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Familiarity in wrestling means fewer secrets left to discover

January 16, 2011

An interesting aspect of Rhode Island high school wrestling is the traditional powers typically avoid one another until the final month of the dual-meet season, choosing to compete in out-of-state tournaments in December and January before taking each other on during February.
In wrestling, familiarity isn’t a good thing. Nobody likes to tip their hand before the pot gets big enough to mean something.

Clippers capture Gorman tourney

January 15, 2011

CUMBERLAND — There’s more than just the Lariviere twins behind this year’s Cumberland High wrestling team. Defending state champions Shaidai and Shoneil Lariviere have help from a collection of ever-improving teammates, especially 130-pound sophomore Erik Travers.
“The twins improve the team just by their presence,” Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said on Saturday night after his Clippers successfully defended their team title at the John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament. “They make everyone else better.”

Mount ices Hendricken, 3-1

January 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET --- The defense that played in spurts and gave up 10 goals during a sloppy two-game stretch last weekend took a huge turn for the better on Friday night in Mount St. Charles’ showdown with Bishop Hendricken.
Derek Deschene’s goal off a pass from Shamus Maloney with 4:50 to go in the second period snapped a 1-1 tie, and goaltender Dan Foster turned in an outstanding 32-save performance to help the Mounties grab a 3-1 victory in this marquee matchup at Adelard Arena.

Woonsocket girls stop Saints

January 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET – George Coderre is well aware of all the gimmicks and schemes opposing teams have deployed this season in pursuit of slowing down Diandra DaRosa, St. Raphael’s top ballhawk.

New era dawns for Cumberland swimmers

January 14, 2011

CUMBERLAND --– For the past four decades, the face of Cumberland High swimming has been Bruce Calvert. During his long tenure as the Clippers’ head coach, he produced an abundance of all-state athletes and a combined 13 state crowns (boy and girls).
Calvert no longer patrols the CHS pool, retiring from his longtime post in November only a few months after doing the same as the school’s aquatic director.

PawSox unveil new manager Arnie Beyeler

January 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Arnie Beyeler was sitting at the head of a table in a conference room at snow-covered McCoy Stadium on Friday afternoon, performing his first official act as manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

In Div. II basketball, parity is prevalent

January 13, 2011

By early next week, basketball teams statewide will have reached the midway point of their league seasons.
For some boys' squads, the writing’s on the wall that their seasons will come to a close some time in mid-February. But for several others, including a plethora of area teams, the postseason is clearly within reach with still plenty of basketball to be played in the final month of league competition.

Strong start is important to Iannetta

January 12, 2011

Some baseball notes geared to make you forget those snow removal blues …

There’s no question Chris Iannetta is bent on staying sharp during the offseason. The St. Raphael Academy alum is renown around the R.I. Baseball Institute for having a set routine and hating to deviate from it. In fact, it wouldn’t come as a shock to learn Iannetta possesses a key to the indoor batting cage, located in Warwick.

Lincoln hockey team ties La Salle

January 11, 2011

SMITHFIELD --- Chalk this tie up for the public schools.
Junior Paul Bruscini’s first goal of the year and senior goalie Cody Phillips’ marvelous 35-save performance enabled Lincoln High to grab a 1-1 tie with Division I foe La Salle Academy late Monday night in a rare home game for the Lions at the Smithfield Ice Rink.
Before this draw, there were 19 Division I games that pitted public schools against parochial schools and the parochials captured all 19 meetings, 12 of them by six or more goals.

Cumberland wrestlers host own tourney on Saturday

January 11, 2011

CUMBERLAND – Wrestling season inside the state of Rhode Island doesn’t really get serious until the middle of January. A few of the top teams use the first six weeks of the season to test themselves outside the state in weekend tournaments against elite competition from around New England.
That’s the route Cumberland High coach Steve Gordon has chosen over the years. This season, his defending state champions have won tournaments in Connecticut and Massachusetts before finishing third last Saturday in the prestigious Redskin Invitational up in Sanford, Maine.

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