WOONSOCKET – T.J. Ciolfi’s Villa Novans are quickly earning the reputation as a pick-your-poison team for opponents.
Do you run multiple defenders at 6-foot-5 senior Gary Lyles, who possesses a special blend of athleticism that’s hard for frontcourts to contend with? Or do you elect to concentrate on Elijah Vazquez, a shifty guard who seemingly possesses unlimited range?
CUMBERLAND – Prior to facing powerhouse Hendricken in a key Division I clash on Tuesday afternoon, Cumberland High senior tri-captain Jack Bauer explained he and his teammates were more than ready to try to claim an upset dual-meet victory.
“The only thing is,” he said, “Hendricken has a lot of depth. It can score a lot of points just taking seconds and thirds.”
CENTRAL FALLS – Steve Otis, averaging around 24 points per game for Tolman this season, had just two points during the first half of Monday night’s Division II game against Central Falls. No big deal. The Tigers led 33-26 at halftime, thanks to 10 points off the bench from Derek Ashley.
When Central Falls roared back in the second half to take a 54-53 lead with 3:30 left on the scoreboard clock, Otis stepped up to hit a big three-pointer and the Tigers hung on for a 62-60 victory that puts them at 3-0 in league play and 8-1 on the season.
Dallas will travel to Green Bay to face Aaron Rodgers and their dynamic offense. Green Bay has not lost at Lambeau Field yet this year. Dallas matches up well with Green Bay because they have a strong running game that can keep the clock running and keep the ball out of Green Bayâ€™s hands. The weather might get the best out of Dallas as it is likely to be extremely cold. Green Bayâ€™s offense will be looking to feast on a weak Dallas secondary.
PAWTUCKET – Providence Country Day/St. Raphael/Wheeler Co-op head coach Gary Leonard set a few lofty goals for himself and his icemen prior to the first-ever Hockey Scores for Hunger Holiday Tournament last week.
First, and most obvious, he wanted to win the event’s championship. Second, he hoped to raise at least 300 pounds of canned goods for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
Things have a tendency to move pretty quickly around here – almost too quickly to catch up and fully appreciate what has transpired. On a day-to-day basis, we concern ourselves with concrete items such as wins or losses, how many points a team puts up, or whether the season culminates in championship glory.
Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the small, but significant individual moments. Rest assured that it’s not our intent to paint with broad strokes.
CUMBERLAND – For a sport like wrestling that prides itself on physicality and toughness, there sure were a lot of softer emotions like love, honor and respect on display Tuesday night at The Wellness Center when Cumberland High recorded the 500th dual-meet victory in program history, all under one man, head coach Steve Gordon.