PROVIDENCE â€” Deep down, Ed Cooley knows that itâ€™s probably not the best time to take his Providence Friars on a two-games-in-three-days junket in Puerto Rico.
Still, this is no time to convey weakness, which the second-year PC head coach clearly understands.
As Cooley emphatically stated following PCâ€™s surprisingly easy 81-49 throttling of Bryant on Monday night, the show must go on â€“ even if itâ€™s without the services of senior point guard Vincent Council (hamstring).
PROVIDENCE â€” Tolman High head coach Bel Pereira received the astonishingly bad news at about 2:30 p.m., Monday, about 90 minutes before his Tigers would battle top-seeded Middletown in the R.I. Division III Tour-nament's championship game at Rhode Island College.
That's when he learned two of his top three goal producers and forwards/midfielders, senior Nicole Bedoya and sophomore Suzette Hernandez, wouldn't be able to play. Bedoya had been in a car accident on Saturday night, and Hernandez continued to suffer symptoms of a concussion.
PROVIDENCE â€“ As expected, the Providence College menâ€™s basketball team will play Mondayâ€™s intrastate contest against Bryant minus the services of senior catalyst Vincent Council.
Council sustained a hamstring injury in the early minutes of Saturdayâ€™s season opener against NJIT, the result of the point guard slipping on The Dunk hardwood before falling awkwardly. His departure left head coach Ed Cooley with a razor-thin rotation featuring just six scholarship players and one walk-on.
KINGSTON â€” While her teammates arrived at Shea High to prepare for its trip to the University of Rhode Island's Keaney Gym to battle Mount Pleasant for the R.I. Division III Tournament title on Saturday morning, and again on the team bus, senior co-captain Kendra Vieira reminded the troops of three core philosophies to live by.
KINGSTON â€” Ever since East Providence seized its last Division I state championship in 2005, the Townies have had an awfully difficult time climbing back to the top of the volleyball mountain.
In fact, in four of the last seven years since that wonderful unbeaten season, the Townies have appeared in the state finals, only to come up short.
The first two of those four losses were five-set thrillers, and in their last title appearance, against Prout three seasons ago, the Townies played the Crusaders tough, only to lose in three competitive games.
PAWTUCKET â€” As is the standard after a football game, Woonsocket High head coach Carnell Henderson walked to the midfield stripe behind his troops and shook hands with opposing players and coaches alike.
He congratulated all for a job well done, then hugged a few St. Raphael Academy assistants before speaking briefly with long-time Saints' mentor Mike Sassi.
Maybe four milliseconds later, he bolted to his squad and leaped into a few of his heftier players' arms, then â€“ after a few choice words, naturally all positive â€“ he led his kids in a classic Villa Novans' chant.
CUMBERLAND â€“ How do you spell dominance? Try C-U-M-B-E-R-L-A-N-D on for size.
Cumberland kicked off its Division II playoff mission in emphatic fashion Friday evening, the Clippersâ€™ 41-6 conquest of Westerly made possible by the usual cast of stellar performers. Erik Travers rushed for 112 yards and one touchdown while quarterback Brendan Guerin passed for two scores. Not to be outdone, Mitchell Baxter recorded two interceptions while teammates Joe Fine and Dan Stock also found the end zone.
PROVIDENCE â€” Ed Cooley came to Providence College armed with the reputation of being a defensive, get-after-it coach. The five years he spent at Fairfieldâ€™s helm suggested that after a seemingly endless run of witnessing the Friars languish in the bottom tier in Big East team defense, more than lip service would finally be paid to an area that statistically speaking has been a major deficiency.
PROVIDENCE â€” There was a time last spring and summer when Providence Friar fans were salivating at the promise surrounding the 2012-13 season. A highly-touted recruiting class coupled with a group of noteworthy holdovers seemed to signal clearance for takeoff in Ed Cooleyâ€™s second year, giving off an aura that for the first time in a long while, Providence was a program on an up swing.
KINGSTON -- It took Tolman 12 long seasons to get back to URIâ€™s Keaney Gymnasium for a playoff match. It took Cranston West an hour and 45 minutes to end the Tigersâ€™ bid for a berth in this weekendâ€™s Division II finals.
Fueled by a dominant attack at the net, the Falcons earned their first trip to the finals since 2009 by overcoming an opening-set loss to defeat the Tigers, 3-1, and snap their impressive 10-match win streak in Thursday nightâ€™s semifinal-round match.