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January 5th, 2011

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.

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.

 

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