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McGair: Open tournament is here to stay

March 14, 2011

The great unknown turned into the great success for boys’ basketball in Rhode Island. Thanks to the countless thrills and memories the all-inclusive state tournament provided, the format of crowning one undisputed champion is likely here to stay.

St. Raphael captures statewide hoops crown

March 14, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — “We stayed at a high level,” deadpanned Tom “Saar” Sorrentine as his St. Raphael Academy players were hooting and hollering in the adjacent room.
In the same breath Sorrentine, donning a championship hat, added, “You could never relax.”
That in a nutshell summarizes SRA’s journey back to the top of the Rhode Island high school basketball mountain. The opposition tried its best to rattle the Saints, but when it mattered most, Sorrentine’s crew rose to the occasion.

Clippers bow out of Division II hockey playoffs

March 14, 2011

PORTSMOUTH — Over the past several years, Portsmouth Abbey’s rink has been a house of horrors for Cumberland High, a building that has been as cold to the Clippers as the frigid temperatures inside its confines.
On Sunday afternoon, the Clippers endured their latest nightmare at the arena, and it resulted in a swift exit from the Division II playoffs.
The third-seeded Clippers dropped the third and deciding game of their best-of-three semifinal-round series to second-seeded Portsmouth High in the form of a 5-3 defeat that wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicates.

Correa leads Saints into tonight's state title game

March 12, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Behold the skill set of Charles Correa.
St. Raphael’s talented point guard couldn’t have picked a better time to showcase his talents. With a berth in the finals of the open state tournament on the line, Correa did his part in SRA’s 66-48 quarterfinal win against North Providence Friday night at URI’s Ryan Center.

Friars turn to Tranghese, alums in time of need

March 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Bob Driscoll is back on the clock, and this time the Providence College athletic director is bringing some important friends along for the ride.
For the second time in three years, Driscoll finds himself making an important assessment of the men’s basketball program. PC parted ways with Keno Davis on Friday after three turbulent seasons, a tenure that was marked by tough times on and away from the court. Speaking from inside his Alumni Hall office late Friday afternoon, Driscoll mentioned he plans on forming a search committee in his quest to find the next Friar coach.

McGair: Keno ran a loose ship, and it sunk

March 12, 2011

Officially, the Keno Davis Era at Providence College ended Friday, when the school severed its working relationship with the head coach, one many perceived upon his hiring three years ago was the missing link in bringing respectability to the men’s basketball program.
Technically, Davis’ fate at PC was sealed last May 18, when star player Jamine “Greedy” Peterson was expelled after an undisclosed incident in a dorm room on campus. The incidents that came before and after Peterson’s ouster were a further death knell to a situation that Davis was never able to recover from.

Charles in Charge: Sophomore keys SRA's fortunes

March 11, 2011

There are times when Tom “Saar” Sorrentine probably wishes he had a traffic light on the bench. Instead of making tiresome gyrations with his hands and feet and straining his vocal cords, Sorrentine could simply stand and rely on the signaling device to get the message across.

North Providence next test for SRA

March 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Mike Kayata and Matt Pita aren’t about to tell Tom “Saar” Sorrentine anything he doesn’t already know. On Monday the longtime St. Raphael Academy coach was present as North Providence ushered top seed Cranston West out of the state tournament behind a reverse lay-in in the dying seconds from one of the Cougars’ chief threats, Austin Van Bemmelen.

Three local boys teams in hockey semifinals

March 9, 2011

Two down, four to go.
Four wins are what separates three of the Blackstone Valley’s boys’ hockey teams -- Mount St. Charles Academy, Cumberland High, and East Providence High -- from a date with state championship glory.
And the road for those teams continue this weekend when a half dozen best-of-three semifinal-round series around the state take place.

Girls' hoop tourney features tight games

March 9, 2011

Whether it’s at the high school or the collegiate level, it doesn’t matter. Coaches will be the first to admit that when the postseason arrives, anything can happen.
Cinderella has made its way to the Ball on numerous occasions where an underdog that has no business to be on the same court or field as a top-seeded squad somehow pulls off a miracle and produces a victory or at least a legitimate scare to their favored opponent.

 

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