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Correa helps Saints win Dennis Lynch Tournament

December 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET — One doesn’t have very far to look while tracking the barometer of pending success for this year’s St. Raphael Academy hoop squad.
Charles Correa is going to get his points by the bushel, the SRA senior demonstrating just that Saturday night in the finals of the 27th annual Dennis M Lynch Jr. Memorial Basketball Tournament.

Friars pull away from Rams, 72-57

December 7, 2012

PROVIDENCE - The game changed on an alley-oop.
Rhode Island freshman Jordan Hare rose above the Providence College defense to emphatically finish a perfectly executed play with 15 minutes, 22 seconds left in the second half to cut the Friars' lead to five.
As it turned out, the alley-oop was the best thing that happen to PC because Friar coach Ed Cooley opted to eschew his zone defense against the athletic Rams and play man-to-man. Over the next 8 minutes, 21 seconds the Rams didn't make a basket, went 0-for-8 from the field and committed six turnovers in a 72-57 defeat.

Friars' Cotton plays helping hand

December 7, 2012

PROVIDENCE – In the end, Bryce Cotton suited up for the Providence Friars. The real surprise came in the role he played Thursday night against intrastate rival Rhode Island.

URI's Hurley opens up about Friars' Johnson

December 7, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Dan Hurley spent time under the same roof as one of his former high school players Thursday night. In his private moments, the URI head coach was probably thrilled that Sidiki Johnson was sitting on Providence’s bench wearing a sharp black suit rather than basketball attire.

Dan Hurley to get up close with PC-URI rivalry

December 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Whenever a new face enters into the Providence College vs. URI discussion, it seems appropriate to inquire as to whether said participant understands the hubbub surrounding this annual intrastate hoops encounter.

Boys' basketball preview: SRA's Correa has a target on his back heading into senior year

December 5, 2012

On the hardwood, Charles Correa is a two-time, first-team All-State selection.
Should the St. Raphael Academy senior repeat the honor this season, he would become just the second three-time recipient in program history (1990s standout Robert Griffin owns the distinction as the Saint to earn three consecutive “top five players in the state” laurels).

Girls' basketball preview: Plenty of local flavor in Division II

December 5, 2012

To undertake a rebuilding job, one must have a firm understanding that change does not take place over night. The challenge of planting the seeds of encouragement and belief that things will get better with time is the main subplot at Woonsocket High, where a new head coach inherits practically a new team.

Boys' hockey preview: Keep an eye on Tolman, Cumberland, Lincoln

December 4, 2012

The Rhode Island interscholastic hockey season is right around the corner, and Blackstone Valley coaches are excited about moving from pre-season training to playing actual games.
As always, Mount St. Charles, La Salle and Hendricken are early favorites to fight for the Division I/Cimini title, while defending D-I/Eccleston champion Burrillville is hell-bent on defending its crown.

McGair: High school realignment formula in need of tweaking

December 3, 2012

At the end of day, high school sports are not based on which teams are successful and which ones aren’t. Their very existence is predicated on providing teenagers with a level playing field rooted in fair competition.
If winning a championship happens to accompany what should be an enriching experience, that’s pure gravy. If not, the question that needs asking is whether the experience provided was rewarding from a “fair fight” standpoint.

Gordon back for 44th season as Clippers’ wrestling mentor

December 3, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Steve Gordon can’t help but smile when recalling the images of his Cumberland High matmen celebrating their second title in three years at the R.I. Interscholastic Wrestling Championships last Feb. 25.
They did so on the stellar moves of then-senior captain Tom Lacroix, who represented the Clippers in the 195-pound weight class at the event finals, held at the Providence Career & Technical High School field house.


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