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March 5th

Brown names Pawtucket's Sorrentine interim coach

March 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE — It’s a whole new ballgame for T.J. Sorrentine, one that holds the potential of yielding big dividends down the road.
As of this moment Sorrentine is the interim coach at Brown University, the new title bestowed upon the Pawtucket native after the school dismissed head coach Jesse Agel on Monday. Sorrentine was informed of his reclassification during a meeting with outgoing athletic director Mike Goldberger after learning earlier in the day that Agel would not be retained.
“Going into that meeting, I didn’t know what to expect,” Sorrentine said when reached Monday night.

Confident Friars ready to take center stage in NYC

March 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Vincent Council provided the type of response that epitomizes the mindset of the Providence College Friars heading into the Big East Tournament.
To summarize, the junior doesn’t expect the Friars to be a one-and-done casualty, their season ending at the hands of Seton Hall on Day 1 of the five-day mad dash leading up to a hoops coronation at Madison Square Garden.

Keough, N.S. girls fall from Div. III hoop semifinals

March 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE — In the end, it wasn’t meant to be for head coach Alisha Brannon and her North Smithfield squad.
Despite North Smithfield putting forth a gutsy and determined effort in the face of long odds, the Northmen saw their season come to a close Monday night in the Division III semifinals at Rhode Island College.
Led by 29 points from senior Sandy Kun, top seed and unbeaten Juanita Sanchez held on for a 53-49 victory.

March 4th

E.P.'s Vicente places second at N.E. wrestling meet

March 4, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Those who are driven to excel fully understand the magnitude of qualifying for the New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships.
With that qualification comes an expectation of success, and – when it doesn't come – the hurt runs remarkably deep.

March 3rd

WEB ONLY: Tolman rules Scituate in playoff opener

March 3, 2012

PAWTUCKET -- Tolman scored three power-play goals in the first 10:07 of play and never looked back on Friday night as the Tigers skated to an easy 9-3 win over Scituate in Game 1 of their best-of-three Division III quarterfinal-round series at Lynch Arena.
The third-seeded Tigers (13-4) will try to sweep the sixth-seeded Spartans (5-11-1) tonight when the series resumes at 7 p.m. at the Smithfield Ice Rink.

March 2nd

Tying it all together: Pawtucket's LaBranche instrumental in bringing 'Elite Eight' games to PC's Alumni Hall

March 2, 2012

PROVIDENCE — In the person of Carl LaBranche, the R.I. Interscholastic League and Providence College benefited from having an ace in the hole.
The underlying reason why PC’s venerable Alumni Hall gym is the site for Sunday’s “Elite Eight” round of the open state tournament is due to the communication and negotiating skills tapped by LaBranche in harmonizing this project. With this Pawtucket native (Tolman High School Class of 1970) serving as the point man, LaBranche’s vision of opening Alumni Hall’s doors to the state’s high school basketball sector became a reality.

March 1st

WEB ONLY: A lack of scoring options helped contribute to St. Raphael's playoff exit

March 2, 2012

SMITHFIELD – Thursday night on the Bryant University campus saw St. Raphael meet its maker in the form of a deep-scoring Classical team, something the Saints desperately tried to evolve into over the course of the 2011-12 season.
Alas, it never materialized. The Saints’ 69-61 loss in the “Sweet 16” round of the open state tournament served as one final reminder of what can happen when a team puts multiple scoring threats on the floor simultaneously. That’s exactly what the upstarts from Classical did by placed four players in double figures led by 26 points from Ismael Batista.

Over and out: SRA's season come to an end at hands of Classical, 69-61

March 2, 2012

SMITHFIELD – St. Raphael Academy’s reign as defending state champs has come to an end – an abrupt one at that.
It was Classical springing the upset Thursday night at Bryant University’s Chace Athletic Center, the 13th-seeded Purple receiving multiple contributions up and down the lineup in a 69-61 “Round of 16” victory over the Saints. Classical’s Ismael Batista was virtually unstoppable in second half where he netted 16 of his 26 points. Charles Correa led SRA with 26 points on six 3-pointers.

Pawtucket’s Wilson claims A-10 All-Conference honor at La Salle

March 1, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — Pawtucket’s Brittany Wilson, a junior guard on the La Salle University women’s basketball team, recently earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team as a Third Team All-Conference pick.
Wilson has helped power La Salle to its best Atlantic 10 season since the 2006-07 season. The Explorers went 7-7 in league play and earned its second straight Atlantic 10 Tournament berth and the No. 8 seed in this weekend's tournament.

Hockey postseason gets underway this weekend

March 1, 2012

Three months of regular-season games have now boiled down to three weeks of state tournament action.
And for five of the six Blackstone Valley teams that qualified for the playoffs, the ‘second season’ commences tonight at arenas throughout the state.
While the opening weekend of the postseason had long been reserved for the quarterfinal-round series, that won’t be the case this winter in the new State Championship playoffs, which along with the Division I tourney, jumps right into its semifinals this weekend.

February 29th

Davies girls fall to N.S. in Div. III quarterfinals

February 29, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — After a rather sloppy initial half, one in which it registered 15 turnovers and had serious issues netting a bucket, North Smithfield High head coach Alisha Brannon took her troops aside and told them simply to calm down and think.
“Basically, we have a tendency to rush on offense, and the first half was a classic example,” she said. “They try to pass too quickly or dribble past (defenders). At halftime, I told them to quit rushing and spread the floor.

February 28th

Rogers ousts Shea from state basketball tourney

February 29, 2012

WARWICK – There were a few critical reasons why Shea High suffered a disappointing 63-52 loss to Rogers High in the R.I. Open Tournament's “Round of 16” at the Community College of Rhode Island-Warwick's Vincent A. Cullen Field House on Tuesday night.
Heart and will weren't among them.
Instead, the eighth-seeded Raiders issued 19 turnovers, including eight in the initial seven minutes of the final stanza, and dropped only 13 of 21 free throws (61.9 percent), as they closed their campaign at 18-6 overall.

Friars deliver in home finale, top Huskies, 72-70

February 29, 2012

PROVIDENCE – In preparation for Tuesday’s game against the Jim Calhoun-less UConn Huskies, Ed Cooley took his club to the movies. The screening didn’t include popcorn and soda, rather visual evidence to demonstrate just how far Cooley’s PC Friars have come from a mediocre showing in an exhibition game to this past weekend’s last-second escape job at DePaul.

Cooley on UConn coach: ‘I’m a big Jim Calhoun fan’

February 29, 2012

PROVIDENCE – It’s just not the players who burn with desire, clamoring to face the very best. Coaches too relish the opportunity to match wits and strategies whenever there’s a noted leader of the pack residing in the opposite corner.

February 27th

Win or go home for local girls' teams

February 27, 2012

When it comes to predicting who will play for the three state championships on March 10 at the Ryan Center, it shouldn’t take a lot of thought.
In Division I, all signs point to the two unbeaten teams, defending champion La Salle and rival Bay View. In Division II, you can take your pick among the North’s Moses Brown (17-1) and the South’s Narragansett and Rogers (each 16-2), and in Division III, unbeaten Juanita Sanchez and defending champ Middletown (16-3) are the clear-cut favorites.

February 26th

Rising through the ranks: Cumberland's Mike Roose named strength and conditioning coordinator of Red Sox' farm system

February 26, 2012

Call it a case of good things happening to good people. Realistically, perhaps we should step back, take a big-picture view, and draw the conclusion that Mike Roose is so adept at his chosen profession that no one should be shocked by the Cumberland native’s meteoric rise through the Boston Red Sox’s player support chain.

Winning by a nose: Cumberland wins state wrestling title by one point

February 26, 2012

PROVIDENCE — When the final second ticked off the clock in the 195-pound championship final, Cumberland High senior grappler Tom LaCroix broke free of his opponent's last-ditch clutch, leaped into the air and pumped his fist in jubilation.
His teammates, most of whom were on the mat's borders anxiously watching, immediately mobbed veteran head coach Steve Gordon, then did the same to LaCroix.

Hawks turn up defensive pressure, oust Tigers from state playoffs

February 26, 2012

WARWICK — Tolman head coach Mike Kayata didn’t mince words when asked about how Bishop Hendricken transformed a one-point halftime lead into a 63-42 final Saturday night. Simply put the Hawks were cooking with gas while the Tigers, who with the loss were eliminated from the open state tournament, were just trying to stay afloat.
“They exploited us,” Kayata deadpanned.

February 25th

Ruler of the pool: Clippers' Kent captures two events at state meet

February 25, 2012

KINGSTON — Cumberland High junior Courtney Kent explained Saturday afternoon that she hadn’t really “tapered” for these R.I. Interscholastic Swimming Championships.
In essence, that just means she hadn’t cut down on the amount of practice yardage she swims day-in and day-out as a member of Crimson Aquatics, based out of Cambridge. A slice in distance, a swimmer always hopes, results in faster times due to the body’s ability to recuperate.

February 24th

Easy does it: Shea handily wins tourney opener

February 24, 2012

PAWTUCKET – To borrow from the office supply story Staples, “That was easy.”
Almost too easy if you’re Shea High, which in its playoff opener rolled to a 84-50 final at the expense of an overmatched Johnston High squad Friday night at “The Cage.” The 34-point drubbing vaults Shea, the No. 8 seed in the 30-team open state tournament, into the Round of 16 on Tuesday night at CCRI-Warwick. There the Raiders will face Rogers, which defeated Middletown, 69-43.

 

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