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PC survives St. John’s comeback for 79-74 victory, contests Seton Hall in tonight’s Big East semifinals

March 13, 2014

NEW YORK — Just in case Ed Cooley let it slip from his mind that the Providence Friars and Madison Square have gone together like oil and vinegar for the longest time, he received a reminder from the college’s president, the Rev. Brian J. Shanley.

“From what (Shanley) told me, we haven’t won down here often,” stated Cooley. “So for us to get off the schneid, it’s a great accomplishment for our program.”

Cooley likes St. John's NCAA Tournament chances, remains mum on PC

March 13, 2014

NEW YORK — Ed Cooley didn’t mince words when asked if he feels St. John’s should be one of the Big East teams selected to the NCAA Tournament.

When the subject turned to whether his Providence squad has done enough to get off the proverbial bubble and move closer to lock status following Thursday’s 79-74 victory over St. John’s, Cooley refrained from politicking on the Friars’ behalf.

Friars ignore 'bubble talk', put focus on Thursday's Big East quarterfinal-round opener vs. Red Storm

March 12, 2014

NEW YORK — At this point of the season, Kadeem Batts and the rest of his teammates are dealing with information overload when the discussion turns to the Friars and their NCAA Tournament prospects.

Like every other Providence College basketball follower, Batts is keeping abreast of the latest developments via watching games on TV, checking out bracket-bubble updates online and hearing all sorts of prognostications on where the Friars stand in their quest for the program’s first NCAA berth since 2004.

Mount St. Charles, Bishop Hendricken meet again with state crown on the line

March 11, 2014

WOONSOCKET  –  The storied hockey rivalry between Division I powerhouses Mount St. Charles and Hendricken will continue this weekend at Brown University in the form of the R.I. Championship Division Tournament final.
 
But if this best-of-three set, slated to begin at 7 p.m., Friday at Meehan Auditorium, follows the same pattern as the regular-season tilts between the two, the Mounties could be in for a short appearance.

Cumberland, Lincoln to play Division II boys' hockey semis in Warwick

March 10, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Late Saturday night, after his defending state championship team had swept North Smithfield in a Division II Tournament quarterfinal set, Lincoln High head coach Jim Riel indicated his semifinal opponent would be North Kingstown.

Minutes afterward, when reached by phone, Cumberland mentor Mark Andreozzi – whose club had just crushed Middletown, 8-2, to gain another brooming – thought his next foe to be St. Raphael/PCD/Wheeler Co-op, which had captured two straight against 2012-13 D-II finalist Prout.

FIT AS A FIDDLE: PC's training staff deserves props for keeping shorthanded Friars healthy

March 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The trust factor between the Providence College basketball players and the training staff is quite evident.

In separate interviews, Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton didn’t refer to athletic trainer Bryn VanPatten by his first name or his last. Truncated in such a fashion that you can just feel the cool factor, VanPatten simply goes by “VP.”

Mount takes semifinal opener with 5-0 shutout of La Salle at Adelard

March 7, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles had captured the previous three league contests against La Salle Academy, though the last one was a mere 3-2 triumph back on Feb. 22.

The Mounties hadn’t lost to the Rams during the regular season, and with standout senior keeper Tyler Walsh out of action entering this best-of-three R.I. Championship Division Tournament semifinal set – he had sustained a concussion during a game against Cranston Co-op last week – there was little reason to believe they would suffer its first.

Mount St. Charles, Burrillville, Cumberland, N.S. boys' hockey teams begin playoffs this weekend

March 6, 2014

For Mount St. Charles and Burrillville, only two victories separate them from a return trip to Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium and a chance to claim championship glory.
For Cumberland, Lincoln, North Smithfield, and the St. Raphael/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team, it’s going to take twice as many wins for a cherished spot in the Division II finals.
For these six teams, the march to Brown begins tonight as the puck drops on the state playoffs in the form of best-of-three series around the state.

Burrillville gives top-seeded East Greenwich a battle before falling in Div. III basketball quarterfinals

March 5, 2014

JOHNSTON — Burrillville High head coach Kevin Randall seemed cautiously confident before his squad took on league-unbeaten East Greenwich in a R.I. Division III Tournament quarterfinal on Wednesday night.
“We played them earlier this season, and we were down six at the half, but then our big man (junior Isaiah DeSilva) got in foul trouble,” he stated as the players warmed up. “We've got to keep Isaiah on the floor, because he's going to have to cover a house (in EG senior center Brandon) Eckles.”

Quarterfinals come calling for boys' hoop teams

March 4, 2014

The next wave of games as part of Rhode Island’s version of “March Madness” are set for Wednesday night with boys’ basketball quarterfinal-round contests in all three divisions taking place at neutral sites around the state.
Two area squads are heading to the same venue as Division II participants Tolman and Central Falls will bus to Coventry High School. The third-seeded Tigers will take the floor first for a 5:30 p.m. matchup against fellow II-Central member and sixth-seeded Exeter/West Greenwich. At roughly 7:30, the seventh-seeded Warriors face No. 2 Barrington.

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