Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â That wasnât a basketball game that took place at the Ryan Center Thursday. That was a rock fight.
Or considering the stare down at center court that Dan Hurley and Ed Cooley engaged in with 3:55 remaining â one that also contained a few verbal jabs for good measure â perhaps they should have put the basketballs away and slapped a pair of boxing gloves on the two head coaches.
Style points were definitely at a premium, but oh, what a conclusion the Friars and Rams staged.
What would it take for the stateâs four Division I menâs basketball programs to get together for an in-season, round-robin tournament?
Depends on which school representative you speak with.
âAnything we could do to grow interest, whether it be a doubleheader, a tournament or anything like that, we would be all for it,â stated Brown head coach Mike Martin.
There are three things that are certain in life -- death, taxes, and Mount St. Charles going down to the wire with Bishop Hendricken and La Salle in the battle for the Division I state championship.
That being said, expect much of the same from the three parochial schools this winter -- a long tooth-and-nail duel that will begin tonight and end in the finals sometime in mid-March at Brown University.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Ed Cooley has a grand vision for the stateâs annual college basketball passion play â Providence versus Rhode Island.
âMy goal is to get this game on CBS on a Sunday or Saturday afternoon,â proclaimed the Friarsâ head coach. âWhen you do that, you know that both programs are getting there. Take nothing away from the other channels, and I donât want to be disrespectful to anybody, but when youâre talking about trying to nationally brand your two schools, I think thatâs our ultimate goal.â
There figures to always be a soft spot in Tommy Harperâs heart for Jacoby Ellsbury. Harper got to know Ellsbury when the latter was on the fast track through the minor-league ranks, hence why the former had no trouble relinquishing his 36-year-old Red Sox record of 54 stolen bases in a single season, which Ellsbury shattered with 70 thefts in 2009.
When the topic of Ellsbury and the lavish seven-year, $153-million deal he reportedly agreed to with the New York Yankees came up during a phone interview on Wednesday, Harper elicited a response that was part clairvoyant, part reality check.
WOONSOCKET â This week has been a very hectic and emotional one for Andre Soukhamthath.
Not only is the talented Woonsocket featherweight getting ready for a tough fight that he accepted on less than three weeksâ notice, but heâs also been very busy tying up some loose ends and packing his and his familyâs belongings before they move to Boca Raton, Fla. on Sunday.
WEST GREENWICH --- For the fourth straight season, North Smithfield is one and done in the Division IV playoffs.
Senior fullback Dwight Anderson scored three touchdowns and teamed with quarterback Jacob Hornoff to pick up over 180 yards on the ground to guide Exeter/West Greenwich to a 21-13 victory over N.S. on Tuesday night under the glare of portable lights on the Knightsâ campus.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Way back on Sept. 28, North Smithfield High traveled to Exeter/West Greenwich's home gridiron and exhibited perhaps its sloppiest game of the season, but still sustained âonlyâ a 17-14 loss.
The two will meet yet again in a R.I. Division IV Tournament semifinal in West Greenwich at 6 p.m., Tuesday, and â to prepare his troops mentally â Pennington is utilizing not just what happened in that contest but also one that occurred three years ago this same weekend.
Even on the phone, Chris Skurka came across as a happy camper. Call such âmerrinessâ not in keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, but rather it is based solely on the fact that his Cumberland football outfit does not have to concern itself with a semifinal-round game on Tuesday night.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Kevin may be the youngest of the six Keenan boys, but he still recalls the fondest moments of his childhood: How his father, Paul, would rave about the prospect of watching his sons represent North Smithfield High's varsity football team â together.
âWe'd be sitting in front of the TV watching the Patriots, or be at the supper table, and Dad would bring it up, how we all could play together one day,â offered Kevin of those instances a decade or more ago. âI don't know if he knew it, but we were thinking the same thing.â