PAWTUCKET – These are good times for the Tolman High basketball program. The Tigers went 13-5 last season and qualified for the state open tournament. They return most of the key players from that squad and have enhanced this year’s team with a couple of useful new parts.
Coach Mike Kayata’s team is 3-0 so far, winning by an average of 18 points per game. The Tigers were tested on Friday night by a solid North Smithfield team that they eventually wore down on their way to a 91-66 victory.
LINCOLN – Friday night marked the homecoming of Davies Tech senior tri-captain/forward Waleska Kelly, and she sure made the most of it.
Kelly, who had suffered a stroke while playing in a summer high school basketball league in July of 2013, had been granted a waiver by Rhode Island Interscholastic League officials to play a fifth year, and admitted being excited about returning to compete.
CUMBERLAND â€” Junior tri-captain Kayleigh Canavan expected to swim rather well in Cumberland Highâ€™s Division I season opener against Smithfield on Tuesday afternoon, but what she accomplished, frankly, threw her for a loop.
Canavan not only manufactured two of her best times ever while capturing the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke, but she also mustered a superb 50 breaststroke leg in the 200 medley relay to pace her Clippers to an easier-than-expected 55-38 triumph over the Sentinels at the Aquatic Center.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” After playing horribly at the tail end of the initial half and the first part of the second, Lincoln High manufactured an 19-3 flurry over the final 7:29 to edge North Smithfield, 49-45, in a R.I. Injury Fund opener on Monday night.
Thanks to senior tri-captain Devon Deragonâ€™s pretty fast-break lay-in at that juncture of the game, the Northmen seemed destined to reign with a 42-30 cushion. But the Lions took advantage of several miscues by the hosts to move to 1-0.
PAWTUCKET – It is not yet mid-December and high school basketball coaches have hardly begun to shuffle the deck in search of winning hands.
“We’re looking for players,” St. Raphael Academy coach Tom Sorrentine said after finding at least one during Friday night’s 57-48 victory over Shea at Alumni Hall in an Injury Fund contest that doesn’t count in the standings.
Sophomore Peter Wilson came off the bench to lead the Saints with 21 points. Wilson is one of four players Sorrentine is rotating at the point guard position.
PAWTUCKET – Providence Country Day will get the chance to officially defend its Lynch Tournament crown after racing past Central Falls, 78-47, Thursday night. Former St. Raphael star Alex Holloway had an effective 14 points while junior Joe McNamara led all scorers with 17 points on three 3-pointers.
David DePina paced Central Falls with 10 points.
PCD will take on Woonsocket in what figures to be an entertaining championship game on Saturday night. C.F. will face St. Raphael in the consolation contest.