Archive - Mar 2011 - Sports Article
COVENTRY â€” The Coventry club lacrosse team probably thought the first home match in school history would be played on pristine grass in front of a large crowd on a beautiful, sunny New England spring day.
There was a decent crowd at Wednesdayâ€™s historic event, but the weather was the antithesis of what the players were hoping for.
Prout senior basketball star Emily Caswell - who was named MVP of the Division II championship game after she scored 20 points in the Crusaders' 40-24 win over Mount St. Charles - will head to Caldwell College in Caldwell, New Jersey, next fall to play basketball and pursue a degree in forensic science.
Caswell had an opportunity to play volleyball, basketball or softball in college, but according to Prout coach Phil Quinn, made her decision to attend Caldwell based on academics as well as the opportunity to suit up for the Cougars.
WEST WARWICK â€” The West Warwick boys volleyball team had three returning varsity players and two green freshmen setters on the court in Thursdayâ€™s Injury Fund contest against Division II-North squad Tolman.
The Tigers, meanwhile, started a seasoned senior setter and an array of talented hitters.
ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Rhode Island men's basketball team saw its roller-coaster season end with a 66-54 loss to Central Florida in the quarterfinals of the CBI Tournament Tuesday night.
After leading 30-27 at the half, the Rams failed to find a way to stop Central Florida, which opened the second half with an 18-5 run.
Delory James led URI with 18 points, scoring nine of the team's first 13 in the game. No other Ram had double figures and URI hit just 20 of 48 from the floor and 6 of 18 3-pointers.
PROVIDENCE â€” Coventry junior three-sport athlete Alex Zannella is a winner.
No, Zannella isnâ€™t a winner in the clichĂ©d, metaphorical sense of the term. The Oaker is a winner because heâ€™s a talented athlete, who works hard and frequently finds himself playing with like-minded players.
Whether it be on the baseball diamond, the football field or the hockey ice, Zannellaâ€™s teams have usually been successful and he is usually one of the big reasons for that success.
WEST WARWICK â€” Offense mightâ€™ve carried the Coventry hockey team to a 16-1-0-1 record and the Division II-Central title.
But itâ€™s been senior goalie Spencer Patti and the Oakersâ€™ stingy defense that has Coventry on the precipice of its first Division II title since 2003.
After scoring nearly five goals a game during the regular season, Coventry has managed to score just three goals in every playoff game. Itâ€™s on the other end of the ice where teams have found the Oakers tough to beat.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A mere one point was all the difference.
For the second consecutive year, the West Warwick Wizardsâ€™ cheerleading squad finished second overall in the Medium Division at the R.I.I.L. team cheerleading competition this past weekend.
With 157.5 total points, the Wizards finished just behind the Portsmouth Patriots, who captured the trophy with a score of 158.
PROVIDENCE â€“ There was some doubt to whether the West Warwick Wizards were even going to qualify for the R.I. State Basketball Tournament after their loss to Westerly in the Division II playoffs.
But a Barrington Eagles loss to Rogers in those same Division II playoffs opened up the door for the Wizards to get invited to the party and last night they took advantage.
Playing as the No. 13 seed, West Warwick advanced in the tournament with a 71-64 win over the No. 4 seed cross-town rival Coventry Oakers.
PROVIDENCE - The Prout boys basketball team walked off with smiles on their faces Thursday night.
The improbable - beating No. 1 seed Cranston West - didn't happen, but the Crusaders certainly went out in style, cutting a 22-point deficit with 9 minutes, 9 seconds left to five with 30.8 seconds left before John King's magic ran out in a 69-61 loss.
Division II preliminary round
PROVIDENCE - The East Greenwich girls basketball team got it done on the defensive end Wednesday night and took care of Classical, 47-28.
The Avengers held the Purple to just nine points in the first 20 minutes on 3 of 27 shooting from the floor.
Kiley Powers led EG with 16 points and Leah Settipane had nine rebounds.