Woonsocket High School athletic director George Nasuti feels a common bond with his colleagues at other city schools in Rhode Island, in places like Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence. He knows the budget restraints that ADs in those cities deal with, and can easily relate to the student-athletes and the economic realities many of them face during the school year.
PROVIDENCE â€” With the state meet less than a week away, itâ€™s all about consistency. Whether itâ€™s in the running or field events, the elite athletes that have been consistent in their craft, particularly over the last few weeks, usually continue that trend on track & fieldâ€™s biggest stage.
Central Falls senior Steven Vazquez, a multiple all-stater in the high jump, has been one of those athletes.
PROVIDENCE â€” For those associated with Providence College basketball, the importance of keeping a stiff upper lip or oneâ€™s chin high cannot be underscored. After all, itâ€™s not time to pack away the jerseys just yet.
CUMBERLAND â€” Two nights earlier, the wrestlers from Cumberland High knocked off previously undefeated Bishop Hendricken, the friendly confides of the Wellness Center serving as the backdrop. Hoping to replicate some of that home cooking, the Cumberland boysâ€™ hoops team played host to state contender North Providence on Friday night.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” As a coach you want to see your team pushed to the extreme, especially with the playoffs not too far off in the distance.
Thursday night saw Shea and Central Falls trade big shots and big plays with neither side backing down. The difference in the end was the steely-eyed play of Jordy Brito, the Raiders senior coming up with a series of clutch plays in the closing minutes in what amounted to a hard-fought 63-57 victory over the host Warriors.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tolman Highâ€™s Dion Rubio, a star football player who developed into a championship-calibre wrestler over the past four winters, enjoys the mat sport.
â€śItâ€™s really different than football,â€ť Rubio, who finished fifth in the state at 160 pounds last winter, said on Thursday night after sending the Tigers to a 42-39 victory over Woonsocket with a pin in the final minute of the final match of the night.
PAWTUCKET â€” Central Fallsâ€™s biggest win of the year also turned out to be Tolmanâ€™s most disappointing loss of the season.
Down by 11 points at the break, the Warriors staged a comeback that saw senior forward Shariela Jiminez toss in 16 of her game-high 20 points and help pave the way to a 55-44 victory in their hard-fought Division II-North duel at the Tigersâ€™ Donaldson Gymnasium.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The best wrestling dual-meets build slowly, bout by bout, to a crescendo. Each match is important. Results in the earlier bouts lay the foundation for dramatic outcomes late in the contest.
Thatâ€™s what happened on Wednesday night at The Wellness Center when an estimated 400 mat-crazy spectators watched Rhode Islandâ€™s only two unbeaten Division I dual-meet teams square off. Cumberland, carrying the burden of a 52-match winning streak nearly three years old, hosted a 13-0 Bishop Hendricken team most experts gave a slight advantage heading into this showdown.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine has been around the coaching block enough times to know that making adjustments goes with the territory. With his St. Raphael Academy outfit having dropped two of its previous three games heading into Tuesday nightâ€™s contest with Coventry, Sorrentine was more than justified in his desire to shake things up.