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Lincoln squads sweep Mount in Div. II swim opener

December 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET — The numbers game was truly unkind to the Lincoln boys’ swim team in its one-win campaign from a winter ago, and that was clearly evident in the final weeks of the season, when the Lions were forced to go into meets with just six swimmers at their disposal.
But this season, the numbers are high for the Lions, and so are their expectations at returning to their winning ways.

PC hoopsters hold on for 76-74 victory over Yale

December 17, 2013

PROVIDENCE — You know that the Providence Friars are involved in a tight, white-knuckle affair when Ed Cooley emphatically removes his sport jacket and flings it in the general direction of the bench.

When it was all over and PC had secured a hard-fought 76-74 win over upset-minded Yale on Tuesday night before 3,281 patrons, Cooley immediately honed in on his team’s porous defense, one that came oh-so-close to allowing the Bulldogs to waltz out of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center with an eyebrow-raising victory.

Even without Dunn, Friars confident that they'll remain on point

December 16, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Now that the sobering news regarding Kris Dunn’s unavailability for the season’s duration has sunk in, the question becomes just how exactly Providence College plans to cope for the long haul.

If there’s a way to somehow cushion the loss of the only tried-and-true point guard at Ed Cooley’s disposal, it’s that the Friars have been down this road before. Spread over four games, Dunn logged 106 painful minutes. PC registered 405 minutes in the 10 games leading up to the exam break, the bulk of those minutes featuring Bryce Cotton as the on-floor maestro.

Veteran mentor excited about this season's batch of Cumberland wrestlers

December 16, 2013

CUMBERLAND – This will be Steve Gordon’s 46th consecutive season at the helm of his Cumberland High wrestling program, and – as has been the case for the previous 45 – he arrived at Monday afternoon’s practice session at least 30 minutes beforehand.

As always, he does so to greet his grapplers, check on possible injuries or illnesses (i.e. football) and/or prepare them for the task at hand: Getting physically and mentally primed for another premier campaign.

Late goal helps Warwick Vets skate past Woonsocket

December 13, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Head coach Nathan Arruda wants desperately to rekindle pride and interest in Woonsocket High hockey, as he – in the early 2000s – represented the program himself.
As far as he’s concerned, the young, inexperienced Villa Novans did just that on Friday night at Adelard Arena, despite dropping a tough 3-2 decision in their home opener.
In the end, with the score knotted at 2-2, freshman Greg Fontaine knocked in a power-play goal with only 1:54 remaining in regulation to give the Hurricanes the one-goal victory.

Red Sox confident next PawSox manager will be in place by Christmas

December 13, 2013

PAWTUCKET — While the Red Sox are expressing confidence that the search to find the next PawSox manager will be wrapped up by Christmas, don’t be surprised if official word filters out before the holidays.

Why the organization has nothing to announce at this time is likely two-fold. While all signs point to current Double-A skipper Kevin Boles moving to the front lines of the minor-league system, the 38-year-old is presently coaching a winter league team in Venezuela, Bravos de Margarita.

Woonsocket drops OT decision to Central Falls in opening game of Dennis Lynch hoop tournament

December 12, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Tom “Saar” Sorrentine had heard whispers that PCD was pretty good, which in turn had the veteran St. Raphael mentor quite concerned heading into Thursday’s opening semifinal of the Dennis M. Lynch Memorial Tournament.

Tom Horvat, Alex Minetti and the rest of the Knights did little to ease Sorrentine’s worries as a strong push to the finish line enabled PCD to knock off St. Raphael 57-51 and advance to the title match for the second straight year. The tide turned in the Knights’ favor thanks to an 11-0 spurt that saw them go from six points down to up 51-46 with 3:25 remaining.

Boys' basketball teams waste little time launching new season; Lynch Tournament begins tonight

December 11, 2013

Ready or not, a new Rhode Island high school boys’ basketball season beckons.

For several area squads, Thursday serves as the grand unveiling – a clean slate for all involved parties with role players looking to blossom into stars, and stars seeking to take their team to the next level.

Dunn's season comes to an end; PC guard will require surgery on right shoulder

December 11, 2013

PROVIDENCE — As Kris Dunn’s high school coach noted, “You really have to feel for the young man.”

You feel for the youngster because all roads pointed to the 2013-14 season as one that held much promise. The 19-year-old point guard from nearby New London, Conn. was healthy and ready to serve as the conductor of the Friars’ offense.

Yet in a chilling reminder that even the best-laid plans can vanish in a cloud of smoke, one nasty spill in a preseason game ended up changing the fortune and expectations of both Dunn and the Providence team.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Cumberland, North Smithfield, Burrillville aim to take major step forward this winter

December 10, 2013

Deb Engels seemed remarkably upbeat as she readied her Cumberland High girls' hoop team for a two-plus hour practice at the Wellness Center on Monday afternoon.

You'd figure her mind-set instead would border on concern, given the fact she'll return only one starter – her daughter Kate – from a team that closed last year's Division I-North campaign with a dismal 4-14 mark.

The league should be highly-competitive once more, but Engels expects this season's crop to be more than capable of doing some damage.

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