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March 28th, 2014
In a recent conversation with former Central Falls basketball standout Rob Alers, he was asked the whereabouts of fellow C.F. alumnus and his roommate at Lyndon State, George Carle.
With immediate confidence â€“ the kind that comes when youâ€™re pretty sure about something â€“ Alers ventured a guess as to his good friendâ€™s location on the Vermont-based campus.
â€śHeâ€™s probably in the gym as we speak,â€ť was what Alersâ€™ senses were telling him.
WOONSOCKET â€” Now that it's official, that the East Woonsocket and Bernon Little Leagues have merged to form one massive Woonsocket Little League, secretary Lisa Godfrin and Rhode Island Athletic Club co-owner Mike Reynolds more or less have done the same â€“ and in an unusual sort of way.
Because some of the children involved may not know each other as well as they perhaps would like, Godfrin and Reynolds chose to put together an offseason training regimen at the club, located at 600 Social St.
PROVIDENCE â€” Based on Mondayâ€™s discussion amongst the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s Principalsâ€™ Committee, there appears to be growing concern with regard to fan behavior at boysâ€™ high school hockey games.
â€śWe feel that weâ€™ve seen and heard of more issues happening at the rink. Not really players, but parents and students in the stands,â€ť expressed Tom Mezzanotte, RIIL executive director.
KINGSTON â€” North Smithfield High sophomore forward Samantha Kent stood just outside her locker room just before 1 oâ€™clock Saturday afternoon flashing a rather satisfied grin.
Deep down, she and her teammates knew it would take a Herculean collective performance to dethrone two-time defending champion Juanita Sanchez in this, the R.I. Division III Tournament championship game.
The Northmen failed in their attempt, yielding to the taller and more wily Cavaliers, 59-27, at the Ryan Center, but they were hardly disconsolate.
There were no tears; disappointment, naturally, but nothing more.
PROVIDENCE â€” As much as Ed Cooley probably wishes he could sit back and enjoy the magic carpet ride his Providence Friars have ridden this month, he knows the importance of pressing forward. Reflections will come in due time.
SAN ANTONIO â€“ In a perfect world, Ivan Thomas would have watched two of his former players take the court for Providence College Friday night.
Instead, when Thomas tuned in to see the Friars square off against North Carolina, he saw just one of his ex-Kecoughtan (Va.) High School pupils in action.
PROVIDENCE â€“ When it was all over, the Cumberland High players not on the ice tossed their helmets, sticks and gloves into the air and raced toward junior goalkeeper Leo Lake.
Once they arrived, in full throttle, they pushed Lake backward, knocking his cage clean off their pins.
Thatâ€™s how the Clippers celebrated their first state title since 2008. They did so with what turned out to be a nail-biting 3-2 victory over the gritty PCD/ST. Raphael/Wheeler Co-op squad in the R.I. Division II Tournamentâ€™s best-of-three series at Brown Universityâ€™s Meehan Auditorium on Friday night.
SAN ANTONIO â€“ While the point-guard matchup between Providenceâ€™s Bryce Cotton and North Carolinaâ€™s Marcus Paige has been the talk de jour leading up to Fridayâ€™s NCAA Tournament contest, thereâ€™s a frontcourt bout that could prove as important in deciding the outcome.
SAN ANTONIO â€” Letâ€™s remove all the tradition and corresponding subplots from the equation.
Instead, letâ€™s delve into how Providence and North Carolina arrived at this particular juncture â€“ a second-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament thatâ€™s on tap Friday night (7:20 tip) at the AT&T Center. The two schools may have arrived at the same destination, yet itâ€™s safe to say that the steps taken to get here were vastly different.
SAN ANTONIO â€” Thereâ€™s no question that the NCAA Tournament is the equivalent of a Fortune 500 company. Between the 14-year, nearly $11 million television agreement that CBS and Turner Sports entered into back in 2010 and the presence of recognizable corporate sponsors such as AT&T and The Coca-Cola Company, it wouldnâ€™t come as a shock to learn that theyâ€™re printing money at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.
The question is, just how big of a slice of mince pie do NCAA participants such as Providence receive?