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Girls' hoops playoffs set to tip off

March 1, 2011

A dozen teams from the Blackstone Valley will be shooting for the same goal — a strong postseason run that hopefully leads them to a state championship — these next two weeks when the R.I. playoffs take flight.
In two of the three division tournaments, there are clear favorites – unbeaten Barrington High is the team to beat in Division I, while powerful Middletown High leads the way in Division III.
But Division II appears to be wide-open, with a handful of teams capable of rising above the pack and winning the title.

Townies steal show at state wrestling meet

February 28, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Regular season dual-meet results don’t carry over into the tournament season. Each wrestler, no matter how big his reputation and how long his list of accomplishments, must begin anew when the opening whistle sounds to start a tournament match.
That’s the beauty of this sport, which focuses on a team aspect during the dual-meet season. The emphasis changes to individual results during the postseason.

Marshon Brooks as Big East POY? Pass

February 28, 2011

As the regular season winds down, the discussion for postseason awards and other laurels heats up. Suddenly the office water cooler or neighborhood establishment becomes the spot to discuss and dissect the merits of potential candidates, while those given autonomy to cast a vote sit down with pen, paper and DVD player, study tea leaves and rub the Magic 8-Ball before filling out the ballot.

Tolman hockey program honors Pfc. Kyle Coutu

February 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET -- When Steve Reynolds took over the reins as Tolman High’s hockey coach in the winter of ’08, he inherited a team that not only graduated a talented senior class that reached the Division II quarterfinals the previous season, but was short on upperclassmen and bodies.
He also had his share of first-year players on his 16-player roster that season, and one of them was a familiar name who starred for the Tigers’ football and wrestling teams the past couple of seasons, Kyle Coutu.

Tigers tie first-place Panthers

February 26, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- If Tolman High and the Johnston/North Providence co-op team end up meeting in two weekends in the Division III semifinals, it should make for a truly entertaining best-of-three series.
For the second time in seven days, the two teams battled tooth and nail in an exciting high school game, but unlike their meeting last Saturday, this contest didn’t end with a winner or a loser.

Lincoln iced in season finale

February 24, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD --- A very difficult season for Lincoln High came to a rough end on Wednesday afternoon at the hands of a tough non-tough team -- St. John’s High of Shrewsbury, Mass.
The 12th-ranked team in the Eastern Mass. polls showed the small gathering at the Rhode Island Sports Center why they are among the teams vying for a berth in their state’s Division IA ‘Super Eight’ tournament by skating to a 6-1 victory over the Lions.

Hockey playoff season looms on horizon

February 24, 2011

Over the years, the final weekend of the high school hockey regular season had always featured plenty of drama and storylines. Regular-season titles on the line. Teams pursuing higher seeds. Others fighting for late playoff berths.
Unfortunately for local fans, there won’t be much suspense this weekend.
A big reason is because only five boys’ teams from the area qualified for their respective tournaments. Four of the five teams that didn’t make it were long eliminated from postseason consideration, while a fifth, Lincoln, saw its run at a playoff berth come to an end last weekend.

Brooks scores 52 in PC's loss to Irish

February 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Notre Dame appeared to be in total control, then all of a sudden the Fighting Irish were lucky time ran out on Marshon Brooks.
Ben Hansbrough scored a career-high 32 points and Tim Abromaitis had a season-high 28 as No. 9 Notre Dame hung on for a 94-93 win over struggling Providence on Wednesday night despite a Big East-record 52 points by Brooks.
The Irish (22-5, 11-4 Big East) are off to their best start ever in 11 seasons under coach Mike Brey. Notre Dame, in second place in the conference, has won eight of nine.

Cumberland wrestlers primed for state meet

February 23, 2011

CUMBERLAND – The elite seedings for this weekend’s state wrestling championships bear out the dual-meet rankings for the regular season.
Unbeaten Cumberland, the defending state team champion, collected four No. 1 seeds. Cranston West earned three, as did Warwick Veterans. East Providence was honored with two top seeds – sophomore heavyweight Jonah Aurelio and senior 160-pounder Jared Burrows. Bishop Hendricken, also expected to contend for the team title, got one.

Tolman ousted in overtime, 67-64

February 22, 2011

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The music played over the PA system to introduce the players from top-seeded North Providence High was the theme song from the movie “Rocky” – the fictional story of the Philadelphia southpaw who overcame all odds to eventually become the heavyweight champion.
While the music was appropriate for the Cougars, who showed plenty of heart in Monday’s Division II quarterfinal matchup with No. 8 seed Tolman, it would be hard to not say the same for a gutsy Tiger squad.

 

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