LINCOLN â Thereâs no room for confusion or interpretation when youâre that sure about something. Make no mistake: Nick Zammarelliâs mind is already made up regarding where he wants to play college baseball.
A junior at Lincoln High, Zammarelli recently announced his intention to attend Division I Elon University, located in North Carolina. To issue a verbal that signifies the acceptance of an athletic scholarship package long before Zammarelli is even eligible to sign a national letter of intent speaks volumes of just how comfortable the player is with the school and vice versa.
PAWTUCKET â For a team thatâs been somewhat sidetracked in its pursuit of a high playoff berth, St. Raphael picked the perfect time to have one of its finest games of the season.
Junior Lauren Gaj and sophomore Rybecca Gonzalez teamed up to score 30 points and help the Saints give a strong showing on the boards that paved the way for a key 52-44 triumph over red-hot Lincoln on Wednesday night at the Saintsâ Alumni Hall.
WARWICK â Things were not looking good for Cumberland High three matches into its regular season finale against defending state team tourney champion Warwick Veterans on Wednesday evening.
The Clippers, seeking their 57th consecutive dual-meet victory and third straight unbeaten season, trailed Warwick Vets 15-0. Cumberland needed to make something happen in a hurry and Nick Tribelli answered the call with a stunning pin at 126 pounds.
âOnce we got that win from Nick, I knew we had a shot,â Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said after his Clippers rallied for a 44-29 triumph.
LINCOLN â You want to keep fighting the good fight, but sometimes thatâs not nearly enough.
A season littered with frustrating moments continues for Kent Crooks and his Lincoln High squad. The Lions dressed just six players for Tuesday nightâs Division II-Central contest against Shea, the Raiders taking full advantage in a 66-37 runaway performance at The Lionsâ Den.
PAWTUCKET â Tolman Highâs âsleeping giantâ of a basketball team is still sleeping.
The Tigers slumbered through the opening eight minutes of Tuesday nightâs clash with Division II-Central leader North Providence, falling behind 27-8 before essentially playing the Cougars even for the rest of the game, finally losing by an 87-72 margin.
North Providence saw a 15-point halftime lead shrink to 10 with 10:30 left in the game. The Cougars hardly blinked. They just took the ball to the basket and got fouled, making 24 of 31 free throws in the game.
A quick check on how several locals are performing at the college level (Editor's note: all stats are current through Sunday, February 12):
A five-game winning streak has Fairfield in the thick of MAAC race with the play of Pawtucket native Rakim Sanders representing a major reason why. Sanders led the Stags with 13 points in Sundayâs 68-51 win against Loyola University while logging a team-best 37 minutes.
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, itâs all about consistency. Whether itâs 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 & fieldâs 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 oneâs chin high cannot be underscored. After all, itâs not time to pack away the jerseys just yet.