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Davies girls score huge win over North Smithfield

February 7, 2012

LINCOLN – There are wins and there are BIG wins.
For Davies Tech, this one has to be listed under the latter category.
With their playoff fate in Division III more than likely being determined in the final week of the league season, the Patriots scored a crucial victory over North Smithfield on Tuesday night by eking out a thrilling 37-36 decision on their home court. Sophomore Waleska Kelly fueled a total team effort by Davies, netting 12 points along with nine rebounds, seven steals and six blocks.
How important was this triumph for Davies?

Tolman takes aim at earning open tournament berth

February 6, 2012

“It’s not about this week,” Tolman High basketball coach Mike Kayata was saying on Monday. “It’s about having your team ready when the playoffs begin.”
Kayata was just voicing the sentiments of most area coaches who are priming their teams for the state open tournament that is scheduled to begin on Feb. 24. A field of 32 teams will begin play that night. Tolman High, just 6-7 in Division II right now, hasn’t even reached the eight-win qualifying standard yet.

Challenging week awaits Cumberland wrestlers

February 6, 2012

Steve Gordon has been coaching Cumberland High’s wrestling program since time began. Well, not quite. Just since he got the program started back in 1969. That’s 43 years, if you’re counting.
The 70-year-old coach spent many of those early years trying to build his program from the ground floor up, creating a wrestling community in Cumberland, one or two parents at a time, that formed the foundation for his program.
Gordon learned a lot from the Coventry High School wrestling program, a dynasty that produced 17 straight state championship teams between 1982-98.

Cooley reflects on first season with Friars; PC target Orlando Sanchez to decide following season

February 6, 2012

PROVIDENCE – There are times that Ed Cooley must feel like he’s being pulled in a thousand directions.
On one hand, Cooley is trying to build a program befitting of his workmanlike image. In order to accomplish that, the first-year PC head coach needs players that compliment this ideal. Based on the buzz surrounding one of the nation’s most talked about recruiting classes, Cooley has allowed Friar fans to dream big about what the future may hold.

Division III hockey race getting interesting

February 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET – East Providence’s 2-0 victory over previously undefeated Johnston/North Providence was definitely the big news in Division III over the weekend.
“Surprised?” Tolman coach Steve Reynolds said, repeating a question on Sunday morning, 12 hours after his team completed a 10-0 romp over Warwick Veterans. “A little bit. But East Providence is a very good defensive team and they are physical. Plus, it’s tough to go undefeated for the whole season.”

Friars let win slip through their grasp

February 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Five additional minutes seemed like a risky proposition for the Providence Friars. Turns out it was.
The final verdict, an 87-84 nail-biter in West Virginia’s favor, only re-opened the wound regarding how PC let Sunday’s Big East contest slip away. Missed free throws coupled with an inability to snatch rebounds on the defensive end were the main culprits. The two bugaboos came back to bite the home team hard when Mountaineers senior Daryl “Truck” Bryant calmly and coolly splashed in a 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds remaining in OT, breaking what was a 84-84 affair.

North Kingstown edges SRA hoopsters, 50-48

February 3, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Friday night saw North Kingstown lay out a blueprint that took St. Raphael Academy far away from its comfort zone. Time will tell if the Saints will be able to react with a counterpunch that places them back in the realm set aside for championship contenders.

Pilgrim skates past Cumberland, takes over first place

February 3, 2012

WOONSOCKET --- Pilgrim didn’t win the battle of numbers on Friday night, but the Patriots won a very big game against Cumberland, a ‘W’ that vaulted them over the Clippers and into first place in the Division II-North standings.
Senior center Cody Weaver’s second goal of the game with 2:14 to play in the game lifted the visiting Patriots to a hard-fought 3-2 triumph in a battle of two shorthanded teams at Adelard Arena.

Lady Broncos edge Tolman, 48-47

February 3, 2012

PAWTUCKET – The look on the face of Burrillville High coach Lindsay Rachlow said it all. She wasn’t out there with her players during Friday night’s Division II-North contest with Tolman, but she certainly showed the exhaustion of playing a fierce battle with the Tigers.
It was a battle that her Broncos managed to win, eking out a 48-47 victory over Tolman before its typically-loud fan base at the Donaldson Gymnasium.

Tri-Force MMA's Pete Jeffrey returns to action

February 3, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The past 15 months have felt like 15 years to Pete Jeffrey.
It’s been 15 long months since the veteran lightweight and the co-owner of Tri-Force MMA in Pawtucket has stepped into the octagon for a fight, and the last time fans saw him in action, on Sept. 17, 2010, he electrified a sellout crowd at the Twin River Event Center by recording a huge third-round TKO of previously-undefeated Saul “The Spider” Almeida.

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