Thursday, February 28, 2013

Movin' On.....

Our basketball squad's late-season emergence into a tough, cohesive unit continued last night in the first round of the state playoffs at CCRI in Warwick, as they knocked off LaSalle, 59-54.  Time and again the Hawks found ways to make the big plays and hit the key buckets when they needed to stem the Rams' attempts to swing the momentum to their side.  Will Tavares, Kazre Cummings, and Will Parmlee combined for 47 of the teams's 59 points, as  our guys took control of the latter part of the game.

The Providence Journal has a slideshow of the game here.

The Hawks move on to play Hope in the second round, this Sunday at 6:30 at Providence College.  Let's travel as well as we did last night and ususally do, and make as much noise as possible. 

The Blue Wave awaits.

Bishop Hendricken High School293059
La Salle Academy272754

Listen to Coach Gomes react to the win:

Player stats - Bishop Hendricken High School

Kazre Cummings156124
Ryan Hagerty21000
William Tavares2262811
Will Parmlee104027
Jason Rosario21000
Garfield Coustard31012
Matt Duffie42000
Kyle Henseler10012
Ira Lough00000

Player stats - La Salle Academy

Dexter Thompson83027
Chad Sawyer31100
Mike Catarina20022
Adrian LaFleur177300
Damon Gomes104113
Scott Deffley21001
Matt Holt00000
Brenden Nigro31100
Lawrence Sabir93033

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

College Hoops Talk

Click on the Ustream section to listen to the latest installment of "College Hoops 101" with Cam Brennan and Tyler Lancaster.  Topics today included a discussion of the strength of some of the nationally-ranked powers as well as the guys' preliminary thoughts on "bracketology".

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hawk Spawts Tawk - February 26, 2013


The latest installment of the "Stone & Z" sports talk show can be viewed in the right-hand column, in the Ustream section.  Topics for today included the NBA trade deadline, Tom Brady's contract, some general NHL talk, and a preview of the teams in the American League East as spring training gets underway.

The "Stone & Z" Show is broadcast once a week, from roughly 3:00-3:45.  Viewers can call in with questions and be part of the broadcast at 1-401-206-5318.

A Sit-Down with The Bishop Hendricken Hawk

Since its inception in 1959, our school has been a place where great things happen, from the classroom to the athletic fields to assisting those in need.  Through it all, however, there has been one constant:

The Hawk.

He is always there, at our athletic events, our pep rallies, and occasionally at events at which you'd least expect him, lending a wing, always watcful, our silent protector that we seemingly always take for granted.

But do we really know The Hawk?

Fortunately for our school community, The Hawks Sports Network convinced our mascot to find time between his daily disembowelment of those pesky squirrels and pigeons that litter our campus and to sit down for an interview. 

All we here at The Network can say is this:

You Don't Know The Hawk.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Weekend Wrap: Wrestling, Basketball, & Hockey

                                    Hawks Win State Wrestling Championship

Jason Davol, '14, won an individual state championship, and seven other Hawks wrestlers placed in the top four in their weight classes to lead Bishop Hendricken to a team state championship Saturday evening at the Providence Career & Technical Academy.

For his performance, Davol was awarded Athlete of the Week honors in the Providence Journal.

The title for the Hawks is the seventh in program history. Hendricken adds the wrestling crown to state championships this school year in cross country, football, indoor track and field, and swimming. The three winter sports titles came in an eight-day span.

Davol, who reached the finals at 106 last year, rolled through his bracket, winning twice by pinfall and his third match via technical fall. He downed East Providence's Collin Cardoso 8-2 in the finals.

Hunter Boesch, '14, reached the finals at 182 pounds with two pins and a technical fall victory. He fell to North Kingstown senior Justin Zeramby, last year's state runner-up at 170 pounds, in the finals at 182.

Nicholas Celico, '15 (113 pounds), Robert Lanni, '13 (120), Anthony DiMauro, '15 (145), Chris Barone, '13 (160) and Dallas Sauer, '14 (220) finished third in their classes. James Sauro, '16, took fourth at 152 pounds.

Results from the state championship:

2013 Rhode Island Wrestling Championships
Feb. 22-23, Providence Career and Technical Academy

Team Standings
1. Bishop Hendricken 168 points
2. (tie) Exeter-West Greenwich & Johnston, 133.5 
4. Mount Hope, 120.5
5. Cumberland, 113.5
6. LSA, 104.5
7. East Providence, 95.5
8. Westerly, 86.5
9. Coventry, 81.5
10. Warwick Veterans, 79.5

BHHS Wrestlers who placed

106 pounds - Jason Davol, junior
State champion, 4-0 record (2 pins, 1 technical fall, 1 decision)
defeated East Providence's Collin Cardoso 8-2 in finals

113 pounds - Nicholas Celico, sophomore
3rd place, 4-1 record (1 pin, 1 technical fall, 2 decisions)

120 pounds - Robert Lanni, senior
3rd place, 5-1 record (3 pins, 2 decisions)

145 pounds - Anthony DiMauro, sophomore
3rd place, 5-1 record (2 pins, 3 decisions)

152 pounds - James Sauro, freshman
4th place, 4-2 record (2 pins, 1 technical fall, 1 decision)

160 pounds - Chris Barone, senior
3rd place, 5-1 record (1 pin, 1 major decision, 3 decisions)

182 pounds  Hunter Boesch, junior
2nd place, 3-1 record (2 pins, 1 technical fall)

220 pounds - Dallas Sauer, junior
3rd place, 5-1 record (3 pins, 1 decision, 1 decision by tiebreaker)

Other Hawks wrestlers who won matches
132 pounds, Nicholas DiMauro, senior (2 pins)
138 pounds, John Arruda, sophomore (1 decision)
170 pounds, Lewis Stewart, sophomore (1 pin, 1 decision)
285 pounds, Kyle Brichetto, senior (1 decision)

Several Hawks will return to the mat Friday for the first day of the New England Championships. Action starts at 4 p.m. at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.


                                               Hoopsters Fall Short Against Classical, 45-44

Fear not....our guys live to play again.  Despite dropping a painful one-point decision to Classical in the Division 1 semi-finals on Friday night, the Hawks have qualified for the state championship tournament.  Their first-round game will most likely be Wednesday or Thursday night, and it seems that their opponent is likely to be either North Kingstown or LaSalle.

After having won their first two games in the D-1 tourney, including an unbelievably exciting and hard-fought upset win over North Kingstown on Wednesday night, the Hawks and all their fans came in with expectations flying high.  And, for the majority of the first half  those expectations seemed justified, as the Hawks raced out to leads of 7-0 and 17-6.  By halftime, however, Classical had closed to within five, 20-15.

The second half saw the Purple continue their steady climb back, and most of the latter part of the game was a struggle for control in what seemed to be an evenly-matched contest.  Will Tavares put the Hawks on his back as the teams came down the stretch, scoring most of his game-high 23 points when the Hawks most needed him.  In the end, however, it was a combination of too many missed free throws by the Hawks and a crucial missed opportunity for a rebound off a missed Classical three-pointer - which gave the Purple a fresh 35-second clock and the chance for the last shot - that did the Hawks in.

It was a valiant effort by our guys to advance even deeper into the D-1 playoffs, despite having entered the tournament as the #7 seed.  As the games went on and became bigger, it was evident that this group of Hawks has come together and emerged, and that, coupled with their toughness and willingness to work hard and battle, should make them a tough out for any team in the state.

On to the states. 

                                             Hockey Hawks Play Spoils and Clinch 1stplace
                                                                   Mark Stillson

This past weekend was the next-to-last weekend of regular-season games for the Hendricken Varsity Hockey team. On Friday night they took on Notre Dame Prep (Ct.) at Thayer Arena, and on Saturday the Hawks took on Cranston West at Cranston Rink.

On Friday night the Hawks faced the Notre Dame Knights and came out very sluggish. At first glance it seemed that the Knights had our guys against the ropes, ready to land a KO punch. The Knights dominated play for the first five minutes of the game and drew first blood with a goal from their captain, Ryan Lynch. Two minutes after having given up the first goal, however, the top line of Markowski, Creamer, and Fera combined for a goal and sparked the Hawks to life. From that point it was all Hawks, and by the end of the first period Creamer had netted another goal (from Markowski ) to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead. 

As Proulx and Colson have been splitting the games since the beginning of February, Colson relived Mitch Proulx of his duties for the night about halfway through the second period. Proulx allowed two goals and stopped 15 shots, and Colson let one slip by in the third period and stopped 17 shots. Markowski added another goal and another assist to his night, Tucker Alberigo added a powerplay tally, and a Brandon Mitchell goal secured the Hawks' 5-3 win.

On Saturday night the Hawks spoiled the Cranston West Falcons' Senior Night by defeating them, 5-2. The first period was pretty evenly played, but as the Falcons played hard and were determined to try to upset the Hawks, it seemed that by the second period the West players lost their legs. From that point on, the Hawks took control. Jamie Armstrong netted the first tally for the Hawks. As frustration mounted on the West bench, they started to lose their cool and began drawing bad penalties. On a powerplay the Hawks' Creamer dented the back of the net to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead. The Falcons still had some life as they responded by scoring on a rebound off Colson’s shoulder on their own powerplay. Three minutes later Creamer snuffed out any last spark of hope for West by scoring glove-high, his second goal of the night. Josh Olsen and Creamer finished out the scoring, Creamer finishing the night with a hat trick to his credit.

Next weekend the Hawks take on West again, on Friday night at 7pm at Thayer Arena, which will also be Hendricken’s Senior Night. On Saturday night at 9pm the Hawks take on the hated Rams of La Salle Acadamy at Benny Mageria Memorial Ice Rink in West Warwick.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Division I Semi-Finals - LIVE!!

The Vin Cullen Field House on the campus of CCRI in Warwick will be the setting for tonight's Division I semi-finals, when the #7 seed Hawks take on the #3 seed, Classical.  Our guys fought hard against a very, very good North Kingstown team, the #2 seed, in the quarterfinals and pulled out the win, 53-49, this past Wednesday night, a game televised live right here on The Network.  Much like NK, the Purple has also had an unbelievable season, finishing 15-3 in league play and 18-5 overall on their way to locking up the #3 seed in the tournament.  Included in that league record is a 60-56 win over our guys on Classical's home court back on December 21st.  The Purple defeated Cranston West, 72-55, in their quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday night as well.

If you're unable to attend the game in person and want to follow the action LIVE, tune in right here to The Network.

The Providence Journal will also be running a live chat, along with other features, throughout the course of the game.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hawks Advance, Take Down Skippers, 53-49

In what proved to be an unbelievable game broadcast live right here on The Network, the Hawks' emergent chemistry and evident determination were on full display tonight, as our guys gutted out what is probably the biggest victory of the season by defeating the number 2 seed in the Division I playoffs, North Kingstown, 53-49.  Time and again as the game wound down into its closing minutes, the Hawks continually found a way to make the key play, hit the key shot, and clamp down on the defensive end.  Will Tavares, Ryan Hagerty, and Kazre Cummings continue to guide the team during the toughest moments of the game when the team needs leadership most.  Matt Duffie was also the steady hand throughout the game in quarterbacking the team from the point.

The Providence Journal has several notes on the game, including a brief summary of the game's highlights, a photo gallery, and the entire transcript from the live chat during the game.

The Hawks advance to the next round of the Division I playoffs this Friday night at 6:30 at CCRI in Warwick.  Barring any complications, the game should, once again, be broadcast live right here on The Network.

In the Ustream section can be found all the footage from tonight's game.  Apologies in adavance if the quality isn't the greatest, as we didn't have our standard equipment available.  Enjoy.

2nd Round State Basketball Playoffs - #7 Hendricken vs. #2 North Kingstown - LIVE!!

at CCRI Warwick
at Brown University
(1)La Salle
Wed., 8 p.m.
at North Providence HS
Hope, 66-51
(9)East Providence

Fri., 8 pm
Sun., 5 pm

(4)Mount Pleasant
Wed., 6 pm
at North Providence HS
Wed., 8 p.m.
at East Greenwich HS
(6)Cranston West
Hendricken, 48-23
(10)Cranston East

Fri., 6 pm
(2)North Kingstown
Wed., 6 pm
at East Greenwich HS

Tonight, our basketball team goes on the road to a neutral court to take on a very good North Kingston squad in round 2 of the state playoffs. North Kingstown enters the tournament having earned a bye in the first round as a result of a spectacular season.  The Skippers finished 16-2 in the league and 21-2 overall, good for the #2 seed in the playoffs behind LaSalle Academy.  The Hawks finished 9-9 in league action and came into the tournament as the #7 seed; as a result, they were forced to go up against Cranston East in the preliminary first round, which they won handily, 48-23, a game broadcast live right here on The Network.  Tonight's game will also be broadcast live, but as we will be unable to utilize our standard equipment, the quality may not be as good.  There will also be no play-by-play, and commentary will be limited.  In any event, if you're unable to attend the game in person and want to follow the action LIVE, The Network will be the place to be.  The Providence Journal will also be running a live chat from the game.