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Tolman, Shea to meet in Donaldson finals

December 9, 2011

PAWTUCKET — It will be Tolman and Shea battling for the Donaldson Memorial Tournament championship on Saturday night.
The host Tigers got 35 points from junior guard Juan Velez en route to a 77-51 romp over East Greenwich in the nightcap on Thursday evening.
Shea had earlier posted a 58-50 victory over Toll Gate. Jordy Brito led the Raiders with 22 points, five assists and five steals.
Shea had to battle all night against a tough opponent. The Raiders led 22-20 at halftime and held off the Titans with a strong defensive effort.

Is Pawtucket hockey on thin ice?

December 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Don’t get Ray McGee started when it comes to ice hockey in this city.

Boys' hoop preview: Saints retain strong nucleus

December 6, 2011

For many high school boys’ basketball teams, Thursday marks the beginning of a new season – a clean slate for all involved parties with role players looking to blossom into stars, and stars seeking to take their team to the next level.
In the case of defending state champion St. Raphael Academy, maintaining the status quo will do just fine. The dawn of a fresh campaign also signifies the arrival of two Pawtucket-based high school tournaments geared towards preserving the memories of a pair of legendary city coaches.

Lincoln's Joyce earns starting job at Norwich

December 6, 2011

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Lincoln High alum Anthony Joyce has earned a starting job at heavyweight for the Norwich University wrestling program.
Joyce finished fourth last weekend in the Rochester Institute of Technology tournament to continue a strong start to his sophomore season.
“I have a 14-10 record so far,” Joyce admitted over the phone on Monday night. “I’m a more well-rounded wrestler now than I was in high school. I hurt my hand in football in my freshman year of college and this year I decided to just focus on wrestling.”

Providence College storms past Brown, 80-49

December 6, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Every coach has his or her own way to get the team ready. For Ed Cooley, that means leaving no stone unturned.
Following Providence’s 80-49 runaway performance against an overmatched Brown team on Monday night, Cooley took the media inside the preparation his team goes through leading up to tip-off time. Focusing on the opponent’s tendencies is one area that’s obviously stressed – PC was going up against a Brown squad that prefers to play at a much slower tempo – yet there’s a little thing called self-scouting that Cooley believes is just as vital to the cause.

Local teams prepare for girls' basketball season

December 6, 2011

Two years ago, a very-loaded Woonsocket High squad captured the Division I title just a year after doing the same in Div. II.
Consistently, though, it's been teams like La Salle Academy and Bay View that have ruled the state's top division for the simple reason that talented athletes often gravitate to the powerhouse parochial schools. Since the 2001-02 season, the defending champion Rams have won seven state crowns. The Bengals have only claimed one title but have been in three other finals during that 10-year span.

C.F. falls to Mt. Pleasant in Div. IV Super Bowl

December 4, 2011

CRANSTON — Just like it has done throughout the season, fourth-seeded Central Falls showed plenty of heart in its Division IV Super Bowl contest with defending champion Mount Pleasant Sunday afternoon.
But spurred by a couple of big plays that they were able to turn into a pair of touchdowns, it was the second-seeded Kilties who were able to walk out off the field with their second straight title, courtesy of a 22-13 win in front of about 400 at Cranston Stadium.

HOCKEY ROUNDUP: EP captures Div. III opener

December 3, 2011

Editor's Note: This roundup of Friday night hockey games will only be found on The Times' website.

WEST WARWICK -- Senior captain Ryan Barry scored twice and set up two other goals on Friday night to lead East Providence to a 4-3 victory over West Warwick in the Division III opener for both teams at the West Warwick Civic Center.
Matt Hall and Paul Lukas added the Townies’ other goals, and freshman Ryan Costa had a pair of assists, and goalie Shawn Medeiros turned away 20 shots.

Central Falls sets sights on Division IV Super Bowl

December 2, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — They had a plethora of gifted athletes. The offensive and defensive line resembled (and provided) a brick wall with an average weight of 240 pounds.
The 2005 Division IV state champion Central Falls football team was something special, compiling a 7-2 league mark and defeating Narragansett, 30-13, for its one and only team title.

Puck drops tonight on high school hockey season

December 1, 2011

The high-scoring first line from a season ago has graduated. So has the starting goaltender.
And two standout defensemen who could have returned this year opted to transfer to prep school.
So does this mean bad news is in store for Mount St. Charles? Will this be a rebuilding season? Can you dismiss all talk of a “drive for five” straight state championships?
No, no, and no.
“This is one of the youngest teams that we’ve had in a while,” offered MSC coach Dave Belisle. “but the thing that I like about this team is our sophomores and freshmen can play right now. They’re that good.

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