Archive - Mar 2013 - Sports Article
NEW YORK â€“ As one Cincinnati make after another settled into the nets at Madison Square Garden Wednesday, the frustration level in Kadeem Batts seemed to rise by the minute.
The Bearcats, desperate for a win that would keep them in the NCAA Tournament mix, were playing loose and free.
On the flip side, Batts and his Providence College teammates were tight and resembled the unit that got off to a dreadful 2-7 start in Big East play â€“ not the one that closed the regular season white-hot with seven wins in nine tries.
NEW YORK â€“ For one final time, the Providence player with deep New York City roots trudged off the floor at Madison Square Garden with an empty feeling in his stomach.
Vincent Councilâ€™s last chance at Big East Tournament glory resembled his previous three experiences at this hallowed cathedral â€“ with the Friars serving as an all-too familiar one-and-done casualty. As a result, the senior point guard hailing from Brooklyn is left to ponder whether the glass is half-full or half-empty.
BURRILLVILLE â€” If you would have told Steve Daigle a month ago that his Burrillville team would play â€“ and be a slight favorite â€“ in the Division I championship series in mid-March at Brown University, the veteran coach would have thought you were crazy and walked away from you.
The Broncos finished the regular season with just one win in their last 11 games and a 4-11-3 mark, hardly a record for any team worthy enough to get into the postseason, never mind earn a spot in a best-of-three title series.
NEW YORK â€” The hallways, runways and escalators inside Madison Square Garden come alive with Big East basketball-related chatter every March. Naturally, many folks will take the occasion at this weekâ€™s conference tournament to reflect on the end of this wildly entertaining roundball ride.
Looking back at the recently completed boysâ€™ basketball playoffs with an emphasis on what the young men and coaches from North Smithfield accomplished â€¦
Heartache and disappointment always seem to boil to the surface whenever extenuating circumstances arise. Yet as he paced around a somber locker room to console a hazed and dazed group of downtrodden teenage boys, North Smithfield head coach T.J. Ciolfi kept thinking about a bonding/healing session to be conducted on a yellow school bus.
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
The gate to the memory bank swung open Wednesday upon learning that Ryan Westmoreland was retiring from the Red Sox.
WOONSOCKET â€” A rematch with Alex Amparo on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center would have been a good enough reason for Joe Gardnerâ€™s loyal fans to throw down their hard-earned money at the box office and see their favorite fighter in action.
Unfortunately, Amparo bowed out of the fight a few weeks ago, but the folks at Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. found the perfect replacement to oppose Gardner.
Woonsocketâ€™s other super middleweight, Reynaldo Rodriguez.
WOONSOCKET --- Chris Herren did a fair amount of traveling during his collegiate and professional basketball careers, not only touring arenas throughout the United States, but also finishing his hoop career overseas in Europe and Asia.
Itâ€™s been 6Â½ years since Herren last played professionally, but these days, heâ€™s still flying coast to coast and racking up frequent flyer miles.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ For high school hoops fans who have paid attention to North Smithfieldâ€™s Matt Walkow and Peter Keenan this season, there was one play in their last game that typified just how in sync these two young men are on the basketball floor.
KINGSTON â€“ Just what exactly can North Smithfieldâ€™s princes of the hardwood expect at URIâ€™s Ryan Center on Friday?
Upon some discussion with two area Division I boysâ€™ basketball head coaches whose teams squared off against Classical this winter, the general consensus is that if North Smithfield so much as sneezes the wrong way, T.J. Ciolfiâ€™s crew could end up trapped in a spider web with little or no chance of escape.