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March 4th, 2014

Davies girls get job done on defense in stunning 49-36 win over North Smithfield

March 4, 2014

LINCOLN — After the warm-up session, and minutes before a huge Division III-North clash against league-leading North Smithfield High, Davies Tech head coach Joe Handy led his troops outside a door to Gaskin Alumni Hall on Tuesday evening.
There, he looked rather animated, trying to explain to his Patriots how critical it would be to play with fire in their hearts. After all, a postseason berth was at stake.

March 3rd

McGair: Ten years later, Friars have a chance to atone for '04 Pittsburgh game

March 4, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Call it the definition of a Friar full circle.

The Providence College men’s basketball contest that took place March 2, 2004 isn’t referenced in the sections of the media guide devoted to noteworthy dates and games in program history, and with good reason: On that night, nothing went right. Pittsburgh waltzed into the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and laid a major hurt on the Ryan Gomes-led and Tim Welsh-coached Friars, rolling to a stunningly easy 88-61 victory.

“I remember,” said PC Athletic Director Bob Driscoll when reached Monday.

Lincoln's Ryan receives special coaching honor

March 4, 2014

LINCOLN --- The official announcement came during the second week of January, but Dick Ryan didn’t realize that he received one of high school’s most prestigious coaching honors until late last week during his first visit of the year to Lincoln High.

“We had our spring coaches meeting,” recalled the Lions’ softball coach. “I stopped into (athletic director Brian Fineberg’s) office and he told me, ‘Hey, congratulations.’ I said, ‘For what?’ and he said, ‘You didn’t get this?’ and he showed me a copy of a letter that was in my mailbox at the school.”

March 2nd

Lincoln's D'Aloisio captures another state wrestling title; Cumberland places third in team standings

March 2, 2014

PROVIDENCE — When Lincoln High senior Alex D'Aloisio awoke on Saturday morning, he didn't feel that well. He figured it was probably just nerves, as he was about to attempt to claim a second-straight title at the R.I. Interscholastic Wrestling Championships.
“Once I got here (to the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house), I started to feel it in my gut; I was kind out of it,” he confessed.

Cumberland hockey team nips Lincoln, 2-1, finishes Division II-North regular season with 18-0 record

March 2, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — This is what great sports rivalries are all about: Anything Lincoln can do, Cumberland wants to do it better. Even if the difference between these two outstanding hockey teams is nearly negligible, the Clippers want to outdo their neighborhood rivals on the ice.

Pawtucket's Doyle captures hometown Irish 5K

March 2, 2014

Staff report
PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket’s Brendan Doyle topped a field of 784 runners to win the fourth annual Irish 5K this past weekend, as Doyle posted a winning time of 17:44 to top the runner-up finisher, Chris Fox of Rumford, by 28 seconds.
On the women’s side, Greenville’s Trish Hillery became a two-time winner of the race by placing sixth overall in 18:55. Karen Gately of North Grafton, Mass. was the next female to cross the finish line, as she was 13th overall in 19:34.6.

February 28th

Wellington’s hat trick helps Cumberland hockey team defeat North Smithfield, 3-1, hike record to 17-0

March 1, 2014

BURRILLVILLE — Despite Cumberland High’s amazing run so far this season, North Smithfield refused to be intimidated in a huge Division II-North clash on Friday night.
Head coach Paul Nadeau’s Northmen skated with authority, played with heart and desire for a full 45 minutes and gave the unbeaten Clippers a scare.
In the end, however, junior winger and tri-captain Greg Wellington by his lonesome found the net more often than the hosts as Cumberland strolled out of Levy Arena with a 3-1 triumph.

Central Falls earns berth in Division II quarterfinals with 68-56 triumph over Cumberland

March 1, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
CENTRAL FALLS — The last time Central Falls and Cumberland met on a basketball court, just nine days ago, the Clippers upset the Warriors on their home court on a late hoop by freshman Brandon Kolek.
When the two teams met again Friday night on the same court in a Division II playoff opener, the Warriors made sure there would be no late heroics by Cumberland. Central Falls held a 49-44 lead with nine minutes left before going on a 7-0 run that put the game away.

February 27th

Division boys' hoop playoffs have plenty of merit

February 28, 2014

The definition of an undercard is a boxing event before the main match.

In Rhode Island high school boys’ basketball, the three divisional tournaments that tip off Friday night are seen as warm-up acts to a bigger and better event – a 16-team open tournament. Before arriving at the process where the crowing of one champion takes place, however, the order of business is pitting familiar foes against each other.

February 26th

Lincoln girls halt slide, net 53-29 win over Mount

February 26, 2014

LINCOLN — After rolling to six straight triumphs, Lincoln High sustained a crushing 38-37 Division II-North loss to Moses Brown School on Feb. 12, and that sent it into a dismal tailspin.
On Valentine's Night, they dropped a 57-34 verdict to II Central-leading and unbeaten St. Raphael, 57-34, before getting exploited by Scituate (69-49) and Johnston (42-29) in two more league clashes.

February 25th

Playoff-bound Tolman ends regular season with fifth straight victory, downs crosstown rival Shea, 65-51

February 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Throughout this wave of stellar play to end the regular season, one item has stood out above all else for coach Mike Kayata and his Tolman basketball lot.
Spitting out well-worn clichés such as “playing together” may come across as so pedestrian, but that’s exactly why the Tigers enter the Division II postseason on an impressive roll. Tolman registered its fifth straight victory Tuesday night, a come-from-behind 65-51 win at Shea.

Josh Maurer joins PawSox radio broadcast booth

February 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The two-person radio booth for the Pawtucket Red Sox is officially set as newcomer Josh Maurer joins forces with Jeff Levering for the 2014 season.

The 33-year-old Maurer replaces Bob Socci, who left the PawSox last July to become the radio play-by-play broadcaster of the New England Patriots.

February 24th

St. Raphael/PCD/Wheeler co-op hockey team takes major step toward clinching Div. II playoff spot

February 25, 2014

KINGSTON --- The St. Raphael/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team and South Kingstown skated into their crossover contest on Monday afternoon at Boss Arena both sitting on the Division II’s playoff bubble and desperately needing a win to keep their postseason hopes afloat.

Fortunately for the locals, they stepped up their play and rose to the occasion in this must-win situation and now find themselves sitting on the doorstep to the postseason after a year’s absence.

February 23rd

Different paths, but same winning result for Pawtucket fighters Kahn-Clary, Falowo

February 23, 2014

LINCOLN --- After a 14-month odyssey that saw him venture through five different states outside of New England and earn seven wins along the way, Toka Kahn-Clary was more than delighted to come home to Rhode Island this past weekend and fight in front of his family and friends.

Fighting in the co-feature of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ aptly-named “Home Sweet Home” card at the Twin River Event Center, Kahn-Clary gave his gathering of fans a surge of excitement by knocking out Miami’s Carlos Fulgencio 1:10 into the second round of their featherweight fight.

February 21st

Tolman pulls off 85-76 upset of West Warwick behind DePina, Fernandes

February 22, 2014

PAWTUCKET — With this being “Senior Night,” and prior to a monumental Division II-Central clash against unbeaten West Warwick, Tolman High mentor Mike Kayata took a few minutes to describe to the crowd the qualities of his three soon-to-be graduates.

In closing, he told the 250-plus fans on hand, “Now let's play some basketball.”

He seemed a bit nervous at the time, but – turns out – there was little reason. Man, did his Tigers deliver!

February 20th

Hendricken floors Cumberland in marquee matchup

February 21, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Perhaps two minutes after Cumberland High had sustained a 49-12 dual-meet loss to rival Hendricken in a match to clinch the Division I title, veteran mentor Steve Gordon managed to keep his sense of humor.
When a reporter approached him for a few thoughts Thursday night, he immediately said, “Not right now. Wait a second!”
He approached his wife, Judy, gave her a kiss, handled a couple of other minor details, then relented to an interview.
His first response, with a wide grin: “Sorry. You’ve gotta know what’s truly important!”

Kahn-Clary's back in R.I., fights tonight at Twin River

February 21, 2014

LINCOLN — It’s a 45-minute drive from Pawtucket to Manfredo’s Boxing & Fitness in Narragansett for Toka Kahn-Clary and Thomas Falowo, and because of the 72 miles they have to travel roundtrip to work out with their trainer, Peter Manfredo Sr., the two often carpool back and forth each night.
But tonight, they won’t have to share a ride. Instead, they will make a short trip to the Twin River Event Center and appear in separate six-round bouts on Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.’s “Home Sweet Home” card.

February 18th

PC bows to No. 9 Villanova in double-OT thriller

February 18, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The rematch was far more competitive. The outcome was just as painful for the Providence Friars to swallow.
PC tried its best to throw ninth-ranked Villanova for a loop, but the Wildcats were able to hang on for an 82-79 double-overtime victory on Tuesday night before 12,106 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Ryan Arcidiacono closed out with 21 points, though none were bigger than the layup the Villanova guard converted with 3.6 seconds left in the second extra session.

Crowley: "It's been awesome" coaching King Philip

February 18, 2014

For someone who normally wears blue as the head coach of the Cumberland softball and Burrillville cross country teams – and had sported touches of red during past stints with the Tolman and Cranston West girls’ basketball squads – Marty Crowley found himself having to adjust to green and gold this winter.
But aside from changing his athletic wardrobe, Crowley’s transition to the Massachusetts girls’ basketball scene and the extra competitive Hockomock League as the head coach of King Philip High of Wrentham, Mass. has been a seamless one.

February 14th

Clippers remain in Division II playoff hunt after fending off Raiders, 60-58

February 15, 2014

PAWTUCKET – In the manner of two exhausted boxers holding on to each other for dear life, Cumberland and Shea resided in the same space during much of Friday’s Division II crossover at “The Cage.”

The Clippers held a 55-46 lead with 58.1 seconds remaining before finding themselves with a legit fight on their hands. Yet every time the Raiders appeared to be knocking on the door, the visitors responded in true closeout fashion – by calmly making their free throws.

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