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March 11th, 2012

McGair: When it comes to recruiting, PC's Cooley aims high; Why Sorrentine has a good chance of landing head coaching job at Brown

March 11, 2012

You read and hear the names of highly visible, sought-after recruits only to see later in the same sentence that Ed Cooley is right there in the trenches, making inroads with the Jakarr Sampsons of the world.

March 10th

WEB ONLY: No bull about: Cumberland's Patrick signs on with South Florida '9'

March 10, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Now that he's decided where he will attend college, Cumberland High senior pitcher Justin Patrick – a 6-5, 205-pound righty – just wants to focus on the next task at hand: Helping the Clippers to an outstanding Division I-North campaign and securing a playoff berth later this spring.
“I personally think we can get to states this year,” Patrick stated Thursday afternoon as he relaxed inside the school's Wellness Center. “The last couple of years, we played OK as a team, but I don't feel we reached our potential.

March 9th

Townies flatten Tigers in Game 1 of semis, 6-0

March 9, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Last week, when Rhode Island Interscholastic League officials asked East Providence High head coach Kevin Croke where he wanted to play his home games in the Division III playoffs, he selected Adelard Arena, the home of Mount St. Charles Academy.
“We don’t practice at Lynch Arena (in Pawtucket), and we only had five games there this season,” Croke reasoned. “Tolman practices there, so we figured, ‘Why give them home ice (for all three semifinal tilts)? That’s why we wanted it up here.”

March 8th

Tolman, E.P. face off in Division III semifinals

March 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET -- They don’t share the same practice facility anymore, but that doesn’t mean the rivalry between Tolman and East Providence has lost any luster this season.
Their two regular-season meetings – a 3-0 Tolman win on New Year’s Eve and a 4-1 E.P. victory on Jan. 28 – were hard-fought, physical battles that saw a lot of penalties and hard feelings between the two Blackstone Valley rivals.
That being said, expect another royal slugfest this weekend when the teams renew acquaintances in the best-of-three Division III semifinals.

Courtney Kent's enjoying a superb swimming career

March 8, 2012

When Courtney Kent took to the starting blocks for the R.I. Interscholastic Girls Swimming Championships at the University of Rhode Island’s Tootell Natatorium back on Feb. 25, she desperately wanted to defend her titles in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles.
Naturally, it had something to do with her desire to achieve personal-best times – not to mention proving to herself she still was the Ocean State's fastest – but much more so to show her father, Michael, how much she had improved over the years.

March 6th

One and done: Seton Hall stomps Providence, 79-47

March 6, 2012

NEW YORK — In some ways it was an ending, as in the end of the season for Providence College. In other respects, Tuesday night’s 79-47 bludgeoning at the hands of Seton Hall in opening round of the Big East Tournament can be viewed as the official jumping-off point to the Ed Cooley era.
Cooley’s first season at PC ended in futile fashion, his club suffering a 32-point defeat that goes in the books as the largest loss margin for the Friars in their Big East tourney history. Providence has now dropped 14 of its last 16 conference tournament games.

PC's Driscoll, Big East prepare for changes

March 6, 2012

NEW YORK — Wednesday morning will see the presidents and athletic directors from the Big East gather in a central location. The guest list will include party crashers in the form of representatives from the schools in line to join the league.
Wouldn’t you like to be a fly in that room?
“I think they’ll introduce some of the new members and [league president John Marinatto] is going to give us an update to where we are on a lot of issues,” Providence College athletic director Driscoll remarked. “It should be a good meeting and I’m looking forward to it.”

March 5th

Brown names Pawtucket's Sorrentine interim coach

March 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE — It’s a whole new ballgame for T.J. Sorrentine, one that holds the potential of yielding big dividends down the road.
As of this moment Sorrentine is the interim coach at Brown University, the new title bestowed upon the Pawtucket native after the school dismissed head coach Jesse Agel on Monday. Sorrentine was informed of his reclassification during a meeting with outgoing athletic director Mike Goldberger after learning earlier in the day that Agel would not be retained.
“Going into that meeting, I didn’t know what to expect,” Sorrentine said when reached Monday night.

Confident Friars ready to take center stage in NYC

March 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Vincent Council provided the type of response that epitomizes the mindset of the Providence College Friars heading into the Big East Tournament.
To summarize, the junior doesn’t expect the Friars to be a one-and-done casualty, their season ending at the hands of Seton Hall on Day 1 of the five-day mad dash leading up to a hoops coronation at Madison Square Garden.

Keough, N.S. girls fall from Div. III hoop semifinals

March 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE — In the end, it wasn’t meant to be for head coach Alisha Brannon and her North Smithfield squad.
Despite North Smithfield putting forth a gutsy and determined effort in the face of long odds, the Northmen saw their season come to a close Monday night in the Division III semifinals at Rhode Island College.
Led by 29 points from senior Sandy Kun, top seed and unbeaten Juanita Sanchez held on for a 53-49 victory.

March 4th

E.P.'s Vicente places second at N.E. wrestling meet

March 4, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Those who are driven to excel fully understand the magnitude of qualifying for the New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships.
With that qualification comes an expectation of success, and – when it doesn't come – the hurt runs remarkably deep.

March 3rd

WEB ONLY: Tolman rules Scituate in playoff opener

March 3, 2012

PAWTUCKET -- Tolman scored three power-play goals in the first 10:07 of play and never looked back on Friday night as the Tigers skated to an easy 9-3 win over Scituate in Game 1 of their best-of-three Division III quarterfinal-round series at Lynch Arena.
The third-seeded Tigers (13-4) will try to sweep the sixth-seeded Spartans (5-11-1) tonight when the series resumes at 7 p.m. at the Smithfield Ice Rink.

March 2nd

Tying it all together: Pawtucket's LaBranche instrumental in bringing 'Elite Eight' games to PC's Alumni Hall

March 2, 2012

PROVIDENCE — In the person of Carl LaBranche, the R.I. Interscholastic League and Providence College benefited from having an ace in the hole.
The underlying reason why PC’s venerable Alumni Hall gym is the site for Sunday’s “Elite Eight” round of the open state tournament is due to the communication and negotiating skills tapped by LaBranche in harmonizing this project. With this Pawtucket native (Tolman High School Class of 1970) serving as the point man, LaBranche’s vision of opening Alumni Hall’s doors to the state’s high school basketball sector became a reality.

March 1st

WEB ONLY: A lack of scoring options helped contribute to St. Raphael's playoff exit

March 2, 2012

SMITHFIELD – Thursday night on the Bryant University campus saw St. Raphael meet its maker in the form of a deep-scoring Classical team, something the Saints desperately tried to evolve into over the course of the 2011-12 season.
Alas, it never materialized. The Saints’ 69-61 loss in the “Sweet 16” round of the open state tournament served as one final reminder of what can happen when a team puts multiple scoring threats on the floor simultaneously. That’s exactly what the upstarts from Classical did by placed four players in double figures led by 26 points from Ismael Batista.

Over and out: SRA's season come to an end at hands of Classical, 69-61

March 2, 2012

SMITHFIELD – St. Raphael Academy’s reign as defending state champs has come to an end – an abrupt one at that.
It was Classical springing the upset Thursday night at Bryant University’s Chace Athletic Center, the 13th-seeded Purple receiving multiple contributions up and down the lineup in a 69-61 “Round of 16” victory over the Saints. Classical’s Ismael Batista was virtually unstoppable in second half where he netted 16 of his 26 points. Charles Correa led SRA with 26 points on six 3-pointers.

Pawtucket’s Wilson claims A-10 All-Conference honor at La Salle

March 1, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — Pawtucket’s Brittany Wilson, a junior guard on the La Salle University women’s basketball team, recently earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team as a Third Team All-Conference pick.
Wilson has helped power La Salle to its best Atlantic 10 season since the 2006-07 season. The Explorers went 7-7 in league play and earned its second straight Atlantic 10 Tournament berth and the No. 8 seed in this weekend's tournament.

Hockey postseason gets underway this weekend

March 1, 2012

Three months of regular-season games have now boiled down to three weeks of state tournament action.
And for five of the six Blackstone Valley teams that qualified for the playoffs, the ‘second season’ commences tonight at arenas throughout the state.
While the opening weekend of the postseason had long been reserved for the quarterfinal-round series, that won’t be the case this winter in the new State Championship playoffs, which along with the Division I tourney, jumps right into its semifinals this weekend.

February 29th

Davies girls fall to N.S. in Div. III quarterfinals

February 29, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — After a rather sloppy initial half, one in which it registered 15 turnovers and had serious issues netting a bucket, North Smithfield High head coach Alisha Brannon took her troops aside and told them simply to calm down and think.
“Basically, we have a tendency to rush on offense, and the first half was a classic example,” she said. “They try to pass too quickly or dribble past (defenders). At halftime, I told them to quit rushing and spread the floor.

February 28th

Rogers ousts Shea from state basketball tourney

February 28, 2012

WARWICK – There were a few critical reasons why Shea High suffered a disappointing 63-52 loss to Rogers High in the R.I. Open Tournament's “Round of 16” at the Community College of Rhode Island-Warwick's Vincent A. Cullen Field House on Tuesday night.
Heart and will weren't among them.
Instead, the eighth-seeded Raiders issued 19 turnovers, including eight in the initial seven minutes of the final stanza, and dropped only 13 of 21 free throws (61.9 percent), as they closed their campaign at 18-6 overall.

Friars deliver in home finale, top Huskies, 72-70

February 28, 2012

PROVIDENCE – In preparation for Tuesday’s game against the Jim Calhoun-less UConn Huskies, Ed Cooley took his club to the movies. The screening didn’t include popcorn and soda, rather visual evidence to demonstrate just how far Cooley’s PC Friars have come from a mediocre showing in an exhibition game to this past weekend’s last-second escape job at DePaul.

 

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