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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.

Div. II may be most interesting boys' hoop league

February 3, 2012

Division II might be the most interesting basketball league in the state. Too bad the Interscholastic League picked this year to drop division tournaments in favor of one open tourney to culminate the hoops season.
Take a look at Division II right now. Rogers High of Newport and West Warwick lead the way with identical 11-1 records. Rogers walloped the Wizards 64-41 on Wednesday night. The Vikings’ only loss this season came at the hands of a Shea High squad that is 9-3 and just added a 6-foot-6 center to its lineup.

Friars take care of Rutgers; Cooley lands big man Johnson

February 2, 2012

PROVIDENCE – How do you cure those Friar blues? Answer: a visit from the Scarlet Knights.
Despite playing two very uneven halves Wednesday night, Providence was able to secure a rare Big East triumph at the expense of Rutgers, 78-67. The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Friars, who placed five players in double figures led by strong performances from Bilal Dixon (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Vincent Council (11 points, 14 assists).
“I thought today was our day,” said a clearly-relieved Ed Cooley, his Friars now 2-8 in the league and 13-10 overall.

PawSox' Tamburro reflects on journey into I.L. Hall of Fame.

February 1, 2012

PAWTUCKET – If Mike Tamburro were to take a page from late night talk show David Letterman and compose a top 10 list based exclusively on all the achievements and accolades bestowed upon him over the years, chances are the exercise would tug at the heart of the team president of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

 

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