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March 1st

CF's Fernandes has two big meets left

March 2, 2011

For most of the elite athletes in the state, including several with local ties, Friday’s New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championships signifies the end of the winter season.
For a select few like Central Falls senior Aleide Fernandes, it’s just one more meet to prepare for the inaugural New Balance Nationals the following week.

Girls' hoops playoffs set to tip off

March 1, 2011

A dozen teams from the Blackstone Valley will be shooting for the same goal — a strong postseason run that hopefully leads them to a state championship — these next two weeks when the R.I. playoffs take flight.
In two of the three division tournaments, there are clear favorites – unbeaten Barrington High is the team to beat in Division I, while powerful Middletown High leads the way in Division III.
But Division II appears to be wide-open, with a handful of teams capable of rising above the pack and winning the title.

February 27th

Townies steal show at state wrestling meet

February 28, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Regular season dual-meet results don’t carry over into the tournament season. Each wrestler, no matter how big his reputation and how long his list of accomplishments, must begin anew when the opening whistle sounds to start a tournament match.
That’s the beauty of this sport, which focuses on a team aspect during the dual-meet season. The emphasis changes to individual results during the postseason.

Marshon Brooks as Big East POY? Pass

February 28, 2011

As the regular season winds down, the discussion for postseason awards and other laurels heats up. Suddenly the office water cooler or neighborhood establishment becomes the spot to discuss and dissect the merits of potential candidates, while those given autonomy to cast a vote sit down with pen, paper and DVD player, study tea leaves and rub the Magic 8-Ball before filling out the ballot.

Tolman hockey program honors Pfc. Kyle Coutu

February 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET -- When Steve Reynolds took over the reins as Tolman High’s hockey coach in the winter of ’08, he inherited a team that not only graduated a talented senior class that reached the Division II quarterfinals the previous season, but was short on upperclassmen and bodies.
He also had his share of first-year players on his 16-player roster that season, and one of them was a familiar name who starred for the Tigers’ football and wrestling teams the past couple of seasons, Kyle Coutu.

February 26th

Tigers tie first-place Panthers

February 26, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- If Tolman High and the Johnston/North Providence co-op team end up meeting in two weekends in the Division III semifinals, it should make for a truly entertaining best-of-three series.
For the second time in seven days, the two teams battled tooth and nail in an exciting high school game, but unlike their meeting last Saturday, this contest didn’t end with a winner or a loser.

February 24th

Lincoln iced in season finale

February 24, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD --- A very difficult season for Lincoln High came to a rough end on Wednesday afternoon at the hands of a tough non-tough team -- St. John’s High of Shrewsbury, Mass.
The 12th-ranked team in the Eastern Mass. polls showed the small gathering at the Rhode Island Sports Center why they are among the teams vying for a berth in their state’s Division IA ‘Super Eight’ tournament by skating to a 6-1 victory over the Lions.

Hockey playoff season looms on horizon

February 24, 2011

Over the years, the final weekend of the high school hockey regular season had always featured plenty of drama and storylines. Regular-season titles on the line. Teams pursuing higher seeds. Others fighting for late playoff berths.
Unfortunately for local fans, there won’t be much suspense this weekend.
A big reason is because only five boys’ teams from the area qualified for their respective tournaments. Four of the five teams that didn’t make it were long eliminated from postseason consideration, while a fifth, Lincoln, saw its run at a playoff berth come to an end last weekend.

Brooks scores 52 in PC's loss to Irish

February 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Notre Dame appeared to be in total control, then all of a sudden the Fighting Irish were lucky time ran out on Marshon Brooks.
Ben Hansbrough scored a career-high 32 points and Tim Abromaitis had a season-high 28 as No. 9 Notre Dame hung on for a 94-93 win over struggling Providence on Wednesday night despite a Big East-record 52 points by Brooks.
The Irish (22-5, 11-4 Big East) are off to their best start ever in 11 seasons under coach Mike Brey. Notre Dame, in second place in the conference, has won eight of nine.

February 22nd

Cumberland wrestlers primed for state meet

February 23, 2011

CUMBERLAND – The elite seedings for this weekend’s state wrestling championships bear out the dual-meet rankings for the regular season.
Unbeaten Cumberland, the defending state team champion, collected four No. 1 seeds. Cranston West earned three, as did Warwick Veterans. East Providence was honored with two top seeds – sophomore heavyweight Jonah Aurelio and senior 160-pounder Jared Burrows. Bishop Hendricken, also expected to contend for the team title, got one.

Tolman ousted in overtime, 67-64

February 22, 2011

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The music played over the PA system to introduce the players from top-seeded North Providence High was the theme song from the movie “Rocky” – the fictional story of the Philadelphia southpaw who overcame all odds to eventually become the heavyweight champion.
While the music was appropriate for the Cougars, who showed plenty of heart in Monday’s Division II quarterfinal matchup with No. 8 seed Tolman, it would be hard to not say the same for a gutsy Tiger squad.

February 21st

Rogers High hits late basket to oust Shea, 59-56

February 22, 2011

NEWPORT – Shea High went down fighting in the Division II quarterfinals on Monday night, rallying from a 12-point halftime deficit to lead in the final minute, only to see second-seeded Rogers hit a crucial three-pointer with 12 seconds left that produced a dramatic 59-56 victory over the Raiders.

Coventry outlasts SRA cagers in playoffs, 77-75

February 22, 2011

COVENTRY — It was with 10:27 to go in the game when Coventry head boys basketball coach Tom Campbell called a timeout with his Oakers in serious trouble against St. Raphael Academy that it was more than just them losing the game and having no momentum for the upcoming RIIL Open Boys Basketball Tournament.
The Oakers’ pride was in severe jeopardy since the Saints made C. Arthur Flori Gymnasium all their own for two-thirds of the Division I Quarterfinal game on Monday night.
After that timeout, Coventry gained back more than its pride and momentum.

Lincoln blanks Cumberland in benefit hockey game

February 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- When Lincoln and Cumberland were rivals in the old Met B league from the mid-1990s to 2004, the two neighbors hooked up in some entertaining, tightly-contested meetings that were true crowd pleasers.
Since then, they have played in different divisions, but they have still found a way to include each other on their non-league schedules.
On Monday afternoon, the two teams met again in the second annual Kyle J. McLaughlin Scholarship Fund benefit hockey game at Lynch Arena and gave the gathering on hand an excellent high school contest to watch.

February 20th

Gobewole, Fernandes track down state titles

February 21, 2011

PROVIDENCE — After his Pop Warner football team, the Edgewood Eagles, won a national title in 2008, Shea senior Freddy Gobewole figured a similar fate would occur at the high school level.
It never happened.
While Gobewole was a top running back for the Raiders, the teams struggled during his career with just nine total wins, and no playoff appearances, the last four years.
To make matters worse, a dislocated shoulder, suffered during a scrimmage in August, kept him off the field for half the season this fall.

Coaches share viewpoints on balancing hoops, grades

February 21, 2011

The majority of high school coaches are also full-time teachers. For these dedicated souls, the world of academia does not cease once the final bell rings. True, they may trade their lesson plans in for whistles and clipboards, maneuvering from one stressful environment to the next. In reality coaches are confronted with the same pressing matter that monopolizes their time and energy during the daytime.
Grades.

February 18th

Tolman beats C.F., faces top-seeded N.P. next

February 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET — If you were to go up to Mike Kayata and tell him that senior star Elijah Wiggins would be a non-factor due to foul problems, the Tolman head coach would say his team is in really deep trouble.

Shea rolls into Div. II basketball quarterfinals

February 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Free throws attempted serve as the perfect means to separate which team was the more aggressive unit.
It’s also the main reason why Shea High remains alive in the Division II playoffs after posting a 62-53 win over Narragansett High on Friday night at “The Cage.”
The stat that tells the story in this preliminary round clash is that the seventh-seeded Raiders attempted a dozen more free throws than the No. 10 Mariners. Shea went 16-of-24 from the charity stripe while Narragansett was 6-for-12.
Shea now moves on to face Rogers, seeded second, on Monday in the quarterfinals.

DePaul loss tough for Davis, Friars to swallow

February 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE – No matter how you slice it, Providence’s 79-76 defeat to Big East bottom feeder DePaul was a tough pill for Keno Davis and the Friars to swallow.
Davis’ post game press conference was far from a ray of sunshine, as the third-year coach sat silent at the podium for several minutes before trying to explain what has to be the Friars’ most disheartening loss of the season – one coming against a DePaul outfit that coming had had dropped 25 consecutive Big East games.
“It’s a tough lesson for a young team to learn,” said a clearly shell-shocked Davis.

Divisional boys' hoop playoffs begin tonight

February 18, 2011

For three local teams straddling along the same line, the idiomatic expression “there’s no tomorrow” definitely applies.

 

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