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Tolman football banned from playoffs in 2014

January 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET – There will be no playoffs for the Tolman High football team in 2014.

On Monday, Tolman High Principal Christopher Savastano went before the Rhode Island Principals’ Committee on Athletics in hopes of getting the group to repel the decision of banning the Tigers from postseason play for one season.

On Tuesday, Interscholastic League Executive Director Tom Mezzanotte informed Savastano that the punishment would indeed stand.

Cumberland's second-half play keys win over Lincoln

January 27, 2014

LINCOLN — Cumberland High couldn’t continue to allow two of Lincoln High’s better players to feel comfortable on the offensive end.
That much was clear to Clippers assistant coach Collin Geiselman through the first half of Monday’s Division II-North clash at The Lions’ Den. One look at the stat sheet was enough to send a strong message to his troops: stop giving Lincoln’s Alec Cronan and Luke Kelly the freedom to either shoot from the outside or drive to the rim.

Co-op issues dominate PCOA meeting

January 27, 2014

PROVIDENCE — The issue of cooperative teams in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League has long been a source of concern. It’s also a topic that features far too much gray area, from schools finding creative ways and/or loopholes to save existing co-op programs, to establishing new ones under the guise of promoting interscholastic athletics.

Crosby’s anxious to see Lincoln North Stars perform at Special Olympics Rhode Island’s Winter Games

January 27, 2014

LINCOLN — Barbara Crosby has dedicated a great deal of her adult life coaching intellectually-challenged youngsters and adults, helping them become the best Special Olympians they possibly can.
The bad news is, after nearly a quarter century at the helm, she has stepped down as Rhode Island’s Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing coach for the Special Olympics Rhode Island’s Winter Games, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Yawgoo Valley Ski Resort in Exeter.

Boles, Crabbe get warm welcomes at PawSox Hot Stove event

January 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Bruce Crabbe’s official title with the Pawtucket Red Sox is coach. It sounds simple and straightforward, yet also vague in terms of what exactly his duties with the Triple-A ballclub will entail.

The 51-year-old Crabbe could oversee the infielders, an area that is his forte. Perhaps he might be responsible for relaying signals from the dugout to the outfielders, reminding them where to position themselves based on the hitter at the plate. Maybe Crabbe will offer his in-game observations as he sits next to new PawSox manager Kevin Boles.

Fernandes' late free throw lifts Tolman boys to thrilling victory over Exeter/West Greenwich

January 24, 2014

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PAWTUCKET — Tolman’s Jesse Fernandes went to the free throw line with two seconds left in Thursday night’s Division II-Central game with Exeter/West Greenwich. The scoreboard showed a 67-67 deadlock. Tolman students rattled the bleachers with their feet in anticipation of the upcoming free throws.
“I’m a 70 percent free throw shooter,” the junior said a few minutes after he made the second of two freebies for an exciting and hard-fought 68-67 victory over the Avengers. “I’m glad I had two free throws. I missed the first one but the second one was pretty good.”

Raiders’ struggles continue: First-place Wizards notch Division II-Central basketball victory

January 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Shea High got up close with one of the leading contenders in Division II this season, and the results were not pretty for the locals.
The visitors from West Warwick felt quite at home at “The Cage” Thursday night, rolling to an 80-44 victory. The II-Central leading Wizards improve to 6-0 while the Raiders have now dropped four straight league contests since beating Exeter/West Greenwich back on Dec. 20.

Cumberland's Bauer hopes improvement in pool leads to success down the road

January 23, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Throughout the 2012-13 winter campaign, then-Cumberland High sophomore Jack Bauer improved at a rapid rate, causing older brother Andrew to continue to hassle him about registering for a USA Swimming-affiliated club program.
Andrew, a phenomenal distance freestyler in his own right, had done the same, and he reasoned that Jack would only get faster, given the more grueling workouts.

St. Raphael/PCD/Wheeler co-op hockey team savors five-game win streak, benefits from improved play

January 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET — As a father watching his son represent the St. Raphael/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op squad last winter, Gary Leonard noticed it often didn't play as a team, a fluid unit. To him, it looked as if the players seemed more concerned with individual stats and/or glory.
“I thought the biggest issue with them was selfish team play,” he stated Tuesday afternoon. “When I became the head coach back in September, it was my goal to eliminate the selfishness and try to build a program based on team success.”

No longer bound by drama, Friars trending upward

January 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – There are two schools of thought as to why Ted Bancroft and the Friars have gone on to string three Big East wins together following an 0-2 start.

Representing the Providence program at Monday’s college basketball brunch, held at Warwick's Radisson Hotel, Bancroft mentioned that a players-only meeting was staged in the aftermath of a 30-point blowout loss at Villanova earlier this month. At the time, the Friars appeared in a free fall after losing back-to-back overtime contests to UMass and Seton Hall before getting drubbed by the Wildcats.

 

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