CUMBERLAND â€” It certainly looked as if improved Tolman High, which rolled into Cumberlandâ€™s Wellness Center late Wednesday afternoon with five victories in its previous seven tilts, would make it six-of-eight.
The Tigers also seemed destined to eke out a two- or three-point triumph over the Clippers, but head coach Gary Reedyâ€™s crew had other plans.
PAWTUCKET â€” For a ballclub hoping to be one of the deserving 16 teams in the stateâ€™s Open Tournament at the end of February, Sheaâ€™s been doing its part these days by turning in some excellent basketball.
On Tuesday night, the Raiders put together another splendid outing to sew up their fourth straight victory, this one coming at â€śThe Cageâ€ť against neighboring Division II crossover foe Lincoln.
Junior guard Chris Mainvilleâ€™s contest-high 21 points and nine assists and senior forward Alvin Semedoâ€™s double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds led the way for the Raiders in their 63-48 triumph.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ There's a distinct reason why only a few folks in these parts are paying attention to the success of the Bishop Keough High girls' hoop team: They've been programmed not to care.
Even the school itself, located just up Smithfield Avenue from a cemetery, is miniscule in student population, often graduating between nine and 14 seniors every June. People realize the Keough administration and teaching staff is huge on religion and academics; they also realize they view athletics as extracurricular activities that merely bolster students' resumes for higher education.
PAWTUCKET â€” The last time East Providence High faced Division III rival Tolman, way back on Dec. 21, head coach Kevin Croke's crew held a 3-1 cushion in the final three minutes of regulation.
The Townies, however, allowed two late goals, and had to settle for a 3-3 overtime stalemate with its foe.
PAWTUCKET -- Allen Webster remembers the first time he heard his name come up in last Augustâ€™s blockbuster trade between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers that sent him to New England.
â€śI was in the clubhouse,â€ť said Webster, who at the time, was playing for the Dodgersâ€™ Double-A team in Chattanooga, Tenn. â€śI saw my name go across the bottom of the screen on ESPN. (The trade) wasnâ€™t 100 percent, but thatâ€™s when I kind of knew.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Jackie Bradley Jr. is a 22-year-old center fielder so polished and poised that your first inclination is to check his driverâ€™s license just to verify his age.
Currently touted as one of the top prospects in the Red Sox farm system, he said playing under the spotlight of the College World Series helped him prepare for the attention heâ€™ll soon be receiving as a professional.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ BMX freestyle is now an amazing entity all its own, with multi-million dollar sponsors, worldwide events, an abundance of television exposure and â€“ for the best â€“ lucrative contracts with corporations trying to sell their products.
It didn't always used to be that way, especially here in New England.
The best way to describe it: Primitive.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ After a game of twists and turns galore, head coach Alex Butler wouldn't say he was thrilled after his East Providence High squad had registered a 74-64 Division I-Central victory over gamey Central High on Wednesday night.
He also didn't downplay it.
â€śThe key thing for us is we've been working so hard on our zone defense in practice, we wanted to see it work,â€ť he noted as the triumph pushed the Townies back to .500 overall (7-7), and left them at 5-6 in league play. â€śWe wanted to be in attack mode from the wing to the baseline to the block, and we did that well here.