March 5th, 2015
A year ago, Mount St. Charles and the Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op team were the two teams out of the 10 in the state that did not qualify for the postseason.
This year, the two squads will face off in a best-of-three series in the DeCosta Division playoffs. The Lions are the higher seed, meaning that Game 1 against the Mounties will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at North Smithfield’s Rhode Island Sports Center.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The outlook of the rating for the city's general obligation bonds was upgraded from â€śstableâ€ť to â€śpositiveâ€ť and reaffirmed the city's BB rating, credit agency Standard & Poor's announced.
Mayor James Diossa in a release issued Thursday said that the outlook upgrade is proof that the city is moving in the right direction.
EAST PROVIDENCE – St. Raphael Academy coach Fred Saunders calls senior guard Kaylee Oliver “one of the best shooters in the state.”
Oliver lived up to the billing on Wednesday night in the state open tournament when she put the Saints on her thin shoulders and carried them to a 73-67 overtime victory against Johnston. SRA advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals against the winner of the North Kingstown-Chariho contest.
Oliver finished with 26 points, 15 of them coming on five three-pointers. She also went 5-for-5 at the free throw line.
PAWTUCKET – Veteran Tolman High mentor Mike Kayata still can’t get over his Tigers’ devastating 61-58 to Juanita Sanchez in a R.I. Division II Tournament quarterfinal at their James W. Donaldson home on Feb. 24.
WARWICK â€“ A Pawtucket man faces road rage charges after the state-owned van he was driving was involved in an accident.
The man, employed by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families was arrested Tuesday for his role in the road rage incident on Interstate 95, state police said.
At about 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, troopers from the Rhode Island State Police Wickford and Hope Valley barracks were dispatched to a multi-car accident on I-95 south at the Cowesett Road overpass in Warwick, state police said.
PAWTUCKET – The first-ever R.I. Girls’ Open State Tournament could provide St. Raphael Academy head coach Fred Saunders and his troops a bit of solace, especially after they sustained a disgruntling 62-39 loss to Juanita Sanchez in the Division II title tilt on Saturday.
In that one, Cavaliers’ senior standout Davida Dale, who had already signed a letter of intent to play at Syracuse University, torched the Saints for a game-high 29 points.
WARWICK– Judging by the number of girls’ basketball teams that turned out for Monday night’s selection show at the Warwick Mall, the inaugural 16-team open state tournament figures to not suffer from a lack of interest.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Twelve people are without a home and two people were injured during a three-alarm blaze that ripped through a three-story, multi-family home on Thornton Street early Tuesday morning, a fire official said.
At about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded to the fire at 11 Thornton St. Thirty-one firefighters battled the blaze, which was deemed under control within about 90 minutes, Fire Marshal Capt. Robert Thurber said.
PROVIDENCE – Now that Hurricane Davida Dale and her trail of hardwood destruction has passed through, it’s time for St. Raphael Academy to pick up the pieces and count their blessings.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Police say the missing teenager whose disappearance had the whole city on edge was a runaway who spent nearly five days in New York before he contacted his mother on Sunday for the first time since he vanished.
Charles Engley, 16, sold his cell phone to pay for travel expenses and took refuge in homeless shelters while he was out of touch, police said in a statement Monday.
The season is winding down. We are entering the final week of the regular season. After that, conference tournaments will start the following weekend. Selection Sunday is March 15th, less than 2 weeks away. Shortly after Selection Sunday, all will be right in the world. People will be printing out brackets and filling them out at their desk. Inevitably, Jan from accounting will win your office pool by picking her favorite mascots and everyone will be in disbelief. It has been an exciting regular season thus far and boy do we still have the best ahead of us.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As if the mounds of snow, slick sidewalks and driveways, ice dams, and roofs buckling under the weight of a seemingly endless chain of winter storms wasnâ€™t enough to deal with during Mother Natureâ€™s barrage on the Ocean State, area residents also find themselves combating potholes and damaged streets.
PAWTUCKET â€“ He didn't think waiting so long was all that fare.
A Providence man was charged with second-degree robbery â€“ a felony, simple assault, and disorderly conduct after he allegedly tackled a cab driver to the ground then stole the cabbie's keys. The entire incident stemmed from the man becoming upset that he was not given his change in a timely manner, authorities said.
Around 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Pawtucket Police were dispatched to the Dunkin' Donuts at 465 Lonsdale Ave., police Maj. Arthur Martins said.
The performance of the Central Falls High boys’ 4x400 relay team at last Saturday’s state indoor track and field championship wasn’t merely good.
NORTH KINGSTOWN – St. Raphael’s Academy and Chariho High School faced off in the Div. II semifinals Thursday night, culminating in a lopsided Saints victory by a final score of 55-35.
Kaylee Oliver led all scorers with 16 points behind four three-pointers and a perfect 4-4 night at the line. The Chargers were paced by their lone senior, Abigail Cuddy, who had 15 points and was 9-13 from the free-throw stripe.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The City Councilâ€™s Ad Hoc Committee on Economic Development and Neighborhood Improvement on Wednesday voted to send a resolution to the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™ new ownership group, supporting the cityâ€™s efforts to keep the team at McCoy Stadium.
Additionally, the committeeâ€™s chairman penned a letter that he said would be sent to the cityâ€™s state delegation, in which he wrote that as a citizen of Pawtucket, a move to Providence is â€śunacceptable.â€ť
Firefighters responded to a fire at 167 Jenks Ave. at about 8 p.m. Wednesday night. Everyone was reported to have exited the dwelling safety. The fire was extinguished by Central Falls and mutual aid companies by about 10 p.m., according to police.
A pet cat was reported to have died in the fire and a pet dog to be missing as of Wednesday night.
PAWTUCKET â€“ An 83-year-old local man who legally changed his name to Santa Claus and was a fixture in the city for years, impersonating St. Nick starting in the 1970s, was charged with domestic assault by strangulation stemming from an incident last Thursday in which he allegedly assaulted his 68-year-old wife, authorities told The Times.
Mariners knock out Raiders, 68-46
NARRAGANSETT – Chelsea Sahagian landed five treys en route to a game-high 29 points as Narragansett High rolled to a 68-46 triumph over Shea in a R.I. Division III Tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday evening.
PAWTUCKET – Tolman High left its Division II playoff hopes in the hands of Juanita Sanchez’s Miguel Prieto, the state’s leading scorer, on Tuesday night in a quarterfinal round contest. Not a good idea.
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