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January 14th, 2012

Clippers capture John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament

January 14, 2012

CUMBERLAND – It was a strange kind of tournament for Cumberland, which easily clinched the John D. Gorman Memorial team title before the finals began on Saturday night, then saw its first four finalists lose before unbeaten Tom LaCroix salvaged some Clipper pride with a convincing win at 195 pounds.
Lincoln High heavyweight Nick Zicuis capped the tournament with a 3-2 victory in the 285-pound finals, scoring a late takedown to edge Durfee High’s Andre Torres.
(See related story, page B6.)

Cumberland boys, girls on pace to peak at swim state meet

January 14, 2012

CUMBERLAND — For 22 straight years, Bishop Hendricken has worn the crown and this season it doesn’t seem like that will change.
La Salle Academy has dominated the girls’ side the past four years and an equally-strong squad has returned for the winter campaign.
It will be difficult once again to knock the two powerhouses from their perches at the state meet next month.
The rest…it’s anybody’s guess?

January 13th

Mount girls blank Cranston co-op

January 13, 2012

PROVIDENCE --- The state finals won’t be held for another two months, but that didn’t stop two-time defending champion Mount St. Charles from feeling right at home in a rare regular-season affair at Providence College’s Schneider Arena, the home of the RIIL hockey championships.
Senior Caitlin Shea and freshman Elisabeth Bedard each netted a pair of goals and senior Lauren Levesque added a goal and two assists on Friday night to lead the Mounties to a dominant 5-0 win over the Cranston Thunderbirds co-op team.

Fugere gets Woonsocket healthy in victory

January 13, 2012

WOONSOCKET – There is always plenty that can be learned from a loss.
Coming off a 15-point setback to East Providence just a few days earlier, Woonsocket used its added knowledge from that contest to its advantage on Friday night and earned a decisive 54-31 victory over a young Lincoln squad at Savaria Gymnasium.
Kailey Fugere, who was out with the flu in the Novans’ 54-39 loss to the Townies back on Tuesday, was back in the lineup. Still not 100 percent, Fugere finished with an all-around strong game for the Novans with 26 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four blocks.

PawSox pitcher Alex Wilson works toward goal

January 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET --- Alex Wilson knows all about the rags-to-riches tale of Kurt Warner, the former Super Bowl-winning St. Louis Rams quarterback and NFL MVP, who just a few years prior to his breakout ’99 season, had worked part-time as a stockboy at a supermarket during his climb to stardom.
That’s because from October to December, the Boston Red Sox prospect had spent his weekday mornings making a few extra bucks by stocking shelves at a Lowe’s home improvement store near his Hurricane, W.V. residence.

Alex Hassan knows what he wants at plate

January 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET – It’s often viewed as the last frontier for young hitters to conquer, that of strike-zone recognition. In Alex Hassan’s case, the promising Red Sox outfield prospect is well ahead of the curve, so much so that some of his peers could stand to benefit from his calculated attack.

January 12th

Talking baseball in January

January 12, 2012

By all accounts, January is the slowest month on the baseball calendar. It’s the month that follows the hustle and bustle of the player acquisition crunch and the month prior to spring training with the backdrop of warm, picturesque conditions in Florida and Arizona.

January 11th

Cumberland wrestlers deck S.K., improve to 7-0

January 11, 2012

CUMBERLAND --- Steve Gordon’s Cumberland High wrestling program has reached the enviable point where the Clippers don’t have to rebuild … they just reload.
After losing two multiple state champions (the Lariviere twins) to graduation last June, Cumberland might have expected a slight regression this season. There is no regression to be found, at least not yet. (The season still hasn’t reached the halfway point.)
Cumberland improved to 7-0 in Division I with a 56-24 rout of South Kingstown on Wednesday night. The Rebels are one of those good programs that does have to reload.

January 10th

Woonsocket girls lose with Fugere ailing

January 10, 2012

WOONSOCKET – On a night the offense struggled mightily, East Providence’s defense rose to the occasion, especially at the end of the opening half, and fetched the Townies an important Division I-North victory over Woonsocket on Tuesday night.
The Townies’ ‘D’ forced the Novans to commit the bulk of their 20 turnovers and played a big role in an 18-point run in the first half by keeping their hosts scoreless for eight-plus minutes, and in the process, helping produce a 54-39 triumph.

Jalen Evans sweeps two running events

January 10, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Mount St. Charles, Cumberland and Lincoln swept their opponents on Monday night in a Northern Division meet.
Mount swept Shea and St. Raphael while Cumberland rolled over Ponaganset and Woonsocket. Lincoln topped Central Falls and Tolman.
Several of the usual suspects stood out with strong performances. Woonsocket’s Jalen Evans swept the 55-meter dash (6.6 seconds) and 300-meter race (38.0). Tolman’s Homlin Taylor won his sprint in 6.7 seconds.

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