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March 10th, 2015
CUMBERLAND — Abdullah Kaba was getting nervous. The Cumberland High senior had repeatedly emailed the UMass Lowell cross country and track & field head coach to stoke the recruiting fires, but had no luck in receiving a reply back.
Turns out a simple typographical error was preventing Kaba from properly connecting with River Hawks mentor Gary Gardner.
CUMBERLAND – It's more than fair to say Cumberland High varsity head coach Dr. Mark Andreozzi never anticipated the kind of dream season his Clippers have enjoyed.
Because his icemen captured the R.I. Division II Tournament championship a year ago with a near-perfect 22-1-0 overall record (against league opponents), Rhode Island Interscholastic League officials chose to bump his program up to Division I/Eccleston.
There they'd be forced to take on the best public school squads in the state, and Andreozzi knew it would be a big, difficult leap.
PROVIDENCE – For all that he endured injury-wise in his first two seasons in a Providence College uniform, the news of Kris Dunn being named co-winner of the Big East Defensive Player of the Year laurel should be viewed as an organizational achievement.
Saturday, March 7
(#1) Kentucky (31-0) 67
Florida (15-16) 50
Kentucky went about business as usual. They beat an in conference foe thoroughly as they should. Karl Anthony towns had 13 points and 9 rebounds as they Wildcats finished their first undefeated regular season in program history.
(#2) Virginia (28-2) 57
(#16) Louisville (24-7) 59
PROVIDENCE – The road to repeating as Big East Tournament champs got bumpier for Providence College after they lost Saturday’s regular-season finale to Butler.
BURRILLVILLE – Burrillville/Ponaganset Co-op girls’ icewomen were bumped from the playoffs by top-seed La Salle on Saturday evening, despite a head-standing display from their goalie in front of their home fans at Levy Rink.
The Lady Broncos suffered a 2-1 OT defeat in the R.I. Emma Division Championship Tournament’s best-of-three semifinal series before a crowd of at least 200.
An open letter to PawSox fans:
The 2015 home opener is scheduled for Thursday, April 16. Clear the schedule and come on down to McCoy Stadium.
There’s also a game at the venerable ballyard the next night, and the following day, and the day after that and … you get the idea.
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Minutes after this epic Friday night tilt had ended, Mount St. Charles’ girls mentor Tony DiLorenzo peered at an onlooker, gave a mammoth “Whew!” and smiled weakly.
That’s what happens when you eke out an astonishingly-entertaining, not to mention thrilling, playoff triumph.
A year ago, Mount St. Charles and the Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op team were the two teams out of the 10 in the state that did not qualify for the postseason.
This year, the two squads will face off in a best-of-three series in the DeCosta Division playoffs. The Lions are the higher seed, meaning that Game 1 against the Mounties will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at North Smithfield’s Rhode Island Sports Center.
WARWICK – Mount St. Charles head coach Ray Leveille had joked late during a Tuesday afternoon preparatory practice that he figured most folks would agree that his club had no chance against Division I foe finalist Bay View Academy in the inaugural R.I. State Girls Open Tournament.
In fact, he mentioned, given that line of thought, that “everybody expects us to lose by 30, but that's why you play the game.”
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