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Big East Conference, Catholic Schools announce separation

March 8, 2013

PROVIDENCE - Big East Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco announced Friday that after several weeks of cordial and professional discussions, a definitive agreement has been reached that will enable a mutually-beneficial separation of some of the league’s current members and allow an orderly formation of a new conference by the seven basketball schools. The separation will become effective on July 1, 2013.
The agreement, which remains subject to formal Board approval, contemplates continued cooperation and playing opportunities between the conferences.

McGair: Friars lead Pirates at the half

March 5, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – It’s halftime at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center where Providence leads Seton Hall, 43-36. The Pirates and their 3-13 Big East record are hanging around thanks to carving up the Friars to the tune of 55.6-percent shooting from the floor.

Cumberland High boys' basketball program to stage benefit Alumni Game.

March 5, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Fresh off their first boys’ basketball championship in nearly eight decades, Cumberland High will host an Alumni Game on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. inside the school’s Wellness Center.
Any and all former Clipper hoopsters are invited to participate. The entry fee is $20 per person while family, friends, fans and spectators are also welcome with a $2 donation for admission. The game’s format will be based on how many players sign up.

McGair: Local boys' basketball teams begin state tournament play tonight

February 28, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

The R.I. boys’ basketball open state tournament got underway Wednesday with four “Round of 16” games that were decided by a grand total of 12 points. The evening saw everything from the No. 15 seed (Hendricken) sending the two seed (La Salle) packing to the No. 16 seed (West Warwick) give the tourney’s overall seed (Classical) a serious run for its money.

McGair: Sweet 16 field for R.I. boys hoop set

February 24, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

The dust has settled and the Sweet 16 field for the open state tournament is signed, sealed and delivered. Courtesy of Shea High assistant coach Henry Coleman, behold is the group that will see one team emerge to cut down the nets at URI’s Ryan Center come Saturday, March 9:

Teams (Points)
1. Classical (18)
2. La Salle (17)
3. North Kingstown (17)
4. Cumberland (15.2)
5. North Smithfield (13.2)
6. Mount Pleasant (13)
7. Hope (13)
8. Westerly (12.8)
9. North Providence (12.8)
10. Coventry (12)
11. Barrington (12)
12. Shea (12)

McGair: Previewing Divisional Final Sunday in R.I. boys hoops

February 24, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

Drizzling rain never looked so good as we looked out the window Sunday morning. Who knows what’s in store for the rest of the day weather-wise, but as we type this, it’s all systems go for Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center to host what figures to be a jam-packed tripleheader of high school boys basketball.
The lineup of divisional title contests includes:
Division II: No. 6 Shea vs. Cumberland, 1 p.m.
Division III: No. 3 East Greenwich vs. No. 1 North Smithfield, 3 p.m.
Division I: No. 8 Hope vs. No. 3 Classical, 5 p.m.

McGair: Looking ahead to the Sweet in R.I. boys' hoops; The legacy of the PawSox broadcast booth

February 21, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

The boys’ basketball division tournaments may be in vogue at the moment, but it’s never too early to look at the field comprising the 16-team open state tournament. With a nod to Shea High assistant coach Henry Coleman, here’s what the top 16 looks like following Tuesday’s playoff action:

School (Points)
1. La Salle (18)
2. North Kingstown (17)
3. Classical (17)
4. Cumberland (14.6)
5. Mount Pleasant (13)
6. North Smithfield (13)
7. Westerly (12.8)
8. North Providence (12.8)
9. Coventry (12)
10. Barrington (12)
11. Shea (11.2)

McGair: How Baseball America views the 2016 Red Sox

February 20, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

Within the treasure trove that is Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook lies a section that offers a sneak peak to a few years down the line. More specifically, the crystal ball the 2013 edition uses ponders what all 30 MLB clubs may look like come the 2016 season.
At a time when the Red Sox appear dead serious about integrating pieces from their farm system, it seems worth exploring Baseball America’s perception of the 2016 lineup.

McGair: Setting the scene for R.I. boys' basketball divisional playoffs

February 18, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

One of the interesting subplots for the division tournaments in R.I. boys’ basketball is the use of neutral site high school gyms for Wednesday’s quarterfinals. The venues include North Providence, East Greenwich, East Providence, South Kingstown, Cumberland and Westerly.
Breaking things down further, all Division I schools are heading to Div. II and III spots. In Division II all four games are taking place on Div. I grounds, while the Division III games are being held in Div. II gyms.

Results from the R.I. Boys Indoor Track Class Meets

February 13, 2013

PROVIDENCE -- Mount St. Charles junior Anthony Pasquarelli fashioned quite a Tuesday night for himself at the R.I. Class C Championships, held at the Providence Career & Technical High School’s field house.
He not only captured the high jump title with a leap of six feet even, but also took second in the 300-meter dash (39.50) and fourth in the 55-meter dash (7.00).
That wasn’t all, as he anchored the runner-up 4 x 200-meter relay (which consisted of Andrew Van Winter, James Mullaney and Dan Weiss), which finished in 3:47.90.

McGair: Postseason venues for boys' basketball set

January 29, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – While we’re still a few weeks away from postseason play in R.I. boys’ basketball, the venues for the three division tournaments and 16-team open state tournament are set.
Division play will begin on Saturday, Feb. 16 with preliminary-round action at school sites. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19 and like the preliminaries will take place on high school grounds.

McGair: Audio clip from Francona: The Red Sox Years

January 23, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
In response to the column about Terry Francona's book that appeared in Sunday's Woonsocket Call and here – http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/7246 – the folks at Macmillan Audio were kind enough to send along a clip from the audiobook version.
Download and enjoy!

McGair: Syracuse's Boeheim waxes poetically in final visit to Providence

January 9, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – Judging by the lengthy soliloquy he delivered following his team’s 72-66 win against the Providence Friars Wednesday night, this city will always hold a special place in Jim Boehiem’s heart.
The veteran Syracuse took a simple question – “Any last thoughts about playing the Friars at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center?” – and ran with it, sounding off for several minutes about his program’s last go-around in the Big East along with the fine Italian restaurants that he always enjoys when bringing his Orange players to town.

McGair: Cumberland's Vasey hopes to give R.I. quarterbacks a good name while at Elon University

January 9, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
While he heads to Elon University in hopes of making waves with the school’s football program, Cumberland native Trevor Vasey also heads south with the intent of raising awareness of potential quarterback prospects among Rhode Island high school football circles.

McGair: Why Dave Joppie makes sense as Pawtucket's hitting coach

December 15, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – In a move that was widely expected, the Red Sox named 47-year-old Dave Joppie as Pawtucket’s new hitting coach on Friday. Joppie spent the previous five seasons with Double-A Portland and has been working in Boston’s farm system since 2006.

SRA to face PCD in Lynch tourney final

December 7, 2012

By JON BAKER
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Despite cruising to a relatively easy 64-44 victory over Woonsocket High in the opening semifinal of the 27th annual Dennis M Lynch Jr. Memorial Basketball Tournament on Thursday night, St. Raphael Academy still needs to fine-tune every segment of its game.
Al least that's what veteran mentor Tom Sorrentine had to say after the contest, held at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's Elson Branch gymnasium.

McGair: Former Shea hoopster named Rookie of the Week at RIC

December 3, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

Per the Rhode Island College media relations department ...

PROVIDENCE -Freshman center Mike Neal (Pawtucket) was named the Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week for his performance in a 2-0 week for the Anchormen.
Neal produced 6.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game to help Rhode Island College raise its unbeaten streak to six games with a pair of wins this past week.

Cumberland-Woonsocket Super Bowl slideshow

December 2, 2012

Click here to view additional photos by Ernest A. Brown ...

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McGair: PC head coach hopes fans come out Saturday against Mississippi State

November 27, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – At one point during the second half of Tuesday night's game against Holy Cross, Providence head coach Ed Cooley turned around and urged the crowd – announced at 4,596 – to get behind his Friars.
After his team ran past the Crusaders in 61-42 fashion, Cooley went out of his way to make sure the Friar Faithful shows a little more enthusiasm when Mississippi State pays a visit to The Dunk on Saturday afternoon. The game will air on ESPNU.

McGair: R.I. high school playoff football games pushed to Wednesday night

November 27, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
All three of the area’s R.I. semifinal-round football contests – West Warwick-Cumberland, Central-Woonsocket, North Smithfield-Mount Pleasant – have been pushed back a day to Wednesday night. All three games will begin at 6 p.m.

 

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