East Providence High skates past Tolman; boys’ cagers reach .500

East Providence High School's Kevin Hall celebrates a goal during the Townies' 3-2 win over Tolman, Jan. 26. East Providence High School's Kevin Hall celebrates a goal during the Townies' 3-2 win over Tolman, Jan. 26.

PAWTUCKET — In a showdown for second place in the Division III standings, the East Providence High School hockey team edged Tolman, 3-2, before a near-capacity crowd Saturday night, Jan. 26, at Pawtucket’s Lynch Arena.

East Providence High School's Kevin Hall celebrates a goal during the Townies' 3-2 win over Tolman, Jan. 26.

East Providence High School’s Kevin Hall celebrates a goal during the Townies’ 3-2 win over Tolman, Jan. 26.

Senior captain Kevin Hall scored two goals, including the decisive tally, and also had an assist for the Townies, who improved to 9-1-2 on the winter. Sophomore Ryan Costa had the Townies other goal, a nifty wrist shot from 20 feet that went in just under the crossbar.

Freshman Brynne Costa picked up an assist on Hall’s game winner with 4:38 to play in the third period. Sophomore goaltender Marc LaValley turned away 18 of the 20 shots he faced.

The Tigers dipped to 8-2-2 with the loss. The unbeaten West Warwick/Exeter-West Greenwich co-op (13-0-0) sets the pace in the D-III standings. E.P. is back in action Saturday night, Feb. 2, against Ponaganset at the West Warwick Civic Center at 9 o’clock.

The EPHS boys’ basketball team outlasted Cranston East in double-overtime, 74-69, in a Division I contest played last Friday night. The Townies improved to 6-6 in the I-Central standings with the win. Charlie Brown scored 24 points to lead the locals. Alex Hurley’s old-fashioned three-point play late in the second OT put E.P. on top for keeps. Edwin Sam later sealed the win with two free throws. The Townies are home for Classical Tuesday night, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.
and the defense came through in the second OT and Alex Hurley converted a three point play to put EP up for good.  Edwin Sam knocked home 2 free-throws to end the game.  With the win EP moves to  6-6 in the league as they head towards the home stretch of the season with some momentum.

The EPHS wrestling team finished fourth at the Rodney Smith Invitational WrestlingTournament in East Windsor, Conn., Saturday, Jan. 26. Collin Cardosa and Jonah Aurelio won their weight classes. Austin Baptista and Mark Weeden each finished third and Max Arrandondo was fourth. The Townies travel to Middletown Wednesday night, Jan. 30, for their next match.

The EPHS girls’ indoor track and field team scored eight points in the Bahya Division Championship Meet held Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Providence Career & Tech Academy Field House. Barrington won the division title with 82.5 points. South Kingstown was second with 76.

Kaitlyn Bellamy accounted for four of the E.P. points with her her fourth-place effort (16 feet, 7 inches) in the long jump. Sierra Cunningham added two points with her fifth-place run (7.71 seconds) in the 55-meter dash. The Townies’ other points each came with sixth-place finishes in the 4×200 (Cunningham, Tayla Carnevale, Haley Martins and Bellamy) and 4×800 (Tess Jones, Hanna Maynard, Dakota Fedowicz and Fransheka Gauthier) relays.

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