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March 17th, 2014

How ‘HEART & SOUL’ has come to ring true for the Friars

March 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE – They could have paraded out to center court at Alumni Hall Sunday night in the same Big East Championship t-shirts that were distributed to them the previous night at Madison Square Garden.

Instead, everyone associated with the Providence College men’s basketball program wore grey short-sleeve t-shirts that on the front features a poignant and simple battle cry – HEART & SOUL.

March 16th

SRA advances to Div. II girls semis; Lady Lions fall to Scituate

March 16, 2014

PROVIDENCE – St. Raphael’s record now stands at a glistening 19-0, but for only the third time this season, the Saints found themselves battling for a victory in the final minute of play.

But the Saints, thanks to some strong defense down the stretch, were able to withstand a fierce challenge by ninth-seeded West Warwick and squeak out a 36-33 triumph on Sunday night at Rhode Island College that advanced them to Wednesday night’s Division II semifinals.

For full story, see Monday's print edition of The Times.

March 14th

Fast-starting Clippers edge Lions in DII opener

March 14, 2014

WARWICK – Lincoln controlled the tempo for most of the night and held a significant advantage in the shots-on-goal department in its opening game of its best-of-three Division II semifinal-round series against Cumberland.

Unfortunately for the defending champions, they didn’t control the first few minutes of the game. The Clippers did, and what they did in the first 2:21 of play helped them eke out their third one-goal victory of the season over their neighboring rivals.

For full story, see Saturday's print edition of The Times.

March 13th

Unbeaten SRA girls roll past Mount St. Charles for spot in Sunday's Division II hoop quarterfinals

March 13, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — St. Raphael Academy coach Fred Saunders understands he needs a complete team effort if the Saints want to bring home a Division II state title later this month.
“I think depth is one of our strengths,” Saunders admitted on Thursday night after senior Lauren Taylor made her first start of the season and contributed 14 points, seven points and five rebounds that complemented the usual strong efforts by teammates Becca and Danyele Gonzalez along with Seun Shittu.

PC survives St. John’s comeback for 79-74 victory, contests Seton Hall in tonight’s Big East semifinals

March 13, 2014

NEW YORK — Just in case Ed Cooley let it slip from his mind that the Providence Friars and Madison Square have gone together like oil and vinegar for the longest time, he received a reminder from the college’s president, the Rev. Brian J. Shanley.

“From what (Shanley) told me, we haven’t won down here often,” stated Cooley. “So for us to get off the schneid, it’s a great accomplishment for our program.”

Cooley likes St. John's NCAA Tournament chances, remains mum on PC

March 13, 2014

NEW YORK — Ed Cooley didn’t mince words when asked if he feels St. John’s should be one of the Big East teams selected to the NCAA Tournament.

When the subject turned to whether his Providence squad has done enough to get off the proverbial bubble and move closer to lock status following Thursday’s 79-74 victory over St. John’s, Cooley refrained from politicking on the Friars’ behalf.

March 12th

End of the road: Coventry blasts Tolman in opening round of boys' basketball's Open Tournament

March 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Tolman High head coach Mike Kayata strolled out of the visiting men's locker room in the basement of Rhode Island College's Murray Center on Wednesday night, shrugged his shoulders and tried to explain what had just transpired upstairs.

Friars ignore 'bubble talk', put focus on Thursday's Big East quarterfinal-round opener vs. Red Storm

March 12, 2014

NEW YORK — At this point of the season, Kadeem Batts and the rest of his teammates are dealing with information overload when the discussion turns to the Friars and their NCAA Tournament prospects.

Like every other Providence College basketball follower, Batts is keeping abreast of the latest developments via watching games on TV, checking out bracket-bubble updates online and hearing all sorts of prognostications on where the Friars stand in their quest for the program’s first NCAA berth since 2004.

March 11th

Improved play from underclassmen has propelled Tolman into open state tourney

March 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET – If there’s anyone associated with the Tolman boys’ basketball program who has seen firsthand the progress and development made by Jesse Fernandes, Steven Otis and the rest of the current underclassmen, look no further than head coach Mike Kayata’s right-hand man.
 

March 10th

Tolman boys' hoop to face unfamiliar foe in first-round of open state tourney

March 10, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Mike Kayata professes to know the mere basics regarding Coventry High, the squad Tolman High drew in the opening round of the 16-team Rhode Island State Open Boys' Basketball Tournament.

Based exclusively on the Power Point standings that were kept during the regular season and the divisional playoffs, the Division II Tigers are the No. 11 seed while the Division I Knotty Oakers are seeded sixth. They’ll meet Wednesday night at Rhode Island College’s Murray Center, with the tip at 6.

Perfect SRA girls' hoops team part of 'team to beat' crowd in Division II playoffs

March 10, 2014

PAWTUCKET --- You would think that a team that captured its league title with a 16-0 record and won 13 of those games by 19 or more points would be an overwhelming favorite to win a state championship.

Instead, St. Raphael is merely one of the schools in a “teams to beat” group that has its eyes set on achieving Division II glory a week from Saturday at URI’s Ryan Center.

March 9th

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 8, 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.