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McGair: Local boys' basketball teams begin state tournament play tonight

February 28, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

The R.I. boys’ basketball open state tournament got underway Wednesday with four “Round of 16” games that were decided by a grand total of 12 points. The evening saw everything from the No. 15 seed (Hendricken) sending the two seed (La Salle) packing to the No. 16 seed (West Warwick) give the tourney’s overall seed (Classical) a serious run for its money.

McGair: Sweet 16 field for R.I. boys hoop set

February 24, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

The dust has settled and the Sweet 16 field for the open state tournament is signed, sealed and delivered. Courtesy of Shea High assistant coach Henry Coleman, behold is the group that will see one team emerge to cut down the nets at URI’s Ryan Center come Saturday, March 9:

Teams (Points)
1. Classical (18)
2. La Salle (17)
3. North Kingstown (17)
4. Cumberland (15.2)
5. North Smithfield (13.2)
6. Mount Pleasant (13)
7. Hope (13)
8. Westerly (12.8)
9. North Providence (12.8)
10. Coventry (12)
11. Barrington (12)
12. Shea (12)

McGair: Previewing Divisional Final Sunday in R.I. boys hoops

February 24, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

Drizzling rain never looked so good as we looked out the window Sunday morning. Who knows what’s in store for the rest of the day weather-wise, but as we type this, it’s all systems go for Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center to host what figures to be a jam-packed tripleheader of high school boys basketball.
The lineup of divisional title contests includes:
Division II: No. 6 Shea vs. Cumberland, 1 p.m.
Division III: No. 3 East Greenwich vs. No. 1 North Smithfield, 3 p.m.
Division I: No. 8 Hope vs. No. 3 Classical, 5 p.m.

McGair: Looking ahead to the Sweet in R.I. boys' hoops; The legacy of the PawSox broadcast booth

February 21, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

The boys’ basketball division tournaments may be in vogue at the moment, but it’s never too early to look at the field comprising the 16-team open state tournament. With a nod to Shea High assistant coach Henry Coleman, here’s what the top 16 looks like following Tuesday’s playoff action:

School (Points)
1. La Salle (18)
2. North Kingstown (17)
3. Classical (17)
4. Cumberland (14.6)
5. Mount Pleasant (13)
6. North Smithfield (13)
7. Westerly (12.8)
8. North Providence (12.8)
9. Coventry (12)
10. Barrington (12)
11. Shea (11.2)

McGair: How Baseball America views the 2016 Red Sox

February 20, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

Within the treasure trove that is Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook lies a section that offers a sneak peak to a few years down the line. More specifically, the crystal ball the 2013 edition uses ponders what all 30 MLB clubs may look like come the 2016 season.
At a time when the Red Sox appear dead serious about integrating pieces from their farm system, it seems worth exploring Baseball America’s perception of the 2016 lineup.

McGair: Setting the scene for R.I. boys' basketball divisional playoffs

February 18, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

One of the interesting subplots for the division tournaments in R.I. boys’ basketball is the use of neutral site high school gyms for Wednesday’s quarterfinals. The venues include North Providence, East Greenwich, East Providence, South Kingstown, Cumberland and Westerly.
Breaking things down further, all Division I schools are heading to Div. II and III spots. In Division II all four games are taking place on Div. I grounds, while the Division III games are being held in Div. II gyms.

Results from R.I. Boys' Indoor Track Class Meets

February 13, 2013

PROVIDENCE -- Mount St. Charles junior Anthony Pasquarelli fashioned quite a Tuesday night for himself at the R.I. Class C Championships, held at the Providence Career & Technical High School’s field house.
He not only captured the high jump title with a leap of six feet even, but also took second in the 300-meter dash (39.50) and fourth in the 55-meter dash (7.00).
That wasn’t all, as he anchored the runner-up 4 x 200-meter relay (which consisted of Andrew Van Winter, James Mullaney and Dan Weiss), which finished in 3:47.90.

Signup info for Woonsocket PONY baseball league

February 10, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket PONY League has announced the following signup dates for the 2013 season. Registration will take place the Bernon Park Hut, located in Kermit Street.
Saturdays: Feb. 16, Feb. 23 and March 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sundays: Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and March 3 from 10 a.m.-2p.m.
The cost is $60 and is open to Woonsocket residents and the surrounding communities. A birth certificate must be brought to the signup (Participants must be 13 & 14-years-old as of April 30).

McGair: Postseason venues for boys' basketball set

January 29, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – While we’re still a few weeks away from postseason play in R.I. boys’ basketball, the venues for the three division tournaments and 16-team open state tournament are set.
Division play will begin on Saturday, Feb. 16 with preliminary-round action at school sites. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19 and like the preliminaries will take place on high school grounds.

McGair: Audio clip from Francona: The Red Sox Years

January 23, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
In response to the column about Terry Francona's book that appeared in Sunday's Woonsocket Call and here – http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/7246 – the folks at Macmillan Audio were kind enough to send along a clip from the audiobook version.
Download and enjoy!

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