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Crowley: "It's been awesome" coaching King Philip

February 18, 2014

For someone who normally wears blue as the head coach of the Cumberland softball and Burrillville cross country teams – and had sported touches of red during past stints with the Tolman and Cranston West girls’ basketball squads – Marty Crowley found himself having to adjust to green and gold this winter.
But aside from changing his athletic wardrobe, Crowley’s transition to the Massachusetts girls’ basketball scene and the extra competitive Hockomock League as the head coach of King Philip High of Wrentham, Mass. has been a seamless one.

McGair: Game footage from PC's first encounter with Villanova could prove most valuable

February 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Ed Cooley didn’t mince words when asked if he planned to relive a nightmare on the hardwood.

Cue up the tape from Providence’s 30-point shellacking at the hands of Villanova? In the eyes of the head coach, why bother re-screening a game that would serve absolutely no purpose other than re-opening old wounds?

“Not a second of that game,” Cooley emphatically stated, those words coming Saturday afternoon.

STEPPING INTO THE BREACH: Henderson to oversee Woonsocket athletic department for time being

February 17, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Please refrain from labeling Carnell Henderson the “interim” athletic director at Woonsocket High.

“Just filling in,” smiles the varsity head football coach. “For the most part, I’m next man up.”

Such a declaration comes last Friday while seated in his vice principal’s office. His attire is a telltale sign that it’s the final school day before February vacation – black polo shirt with “Woonsocket football” emblazoned upon it and warm-up pants that are distinctly and appropriately shaded maroon.

Tetford, Badeau pace Mounties to pivotal 5-2 win over Rams

February 14, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Despite La Salle Academy’s early-season woes, Mount St. Charles co-coach Dave Belisle wanted premier play from his troops when the two Division I/Cimini League stalwarts took to the Adelard Arena ice on Friday night.

He received such after his Mounties produced five-unanswered goals, including three in the final stanza, to claim a satisfying 5-2 triumph over the Rams before a crowd of 300.

At 9-4, count North Smithfield among the best in Division II boys' hockey

February 13, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD — When one speaks of Division II-North, the conversation immediately addresses the rivalry between Lincoln, the defending state D-II champion and perennial contender, and Cumberland, always solid but a team that hasn't been able to “get over the top” in recent years.
The same holds true this campaign, though the Clippers did snatch a key victory over the Lions last week to remain unbeaten in league action at 13-0-0 (14-0-0 overall).

Kent keeps Northmen headed in right direction with 32-29 win

February 11, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – As is usually the case, the home team celebrating “Senior Night,” or their last tilt of the season on their own floor, opens slowly due to the emotion of the moment.

That’s what appeared to have happened to North Smithfield High while taking on stellar Division III-South foe Middletown on Tuesday evening.
The Northmen, who went into intermission trailing the Islanders, 21-14, got an earful from head coach Alisha Pirri, then put those words to use in the final half.

North Smithfield Athletic Director believes there's still time to save spring sports

February 11, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – For a change of pace, let’s remove the shrouds of doubt and political bureaucracy that have helped create tension and uneasiness regarding the possible elimination of springtime sports at the town’s high school.

While there’s no denying that this threat to Northmen athletics is cause for concern, it’s also a tad on the premature side to jump to hasty conclusions that hone in on the worst-case scenario.

R.I. native, L.A. Angels catcher Iannetta reflects on pro baseball ride to date

February 9, 2014

WARWICK — Twenty years ago, Tom Hanks’ silver-screen portrayal of the slow-witted Forrest Gump earned the acclaimed actor an Academy Award and a huge payday. The 1994 release is remembered for the lead character’s array of quirky and quick-to-the-point quotes, some of which still hold merit today.

McGair: History suggests that North Smithfield sports will not face elimination

February 8, 2014

It almost never fails.

Every now again, the budgetary scalpel cuts off funding for sports at the middle school and high school levels.

Naturally, such slicing prompts strong reaction from everyone in town – concerned parents to coaches to the real victims affected by this slashing of essential monetary support, the adolescent student-athletes.

Strong second period lifts MSC hockey past Hamden, Conn.

February 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET — It may have been a non-league tilt, but it might as well have been a league game against La Salle or Hendricken.

Mount St. Charles played one of its best periods of the winter against Hamden (Conn.) High in the middle session on Saturday night, notching three goals. In the end, the Mounties celebrated a 4-2 victory at Adelard Arena.

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