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December 19th

Tolman wrestlers floor Central Falls, Hope

December 20, 2013

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET – Despite competing without several of its better wrestlers, Tolman High showed it could be a contender in Division II this season with an impressive 45-33 victory over a solid Hope team on Thursday evening.
Tolman and Hope both picked up easy wins over shorthanded Central Falls, which fielded only four wrestlers during a 75-6 loss to Tolman and three in an 84-0 burial by Hope.

December 18th

Lincoln squads sweep Mount in Div. II swim opener

December 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET — The numbers game was truly unkind to the Lincoln boys’ swim team in its one-win campaign from a winter ago, and that was clearly evident in the final weeks of the season, when the Lions were forced to go into meets with just six swimmers at their disposal.
But this season, the numbers are high for the Lions, and so are their expectations at returning to their winning ways.

December 17th

PC hoopsters hold on for 76-74 victory over Yale

December 17, 2013

PROVIDENCE — You know that the Providence Friars are involved in a tight, white-knuckle affair when Ed Cooley emphatically removes his sport jacket and flings it in the general direction of the bench.

When it was all over and PC had secured a hard-fought 76-74 win over upset-minded Yale on Tuesday night before 3,281 patrons, Cooley immediately honed in on his team’s porous defense, one that came oh-so-close to allowing the Bulldogs to waltz out of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center with an eyebrow-raising victory.

December 16th

Even without Dunn, Friars confident that they'll remain on point

December 16, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Now that the sobering news regarding Kris Dunn’s unavailability for the season’s duration has sunk in, the question becomes just how exactly Providence College plans to cope for the long haul.

If there’s a way to somehow cushion the loss of the only tried-and-true point guard at Ed Cooley’s disposal, it’s that the Friars have been down this road before. Spread over four games, Dunn logged 106 painful minutes. PC registered 405 minutes in the 10 games leading up to the exam break, the bulk of those minutes featuring Bryce Cotton as the on-floor maestro.

Veteran mentor excited about this season's batch of Cumberland wrestlers

December 16, 2013

CUMBERLAND – This will be Steve Gordon’s 46th consecutive season at the helm of his Cumberland High wrestling program, and – as has been the case for the previous 45 – he arrived at Monday afternoon’s practice session at least 30 minutes beforehand.

As always, he does so to greet his grapplers, check on possible injuries or illnesses (i.e. football) and/or prepare them for the task at hand: Getting physically and mentally primed for another premier campaign.

December 15th

It's a first for PCD: Knights claim Lynch tournament

December 15, 2013

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — Tom Sienkiewicz has been bringing his Providence Country Day basketball team to the Dennis M. Lynch Jr. Memorial Tournament for seven years without a championship – until Saturday night, that is.

“We finally got lucky,” the former Villanova University guard from the early 1980s joked after his Knights rolled to a 68-48 victory over Central Falls in the championship game, ending St. Raphael Academy’s three-year reign as tourney champ.

December 13th

Tolman boys rout C.F. in Division II crossover opener

December 14, 2013

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET – Tolman High opened its season with a performance that both revealed the potential and the vulnerability of what appears to be a talented squad.
The Tigers roared to a 65-43 victory over Central Falls in a Division II crossover contest. The Tigers played a physical game, took the ball to the basket, looked for the fast break, and turned the ball over 22 times in their eagerness to push the ball up-court. They missed 16 of their 31 free throws.

Red Sox confident next PawSox manager will be in place by Christmas

December 14, 2013

PAWTUCKET — While the Red Sox are expressing confidence that the search to find the next PawSox manager will be wrapped up by Christmas, don’t be surprised if official word filters out before the holidays.

Why the organization has nothing to announce at this time is likely two-fold. While all signs point to current Double-A skipper Kevin Boles moving to the front lines of the minor-league system, the 38-year-old is presently coaching a winter league team in Venezuela, Bravos de Margarita.

December 12th

Central Falls, PCD secure spots in Dennis Lynch basketball tourney finals with close victories

December 12, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Tom “Saar” Sorrentine had heard whispers that PCD was pretty good, which in turn had the veteran St. Raphael mentor quite concerned heading into Thursday’s opening semifinal of the Dennis M. Lynch Memorial Tournament.

December 11th

Boys' basketball teams waste little time launching new season; Lynch Tournament begins tonight

December 11, 2013

Ready or not, a new Rhode Island high school boys’ basketball season beckons.

For several area squads, Thursday serves as the grand unveiling – a clean slate for all involved parties with role players looking to blossom into stars, and stars seeking to take their team to the next level.

Dunn's season comes to an end; PC guard will require surgery on right shoulder

December 11, 2013

PROVIDENCE — As Kris Dunn’s high school coach noted, “You really have to feel for the young man.”

You feel for the youngster because all roads pointed to the 2013-14 season as one that held much promise. The 19-year-old point guard from nearby New London, Conn. was healthy and ready to serve as the conductor of the Friars’ offense.

Yet in a chilling reminder that even the best-laid plans can vanish in a cloud of smoke, one nasty spill in a preseason game ended up changing the fortune and expectations of both Dunn and the Providence team.

December 10th

GIRLS' BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Tolman, Lincoln, St. Raphael aim to take major step forward this winter

December 10, 2013

Deb Engels seemed remarkably upbeat as she readied her Cumberland High girls' hoop team for a two-plus hour practice at the Wellness Center on Monday afternoon.

You'd figure her mind-set instead would border on concern, given the fact she'll return only one starter – her daughter Kate – from a team that closed last year's Division I-North campaign with a dismal 4-14 mark.

The league should be highly-competitive once more, but Engels expects this season's crop to be more than capable of doing some damage.

December 9th

Pawtucket's Venagro captures second straight World Miss Fitness America title

December 9, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Back on June 28, in Miami, the city’s own Stacie (Wildenhain) Venagro wanted desperately to capture the Miss Fitness Universe Pro Division crown, but admittedly felt disappointed when judges deemed Anca Bucur of Romania the champion.

She lost that competition by a final score of 147.65-145.35, or a mere total of 2.30 points.

So perturbed by her runner-up finish, the 28-year-old Venagro boosted her training regimen 10-fold – or more.

“I knew I had to pick it up a couple of notches,” she stated. “I wanted to be the best of the best because I compete in the pro division.”

December 8th

Wizards worked magic defensively with speed, open-field tackling en route to Division II Super Bowl

December 9, 2013

CRANSTON – The expression goes, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

In all honesty, there was very little reason for West Warwick to stray from the defensive scheme that had proven most successful in the Wizards’ 14-0 regular-season victory over Cumberland. The blueprint on how to contain and/or slow down Tyler Calabro, Chris Hayes, Joe Fine, Mike Stock and the rest of the Clippers’ offense had been established, hence why Wizards defensive coordinator Chris Craik likely didn’t have to endure too many restless nights leading up to Sunday’s Division II Super Bowl contest at Cranston Stadium.

Cumberland falls to West Warwick, 48-13, in Div. II Super Bowl

December 8, 2013

CRANSTON – Cumberland High senior tackle Ricky Goodreau's response to what had just transpired at Cranston Stadium summed up his team’s collective mood early Sunday evening, as he walked slowly away from the post-game huddle near midfield with tears in his eyes, then raised his helmet with his right hand and knocked it softly against his forehead.

December 6th

PC Friars holding down the fort -- so far

December 7, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Ed Cooley had something he wished to get off his chest.

Call his remarks a summary of the first-semester portion of Providence’s 2013-14 hoops odyssey. “I would love to coach the team that we’ve recruited, I really would,” said the head coach, his exasperated face painting a picture of how strenuous the past six weeks have been. “For seven weeks, we prepared to play a particular style. In one day, that style had to change.”

December 5th

Friars come away with 50-49 triumph over Rams

December 6, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – That wasn’t a basketball game that took place at the Ryan Center Thursday. That was a rock fight.

Or considering the stare down at center court that Dan Hurley and Ed Cooley engaged in with 3:55 remaining – one that also contained a few verbal jabs for good measure – perhaps they should have put the basketballs away and slapped a pair of boxing gloves on the two head coaches.

Style points were definitely at a premium, but oh, what a conclusion the Friars and Rams staged.

McGair: A four-team R.I. Division I college basketball tournament? Why not?

December 6, 2013

What would it take for the state’s four Division I men’s basketball programs to get together for an in-season, round-robin tournament?

Depends on which school representative you speak with.

“Anything we could do to grow interest, whether it be a doubleheader, a tournament or anything like that, we would be all for it,” stated Brown head coach Mike Martin.

Former PawSox skipper DiSarcina is named Baseball America's Minor League Manager of Year

December 6, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Validation in the form of a job well done was bestowed upon Gary DiSarcina Thursday, as the former Pawtucket Red Sox manager was named Baseball America’s 2013 Minor-League Manager of the Year.
In his first and only season at the helm, DiSarcina guided the International League North division title with an 80-63 record. The PawSox accomplished that while employing the services of 64 different players during the regular-season (30 position players and 34 pitchers).

December 4th

National spotlight shines on tonight's PC-URI clash

December 5, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Ed Cooley has a grand vision for the state’s annual college basketball passion play – Providence versus Rhode Island.

“My goal is to get this game on CBS on a Sunday or Saturday afternoon,” proclaimed the Friars’ head coach. “When you do that, you know that both programs are getting there. Take nothing away from the other channels, and I don’t want to be disrespectful to anybody, but when you’re talking about trying to nationally brand your two schools, I think that’s our ultimate goal.”

 

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