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Div. II may be most interesting boys' hoop league

February 3, 2012

Division II might be the most interesting basketball league in the state. Too bad the Interscholastic League picked this year to drop division tournaments in favor of one open tourney to culminate the hoops season.
Take a look at Division II right now. Rogers High of Newport and West Warwick lead the way with identical 11-1 records. Rogers walloped the Wizards 64-41 on Wednesday night. The Vikings’ only loss this season came at the hands of a Shea High squad that is 9-3 and just added a 6-foot-6 center to its lineup.

Friars take care of Rutgers; Cooley lands big man Johnson

February 2, 2012

PROVIDENCE – How do you cure those Friar blues? Answer: a visit from the Scarlet Knights.
Despite playing two very uneven halves Wednesday night, Providence was able to secure a rare Big East triumph at the expense of Rutgers, 78-67. The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Friars, who placed five players in double figures led by strong performances from Bilal Dixon (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Vincent Council (11 points, 14 assists).
“I thought today was our day,” said a clearly-relieved Ed Cooley, his Friars now 2-8 in the league and 13-10 overall.

PawSox' Tamburro reflects on journey into I.L. Hall of Fame.

February 1, 2012

PAWTUCKET – If Mike Tamburro were to take a page from late night talk show David Letterman and compose a top 10 list based exclusively on all the achievements and accolades bestowed upon him over the years, chances are the exercise would tug at the heart of the team president of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Shea races to easy win over Cumberland

February 1, 2012

CUMBERLAND --- Shea coach Matt Pita got exactly what he wanted from his ballclub on Tuesday night – 32 minutes of smart basketball – and because of that, his Raiders picked up a surprisingly-lopsided victory over Cumberland.
Six-foot-six center Michael Neal produced a game-high 15 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocked shots to power a balanced scoring assault by the Raiders and help them bus home with a resounding 77-46 triumph at the Clippers’ Wellness Center.

McGair: Where there's a 'Will,' you'll find the Giants' Blackmon

February 1, 2012

The next time you visit Youtube.com, do yourself a favor and type in “Will Blackmon Recovery.” The segment is only 10 minutes in length and offers terrific insight into someone who’s been repeatedly knocked down throughout his six-years-and-counting NFL odyssey, only to refuse to stay down for the count.

Tolman's "Iron Five" knocks off C.F.

February 1, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS – Call them the Iron Five. They are Tolman’s Justin Zetina, Napoleon Johnson, Mamour Samb, Jonathan Percy and Brandon Gagne, a group of Tigers who played every minute of Tuesday’s important Division II clash with Central Falls.
With suspensions forcing head coach Mike Kayata to shrink his playing rotation, the Tigers rode the same cast of the players from the opening tip to the final buzzer. Tolman gutted out a much-needed 65-53 win on C.F.’s home floor, one that signaled the end of a four-game losing streak for the Tigers.

Tigers embark on 'must win' stage of season

January 31, 2012

Two high school hoops games stand out above the rest tonight. And they’re both Division II crossover contests.
Tolman, 4-7 with seven games left in the regular season, visits Central Falls (6-5) in the first meaningful game. The Tigers seek to end a four-game losing streak that has jeopardized their playoff hopes. Those hopes were not helped on Monday when leading scorer Juan Velez (20.8 points per game) and starting forward Seny Samb, a solid defensive player, were suspended for violating school disciplinary rules.

Clippers return to mat after staph infection scare

January 31, 2012

CUMBERLAND — After surviving a staph infection scare that shut down the Cumberland High wrestling program for a week, the Clippers return to the mat this week for a pair of tough matches with La Salle Academy and Cranston West.
“Every match we have from here on out is going to be tough,” Cumberland coach Steve Gordon admitted on Monday. “Next week, we host unbeaten Hendricken and the week after that we visit Warwick Veterans. Both of those teams are state title contenders.”
Gordon is just happy to have his team wrestling again.

McGair: Red Sox shortstop? Why not Jose Iglesias?

January 29, 2012

Why not Jose Iglesias?
More than a week has gone by since the Red Sox traded shortstop Marco Scutaro. The exchange with Colorado marked the second time this offseason that general manager/budget balancer Ben Cherington has shipped away a potential starting shortstop, last month’s Jed Lowrie-to-Houston swap officially re-catalogued as the first domino to fall.

Tolman falls to E.P., but comes back to top Scituate

January 29, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Brandon Speight popped in a pair of first-period goals on Sunday afternoon to lead Tolman past Scituate 4-0 in a makeup game played at Lynch Arena and the third contest in a 48-hour span for the Tigers.
Kody Casavant and Jared Pedro finished the scoring for Tolman with second-period goals, and goaltender Stephane Meunier stopped 19 shots for his fourth shutout of the season.
Tolman improved to 7-4 in Division III with an overtime loss to unbeaten Johnston/North Providence on its ledger. Those 15 points place the Tigers second in the division behind JNP (10-0-0).

 

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