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Lincoln claw past Prout in 3-2 thriller in opener of Div. II hockey finals

March 15, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Lincoln High wasn’t at its best against the Prout School on Thursday night.
Not only did the Lions go 0-for-4 on the power play for the game, but during their last man advantage with less than six minutes left, it not only failed to capitalize, but yielded the Crusaders a shorthanded goal.
But thanks largely to the play of sophomore goalie Chris Leclaire and his 28 stunning saves, the Lions survived with a 3-2 verdict over Prout in the initial game of this best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament championship series at Brown University's Meehan Auditorium.

Mount begins quest for Banner No. 43 Friday night, faces La Salle in best-of-three State finals

March 13, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Fact is, Mount St. Charles Academy chief Dave Belisle likes the way his squad is playing right now.
He admitted being less than ecstatic with the Mounties' 7-4 triumph over Coventry High in the first game of a best-of-three R.I. State Championship semifinal set last Friday night, but couldn't have been more satisfied with their 4-1 victory 24 hours later.
With that sweep, second-seeded MSC earned yet another berth in the state finals, and will take on familiar foe La Salle in the series' initial tilt at Meehan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., Friday.

They're one and done: Bearcats send Friars packing from Big East Tournament

March 13, 2013

NEW YORK – As one Cincinnati make after another settled into the nets at Madison Square Garden Wednesday, the frustration level in Kadeem Batts seemed to rise by the minute.
The Bearcats, desperate for a win that would keep them in the NCAA Tournament mix, were playing loose and free.
On the flip side, Batts and his Providence College teammates were tight and resembled the unit that got off to a dreadful 2-7 start in Big East play – not the one that closed the regular season white-hot with seven wins in nine tries.

MSG is again a house of horrors for PC's Council

March 13, 2013

NEW YORK – For one final time, the Providence player with deep New York City roots trudged off the floor at Madison Square Garden with an empty feeling in his stomach.
Vincent Council’s last chance at Big East Tournament glory resembled his previous three experiences at this hallowed cathedral – with the Friars serving as an all-too familiar one-and-done casualty. As a result, the senior point guard hailing from Brooklyn is left to ponder whether the glass is half-full or half-empty.

Burrillville hopes to make up for 'lost season' in Div. I championship series vs. Barrington

March 12, 2013

BURRILLVILLE — If you would have told Steve Daigle a month ago that his Burrillville team would play – and be a slight favorite – in the Division I championship series in mid-March at Brown University, the veteran coach would have thought you were crazy and walked away from you.
The Broncos finished the regular season with just one win in their last 11 games and a 4-11-3 mark, hardly a record for any team worthy enough to get into the postseason, never mind earn a spot in a best-of-three title series.

Cotton is PC's key to hanging around at Big East tournament

March 12, 2013

NEW YORK — The hallways, runways and escalators inside Madison Square Garden come alive with Big East basketball-related chatter every March. Naturally, many folks will take the occasion at this week’s conference tournament to reflect on the end of this wildly entertaining roundball ride.

McGair: North Smithfield hoopsters had a season worth savoring

March 11, 2013

Looking back at the recently completed boys’ basketball playoffs with an emphasis on what the young men and coaches from North Smithfield accomplished …

Heartache and disappointment always seem to boil to the surface whenever extenuating circumstances arise. Yet as he paced around a somber locker room to console a hazed and dazed group of downtrodden teenage boys, North Smithfield head coach T.J. Ciolfi kept thinking about a bonding/healing session to be conducted on a yellow school bus.

McGair: Remembering Ryan Westmoreland

March 10, 2013

A little of this, a little of that …

The gate to the memory bank swung open Wednesday upon learning that Ryan Westmoreland was retiring from the Red Sox.

Gardner, Rodriguez collide in 'Battle of Woonsocket' on Friday night at Twin River

March 9, 2013

WOONSOCKET — A rematch with Alex Amparo on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center would have been a good enough reason for Joe Gardner’s loyal fans to throw down their hard-earned money at the box office and see their favorite fighter in action.
Unfortunately, Amparo bowed out of the fight a few weeks ago, but the folks at Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. found the perfect replacement to oppose Gardner.
Woonsocket’s other super middleweight, Reynaldo Rodriguez.

Herren delivers powerful message to Mount students

March 8, 2013

WOONSOCKET --- Chris Herren did a fair amount of traveling during his collegiate and professional basketball careers, not only touring arenas throughout the United States, but also finishing his hoop career overseas in Europe and Asia.
It’s been 6½ years since Herren last played professionally, but these days, he’s still flying coast to coast and racking up frequent flyer miles.

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