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PROVIDENCE â€“ Now that the fog has dispersed and Providence College along with the rest of its Catholic school brethren have succeeded in making a clean break from the Big East, now seems as good a time as any to raise the question of just how appealing a basketball-centric conference is in the eyes of potential recruits.
To that end, PC head coach Ed Cooley feels that the Catholic Seven and the still-to-be-determined additional schools have an excellent shot to thrive and prosper due to basketball serving as the main draw at every institution.
PROVIDENCE â€” Call it a solid first step for Ed Cooley and his new-look Providence Friars.
On a night that saw freshman Kris Dunn make an immediate impact, Providence overwhelmed Colgate, 79-45, before 6,033 at the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center. A point guard who on Tuesday night displayed an uncanny knack in finding his teammates, Dunn tossed 13 assists on his way to becoming the first PC player to reach double figures in said category in his first game with the program.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” At halftime of this Division III-North rivalry clash against Burrillville High, North Smithfield head coach T.J. Ciolfi followed his troops off the floor and into a room for a pep talk of sorts.
â€śI told the kids that we live in spurts, and that they have to come off of our defense,â€ť he stated of his clubâ€™s scant 23-19 cushion. â€śI also said that they did a really good job of playing at their tempo, and that we donâ€™t like playing a half-court game.
PROVIDENCE â€” There are games against more noteworthy opponents on the horizon, yet itâ€™s probably a safe bet to assume that Providence College basketball fans have been eyeing Tuesdayâ€™s game against Colgate for quite some time.
The night will feature the long-anticipated debuts of two Friars. In freshman Kris Dunn, PC is hitching its wagon to a point guard, a critical position that suffered a major hit when Vincent Council went down in a heap in the season opener. In sophomore Sidiki Johnson, the Friars are receiving a rugged 6-foot-10 sort whoâ€™s expected shore up the low post.
For those in the sportsâ€™ media business, thereâ€™s no beating around the bush â€“ reporting Rhode Island high school hockey is always a game of catch-up.
Translation: Game takes place late Friday night; game doesnâ€™t hit the newspaper pages until Sunday. Such a cycle repeats Saturday with Mondayâ€™s edition representing the earliest chance to get something on the record.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The name has changed, but the mission remains the same for the North Smithfield Athletic Association.
Formerly known as the Northmen Athletic Club, and back on the scene after a yearâ€™s hiatus, the NSAA, which is headed by former longtime girlsâ€™ hockey coach Bill Nangle, is looking to not only again support the townâ€™s middle and high school sports teams, but also the communityâ€™s recreational programs.
Itâ€™s no secret that the art of communication is key to managing the Pawtucket Red Sox. Naturally the interaction with the players is a high priority, yet thereâ€™s also touching base with the major-league coaching staff or the front office, or with someone from the player development sector or even the Double-A manager.
No wonder why several of Gary DiSarcinaâ€™s predecessors made sure to have their cell phones close by while batting practice took place. Itâ€™s a 24/7 lifestyle wherein the PawSox manager must be on standby at all times and ready to field inquires from all walks of baseball life.
PAWTUCKET â€“ On the same day Gary DiSarcina was formally introduced as the 15th manager in Pawtucket Red Sox history, we thought it would be appropriate to engage in an â€śgetting to know you betterâ€ť exercise â€“ an opportunity to view through the lens of those who have engaged in past dealings with the new skipper in town.
WOONSOCKET â€” It wasnâ€™t pretty, not by any means, but Cumberland High head coach Deb Engels didnâ€™t care.
For the first time since the 2010-11 campaign, the Clippers had manufactured a regular-season triumph, this one a sloppy 38-22 affair against Division I-North rival Woonsocket on Thursday night.
EAST PROVIDENCE - After sweating out back-to-back nailbiters that werenâ€™t decided until the final seconds, East Providence was able to relax a bit on Thursday night and enjoy a blowout victory.
Sparked by a game-high 17 points from Mary Monagle and 14 points and as many rebounds by Taylor Wiggins, the Townies, who are back in Division II after a two-year stint in Division I, ran their young league record to 2-0 by rolling to a 58-38 crossover victory over Burrillville on their home floor.