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January 11th, 2011

Graca carries Tolman cagers to victory

January 11, 2011

BARRINGTON –Jeremy Graca was Mr. Clutch for Tolman High on Monday night
The talented senior scored seven of his 16 points in the final minute as the Tigers defeated Barrington, 56-48, in a Division II crossover contest at the Eagles’ gymnasium.

Saints coast past Classical, 69-42

January 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET --– This may be hard to fathom, but the regular season in boys’ basketball ends exactly one month from today.
For teams like St. Raphael Academy, it’s simply a matter of full speed ahead. Veteran head coach Tom “Saar” Sorrentine has concerns that are generally viewed as normal for this time of year. Yet with the finish line in sight and playoffs – both divisional and the experimental Sweet 16 – knocking on the doorstep, the onus is on clubs to get everything in order before the truly important games arrive.

Chili Davis new PawSox batting coach

January 11, 2011

Certainly the ability to switch-hit in baseball can come in handy, paving the way for a batter to place himself in an advantageous situation against any pitcher they step in the box to face.

Sports memorabilia, collector's show set for Feb. 5

January 10, 2011

When the first Cranston Sports Collectors Show opened, you could buy a Honus Wagner tobacco card for $1,500 or so.
Now, that image of old Honus would cost you at least $250,000 and, if you wanted the best known example of the baseball card now recognized as the hobby’s “Holy Grail,” you’d have to come up with at least $1.62-million which is what the current owner paid for it.

January 9th

Alers, Mena, Carle have given C.F. three reasons to smile

January 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE — There was more than basketball going on inside the Pizzitola Center Saturday night.
Labeling it a local success story doesn’t seem to paint the entire picture, though you could make a strong argument based on the three lads hailing from Central Falls on Lyndon State’s roster – certainly a rare occurrence. A homecoming? The three ex-Warrior hoopsters are all first-year college players, meaning they haven’t been in the hinterlands of Vermont long enough to be jarred loose from our memory banks.

January 8th

Mount girls edge Tolman

January 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Nina Morey isn’t about to complain about a win after her Mount St. Charles squad held on for a down-to-the-last possession 33-31 decision against Tolman on Friday.
That said, the MSC head coach came away with the understanding that the Mounties were very fortunate to waltz out of the Donaldson Memorial Gymnasium with the higher point total.
“I’m glad that we had the ability to hang on,” said Morey, “but a little more time for (Tolman) and it may have been a different story.”

Tolman skates past West Warwick, 5-3

January 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- Tolman High dearly needed this victory.
Junior Kody Casavant and freshman Jared Pedro each scored a pair of goals and the Tigers’ defense turned in a solid showing over the final two periods to help nail down a 5-3 triumph over West Warwick High on Friday night in their hard-hitting Division III meeting at Lynch Arena.
Tolman, which is now 4-3 and in fourth place in the nine-team division, was coming off ugly back-to-back defeats to Cranston East and Mount Hope that saw the Tigers play both games shorthanded and allow a total of 14 goals.

January 6th

Mount girls ready to defend state title

January 7, 2011

WOONSOCKET --- Offensively, Mount St. Charles Academy is sixth out of the state’s nine teams in goals scored, and defensively, the Mounties are one of four teams to have surrendered fewer than 10 goals.
But there’s one huge reason why the Mounties are sitting atop the standings with a 5-0 mark and looking like a potent squad in excellent shape to defend their state championship come March.
“I think we have the depth that any team in the league would envy,” offered MSC coach Steve Shea. “I feel like we have depth at every position, which is very nice to have.”

SRA hockey team battles long odds

January 7, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- There are some benefits to having just 14 players on your hockey team.
Playing time shouldn’t be hard to come by. You don’t have to share a seat on any long bus rides to away games. And you have plenty of room to yourself in some of the cramped locker rooms some of this state’s rinks have to offer.
Unfortunately, there are more cons than pros in having such a small squad, especially when your team is playing three 15-minute periods every night in a competitive league such as the 15-team Division II.

January 5th

Unbeaten Cumberland wrestlers floor Westerly

January 6, 2011

CUMBERLAND – After a six-day layoff from competing that included only three days of practice, was Cumberland High coach Steve Gordon worried his squad wouldn’t be sharp against Westerly on Wednesday night?

January 5th

St. Raphael grabs hoop win over Cranston West

January 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Tom Sorrentine is still fitting together the pieces of the puzzle that is the St. Raphael Academy basketball team. And so far, “Saar” likes what he is seeing from his Saints, who improved to 4-1 in Division I with a 61-47 victory over Cranston West on Tuesday night.
The Saints, who led 35-15 late in the first half, overcame some sloppy passing with a tough defensive effort and strong work in the rebounding department from the front line of Trevor Vasey, Cesar Mejia, Davon Robertson and Benjamin Pillsbury.

No. 5 Pittsburgh shakes off PC's upset bid

January 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE – During long, taxing Big East winters, some Providence College followers often wonder why the Friars chose to bump heads with college basketball’s elite.
Why? A visit by the No. 5-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers seems like a good place to begin. Welcoming such a highly decorated club brings with it the chance to secure a big time win while presenting youngsters like Gerard Coleman and Kadeem Batts a shot to become recognized outside of the Ocean State.

Hartnett, Lajoie: Blackstone Valley Hall of Famers

January 5, 2011

We will have some baseball news to savor this afternoon when the Hall of Fame balloting is revealed to the public. Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven are expected to get into the HOF today. Several other players are on the cusp – Jeff Bagwell, Larry Walker, Jack Morris and Tim Raines.
Rafael Palmeiro could make it, too, if the voters forgive him for telling Congress he never did steroids and then flunking a urine test several months later, late in his career, long after he had amassed most of his 569 career home runs.

January 4th

Local hoop coaches know nothing ever comes easy

January 4, 2011

High school basketball coaches don’t have any room to breathe when it comes to game conditions. They share their workplace with spectators. Their instructions to players, or complaints to referees running past them, can often be heard by the fans.

January 2nd

Friars' Brooks left stranded at sea by Red Storm

January 3, 2011

Marshon Brooks was the picture of a frustrated Friar as he stood in the hallway of The Dunk Saturday night. His stat line in a narrow loss to St. John’s – 8-of-14 shooting for 20 points – did little to ease his pain.
Most players would gladly take the numbers like the ones Brooks compiled, bolt quickly out of the gym and pray that nothing gets amended before the final sheet is xeroxed. Not Brooks. The senior knows that if Providence has any shot of being anything more than a mere footnote in Big East play, then he has to deliver high octane performances every time out.

December 31st, 2010

Champions made 2010 a banner year

December 31, 2010

From high school to Little League, 2010 was a truly glorious one for the Blackstone Valley, as several teams and indviduals captured state championships in their respective sports. Here’s a quick rundown of the highlights of this past year:
The winter season was a magicial one for the region, as five of its high school teams captured state championships.
The Mount St. Charles Academy boys’ and girls’ hockey teams pulled off a nifty double by winning their respective state championships. It’s the first time since 2003 that the Mounties’ squads both captures titles in the same season.

December 30th

These people made 2010 memorable

December 31, 2010

The best part of my job is meeting people connected with various sports teams or organizations throughout the Blackstone Valley. When all is said and done, it is the people and the things they teach us that remain long after the final scores have faded away.
Here are some of the people I remember from my life during the year 2010.

Look out for these track stars in 2011!

December 31, 2010

Just like the other winter sports we cover, the indoor track season will enter a new year on Saturday.
Some goals that were set back in early November remain the same, but with 2011 now beginning there’s also those New Year’s resolutions.
Or, shall we say, a new set of goals – perhaps ones that become more realistic after the first two months of the season.
Will those goals (new and old) be accomplished? Time will only tell.
Here’s a glimpse at what is potentially in store from our top local track & field athletes in the coming months.
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December 29th

Tolman tops Lincoln in title game

December 30, 2010

CUMBERLAND --– With the new year just a few days away, Tolman High coach Mike Kayata has plenty of reasons to smile.
After a slow start, his talented Tigershas been on somewhat of a roll, winning their last four games. The latest of those victories occurred on Wednesday night as Kayata saw his Tigers hold off a strong rally by Lincoln High to capture the annual Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament with a thrilling 61-58 decision at the Wellness Center.

December 28th

Tolman cagers advance to tourney finals

December 29, 2010

CUMBERLAND --– Players like Rodney Bustillo and Elijiah Wiggins don’t need an entire game to make a difference.
Just give them a little time to start heating up.
The Tolman High seniors got sizzling hot in the second half of Tuesday’s opener with Cumberland in the annual Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament and turned a 38-all tie at the break into a runaway 80-61 rout at the Wellness Center.

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