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Snowstorms wreak havoc on high school schedules

January 26, 2011

This is truly the winter of our discontent when it comes to weather and high school sports schedules. The seemingly weekly snowstorms in Rhode Island have created a backlog of makeup games in all sports, none more so than in boys’ basketball, where a compressed schedule this season necessitated a natural three-game week even before Mother Nature threatened to turn the month of February into an NBA-like marathon for high school student/athletes.

Cherry Tree Running Festival invades Pawtucket on May 21

January 26, 2011

It may not be the Running Capital of Rhode Island, but Pawtucket is sure going to seem that way in the coming months.
Just a couple of months after an expected 3,000 participants invade the historic city for the inaugural Irish 5K on March 5, throngs of runners and walkers are predicted to be back on the downtown streets for another first-time event, the Cherry Tree Running Festival on May 21.

Shea too much for Cumberland

January 26, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In a game of runs, it was Shea High that had the big one at the end, and with it, a hard-fought Division II crossover victory.
The Raiders rattled off 11 straight points to ignite a 21-8 run in the final 7:48 of their duel with Cumberland High on Tuesday night and come away with a 73-62 win on their home floor that gave them their fifth victory in their last six games.

SRA reserves do heavy lifting against Woonsocket

January 25, 2011

PAWTUCKET – There were coaches from North Kingstown and Bishop Hendricken sitting in the stands to view Monday’s Division I crossover between Woonsocket and St. Raphael. No doubt they came to see Charles Correa, Cesar Mejia and Trevor Vasey and the rest of SRA’s starting five, but the coaches were probably just as likely to jot down notes pertaining to Jordan Peguero, Ben Pillsbury and Franklin Batista.

Friars face Big East reality test every game

January 25, 2011

For many years we’ve witnessed this perception vs. reality debate hovering over the basketball program at Providence College. Call it a man vs. wild struggle in which one side tries to impose its will over the other in the name of shedding light on what the expectations should entail.

C.F. tracksters continue to sparkle

January 24, 2011

The ever-improving Central Falls track and field program added another milestone to its list Saturday afternoon.
With their sweep of Northern Division rivals Woonsocket and Shea, the Warriors manufactured the school’s best league record since its inception in 1999-2000, finishing the dual-meet season at 6-2. The girls’ team has a chance to match that effort on Jan. 31 when the Lady Warriors (4-2) conclude their Sullivan Division schedule against Moses Brown (2-2) and Rogers (1-5).

SRA grad Fournier a Patriots cheerleader

January 24, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Most pro football experts figured Kelsey Fournier and her New England Patriots cheerleader teammates would have spent a chilly Sunday evening outdoors at Gillette Stadium, coaxing freezing fans into making noise for the home team in the AFC championship game.
Instead, the New York Jets ousted the favored Patriots last Sunday in the conference semifinals, ending the season for players, fans and cheerleaders alike.

Friars beat Louisville for first Big East win

January 23, 2011

PROVIDENCE – So this is what winning in the Big East feels like.
Saturday bore witness to Providence College canceling its long overdue appointment with the conference’s win column. The return to sender memo was made possible by a 72-67 upset victory of 19th-ranked Louisville before an exuberant audience of 12,051 at The Dunk. It was the first conference victory for the Friars in 51 weeks, and their first win over former coach Rick Pitino.

Opening Day not far away!

January 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The long-running offseason production the PawSox put on, better known as the Hot Stove gathering, has always served a dual purpose.

Tiverton storms past Central Falls

January 21, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — There was a buzz in the stands on Thursday night as Central Falls fans awaited the start of a Division II crossover game matching their North Division-leading Warriors with a 7-2 Tiverton team that is tied for first place in the East.
The Tigers quickly quieted the local crowd by storming out to a 23-5 lead midway through the first half en route to an 80-64 triumph.
“They’re good,” C.F. coach Brian Crookes conceded after the game. “I would put them up there with Rogers, West Warwick and Barrington as the best teams we have seen this season.”

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