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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.

Davies girls get job done on defense in stunning 49-36 win over North Smithfield

March 4, 2014

LINCOLN — After the warm-up session, and minutes before a huge Division III-North clash against league-leading North Smithfield High, Davies Tech head coach Joe Handy led his troops outside a door to Gaskin Alumni Hall on Tuesday evening.
There, he looked rather animated, trying to explain to his Patriots how critical it would be to play with fire in their hearts. After all, a postseason berth was at stake.

McGair: Ten years later, Friars have a chance to atone for '04 Pittsburgh game

March 4, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Call it the definition of a Friar full circle.

The Providence College men’s basketball contest that took place March 2, 2004 isn’t referenced in the sections of the media guide devoted to noteworthy dates and games in program history, and with good reason: On that night, nothing went right. Pittsburgh waltzed into the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and laid a major hurt on the Ryan Gomes-led and Tim Welsh-coached Friars, rolling to a stunningly easy 88-61 victory.

“I remember,” said PC Athletic Director Bob Driscoll when reached Monday.

Lincoln's Ryan receives special coaching honor

March 3, 2014

LINCOLN --- The official announcement came during the second week of January, but Dick Ryan didn’t realize that he received one of high school’s most prestigious coaching honors until late last week during his first visit of the year to Lincoln High.

“We had our spring coaches meeting,” recalled the Lions’ softball coach. “I stopped into (athletic director Brian Fineberg’s) office and he told me, ‘Hey, congratulations.’ I said, ‘For what?’ and he said, ‘You didn’t get this?’ and he showed me a copy of a letter that was in my mailbox at the school.”

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