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December 5th

Girls' basketball preview: Plenty of local flavor in Division II

December 5, 2012

To undertake a rebuilding job, one must have a firm understanding that change does not take place over night. The challenge of planting the seeds of encouragement and belief that things will get better with time is the main subplot at Woonsocket High, where a new head coach inherits practically a new team.

December 4th

Boys' hockey preview: Keep an eye on Tolman, Cumberland, Lincoln

December 4, 2012

The Rhode Island interscholastic hockey season is right around the corner, and Blackstone Valley coaches are excited about moving from pre-season training to playing actual games.
As always, Mount St. Charles, La Salle and Hendricken are early favorites to fight for the Division I/Cimini title, while defending D-I/Eccleston champion Burrillville is hell-bent on defending its crown.

December 3rd

McGair: High school realignment formula in need of tweaking

December 3, 2012

At the end of day, high school sports are not based on which teams are successful and which ones aren’t. Their very existence is predicated on providing teenagers with a level playing field rooted in fair competition.
If winning a championship happens to accompany what should be an enriching experience, that’s pure gravy. If not, the question that needs asking is whether the experience provided was rewarding from a “fair fight” standpoint.

Gordon back for 44th season as Clippers’ wrestling mentor

December 3, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Steve Gordon can’t help but smile when recalling the images of his Cumberland High matmen celebrating their second title in three years at the R.I. Interscholastic Wrestling Championships last Feb. 25.
They did so on the stellar moves of then-senior captain Tom Lacroix, who represented the Clippers in the 195-pound weight class at the event finals, held at the Providence Career & Technical High School field house.

December 2nd

Total Dominance: Clippers coast past Villa Novans for Division II Super Bowl

December 2, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Erik Travers gulped down a pre-game meal of eggs, bacon and toast on Sunday morning, he knew from the feeling in his stomach that he was about to play the most important game of his life.
“My nerves were going full blast,” said the Cumberland High senior running back. “I thought I was going to throw up. I still don't know how I kept it down.”

Super Bowl champion Clippers have winning pedigree

December 2, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – It was a great day for fathers and sons in general – but specifically for fathers who coach college football and sons who were instrumental in Cumberland High capturing the Division II Super Bowl in runaway fashion.

December 1st

WEB ONLY: Clippers, Villa Novans to meet with Division II Super Bowl on the line

December 2, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Not quite 20 hours after Cumberland High had crushed West Warwick, 48-14, in a R.I. Division II grid semifinal, head coach Chris Skurka and his staff sat in a classroom far above the Wellness Center gym floor on Thursday afternoon planning for their next – and final – opponent of 2012.
That will be Woonsocket, which – with a 27-0 pasting of Central, also Wednesday night – earned the right to face the top-seeded Clippers in the D-II Super Bowl at East Greenwich High’s Nick Carcieri Field at noon Sunday.

WEB ONLY: Woonsocket-Cumberland Super Bowl lineups

December 1, 2012

WOONSOCKET OFFENSE
TE – Kyle Lizotte, junior, No. 88
LG – Nick Fernandes, sophomore, No. 51
LT – Brian Cahill, senior, No. 50
C – Andrew Gaulin, junior, No. 74
RG – Shawn Ingram, sophomore, No. 75
RT – Levi Walker, senior, No. 79
WR – John Poirier, senior, No. 1
QB – Brett Bouchard, senior, No. 14
RB – Jalen Evans, senior, No. 28
RB – Will Andino, junior, No. 2
WR – Kyle Mulvey, senior, No. 21

WOONSOCKET DEFENSE
DE – Brian Cahill, senior No. 50.
DT – Shawn Ingram, sophomore, No. 75
DT – Ryan Lagasse, senior, No. 54
DE – Seydou Niang, senior, No. 55

WEB ONLY: Shorthanded Friars continue to hang tough

December 1, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Deep down, Ed Cooley has to know that the basketball gods have not completely forsaken his Providence College Friars.
While injuries continue to decimate Cooley’s already razor-thin core, PC somehow continues to avoid getting buried under an avalanche of excuses and naysayers proclaiming it’s impossible to play major college basketball with a depleted lineup. The fact that the Friars sport a 6-2 record following Saturday’s too-close-for-comfort 73-63 win over SEC foe Mississippi State reiterates the adage “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

November 29th

For Red Sox' Kalish, it's full speed ahead

November 29, 2012

PROVIDENCE — To Ryan Kalish, the time and sweat he’s putting in this offseason has a rewarding vibe surrounding it – the kind that provides the 24-year-old Red Sox outfielder with the sort of reassurance that he’ll be ready to answer the bell come spring training.

Turkey Day rivals Clippers, Villa Novans to play for Division II Super Bowl

November 29, 2012

At first blush, the task of Cumberland and Woonsocket laying the groundwork for the season’s biggest game doesn’t seem entirely daunting – especially since we’re referencing two squads that staged a gridiron tussle merely eight days ago.
With only three days between the semifinals and Sunday’s Division II Super Bowl, the art of familiarity helps to take a little strain off of the preparation process. Time has become a valuable commodity, and if you’re going to step into the ring of fire, what better opponent to have than someone where introductions are not required?

November 28th

Cumberland heads to Division II Super Bowl after blasting West Warwick

November 28, 2012

CUMBERLAND – Mercy!
It was yet another Big Blue blowout in a season that has pointed in one direction – the Division II Super Bowl. An appearance in the title game is officially in Cumberland High’s line of sight after Wednesday night’s 48-14 romp against West Warwick High in semifinal-round action at frigid Tucker Field.

November 27th

Defensive-minded PC puts away Holy Cross

November 27, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Dating back several seasons, the very idea of placing Providence College and “defense” in the same sentence resulted in snickering along with several knee slaps.
In 2012, Ed Cooley’s PC Friars are getting after it in such ferocious fashion that the opposition is having a hard time getting off the canvas. More punishment was meted out Tuesday as Providence stomped on Holy Cross, 61-42, before a rather subdued crowd, which was announced at 4,596.

Clippers' Crawley prepares for Foot Locker Nationals

November 27, 2012

CUMBERLAND — There once was a time when Trevor Crawley wanted to follow his own plan – and, of course, his coaches – but not so much his dad’s.
Mike Crawley, a 1981 Shea High graduate who earned All-State second-team laurels in outdoor track and later represented both the Community College of Rhode Island and Southern Connecticut State University, apparently had tried to offer some advice as to the nuances of distance running, but it was a “no-go.

Football semifinals move to Wednesday night

November 27, 2012

On the surface, the decision to push back the entire slate of R.I. semifinal-round playoff games to Wednesday seems as simple as the quarterback receiving the snap.
Seven of the eight games on the docket were already based at venues where light fixtures are part of the ambiance. The lone exception: Woonsocket’s Barry Field.
However, thanks to Villa Novans athletic director George Nasuti obtaining portable lights, the situation was remedied.

Ryan Lavarnway to be featured at PawSox' Christmas Party

November 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox will host their Annual Christmas Party at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, December 8 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. The PawSox’ Christmas Party is a free event open to fans of all ages. Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway will make a special appearance along with two members of the PawSox Governors’ Cup championship, infielder Tony Thomas and outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.

November 26th

High school football semifinals kick off tonight

November 27, 2012

Tonight’s the night. High school football’s version of the ‘Sweet Sixteen’. Four teams in each of the state’s four divisions battling for the right to be the eight that will play for a Super Bowl championship this weekend.
Three local teams — Cumberland, Woonsocket, and North Smithfield — are among the 16 that will suit up tonight in their respective semifinal-round games, with the Clippers and Villa Novans playing Division II games in the friendly confines of their home fields and the Northmen heading to Providence for a Division IV contest.

PC's Fortune welcomes heavy workload

November 26, 2012

PROVIDENCE — In a perfect world, Ed Cooley would have the luxury of bringing along Josh Fortune at a pace suitable for a freshman.
Instead of dipping his toe in the water and feeling his way around, Fortune has been tossed head first into the deep end of the pool. There would be no easing the 6-foot-5 guard into his new world, no spoon-feeding on a Providence College team where contributions these days are mandated, not expected.

November 23rd

PC comes alive in second half to rout Fairfield

November 23, 2012

PROVIDENCE — There’s a burden placed on Providence’s Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton that’s almost unrivaled in terms of their value to the team.
With point guard Vincent Council sidelined, the pressure falls squarely on Cotton and Henton to carry the load. Neither one can afford the luxury of an off night, particularly since there aren’t too many proven scoring options behind them.

To Cooley, preparing for opponents means everything

November 23, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Ed Cooley estimates that his coaching responsibilities account for “20 percent” of his duties at Providence College.
Ask him just how much that small slice in an otherwise demanding pie means to him and Cooley will tell you pointblank that coaching supplies a jolt that by and large remains unmatched. The time he spends on the basketball floor alongside his assistants and players or in the video room breaking down tape is pure nirvana – not to mention a prime chance to reinforce what his primary job entails.

 

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