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Sports memorabilia, collector's show set for Feb. 5

January 10, 2011

When the first Cranston Sports Collectors Show opened, you could buy a Honus Wagner tobacco card for $1,500 or so.
Now, that image of old Honus would cost you at least $250,000 and, if you wanted the best known example of the baseball card now recognized as the hobby’s “Holy Grail,” you’d have to come up with at least $1.62-million which is what the current owner paid for it.

Alers, Mena, Carle have given C.F. three reasons to smile

January 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE — There was more than basketball going on inside the Pizzitola Center Saturday night.
Labeling it a local success story doesn’t seem to paint the entire picture, though you could make a strong argument based on the three lads hailing from Central Falls on Lyndon State’s roster – certainly a rare occurrence. A homecoming? The three ex-Warrior hoopsters are all first-year college players, meaning they haven’t been in the hinterlands of Vermont long enough to be jarred loose from our memory banks.

Mount girls edge Tolman

January 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Nina Morey isn’t about to complain about a win after her Mount St. Charles squad held on for a down-to-the-last possession 33-31 decision against Tolman on Friday.
That said, the MSC head coach came away with the understanding that the Mounties were very fortunate to waltz out of the Donaldson Memorial Gymnasium with the higher point total.
“I’m glad that we had the ability to hang on,” said Morey, “but a little more time for (Tolman) and it may have been a different story.”

Tolman skates past West Warwick, 5-3

January 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- Tolman High dearly needed this victory.
Junior Kody Casavant and freshman Jared Pedro each scored a pair of goals and the Tigers’ defense turned in a solid showing over the final two periods to help nail down a 5-3 triumph over West Warwick High on Friday night in their hard-hitting Division III meeting at Lynch Arena.
Tolman, which is now 4-3 and in fourth place in the nine-team division, was coming off ugly back-to-back defeats to Cranston East and Mount Hope that saw the Tigers play both games shorthanded and allow a total of 14 goals.

Mount girls ready to defend state title

January 7, 2011

WOONSOCKET --- Offensively, Mount St. Charles Academy is sixth out of the state’s nine teams in goals scored, and defensively, the Mounties are one of four teams to have surrendered fewer than 10 goals.
But there’s one huge reason why the Mounties are sitting atop the standings with a 5-0 mark and looking like a potent squad in excellent shape to defend their state championship come March.
“I think we have the depth that any team in the league would envy,” offered MSC coach Steve Shea. “I feel like we have depth at every position, which is very nice to have.”

SRA hockey team battles long odds

January 7, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- There are some benefits to having just 14 players on your hockey team.
Playing time shouldn’t be hard to come by. You don’t have to share a seat on any long bus rides to away games. And you have plenty of room to yourself in some of the cramped locker rooms some of this state’s rinks have to offer.
Unfortunately, there are more cons than pros in having such a small squad, especially when your team is playing three 15-minute periods every night in a competitive league such as the 15-team Division II.

Unbeaten Cumberland wrestlers floor Westerly

January 6, 2011

CUMBERLAND – After a six-day layoff from competing that included only three days of practice, was Cumberland High coach Steve Gordon worried his squad wouldn’t be sharp against Westerly on Wednesday night?

St. Raphael grabs hoop win over Cranston West

January 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Tom Sorrentine is still fitting together the pieces of the puzzle that is the St. Raphael Academy basketball team. And so far, “Saar” likes what he is seeing from his Saints, who improved to 4-1 in Division I with a 61-47 victory over Cranston West on Tuesday night.
The Saints, who led 35-15 late in the first half, overcame some sloppy passing with a tough defensive effort and strong work in the rebounding department from the front line of Trevor Vasey, Cesar Mejia, Davon Robertson and Benjamin Pillsbury.

No. 5 Pittsburgh shakes off PC's upset bid

January 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE – During long, taxing Big East winters, some Providence College followers often wonder why the Friars chose to bump heads with college basketball’s elite.
Why? A visit by the No. 5-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers seems like a good place to begin. Welcoming such a highly decorated club brings with it the chance to secure a big time win while presenting youngsters like Gerard Coleman and Kadeem Batts a shot to become recognized outside of the Ocean State.

Hartnett, Lajoie: Blackstone Valley Hall of Famers

January 5, 2011

We will have some baseball news to savor this afternoon when the Hall of Fame balloting is revealed to the public. Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven are expected to get into the HOF today. Several other players are on the cusp – Jeff Bagwell, Larry Walker, Jack Morris and Tim Raines.
Rafael Palmeiro could make it, too, if the voters forgive him for telling Congress he never did steroids and then flunking a urine test several months later, late in his career, long after he had amassed most of his 569 career home runs.

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