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January 12th, 2012
By all accounts, January is the slowest month on the baseball calendar. Itâs 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.
CUMBERLAND --- Steve Gordonâs Cumberland High wrestling program has reached the enviable point where the Clippers donât have to rebuild âŠ 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 hasnât 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.
WOONSOCKET â On a night the offense struggled mightily, East Providenceâs 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 Towniesâ âDâ 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.
PROVIDENCE â 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. Woonsocketâs Jalen Evans swept the 55-meter dash (6.6 seconds) and 300-meter race (38.0). Tolmanâs Homlin Taylor won his sprint in 6.7 seconds.
WOONSOCKET â At this point Woonsocket High has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
In a season short on results and long on frustrating moments, head coach Kyle Ivey-Jones has decided to turn over a new leaf and give some of programâs younger players the chance to hang with the varsity. Several Villa Novans received their baptism-by-fire Monday night with Bishop Hendricken serving as the instructor in a 55-32 Hawk win.
WOONSOCKET â When his team has a chance to veer away from its league schedule, these are the kind of games that Mount St. Charles coach Steve Shea prefers his players to face out on the rink.
The Mounties, currently battling La Salle Academy for the top spot in the standings, took on Duxbury High in a non-leaguer Monday night at Adelard Arena. The defending Division II state champions from Massachusetts utilized their depth and overall speed to skate to a 4-1 decision over the Mounties.
Thereâs a different aura surrounding Scott Atchison and fellow relief pitcher Michael Bowden â the kind that goes with the territory of having the baseball phrase âout of optionsâ stamped on their respective professional careers.
PORTSMOUTH â Mount St. Charles rebounded from Friday nightâs 6-3 loss to Bishop Hendricken with a solid 3-0 shutout of Moses Brown on Sunday at the Portsmouth Abbey rink.
Brian Campbell scored two goals to lead the Mounties, who evened their Division I league record at 3-3 on the season.
âWe played great,â coach Dave Belisle said. âThe kids had to kill seven penalties and they did a good job of it. Overall, this was a good bounce-back game for us.â
Mount gets another crack at first-place Hendricken (7-0-1) on Saturday night in a 6:30 p.m. game at Thayer Arena in Warwick.
SANFORD, Me. â Cumberland took home two individual champions and a fourth-place team finish from the highly competitive Redskins Invitational tournament on Saturday.
Erik Travers was named Outstanding Wrestler in the event after pinning all four of his opponents en route to the 145-pound championship.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â First-year North Smithfield basketball coach T.J. Ciolfi believes in playing the game at a fast tempo.
âWe trap and press the entire game,â Ciolfi was saying on Saturday, two days after his Northmen lost to unbeaten Johnston, their first Division III defeat in four games this season.
âI learned that we have to rebound better from that game,â Ciolfi, a North Providence native, said. âWe had been doing a good job rebounding until we played Johnston, but they are tall and very aggressive. It seemed like they got to every loose ball.â