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Saints, Novans reach Lynch hoop finals

December 10, 2010

PAWTUCKET – It will be two former division rivals squaring off for Lynch Memorial Tournament supremacy come Saturday night.
Woonsocket fought back from a 48-42 deficit with less than three minutes remaining to post a 53-48 triumph over defending champion Central Falls Thursday night in opening round action at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club. Woonsocket will now take on St. Raphael, which ran past Providence Country Day, 71-45.

Tolman pops Pilgrim in Donaldson opener

December 10, 2010

PAWTUCKET – It wouldn’t have felt the same had Tolman not been playing Shea in the championship of the Donaldson Memorial Tournament. Before such a scenario could be crystalized, Tolman had to get past Pilgrim in Thursday’s opening round.

Red Sox now 'team to beat' in A.L. East

December 9, 2010

Some things I think I think:
If you want to scare the daylights out of a Yankees fan, mention that A.J. Burnett might have a few problems dealing with Boston’s revised 2011 batting order. Now that the Red Sox have added lefty hitters Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to their lineup, sidearming right-handers like Burnett will be in big trouble against the Sox, who already have J.D. Drew and David Ortiz around as legitimate lefty power hitters.

PC's comeback falls short against Boston College

December 9, 2010

NEWTON, Mass. – For Providence College, it was a game that shouldn’t have come down to a close, but no cigar half-court heave by Vincent Council as the final horn sounded.
Closing hard and fast on Boston College in the final five minutes does not make up for 35 minutes of play in which PC struggled to generate any sort of traction on either end of the floor. The Eagles, who led 52-36 early in the second half and by a 72-60 count with 7:30 to play, tried to give the Friars an early Christmas present but were able to escape with an 88-86 win at Conte Forum Wednesday night.

DaRosa leads Saints over Cumberland

December 9, 2010

CUMBERLAND – Until about the midway point of Wednesday night’s Division I opener against host Cumberland, nothing seemed to fall for Diandra DaRosa.
But once the St. Raphael Academy sophomore got her shooting touch, there was no stopping her.
The talented point guard, who starred for Tolman last year, tossed in a game-high 29 points, including 22 in the second half as the Saints earned their first league win in nearly two years with a 61-51 victory over the Clippers at the Wellness Center.

Two Pawtucket hoop tourneys on tap

December 8, 2010

PAWTUCKET – The ushering in of a new boys’ basketball season means the arrival of two high school tournaments geared towards preserving the memories of a pair of legendary city coaches.

C.F. girls rule Navigant tournament

December 8, 2010

CENTRAL FALLS – Central Falls dedicated its latest Navigant Tip-Off Tournament championship to former coach Joe Handy.
“We wanted to get this one for Joe,” said new C.F. coach Nick Lafreniere on Tuesday evening after his Warriors rolled to a 38-24 victory over Davies Tech in the tournament final. “Joe was a mentor and a friend to me and a great coach. I talked to him on the phone today and told him we wanted to win for him.”

Hill, Paronto give BoSox acquisition Gonzalez high marks

December 5, 2010

PAWTUCKET — Looks like American League has a new big bopper to lose sleep over. Yet as teams start assembling scouting reports on newly-minted Red Sox acquisition Adrian Gonzalez, perhaps they would be wise to consult pitchers Rich Hill and Chad Paronto, both of whom toiled for Pawtucket last season.

Woonsocket defends Division II Super Bowl title, tops Tolman

December 5, 2010

CRANSTON — Woonsocket High head coach Carnell Henderson has been telling anyone who would listen that football season is a journey that often lasts from August until early December.
“Our kids came a long way from the first game we played Tolman back in September,” Henderson said on Sunday afternoon following the Villa Novans’ 28-14 victory over the Tigers in the Division II Super Bowl at Cranston Stadium. “We didn’t capitalize on some things in the first game (a 6-0 Tolman victory). But that was early in the season. We showed how far we have come today.”

Young Friars too quick for Rams

December 4, 2010

PROVIDENCE – If this was a boxing match, a good referee would have intervened and stopped the proceedings before things got too out of hand. It was a total mismatch right from the opening tap.
Providence College was much better than the University of Rhode Island yesterday. The Friars dominated in coasting to an impressive 87-74 triumph over the Rams before a sellout crowd of 12,410 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. PC led by a dozen in the first half before going up as many as 17 points late in the game.

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