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March 28th

Tolman aiming for postseason trip

March 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Tolman High coach Craig Giarrusso admits his biggest challenge during preseason practice sessions has been to develop a replacement for four-year starting pitcher (and slugger) Micayla Kirylo.
“In this sport, pitching is obviously the big key,” Giarrusso admits. “We have two pitchers we are working with this spring – sophomore Olivia Larson and junior Alex Lacoste. I have a lot of faith in Olivia that she can take over for Micayla and do a good job.”

Woods still a top attraction despite declining career

March 28, 2011

At what point in Tiger Woods’s golf career will the media stop trailing the guy around like he’s still the No. 1 player in golf?
Even though Woods has been a non-factor in most tournaments since Thanksgiving of 2009, the long-time No. 1 player in the world still gets an inordinate amount of face time on television as he struggles to regain his old form. I guess the guy is news, no matter what he shoots each day. Or maybe we all just like to watch the golfing version of a train wreck unfold each time he plays.

March 25th

Clippers, Novans chase Hendricken track dynasty

March 26, 2011

The hockey season concluded less than a week ago and to no one's surprise it was Mount St. Charles that was celebrating on the ice with another state championship. Except for a four-year dry spell from 2003-07, that's the way it has been since the 1977-78 season for the Mounties, who have racked up 42 state titles in their storied history.
In boys' swimming, Bishop Hendricken has won every team title since 1989-90, a total of 22 straight crowns.

Would Ricky Ledo reconsider PC?

March 26, 2011

Might Ed Cooley’s standing as the Friars’ new head coach rekindle the sparks with high school prospect and fellow Providence native Ricky Ledo? Time will tell says Ryan Hurd, Ledo’s head coach at Notre Dame Prep, located in Fitchburg, Mass.

Cooley must speak to Keno's PC recruits

March 26, 2011

PROVIDENCE – When Kyan Anderson and Markus Crider signed on with Providence College, each player was under the premise that Keno Davis would be coaching them.

March 24th

New England region fertile for Friars to recruit

March 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE — As he wrapped up his first press conference as Providence College’s new basketball coach, Ed Cooley was asked about his first order of business.

“Recruit, recruit, recruit,” was Cooley’s quick-to-the-point response.

New PC coach Cooley gives fans sense of confidence

March 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE – One could walk out of Alumni Hall draped in confidence that Providence College got it right this time.
That was Ed Cooley’s biggest accomplishment on Wednesday afternoon. He gave a fan base a reason to hope again. The Providence native is coming home to breath fresh air into a program that is begging for a turnaround, and he appears the correct guy for the job.

March 23rd

Hendricken's Gomes: Cooley is 'perfect fit' for PC

March 23, 2011

The two virtually grew up in the same corner of the state, frequently crossing paths whenever a pickup game broke out. Everything changed though, Jamal Gomes recalls, on the day of his high school graduation, when he learned a great deal about Ed Cooley, the person.
“He had heard that I was coming to Stonehill College to play basketball and called to congratulate me,” was one of several stories Gomes shared about Cooley, who will be introduced as the next men’s basketball head coach at Providence College Wednesday afternoon. “He’s an amazing, amazing man.”

PC names Ed Cooley new basketball coach

March 23, 2011

PROVIDENCE – There was only one candidate Providence College officials had its sights set on to become the school’s next basketball coach. Apparently Ed Cooley felt that warm embrace to the point that the Providence native is ready to take on the challenge of reversing the Friars’ fortunes.
Tuesday saw Providence officially sign off on the 41-year-old Cooley as the Friars’ new coach. Terms of the deal were not announced, though it’s not too far-fetched to think Cooley received something comparable, in terms of length and compensation, to the package Keno Davis was awarded three years ago.

Local teams deal with bad weather, indoor practices

March 23, 2011

This is the time of year when short hops and drag bunts are tabled by mire and muck; shagging fly balls replaced by judging ricochets off a gym wall.

Cannons' Smalley is Cumberland lacrosse coach

March 23, 2011

CUMBERLAND – They'll have a new head coach and they'll be participating in a new league.
But as far as the outlook for the upcoming season for Cumberland High, it will still be the same old goals.
“We just want to win as many games as possible and have some fun,” said first-year coach Matt Smalley. “We are just going to take it one game at a time and hopefully at the end of the season we'll be playing on championship day.”

March 22nd

What are the expectations for PC athletics?

March 22, 2011

On the same day Providence College parted company with Keno Davis, athletic director Bob Driscoll spelled out very succinctly the expectations he has for the Friar basketball program.
“It encompasses three different things. One, I want our student-athletes to represent the college and athletic department with dignity and class, both on and off the court,” was how Driscoll began. “I want my student-athletes to graduate from Providence College and I want to compete for a NCAA Tournament berth on an annual basis. Those are the standards by which I evaluate.”

March 20th

Pretak, Davis cop individual titles at St. Pat's 5K

March 20, 2011

PROVIDENCE — After battling a stiff headwind for the first mile of the St. Pat’s 5K, Stephen Pretak knew his goal of running close to 15 minutes would not happen Saturday morning.
But the less-than-favorable conditions in the Providence race didn’t stop him from breaking the tape a winner.
The 26-year-old Connecticut native captured the final stage of the inaugural Tour de Patrick, finishing the out-and-back course with a time of 15:31.7. Pretak held off defending titlist Eric Lonergan of North Kingstown, who claimed the runner-up spot at 15:35.4.

March 17th

Here's a last look at memorable winter season

March 17, 2011

The seasons come and the seasons go.
Another winter of high school sports in our region has come to an end (except for Mount St. Charles hockey, both the boys and the girls).
It wasn’t a particularly great campaign for teams from the Blackstone Valley. St. Raphael Academy did win the boys’ basketball open tournament. That was no small achievement, especially after the Saints limped to the finish line during the regular season and made a quick exit from the division playoffs.
Life is about second chances and the Saints made the most of their opportunity.

March 16th

Raiders' Gobewole has plenty of speed to burn

March 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Freddy Gobewole is making a name for himself in this city, first as an all-state football player for Shea High last autumn and then as the New England high school indoor track champion at 55 meters.

March 15th

Driscoll making sure Friars stick together

March 15, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Keno Davis never failed to mention that Providence College featured one of the youngest men’s basketball teams in the Big East, if not the country. Many saw that as a plea or a copout on Davis’ part, but the fact that the Friars’ 2010-11 roster was comprised of 10 first- or second-year players is not lost on athletic director Bob Driscoll.

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.

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