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Novans down Tigers to win Holiday Classic hoop title

December 28, 2013

CUMBERLAND — In the end, Woonsocket High took advantage of five turnovers in the final 3:37 while mustering an 11-0 flurry in the span of 2:43 to roll to a 63-51 triumph over Tolman in the championship game of the 41st annual Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland/Lincoln Roadshow Holiday Classic on Friday night.

It turned out to be the Villa Novans’ team-leading eighth in the history of the oldest holiday tourney in Rhode Island. Had the Tigers eked it out, it would’ve been their sixth, which would have pushed them into a three-place tie with host Cumberland and Lincoln.

News mixed regarding PC freshmen; Friars close out non-conference slate at UMass

December 28, 2013

PROVIDENCE — One of the two suspended freshmen is back on Providence College’s campus. Forward Rodney “Rajay” Bullock was a full-fledged participant at Friday’s practice and will be part of the traveling party when the Friars head to Amherst to tango with nationally-ranked UMass on Saturday night.

Tolman hoopsters advance to Holiday Classic finals

December 27, 2013

CUMBERLAND — Tolman High head coach Mike Kayata admitted to being less than ecstatic about his offense on Thursday night.
His defense, however, was a different story.
Excepting a lull early in the final stanza, that “D” forced most of Lincoln’s 18 turnovers throughout the first half and down the stretch as the Tigers rolled to a 56-40 victory in the first semifinal of the 41st annual Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland/Lincoln Roadshow Holiday Classic at Cumberland High’s Wellness Center.

Underclassmen help Clipper girls down Villa Novans

December 26, 2013

SMITHFIELD — The future was on display for Cumberland on Thursday afternoon inside Smithfield High’s gymnasium, and judging by the way the Clippers performed in its non-league game against Woonsocket, the future looks very bright for the program.
Freshman guard Julianne Ross delivered her second 10-point output in as many games and sophomore guard Taylor Fay and Sarah Marsland had solid performances as well in the Clippers’ 39-23 victory over the Villa Novans in the opening game of the 27th annual R.I. Board of Officials/Smithfield Boosters Club Holiday Classic.

Tolman's Pedro, Reall, Wallace savor senior seasons as members of co-op hockey team with Scituate

December 26, 2013

Let’s cut to the chase: Spartan blue and white looks awfully strange on Jared Pedro, Teddy Reall, and Kris Wallace.
And it should, because after all, the three Tolman High senior forwards were mainstays on their school’s hockey team for the past three seasons, helping the Tigers total 31 regular-season wins during that time and reach the Division III finals last March.
But when eight of the 13 members from that team graduated, and for the third straight year, no underclassmen came out for the team, the program quietly folded.

Sister act: Davies' Kelly continues road back from stroke, thanks to help from twin sibling

December 24, 2013

Waleska Kelly is feeling rather guilty these days.

Her identical twin sister, Francheska, keeps trying to tell her not to say such things, that everything she does stems from her love for Waleska and their tight-knit family residing at Pawtucket's Prospect Heights. That still doesn't make her self-imposed culpability wane.

Clippers even hoop record, keep Toll Gate winless

December 23, 2013

CUMBERLAND — It wasn’t even close to being an attractive contest, not with a combined 28 turnovers and 27 personal fouls.
Still, head coach Gary Reedy refused to complain after his Cumberland High boys registered what he called a satisfying 53-40 non-league triumph over Toll Gate at The Wellness Center on Monday night.

Friars plan to take advantage of semester break from classes; PC freshmen suspended for season

December 23, 2013

PROVIDENCE – During the winter semester break, the assumption is that LaDontae Henton and the rest of the Providence College basketball players are going to have a lot of downtime. After all, exams are done and classes don’t resume on the Smith Hill campus until Jan. 21.

Yet as Ed Cooley gladly points out, the Friars will not be on autopilot.

A welcomed addition: Joppie, Brentz give stamp of approval to new PawSox manager Boles

December 20, 2013

To enlighten the masses regarding the kind of manager and person the Pawtucket Red Sox are getting in Kevin Boles, we engaged in a background check that conjured all sorts of positive vibrations.

In essence, this is a “getting-to-know-you-better” exercise, an opportunity to view through the lens of those who know and understand Boles best and have more insight into his roots than any introductory press conference ever could.

PawSox extend coaching staff, bring Crabbe aboard

December 20, 2013

PAWTUCKET — At a time when a host of Boston’s top prospects are stationed in Double-A and Triple-A, the organization arrived at the decision to provide the PawSox coaching staff with an additional voice.

To be clear, Kevin Boles is Pawtucket’s new manager while fellow Triple-A newcomer Bruce Crabbe is classified as coach, not bench coach. The pair will be joined in the trenches by pitching coach Rich Sauveur and hitting coach Dave Joppie, two holdovers from Gary DiSarcina’s staff who will be returning to McCoy Stadium in 2014.

 

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