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March 14th

McGair: Open tournament is here to stay

March 14, 2011

The great unknown turned into the great success for boys’ basketball in Rhode Island. Thanks to the countless thrills and memories the all-inclusive state tournament provided, the format of crowning one undisputed champion is likely here to stay.

St. Raphael captures statewide hoops crown

March 14, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — “We stayed at a high level,” deadpanned Tom “Saar” Sorrentine as his St. Raphael Academy players were hooting and hollering in the adjacent room.
In the same breath Sorrentine, donning a championship hat, added, “You could never relax.”
That in a nutshell summarizes SRA’s journey back to the top of the Rhode Island high school basketball mountain. The opposition tried its best to rattle the Saints, but when it mattered most, Sorrentine’s crew rose to the occasion.

Clippers bow out of Division II hockey playoffs

March 14, 2011

PORTSMOUTH — Over the past several years, Portsmouth Abbey’s rink has been a house of horrors for Cumberland High, a building that has been as cold to the Clippers as the frigid temperatures inside its confines.
On Sunday afternoon, the Clippers endured their latest nightmare at the arena, and it resulted in a swift exit from the Division II playoffs.
The third-seeded Clippers dropped the third and deciding game of their best-of-three semifinal-round series to second-seeded Portsmouth High in the form of a 5-3 defeat that wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicates.

March 12th

Correa leads Saints into tonight's state title game

March 12, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Behold the skill set of Charles Correa.
St. Raphael’s talented point guard couldn’t have picked a better time to showcase his talents. With a berth in the finals of the open state tournament on the line, Correa did his part in SRA’s 66-48 quarterfinal win against North Providence Friday night at URI’s Ryan Center.

March 11th

Friars turn to Tranghese, alums in time of need

March 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Bob Driscoll is back on the clock, and this time the Providence College athletic director is bringing some important friends along for the ride.
For the second time in three years, Driscoll finds himself making an important assessment of the men’s basketball program. PC parted ways with Keno Davis on Friday after three turbulent seasons, a tenure that was marked by tough times on and away from the court. Speaking from inside his Alumni Hall office late Friday afternoon, Driscoll mentioned he plans on forming a search committee in his quest to find the next Friar coach.

McGair: Keno ran a loose ship, and it sunk

March 12, 2011

Officially, the Keno Davis Era at Providence College ended Friday, when the school severed its working relationship with the head coach, one many perceived upon his hiring three years ago was the missing link in bringing respectability to the men’s basketball program.
Technically, Davis’ fate at PC was sealed last May 18, when star player Jamine “Greedy” Peterson was expelled after an undisclosed incident in a dorm room on campus. The incidents that came before and after Peterson’s ouster were a further death knell to a situation that Davis was never able to recover from.

Charles in Charge: Sophomore keys SRA's fortunes

March 11, 2011

There are times when Tom “Saar” Sorrentine probably wishes he had a traffic light on the bench. Instead of making tiresome gyrations with his hands and feet and straining his vocal cords, Sorrentine could simply stand and rely on the signaling device to get the message across.

March 9th

North Providence next test for SRA

March 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Mike Kayata and Matt Pita aren’t about to tell Tom “Saar” Sorrentine anything he doesn’t already know. On Monday the longtime St. Raphael Academy coach was present as North Providence ushered top seed Cranston West out of the state tournament behind a reverse lay-in in the dying seconds from one of the Cougars’ chief threats, Austin Van Bemmelen.

March 8th

Three local boys teams in hockey semifinals

March 9, 2011

Two down, four to go.
Four wins are what separates three of the Blackstone Valley’s boys’ hockey teams -- Mount St. Charles Academy, Cumberland High, and East Providence High -- from a date with state championship glory.
And the road for those teams continue this weekend when a half dozen best-of-three semifinal-round series around the state take place.

Girls' hoop tourney features tight games

March 9, 2011

Whether it’s at the high school or the collegiate level, it doesn’t matter. Coaches will be the first to admit that when the postseason arrives, anything can happen.
Cinderella has made its way to the Ball on numerous occasions where an underdog that has no business to be on the same court or field as a top-seeded squad somehow pulls off a miracle and produces a victory or at least a legitimate scare to their favored opponent.

Public schools dominate R.I. wrestling

March 9, 2011

WOONSOCKET -- Wrestling is one high school sport in Rhode Island where the public vs. private school debate holds no water. Public schools have won 29 of the last 30 state team championships in wrestling.
Bishop Hendricken sneaked in to grab a state title back in 2004. Cumberland then ruled the state in 2005. Cranston West won the next four titles before the Clippers returned to the top in 2010. Warwick Vets prevailed in 2011.
Back in 1999, Johnston High won the state title, proving that even smaller public schools can reach the top in wrestling.

Saints sail into hoop semifinals

March 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE – All Charles Correa kept thinking about was the next shot – even on a night in which his touch was off.

Davies girls edged by Middletown, 30-29

March 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE – There were not too many onlookers that figured Monday night’s Division III semifinal contest would be a close affair.
The late game pitted top-ranked Middletown, a team with just one loss on its record, versus No. 5 seed Davies Tech, a .500 ballclub.
Add the fact that the Islanders defeated the Patriots by 26 points in their last meeting on Feb. 24.
A blowout certainly seemed inevitable, but head coach Gerry Suggs and his gutsy squad never let it happen.

Cumberland skates into D-II semifinals

March 8, 2011

WOONSOCKET --- Cumberland High and the Division II semifinals have gone hand-in-hand for the better part of last decade, and that trend’s going to continue this weekend.
Michael Kinch’s multiple-goal night and goalie Michaelangelo Federici’s 33-save effort were the keys to success for the Clippers on Monday night in their 4-2 victory over Pilgrim High in the third and deciding game of their best-of-three quarterfinal-round series at Adelard Arena.

March 7th

PC officials should look into forming search committee for next coach

March 7, 2011

An open letter to Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley and Athletic Director Bob Driscoll:

When the search for the next men’s basketball coach commences, do not make the same mistake you did the last time. Many people were leery when Keno Davis was given the keys to the school’s primary means of visibility and exposure. Not just because Davis had all of one year of coaching experience under his belt, but also for the simple reason that he was far from the top choice to replace Tim Welsh.

Brendan Doyle taking everything in stride

March 7, 2011

PAWTUCKET — During the final stretch of the inaugural Irish 5K on Saturday morning, Brendan “Buzz” Doyle watched as two runners passed him the last few yards.
That was something that may have bothered him when he was a standout runner at St. Raphael Academy, located up the street from the Pawtucket race. It certainly wouldn’t have sat well when he continued to excel with his running career at Iona College and later on the local road-racing circuit.
Not this time, however.

Saints hope to avoid falling under Wizards' spell

March 7, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Tom “Saar” Sorrentine admits that it was by design that he honed in on West Warwick. After all, St. Raphael Academy had already played Coventry twice, which presented more than enough of a sample for the coach to devise an adequate game plan should his Saints cross paths with the Knotty Oakers for a third time.

March 5th

Lonergan, Davis snare crowns at Irish 5K

March 6, 2011

PAWTUCKET — When Diana Davis ran up the steep incline during the first mile of the inaugural Irish 5K in Pawtucket, she didn’t just see the top males in the field.
Davis, a third-year PhD student at Brown University, also saw some green.
“I want to go to Ireland,” she said.
The 25-year-old runner took the first step to making that trip to the Emerald Isle a reality Saturday morning when she was the first woman to cross the line in front of City Hall, placing ninth overall among the 849 finishers with a time of 18 minutes, 25.1 seconds.

Tolman iced in playoff opener

March 5, 2011

CRANSTON --- Cranston East had the numbers, the size, and fewer mistakes than Tolman on Friday night, and that helped the ’Bolts seize the first game of their best-of-three Division III quarterfinal-round series with the Tigers.
Cranston East scored twice in a 13-second span in the second period to claim a 3-0 command and held off a late Tolman comeback to secure a 5-2 triumph at the Cranston Vets Arena.

SRA cagers gain second life

March 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE – For a team that had not won a game in exactly three weeks, or captured a playoff contest of any kind in three years, Friday night seemed as good a time as any for the St. Raphael Academy hoopsters to exercise some demons.

 

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