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December 8th

Mount St. Charles breaks ground on tennis courts

December 8, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It was nearly 40 years ago, back in 1973, that Richard Lawrence founded the Mount St. Charles' boys tennis program, and he well recalls how primitive the playing conditions were.
“We had two old concrete courts over by the third-base line (of the current baseball diamond, located on the upper-campus field),” smiled Lawrence, now the school's athletic director. “We also had two courts inside the (Adelard hockey) arena. Those outdoor courts were in terrible shape, and the ones inside, the kids had very little room to maneuver.”

Girls' hockey preview: Mounties turn over new leaf

December 8, 2012

Tony DiLorenzo has been a member of the coaching staff at Mount St. Charles for nearly a decade, and even he had a difficult time remembering the last time the Mounties fielded a girls’ hockey team as small in numbers as the squad they have this winter.
After graduating one of their best lines and their four top defensemen and also losing the services of their starting goalie to prep school, the Mounties find themselves with only 15 players and very little depth.

December 6th

Friars pull away from Rams, 72-57

December 7, 2012

PROVIDENCE - The game changed on an alley-oop.
Rhode Island freshman Jordan Hare rose above the Providence College defense to emphatically finish a perfectly executed play with 15 minutes, 22 seconds left in the second half to cut the Friars' lead to five.
As it turned out, the alley-oop was the best thing that happen to PC because Friar coach Ed Cooley opted to eschew his zone defense against the athletic Rams and play man-to-man. Over the next 8 minutes, 21 seconds the Rams didn't make a basket, went 0-for-8 from the field and committed six turnovers in a 72-57 defeat.

Friars' Cotton plays helping hand

December 7, 2012

PROVIDENCE – In the end, Bryce Cotton suited up for the Providence Friars. The real surprise came in the role he played Thursday night against intrastate rival Rhode Island.

URI's Hurley opens up about Friars' Johnson

December 7, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Dan Hurley spent time under the same roof as one of his former high school players Thursday night. In his private moments, the URI head coach was probably thrilled that Sidiki Johnson was sitting on Providence’s bench wearing a sharp black suit rather than basketball attire.

December 5th

Dan Hurley to get up close with PC-URI rivalry

December 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Whenever a new face enters into the Providence College vs. URI discussion, it seems appropriate to inquire as to whether said participant understands the hubbub surrounding this annual intrastate hoops encounter.

Boys' basketball preview: North Smithfield a team to watch in Division III

December 5, 2012

On the hardwood, Charles Correa is a two-time, first-team All-State selection.
Should the St. Raphael Academy senior repeat the honor this season, he would become just the second three-time recipient in program history (1990s standout Robert Griffin owns the distinction as the Saint to earn three consecutive “top five players in the state” laurels).

Girls' basketball preview: New coach kicks off new era for Novans

December 5, 2012

To undertake a rebuilding job, one must have a firm understanding that change does not take place over night. The challenge of planting the seeds of encouragement and belief that things will get better with time is the main subplot at Woonsocket High, where a new head coach inherits practically a new team.

December 4th

Boys' hockey preview: Keep an eye on Mount, Burrillville

December 4, 2012

The Rhode Island interscholastic hockey season is right around the corner, and Blackstone Valley coaches are excited about moving from pre-season training to playing actual games.
As always, Mount St. Charles, La Salle and Hendricken are early favorites to fight for the Division I/Cimini title, while defending D-I/Eccleston champion Burrillville is hell-bent on defending its crown.

December 3rd

McGair: High school realignment formula in need of tweaking

December 3, 2012

At the end of day, high school sports are not based on which teams are successful and which ones aren’t. Their very existence is predicated on providing teenagers with a level playing field rooted in fair competition.

If winning a championship happens to accompany what should be an enriching experience, that’s pure gravy. If not, the question that needs asking is whether the experience provided was rewarding from a “fair fight” standpoint.

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