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January 19th, 2012

Woonsocket's Tyrone Nared followed his heart to Oregon

January 19, 2012

Life, we’re often reminded, is a journey along a path. Marked by repeated twists, turns, bends and detours, we take comfort in knowing that each path is unique. No two people ever embark on a similar trek.
No road map, satellite-based navigation system, not even a Mapquest.com printout is required. Following one’s heart and ambitions serve as the main motivators, the idea of how we feel deep down aiding us to better grasping the wheel to steer towards one’s wants, needs and mindsets. In a nutshell, it’s the journey within the journey.

Tolman hockey program not on thin ice

January 19, 2012

PAWTUCKET — It’s been no secret that the numbers game hasn’t been too kind to Tolman this season, and that was evident two Friday nights ago when the Tigers suffered a 4-2 loss to Mount Hope at Lynch Arena.
While the Huskies dressed a full complement of players, the Tigers were only able to suit up 11, including a backup goaltender.
That number of players was the lowest of any team (boys or girls) in the state that took the ice for a game this year, but since that night, a couple of positive things took place that promise to make the Tigers’ future a little bit brighter.

January 18th

E.P's "Three Kings" rule the mat

January 18, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE – They are each defending state champions, leaders in the wrestling room, athletes who walk around with an aura of confidence instilled in them by years of practice and ensuing success on the mat, one on one, against the best that can be found in Rhode Island.

January 17th

Shea routs Mariners

January 18, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Shea High played dictator during Tuesday night’s Division II romp over Narragansett. The Raiders dictated how the game would be played and the Mariners followed along, usually a step too slow to keep up with the talented and speedy home team.
Sparked by Eli Itkin’s career-high 24 points, and a virtuoso performance by point guard Jordy Brito (18 points, 8 assists), the Raiders romped to a 71-48 victory that improved them to 6-2 in Division II-Central.

Saints hold off Sentinels

January 18, 2012

SMITHFIELD — Tuesday night proved to be a valuable learning experience for St. Raphael Academy, particularly for the second unit.
With Charles Correa, Cesar Mejia and the rest of the first teamers resting comfortably on the bench, Tom “Saar” Sorrentine turned to Kaseem Sams, Jordan Peguero, Zach and Nick Mays and Darshaun Vargas. The sight of seeing Correa and Mejia sporting warmups and sipping Gatorade must have been heaven to Smithfield, which trailed 59-41 when Sorrentine called off the hounds.

January 16th

Townies make Clippers earn victory

January 17, 2012

CUMBERLAND — East Providence came out on fire and pushed Cumberland to the brink of dual-meet defeat for the first time in three years on Monday morning before the Clippers turned the tables for an exciting 40-32 conquest of the Townies.
“We came out lazy in the Warwick tournament on Saturday,” said Townies’ leader Joao Vicente. “Coach (Tom Galligan) warned us we couldn’t do that against Cumberland. Today, we came out very warm.”
The Townies won five of the first six matches to build a 23-6 advantage.

Tolman's Wiggins one to watch as state meet approaches

January 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE — The state championships for track and field will be held in about a month. It’s getting closer to realizing who will be the contenders and who will be the pretenders.
From a local standpoint, a few of those possible contenders for the girls’ competition were inside the Providence Career and Technical Academy field house Monday afternoon for their respective divisional meets.

January 15th

'Too early to make any predictions' in R.I. wrestling

January 15, 2012

CUMBERLAND — When it came time to wrestle the finals of Saturday night’s John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament at Cumberland High, two chairs at matside were occupied by coaches from Bishop Hendricken (Kevin Hennessey) and Warwick Veterans (George Schmeider).
“They’re just wrestling junkies,” Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said with a laugh on Sunday morning, after his balanced team had captured the team title despite crowning only one individual champion (Tom LaCroix at 195). “Kevin and George probably just wanted to see our boys wrestle. They’re scouting, of course, checking us out.

January 13th

Alex Hassan has right approach to hitting

January 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET – It’s often viewed as the last frontier for young hitters to conquer, that of strike-zone recognition. In Alex Hassan’s case, the promising Red Sox outfield prospect is well ahead of the curve, so much so that some of his peers could stand to benefit from his calculated attack.

PawSox pitcher Alex Wilson knows how to work

January 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET --- Alex Wilson knows all about the rags-to-riches tale of Kurt Warner, the former Super Bowl-winning St. Louis Rams quarterback and NFL MVP, who just a few years prior to his breakout ’99 season, had worked part-time as a stockboy at a supermarket during his climb to stardom.
That’s because from October to December, the Boston Red Sox prospect had spent his weekday mornings making a few extra bucks by stocking shelves at a Lowe’s home improvement store near his Hurricane, W.V. residence.

January 12th

Tolman finds a way to beat Barrington

January 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET – There are going to be nights when the team’s leading scorer struggles. How does the rest of the team react when something like this happens? Are they going to be able to pick up the slack?
Tolman head coach Mike Kayata got all the answers he would need on Thursday night. With top dog Juan Velez mired in a dreadful funk and showing no sign of clearing the fog, Kayata opted to sit the junior down and place the outcome of this crucial contest against Barrington into the hands of the likes of Samb brothers, Seny and Mamour, along with senior Justin Zetina.

Talking baseball in January

January 12, 2012

By all accounts, January is the slowest month on the baseball calendar. It’s the month that follows the hustle and bustle of the player acquisition crunch and the month prior to spring training with the backdrop of warm, picturesque conditions in Florida and Arizona.

SRA players meshing with co-op teammates

January 12, 2012

PAWTUCKET --- United, they stand. Divided, who knows if the St. Raphael Academy hockey team and the Providence Country Day/Wheeler School co-op squad would have fallen from existence after last season?
For the Saints, they struggled mightily with numbers a season ago, as only 14 players (three of them goaltenders) made up their roster.
Because of their lack of depth, they staggered to a 3-15 mark that included a handful of losses that saw them fizzle from fatigue during the last period and watch leads slip away from them.

January 11th

Cumberland wrestlers deck S.K., improve to 7-0

January 11, 2012

CUMBERLAND --- Steve Gordon’s Cumberland High wrestling program has reached the enviable point where the Clippers don’t have to rebuild … they just reload.
After losing two multiple state champions (the Lariviere twins) to graduation last June, Cumberland might have expected a slight regression this season. There is no regression to be found, at least not yet. (The season still hasn’t reached the halfway point.)
Cumberland improved to 7-0 in Division I with a 56-24 rout of South Kingstown on Wednesday night. The Rebels are one of those good programs that does have to reload.

January 10th

C.F.'s Vazquez clears 6 feet, 6 inches in high jump

January 11, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Mount St. Charles, Cumberland and Lincoln swept their opponents on Monday night in a Northern Division meet.
Mount swept Shea and St. Raphael while Cumberland rolled over Ponaganset and Woonsocket. Lincoln topped Central Falls and Tolman.
Several of the usual suspects stood out with strong performances. Woonsocket’s Jalen Evans swept the 55-meter dash (6.6 seconds) and 300-meter race (38.0). Tolman’s Homlin Taylor won his sprint in 6.7 seconds.

E.P. defense key to win over Woonsocket

January 11, 2012

WOONSOCKET – On a night the offense struggled mightily, East Providence’s defense rose to the occasion, especially at the end of the opening half, and fetched the Townies an important Division I-North victory over Woonsocket on Tuesday night.
The Townies’ ‘D’ forced the Novans to commit the bulk of their 20 turnovers and played a big role in an 18-point run in the first half by keeping their hosts scoreless for eight-plus minutes, and in the process, helping produce a 54-39 triumph.

Saints outlast Central in D-1 showdown

January 11, 2012

PAWTUCKET – With the game and an undefeated league record hanging in the balance, the Saints of St. Raphael Academy rose to the occasion, playing like the state champions they are.
Locked in a serious tussle with a determined and feisty bunch from Central High, St. Raphael made enough winning plays down the stretch to waltz out of the Wellness Center with a hard-fought and most satisfying 57-54 verdict. The Saints now own the distinction as the last remaining unbeaten team in Division I at 6-0 while the Knights suffer their first league loss at 5-1.

January 9th

Out of options, what's next for Atchison, Bowden?

January 9, 2012

There’s a different aura surrounding Scott Atchison and fellow relief pitcher Michael Bowden – the kind that goes with the territory of having the baseball phrase “out of options” stamped on their respective professional careers.

January 8th

New London's Dunn proves too much for St. Raphael

January 8, 2012

WARWICK — As St. Raphael Academy found out on Saturday night, Kris Dunn is not an easy cover.
The New London (Ct.) High senior and Providence College-bound product put on quite the show at a jam-packed CCRI-Warwick field house, tossing in a game-high 32 points in his team’s 66-55 win over the Saints. Dunn’s ability to penetrate proved to be too much for SRA to handle despite the myriad of different looks that veteran head coach Tom “Saar” Sorrentine attempted to throw at the multi-talented point guard.

Two Clippers crowned at Redskins Invitational

January 8, 2012

SANFORD, Me. — Cumberland took home two individual champions and a fourth-place team finish from the highly competitive Redskins Invitational tournament on Saturday.
Erik Travers was named Outstanding Wrestler in the event after pinning all four of his opponents en route to the 145-pound championship.

 

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