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.
(#1) Kentucky (27-0) 110
Auburn (12-15) 75
Kentucky played host to SEC league door matt Auburn and appropriately blew them out of the gym. Kentucky used a 23-2 run in the first half to break open a 27 point first half lead. They never looked back as Auburn never seriously threatened again. Karl Anthony Towns led Kentucky with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
(#3) Gonzaga (28-1) 70
Saint Maryâ€™s (20-7) 60
PROVIDENCE – Four juniors from Central Falls High came to Saturday’s Rhode Island Indoor Track & Field Championships in search of individual success.
Instead, Yeury Galva, Sam Adolfo, Jailson Varela Sanches and Stive Mendes pooled their talents together and produced a second-place finish in the 4x400 relay. Their time of 3:35.55 was barely two seconds off the winning pace set by North Kingstown.
PROVIDENCE – There’s never too little to write about when it comes to the Blackstone Valley region and the indoor track & field state championships.
Saturday’s meet at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house figures to be no exception with the chase for first-place finishes and berths in the New Englands beginning at 11:30 a.m. with the field events. The running events will commence at noontime.
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Tolman High’s veteran mentor Tammy Drape admitted to being a little nervous about taking on North Smithfield in her Division III-North season finale on Thursday night, and she had reason.
Despite an advantage in size down low, her Tigers had displayed inconsistency in all aspects of the game throughout the campaign. She worried outwardly, “Which team am I going to get?”
PAWTUCKET – Tom Evans doesn’t have a clue what his competitive future holds within his beloved sport of kickboxing, but he does know he’ll do anything to keep going.
That’s why the 27-year-old city resident and professional kickboxer is so revved up about facing a Boston sheriff named Julio Pena in a Lion Fight Promotions’ Muay Thai (pronounced “moy tie”) 140-pound bout at Foxwoods Casino at 9 tonight.
Technically, Brad Stevens became the head coach of the Boston Celtics in July 2013.
Unofficially, Stevens is still waiting for his ship to come in, i.e. a legit chance to put his stamp on a rebuilding project that for all intents and purposes is still going through the spin cycle – with no apparent end in sight.
PAWTUCKET – Even veteran St. Raphael Academy head coach Fred Saunders admitted his players had picked a bad time to produce one of its worst opening halves of the season.
Here's why: In the first session alone of its Division II-North regular-season finale against always-pesky Johnston on Wednesday evening, the Saints committed 15 turnovers, missed layups and short bunnies left and right and dropped just four of 10 free throws en route to a 29-25 deficit.
CUMBERLAND – The President of the Cumberland Youth Baseball/Softball League painted a picture that in the aftermath of Jackie Robinson West’s fall from grace reiterates the importance of participants having everything from proof of residency to meeting the appropriate age requirements check out accordingly.
PROVIDENCE – There remains some work to be done, but the Providence College Friars are close to feeling good about their NCAA Tournament prospects.
LINCOLN – With Jermaine Perez, Nick Juckett, Connor Sheehan and Tommy Beauchemin all scheduled to return next season for Lincoln High, the future looks very promising for head coach Kent Crooks.
If anyone could claim pleasure with his or her collective performance, it came from Bay View sophomore and Pawtucket resident Kate Magill, who cruised to a pair of victories in the 200 and 500 freestyles in the girls' segment of the Division I Championships Monday at Roger Williams University.
Magill snared the shorter distance in 1:56.57, then added another D-I title to her resume in the 500 freestyle, one in which she clocked a solid 5:02.00.
CUMBERLAND – Nancy Belisle passed away Friday evening, The Times has learned. Nancy was the wife of Mount St. Charles and Cumberland Little League Coach David Belisle, and the mother of their four boys.
Belisle was 50, and had battled cancer since 2013.
Nancy was seen supporting her husband and the Cumberland Little League team throughout their World Series run last summer despite her illness, and Dave Belisle cited her as his inspiration in life.
PAWTUCKET – This was the calm before the next snowstorm.
Tolman High cruised past Lincoln 58-45 on Friday night in its final home game of the regular season. The Tigers got 20 points from Steve Otis and 15 more from fellow senior Luis Pagan to lead the way on Senior Night.
“Both of those guys gave up their starting spots so that two other seniors could start tonight,” Tolman coach Mike Kayata pointed out. Reserve guard Edgar Torres and sixth man Derek Ashley were able to start because of this gesture from the team’s two top scorers.
“Everyone cheats, so why pick on this team?”
This was the question, more or less, from the lineup of apologists who rose out of their rhetorical dugouts this week to defend the Jackie Robinson West team, after Little League Baseball announced the reigning U.S. champions were being stripped of that and every other honorific bestowed upon them during the 2014 season.
PROVIDENCE – It will be a homecoming for Kyle Ivey-Jones on Friday night as the former Woonsocket High boys’ basketball coach brings his Providence Sky Chiefs to Saravia Gymnasium for key ABA matchup against the Baltimore Hawks. Game time is 7 o’clock.
Ivey-Jones coached the Villa Novans for eight seasons before moving to take a coaching position with the Sky Chiefs last fall. His best season on the bench was the 2007-08 campaign when Woonsocket advanced to the Division I title game before falling to Bishop Hendricken in overtime.
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