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How will recruiting in new league affect Friars?

December 19, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Now that the fog has dispersed and Providence College along with the rest of its Catholic school brethren have succeeded in making a clean break from the Big East, now seems as good a time as any to raise the question of just how appealing a basketball-centric conference is in the eyes of potential recruits.
To that end, PC head coach Ed Cooley feels that the Catholic Seven and the still-to-be-determined additional schools have an excellent shot to thrive and prosper due to basketball serving as the main draw at every institution.

Dunn dazzles in debut, helps PC whip Colgate

December 18, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Call it a solid first step for Ed Cooley and his new-look Providence Friars.
On a night that saw freshman Kris Dunn make an immediate impact, Providence overwhelmed Colgate, 79-45, before 6,033 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. A point guard who on Tuesday night displayed an uncanny knack in finding his teammates, Dunn tossed 13 assists on his way to becoming the first PC player to reach double figures in said category in his first game with the program.

Shea hoopsters rout turnover-prone Tolman, 72-39

December 18, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Victims of two straight Division II-Central overtime losses, Shea High's players paid particularly close attention to head coach Matt Pita before facing league rival Tolman on Tuesday night.
“I just told the kids I wanted them to play hard … the basketball gods hadn't been really kind to us,” Pita said. “Our goal was to take care of the basketball; we've been averaging over 25-plus turnovers a game, and we wanted to keep it under 20 while executing to our ability and controlling the tempo.”

East Providence coaches back in business after receiving payment

December 18, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — Call it a case of all’s well that ends well.
Three days after putting their collective foot down, the fall sports’ coaches at East Providence High School received payment for their services on Monday morning. Townie athletic director Paul Amaral received confirmation from interim superintendant Dr. John DeGoes that the checks were available for pick up and distribution.
“Paul handed me my check, and that was that,” stated Alex Butler, the head coach for boys’ basketball and girls’ volleyball at East Providence.

PC Friars welcome fresh faces Dunn, Johnson with open arms

December 18, 2012

PROVIDENCE — There are games against more noteworthy opponents on the horizon, yet it’s probably a safe bet to assume that Providence College basketball fans have been eyeing Tuesday’s game against Colgate for quite some time.
The night will feature the long-anticipated debuts of two Friars. In freshman Kris Dunn, PC is hitching its wagon to a point guard, a critical position that suffered a major hit when Vincent Council went down in a heap in the season opener. In sophomore Sidiki Johnson, the Friars are receiving a rugged 6-foot-10 sort who’s expected shore up the low post.

McGair: Late high school hockey games affect more than just media members

December 16, 2012

For those in the sports’ media business, there’s no beating around the bush – reporting Rhode Island high school hockey is always a game of catch-up.
Translation: Game takes place late Friday night; game doesn’t hit the newspaper pages until Sunday. Such a cycle repeats Saturday with Monday’s edition representing the earliest chance to get something on the record.

McGair: For PawSox manager, communication is vital

December 15, 2012

It’s no secret that the art of communication is key to managing the Pawtucket Red Sox. Naturally the interaction with the players is a high priority, yet there’s also touching base with the major-league coaching staff or the front office, or with someone from the player development sector or even the Double-A manager.
No wonder why several of Gary DiSarcina’s predecessors made sure to have their cell phones close by while batting practice took place. It’s a 24/7 lifestyle wherein the PawSox manager must be on standby at all times and ready to field inquires from all walks of baseball life.

DiSarcina: From player to coordinator to manager

December 15, 2012

PAWTUCKET – On the same day Gary DiSarcina was formally introduced as the 15th manager in Pawtucket Red Sox history, we thought it would be appropriate to engage in an “getting to know you better” exercise – an opportunity to view through the lens of those who have engaged in past dealings with the new skipper in town.

E.P. coaches take a stand, cease winter duties

December 15, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE – As of Friday afternoon, winter sports at East Providence High School are on ice. Time will tell if any sort of thawing-out action occurs.
In response to the fall sports coaches not receiving their pay, the winter sports coaches at E.P. have decided to cease all responsibilities and duties. The decision to take a hard line was started by boys’ basketball head coach Alex Butler, who also coaches the Townies’ girls’ volleyball program.

Clippers clamp down on Novans

December 13, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It wasn’t pretty, not by any means, but Cumberland High head coach Deb Engels didn’t care.
For the first time since the 2010-11 campaign, the Clippers had manufactured a regular-season triumph, this one a sloppy 38-22 affair against Division I-North rival Woonsocket on Thursday night.

 

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