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December 9th

Clippers race past Panthers in Injury Fund tilt

December 9, 2011

CUMBERLAND – 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.

December 8th

SRA to face PCD in Lynch finals

December 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET — 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 Saints’ 1-2 punch of Cesar Mejia (22 points) and Charles Correa (16 points) equaled the Warriors’ final scoring total all by themselves.
“We have a lot of kinks to work out,” SRA coach Tom Sorrentine admitted after the game ended. “But we do have our 1-2 punch back. Davon Robertson is our third returning starter. We have to fill in the other spots.”

Tolman, Shea to meet in Donaldson finals

December 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET — 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.

December 7th

Is Pawtucket hockey on thin ice?

December 7, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Don’t get Ray McGee started when it comes to ice hockey in this city.

December 6th

Boys' hoop preview: Saints retain strong nucleus

December 6, 2011

For many high school boys’ basketball teams, Thursday marks the beginning of a new season – 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.

Lincoln's Joyce earns starting job at Norwich

December 6, 2011

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – 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.
“I have a 14-10 record so far,” Joyce admitted over the phone on Monday night. “I’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.”

December 5th

Providence College storms past Brown, 80-49

December 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Every coach has his or her own way to get the team ready. For Ed Cooley, that means leaving no stone unturned.
Following Providence’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 opponent’s tendencies is one area that’s obviously stressed – PC was going up against a Brown squad that prefers to play at a much slower tempo – yet there’s a little thing called self-scouting that Cooley believes is just as vital to the cause.

Local teams prepare for girls' basketball season

December 5, 2011

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.

December 4th

C.F. falls to Mt. Pleasant in Div. IV Super Bowl

December 4, 2011

CRANSTON — 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.

December 3rd

HOCKEY ROUNDUP: EP captures Div. III opener

December 3, 2011

Editor's Note: This roundup of Friday night hockey games will only be found on The Times' website.

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 Townies’ other goals, and freshman Ryan Costa had a pair of assists, and goalie Shawn Medeiros turned away 20 shots.

December 2nd

Central Falls sets sights on Division IV Super Bowl

December 2, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — 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.

December 1st

Puck drops tonight on high school hockey season

December 1, 2011

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 “drive for five” straight state championships?
No, no, and no.
“This is one of the youngest teams that we’ve had in a while,” offered MSC coach Dave Belisle. “but the thing that I like about this team is our sophomores and freshmen can play right now. They’re that good.

November 30th

Rockies trade Iannetta to Angels

November 30, 2011

For years, former St. Raphael Academy all-stater Chris Iannetta has heard his name dropped as an oft-rumored trade chip. On Wednesday night, the real thing went down.
The Colorado Rockies, the only organization Iannetta has ever known, traded the 28-year-old catcher to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for pitcher starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood.
“We’re very happy for him. This will be a great opportunity,” said Alan Nero, Iannetta’s agent. “Usually when you get traded, someone wants you pretty bad.

C.F. Panther cheerleaders heading to nationals

November 30, 2011

GOING SOUTH -- The Central Falls Panthers’ 15-and-under cheerleading squad is heading to Orlando, Fla. for the national championship competition that will be held from Dec. 7-15. The squad just completed a championship season that saw them win the 2011 Blackstone Valley Cheer Championship for its age group, followed by the 2011 American Youth Football New England Regional championship. Team members include, front row, left to right: Amber Shaw and Yesenia Morales. Kneeling, left to right: Isabel Hernandez, Alyssa Agosto, Janderie Santiago, Cassandra Greco, Tyreaha Tavares.

McGair: Agent's book predicted NBA's problems

November 30, 2011

A little of this, a little of that …
In 2007, Keith Glass identified all the obstacles and problem areas that the NBA faced in a book entitled “Taking Shots: Tall Tales, Bizarre Battles, and the Incredible Truth About the NBA.”

Fast start helped C.F. down North Smithfield

November 30, 2011

Shortly after his team absorbed a heartbreaking 25-17 loss to Central Falls in the Division IV semifinals, a contest that included a potential game-tying scoring drive in the final minute, North Smithfield coach Wes Pennington offered his explanation about what transpired in the Tuesday night affair at the Northmen's Athletic Complex.
“It's just like one of those things where we explained to the guys the emotion of this game, a playoff game,” he said. “If you don't come out and play with the type of emotions that you need to play with, if you fall behind, it's harder to come back.”

November 29th

Central Falls earns trip to Super Bowl

November 29, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD – All season long the Central Falls football team has played for Jose Figueroa, a 2011 graduate and dedicated four-year player who lost his life in a drowning accident this past summer.
From high above, he had to enjoy this one.
With their eyes clearly on the prize in Tuesday’s Division IV semifinal contest with host North Smithfield, the fourth-seeded Warriors jumped out to a 21-point cushion by the third quarter and then held off a spirited rally by the top-seeded Northmen in the second half to hold on to an emotional 25-17 victory.

Chariho gridders shut out Cumberland

November 29, 2011

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION --- Cumberland knew exactly what it was going to get out of Chariho on Tuesday night -- a strong ground game to contain and a tough defense to penetrate offensively.
The Chargers controlled the clock by racking up 260 yards on 58 carries and limited the Clippers to just 151 yards of real estate en route to a 14-0 triumph in their Division II semifinal-round matchup.

Friars outlast Holy Cross, 82-77

November 29, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Ed Cooley knew exactly when his team lost control. But Providence College’s first-year head coach didn’t seem all hot and bothered after his team held on for dear life in an 82-77 victory Tuesday night against Holy Cross.

November 28th

Central Falls squares off with North Smithfield in Div. IV semifinals

November 28, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — There shouldn’t be any tricks left, no alarms and no surprises when Central Falls ventures to North Smithfield for a game that will decide one-half of the Super Bowl field.
The two Division IV schools, less than 13 miles apart, met up a mere 2 ½ weeks ago with the host Northmen grounding the high-octane Warriors by a 27-6 score. Tuesday’s 7 p.m. kickoff will see the sides converge on a much bigger stage, meeting in the semifinals at the Northmen Athletic Complex.

 

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