CRANSTON --- Cranston East had the numbers, the size, and fewer mistakes than Tolman on Friday night, and that helped the â€™Bolts seize the first game of their best-of-three Division III quarterfinal-round series with the Tigers.
Cranston East scored twice in a 13-second span in the second period to claim a 3-0 command and held off a late Tolman comeback to secure a 5-2 triumph at the Cranston Vets Arena.
PROVIDENCE â€“ For a team that had not won a game in exactly three weeks, or captured a playoff contest of any kind in three years, Friday night seemed as good a time as any for the St. Raphael Academy hoopsters to exercise some demons.
PAWTUCKET â€” Davies Tech baffled Shea High with its matchup zone defense on Wednesday evening en route to a 32-25 victory over the Raiders in a Division III quarterfinal-round playoff contest.
The Patriots trailed 16-10 at halftime, then went on a 15-2 run to take a 25-18 lead with 3:58 left in the game. Sheaâ€™s only two points during the first 12 minutes of the second half came on free throws.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Wrestlers can get hot in much the same way a basketball player or golfer can get into â€śthe zoneâ€ť in their sports.
There is a mental element to this sport that can pay dividends when a wrestler acts decisively on the mat, confident in his execution of takedown attempts, instead of taking the mat in a tentative mood.
The march to Providence College is on!
Five boysâ€™ and two girlsâ€™ teams will begin their quests for championship glory this weekend when their best-of-three quarterfinal round series get under way at hockey rinks scattered throughout the state.
In Division I, Mount St. Charles Academy will pursue its fourth straight state title. The Mounties are the top seed and will face eighth-seeded Smithfield on Friday at 9 p.m. at Adelard Arena and again on Saturday at 8 at the Smithfield Ice Rink.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Rest is always welcome â€“ just so as long as rust doesnâ€™t start to form.
Eleven days will have elapsed since St. Raphael Academyâ€™s last game â€“ a tough-to-swallow 77-75 loss to Coventry in the Division I quarterfinals on Feb. 21 â€“ and the next time the Saints participate in a meaningful affair. Their reintroduction to spirited competition, complete with three referees and a neutral setting, is set for Friday night against Westerly High in the new all-inclusive state tournament at the Providence Career & Technical Academy Fieldhouse.
For most of the elite athletes in the state, including several with local ties, Fridayâ€™s New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championships signifies the end of the winter season.
For a select few like Central Falls senior Aleide Fernandes, itâ€™s just one more meet to prepare for the inaugural New Balance Nationals the following week.
A dozen teams from the Blackstone Valley will be shooting for the same goal â€” a strong postseason run that hopefully leads them to a state championship â€” these next two weeks when the R.I. playoffs take flight.
In two of the three division tournaments, there are clear favorites â€“ unbeaten Barrington High is the team to beat in Division I, while powerful Middletown High leads the way in Division III.
But Division II appears to be wide-open, with a handful of teams capable of rising above the pack and winning the title.
PROVIDENCE â€” Regular season dual-meet results donâ€™t carry over into the tournament season. Each wrestler, no matter how big his reputation and how long his list of accomplishments, must begin anew when the opening whistle sounds to start a tournament match.
Thatâ€™s the beauty of this sport, which focuses on a team aspect during the dual-meet season. The emphasis changes to individual results during the postseason.
As the regular season winds down, the discussion for postseason awards and other laurels heats up. Suddenly the office water cooler or neighborhood establishment becomes the spot to discuss and dissect the merits of potential candidates, while those given autonomy to cast a vote sit down with pen, paper and DVD player, study tea leaves and rub the Magic 8-Ball before filling out the ballot.