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Friars deliver in home finale, top Huskies, 72-70

February 28, 2012

PROVIDENCE – In preparation for Tuesday’s game against the Jim Calhoun-less UConn Huskies, Ed Cooley took his club to the movies. The screening didn’t include popcorn and soda, rather visual evidence to demonstrate just how far Cooley’s PC Friars have come from a mediocre showing in an exhibition game to this past weekend’s last-second escape job at DePaul.

Cooley on UConn coach: ‘I’m a big Jim Calhoun fan’

February 28, 2012

PROVIDENCE – It’s just not the players who burn with desire, clamoring to face the very best. Coaches too relish the opportunity to match wits and strategies whenever there’s a noted leader of the pack residing in the opposite corner.

Burrillville/Ponaganset skates into finals

February 27, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — The script from Monday night’s Division I playoff game between the Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op team and North Smithfield read the same as the one from the previous two games of their best-of-three series.
For the third straight game, the Broncos kept the majority of the action in the Northmen’s end of the rink and outshot them by a better than 3-to-1 ratio, and for the third straight game, N.S. goaltender Britney Evangelista frustrated the Broncos with another superb performance.

It's now or never for local girls' hoops squads

February 27, 2012

When it comes to predicting who will play for the three state championships on March 10 at the Ryan Center, it shouldn’t take a lot of thought.
In Division I, all signs point to the two unbeaten teams, defending champion La Salle and rival Bay View. In Division II, you can take your pick among the North’s Moses Brown (17-1) and the South’s Narragansett and Rogers (each 16-2), and in Division III, unbeaten Juanita Sanchez and defending champ Middletown (16-3) are the clear-cut favorites.

Rising through the ranks: Cumberland's Roose named strength and conditioning coordinator of Red Sox' farm system

February 26, 2012

Call it a case of good things happening to good people. Realistically, perhaps we should step back, take a big-picture view, and draw the conclusion that Mike Roose is so adept at his chosen profession that no one should be shocked by the Cumberland native’s meteoric rise through the Boston Red Sox’s player support chain.

Winning by a nose: Cumberland wins state wrestling title by one point

February 26, 2012

PROVIDENCE — When the final second ticked off the clock in the 195-pound championship final, Cumberland High senior grappler Tom LaCroix broke free of his opponent's last-ditch clutch, leaped into the air and pumped his fist in jubilation.
His teammates, most of whom were on the mat's borders anxiously watching, immediately mobbed veteran head coach Steve Gordon, then did the same to LaCroix.

Ruler of the pool: Clippers' Kent captures two events at state meet

February 25, 2012

KINGSTON — Cumberland High junior Courtney Kent explained Saturday afternoon that she hadn’t really “tapered” for these R.I. Interscholastic Swimming Championships.
In essence, that just means she hadn’t cut down on the amount of practice yardage she swims day-in and day-out as a member of Crimson Aquatics, based out of Cambridge. A slice in distance, a swimmer always hopes, results in faster times due to the body’s ability to recuperate.

WEB ONLY: Mount take thriller from Hendricken, 6-5

February 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET -- Mount St. Charles magically found a way to top last Friday’s thrilling victory over La Salle on Friday night.
The Mounties captured their sixth straight game, and what a win it was! They scored four goals during an eight-minute span in the third period to top first-place Bishop Hendricken, 6-5, in their Division I-Cimini showdown at Adelard Arena.

MSC girls rule Warwick co-op team in playoff opener

February 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Mount St. Charles varsity head coach Steve Shea gave his troops a really simple game plan prior to the Mounties’ initial game of the Championship Division best-of-three semifinal series against Warwick Co-op on Friday night.
He asked his girls to skate the puck first, then shoot it. If those failed, the third and final order was to pass it to the open player.
“We wanted to do that because we tend to be an over-passing team, and I wanted the kids to take the puck to the net,” he explained.

WEB ONLY: RIIL releases schedule of 'Sweet 16' game for boys' hoops playoffs

February 23, 2012

The unknown variable pertaining to the 30-team boys’ basketball open state tournament is a mystery no more.
On Thursday the Interscholastic League released where the corresponding regions will be heading for the Round of 16 should they safely navigate out of this weekend’s first-round slate of games. The North region will dock at CCRI-Warwick next Tuesday; the South region will play out at Bryant University next Tuesday; the East region heads to Bryant University next Wednesday; the West region is set for next Wednesday at CCRI-Warwick.

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