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Friars ignore 'bubble talk', put focus on Thursday's Big East quarterfinal-round opener vs. Red Storm

March 12, 2014

NEW YORK — At this point of the season, Kadeem Batts and the rest of his teammates are dealing with information overload when the discussion turns to the Friars and their NCAA Tournament prospects.

Like every other Providence College basketball follower, Batts is keeping abreast of the latest developments via watching games on TV, checking out bracket-bubble updates online and hearing all sorts of prognostications on where the Friars stand in their quest for the program’s first NCAA berth since 2004.

Improved play from underclassmen has propelled Tolman into open state tourney

March 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET – If there’s anyone associated with the Tolman boys’ basketball program who has seen firsthand the progress and development made by Jesse Fernandes, Steven Otis and the rest of the current underclassmen, look no further than head coach Mike Kayata’s right-hand man.
 

Tolman boys' hoop to face unfamiliar foe in first-round of open state tourney

March 10, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Mike Kayata professes to know the mere basics regarding Coventry High, the squad Tolman High drew in the opening round of the 16-team Rhode Island State Open Boys' Basketball Tournament.

Based exclusively on the Power Point standings that were kept during the regular season and the divisional playoffs, the Division II Tigers are the No. 11 seed while the Division I Knotty Oakers are seeded sixth. They’ll meet Wednesday night at Rhode Island College’s Murray Center, with the tip at 6.

Perfect SRA girls' hoops team part of 'team to beat' crowd in Division II playoffs

March 10, 2014

PAWTUCKET --- You would think that a team that captured its league title with a 16-0 record and won 13 of those games by 19 or more points would be an overwhelming favorite to win a state championship.

Instead, St. Raphael is merely one of the schools in a “teams to beat” group that has its eyes set on achieving Division II glory a week from Saturday at URI’s Ryan Center.

Just a sophomore, Tolman High grad Ethan Etheridge is rewriting swimming history at Elms College

March 9, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Six years ago, as a freshman at Tolman High, Ethan Etheridge decided to join the swim team more or less for the fun of it.

He admitted to being a decent swimmer, but nothing premier.

Slowly but surely, his times in his specialties – the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke – began to drop, and that naturally caused him to strive for more speed.

Etheridge claims he never would've dreamed way back when that he'd be in the position he is now, as one of the most decorated swimmers in the history of Elms College, stationed in Chicopee in western Massachusetts.

‘VP’ has Friars in top form

March 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The trust factor between the Providence College basketball players and the training staff is quite evident.

In separate interviews, Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton didn’t refer to athletic trainer Bryn VanPatten by his first name or his last. Truncated in such a fashion that you can just feel the cool factor, VanPatten simply goes by “VP.”

Tigers primed for high-powered Eagles in tonight’s Division II boys' basketball semifinals at RIC

March 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Tolman High head coach Mike Kayata is fully aware that in hoops parlance, Barrington is considered a matchup nightmare.

Cumberland, Lincoln, SRA/PCD co-op boys' hockey teams begin state tournament action this weekend

March 6, 2014

For Mount St. Charles and Burrillville, only two victories separate them from a return trip to Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium and a chance to claim championship glory.
For Cumberland, Lincoln, North Smithfield, and the St. Raphael/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team, it’s going to take twice as many wins for a cherished spot in the Division II finals.
For these six teams, the march to Brown begins tonight as the puck drops on the state playoffs in the form of best-of-three series around the state.

Tolman hoopsters defeat EWG, await Division II semifinal-round showdown with Barrington at RIC

March 5, 2014

COVENTRY — There’s still business to tend to, namely Friday’s Division II semifinal clash against Barrington. Yet without running the risk of looking too far ahead, what Tolman High accomplished Wednesday night may have been the finishing touch to securing a spot in the 16-team open state tournament.

St. Raphael girls wrap up perfect regular season, claim 45-43 'Senior Night' thriller from Moses Brown

March 4, 2014

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PAWTUCKET — Moses Brown came looking to spoil St. Raphael Academy’s bid for a perfect 16-0 regular season on Tuesday night at Alumni Hall.
The Saints had defeated the Quakers by 21 points in mid-January. That was a rare off night for the visitors, who carried an 11-3 record in Division II action into this playoff tuneup for both sides.