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December 28th

Lincoln cagers whip Woonsocket in tourney opener

December 29, 2010

CUMBERLAND --– Two teams in desperate need of getting their respective seasons on track crossed paths in first semifinal of the Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament on Tuesday night at Cumberland High School’s Wellness Center.
Lincoln was the club that took a solid step in the right direction with a convincing 68-52 triumph over a Woonsocket squad that continues to seek answers. Lincoln will play Tolman in tonight’s championship game set for 7:45 p.m. Woonsocket and Cumberland in the 6 p.m. consolation game.

December 27th

Mounties rout St. Dominic

December 28, 2010

WOONSOCKET — Mount St. Charles Academy didn’t have too many low moments in its run to the Division I state championship last season, but one of them came in the first round of last season’s Holiday Face-Off.
In that game, the Mounties turned in one of their worst showings of the season and dearly paid for it in the form of a 5-2 loss to Bishop Guertin High of Nashua, N.H.

December 26th

No shortage of memories in 2010

December 26, 2010

Sometimes things move pretty quickly around here – almost too quickly to catch up and fully appreciate what has transpired.
One day we’re ushering in the winter sports season while the high school Super Bowls have yet to be contested. The non-stop nature extends to all seasons and sports, and we here at Blackstone Valley Sports have no choice but to hop aboard the next train or run the risk of being left behind.

December 24th

Merry Christmas, Mike Pappas!

December 24, 2010

CUMBERLAND – “Of course, we had a Christmas party every year at the Boys Club,” Mike Pappas was saying earlier this week. “There would be presents for all the kids. And we made sure to hand out a Christmas basket to a needy family. That was important to us.”
The Christmas Party tradition still exists at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, an organization Pappas first became aware of as a Depression-era youngster living up the street in a three-story tenement. As an adult, Pappas would spend 41 years working at the club, the last 26 as its Executive Director.

December 23rd

Tiverton pins 72-53 loss on Shea hoopsters

December 24, 2010

PAWTUCKET – Tiverton put the brakes on Shea High’s offense during a 72-53 romp over the Raiders on Thursday night.
Shea, coming off a 94-92 up-tempo win over North Providence on Monday, contributed to its own demise with a variety of missed layups and close-in shots that prevented the Raiders from turning to their pressing defense following a made basket.
“If we had made our layups, we could have used the press,” Shea coach Matt Pita said after the game. “But we shot poorly all night. The bottom line is we have to rebound the ball and make our layups and we did neither tonight.”

December 22nd

Beyeler named next manager of PawSox

December 23, 2010

PAWTUCKET — As manager of Double-A Portland the past four seasons, Arnie Beyeler was at the forefront of nurturing while simultaneously pushing all of the better known prospects in the Red Sox’ farm chain. Beyeler’s mission was to not just get the likes of Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Bard and Ryan Kalish ready for life at Triple-A, but to present them a sample of what life is like as a major leaguer.

December 21st

Tolman girls knock off Johnston

December 22, 2010

JOHNSTON — You know things are looking up when the opposing coach pulls his starters – with 1:25 left in the first half!
Yes, Johnston head coach Dan Mazzulla did reinsert his starting group for the second half. By that point, though, it didn’t matter. Tolman was still up big and still playing tenacious defense, the latter the major reason why the Tigers handed the Panthers their first league loss on Tuesday night, 45-33.

December 20th

Tour de Patrick coming in March

December 21, 2010

Every race that Charlie Breagy creates appears to turn to gold.
The past few months in Providence, his Monster Mini Dash 5K on Halloween and his Downtown Jingle 5K a couple of weeks ago, drew more than 2,000 participants to the starting line. His annual Ocean State Cross-Country Invitational has 5,000-plus high school and middle-school runners congregating at Goddard Park in mid-October.

Correa, Saints doom Townies

December 21, 2010

EAST PROVIDENCE — The top selling Christmas gift for basketball coaches is a point guard who can handle the ball, run an offense, get his teammates good shots and make a few key baskets when the game is on the line. Santa passes these things out every five or 10 years. They don’t grow on trees.
St. Raphael Academy coach Tom Sorrentine got such a gift last Christmas in freshman Charles Correa, a Pawtucket product who has developed into an emerging sophomore with the potential to open some eyes around the state before he graduates in two years.

December 19th

Hurd 14's Dawber praises new local Red Sox reliever

December 20, 2010

The directive was straightforward: place the ball in Dan Wheeler’s glove, stand back and enjoy. For Jim Dawber this habitual walk to the mound became a regular occurrence for him, no matter what level of baseball he coached Wheeler.

December 17th

Shea rallies for 65-55 win over Tolman

December 18, 2010

PAWTUCKET – Once Shea High got on a roll during the second half Friday night, there was very little anyone wearing a Tolman High uniform could do in corralling the Raiders.
Shea took full advantage of a 16-1 flurry – one that encompassed all of three minutes of clock – to roll to a wild, come-from-behind 65-55 win over its crosstown rivals at “The Cage.” The verdict helped secure Matt Pita’s first win as the Raiders’ coach and improve Shea’s record to 1-1 in Division II-Central. The loss drops the Tigers to 0-2 on the young season.

Mount icemen score 2-0 win over Burrillville

December 18, 2010

WOONSOCKET - Burrillville High did everything it possibly could to give Mount St. Charles Academy a spirited run for its money on Friday night, but the defending state champs still found a way to get the job done.
And the Mounties got the job done by spoiling a truly brilliant performance by junior goaltender Jacob Toback, who masterfully turned away 43 shots in a 2-0 triumph by the defending state champions at Adelard Arena.

December 16th

Mejia sparks Saints over Hope High

December 17, 2010

PAWTUCKET --- St. Raphael Academy got on Thursday night what they couldn’t get in their close defeat to Portsmouth High three nights earlier – a full game out of junior guard Cesar Mejia and an outstanding defensive effort against a solid team.
Mejia poured in a game-high 22 points and added four steals to help his team force Hope High into committing 24 turnovers and come away with a 62-40 victory in their Division I-East affair at the Saints’ Wellness Center.

Young Tolman hockey team off to solid start

December 16, 2010

PAWTUCKET --- For the third straight year, Tolman High will be sporting a very young squad, and this one may be the youngest of the bunch – with seven sophomores and three freshmen making up the bulk of its 16-man roster.
In Coach Speak, the word ‘young’ is usually synonymous with ‘bad’, but with this year’s Tigers, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

December 15th

SRA's Parker cops two distance events

December 16, 2010

PROVIDENCE — For the past several months, Jalen Evans has been punishing his opponents with his blazing speed on the football field.
In his inaugural season of track and field, the Woonsocket High sophomore is hoping to do the same on the indoor oval.
“I am very confident,” Evans said. “When I see my competition, I get very excited. My adrenaline starts pumping. I just want to be at full speed. When I am at full speed, it feels great.”

Clippers back for more

December 15, 2010

CUMBERLAND — Defending state champion Cumberland is not the early-season favorite to repeat, according to no less an authority than Clippers head coach Steve Gordon.
“Warwick Veterans is loaded,” Gordon was saying on Wednesday morning, a few hours before his Clippers would face North Providence and Mount Hope in a double-dual meet at Pilgrim High. “They finished six points behind us last year in the state meet and didn’t lose anybody.”

December 14th

Wiggins leads East Providence girls past SRA

December 15, 2010

PAWTUCKET – St. Raphael Academy’s Diandra DaRosa may have been the top talent on the floor Tuesday night, but East Providence High proved that team play wins out every time.
Paced by a monster effort by Michaela Wiggins, the Townies held on to defeat the Saints, 55-49, at the Wellness Center. Wiggins, a senior, finished with a game-best 24 points and 22 rebounds, a performance that helped offset the 23 points DaRosa scored for SRA. Shania Connor aided E..P.’s cause with 14 points and eight rebounds.

December 13th

Lincoln cagers stomp Shea in D-II opener

December 14, 2010

LINCOLN – It was all Lincoln High all the time on Monday night at the Lions’ Den.
Lincoln seized control midway through the first half and never looked back in an eventual 56-41 triumph over Shea in the Division II opener for both schools. The Lions closed the opening half on a game-turning 20-4 run that saw Kent Crooks’ team go from down 12-7 to up 27-16 at recess.

Could Donaldson, Lynch tourneys be merged?

December 13, 2010

PAWTUCKET – Jim Hoyt, the CEO of the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, has a vision of taking the two existing preseason boys’ basketball tournaments in the city – the James W. Donaldson Memorial Tournament and the Dennis M. Lynch Memorial Tournament – and combining the tradition each one represents. The end result would be an all-inclusive tournament that would serve as the perfect wet-your-whistle appetizer for league play.

PC's Brooks named Big East Player of Week

December 13, 2010

PROVIDENCE – Since the Big East expanded to 16 teams in 2005, taking home Player of the Week kudos has been an honor normally doled out to All-American candidates/NBA prospects. With that in mind, it’s not every day a Providence College player is bestowed with the conference’s top weekly award.
Monday saw the Big East lavish Player of the Week praise upon PC senior Marshon Brooks. The swingman averaged 31.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in three games last week, leading the Friars to a 2-1 mark.

 

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