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March 23rd, 2011

Hendricken's Gomes: Cooley is 'perfect fit' for PC

March 23, 2011

The two virtually grew up in the same corner of the state, frequently crossing paths whenever a pickup game broke out. Everything changed though, Jamal Gomes recalls, on the day of his high school graduation, when he learned a great deal about Ed Cooley, the person.
“He had heard that I was coming to Stonehill College to play basketball and called to congratulate me,” was one of several stories Gomes shared about Cooley, who will be introduced as the next men’s basketball head coach at Providence College Wednesday afternoon. “He’s an amazing, amazing man.”

PC names Ed Cooley new basketball coach

March 23, 2011

PROVIDENCE – There was only one candidate Providence College officials had its sights set on to become the school’s next basketball coach. Apparently Ed Cooley felt that warm embrace to the point that the Providence native is ready to take on the challenge of reversing the Friars’ fortunes.
Tuesday saw Providence officially sign off on the 41-year-old Cooley as the Friars’ new coach. Terms of the deal were not announced, though it’s not too far-fetched to think Cooley received something comparable, in terms of length and compensation, to the package Keno Davis was awarded three years ago.

Local teams deal with bad weather, indoor practices

March 23, 2011

This is the time of year when short hops and drag bunts are tabled by mire and muck; shagging fly balls replaced by judging ricochets off a gym wall.

Cannons' Smalley is Cumberland lacrosse coach

March 23, 2011

CUMBERLAND – They'll have a new head coach and they'll be participating in a new league.
But as far as the outlook for the upcoming season for Cumberland High, it will still be the same old goals.
“We just want to win as many games as possible and have some fun,” said first-year coach Matt Smalley. “We are just going to take it one game at a time and hopefully at the end of the season we'll be playing on championship day.”

March 22nd

What are the expectations for PC athletics?

March 22, 2011

On the same day Providence College parted company with Keno Davis, athletic director Bob Driscoll spelled out very succinctly the expectations he has for the Friar basketball program.
“It encompasses three different things. One, I want our student-athletes to represent the college and athletic department with dignity and class, both on and off the court,” was how Driscoll began. “I want my student-athletes to graduate from Providence College and I want to compete for a NCAA Tournament berth on an annual basis. Those are the standards by which I evaluate.”

March 20th

Pretak, Davis cop individual titles at St. Pat's 5K

March 20, 2011

PROVIDENCE — After battling a stiff headwind for the first mile of the St. Pat’s 5K, Stephen Pretak knew his goal of running close to 15 minutes would not happen Saturday morning.
But the less-than-favorable conditions in the Providence race didn’t stop him from breaking the tape a winner.
The 26-year-old Connecticut native captured the final stage of the inaugural Tour de Patrick, finishing the out-and-back course with a time of 15:31.7. Pretak held off defending titlist Eric Lonergan of North Kingstown, who claimed the runner-up spot at 15:35.4.

March 17th

Here's a last look at memorable winter season

March 17, 2011

The seasons come and the seasons go.
Another winter of high school sports in our region has come to an end (except for Mount St. Charles hockey, both the boys and the girls).
It wasn’t a particularly great campaign for teams from the Blackstone Valley. St. Raphael Academy did win the boys’ basketball open tournament. That was no small achievement, especially after the Saints limped to the finish line during the regular season and made a quick exit from the division playoffs.
Life is about second chances and the Saints made the most of their opportunity.

March 16th

Raiders' Gobewole has plenty of speed to burn

March 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Freddy Gobewole is making a name for himself in this city, first as an all-state football player for Shea High last autumn and then as the New England high school indoor track champion at 55 meters.

March 15th

Driscoll making sure Friars stick together

March 15, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Keno Davis never failed to mention that Providence College featured one of the youngest men’s basketball teams in the Big East, if not the country. Many saw that as a plea or a copout on Davis’ part, but the fact that the Friars’ 2010-11 roster was comprised of 10 first- or second-year players is not lost on athletic director Bob Driscoll.

March 14th

McGair: Open tournament is here to stay

March 14, 2011

The great unknown turned into the great success for boys’ basketball in Rhode Island. Thanks to the countless thrills and memories the all-inclusive state tournament provided, the format of crowning one undisputed champion is likely here to stay.

St. Raphael captures statewide hoops crown

March 14, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — “We stayed at a high level,” deadpanned Tom “Saar” Sorrentine as his St. Raphael Academy players were hooting and hollering in the adjacent room.
In the same breath Sorrentine, donning a championship hat, added, “You could never relax.”
That in a nutshell summarizes SRA’s journey back to the top of the Rhode Island high school basketball mountain. The opposition tried its best to rattle the Saints, but when it mattered most, Sorrentine’s crew rose to the occasion.

Clippers bow out of Division II hockey playoffs

March 14, 2011

PORTSMOUTH — Over the past several years, Portsmouth Abbey’s rink has been a house of horrors for Cumberland High, a building that has been as cold to the Clippers as the frigid temperatures inside its confines.
On Sunday afternoon, the Clippers endured their latest nightmare at the arena, and it resulted in a swift exit from the Division II playoffs.
The third-seeded Clippers dropped the third and deciding game of their best-of-three semifinal-round series to second-seeded Portsmouth High in the form of a 5-3 defeat that wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicates.

March 12th

Correa leads Saints into tonight's state title game

March 12, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Behold the skill set of Charles Correa.
St. Raphael’s talented point guard couldn’t have picked a better time to showcase his talents. With a berth in the finals of the open state tournament on the line, Correa did his part in SRA’s 66-48 quarterfinal win against North Providence Friday night at URI’s Ryan Center.

March 11th

Friars turn to Tranghese, alums in time of need

March 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Bob Driscoll is back on the clock, and this time the Providence College athletic director is bringing some important friends along for the ride.
For the second time in three years, Driscoll finds himself making an important assessment of the men’s basketball program. PC parted ways with Keno Davis on Friday after three turbulent seasons, a tenure that was marked by tough times on and away from the court. Speaking from inside his Alumni Hall office late Friday afternoon, Driscoll mentioned he plans on forming a search committee in his quest to find the next Friar coach.

McGair: Keno ran a loose ship, and it sunk

March 12, 2011

Officially, the Keno Davis Era at Providence College ended Friday, when the school severed its working relationship with the head coach, one many perceived upon his hiring three years ago was the missing link in bringing respectability to the men’s basketball program.
Technically, Davis’ fate at PC was sealed last May 18, when star player Jamine “Greedy” Peterson was expelled after an undisclosed incident in a dorm room on campus. The incidents that came before and after Peterson’s ouster were a further death knell to a situation that Davis was never able to recover from.

Charles in Charge: Sophomore keys SRA's fortunes

March 11, 2011

There are times when Tom “Saar” Sorrentine probably wishes he had a traffic light on the bench. Instead of making tiresome gyrations with his hands and feet and straining his vocal cords, Sorrentine could simply stand and rely on the signaling device to get the message across.

March 10th

North Providence next test for SRA

March 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Mike Kayata and Matt Pita aren’t about to tell Tom “Saar” Sorrentine anything he doesn’t already know. On Monday the longtime St. Raphael Academy coach was present as North Providence ushered top seed Cranston West out of the state tournament behind a reverse lay-in in the dying seconds from one of the Cougars’ chief threats, Austin Van Bemmelen.

Three local boys teams in hockey semifinals

March 9, 2011

Two down, four to go.
Four wins are what separates three of the Blackstone Valley’s boys’ hockey teams -- Mount St. Charles Academy, Cumberland High, and East Providence High -- from a date with state championship glory.
And the road for those teams continue this weekend when a half dozen best-of-three semifinal-round series around the state take place.

Girls' hoop tourney features tight games

March 9, 2011

Whether it’s at the high school or the collegiate level, it doesn’t matter. Coaches will be the first to admit that when the postseason arrives, anything can happen.
Cinderella has made its way to the Ball on numerous occasions where an underdog that has no business to be on the same court or field as a top-seeded squad somehow pulls off a miracle and produces a victory or at least a legitimate scare to their favored opponent.

Public schools dominate R.I. wrestling

March 9, 2011

WOONSOCKET -- Wrestling is one high school sport in Rhode Island where the public vs. private school debate holds no water. Public schools have won 29 of the last 30 state team championships in wrestling.
Bishop Hendricken sneaked in to grab a state title back in 2004. Cumberland then ruled the state in 2005. Cranston West won the next four titles before the Clippers returned to the top in 2010. Warwick Vets prevailed in 2011.
Back in 1999, Johnston High won the state title, proving that even smaller public schools can reach the top in wrestling.

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