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St. Raphael/PCD/Wheeler co-op hockey team takes major step toward clinching Div. II playoff spot

February 25, 2014

KINGSTON --- The St. Raphael/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team and South Kingstown skated into their crossover contest on Monday afternoon at Boss Arena both sitting on the Division II’s playoff bubble and desperately needing a win to keep their postseason hopes afloat.

Fortunately for the locals, they stepped up their play and rose to the occasion in this must-win situation and now find themselves sitting on the doorstep to the postseason after a year’s absence.

Different paths, but same winning result for Pawtucket fighters Kahn-Clary, Falowo

February 23, 2014

LINCOLN --- After a 14-month odyssey that saw him venture through five different states outside of New England and earn seven wins along the way, Toka Kahn-Clary was more than delighted to come home to Rhode Island this past weekend and fight in front of his family and friends.

Fighting in the co-feature of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ aptly-named “Home Sweet Home” card at the Twin River Event Center, Kahn-Clary gave his gathering of fans a surge of excitement by knocking out Miami’s Carlos Fulgencio 1:10 into the second round of their featherweight fight.

Tolman pulls off 85-76 upset of West Warwick behind DePina, Fernandes

February 22, 2014

PAWTUCKET — With this being “Senior Night,” and prior to a monumental Division II-Central clash against unbeaten West Warwick, Tolman High mentor Mike Kayata took a few minutes to describe to the crowd the qualities of his three soon-to-be graduates.

In closing, he told the 250-plus fans on hand, “Now let's play some basketball.”

He seemed a bit nervous at the time, but – turns out – there was little reason. Man, did his Tigers deliver!

Hendricken floors Cumberland in marquee matchup

February 21, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Perhaps two minutes after Cumberland High had sustained a 49-12 dual-meet loss to rival Hendricken in a match to clinch the Division I title, veteran mentor Steve Gordon managed to keep his sense of humor.
When a reporter approached him for a few thoughts Thursday night, he immediately said, “Not right now. Wait a second!”
He approached his wife, Judy, gave her a kiss, handled a couple of other minor details, then relented to an interview.
His first response, with a wide grin: “Sorry. You’ve gotta know what’s truly important!”

Kahn-Clary's back in R.I., fights tonight at Twin River

February 21, 2014

LINCOLN — It’s a 45-minute drive from Pawtucket to Manfredo’s Boxing & Fitness in Narragansett for Toka Kahn-Clary and Thomas Falowo, and because of the 72 miles they have to travel roundtrip to work out with their trainer, Peter Manfredo Sr., the two often carpool back and forth each night.
But tonight, they won’t have to share a ride. Instead, they will make a short trip to the Twin River Event Center and appear in separate six-round bouts on Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.’s “Home Sweet Home” card.

PC bows to No. 9 Villanova in double-OT thriller

February 18, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The rematch was far more competitive. The outcome was just as painful for the Providence Friars to swallow.
PC tried its best to throw ninth-ranked Villanova for a loop, but the Wildcats were able to hang on for an 82-79 double-overtime victory on Tuesday night before 12,106 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Ryan Arcidiacono closed out with 21 points, though none were bigger than the layup the Villanova guard converted with 3.6 seconds left in the second extra session.

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.

Clippers remain in Division II playoff hunt after fending off Raiders, 60-58

February 15, 2014

PAWTUCKET – In the manner of two exhausted boxers holding on to each other for dear life, Cumberland and Shea resided in the same space during much of Friday’s Division II crossover at “The Cage.”

The Clippers held a 55-46 lead with 58.1 seconds remaining before finding themselves with a legit fight on their hands. Yet every time the Raiders appeared to be knocking on the door, the visitors responded in true closeout fashion – by calmly making their free throws.

St. Raphael overwhelmed by Smithfield’s shooting, 64-56

February 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET – St. Raphael Academy is running out of time when it comes to making the playoffs.

Needing to spring an upset victory over visiting Smithfield on Tuesday night, the Saints fell victim to a dazzling shooting display by the Sentinels, who hit eight three-point field goals in the first half en route to a decisive 64-56 victory.

The Saints got 25 points from Alcino Aviles-Soares, who was no match for the balanced offensive talents of a youthful Smithfield squad that improved to 11-3 in Division I-North with the victory.

McGair: Threats of eliminating high school sports have become tiresome

February 11, 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.

 

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