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Velez, Tolman hoopsters shake off Lincoln, 58-45

January 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET — If Tolman High ever fits the pieces together, the Tigers could be a tough out in the Division II playoffs.
It is coach Mike Kayata’s job to develop his players into a cohesive unit over the next seven weeks, trying to get the most out of a roster that contains an explosive scoring guard in Juan Velez, a 6-foot-7 junior center named Jon Percy who is a sleeping giant, and several role players who might hold the key to this team’s ultimate outcome.

Web only: Cooley says thanks but no thanks to Boeheim's praise

January 4, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Count Jim Boeheim as a fan of the turnaround act Ed Cooley is trying to perform at Providence College.
While receiving praise from the dean of Big East coaches is a sign that Cooley’s work is not going unnoticed around the league, the PC head coach was in no mood to talk about moral victories following his team’s third straight loss, the latest a 87-73 setback to top-ranked Syracuse Wednesday night at The Dunk.

Strick leads North Smithfield girls past Davies

January 4, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — With several players returning from last year’s playoff team, North Smithfield is considered to be among one of the top teams in Division III.
After a slow 0-2 start to begin the season, the Northmen are now starting to play like one.
North Smithfield earned its fourth straight league win (and sixth overall) on Wednesday night, defeating a much-improved Davies Tech outfit, 43-35, inside the Lovett Gymnasium.

Novans' Pitts has come a long way

January 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Back in the spring of 2010 at the outdoor state meet, Kaylnn “K.K.” Pitts shocked the competition (and herself) when the then-freshman from Woonsocket High cleared 5 feet, 3 inches to earn the individual title in the high jump.
“I didn’t think I would win, really,” Pitts recalled. “I wasn’t really counting my steps. I was just jumping.”
Since that breakthrough performance only one person has stood in the way of the Villa Novan standout repeating the feat. It was an athlete that actually finished third that day, La Salle Academy’s Dakota Dailey-Harris.

Mount sharp at Fenway Park

January 2, 2012

BOSTON --- After watching his father and younger brother make news on the baseball diamond last summer with the New England champion Cumberland American Little League all-star team, Brian Belisle got an opportunity to steal the show on one of baseball’s most historic ballfields on Monday night.
But Belisle did so with a hockey stick, not a bat and glove, with his Mount St. Charles Academy teammates at Fenway Park in their “Frozen Fenway 2012” duel against Cathedral High of Springfield, Mass., and the junior center came through with the best game of his young high school career.

Many memorable moments in 2011

January 1, 2012

It’s two days into 2012. The past year is now a distance memory. Time sure does fly. It seems like just a short time ago that the winter season was wrapping up, one that included an extraordinary performance by the Tolman High boys’ basketball team in the Division II quarterfinals. The summer, as it always does, went by quickly. But not before a group of young 12-year-old kids from the Cumberland American All Star team earned their way to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series.

HOCKEY ROUNDUP: Cumberland improves to 6-0

December 31, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Cumberland High scored three times in the opening period and received a brilliant 44-save performance from netminder Pat Noke in a 5-2 victory over Toll Gate High on Friday night at Adelard Arena.
The Clippers, who are 6-0 in Division II-North action, saw Toll Gate battle back from a 3-0 deficit with a pair of goals, but they ended any hopes of a Titans comeback by scoring a pair of empty-net goals in the final 30 seconds of the games.

State champions, CALL all-stars highlight 2011

December 31, 2011

High school state championship teams and athletes, the Cumberland American Little League all-star team’s venture to the Little League World Series, and a handful of remarkable milestones were among 2011’s many sports highlights in the Woonsocket Call area.
The year began with another memorable winter season that saw Mount St. Charles cap it by defending their state championships in both boys’ and girls’ hockey.

Villa Novans, Tigers gridders moving up to Division I

December 30, 2011

Ready or not, like it or not, the football programs at Tolman and Woonsocket High Schools are poised to join the Division I ranks.
Based on figures obtained by Blackstone Valley Sports and decreed by the Interscholastic League, the Tigers and Villa Novans rank eighth and ninth, respectively, among the 43 participating schools, meaning both meet the criteria for Division I participation. The state’s top tier typically houses nine teams.

McGair: Ryan O'Dell to wait his turn for URI '9'

December 30, 2011

A little of this, a little of that as we bid adieu to 2011 …
Ryan O’Dell will have to sit tight and wait his turn for the URI baseball team, the Lincoln native’s redshirt status for this coming spring the result of findings by the NCAA Clearinghouse. The initial-eligibility organization launched its investigation into O’Dell’s high school transcript during the middle of the fall ball season, a time when the freshman had visions of making major strides toward landing a substantial role.

 

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