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Wellington’s hat trick helps Cumberland hockey team defeat North Smithfield, 3-1, hike record to 17-0

February 28, 2014

BURRILLVILLE — Despite Cumberland High’s amazing run so far this season, North Smithfield refused to be intimidated in a huge Division II-North clash on Friday night.
Head coach Paul Nadeau’s Northmen skated with authority, played with heart and desire for a full 45 minutes and gave the unbeaten Clippers a scare.
In the end, however, junior winger and tri-captain Greg Wellington by his lonesome found the net more often than the hosts as Cumberland strolled out of Levy Arena with a 3-1 triumph.

Central Falls earns berth in Division II quarterfinals with 68-56 triumph over Cumberland

February 28, 2014

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CENTRAL FALLS — The last time Central Falls and Cumberland met on a basketball court, just nine days ago, the Clippers upset the Warriors on their home court on a late hoop by freshman Brandon Kolek.
When the two teams met again Friday night on the same court in a Division II playoff opener, the Warriors made sure there would be no late heroics by Cumberland. Central Falls held a 49-44 lead with nine minutes left before going on a 7-0 run that put the game away.

Friars' Kofane hopes breakout game represents tip of the iceberg

February 27, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Brice Kofane is a soft-spoken young man who last Sunday was given the chance to turn up the volume and ingratiate himself as a nice complimentary piece for Ed Cooley’s Friars.

With reserve big man Carson Desrosiers under the weather and quarantined in the visiting locker room at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, someone amongst Providence’s razor-thin reserve corps was going to have to step into the breach. The catch was that this warm and able body couldn’t go through the motions and act like a decoy. He had to register a pulse and produce.

Division boys' hoop playoffs have plenty of merit

February 27, 2014

The definition of an undercard is a boxing event before the main match.

In Rhode Island high school boys’ basketball, the three divisional tournaments that tip off Friday night are seen as warm-up acts to a bigger and better event – a 16-team open tournament. Before arriving at the process where the crowing of one champion takes place, however, the order of business is pitting familiar foes against each other.

Lincoln girls halt slide, net 53-29 win over Mount

February 26, 2014

LINCOLN — After rolling to six straight triumphs, Lincoln High sustained a crushing 38-37 Division II-North loss to Moses Brown School on Feb. 12, and that sent it into a dismal tailspin.
On Valentine's Night, they dropped a 57-34 verdict to II Central-leading and unbeaten St. Raphael, 57-34, before getting exploited by Scituate (69-49) and Johnston (42-29) in two more league clashes.

Burrillville holds off N.S. to lock up sole possession of Division III-North boys' basketball championship

February 25, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Burrillville High starters and subs stormed the floor after manufacturing a thrilling 38-35 triumph over rival North Smithfield before approximately 300 fans at the Lovett Memorial Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
They had stellar reason: With the victory, the Broncos sealed the Division III-North crown, which is pretty much a rarity for them.
Senior tri-captain David Reynolds paced the visitors with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while sophomore guard Jared Cabral chipped in 10 points. Junior center Isaiah DeSilva only netted a pair, but pulled down nine boards with five blocks.

Public invited to remember George Nasuti this Saturday at WHS

February 24, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The public has been invited to remember George Nasuti’s many contributions this Saturday at Woonsocket High’s Saravia Gymnasium beginning at 2 p.m.

“It’s going to be a celebration of life,” said Carnell Henderson, Woonsocket’s head football coach and for now the primary overseer of Villa Novan athletics.

While some of the details pertaining to this open celebration are either still in the process of becoming finalized or remain under wraps until Saturday, Henderson confirmed that there would be a speaking program.

Clippers' Bauer thrilled with performance at RIIL state swimming meet

February 23, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Cumberland High junior Jack Bauer created a bit of personal history on Sunday afternoon.

And, in the interim, the male aquamen hailing from Smithfield High manufactured a team triumph for the ages.

Bauer didn't claim either one of his specialties at these Rhode Island Interscholastic Boys Swimming Championships, held at Brown University's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, but couldn't have been more ecstatic about tying for second in the 100-yard butterfly or placing fourth in the 100-yard backstroke.

MAKING A POINT: Running the Friars has Cotton on NBA's radar

February 23, 2014

PROVIDENCE – It’s clear that Bryce Cotton’s mom does not allow her son to rest on his laurels.

On the eve of her boy’s senior season at Providence College, Yvonne Cotton issued something along the line of a challenge to a player who as a junior topped the Big East in scoring. While there’s no denying the merit of such a feat, Yvonne was far more interested in seeing what Bryce could do for an encore.

Clippers cage Lions after 2OT, 64-61

February 21, 2014

CUMBERLAND – It’s been a good stretch for Cumberland High, one that has the Clippers on the brink of postseason participation.

The latest step took place Friday night against neighboring school Lincoln as Cumberland survived a double overtime affair, 64-61. Now 8-9 in Division II-North and winners of three of their last four, the Clippers close out the regular season next Tuesday at home against division rival North Providence.

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