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.