Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
CUMBERLAND â€” It wasnâ€™t even close to being an attractive contest, not with a combined 28 turnovers and 27 personal fouls.
Still, head coach Gary Reedy refused to complain after his Cumberland High boys registered what he called a satisfying 53-40 non-league triumph over Toll Gate at The Wellness Center on Monday night.
PROVIDENCE â€“ During the winter semester break, the assumption is that LaDontae Henton and the rest of the Providence College basketball players are going to have a lot of downtime. After all, exams are done and classes donâ€™t resume on the Smith Hill campus until Jan. 21.
Yet as Ed Cooley gladly points out, the Friars will not be on autopilot.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Late Friday night, Burrillville/Ponaganset Co-op exhibited masterful play while strolling to a 7-1 upset victory over Mount St. Charles at Adelard Arena, and the girls celebrated the unusual â€“ and somewhat historic â€“ decision with moxie.
Perhaps 17 hours later, head coach Marc Brissette conducted a serious meeting with his troops prior to their Division I/Emma League contest against the South County Co-op Storm inside Levy Arena.
WOONSOCKET â€“ This definitely isnâ€™t the same North Smithfield High that rolled to a perfect 24-0 mark in Division III action last winter en route to the state championship.
It nevertheless is formidable, and it showed in the Northmenâ€™s 58-44 D-III season-opening victory at Mount St. Charles on Friday night.
Head coach T.J. Ciolfiâ€™s bunch took advantage of senior center Peter Keenanâ€™s â€śdouble-double,â€ť which included a game-high 21 points and 16 rebounds with seven blocks; and its defense, which caused the Mounties a pair of dismal droughts lasting a total of 12:27.
To enlighten the masses regarding the kind of manager and person the Pawtucket Red Sox are getting in Kevin Boles, we engaged in a background check that conjured all sorts of positive vibrations.
In essence, this is a â€śgetting-to-know-you-betterâ€ť exercise, an opportunity to view through the lens of those who know and understand Boles best and have more insight into his roots than any introductory press conference ever could.
PAWTUCKET â€” At a time when a host of Bostonâ€™s top prospects are stationed in Double-A and Triple-A, the organization arrived at the decision to provide the PawSox coaching staff with an additional voice.
To be clear, Kevin Boles is Pawtucketâ€™s new manager while fellow Triple-A newcomer Bruce Crabbe is classified as coach, not bench coach. The pair will be joined in the trenches by pitching coach Rich Sauveur and hitting coach Dave Joppie, two holdovers from Gary DiSarcinaâ€™s staff who will be returning to McCoy Stadium in 2014.
WOONSOCKET â€” The numbers game was truly unkind to the Lincoln boysâ€™ 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.
PROVIDENCE â€” 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 teamâ€™s porous defense, one that came oh-so-close to allowing the Bulldogs to waltz out of the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center with an eyebrow-raising victory.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Now that the sobering news regarding Kris Dunnâ€™s unavailability for the seasonâ€™s duration has sunk in, the question becomes just how exactly Providence College plans to cope for the long haul.
If thereâ€™s a way to somehow cushion the loss of the only tried-and-true point guard at Ed Cooleyâ€™s disposal, itâ€™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.
CUMBERLAND â€“ This will be Steve Gordonâ€™s 46th consecutive season at the helm of his Cumberland High wrestling program, and â€“ as has been the case for the previous 45 â€“ he arrived at Monday afternoonâ€™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.