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Gobewole, Fernandes track down state titles

February 21, 2011

PROVIDENCE — After his Pop Warner football team, the Edgewood Eagles, won a national title in 2008, Shea senior Freddy Gobewole figured a similar fate would occur at the high school level.
It never happened.
While Gobewole was a top running back for the Raiders, the teams struggled during his career with just nine total wins, and no playoff appearances, the last four years.
To make matters worse, a dislocated shoulder, suffered during a scrimmage in August, kept him off the field for half the season this fall.

Coaches share viewpoints on balancing hoops, grades

February 21, 2011

The majority of high school coaches are also full-time teachers. For these dedicated souls, the world of academia does not cease once the final bell rings. True, they may trade their lesson plans in for whistles and clipboards, maneuvering from one stressful environment to the next. In reality coaches are confronted with the same pressing matter that monopolizes their time and energy during the daytime.
Grades.

Tolman beats C.F., faces top-seeded N.P. next

February 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET — If you were to go up to Mike Kayata and tell him that senior star Elijah Wiggins would be a non-factor due to foul problems, the Tolman head coach would say his team is in really deep trouble.

Shea rolls into Div. II basketball quarterfinals

February 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Free throws attempted serve as the perfect means to separate which team was the more aggressive unit.
It’s also the main reason why Shea High remains alive in the Division II playoffs after posting a 62-53 win over Narragansett High on Friday night at “The Cage.”
The stat that tells the story in this preliminary round clash is that the seventh-seeded Raiders attempted a dozen more free throws than the No. 10 Mariners. Shea went 16-of-24 from the charity stripe while Narragansett was 6-for-12.
Shea now moves on to face Rogers, seeded second, on Monday in the quarterfinals.

DePaul loss tough for Davis, Friars to swallow

February 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE – No matter how you slice it, Providence’s 79-76 defeat to Big East bottom feeder DePaul was a tough pill for Keno Davis and the Friars to swallow.
Davis’ post game press conference was far from a ray of sunshine, as the third-year coach sat silent at the podium for several minutes before trying to explain what has to be the Friars’ most disheartening loss of the season – one coming against a DePaul outfit that coming had had dropped 25 consecutive Big East games.
“It’s a tough lesson for a young team to learn,” said a clearly shell-shocked Davis.

Divisional boys' hoop playoffs begin tonight

February 18, 2011

For three local teams straddling along the same line, the idiomatic expression “there’s no tomorrow” definitely applies.

Cumberland vs. Warwick Vets: Wrestling at its best

February 18, 2011

CUMBERLAND — In states where wrestling holds a prominent place in the high school sports winter season -- Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Iowa come to mind – people flock to big dual-meets in large numbers. When two unbeaten teams meet, fans and coaches and former wrestlers fill the stands, contributing to a raucous setting not often seen in Rhode Island.

DePaul nips PC, ends 25-game Big East losing skid

February 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The country got up close with the nether regions of the Big East Conference on Thursday night.
In a nationally-televised contest involving two teams just trying to stay afloat in a Top-25 dominated lead, DePaul held on for 79-76 win over the Providence College Friars before 5,021 disappointed fans at The Dunk.
PC trailed 77-76 with seven seconds remaining when Gerard Coleman had a pass broken up in the lane by DePaul’s Jeremiah Kelly, who hit two free throws with less than a second remaining to secure the win.

Tolman routs Ponaganset

February 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Tolman High demonstrated the proper way to head into the postseason, dispatching of Ponaganset High, 71-44, Wednesday afternoon at the Donaldson Memorial Gymnasium.

Saints no match for Hendricken

February 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET — As is normally the case, Tom “Saar” Sorrentine uses “Senior Night” as a chance to shine the light on those seniors who normally take a backseat to more acclaimed teammates. For Newon Sendolo, Franklin Batista, Ben Pillsbury, Austin Hill and Calvin Contreras, that meant a chance to make a rare start, doing so with playoff position hanging in the balance against perennial power Bishop Hendricken.

 

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