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PROVIDENCE - The game changed on an alley-oop.
Rhode Island freshman Jordan Hare rose above the Providence College defense to emphatically finish a perfectly executed play with 15 minutes, 22 seconds left in the second half to cut the Friars' lead to five.
As it turned out, the alley-oop was the best thing that happen to PC because Friar coach Ed Cooley opted to eschew his zone defense against the athletic Rams and play man-to-man. Over the next 8 minutes, 21 seconds the Rams didn't make a basket, went 0-for-8 from the field and committed six turnovers in a 72-57 defeat.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In the end, Bryce Cotton suited up for the Providence Friars. The real surprise came in the role he played Thursday night against intrastate rival Rhode Island.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Dan Hurley spent time under the same roof as one of his former high school players Thursday night. In his private moments, the URI head coach was probably thrilled that Sidiki Johnson was sitting on Providenceâ€™s bench wearing a sharp black suit rather than basketball attire.
PROVIDENCE â€” Whenever a new face enters into the Providence College vs. URI discussion, it seems appropriate to inquire as to whether said participant understands the hubbub surrounding this annual intrastate hoops encounter.
On the hardwood, Charles Correa is a two-time, first-team All-State selection.
Should the St. Raphael Academy senior repeat the honor this season, he would become just the second three-time recipient in program history (1990s standout Robert Griffin owns the distinction as the Saint to earn three consecutive â€śtop five players in the stateâ€ť laurels).
To undertake a rebuilding job, one must have a firm understanding that change does not take place over night. The challenge of planting the seeds of encouragement and belief that things will get better with time is the main subplot at Woonsocket High, where a new head coach inherits practically a new team.
The Rhode Island interscholastic hockey season is right around the corner, and Blackstone Valley coaches are excited about moving from pre-season training to playing actual games.
As always, Mount St. Charles, La Salle and Hendricken are early favorites to fight for the Division I/Cimini title, while defending D-I/Eccleston champion Burrillville is hell-bent on defending its crown.
At the end of day, high school sports are not based on which teams are successful and which ones arenâ€™t. Their very existence is predicated on providing teenagers with a level playing field rooted in fair competition.
If winning a championship happens to accompany what should be an enriching experience, thatâ€™s pure gravy. If not, the question that needs asking is whether the experience provided was rewarding from a â€śfair fightâ€ť standpoint.
CUMBERLAND â€” Steve Gordon canâ€™t help but smile when recalling the images of his Cumberland High matmen celebrating their second title in three years at the R.I. Interscholastic Wrestling Championships last Feb. 25.
They did so on the stellar moves of then-senior captain Tom Lacroix, who represented the Clippers in the 195-pound weight class at the event finals, held at the Providence Career & Technical High School field house.
EAST GREENWICH â€” Erik Travers gulped down a pre-game meal of eggs, bacon and toast on Sunday morning, he knew from the feeling in his stomach that he was about to play the most important game of his life.
â€śMy nerves were going full blast,â€ť said the Cumberland High senior running back. â€śI thought I was going to throw up. I still don't know how I kept it down.â€ť
EAST GREENWICH â€“ It was a great day for fathers and sons in general â€“ but specifically for fathers who coach college football and sons who were instrumental in Cumberland High capturing the Division II Super Bowl in runaway fashion.
EAST GREENWICH â€” Not quite 20 hours after Cumberland High had crushed West Warwick, 48-14, in a R.I. Division II grid semifinal, head coach Chris Skurka and his staff sat in a classroom far above the Wellness Center gym floor on Thursday afternoon planning for their next â€“ and final â€“ opponent of 2012.
That will be Woonsocket, which â€“ with a 27-0 pasting of Central, also Wednesday night â€“ earned the right to face the top-seeded Clippers in the D-II Super Bowl at East Greenwich Highâ€™s Nick Carcieri Field at noon Sunday.
TE â€“ Kyle Lizotte, junior, No. 88
LG â€“ Nick Fernandes, sophomore, No. 51
LT â€“ Brian Cahill, senior, No. 50
C â€“ Andrew Gaulin, junior, No. 74
RG â€“ Shawn Ingram, sophomore, No. 75
RT â€“ Levi Walker, senior, No. 79
WR â€“ John Poirier, senior, No. 1
QB â€“ Brett Bouchard, senior, No. 14
RB â€“ Jalen Evans, senior, No. 28
RB â€“ Will Andino, junior, No. 2
WR â€“ Kyle Mulvey, senior, No. 21
DE â€“ Brian Cahill, senior No. 50.
DT â€“ Shawn Ingram, sophomore, No. 75
DT â€“ Ryan Lagasse, senior, No. 54
DE â€“ Seydou Niang, senior, No. 55
PROVIDENCE â€” Deep down, Ed Cooley has to know that the basketball gods have not completely forsaken his Providence College Friars.
While injuries continue to decimate Cooleyâ€™s already razor-thin core, PC somehow continues to avoid getting buried under an avalanche of excuses and naysayers proclaiming itâ€™s impossible to play major college basketball with a depleted lineup. The fact that the Friars sport a 6-2 record following Saturdayâ€™s too-close-for-comfort 73-63 win over SEC foe Mississippi State reiterates the adage â€śwhat doesnâ€™t kill you makes you stronger.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” To Ryan Kalish, the time and sweat heâ€™s putting in this offseason has a rewarding vibe surrounding it â€“ the kind that provides the 24-year-old Red Sox outfielder with the sort of reassurance that heâ€™ll be ready to answer the bell come spring training.
At first blush, the task of Cumberland and Woonsocket laying the groundwork for the seasonâ€™s biggest game doesnâ€™t seem entirely daunting â€“ especially since weâ€™re referencing two squads that staged a gridiron tussle merely eight days ago.
With only three days between the semifinals and Sundayâ€™s Division II Super Bowl, the art of familiarity helps to take a little strain off of the preparation process. Time has become a valuable commodity, and if youâ€™re going to step into the ring of fire, what better opponent to have than someone where introductions are not required?
CUMBERLAND â€“ Mercy!
It was yet another Big Blue blowout in a season that has pointed in one direction â€“ the Division II Super Bowl. An appearance in the title game is officially in Cumberland Highâ€™s line of sight after Wednesday nightâ€™s 48-14 romp against West Warwick High in semifinal-round action at frigid Tucker Field.
PROVIDENCE â€” Dating back several seasons, the very idea of placing Providence College and â€śdefenseâ€ť in the same sentence resulted in snickering along with several knee slaps.
In 2012, Ed Cooleyâ€™s PC Friars are getting after it in such ferocious fashion that the opposition is having a hard time getting off the canvas. More punishment was meted out Tuesday as Providence stomped on Holy Cross, 61-42, before a rather subdued crowd, which was announced at 4,596.
CUMBERLAND â€” There once was a time when Trevor Crawley wanted to follow his own plan â€“ and, of course, his coaches â€“ but not so much his dadâ€™s.
Mike Crawley, a 1981 Shea High graduate who earned All-State second-team laurels in outdoor track and later represented both the Community College of Rhode Island and Southern Connecticut State University, apparently had tried to offer some advice as to the nuances of distance running, but it was a â€śno-go.
On the surface, the decision to push back the entire slate of R.I. semifinal-round playoff games to Wednesday seems as simple as the quarterback receiving the snap.
Seven of the eight games on the docket were already based at venues where light fixtures are part of the ambiance. The lone exception: Woonsocketâ€™s Barry Field.
However, thanks to Villa Novans athletic director George Nasuti obtaining portable lights, the situation was remedied.