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February 24th, 2014

Public invited to remember George Nasuti this Saturday at WHS

February 24, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The public has been invited to remember George Nasuti’s many contributions this Saturday at Woonsocket High’s Saravia Gymnasium beginning at 2 p.m.

“It’s going to be a celebration of life,” said Carnell Henderson, Woonsocket’s head football coach and for now the primary overseer of Villa Novan athletics.

While some of the details pertaining to this open celebration are either still in the process of becoming finalized or remain under wraps until Saturday, Henderson confirmed that there would be a speaking program.

February 23rd

Clippers' Bauer thrilled with performance at RIIL state swimming meet

February 23, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Cumberland High junior Jack Bauer created a bit of personal history on Sunday afternoon.

And, in the interim, the male aquamen hailing from Smithfield High manufactured a team triumph for the ages.

Bauer didn't claim either one of his specialties at these Rhode Island Interscholastic Boys Swimming Championships, held at Brown University's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, but couldn't have been more ecstatic about tying for second in the 100-yard butterfly or placing fourth in the 100-yard backstroke.

February 22nd

MAKING A POINT: Running the Friars has Cotton on NBA's radar

February 23, 2014

PROVIDENCE – It’s clear that Bryce Cotton’s mom does not allow her son to rest on his laurels.

On the eve of her boy’s senior season at Providence College, Yvonne Cotton issued something along the line of a challenge to a player who as a junior topped the Big East in scoring. While there’s no denying the merit of such a feat, Yvonne was far more interested in seeing what Bryce could do for an encore.

February 21st

Clippers cage Lions after 2OT, 64-61

February 21, 2014

CUMBERLAND – It’s been a good stretch for Cumberland High, one that has the Clippers on the brink of postseason participation.

The latest step took place Friday night against neighboring school Lincoln as Cumberland survived a double overtime affair, 64-61. Now 8-9 in Division II-North and winners of three of their last four, the Clippers close out the regular season next Tuesday at home against division rival North Providence.

February 20th

Hendricken floors Cumberland in marquee matchup

February 20, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Perhaps two minutes after Cumberland High had sustained a 49-12 dual-meet loss to rival Hendricken in a match to clinch the Division I title, veteran mentor Steve Gordon managed to keep his sense of humor.
When a reporter approached him for a few thoughts Thursday night, he immediately said, “Not right now. Wait a second!”
He approached his wife, Judy, gave her a kiss, handled a couple of other minor details, then relented to an interview.
His first response, with a wide grin: “Sorry. You’ve gotta know what’s truly important!”

February 19th

Hendricken takes hockey showdown with Mount, 4-1

February 19, 2014

WARWICK — In a critical Division I/Cimini showdown against rival Hendricken High on Wednesday night, Mount St. Charles head coach Dave Belisle expected more – much more – from his troops.
Truth be told, the Mounties assembled a decent second stanza against the Hawks, but – before and after – Belisle's bunch failed to display a true want to win.
Senior forward Josh Olson netted a pair of goals while tri-captain Liam Watkinson posted a pair of assists to pace Hendricken to a 4-1 league victory before perhaps 350 fans at Thayer Arena.

February 18th

PC bows to No. 9 Villanova in double-OT thriller

February 18, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The rematch was far more competitive. The outcome was just as painful for the Providence Friars to swallow.
PC tried its best to throw ninth-ranked Villanova for a loop, but the Wildcats were able to hang on for an 82-79 double-overtime victory on Tuesday night before 12,106 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Ryan Arcidiacono closed out with 21 points, though none were bigger than the layup the Villanova guard converted with 3.6 seconds left in the second extra session.

Crowley: "It's been awesome" coaching King Philip

February 18, 2014

For someone who normally wears blue as the head coach of the Cumberland softball and Burrillville cross country teams – and had sported touches of red during past stints with the Tolman and Cranston West girls’ basketball squads – Marty Crowley found himself having to adjust to green and gold this winter.
But aside from changing his athletic wardrobe, Crowley’s transition to the Massachusetts girls’ basketball scene and the extra competitive Hockomock League as the head coach of King Philip High of Wrentham, Mass. has been a seamless one.

February 17th

McGair: Game footage from PC's first encounter with Villanova could prove most valuable

February 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Ed Cooley didn’t mince words when asked if he planned to relive a nightmare on the hardwood.

Cue up the tape from Providence’s 30-point shellacking at the hands of Villanova? In the eyes of the head coach, why bother re-screening a game that would serve absolutely no purpose other than re-opening old wounds?

“Not a second of that game,” Cooley emphatically stated, those words coming Saturday afternoon.

STEPPING INTO THE BREACH: Henderson to oversee Woonsocket athletic department for time being

February 17, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Please refrain from labeling Carnell Henderson the “interim” athletic director at Woonsocket High.

“Just filling in,” smiles the varsity head football coach. “For the most part, I’m next man up.”

Such a declaration comes last Friday while seated in his vice principal’s office. His attire is a telltale sign that it’s the final school day before February vacation – black polo shirt with “Woonsocket football” emblazoned upon it and warm-up pants that are distinctly and appropriately shaded maroon.

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