WOONSOCKET â High school basketball coaches have a lot in common with teachers who send their students through rigorous courses like physics or chemistry. Hoop mentors must stand on the sidelines, trying to explain the finer points of their sport, while players try to absorb those lessons in the midst of competition.
East Providenceâs Alex Butler and Woonsocketâs Kyle Ivey-Jones did their best to educate their players on Wednesday night when the Townies visited the Villa Novans for a battle between two sub-.500 Division I teams.
PAWTUCKET â Shea High played the role of the New York Jets on Tuesday night, using a strong defensive scheme to dominate first-place West Warwick High by an impressive 77-62 margin.
The Raiders, who came into the game with a 4-4 record in Division II-Central, turned the tables on the Wizards, who were 7-1 and leading the South coming into this contest.
PAWTUCKET â Sure, wins right now have their place. Yet with an open tournament in less than two months to determine one true state tournament, Tolman head coach Mike Kayata has opted to take a look at the extended forecast.
NEW LONDON, Conn. â St. Raphael fell victim to a talented New London squad Monday night, 100-73. The Saints fell behind 12-0 and were unable to recover on their way to trailing 54-22 at halftime.
Charles Correa led SRA (8-4 overall, 6-2 Division I-East0 with 17 points while Cesar Mejia chipped in with 11. Trevor Vasey finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds.
SRA returns to in-state competition tonight when it welcomes Woonsocket.
PROVIDENCE â Freddy Gobewole has had problems with his shoulder since his junior campaign last year when he tore his rotator cuff during a scrimmage game for the Shea High football team.
But that hasnât stopped the talented senior from tearing up the track with his unmatched speed.
An interesting aspect of Rhode Island high school wrestling is the traditional powers typically avoid one another until the final month of the dual-meet season, choosing to compete in out-of-state tournaments in December and January before taking each other on during February.
In wrestling, familiarity isnât a good thing. Nobody likes to tip their hand before the pot gets big enough to mean something.
PAWTUCKET â Behold the power of defense.
St. Raphael knocked off Smithfield, 73-57, on Saturday afternoon because the Saints got downright defensive in the second half. The teams were deadlocked at 40-all with 12:49 remaining before the Saints dialed up their defense a few notches, resulting in a game-ending 33-17 run.
CUMBERLAND â Thereâs more than just the Lariviere twins behind this yearâs Cumberland High wrestling team. Defending state champions Shaidai and Shoneil Lariviere have help from a collection of ever-improving teammates, especially 130-pound sophomore Erik Travers.
âThe twins improve the team just by their presence,â Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said on Saturday night after his Clippers successfully defended their team title at the John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament. âThey make everyone else better.â
EAST PROVIDENCE â East Providence played a âfull 32 minutes,â in the words of coach Alex Butler, en route to a 56-43 victory over Division I-North leader La Salle on Friday night.
Joe Carnevale hit five three-point field goals while scoring 23 points for the Townies, who improved to 3-5 in Division I with the win. Derek Andreoli added 10 points for the Townies.
La Salle fell to 6-2 in league play with the loss.