KINGSTON --- The St. Raphael/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team and South Kingstown skated into their crossover contest on Monday afternoon at Boss Arena both sitting on the Division IIâ€™s playoff bubble and desperately needing a win to keep their postseason hopes afloat.
Fortunately for the locals, they stepped up their play and rose to the occasion in this must-win situation and now find themselves sitting on the doorstep to the postseason after a yearâ€™s absence.
LINCOLN --- After a 14-month odyssey that saw him venture through five different states outside of New England and earn seven wins along the way, Toka Kahn-Clary was more than delighted to come home to Rhode Island this past weekend and fight in front of his family and friends.
Fighting in the co-feature of Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ€™ aptly-named â€śHome Sweet Homeâ€ť card at the Twin River Event Center, Kahn-Clary gave his gathering of fans a surge of excitement by knocking out Miamiâ€™s Carlos Fulgencio 1:10 into the second round of their featherweight fight.
PAWTUCKET â€” With this being â€śSenior Night,â€ť and prior to a monumental Division II-Central clash against unbeaten West Warwick, Tolman High mentor Mike Kayata took a few minutes to describe to the crowd the qualities of his three soon-to-be graduates.
In closing, he told the 250-plus fans on hand, â€śNow let's play some basketball.â€ť
He seemed a bit nervous at the time, but â€“ turns out â€“ there was little reason. Man, did his Tigers deliver!
CUMBERLAND â€” Perhaps two minutes after Cumberland High had sustained a 49-12 dual-meet loss to rival Hendricken in a match to clinch the Division I title, veteran mentor Steve Gordon managed to keep his sense of humor.
When a reporter approached him for a few thoughts Thursday night, he immediately said, â€śNot right now. Wait a second!â€ť
He approached his wife, Judy, gave her a kiss, handled a couple of other minor details, then relented to an interview.
His first response, with a wide grin: â€śSorry. Youâ€™ve gotta know whatâ€™s truly important!â€ť
LINCOLN â€” Itâ€™s a 45-minute drive from Pawtucket to Manfredoâ€™s Boxing & Fitness in Narragansett for Toka Kahn-Clary and Thomas Falowo, and because of the 72 miles they have to travel roundtrip to work out with their trainer, Peter Manfredo Sr., the two often carpool back and forth each night.
But tonight, they wonâ€™t have to share a ride. Instead, they will make a short trip to the Twin River Event Center and appear in separate six-round bouts on Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.â€™s â€śHome Sweet Homeâ€ť card.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The rematch was far more competitive. The outcome was just as painful for the Providence Friars to swallow.
PC tried its best to throw ninth-ranked Villanova for a loop, but the Wildcats were able to hang on for an 82-79 double-overtime victory on Tuesday night before 12,106 at the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center. Ryan Arcidiacono closed out with 21 points, though none were bigger than the layup the Villanova guard converted with 3.6 seconds left in the second extra session.
For someone who normally wears blue as the head coach of the Cumberland softball and Burrillville cross country teams â€“ and had sported touches of red during past stints with the Tolman and Cranston West girlsâ€™ basketball squads â€“ Marty Crowley found himself having to adjust to green and gold this winter.
But aside from changing his athletic wardrobe, Crowleyâ€™s transition to the Massachusetts girlsâ€™ basketball scene and the extra competitive Hockomock League as the head coach of King Philip High of Wrentham, Mass. has been a seamless one.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In the manner of two exhausted boxers holding on to each other for dear life, Cumberland and Shea resided in the same space during much of Fridayâ€™s Division II crossover at â€śThe Cage.â€ť
The Clippers held a 55-46 lead with 58.1 seconds remaining before finding themselves with a legit fight on their hands. Yet every time the Raiders appeared to be knocking on the door, the visitors responded in true closeout fashion â€“ by calmly making their free throws.