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March 10th, 2015
CUMBERLAND — Abdullah Kaba was getting nervous. The Cumberland High senior had repeatedly emailed the UMass Lowell cross country and track & field head coach to stoke the recruiting fires, but had no luck in receiving a reply back.
Turns out a simple typographical error was preventing Kaba from properly connecting with River Hawks mentor Gary Gardner.
CUMBERLAND – It's more than fair to say Cumberland High varsity head coach Dr. Mark Andreozzi never anticipated the kind of dream season his Clippers have enjoyed.
Because his icemen captured the R.I. Division II Tournament championship a year ago with a near-perfect 22-1-0 overall record (against league opponents), Rhode Island Interscholastic League officials chose to bump his program up to Division I/Eccleston.
There they'd be forced to take on the best public school squads in the state, and Andreozzi knew it would be a big, difficult leap.
PROVIDENCE – For all that he endured injury-wise in his first two seasons in a Providence College uniform, the news of Kris Dunn being named co-winner of the Big East Defensive Player of the Year laurel should be viewed as an organizational achievement.
Saturday, March 7
(#1) Kentucky (31-0) 67
Florida (15-16) 50
Kentucky went about business as usual. They beat an in conference foe thoroughly as they should. Karl Anthony towns had 13 points and 9 rebounds as they Wildcats finished their first undefeated regular season in program history.
(#2) Virginia (28-2) 57
(#16) Louisville (24-7) 59
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Minutes after this epic Friday night tilt had ended, Mount St. Charles’ girls mentor Tony DiLorenzo peered at an onlooker, gave a mammoth “Whew!” and smiled weakly.
That’s what happens when you eke out an entertaining, not to mention thrilling, playoff triumph.
An open letter to PawSox fans:
The 2015 home opener is scheduled for Thursday, April 16. Clear the schedule and come on down to McCoy Stadium.
There’s also a game at the venerable ballyard the next night, and the following day, and the day after that and … you get the idea.
A year ago, Mount St. Charles and the Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op team were the two teams out of the 10 in the state that did not qualify for the postseason.
This year, the two squads will face off in a best-of-three series in the DeCosta Division playoffs. The Lions are the higher seed, meaning that Game 1 against the Mounties will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at North Smithfield’s Rhode Island Sports Center.
EAST PROVIDENCE – St. Raphael Academy coach Fred Saunders calls senior guard Kaylee Oliver “one of the best shooters in the state.”
Oliver lived up to the billing on Wednesday night in the state open tournament when she put the Saints on her thin shoulders and carried them to a 73-67 overtime victory against Johnston. SRA advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals against the winner of the North Kingstown-Chariho contest.
Oliver finished with 26 points, 15 of them coming on five three-pointers. She also went 5-for-5 at the free throw line.
PAWTUCKET – Veteran Tolman High mentor Mike Kayata still can’t get over his Tigers’ devastating 61-58 to Juanita Sanchez in a R.I. Division II Tournament quarterfinal at their James W. Donaldson home on Feb. 24.
PAWTUCKET – The first-ever R.I. Girls’ Open State Tournament could provide St. Raphael Academy head coach Fred Saunders and his troops a bit of solace, especially after they sustained a disgruntling 62-39 loss to Juanita Sanchez in the Division II title tilt on Saturday.
In that one, Cavaliers’ senior standout Davida Dale, who had already signed a letter of intent to play at Syracuse University, torched the Saints for a game-high 29 points.
WARWICK– Judging by the number of girls’ basketball teams that turned out for Monday night’s selection show at the Warwick Mall, the inaugural 16-team open state tournament figures to not suffer from a lack of interest.
PROVIDENCE – Now that Hurricane Davida Dale and her trail of hardwood destruction has passed through, it’s time for St. Raphael Academy to pick up the pieces and count their blessings.
The season is winding down. We are entering the final week of the regular season. After that, conference tournaments will start the following weekend. Selection Sunday is March 15th, less than 2 weeks away. Shortly after Selection Sunday, all will be right in the world. People will be printing out brackets and filling them out at their desk. Inevitably, Jan from accounting will win your office pool by picking her favorite mascots and everyone will be in disbelief. It has been an exciting regular season thus far and boy do we still have the best ahead of us.
The performance of the Central Falls High boys’ 4x400 relay team at last Saturday’s state indoor track and field championship wasn’t merely good.
NORTH KINGSTOWN – St. Raphael’s Academy and Chariho High School faced off in the Div. II semifinals Thursday night, culminating in a lopsided Saints victory by a final score of 55-35.
Kaylee Oliver led all scorers with 16 points behind four three-pointers and a perfect 4-4 night at the line. The Chargers were paced by their lone senior, Abigail Cuddy, who had 15 points and was 9-13 from the free-throw stripe.
Mariners knock out Raiders, 68-46
NARRAGANSETT – Chelsea Sahagian landed five treys en route to a game-high 29 points as Narragansett High rolled to a 68-46 triumph over Shea in a R.I. Division III Tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday evening.
PAWTUCKET – Tolman High left its Division II playoff hopes in the hands of Juanita Sanchez’s Miguel Prieto, the state’s leading scorer, on Tuesday night in a quarterfinal round contest. Not a good idea.
WOONSOCKET – Tuesday night proved to be a prime example of why Mount St. Charles chief Ray Leveille just doesn’t like facing Tolman High.
It’s the Tigers’ size, grit and talent.
PAWTUCKET – Tolman boys, and Shea and St. Raphael Academy girls, are among the Blackstone Valley area teams competing Tuesday night in the RIIL playoffs.
Shea at Narragansett (Girls)
The Raiders didn’t face the Mariners this season, as the latter represents III-South, but they’ll be in for a battle.
PAWTUCKET – Tolman High girls’ hoop head coach Tammy Drape admitted Monday afternoon she never thought her club would be in the position it is now earlier this season.
Her Tigers had opened the Division III-North slate with a dismal 0-5 mark, and the idea of playing in the post-season tourney seemed all but lost.
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CUMBERLAND – Lizzie Pickering could barely contain her excitement.