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January 12th, 2012

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.

January 6th

HOCKEY ROUNDUP: Tolman falls to Mount Hope

January 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET --- Mount Hope, thanks to a pair of second-period goals by Nick Salzano, leapfrogged over Tolman and into second place in the Division III standings on Friday night by posting a 4-2 victory at Lynch Arena.
The Tigers, who only dressed 11 players, two of them goaltenders, fell to 5-3. The Huskies are 6-1 and trail the unbeaten Johnston/North Providence co-op team in the standings.
Jared Pedro and Kevin Tracey scored goals for the Tigers, both assisted by Kody Casavant. The Tigers were tied at 1-1 with the Huskies at the end of a period of play, but trailed 3-2 after two periods.

Shea hands Rogers first loss of season

January 6, 2012

PAWTUCKET – There’s a reason why Jordy Brito is the undisputed leader of Shea High. The senior is cool under pressure. More importantly, the fast-as-lightning guard is not one to run for cover with the game on the line.

Patriots' O'Brien heading into angry Lions' Den

January 6, 2012

Bill O’Brien could be walking into a no-win situation as the next head football coach at Penn State. While the current Patriots’ offensive coordinator may seem like a solid choice on the surface, the news of his selection hit hard with Penn State alumni on Friday.
Former Penn State linebacker LaVar Arrington represented the thoughts of many ex-players upon hearing the news that an “outsider” would be the next head coach.

January 5th

Velez, Tolman hoopsters shake off Lincoln, 58-45

January 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET — If Tolman High ever fits the pieces together, the Tigers could be a tough out in the Division II playoffs.
It is coach Mike Kayata’s job to develop his players into a cohesive unit over the next seven weeks, trying to get the most out of a roster that contains an explosive scoring guard in Juan Velez, a 6-foot-7 junior center named Jon Percy who is a sleeping giant, and several role players who might hold the key to this team’s ultimate outcome.

January 4th

Web only: Cooley says thanks but no thanks to Boeheim's praise

January 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Count Jim Boeheim as a fan of the turnaround act Ed Cooley is trying to perform at Providence College.
While receiving praise from the dean of Big East coaches is a sign that Cooley’s work is not going unnoticed around the league, the PC head coach was in no mood to talk about moral victories following his team’s third straight loss, the latest a 87-73 setback to top-ranked Syracuse Wednesday night at The Dunk.

SRA hoopsters eye showdown vs. New London

January 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Charles Correa admits that Saturday, Jan. 7 has been in his sights the moment he first laid eyes on St. Raphael’s schedule.
As the date that’s been circled in red and ingrained in his mind draws near, Correa’s competitive fire only intensifies. Come Saturday night at CCRI-Warwick, the 5-foot-8 junior will draw the assignment of shadowing New London (Conn.) High School senior and Providence College-bound Kris Dunn.

January 3rd

Correa saves the day for Saints

January 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — When St. Raphael Academy’s senior forward, Cesar Mejia, picked up his fourth personal foul early in the second half of Tuesday night’s Division I game with Cranston East, point guard Charles Correa had a bad thought.
“I thought we were in trouble without Cesar,” Correa admitted.
Then Correa, arguably the best high school player in Rhode Island, had another thought.

January 2nd

Mounties ice Cathedral at Fenway Park

January 2, 2012

BOSTON --- After watching his father and younger brother make news on the baseball diamond last summer with the New England champion Cumberland American Little League all-star team, Brian Belisle got an opportunity to steal the show on one of baseball’s most historic ballfields on Monday night.
But Belisle did so with a hockey stick, not a bat and glove, with his Mount St. Charles Academy teammates at Fenway Park in their “Frozen Fenway 2012” duel against Cathedral High of Springfield, Mass., and the junior center came through with the best game of his young high school career.

January 1st

Many memorable moments in 2011

January 1, 2012

It’s two days into 2012. The past year is now a distance memory. Time sure does fly. It seems like just a short time ago that the winter season was wrapping up, one that included an extraordinary performance by the Tolman High boys’ basketball team in the Division II quarterfinals. The summer, as it always does, went by quickly. But not before a group of young 12-year-old kids from the Cumberland American earned their way to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series.
There have certainly been other events and athletes that have made the last 365 days a memorable one.

December 30th, 2011

Tolman, Woonsocket gridders moving up to Division I

December 30, 2011

Ready or not, like it or not, the football programs at Tolman and Woonsocket High Schools are poised to join the Division I ranks.
Based on figures obtained by Blackstone Valley Sports and decreed by the Interscholastic League, the Tigers and Villa Novans rank eighth and ninth, respectively, among the 43 participating schools, meaning both meet the criteria for Division I participation. The state’s top tier typically houses nine teams.

 

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