The unknown variable pertaining to the 30-team boysâ 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 weekendâs 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.
PAWTUCKET â As players and members of the St. Raphael basketball family sat in the film room of Alumni Hall, enjoying pizza and soda while viewing Cox Sportsâ presentation of the unveiling of the brackets of the 30-team open state tournament, a feeling of uneasiness engulfed head coach Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine.
CENTRAL FALLS â Just a minute before he and his troops began walking toward the door for a celebratory bus ride home, Cumberland High head coach Gary Reedy was told that this Division II-North clash against host Central Falls High ended with a combined 45 personal fouls and 39 turnovers.
WOONSOCKET â Woonsocket High overcame some early jitters, developed better ball control and eventually coasted to a 61-40 Division I-North victory over North Providence High at the Villa Novansâ Savaria Gymnasium on Monday night.
It was quite the way to celebrate âSenior Nightâ in its home arena. Prior to the opening tip, head coach George Coderre reveled in the hard work and dedication exhibited by his four seniors over the past four years, and gave Michelle Brayboy, Allyson Cartier, Kailey Fugere and Caitlyn Marcoux bouquets of flowers to thank them.
WARWICK â Andrew Etheridge has had his share of superb performances during his brilliant high school career at Burrillville, but the one he produced on Monday afternoon may have been his very best.
With his Broncos trailing 1-0 to last-place North Kingstown after a period of play, the senior co-captain put his team on his shoulders and responded with five straight goals.
Etheridge eventually ended the contest with a sixth goal to help the playoff-bound Broncos skate to an 8-2 triumph at Thayer Arena and the 11th victory in their last 12 games.
WARWICK â Those reports on Cumberlandâs demise down the stretch have been greatly exaggerated.
The Clippers put the clamps on a four-game winless streak in a very big way on Monday afternoon by beating the team they are battling for second place in the Division II-North ranks, Pilgrim.
Andrew Dulac and Michael Kinch supplied the early scoring and goaltender Patrick Noke turned away 27 shots to lead the Clippers to a much-needed 2-0 victory at Thayer Arena.
In NCAA Tournament speak, Selection Sunday is a day for fist clenching as teams wait on hands and knees to see if they made it or were denied admittance. Taking a page from how the field of 68 is unveiled to the viewing public, the Interscholastic League plans to replicate at least some of the drama by conducting a live broadcast of the releasing of boysâ basketball tournament pairings.
PROVIDENCE â Hoya Destroya, indeed.
A Georgetown team that figures to be a tough out come NCAA Tournament time slowed the Providence College Friars to a virtual crawl Saturday night in a 63-53 Hoya win that wasnât even as close as the final score indicates. PC shot 25.9 percent for the game after compiling a 4-for-28 horror show in the first half. Such a frigid display made the task of trying to shock the 10th-ranked team in the country even more of a tall order, one that PC coach Ed Cooley openly acknowledged during his postgame meeting with the press.
PROVIDENCE â In a time of uncertainty, all Ali Sayles of Mount St. Charles could do is rely on pure adrenaline â hoping somehow, some way that everything would work out for the best.
Despite a tough ending in the finals of the girlsâ high jump at Saturdayâs R.I. Indoor Track & Field Championships, Sayles was able to salvage a bit of good news. The senior cleared the bar with a leap of five feet, four inches, good for second place overall. Saylesâ jump was also a personal- and school-best (she achieved 5-2 at the 2011 indoor state meet).
WESTFIELD, Mass. â Lee Vazquez is the âLittle Big Manâ of the Westfield State University menâs basketball team.
Standing at only 5-foot-6, the explosive point guard and former Woonsocket High standout is ranked 18th nationally in the NCAA Division III ranks in scoring, averaging 21.3 points per game. He has been putting up some big numbers this season, scoring more than 30 points in six games, including a career-high 41 vs. Worcester State.