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March 9th, 2014

Just a sophomore, Tolman High grad Ethan Etheridge is rewriting swimming history at Elms College

March 9, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Six years ago, as a freshman at Tolman High, Ethan Etheridge decided to join the swim team more or less for the fun of it.

He admitted to being a decent swimmer, but nothing premier.

Slowly but surely, his times in his specialties – the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke – began to drop, and that naturally caused him to strive for more speed.

Etheridge claims he never would've dreamed way back when that he'd be in the position he is now, as one of the most decorated swimmers in the history of Elms College, stationed in Chicopee in western Massachusetts.

March 7th

‘VP’ has Friars in top form

March 7, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The trust factor between the Providence College basketball players and the training staff is quite evident.

In separate interviews, Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton didn’t refer to athletic trainer Bryn VanPatten by his first name or his last. Truncated in such a fashion that you can just feel the cool factor, VanPatten simply goes by “VP.”

March 6th

Tigers primed for high-powered Eagles in tonight’s Division II boys' basketball semifinals at RIC

March 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Tolman High head coach Mike Kayata is fully aware that in hoops parlance, Barrington is considered a matchup nightmare.

Cumberland, Lincoln, SRA/PCD co-op boys' hockey teams begin state tournament action this weekend

March 6, 2014

For Mount St. Charles and Burrillville, only two victories separate them from a return trip to Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium and a chance to claim championship glory.
For Cumberland, Lincoln, North Smithfield, and the St. Raphael/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team, it’s going to take twice as many wins for a cherished spot in the Division II finals.
For these six teams, the march to Brown begins tonight as the puck drops on the state playoffs in the form of best-of-three series around the state.

March 5th

Tolman hoopsters defeat EWG, await Division II semifinal-round showdown with Barrington at RIC

March 5, 2014

COVENTRY — There’s still business to tend to, namely Friday’s Division II semifinal clash against Barrington. Yet without running the risk of looking too far ahead, what Tolman High accomplished Wednesday night may have been the finishing touch to securing a spot in the 16-team open state tournament.

March 4th

St. Raphael girls wrap up perfect regular season, claim 45-43 'Senior Night' thriller from Moses Brown

March 4, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — Moses Brown came looking to spoil St. Raphael Academy’s bid for a perfect 16-0 regular season on Tuesday night at Alumni Hall.
The Saints had defeated the Quakers by 21 points in mid-January. That was a rare off night for the visitors, who carried an 11-3 record in Division II action into this playoff tuneup for both sides.

Quarterfinals come calling for boys' hoop teams

March 4, 2014

The next wave of games as part of Rhode Island’s version of “March Madness” are set for Wednesday night with boys’ basketball quarterfinal-round contests in all three divisions taking place at neutral sites around the state.
Two area squads are heading to the same venue as Division II participants Tolman and Central Falls will bus to Coventry High School. The third-seeded Tigers will take the floor first for a 5:30 p.m. matchup against fellow II-Central member and sixth-seeded Exeter/West Greenwich. At roughly 7:30, the seventh-seeded Warriors face No. 2 Barrington.

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 3, 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

February 28, 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

February 28, 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 27, 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 24, 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.

 

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