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March 22nd, 2014

Powerhouse Juanita Sanchez hammers North Smithfield for third straight Div. III girls' title

March 22, 2014

KINGSTON — North Smithfield High sophomore forward Samantha Kent stood just outside her locker room just before 1 o’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.

For Friars, it's never too early to look ahead

March 22, 2014

PROVIDENCE — 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.

March 21st

Kecoughtan (Va.) products Fortune, Bullock share similar path to Providence

March 22, 2014

SAN ANTONIO – 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.

Clippers clinch Div. II state crown

March 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – 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.

That’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 Tournament’s best-of-three series at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium on Friday night.

March 20th

Friars need to keep an eye on Tar Heels' Johnson

March 21, 2014

SAN ANTONIO – While the point-guard matchup between Providence’s Bryce Cotton and North Carolina’s Marcus Paige has been the talk de jour leading up to Friday’s NCAA Tournament contest, there’s a frontcourt bout that could prove as important in deciding the outcome.

Friars, Tar Heels persevered through varying levels of frustration to reach tonight's NCAA tourney opener

March 20, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Let’s remove all the tradition and corresponding subplots from the equation.

Instead, let’s delve into how Providence and North Carolina arrived at this particular juncture – a second-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament that’s on tap Friday night (7:20 tip) at the AT&T Center. The two schools may have arrived at the same destination, yet it’s safe to say that the steps taken to get here were vastly different.

Providence College stands to benefit financially from NCAA Tournament appearance

March 20, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — There’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 wouldn’t come as a shock to learn that they’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?

Cumberland hockey team blasts PSW in opener of Division II title series; Game 2 is tonight at Brown

March 20, 2014

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PROVIDENCE – Cumberland put its sterling credentials on the Meehan Auditorium ice for all to see on Thursday night in the Division II championship opener against the co-op team from Providence Country Day, St. Raphael Academy and Wheeler.

March 19th

Friars insist Austin/Bullock saga won’t be a distraction, set sights on duel vs. North Carolina

March 19, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Just when everything appeared set regarding the saga involving Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock, the one-time hot topic has been thrust back into the spotlight.

The timing of the news that the Providence police are looking into a complaint of sexual assault against one freshman that left the Providence College basketball program (Austin) and another who is still a Friar (Bullock) seems a tad curious. PC is here preparing for its first NCAA Tournament contest in a decade.

March 18th

Top-seeded Falcons stymie Broncos, win Division I hockey title

March 18, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Burrillville High assistant Mike Keable issued a few words of wisdom for his troops prior to facing Cranston Co-op in a winner-take-all rubber match for the R.I. Division I Tournament crown on Tuesday night

One came from head coach Steve Daigle, who would miss his second straight finals game due to a bout with pneumonia. The other came from the heart.

“We told the kids that this is your time to shine,” he stated. “We said that this was their opportunity to seize the moment.”

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