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Unbeaten Lincoln awaits tough challenge from Prout in Div. II hockey finals this week at Brown

March 12, 2013

LINCOLN – Head coach Jim Riel claimed back in November he was thrilled that his Lincoln High icemen had been “demoted” from the state's top tier to Division II.
The reason: He felt the overall talent level would give his Lions a more equal chance to compete against most teams.
Turns out, Riel was right. He always knew his squad had a chance to earn a berth in the championship series, but to do so with an unbeaten D-II record? That he didn't expect.

Cotton is PC's key to hanging around at Big East tournament

March 12, 2013

NEW YORK — The hallways, runways and escalators inside Madison Square Garden come alive with Big East basketball-related chatter every March. Naturally, many folks will take the occasion at this week’s conference tournament to reflect on the end of this wildly entertaining roundball ride.

McGair: Putting a bow on the high school boys' basketball playoffs

March 11, 2013

Looking back at the recently completed boys’ basketball playoffs with an emphasis on what the young men and coaches from North Smithfield accomplished …

Heartache and disappointment always seem to boil to the surface whenever extenuating circumstances arise. Yet as he paced around a somber locker room to console a hazed and dazed group of downtrodden teenage boys, North Smithfield head coach T.J. Ciolfi kept thinking about a bonding/healing session to be conducted on a yellow school bus.

Hockey Tigers know they have their hands full against mighty Wizards

March 11, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Minutes after Tolman High had finished its practice Monday afternoon at Lynch Arena, head coach Steve Reynolds and volunteer assistant Tom Vecoli followed their players to the locker room for a team meeting.
There, they discussed how they must approach their tune-up workouts before battling unbeaten and top-seeded West Warwick-Exeter/West Greenwich Co-op in the first game of their best-of-three R.I. Division III Tournament championship series; that's slated for noon Saturday at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium.

Tolman sweeps E.P., heads to Div. III hockey finals

March 10, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The instant the final horn sounded, the Tolman High players on the Lynch Arena ice and those on the bench raced to senior netminder Jared DaSilva to mob him, celebrate perhaps the most-craved win ever recorded in school hockey history.
Months after receiving word this would be the squad's last hoorah, due to a dwindling number of incoming freshmen and only a few underclassmen on the bandwagon, the senior-oriented Tigers wanted to end it all in style.

McGair: Remembering Ryan Westmoreland

March 10, 2013

A little of this, a little of that …

The gate to the memory bank swung open Wednesday upon learning that Ryan Westmoreland was retiring from the Red Sox.

Tolman skates to Game 1 victory over E.P.

March 9, 2013

CRANSTON --- East Providence got the large ice surface it wanted as the host of the first game of its Division III best-of-three semifinal-round series with Tolman on Friday night.
The Townies got a bit of momentum from their ‘Senior Night’ festivities that took place prior to the opener, and they also got to dress a full complement of players (20), while the Tigers were only able to suit up a dozen.
But in the end, Tolman got the only thing that mattered the most – a hard-fought triumph over the league’s defending champions.

PawSox add Socci to radio broadcast booth

March 8, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox announced Friday that they have added Bob Socci to the radio broadcast booth for the upcoming season. Socci will partner with another newcomer, Jeff Levering who was hired last month, as the duo will broadcast all 144 PawSox games on WHJJ-AM (920) and the 13-station PawSox Radio Network.

Former pro hoopster tells story to area students

March 8, 2013

WOONSOCKET --- Chris Herren did a fair amount of traveling during his collegiate and professional basketball careers, not only touring arenas throughout the United States, but also finishing his hoop career overseas in Europe and Asia.
It’s been 6½ years since Herren last played professionally, but these days, he’s still flying coast to coast and racking up frequent flyer miles.

Getting to know Classical's hoopsters through the eyes of area coaches

March 8, 2013

KINGSTON – Just what exactly can North Smithfield’s princes of the hardwood expect at URI’s Ryan Center on Friday?
Upon some discussion with two area Division I boys’ basketball head coaches whose teams squared off against Classical this winter, the general consensus is that if North Smithfield so much as sneezes the wrong way, T.J. Ciolfi’s crew could end up trapped in a spider web with little or no chance of escape.


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