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PC's Cooley: 'Our program will flourish'

January 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE – After watching his team dismantle Georgetown for its Big East win the season, PC head coach Ed Cooley touched upon the ominous cloud that has hovered over his program in recent weeks.

From a three-game losing streak that included a pair of stinging overtime defeats and a 30-point blowout against Villanova, to Brandon Austin’s decision to leave without playing a single regular-season minute, to a fire at Cooley’s East Greenwich home that forced his family to evacuate, the head coach saw an opening to address all concerns following the Friars’ 70-52 bludgeoning of the Hoyas.

Mighty SK squads take two from Mount swimmers

January 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET — Mount St. Charles head coach Bill Evans huddled his young aquamen and women prior to a pair of Division II dual meets against South Kingstown on Wednesday afternoon and leveled the bad news.
In essence, he told the girls’ squad it didn’t stand a prayer of upsetting the female Rebels.
“They’re the defending state champions, and they didn’t graduate anybody from their team,” he explained on the Mounties’ side of the Woonsocket YMCA pool. “They’re well-trained, they’re fast and they’re big (in numbers).”

McGair: Fallout from PC’s decision to suspend freshmen can’t sit well with Cooley

January 6, 2014

It’s time for Providence College basketball fans to put everything in proper perspective.

They’re an upset group due to the administration imposing a season-long suspension from game competition on two freshmen. They feel the sentence is a tad on the harsh side, especially in the wake of no reported legal wrongdoings.

New realignment in football bumps Clippers to D-I

January 3, 2014

Success can come at a hefty price. In the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, this double-edged sword is sharpened every few years or so when the time comes to realign the divisions.

Caught in the crosshairs are non-Division I teams that have achieved and sustained success over a designated period of time. Add a dash of enrollment and presto, what appears is a surefire recipe for relocation to a higher division.

URI staves off spirited Brown rally, wins 75-68

January 2, 2014

PROVIDENCE -- If you measure progress by wins, the Rhode Island men's basketball team has certainly made progress in coach Dan Hurley's second season.

After winning just eight games last season, the Rams picked matched last season's win total Wednesday night against Brown.

Senior guard Xavier Munford had his most efficient day night of the season with 25 points on just 18 shots and freshman E.C. Matthews scored 21 points to earn the Rams their first road win of the season with a 75-68 victory over the Bears at the Pizzitola Center.

Mounties ready for hockey showdown with Hawks

January 2, 2014

WARWICK – When Mount St. Charles travels to Thayer Arena for an always-pivotal clash against rival Hendricken High on Friday night – of course, weather permitting – head coach Dave Belisle promises his squad will be ready.

According to the veteran head coach, the Mounties not only will draw upon lessons learned in a not-so-stellar performance in its own MSC Holiday Tournament last weekend but also a couple of confidence-building additions to his roster.

McGair: Plenty of special moments defined 2013

January 1, 2014

Things have a tendency to move pretty quickly around here – almost too quickly to catch up and fully appreciate what has transpired. On a day-to-day basis, we concern ourselves with concrete items such as wins or losses, how many points a team puts up, or whether the season culminates in championship glory. So sometimes it’s easy to overlook the small, but significant individual moments.

In this region, 2013 was "The Year of the Champion"

December 31, 2013

Each year, the Blackstone Valley boasts its share of amateur championship teams (from the high school ranks to the summer amateur leagues) and tremendous individual performances that rank among the very best in Rhode Island.
But it’s been quite some time since this region has seen an outpouring of success such as the events that transpired during 2013.

Another alumni contest awaits Berard: today’s Maple Leafs-Red Wings game at Detroit's Comerica Park

December 30, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Here’s hoping that Bryan Berard succeeded in knocking off the skating rust last week at Adelard Arena.

It’s one thing to glide around the ice while having a good time with your high school buddies, along with the Mount St. Charles hockey alumni who preceded your time on Logee Street. Come New Year’s Eve, a much bigger audience will be watching Berard as the Woonsocket native and former Mountie standout joins forces with legends and greats of the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise.

Clippers stun Eagles in Winter Classic opener, 3-2

December 30, 2013

BURRILLVILLE — Cumberland High head coach Mark Andreozzi had a particular plan long before the start of its initial tilt of the Burrillville Winter Classic. He wanted to play all three of his goalkeepers in an effort to give them more experience.
Then again, he also hoped his club would show enough wherewithal to skate off the Levy Rink ice with a victory.
The Clippers did just that Monday night, rallying for a tally in all three periods and claiming an upset 3-2 triumph over Division I/Eccleston League representative Barrington.

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