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January 20th, 2014

No longer bound by drama, Friars trending upward

January 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE – There are two schools of thought as to why Ted Bancroft and the Friars have gone on to string three Big East wins together following an 0-2 start.

Representing the Providence program at Monday’s college basketball brunch, held at Warwick's Radisson Hotel, Bancroft mentioned that a players-only meeting was staged in the aftermath of a 30-point blowout loss at Villanova earlier this month. At the time, the Friars appeared in a free fall after losing back-to-back overtime contests to UMass and Seton Hall before getting drubbed by the Wildcats.

January 19th

Thumb surgery behind him, Alex Wilson sets sights on regaining role in Boston's bullpen

January 19, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Eventually, Alex Wilson arrived at the understanding that his ability to properly grip a baseball had been compromised.

What was originally deemed a sprained right thumb last July evolved into something far more problematic to the point where surgery went from a potential last resort to being inevitable. Wilson admitted that everything “was tried under the sun.” From having the thumb placed in a cast and later a splint, all of the precautions taken were done with an eye toward eventually returning to Boston’s bullpen.

January 18th

At 5-4, the future appears to be now for young Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op girls' hockey team

January 18, 2014

BURRILLVILLE — All you need to do is take a quick look at its roster and you’d readily assume that the Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op squad is merely a season away from doing some real damage in the always-tough Emma Division.
There’s only one senior on the roster, and with most of the Broncos’ top players hailing from the nine-member junior class – as well as nine freshmen coming out for the team – not only does next year look to be promising for the squad, but so do the ones following that season.

January 17th

Mt. Hope no obstacle for Clippers in 3-0 win

January 17, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Cumberland was able to accomplish something on Friday night that the Clippers didn’t do once while averaging over a dozen regular-season victories in each of the last eight seasons – kick off their winter with a sparkling 7-0 start.

The Clippers dominated play from start to finish in their Division II crossover affair with Mount Hope at Adelard Arena, but despite outshooting the Huskies by a whopping 50-2 margin, they ran into a blistering hot goaltender in senior Matt Wilson and were only able to skate away with a 3-0 victory.

January 15th

Cotton far from the only option in Friars' arsenal

January 15, 2014

PROVIDENCE – It’s starting to happen. Bryce Cotton is staring at the probability of roughly two months remaining in his Providence College basketball career.

As time becomes the senior’s enemy, so too does the sense that the adjectives specifically reserved to describe Cotton’s on-court playmaking abilities are seemingly stuck on repeat. Long ago, games of 20 or more points went from the exception to the rule for Cotton. When a player crosses over such a rarified threshold, in turn it becomes easy for fans to fall into a state of complacency.

January 14th

Keable, Libby lead Burrillville to 43-39 win over Lincoln

January 14, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – Last Friday night, Burrillville High suffered a numbing 17-point defeat at Johnston, and head coach Samantha Stanton worried about her club’s collective mind-set.

She set out to remedy a few of the problems in recent practices, namely turnovers, free-throw shooting and rebounding.

The Broncos lost that first battle with Lincoln on Tuesday night, yielding 28 miscues, but it did exceed in the last two categories, especially junior forward Catherine Keable.

January 13th

Lincoln girls' swim team dunks Westerly, now 4-0

January 13, 2014

LINCOLN — Though a year had passed, Lincoln High sophomore Mollie Westrick and junior Nicole Moneghan hadn’t forgotten how the Westerly aquawomen had sailed to a Division II dual-meet victory.
In fact, the Bulldogs had pulled off wins in each of the previous three winter seasons, and the Lions desperately wanted to “turn the tide,” so to speak.

January 12th

Skurka exits as Cumberland head football coach, accepts role as assistant at Dean College

January 12, 2014

CUMBERLAND — When it came time for Chris Skurka to make the biggest football decision of his life, he turned to a voice of reassurance and clarity.

Alison Skurka, the coach’s wife, had a quick answer. A staunch supporter of her husband’s pigskin endeavors, Alison gave Chris her blessing to make the jump from head coach at Cumberland High to becoming an assistant at Dean College.

“She’s allowed me to chase that dream,” said Chris Skurka. “Ultimately, it came down to me making a decision about my family and my career as a coach.”

Cumberland wins close battle for team championship at John D. Gorman Memorial Wrestling Tournament

January 12, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Senior standouts Cody Beaudette and Chris Hayes captured their weight classes to help Cumberland win a close battle for the team championship in this past weekend’s John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament at the Clippers’ Wellness Center.
The Clippers, who returned to the top of the team standings after watching Johnston finish first last year, scored 159.5 points to beat 17 other teams (representing four New England states) and nip runner-up Bristol Eastern of Connecticut by 1.5 points.

January 11th

Back home, Woonsocket's Soukhamthath readies for next MMA bout at Twin River

January 11, 2014

After 4 1/2 weeks of intense training with the Blackzilians combat team in Boca Raton, Fla., Andre Soukhamthath is returning to Rhode Island.

No, the talented featherweight isn’t moving back to Woonsocket, which he left a month ago for warmer weather in the Sunshine State and a chance to train full-time with some of the best MMA fighters in the world.

Instead, he’s coming back to R.I. for two weeks to work out with his old Tri-Force teammates and coaches and fight on Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.’s “CES MMA XXI” card on Jan. 24 at the Twin River Event Center.

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