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PC Friars seeing postseason hopes slip away

February 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Ed Cooley claims he had no idea that Wednesday’s loss at Cincinnati resulted in his Providence Friars dipping below .500 for the first time this season.
“To be honest with you, I didn’t even know that,” Cooley said after this reporter informed him of the news Friday, one day before PC welcomes 10th-ranked Georgetown to The Dunk Saturday night. In the same breath Cooley added, “If you worry about your record, then you’re not concentrating on the right things.”

Shea takes care of Tolman on hardwood

February 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Minutes before the Division II-Central clash between archrivals Tolman and Shea highs, Tigers coach Mike Kayata seemed even more intense than usual, and that's hard for him.
“We're playing to win this one,” he said as his players warmed up, “and the answer is going to be defense. We have to take care of the ball and limit their fast-break points. If we do that, we should be OK. They're tough. They're 13-3 for a reason, and we know that. These guys all know each other, so this is about pride and respect. We just have to take care of the ball.”

Lincoln's Zammarelli sets his sights on Elon

February 17, 2012

LINCOLN — There’s no room for confusion or interpretation when you’re that sure about something. Make no mistake: Nick Zammarelli’s mind is already made up regarding where he wants to play college baseball.
A junior at Lincoln High, Zammarelli recently announced his intention to attend Division I Elon University, located in North Carolina. To issue a verbal that signifies the acceptance of an athletic scholarship package long before Zammarelli is even eligible to sign a national letter of intent speaks volumes of just how comfortable the player is with the school and vice versa.

Saints cool off Lions, 52-44

February 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET — For a team that’s been somewhat sidetracked in its pursuit of a high playoff berth, St. Raphael picked the perfect time to have one of its finest games of the season.
Junior Lauren Gaj and sophomore Rybecca Gonzalez teamed up to score 30 points and help the Saints give a strong showing on the boards that paved the way for a key 52-44 triumph over red-hot Lincoln on Wednesday night at the Saints’ Alumni Hall.

Clippers win 57th dual-meet in a row

February 15, 2012

WARWICK – Things were not looking good for Cumberland High three matches into its regular season finale against defending state team tourney champion Warwick Veterans on Wednesday evening.
The Clippers, seeking their 57th consecutive dual-meet victory and third straight unbeaten season, trailed Warwick Vets 15-0. Cumberland needed to make something happen in a hurry and Nick Tribelli answered the call with a stunning pin at 126 pounds.
“Once we got that win from Nick, I knew we had a shot,” Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said after his Clippers rallied for a 44-29 triumph.

Raiders take advantage of shorthanded Lions, 66-37

February 14, 2012

LINCOLN – You want to keep fighting the good fight, but sometimes that’s not nearly enough.
A season littered with frustrating moments continues for Kent Crooks and his Lincoln High squad. The Lions dressed just six players for Tuesday night’s Division II-Central contest against Shea, the Raiders taking full advantage in a 66-37 runaway performance at The Lions’ Den.

Slumbering Tigers bow to Cougars, 87-72

February 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Tolman High’s “sleeping giant” of a basketball team is still sleeping.
The Tigers slumbered through the opening eight minutes of Tuesday night’s clash with Division II-Central leader North Providence, falling behind 27-8 before essentially playing the Cougars even for the rest of the game, finally losing by an 87-72 margin.
North Providence saw a 15-point halftime lead shrink to 10 with 10:30 left in the game. The Cougars hardly blinked. They just took the ball to the basket and got fouled, making 24 of 31 free throws in the game.

Local hoopsters faring well in college ranks

February 14, 2012

A quick check on how several locals are performing at the college level (Editor's note: all stats are current through Sunday, February 12):
A five-game winning streak has Fairfield in the thick of MAAC race with the play of Pawtucket native Rakim Sanders representing a major reason why. Sanders led the Stags with 13 points in Sunday’s 68-51 win against Loyola University while logging a team-best 37 minutes.

Shea, Tolman hoopsters tuning their games

February 13, 2012

The last full week of the high school basketball season is upon us, meaning teams are in full spin mode in relation to securing playoff berths or jostling for seeding positions.

Poverty level stuns Woonsocket AD Nasuti

February 13, 2012

Woonsocket High School athletic director George Nasuti feels a common bond with his colleagues at other city schools in Rhode Island, in places like Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence. He knows the budget restraints that ADs in those cities deal with, and can easily relate to the student-athletes and the economic realities many of them face during the school year.

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