Archive - Sports Article
February 18th, 2012
WESTFIELD, Mass. â€” Lee Vazquez is the â€śLittle Big Manâ€ť of the Westfield State University menâ€™s basketball team.
Standing at only 5-foot-6, the explosive point guard and former Woonsocket High standout is ranked 18th nationally in the NCAA Division III ranks in scoring, averaging 21.3 points per game. He has been putting up some big numbers this season, scoring more than 30 points in six games, including a career-high 41 vs. Worcester State.
WARWICK â€” The fifth time was the charm.
Ryan Berardâ€™s unassisted goal -- a seemingly harmless pass from behind the net that deflected off the skate of a La Salle defenseman and past the goalie -- with 2:38 to go in the game snapped a 2-2 tie and helped Mount St. Charles nab a huge 4-2 victory over the Rams at Thayer Arena.
Brian Campbellâ€™s goal off a pass from Brian Belisle with 1:53 left sealed the deal and allowed the Mounties (11-5) to yank a huge monkey off their backs and beat the Rams (10-5-1) for the first time in five meetings this season.
PROVIDENCE â€” Ed Cooley claims had no idea that Wednesdayâ€™s loss at Cincinnati resulted in his Providence Friars dipping below .500 for the first time this season.
â€śTo be honest with you, I didnâ€™t even know that,â€ť Cooley said after this reporter informed him of the news Friday, one day before PC welcomes 10th-ranked Georgetown to The Dunk Saturday night. In the same breath Cooley added, â€śIf you worry about your record, then youâ€™re not concentrating on the right things.â€ť
WOONSOCKET --- Joe Gardner is going back to the future.
No, heâ€™s not going to jump in a DeLorean with Doc Brown and head back to 1955, but the Woonsocket Boxing Club boxer is going to go back to 2002 and â€™03 and return to the weight class he fought in during those first two years of his career.
After absorbing stoppages in all three of his fights as a light heavyweight last year, Gardner will storm into 2012 as a super middleweight, where he posted a 4-0-1 record before taking a 7Â˝-year sabbatical from the sport.
LINCOLN â€” Thereâ€™s no room for confusion or interpretation when youâ€™re that sure about something. Make no mistake: Nick Zammarelliâ€™s mind is already made up regarding where he wants to play college baseball.
A junior at Lincoln High, Zammarelli recently announced his intention to attend Division I Elon University, located in North Carolina. To issue a verbal that signifies the acceptance of an athletic scholarship package long before Zammarelli is even eligible to sign a national letter of intent speaks volumes of just how comfortable the player is with the school and vice versa.
WARWICK â€“ Things were not looking good for Cumberland High three matches into its regular season finale against defending state team tourney champion Warwick Veterans on Wednesday evening.
The Clippers, seeking their 57th consecutive dual-meet victory and third straight unbeaten season, trailed Warwick Vets 15-0. Cumberland needed to make something happen in a hurry and Nick Tribelli answered the call with a stunning pin at 126 pounds.
â€śOnce we got that win from Nick, I knew we had a shot,â€ť Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said after his Clippers rallied for a 44-29 triumph.
LINCOLN â€“ You want to keep fighting the good fight, but sometimes thatâ€™s not nearly enough.
A season littered with frustrating moments continues for Kent Crooks and his Lincoln High squad. The Lions dressed just six players for Tuesday nightâ€™s Division II-Central contest against Shea, the Raiders taking full advantage in a 66-37 runaway performance at The Lionsâ€™ Den.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ North Smithfieldâ€™s fast-paced offense was clicking in the first half.
The second half, it was even better.
In a special â€śPink Out For Cancerâ€ť contest Tuesday night, the Northmen were lights out after the break, cruising to an eventual 65-31 win over Burrillville at the Lovett Gymasium.
Senior Matt Walkow netted a game-best 22 points and senior Carlos Guzman and sophomore Peter Keenan each scored 13 points.
A quick check on how several locals are performing at the college level (Editor's note: all stats are current through Sunday, February 12):
A five-game winning streak has Fairfield in the thick of MAAC race with the play of Pawtucket native Rakim Sanders representing a major reason why. Sanders led the Stags with 13 points in Sundayâ€™s 68-51 win against Loyola University while logging a team-best 37 minutes.
Woonsocket High School athletic director George Nasuti feels a common bond with his colleagues at other city schools in Rhode Island, in places like Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence. He knows the budget restraints that ADs in those cities deal with, and can easily relate to the student-athletes and the economic realities many of them face during the school year.