CUMBERLAND â€” Thereâ€™s more than just the Lariviere twins behind this yearâ€™s 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.
â€śThe twins improve the team just by their presence,â€ť Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said on Saturday night after his Clippers successfully defended their team title at the John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament. â€śThey make everyone else better.â€ť
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ East Providence played a â€śfull 32 minutes,â€ť 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.
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 schoolâ€™s 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 writingâ€™s 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 â€¦
Thereâ€™s 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 wouldnâ€™t 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 doesnâ€™t 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.
Thatâ€™s 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 todayâ€™s 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 nightâ€™s 10-round middleweight bout against Daniel Edouard of West Palm Beach, Fla. at Mallory Square overlooking Key West Harbor.
BARRINGTON â€“Jeremy 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.