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Local ADs welcome fresh source of funds from RIIL's revenue-sharing program

March 28, 2013

What is one telltale sign that an organization is doing well from a financial standpoint? Answer: When a revenue-sharing plan is met with a ringing endorsement by the powers-that-be.
“We’re all in this together,” is the phrase Tom Mezzanotte, executive director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, used shortly the approval of a revenue-sharing program at the March 18 Principals’ Committee on Athletics meeting. The unanimous vote (10-0) green lights the distribution of profits that are leftover once all the RIIL’s expenses are all squared away to the 55 member high schools.

Ready to give it the old college try: Tolman softball players Clark, Hessler sign LOIs

March 27, 2013

Tolman High softball players Ashley Clark (left) and Ashley Hessler signed their respective Letters of Intent during a ceremony held last week inside the school’s library. A Second Team All-State selection as a junior, Clark will continue her playing career at Division II Assumption College. A Se-cond Team All-Division selection as a junior, Hessler will take her talents to Connecticut’s University of Bridgeport, a Division II participant.

McGair: Friars’ GPS: Go to Texas, turn right on Broadway

March 27, 2013

Within every road trip, there lies a theme. Sometimes it’s apparent the moment the car pulls out of the driveway. Other times, you may elect to start impulse free, the mind filled with vagaries. Then the theme emerges later.
The main objective of Providence College’s sojourn deep into the heart of Texas is short and succinct. The theme is this – “Get to the Garden.”

Bryant's O'Shea knows a thing or two about PC's next NIT foe

March 24, 2013

PROVIDENCE — A small, sly grin quickly formed on Ed Cooley’s face upon being asked about reaching out to members of the coaching fraternity with firsthand knowledge of Robert Morris University.
Venturing a guess based on his facial expression, the Providence head coach set some time aside over the weekend to put feelers out. If undertaking the quest of learning more about the Colonials is Cooley’s pleasure, a valuable resource is located just up the road.

PC transfers Desrosiers, Harris making good use of down time

March 21, 2013

PROVIDENCE – The wounds from Providence College’s 17-point loss to Cincinnati were still in need of suturing when Ed Cooley sat down at a podium inside Madison Square Garden. Clearly determined to not wallow in self-pity following the Friars’ latest one-and-done result in the Big East Tournament, the head coach elected to use the forum to look down the road.

Providence College officials weigh in on "new" Big East

March 21, 2013

PROVIDENCE – After months of silence on the comings and goings of the re-configured Big East, Providence College officials had plenty to say Wednesday.
Staging a press conference that served as the lead-in for the PC-Charlotte NIT battle, School President the Rev. Brian J. Shanley and Athletic Director Bob Driscoll spoke for roughly 30 minutes about a wide range of Big East-related topics. The PC power pair not only broke down the league’s new structure, they also revealed why they have been so close-mouthed in public over recent weeks.

Central Falls native shows area teens the secrets behind powerlifting

March 21, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS — The past five months or so have been hectic for Jim Bourgault, though he wouldn't have it any other way.
When he's not working as an assistant supervisor in Teknor Apex's Plastics Division, or tending to his wife, Jean, and their three children and two grandchildren, Bourgault is busy weight training in his garage behind his Hunt Street home.
Naturally, he's nicknamed it the “Powerasylum.”

Lincoln’s Devolve named ‘Unsung Hero’ by R.I. Reds Heritage Society

March 19, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op girls’ hockey squad had just suffered a tough 5-2 decision to the combined Barrington/Mount Hope/Portsmouth club on Thursday night, March 7, at Brown University.
That, coupled with the Lions’ 6-5 double-overtime defeat in the first game of this-best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament championship series, meant the second-year program hadn’t captured its dream of capturing the state crown.

Present and future status of high school co-op teams examined

March 18, 2013

PROVIDENCE — While the immediate future of Rhode Island high school co-op teams does not appear threatened, concern appears to be mounting about the direction the practice is heading.
A portion of Monday’s gathering of the Principals’ Committee on Athletics focused on a myriad of topics that have to do with the validity of cooperative programs. The fact-finding mission is already underway -- a committee tasked by the Interscholastic League to weigh the pros and cons of co-ops recently sent out a three-page survey to principals and athletic directors.

NIT home game means PC Friars are making progress under Cooley

March 18, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Validation that the Providence College men’s basketball program is heading in the right direction came Sunday night in the form of receiving a first-round home game in the National Invitational Tournament.
PC will welcome Charlotte to The Dunk Wednesday night for a 7:15 tip. The Friars are seeded fourth in a region while the 49ers of the Atlantic 10 are the fifth seed. Wednesday’s winner advances to face the victor of Kentucky-Robert Morris, a contest set for Tuesday night. Second-round NIT matchups are scheduled for March 21-25.

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