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Skurka exits as Cumberland head football coach, accepts role as assistant at Dean College

January 12, 2014

CUMBERLAND — When it came time for Chris Skurka to make the biggest football decision of his life, he turned to a voice of reassurance and clarity.

Alison Skurka, the coach’s wife, had a quick answer. A staunch supporter of her husband’s pigskin endeavors, Alison gave Chris her blessing to make the jump from head coach at Cumberland High to becoming an assistant at Dean College.

“She’s allowed me to chase that dream,” said Chris Skurka. “Ultimately, it came down to me making a decision about my family and my career as a coach.”

Cumberland wins close battle for team championship at John D. Gorman Memorial Wrestling Tournament

January 12, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Senior standouts Cody Beaudette and Chris Hayes captured their weight classes to help Cumberland win a close battle for the team championship in this past weekend’s John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament at the Clippers’ Wellness Center.
The Clippers, who returned to the top of the team standings after watching Johnston finish first last year, scored 159.5 points to beat 17 other teams (representing four New England states) and nip runner-up Bristol Eastern of Connecticut by 1.5 points.

Desire, defense key to Davies 3-1 start

January 11, 2014

LINCOLN – It’s true: Over the last eight years, Davies Tech compiled a dismal overall league record of 10 wins and 120 losses.
That’s a winning percentage of .077. If you follow baseball, think of that as a batting average.

But none of that has bothered second-year head coach Bill Meekins, who truly believes his Patriots are on the upswing. He had proof on Thursday night after his club shelled Ponaganset, 63-47, in a Division III-North clash at Gaskin Alumni Hall.

Community, hockey teams gather at fundraiser for Lincoln sophomore with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

January 10, 2014

LINCOLN — The high school hockey rivalry between Lincoln and Cumberland is beyond intense. Granted, they may compete on the second tier below those battles between perennial state powers Mount St. Charles-Hendricken and/or La Salle, but it doesn't mean the Lions or Clippers care any less about not just defeating but crushing the other.
After all, town bragging rights are at stake. Geez, it runs the gamut from football to basketball, baseball to track, even swimming and lacrosse.

Lions look to continue wrestling success this year

January 10, 2014

LINCOLN — When Mike Tuorto took over as the Lincoln High wrestling coach five years ago, his primary goal was to change the philosophy surrounding the program – that is, from one where mere participation was accepted to one where coaches and athletes alike craved wins, not to mention championships.
He claimed he began to see the varsity team take strides in becoming more competitive his first two seasons, but since has witnessed a renaissance of sorts.

PC's Cooley: 'Our program will flourish'

January 9, 2014

PROVIDENCE – After watching his team dismantle Georgetown for its Big East win the season, PC head coach Ed Cooley touched upon the ominous cloud that has hovered over his program in recent weeks.

From a three-game losing streak that included a pair of stinging overtime defeats and a 30-point blowout against Villanova, to Brandon Austin’s decision to leave without playing a single regular-season minute, to a fire at Cooley’s East Greenwich home that forced his family to evacuate, the head coach saw an opening to address all concerns following the Friars’ 70-52 bludgeoning of the Hoyas.

Tolman boys thump Shea in Donaldson showdown

January 9, 2014

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PAWTUCKET — Tolman High coach Mike Kayata has been juggling a bunch of individual talents over the first month of the season while looking for the one piece that will turn his team into a cohesive machine on offense.
“I’ve been looking for a point guard,” the coach said after the Tigers rolled to a 70-56 victory over Shea High in the annual James W. Donaldson Memorial Scholarship game before a full house of vocal fans from both schools.
Examining the stat sheet and learning that newcomer Prince Johnson Jr. collected 10 assists on the night, Kayata smiled.

McGair: Fallout from PC’s decision to suspend freshmen can’t sit well with Cooley

January 7, 2014

It’s time for Providence College basketball fans to put everything in proper perspective.

They’re an upset group due to the administration imposing a season-long suspension from game competition on two freshmen. They feel the sentence is a tad on the harsh side, especially in the wake of no reported legal wrongdoings.

New realignment in football means Cumberland heads to Div. I ranks; Tolman returns to Div. II

January 4, 2014

Success can come at a hefty price. In the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, this double-edged sword is sharpened every few years or so when the time comes to realign the divisions.

Caught in the crosshairs are non-Division I teams that have achieved and sustained success over a designated period of time. Add a dash of enrollment and presto, what appears is a surefire recipe for relocation to a higher division.

URI staves off spirited Brown rally, wins 75-68

January 2, 2014

PROVIDENCE -- If you measure progress by wins, the Rhode Island men's basketball team has certainly made progress in coach Dan Hurley's second season.

After winning just eight games last season, the Rams picked matched last season's win total Wednesday night against Brown.

Senior guard Xavier Munford had his most efficient day night of the season with 25 points on just 18 shots and freshman E.C. Matthews scored 21 points to earn the Rams their first road win of the season with a 75-68 victory over the Bears at the Pizzitola Center.

 

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