LINCOLN – It was virtually a last-minute decision to volunteer to coach Lincoln High's Unified Volleyball and Basketball teams, but Renee Jarest took that leap at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.
She's mighty glad she did, as she not only had the opportunity to teach special athletes the fundamentals of the sports, but also helped them – with the aid of “partners” – achieve their goal of competing in a varsity sport.
PAWTUCKET – While Tolman High varsity boys’ volleyball coach Neil Nachbar didn’t previously know much about the Rhode Island Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, he certainly does now.
The 44-year-old city native learned recently he had been selected the R.I.I.A.A.A.’s “Male Coach of the Year,” and that he will be feted at the mammoth group’s annual awards dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick on Thursday, April 2.
PROVIDENCE – Jean-Daniel Roussel had the perfect way to seek feedback at Brown University’s Pro Football Day.
Whenever there was a break in the action, the Pawtucket native and St. Raphael Academy alumnus would glance at Brown offensive coordinator Frank Sheehan. Six NFL scouts came to the Ivy League school, all of them armed with the appropriate tools of the trade.
KINGSTON — After playing two, slow-down Atlantic 10 Tournament conference games over the weekend, the No. 3 Rhode Island basketball team finally found an opponent that was willing to play an up-tempo, 94-foot contest.
In the first round of the National Invitational Tournament, the Rams and No. 6 Iona traded dunks, 3-pointers, transition buckets and free throws – lots and lots of free throws – for 40 minutes Tuesday night.
KINGSTON – Fifteen minutes after the final horn had sounded, St. Raphael Academy veteran mentor Fred Saunders walked out of his girls’ locker room, saw a few media types waiting for him and immediately raised one hand before turning back to compose himself.
NEW YORK – Under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, Providence put the college basketball world on notice Thursday that they are not a team to look past, suffocating St. John’s with defense on their way to a 74-57 win in the quarterfinal round of the Big East Tournament.
CUMBERLAND — Abdullah Kaba was getting nervous. The Cumberland High senior had repeatedly emailed the UMass Lowell cross country and track & field head coach to stoke the recruiting fires, but had no luck in receiving a reply back.
Turns out a simple typographical error was preventing Kaba from properly connecting with River Hawks mentor Gary Gardner.