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Raiders outlast Warriors in OT

February 15, 2011

PAWTUCKET — After dodging knockout punches for most of the night, Shea delivered one of its own in overtime during its showdown with Central Falls on Monday night.
Junior guard and tri-captain Malik Moody scored eight of his game-high 20 points in the four-minute OT session to help the Raiders grab a 64-58 win over their neighboring foes before a packed house at “The Cage” in the two sides’ Division II regular-season finale.

No shortage of contenders for state indoor track meet

February 15, 2011

There’s never too little to write about when it comes to the Blackstone Valley region and the indoor track & field state championships.
This weekend’s meet, however, may border on the ridiculous. In fact, when it comes to its conclusion roughly four hours after its early 10 o’clock start on Saturday morning, there’s a good chance I’ll develop a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Saints edge North Smithfield, 5-4

February 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Based on their last two games, it seems St. Raphael Academy and North Smithfield are two evenly matched hockey teams.
The Saints avenged a 5-3 loss to the Northmen two weekends ago with a 5-4 victory on Saturday night at Lynch Arena. SRA improved to 3-11 in Division II-North with the win while the Northmen fell to 3-12. Neither team will qualify for the playoffs.

Hoop roundup: Tolman and CF win, Shea loses

February 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET – After a close first half with Division II-North rival Lincoln High on Friday night, Tolman after the break and cruised to a 64-37 win on Senior Night at the Donaldson Gymnasium.
The Tigers held a scant 23-21 lead over the Lions at halftime. Spurred by a strong bench and senior teammates Eli Wiggins and Jeremy Graca, Tolman essentially put the game out of reach by opening the latter half with a dominating 22-6 run.

Saints edge Townies, 65-62

February 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Tom “Saar” Sorrentine will be the first to inform you that his St. Raphael club has been struggling lately, particularly on the defensive end. His concerns reflect the recent turn of events, as SRA entered Friday’s clash with playoff-starved East Providence High in fourth place in the Division I standings after beginning the week in first.

C.F. high jumper Vazquez succeeds with 'zero' practice

February 11, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS – The moment has been building towards this crescendo of curiosity. After all, when the interview subject is articulating freely about his high jump prowess and is standing roughly 100 feet away from a basket in the school gym, inquisitive minds yearn.
Can you, Steven Vazquez, dunk a basketball?
“Yes I can, yes I can,” laughs the junior from Central Falls High, an expression that suggested he knew the question was coming. “The first time I dunked was when I was in eighth grade. It was all of a sudden, coming during gym class. Easily with two hands or one hand.”

Scanlon proposes hoop tourney solution

February 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Point, meet counterpoint.
In keeping with the spirit of an article that ran in this newspaper on Dec. 14 –“Could Donaldson, Lynch tourneys be merged?” – Tolman High athletic director John Scanlon earlier this week unveiled a detailed plan of a Blackstone Valley-themed preseason boys’ basketball tournament. The names – the James W. Donaldson Memorial Tournament and the Dennis M. Lynch Tournament – would still be kept, albeit with several interesting caveats.

SRA holds off Ponaganset

February 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET — “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
St. Raphael Academy is bent on turning one of Nietzsche’s most memorable quotes into a rallying cry, head coach Fred Saunders hopeful that it pays off in the form of a playoff berth. That figures to be a tall order considering the Saints no longer have leading scorer Diandra DaRosa in the fold, but as Saunders noted after a gutsy 38-34 win over a green Ponaganset squad Wednesday night, the show must still go on for St. Raphael.

Clippers take down Hendricken

February 10, 2011

WARWICK — Cumberland and Hendricken looked like they were in a hurry to get home and study when they met in a battle of unbeaten Division I powers on Wednesday night.
In a dual-meet that barely lasted 40 minutes, Cumberland rode eight pins and a major decision victory to a 52-30 victory over the Hawks.
Cumberland and Warwick Veterans are now the lone remaining unbeaten squads in Division I. The Clippers will host the Hurricanes next Wednesday night in a meet that should decide the dual-meet champion.

Cumberland swimmers dunk Mount St. Charles

February 9, 2011

WOONSOCKET – In her freshman year of high school swimming last winter for Cumberland High, all Courtney Kent did was win a state title. Kent shocked the field by capturing the 500-yard freestyle with an impressive time of 5 minutes, 6.45 seconds at the Tootel Aquatic Center at URI.
What does the tenth-grader expect to do for the encore?
How about cop two individual titles at the Feb. 19 state championship and possibly break a state record by a certain U.S. Olympian, who makes Rhode Island her home.

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