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March 29th, 2013
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Talk about a royal surprise -- and a well-deserved honor.
Former North Smithfield High girlsâ coach Bill Nangle was asked to come to the R.I. Girlsâ Hockey Coaches Associationâs annual banquet at Wrightâs Farm on Thursday night thinking he was going to help present a new project for the varsity sport he helped start and eventually coached for a full decade with the Northmen.
PAWTUCKET --- You can tell a business is booming when after three months in operation, the owners have been so busy that they havenât found the time to plan a Grand Opening ceremony.
Thatâs been the case with the ownership group of DH Hitting, LLC, a baseball and softball indoor training facility on 70 Vineyard St. in Pawtucket that opened its doors last Nov. 16 and hasnât slowed down since the very first swings were taken in their batting tunnels.
What is one telltale sign that an organization is doing well from a financial standpoint? Answer: When a revenue-sharing plan is met with a ringing endorsement by the powers-that-be.
âWeâre all in this together,â is the phrase Tom Mezzanotte, executive director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, used shortly the approval of a revenue-sharing program at the March 18 Principalsâ Committee on Athletics meeting. The unanimous vote (10-0) green lights the distribution of profits that are leftover once all the RIILâs expenses are all squared away to the 55 member high schools.
Within every road trip, there lies a theme. Sometimes itâs apparent the moment the car pulls out of the driveway. Other times, you may elect to start impulse free, the mind filled with vagaries. Then the theme emerges later.
The main objective of Providence Collegeâs sojourn deep into the heart of Texas is short and succinct. The theme is this â âGet to the Garden.â
PROVIDENCE â A small, sly grin quickly formed on Ed Cooleyâs face upon being asked about reaching out to members of the coaching fraternity with firsthand knowledge of Robert Morris University.
Venturing a guess based on his facial expression, the Providence head coach set some time aside over the weekend to put feelers out. If undertaking the quest of learning more about the Colonials is Cooleyâs pleasure, a valuable resource is located just up the road.
WOONSOCKET â There are several reasons as to why Woonsocket High captured its first Rhode Island Interscholastic League's State Competitive Cheerleading Co-Ed Division championship since 2006 at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house on March 9.
But having James (call him âCoach Jayâ) Lemire as the chief architect â not to mention his mentor, Dawn Castonguay â easily leads the way.
Lemire, now 24, graduated from Woonsocket back in 2006, and during his final three years, he and his teammates took the Co-Ed crown each time.
PROVIDENCE â After months of silence on the comings and goings of the re-configured Big East, Providence College officials had plenty to say Wednesday.
Staging a press conference that served as the lead-in for the PC-Charlotte NIT battle, School President the Rev. Brian J. Shanley and Athletic Director Bob Driscoll spoke for roughly 30 minutes about a wide range of Big East-related topics. The PC power pair not only broke down the leagueâs new structure, they also revealed why they have been so close-mouthed in public over recent weeks.
PROVIDENCE â The wounds from Providence Collegeâs 17-point loss to Cincinnati were still in need of suturing when Ed Cooley sat down at a podium inside Madison Square Garden. Clearly determined to not wallow in self-pity following the Friarsâ latest one-and-done result in the Big East Tournament, the head coach elected to use the forum to look down the road.
PAWTUCKET â The Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op girlsâ hockey squad had just suffered a tough 5-2 decision to the combined Barrington/Mount Hope/Portsmouth club on Thursday night, March 7, at Brown University.
That, coupled with the Lionsâ 6-5 double-overtime defeat in the first game of this-best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament championship series, meant the second-year program hadnât captured its dream of capturing the state crown.
PROVIDENCE â While the immediate future of Rhode Island high school co-op teams does not appear threatened, concern appears to be mounting about the direction the practice is heading.
A portion of Mondayâs gathering of the Principalsâ Committee on Athletics focused on a myriad of topics that have to do with the validity of cooperative programs. The fact-finding mission is already underway -- a committee tasked by the Interscholastic League to weigh the pros and cons of co-ops recently sent out a three-page survey to principals and athletic directors.