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McGair: North Smithfield to meet Burrillville in opener of Division III divisional playoffs

February 27, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

The brackets for the divisional tournaments in boys’ basketball have been released and there’s two preliminary games of note set for Friday night.

In Division II, defending champion and No. 10 seed Cumberland travels to Central Falls to face the seventh-seeded Warriors. The two II-North rivals squared off twice during the regular season with C.F. posting a 65-51 win at Cumberland on Dec. 20. The Clippers returned the favor last Wednesday with a 49-47 triumph at the Warriors’ gym.

McGair: Looking to quantify what George Nasuti meant to Woonsocket

February 13, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

WOONSOCKET – George Nasuti’s never-ending crusade and dedication to improve the landscape for young people in the city might just prove his lasting legacy.

Hopefully the links below will help to illustrate just that. Nasuti passed away Tuesday night at Rhode Island Hospital.
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Nasuti always made it a point to talk about keeping his athletic program intact:
http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/3054

Nasuti talks about the importance of keeping youth programs alive: http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/4615

McGair: New London High to retire number of PC's Kris Dunn

February 11, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

After this Thursday night, no one will be allowed to wear the No. 3 jersey for the New London (Conn.) High boys’ basketball any more.

Prior to the Whalers’ 7 p.m. home contest against Hamden High, the program will retire Kris Dunn’s number. Dunn earned McDonald’s All-American honors as a senior at New London High before coming to Providence College in the fall of 2012.

McGair: A look at the divisional formats in Rhode Island high school football

January 29, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

Below you’ll find the Rhode Island High school football divisions that will be in place for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

DIVISION I
1. Bishop Hendricken
2. La Salle
3. Cranston East
4. Portsmouth
5. Barrington
6. Cumberland
7. East Providence
8. South Kingstown
9. Cranston West

DIVISION II-A
1. Woonsocket
2. St. Raphael
3. Mt. Hope
4. Central
5. Rogers
6. Warwick Vets
7. Coventry
8. Shea

DIVISION II-B
1. West Warwick
2. Johnston
3. Tolman
4. Westerly
5. North Kingstown
6. Chariho
7. Moses Brown
8. Mount Pleasant

McGair: Video from Providence press conference following 81-68 win over Creighton

January 19, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PROVIDENCE – Providence has defeated a top 25 team for the first time this year. Here what Ed Cooley and players had to say following Saturday’s 81-68 victory over Creighton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT5zW2CdLUo.

Follow Brendan McGair on Twitter @BWMcGair03

McGair: Where does Ryan Lavarnway fit into Red Sox' plans?; Henry Owens meets the media

January 17, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

BOSTON – Nothing is etched in stone, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the PawSox’ catching situation in the hands of Dan Butler and Christian Vazquez when the curtain goes up on the 2014 season.

McGair: PawSox Hot Stove event set for Jan. 25

January 16, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET – The 37th annual Pawtucket Red Sox Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25. The event will run from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

New PawSox manager Kevin Boles and new coach Bruce Crabbe will give fans a preview of what the 2014 club may look like. Several PawSox players and top Red Sox prospects will attend the party and will be available for photos and autographs.

The list of players expected to attend include pitcher Steven Wright and outfielders Bryce Brentz and Alex Hassan.

McGair: Woonsocket High School seeks springtime coaches

January 16, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket High School Athletic Department is currently accepting applications for the following springtime sports: varsity baseball head coach, boys outdoor track assistant coach, and girls outdoor track assistant coach.

For those interested, contact Athletic Director George Nasuti at (401) 767-4754 or gnasuti@woonsocketschools.com.

Follow Brendan McGair on Twitter @BWMcGair03

Mount St. Charles suffers shootout loss in opening game of MSC Holiday Face-Off Tournament

December 26, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Mount St. Charles sustained an early ouster from capturing its own MSC Holiday Face-Off Tournament championship on Thursday night following a stunningly-exciting 3-2 double-shootout loss to St. Joseph Collegiate Institute of New York at Adelard Arena.
After a pair of seven-minute, 30-second overtime sessions, the foes faced off in a second shootout, and St. Joe’s mustered four goals to the Mounties’ two.
The visitors took advantage of goals by Harlan LoVullo, James Bassett, Nick Zenger and Justin Crawford, with the eventual clincher awarded to Zenger.

McGair: Video from PC's press conference following win over Yale

December 18, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PROVIDENCE - From the importance of Bryce Cotton to his team's porous defense to the status of suspended freshmen Rodney Bullock and Brandon Austin, Ed Cooley covered it all following Providence's 76-64 win over Yale on Tuesday night.

Click here to hear exactly what Cooley had to say: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRGM52nFwlE

Follow Brendan McGair on Twitter @BWMcGair03

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