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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.

Winning really is everything in today's Super Bowl

December 4, 2010

“Winning isn’t everything … it’s the only thing.”
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Most people attribute this quote to legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Actually, Vince borrowed it from a former UCLA football coach named Red Sanders. Its true meaning is hard to miss. Winning is the only thing that matters.

Mike Akanji leads Lincoln past North Smithfield

December 4, 2010

NORTH SMITHFIELD –Kent Crooks realizes that this year’s squad doesn’t really have a superstar or a good-to guy.
What the Lincoln High coach does know is that he has multiple players that can get the job done.
And that was clearly on display during Friday night’s non-league Injury Fund contest versus North Smithfield.
Three players scored in double digits and half a dozen netted at least six points as the Lions breezed to a 76-38 win over a somewhat-shorthanded Northmen squad at the Lovett Gymnasium. Lincoln was led by a team-high 16 points from Mike Akanji.

Tolman-Woonsocket football lineups

December 3, 2010

TOLMAN OFFENSE
TE -- Chris Baldwin, sophomore
LT -- Dion Rubio, junior
LG -- Zach Delmar, junior
C -- Devan Bullard, senior
RG -- Daniel Stubbs, freshman
RT -- Jared Battersby, senior
WR -- Shayne Taylor, senior
QB -- Joselito Knapp, junior
HB -- Ousmane Samb, senior
HB -- Elvis George, sophmore
HB -- Juan Wilson, senior

TOLMAN DEFENSE
E -- Rodney Jean-Pierre, junior
T -- Jared Battersby, senior
T -- Aaron Stone, senior
E -- Seny Samb, junior
LB -- Joselito Knapp, junior
LB -- Mamour Samb, sophomore
LB -- Dion Rubio, junior
LB -- Andre Gilbert, junior

Defenses won't rest in D-II Super Bowl

December 3, 2010

When push comes to shove during Sunday’s Division II Super Bowl between Woonsocket and Tolman, expect both coaching staffs to put the game in the hands of their defensive units.
Each of these championship football teams depended on their defenses in tough games, perhaps never more so than during their Sept. 24 regular season meeting when the Tigers ground out a 6-0 victory over the Villa Novans.
By the end of the league season, Woonsocket had allowed just 20 points in 7 games. Tolman yielded 28.

PC-URI hoops rivalry losing relevance with fans?

December 3, 2010

It always used to be easy to have a finger on the pulse of fans and alumni associated with the Providence College-University of Rhode Island basketball rivalry.

Search for next PawSox manager still ongoing

December 3, 2010

It appears the Red Sox are leaving no stone unturned as the search for the next PawSox manager remains ongoing. The position has been vacant for nearly a month, yet the organization remains mum on whom Torey Lovullo’s successor will be.
As BoSox farm director Mike Hazen explained Thursday, finding the next Pawtucket manager is a decision best not entered into lightly and one that requires a great deal of homework.

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