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February 23rd, 2011

Cumberland wrestlers primed for state meet

February 23, 2011

CUMBERLAND – The elite seedings for this weekend’s state wrestling championships bear out the dual-meet rankings for the regular season.
Unbeaten Cumberland, the defending state team champion, collected four No. 1 seeds. Cranston West earned three, as did Warwick Veterans. East Providence was honored with two top seeds – sophomore heavyweight Jonah Aurelio and senior 160-pounder Jared Burrows. Bishop Hendricken, also expected to contend for the team title, got one.

Tolman ousted in overtime, 67-64

February 22, 2011

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The music played over the PA system to introduce the players from top-seeded North Providence High was the theme song from the movie “Rocky” – the fictional story of the Philadelphia southpaw who overcame all odds to eventually become the heavyweight champion.
While the music was appropriate for the Cougars, who showed plenty of heart in Monday’s Division II quarterfinal matchup with No. 8 seed Tolman, it would be hard to not say the same for a gutsy Tiger squad.

Rogers High hits late basket to oust Shea, 59-56

February 22, 2011

NEWPORT – Shea High went down fighting in the Division II quarterfinals on Monday night, rallying from a 12-point halftime deficit to lead in the final minute, only to see second-seeded Rogers hit a crucial three-pointer with 12 seconds left that produced a dramatic 59-56 victory over the Raiders.

Coventry outlasts SRA cagers in playoffs, 77-75

February 22, 2011

COVENTRY — It was with 10:27 to go in the game when Coventry head boys basketball coach Tom Campbell called a timeout with his Oakers in serious trouble against St. Raphael Academy that it was more than just them losing the game and having no momentum for the upcoming RIIL Open Boys Basketball Tournament.
The Oakers’ pride was in severe jeopardy since the Saints made C. Arthur Flori Gymnasium all their own for two-thirds of the Division I Quarterfinal game on Monday night.
After that timeout, Coventry gained back more than its pride and momentum.

February 21st

Lincoln blanks Cumberland in benefit hockey game

February 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- When Lincoln and Cumberland were rivals in the old Met B league from the mid-1990s to 2004, the two neighbors hooked up in some entertaining, tightly-contested meetings that were true crowd pleasers.
Since then, they have played in different divisions, but they have still found a way to include each other on their non-league schedules.
On Monday afternoon, the two teams met again in the second annual Kyle J. McLaughlin Scholarship Fund benefit hockey game at Lynch Arena and gave the gathering on hand an excellent high school contest to watch.

Gobewole, Fernandes track down state titles

February 21, 2011

PROVIDENCE — After his Pop Warner football team, the Edgewood Eagles, won a national title in 2008, Shea senior Freddy Gobewole figured a similar fate would occur at the high school level.
It never happened.
While Gobewole was a top running back for the Raiders, the teams struggled during his career with just nine total wins, and no playoff appearances, the last four years.
To make matters worse, a dislocated shoulder, suffered during a scrimmage in August, kept him off the field for half the season this fall.

Coaches share viewpoints on balancing hoops, grades

February 21, 2011

The majority of high school coaches are also full-time teachers. For these dedicated souls, the world of academia does not cease once the final bell rings. True, they may trade their lesson plans in for whistles and clipboards, maneuvering from one stressful environment to the next. In reality coaches are confronted with the same pressing matter that monopolizes their time and energy during the daytime.
Grades.

February 19th

Tolman beats C.F., faces top-seeded N.P. next

February 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET — If you were to go up to Mike Kayata and tell him that senior star Elijah Wiggins would be a non-factor due to foul problems, the Tolman head coach would say his team is in really deep trouble.

Shea rolls into Div. II basketball quarterfinals

February 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Free throws attempted serve as the perfect means to separate which team was the more aggressive unit.
It’s also the main reason why Shea High remains alive in the Division II playoffs after posting a 62-53 win over Narragansett High on Friday night at “The Cage.”
The stat that tells the story in this preliminary round clash is that the seventh-seeded Raiders attempted a dozen more free throws than the No. 10 Mariners. Shea went 16-of-24 from the charity stripe while Narragansett was 6-for-12.
Shea now moves on to face Rogers, seeded second, on Monday in the quarterfinals.

February 18th

DePaul loss tough for Davis, Friars to swallow

February 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE – No matter how you slice it, Providence’s 79-76 defeat to Big East bottom feeder DePaul was a tough pill for Keno Davis and the Friars to swallow.
Davis’ post game press conference was far from a ray of sunshine, as the third-year coach sat silent at the podium for several minutes before trying to explain what has to be the Friars’ most disheartening loss of the season – one coming against a DePaul outfit that coming had had dropped 25 consecutive Big East games.
“It’s a tough lesson for a young team to learn,” said a clearly shell-shocked Davis.

Divisional boys' hoop playoffs begin tonight

February 18, 2011

For three local teams straddling along the same line, the idiomatic expression “there’s no tomorrow” definitely applies.

Cumberland vs. Warwick Vets: Wrestling at its best

February 18, 2011

CUMBERLAND — In states where wrestling holds a prominent place in the high school sports winter season -- Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Iowa come to mind – people flock to big dual-meets in large numbers. When two unbeaten teams meet, fans and coaches and former wrestlers fill the stands, contributing to a raucous setting not often seen in Rhode Island.

DePaul nips PC, ends 25-game Big East losing skid

February 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The country got up close with the nether regions of the Big East Conference on Thursday night.
In a nationally-televised contest involving two teams just trying to stay afloat in a Top-25 dominated lead, DePaul held on for 79-76 win over the Providence College Friars before 5,021 disappointed fans at The Dunk.
PC trailed 77-76 with seven seconds remaining when Gerard Coleman had a pass broken up in the lane by DePaul’s Jeremiah Kelly, who hit two free throws with less than a second remaining to secure the win.

February 17th

Tolman routs Ponaganset

February 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Tolman High demonstrated the proper way to head into the postseason, dispatching of Ponaganset High, 71-44, Wednesday afternoon at the Donaldson Memorial Gymnasium.

Saints no match for Hendricken

February 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET — As is normally the case, Tom “Saar” Sorrentine uses “Senior Night” as a chance to shine the light on those seniors who normally take a backseat to more acclaimed teammates. For Newon Sendolo, Franklin Batista, Ben Pillsbury, Austin Hill and Calvin Contreras, that meant a chance to make a rare start, doing so with playoff position hanging in the balance against perennial power Bishop Hendricken.

Cumberland stays perfect, defeats previously--unbeaten Warwick

February 17, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland High wrestling program runs as deep as the roots head coach Steve Gordon has nurtured in this town since moving here nearly 50 years ago.
The Clippers finished their second straight undefeated dual-meet season on Wednesday night with a 37-20 spanking of equally unbeaten Warwick Veterans, which was the favored team heading into this showdown between Division I’s two elite squads.

February 16th

Cumberland wrestlers face toughest test tonight

February 16, 2011

CUMBERLAND -- Tonight marks the beginning of the best 10-day stretch in Rhode Island wrestling this year. It starts with a battle between two unbeaten high school programs. Defending state champion Cumberland will host 2010 runnerup Warwick Veterans tonight at The Wellness Center with the regular season dual-meet title at stake.

Tolman hockey team hopes to finish strong

February 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Tolman High faces a serious challenge in its final four regular season games, meeting a 12-1-0 Johnston/North Providence team and a defensive-oriented East Providence (6-5-0) team that sits right behind the Tigers in the Division III standings. Tolman (8-4-0) faces both contenders twice.
“We’ve lost two games to Mount Hope (10-2-1) and twice to Cranston East (8-3-1),” Tolman coach Steve Reynolds pointed out. “We’ve beat the teams we should have beat but now we have to finish our season against two good playoff teams.”

Raiders outlast Warriors in OT

February 15, 2011

PAWTUCKET — After dodging knockout punches for most of the night, Shea delivered one of its own in overtime during its showdown with Central Falls on Monday night.
Junior guard and tri-captain Malik Moody scored eight of his game-high 20 points in the four-minute OT session to help the Raiders grab a 64-58 win over their neighboring foes before a packed house at “The Cage” in the two sides’ Division II regular-season finale.

No shortage of contenders for state indoor track meet

February 15, 2011

There’s never too little to write about when it comes to the Blackstone Valley region and the indoor track & field state championships.
This weekend’s meet, however, may border on the ridiculous. In fact, when it comes to its conclusion roughly four hours after its early 10 o’clock start on Saturday morning, there’s a good chance I’ll develop a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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