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Lincoln looks like the team to beat again in softball

March 31, 2013

It wasn’t that long ago when parity was the name of the game in the Division I ranks.
In those days, the competition was so balanced that as many as 9-10 teams entered each season with a realistic chance at state championship glory. And during in an 11-year stretch from 2001-2011, nine different teams enjoyed their moments in the spotlight with the championship plaque.

March 28th

DH Hitting, LLC swings into business in Pawtucket

March 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET --- You can tell a business is booming when after three months in operation, the owners have been so busy that they haven’t found the time to plan a Grand Opening ceremony.
That’s been the case with the ownership group of DH Hitting, LLC, a baseball and softball indoor training facility on 70 Vineyard St. in Pawtucket that opened its doors last Nov. 16 and hasn’t slowed down since the very first swings were taken in their batting tunnels.

Local ADs welcome fresh source of funds from RIIL's revenue-sharing program

March 28, 2013

What is one telltale sign that an organization is doing well from a financial standpoint? Answer: When a revenue-sharing plan is met with a ringing endorsement by the powers-that-be.
“We’re all in this together,” is the phrase Tom Mezzanotte, executive director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, used shortly the approval of a revenue-sharing program at the March 18 Principals’ Committee on Athletics meeting. The unanimous vote (10-0) green lights the distribution of profits that are leftover once all the RIIL’s expenses are all squared away to the 55 member high schools.

March 26th

Ready to give it the old college try: Tolman softball players Clark, Hessler sign LOIs

March 27, 2013

Tolman High softball players Ashley Clark (left) and Ashley Hessler signed their respective Letters of Intent during a ceremony held last week inside the school’s library. A Second Team All-State selection as a junior, Clark will continue her playing career at Division II Assumption College. A Se-cond Team All-Division selection as a junior, Hessler will take her talents to Connecticut’s University of Bridgeport, a Division II participant.

McGair: Friars’ GPS: Go to Texas, turn right on Broadway

March 27, 2013

Within every road trip, there lies a theme. Sometimes it’s apparent the moment the car pulls out of the driveway. Other times, you may elect to start impulse free, the mind filled with vagaries. Then the theme emerges later.
The main objective of Providence College’s sojourn deep into the heart of Texas is short and succinct. The theme is this – “Get to the Garden.”

March 24th

Bryant's O'Shea knows a thing or two about PC's next NIT foe

March 24, 2013

PROVIDENCE — A small, sly grin quickly formed on Ed Cooley’s face upon being asked about reaching out to members of the coaching fraternity with firsthand knowledge of Robert Morris University.
Venturing a guess based on his facial expression, the Providence head coach set some time aside over the weekend to put feelers out. If undertaking the quest of learning more about the Colonials is Cooley’s pleasure, a valuable resource is located just up the road.

March 21st

PC transfers Desrosiers, Harris making good use of down time

March 21, 2013

PROVIDENCE – The wounds from Providence College’s 17-point loss to Cincinnati were still in need of suturing when Ed Cooley sat down at a podium inside Madison Square Garden. Clearly determined to not wallow in self-pity following the Friars’ latest one-and-done result in the Big East Tournament, the head coach elected to use the forum to look down the road.

Providence College officials weigh in on "new" Big East

March 21, 2013

PROVIDENCE – After months of silence on the comings and goings of the re-configured Big East, Providence College officials had plenty to say Wednesday.
Staging a press conference that served as the lead-in for the PC-Charlotte NIT battle, School President the Rev. Brian J. Shanley and Athletic Director Bob Driscoll spoke for roughly 30 minutes about a wide range of Big East-related topics. The PC power pair not only broke down the league’s new structure, they also revealed why they have been so close-mouthed in public over recent weeks.

Central Falls native shows area teens the secrets behind powerlifting

March 21, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS — The past five months or so have been hectic for Jim Bourgault, though he wouldn't have it any other way.
When he's not working as an assistant supervisor in Teknor Apex's Plastics Division, or tending to his wife, Jean, and their three children and two grandchildren, Bourgault is busy weight training in his garage behind his Hunt Street home.
Naturally, he's nicknamed it the “Powerasylum.”

March 19th

Lincoln’s Devolve named ‘Unsung Hero’ by R.I. Reds Heritage Society

March 19, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op girls’ hockey squad had just suffered a tough 5-2 decision to the combined Barrington/Mount Hope/Portsmouth club on Thursday night, March 7, at Brown University.
That, coupled with the Lions’ 6-5 double-overtime defeat in the first game of this-best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament championship series, meant the second-year program hadn’t captured its dream of capturing the state crown.

March 18th

Present and future status of high school co-op teams examined

March 18, 2013

PROVIDENCE — While the immediate future of Rhode Island high school co-op teams does not appear threatened, concern appears to be mounting about the direction the practice is heading.
A portion of Monday’s gathering of the Principals’ Committee on Athletics focused on a myriad of topics that have to do with the validity of cooperative programs. The fact-finding mission is already underway -- a committee tasked by the Interscholastic League to weigh the pros and cons of co-ops recently sent out a three-page survey to principals and athletic directors.

NIT home game means PC Friars are making progress under Cooley

March 18, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Validation that the Providence College men’s basketball program is heading in the right direction came Sunday night in the form of receiving a first-round home game in the National Invitational Tournament.
PC will welcome Charlotte to The Dunk Wednesday night for a 7:15 tip. The Friars are seeded fourth in a region while the 49ers of the Atlantic 10 are the fifth seed. Wednesday’s winner advances to face the victor of Kentucky-Robert Morris, a contest set for Tuesday night. Second-round NIT matchups are scheduled for March 21-25.

March 16th

Lincoln beats Prout in Overtime for Div. II State Title Saturday

March 16, 2013

Head coach James Riel, back, holds the Div. II championship plaque as the Lincoln High School boys hockey team celebrates their sudden death overtime win over Prout 3-2 for the Division II state championship on the ice at Meehan Auditorium Saturday.

March 14th

Lions claw past Prout in 3-2 thriller in opener of Div. II finals

March 15, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Lincoln High wasn’t at its best against the Prout School on Thursday night.
Not only did the Lions go 0-for-4 on the power play for the game, but during their last man advantage with less than six minutes left, it not only failed to capitalize, but yielded the Crusaders a shorthanded goal.
But thanks largely to the play of sophomore goalie Chris Leclaire and his 28 stunning saves, the Lions survived with a 3-2 verdict over Prout in the initial game of this best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament championship series at Brown University's Meehan Auditorium.

March 13th

They're one and done: Bearcats send Friars packing from Big East Tournament

March 13, 2013

NEW YORK – As one Cincinnati make after another settled into the nets at Madison Square Garden Wednesday, the frustration level in Kadeem Batts seemed to rise by the minute.
The Bearcats, desperate for a win that would keep them in the NCAA Tournament mix, were playing loose and free.
On the flip side, Batts and his Providence College teammates were tight and resembled the unit that got off to a dreadful 2-7 start in Big East play – not the one that closed the regular season white-hot with seven wins in nine tries.

MSG is again a house of horrors for PC's Council

March 13, 2013

NEW YORK – For one final time, the Providence player with deep New York City roots trudged off the floor at Madison Square Garden with an empty feeling in his stomach.
Vincent Council’s last chance at Big East Tournament glory resembled his previous three experiences at this hallowed cathedral – with the Friars serving as an all-too familiar one-and-done casualty. As a result, the senior point guard hailing from Brooklyn is left to ponder whether the glass is half-full or half-empty.

March 12th

Unbeaten Lincoln awaits tough challenge from Prout in Div. II hockey finals this week at Brown

March 12, 2013

LINCOLN – Head coach Jim Riel claimed back in November he was thrilled that his Lincoln High icemen had been “demoted” from the state's top tier to Division II.
The reason: He felt the overall talent level would give his Lions a more equal chance to compete against most teams.
Turns out, Riel was right. He always knew his squad had a chance to earn a berth in the championship series, but to do so with an unbeaten D-II record? That he didn't expect.

Cotton is PC's key to hanging around at Big East tournament

March 12, 2013

NEW YORK — The hallways, runways and escalators inside Madison Square Garden come alive with Big East basketball-related chatter every March. Naturally, many folks will take the occasion at this week’s conference tournament to reflect on the end of this wildly entertaining roundball ride.

March 11th

McGair: Putting a bow on the high school boys' basketball playoffs

March 11, 2013

Looking back at the recently completed boys’ basketball playoffs with an emphasis on what the young men and coaches from North Smithfield accomplished …

Heartache and disappointment always seem to boil to the surface whenever extenuating circumstances arise. Yet as he paced around a somber locker room to console a hazed and dazed group of downtrodden teenage boys, North Smithfield head coach T.J. Ciolfi kept thinking about a bonding/healing session to be conducted on a yellow school bus.

Hockey Tigers know they have their hands full against mighty Wizards

March 11, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Minutes after Tolman High had finished its practice Monday afternoon at Lynch Arena, head coach Steve Reynolds and volunteer assistant Tom Vecoli followed their players to the locker room for a team meeting.
There, they discussed how they must approach their tune-up workouts before battling unbeaten and top-seeded West Warwick-Exeter/West Greenwich Co-op in the first game of their best-of-three R.I. Division III Tournament championship series; that's slated for noon Saturday at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium.

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