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Friars look to defy basketball critics this year

November 9, 2012

PROVIDENCE — 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 Cooley’s second year, giving off an aura that for the first time in a long while, Providence was a program on an up swing.

Tolman spikers fall to Cranston West in Div. II semis

November 9, 2012

KINGSTON -- It took Tolman 12 long seasons to get back to URI’s Keaney Gymnasium for a playoff match. It took Cranston West an hour and 45 minutes to end the Tigers’ bid for a berth in this weekend’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 night’s semifinal-round match.

Behind enemy lines: Coaches size up area Division II football playoff participants

November 8, 2012

Dino Campopiano and his Shea High gridders won’t get another crack at Cumberland or St. Raphael this season.
Conversely, if Brian Cote’s Mount Hope squad were to cross paths with Woonsocket once again, such a matchup wouldn’t take place until the Division II Super Bowl.

Raiders continue mastery of Panthers, advance to Div. III volleyball finals

November 8, 2012

JOHNSTON — Shea High head coach Chris Daily and assistant Carl McCurdy find it rather strange how their Raiders play so well on the road but are inconsistent at best at their own arena, “The Cage.”
During the course of the Division III regular season, they managed only a 4-4 mark at home, but compiled a 6-2 record in foreign gymnasiums.

WEB ONLY: Townies head to Div. I volleyball finals

November 8, 2012

KINGSTON – The match was ugly, but to East Providence, the end result was a thing of beauty.
The Townies nailed down their ninth victory in their last 10 matches on Wednesday night in one of their most important matches of the year – their Division I semifinal-round matchup with the Prout School at URI’s Keaney Gymnasium.
In a tightly-contested match that saw neither side bring out its best brand of volleyball, it was the Townies who shook off an opening-set defeat to down the Division I-South champion Crusaders, 3-1, and earn its first berth in the championship match in three years.

PawSox release 2013 schedule

November 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The defending Governors’ Cup Champion Pawtucket Red Sox will play their 2013 home-opener at McCoy Stadium on Thursday, April 11 against the Rochester Red Wings at 7:05 p.m.
The PawSox 2013 season will actually start one week earlier on April 4th when they play the inaugural game at the newly-renovated PNC Field in Moosic, PA against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Cumberland, SRA eye Div. II quarterfinals this week

November 5, 2012

For the eight football teams that succeeded in qualifying for the Division II postseason, the objective is crystal clear – survive to play the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.
Of the three local participants, only one team is guaranteed a coveted spot in the semifinals. Woonsocket and St. Raphael will lock helmets in a quarterfinal-round clash at Pariseau Field come 6 o’clock Saturday night. Meanwhile, Cumberland rolls out the welcome mat for Westerly, which ventures to Tucker Field Friday.

Walsh, Anchormen embrace challenge of taking on PC Friars

November 2, 2012

PROVIDENCE – The idea of framing Saturday’s first-ever hoops get-together between Providence College and Rhode Island College as merely an exhibition game doesn’t paint a complete picture.

N.S. returns from three-week bye to face Smithfield

November 1, 2012

When last we saw Wes Pennington and his North Smithfield football troupe, the Northmen were set to embark upon an unprecedented double bye that would encompass three whole weeks between games.

Upset! Cumberland booters stun Shea, 2-0

November 1, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Head coach Pierre Ridore had several reasons to believe his Shea High squad would reign in a R.I. Division I Tournament preliminary tilt against Cumberland on Thursday afternoon.
First, his Raiders had rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Clippers just nine days before this playoff; second, Ridore's bunch entered the contest with a 6-0-1 mark at home – that is, when it played either at Max Read Field or the McKinnon-Alves Complex – and this would be played at the latter.

 

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