Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
Schools in Woonsocket and Pawtucket are closed for the second straight day. In the scheme of high school athletics, one of these cities plans on playing through the elements while the other adheres to a policy that if school is canceled, so too are all after-school activities.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Never once did Matt Walkow have cause to mince words. When youâ€™ve been friends with someone for a long time, the direct approach works just fine.
On the occasions when Walkow crossed paths with Cody Lâ€™Heureux during the three years leading up to the pairâ€™s senior year at North Smithfield High, the conversation often drifted back to â€śthe good old daysâ€ť of middle school basketball in the same town. The hopes of creating additional on-court memories at the high school level were temporarily cast aside when Lâ€™Heureux moved to Woonsocket following eighth grade.
CUMBERLAND â€” There are swimmers out there who belong to a USA Swimming, Inc.-affiliated club who either choose not to compete on the high school level or are told by their coaches they shouldnâ€™t.
In these parts, they make those decisions for this reason: Meets such as the New England Senior Championships or the regional Age Group equivalent, always mere days after â€śhigh school states,â€ť are deemed much more critical because itâ€™s the road most traveled to qualify for more visible national events.
PAWTUCKET â€” St. Raphael Academy head coach Tom Sorrentine closed his post-game interview this way: â€śWe've had trouble with size inside all year long, and that's got to change.â€ť
Minutes before, Sorrentine watched as Woonsocket High big men Gare Lyles and Piotr Linek tore down rebound after rebound in their Division I-North clash at Alumni Hall on Thursday night.
In the end, however, the Saints overcame that height, utilized an 11-5 surge in the span of 6:59 late in the final stanza and garnered a 57-49 victory before about 150 fans.
CUMBERLAND â€” Mitchell Baxter had a perfectly good reason to step inside Cumberland Highâ€™s main office at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
With his heart and mind firmly made up about joining the Bryant University football family, Baxter faxed in his National Letter of Intent to the NCAA Division I FCS member. A senior who played a key role in the Clippers capturing the Division II Super Bowl this past fall, Baxter had also considered Assumption (Mass.) College, Southern Connecticut State, West Virginiaâ€™s Fairmont State University and Plymouth (N.H.) State.
CUMBERLAND â€” When the game got down to crunchtime, Tom Lazaras, Ben Bradley and the rest of the Cumberland High squad put on a clinic on how to close games out.
Protecting a 60-54 lead with 3:11 remaining, Cumberland put down the clamps defensively to secure a well-earned 71-57 triumph against Shea High on Tuesday night at Wellness Center. The Raiders had managed to within striking for much of this Division II contest featuring two division leaders. Then came the gameâ€™s most important stretch, which saw the Raiders miss 11 consecutive field-goal attempts and 13-of-14.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Head coach T.J. Ciolfi claimed to be less than ecstatic after his North Smithfield High squad, with a notable edge in height, allowed under-.500 Warwick Vets to manufacture a 9-0 run at the end of the initial half to slice a 13-point deficit to 39-33.
He had wanted more efficient board work from senior tri-captain/center Matt Walkow and junior forward Peter Keenan.
â€śMatt and Pete got an earful at intermission,â€ť Ciolfi confessed. â€śI felt that with our size advantage, we shouldâ€™ve started the game with more rebounds.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” The finished product had to be something that embodied the 2012 Governorsâ€™ Cup title the Pawtucket Red Sox won.
After discussing the anatomy of a championship ring â€“ a glittery reminder of what was achieved â€“ with PawSox general manager Lou Schwechheimer, it became clear why so much time and energy was put into coming up with the perfect keepsake. For the purpose of this exercise, we thought it would be appropriate to touch upon several key subject plots that were taken into consideration during the â€śhas a nice ring to itâ€ť process.
Finding the right designer
Andre Soukhamthath couldnâ€™t have scripted a better start to his second full year as a pro fighter.
The Woonsocket bantamweight electrified a large, energetic gathering at the Twin River Event Center late Friday night by delivering a second-round TKO over a talented prospect that easily earned the 24-year-old Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.â€™sâ€™ â€śKnockout of the Nightâ€ť honors.
PAWTUCKET â€” With a solid effort on the defensive boards and the typical pinpoint field-goal accuracy from senior guards Jaime LaFazia and Keila Strick, North Smithfield High posted a workmanlike 53-41 Division III victory over Bishop Keough at St. Raphael Academy's Alumni Hall early Saturday afternoon.
LaFazia â€“ call her the No. 2 â€“ drained 13 of her 18 points in the opening half, and also contributed five steals, five assists and six rebounds for the Northmen, who improved to 9-5 overall and 8-3 in league play.