™ energy,â€ť said first-year coach Jayar Santos, who replaces longtime Warrior mentor Joe Handy.
CUMBERLAND â€“ With a starting lineup comprised entirely of juniors, Cumberland head coach Gary Reedy believes that positive things are in store for his squad this winter.
The first step in the right direction took place Friday night with Cumberland disposing of Johnston, 69-60, in an Injury Fund non-league contest at the Wellness Center. Ben Bradley, one of those aforementioned 11th graders, led all scorers with 24 points while also contributing six rebounds and three steals.
PAWTUCKET â€” Defending state champion St. Raphael Academy toyed with Central Falls in the opening game of the Dennis M. Lynch Memorial Tournament on Thursday night, rolling to a 72-38 victory as the Saintsâ€™ 1-2 punch of Cesar Mejia (22 points) and Charles Correa (16 points) equaled the Warriorsâ€™ final scoring total all by themselves.
â€śWe have a lot of kinks to work out,â€ť SRA coach Tom Sorrentine admitted after the game ended. â€śBut we do have our 1-2 punch back. Davon Robertson is our third returning starter. We have to fill in the other spots.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” It will be Tolman and Shea battling for the Donaldson Memorial Tournament championship on Saturday night.
The host Tigers got 35 points from junior guard Juan Velez en route to a 77-51 romp over East Greenwich in the nightcap on Thursday evening.
Shea had earlier posted a 58-50 victory over Toll Gate. Jordy Brito led the Raiders with 22 points, five assists and five steals.
Shea had to battle all night against a tough opponent. The Raiders led 22-20 at halftime and held off the Titans with a strong defensive effort.
PAWTUCKET â€” Donâ€™t get Ray McGee started when it comes to ice hockey in this city.
For many high school boysâ€™ basketball teams, Thursday marks the beginning of a new season 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.
In the case of defending state champion St. Raphael Academy, maintaining the status quo will do just fine. The dawn of a fresh campaign also signifies the arrival of two Pawtucket-based high school tournaments geared towards preserving the memories of a pair of legendary city coaches.
NORTHFIELD, Vt. â€“ Lincoln High alum Anthony Joyce has earned a starting job at heavyweight for the Norwich University wrestling program.
Joyce finished fourth last weekend in the Rochester Institute of Technology tournament to continue a strong start to his sophomore season.
â€śI have a 14-10 record so far,â€ť Joyce admitted over the phone on Monday night. â€śIâ€™m a more well-rounded wrestler now than I was in high school. I hurt my hand in football in my freshman year of college and this year I decided to just focus on wrestling.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” Every coach has his or her own way to get the team ready. For Ed Cooley, that means leaving no stone unturned.
Following Providenceâ€™s 80-49 runaway performance against an overmatched Brown team on Monday night, Cooley took the media inside the preparation his team goes through leading up to tip-off time. Focusing on the opponentâ€™s tendencies is one area thatâ€™s obviously stressed â€“ PC was going up against a Brown squad that prefers to play at a much slower tempo â€“ yet thereâ€™s a little thing called self-scouting that Cooley believes is just as vital to the cause.
Two years ago, a very-loaded Woonsocket High squad captured the Division I title just a year after doing the same in Div. II.
Consistently, though, it's been teams like La Salle Academy and Bay View that have ruled the state's top division for the simple reason that talented athletes often gravitate to the powerhouse parochial schools. Since the 2001-02 season, the defending champion Rams have won seven state crowns. The Bengals have only claimed one title but have been in three other finals during that 10-year span.
CRANSTON â€” Just like it has done throughout the season, fourth-seeded Central Falls showed plenty of heart in its Division IV Super Bowl contest with defending champion Mount Pleasant Sunday afternoon.
But spurred by a couple of big plays that they were able to turn into a pair of touchdowns, it was the second-seeded Kilties who were able to walk out off the field with their second straight title, courtesy of a 22-13 win in front of about 400 at Cranston Stadium.
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WEST WARWICK -- Senior captain Ryan Barry scored twice and set up two other goals on Friday night to lead East Providence to a 4-3 victory over West Warwick in the Division III opener for both teams at the West Warwick Civic Center.
Matt Hall and Paul Lukas added the Towniesâ€™ other goals, and freshman Ryan Costa had a pair of assists, and goalie Shawn Medeiros turned away 20 shots.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” They had a plethora of gifted athletes. The offensive and defensive line resembled (and provided) a brick wall with an average weight of 240 pounds.
The 2005 Division IV state champion Central Falls football team was something special, compiling a 7-2 league mark and defeating Narragansett, 30-13, for its one and only team title.
The high-scoring first line from a season ago has graduated. So has the starting goaltender.
And two standout defensemen who could have returned this year opted to transfer to prep school.
So does this mean bad news is in store for Mount St. Charles? Will this be a rebuilding season? Can you dismiss all talk of a â€śdrive for fiveâ€ť straight state championships?
No, no, and no.
â€śThis is one of the youngest teams that weâ€™ve had in a while,â€ť offered MSC coach Dave Belisle. â€śbut the thing that I like about this team is our sophomores and freshmen can play right now. Theyâ€™re that good.