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February 19th, 2012
In NCAA Tournament speak, Selection Sunday is a day for fist clenching as teams wait on hands and knees to see if they made it or were denied admittance. Taking a page from how the field of 68 is unveiled to the viewing public, the Interscholastic League plans to replicate at least some of the drama by conducting a live broadcast of the releasing of boysâ basketball tournament pairings.
PROVIDENCE â Hoya Destroya, indeed.
A Georgetown team that figures to be a tough out come NCAA Tournament time slowed the Providence College Friars to a virtual crawl Saturday night in a 63-53 Hoya win that wasnât even as close as the final score indicates. PC shot 25.9 percent for the game after compiling a 4-for-28 horror show in the first half. Such a frigid display made the task of trying to shock the 10th-ranked team in the country even more of a tall order, one that PC coach Ed Cooley openly acknowledged during his postgame meeting with the press.
PROVIDENCE â In a time of uncertainty, all Ali Sayles of Mount St. Charles could do is rely on pure adrenaline â hoping somehow, some way that everything would work out for the best.
Despite a tough ending in the finals of the girlsâ high jump at Saturdayâs R.I. Indoor Track & Field Championships, Sayles was able to salvage a bit of good news. The senior cleared the bar with a leap of five feet, four inches, good for second place overall. Saylesâ jump was also a personal- and school-best (she achieved 5-2 at the 2011 indoor state meet).
WESTFIELD, Mass. â Lee Vazquez is the âLittle Big Manâ of the Westfield State University menâs basketball team.
Standing at only 5-foot-6, the explosive point guard and former Woonsocket High standout is ranked 18th nationally in the NCAA Division III ranks in scoring, averaging 21.3 points per game. He has been putting up some big numbers this season, scoring more than 30 points in six games, including a career-high 41 vs. Worcester State.
WARWICK â The fifth time was the charm.
Ryan Berardâs unassisted goal -- a seemingly harmless pass from behind the net that deflected off the skate of a La Salle defenseman and past the goalie -- with 2:38 to go in the game snapped a 2-2 tie and helped Mount St. Charles nab a huge 4-2 victory over the Rams at Thayer Arena.
Brian Campbellâs goal off a pass from Brian Belisle with 1:53 left sealed the deal and allowed the Mounties (11-5) to yank a huge monkey off their backs and beat the Rams (10-5-1) for the first time in five meetings this season.
PROVIDENCE â Ed Cooley claims had no idea that Wednesdayâs loss at Cincinnati resulted in his Providence Friars dipping below .500 for the first time this season.
âTo be honest with you, I didnât even know that,â Cooley said after this reporter informed him of the news Friday, one day before PC welcomes 10th-ranked Georgetown to The Dunk Saturday night. In the same breath Cooley added, âIf you worry about your record, then youâre not concentrating on the right things.â
WOONSOCKET --- Joe Gardner is going back to the future.
No, heâs not going to jump in a DeLorean with Doc Brown and head back to 1955, but the Woonsocket Boxing Club boxer is going to go back to 2002 and â03 and return to the weight class he fought in during those first two years of his career.
After absorbing stoppages in all three of his fights as a light heavyweight last year, Gardner will storm into 2012 as a super middleweight, where he posted a 4-0-1 record before taking a 7Âœ-year sabbatical from the sport.
LINCOLN â Thereâs no room for confusion or interpretation when youâre that sure about something. Make no mistake: Nick Zammarelliâs mind is already made up regarding where he wants to play college baseball.
A junior at Lincoln High, Zammarelli recently announced his intention to attend Division I Elon University, located in North Carolina. To issue a verbal that signifies the acceptance of an athletic scholarship package long before Zammarelli is even eligible to sign a national letter of intent speaks volumes of just how comfortable the player is with the school and vice versa.
WARWICK â Things were not looking good for Cumberland High three matches into its regular season finale against defending state team tourney champion Warwick Veterans on Wednesday evening.
The Clippers, seeking their 57th consecutive dual-meet victory and third straight unbeaten season, trailed Warwick Vets 15-0. Cumberland needed to make something happen in a hurry and Nick Tribelli answered the call with a stunning pin at 126 pounds.
âOnce we got that win from Nick, I knew we had a shot,â Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said after his Clippers rallied for a 44-29 triumph.
LINCOLN â You want to keep fighting the good fight, but sometimes thatâs not nearly enough.
A season littered with frustrating moments continues for Kent Crooks and his Lincoln High squad. The Lions dressed just six players for Tuesday nightâs Division II-Central contest against Shea, the Raiders taking full advantage in a 66-37 runaway performance at The Lionsâ Den.