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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.

Cumberland stays perfect, defeats previously--unbeaten Warwick

February 17, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland High wrestling program runs as deep as the roots head coach Steve Gordon has nurtured in this town since moving here nearly 50 years ago.
The Clippers finished their second straight undefeated dual-meet season on Wednesday night with a 37-20 spanking of equally unbeaten Warwick Veterans, which was the favored team heading into this showdown between Division I’s two elite squads.

Cumberland wrestlers face toughest test tonight

February 16, 2011

CUMBERLAND -- Tonight marks the beginning of the best 10-day stretch in Rhode Island wrestling this year. It starts with a battle between two unbeaten high school programs. Defending state champion Cumberland will host 2010 runnerup Warwick Veterans tonight at The Wellness Center with the regular season dual-meet title at stake.

Tolman hockey team hopes to finish strong

February 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Tolman High faces a serious challenge in its final four regular season games, meeting a 12-1-0 Johnston/North Providence team and a defensive-oriented East Providence (6-5-0) team that sits right behind the Tigers in the Division III standings. Tolman (8-4-0) faces both contenders twice.
“We’ve lost two games to Mount Hope (10-2-1) and twice to Cranston East (8-3-1),” Tolman coach Steve Reynolds pointed out. “We’ve beat the teams we should have beat but now we have to finish our season against two good playoff teams.”

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.”

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