CUMBERLAND --â For the past four decades, the face of Cumberland High swimming has been Bruce Calvert. During his long tenure as the Clippersâ head coach, he produced an abundance of all-state athletes and a combined 13 state crowns (boy and girls).
Calvert no longer patrols the CHS pool, retiring from his longtime post in November only a few months after doing the same as the schoolâs aquatic director.
PAWTUCKET â Arnie Beyeler was sitting at the head of a table in a conference room at snow-covered McCoy Stadium on Friday afternoon, performing his first official act as manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
By early next week, basketball teams statewide will have reached the midway point of their league seasons.
For some boys' squads, the writingâs on the wall that their seasons will come to a close some time in mid-February. But for several others, including a plethora of area teams, the postseason is clearly within reach with still plenty of basketball to be played in the final month of league competition.
Some baseball notes geared to make you forget those snow removal blues âŠ
Thereâs no question Chris Iannetta is bent on staying sharp during the offseason. The St. Raphael Academy alum is renown around the R.I. Baseball Institute for having a set routine and hating to deviate from it. In fact, it wouldnât come as a shock to learn Iannetta possesses a key to the indoor batting cage, located in Warwick.
CUMBERLAND â Wrestling season inside the state of Rhode Island doesnât really get serious until the middle of January. A few of the top teams use the first six weeks of the season to test themselves outside the state in weekend tournaments against elite competition from around New England.
Thatâs the route Cumberland High coach Steve Gordon has chosen over the years. This season, his defending state champions have won tournaments in Connecticut and Massachusetts before finishing third last Saturday in the prestigious Redskin Invitational up in Sanford, Maine.
PAWTUCKET --- While folks across the Northeast were bracing themselves for todayâs heavy snowstorm, Peter Manfredo Jr. pulled off the great escape on Tuesday by jumping on an early flight that took him to sunny Key West, Fla.
But instead of heading to Florida to work on his tan and enjoy a pleasurable vacation, Manfredo chose business over pleasure and flew down for his next fight, Friday nightâs 10-round middleweight bout against Daniel Edouard of West Palm Beach, Fla. at Mallory Square overlooking Key West Harbor.
BARRINGTON âJeremy Graca was Mr. Clutch for Tolman High on Monday night
The talented senior scored seven of his 16 points in the final minute as the Tigers defeated Barrington, 56-48, in a Division II crossover contest at the Eaglesâ gymnasium.
PAWTUCKET --â This may be hard to fathom, but the regular season in boysâ basketball ends exactly one month from today.
For teams like St. Raphael Academy, itâs simply a matter of full speed ahead. Veteran head coach Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine has concerns that are generally viewed as normal for this time of year. Yet with the finish line in sight and playoffs â both divisional and the experimental Sweet 16 â knocking on the doorstep, the onus is on clubs to get everything in order before the truly important games arrive.
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 hobbyâs âHoly Grail,â youâd have to come up with at least $1.62-million which is what the current owner paid for it.